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The 10 Style Commandments Every 20-Something Should Not Break

A lot of things change in your 20s: relationships, work, school — and oh yeah, your wardrobe. The leggings and sweatshirts that would once fly in class just aren't going to cut it anymore, and as you're growing up, your look is, too.

Your 20s are all about discovering yourself and your signature style, and armed with these 10 commandments, you'll survive your 20s in style. So don't sweat — just scroll to study up.

1. Thou Shalt Find New Inspiration

Whether you look to Instagram, Pinterest, or even Olivia Palermo, search out sources of style inspiration. You'll suddenly find you have no shortage of outfit ideas.

2. Thou Shalt Raid Your Childhood Closet

While you might not believe it, your childhood closet is brimming with fashion gems that are finally back in style again. So, next time you're home with Mom and Dad, dust off those overalls and Adidas sneakers and start wearing them again.

3. Thou Shalt Toss Out What You Don't Love

When it comes to your closet, less is more. Edit down what you own by asking yourself "does this serve me?" and if it doesn't, give it away.

4. Thou Shalt Dress For Yourself

Instead of following every passing trend, invest in pieces that make you feel beautiful

5. Thou Shalt Experiment

Whether it's thigh-high boots, leopard print, or maybe just a dress and sneakers, challenge yourself to throw together what you own in new and interesting ways.

6. Thou Shalt Avoid Overspending

Chances are in your 20s, you don't have a ton of extra spending money. Instead of blowing your budget on shopping, try secondhand shopping or master the art of combing through H&M and Zara for finds.

7. Thou Shalt Build Up the Basics

Your 20s are a great time to build up the wardrobe staples you need to carry you through the decade. Simple yet flattering pieces like a jean jacket, classic blazer, and cocktail dress will become your multipurpose go-tos.

8. Thou Shalt Invest in a Grown-Up Wardrobe

Invest in pieces you can wear to work. Keep it comfortable — you don't want shoes that will kill your feet — but a professional wardrobe will give you a leg up in any industry.

9.Thou Shalt Upgrade Your Lazy-Sunday Look

Whether you're lounging in bed or headed out on errands, there is just something luxurious and grown-up feeling about owning comfy yet elegant loungewear.

10. Thou Shalt Master the Art of Accessorizing

From sleek jewelry to outfit add-ons like scarves and belts, accessories are the secret to punching up a simple outfit.



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