Dressing up like a grown-up in the age of the power hoodie has become a complex concept. The divide between power dressing (conformity) and power hoodie (nonconformity) has become very thin, potentially almost insignificant when determining status. In fact, millennial CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg are continuously challenging the style guidelines of their baby boomer predecessors. Instead, they opt to wear t-shirts or hoodies paired with sneakers in product launches.
Whether this will affect memos on dress codes, the truth about having a mature wardrobe has evolved into an amalgamation of becoming Princess Diana without losing your inner Jennifer Lawrence, or Tom Ford without letting go of your 90’s Justin Timberlake. While it seems unfathomable, there are actually go-to-places for just the right mix of #adulting ensembles. At least, it is the kind of assurance I get whenever I step into an H&M store. It’s a not-so-secret haven for those of us who shake off quarter-life crisis by dressing up like a boss without spending extravagantly.
At H&M, I can find pieces incorporating the structures typically associated with a grown-up look yet encouraging the infusion of colors. This combination, interestingly, invites a feeling of being wiser and confident. You can even score a perfect A-line dress or a tailored suit that you wouldn’t imagine can come from the racks.
As it supports the new era of grown-up look, H&M also ensures that you do not abandon your personal style. With the varied possibility for mix-and-match outfits, the store allows you to not suppress your inner adventurist, without going overboard.
It also encourages you to experiment with staple pieces and play with proportions without bearing too much skin. H&M has taught me to opt for less figure-hugging clothes to achieve a more sophisticated look and to reserve my LBD for the night.
Of course, when in doubt, bring back black. H&M has key pieces in black that may seem somber but they surely work, and we can’t deny their chic.
Since I discovered H&M as my grown-up wardrobe, I have never left the store empty-handed. True story.
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