I remember as a teen having a few staple stores that could outfit me for an entire school year. Now I wander around aimlessly wondering where it's appropriate for me to shop. For some reason I've been drawn to the illusion of one stop shopping. I have a hard time buying something at a store unless I can make an outfit of it on the spot. But really, who wants to look like they walked out of a Gap commercial?
I finally realized something that has eluded me for the past several years: I need to do more mixing and matching. I should stop worrying about not being able to purchase an entire wardrobe (or outfit even) in one place, and just try to find a few things here and there that work for me.
I can still absolutely wear a sweater from American Eagle (even though my teenage neighbors shop there)...as long as it's paired with something age appropriate on the bottom. And a few classic staples from a more mature store like Ann Taylor Loft will still look young and hip if I style them correctly. All of these years of watching Project Runway has taught me that it's all about the styling!
So, as tempting as one stop shopping is, and as easy as it would be to copy rooms or outfits verbatim from advertisements, try some mixing and matching to find a style that's truly your own.