Peter Pan Collars Forever

Last month, Lisa of Lala Faux Bois wore this dress on her blog, and I immediately fell in love with it. Even more than the dress, however, I really took interest what she wrote about dressing your age and following fashion rules. As someone who always gets mistaken for someone younger (I'm 22, but I've been told that I look like I'm 16), her words resonated with me. I sometimes wonder if people would mistake me for someone younger if I didn't wear so many Peter Pan collars and florals, Of course, that way of thinking is ridiculous, as Lisa pointed out her post. While it's difficult not to get a little upset whenever someone makes a comment about how young I look (if only because I fear that it'll hurt me in my professional and romantic lives), I try to remind myself that it's more important to embrace my personal style and wear things that make me feel good. If those things happen to be collared dresses and cardigans every day, then so be it. So even though there was a new girl at work on Saturday who chose not to hide the fact that she was shocked when she found out that I wasn't 15 and had graduated from college already, and even though that made me feel like crap, I still came home and put on this outfit. Because this dress is great, and the collar is darling. Take that, insecurities!

As for the diary portion of this post, there's not much new going on with me. I had some fun with friends last week, like getting coffee with my friend Jon and getting a group of us together to grab drinks with our old high school drama teacher, and I did go to a Harmontown taping with Whitney on Sunday. Other than that, it's been too much TV as usual. I'm starting to get antsy without a full-time job, and I can't help but feel pretty down as I keep getting rejected from jobs I know I would succeed at. It's all a matter of time, I suppose.

I should have a pop culture post up this week or next, but I will say that I caught up on HBO's "The Comeback" right as it came back (pun intended) for its second season. Why did no one ever tell me how great that show is? I can't get over how incredible Lisa Kudrow is in it, and I'm so thankful that HBO resurrected it nine years later so I can enjoy more of it. 

Dress: Borrowed from Lisa
Cardigan: Urban Outfitters
Belt: Vintage


  1. That color is so cute! Plus, I love the color of that cardigan, it looks great on you! :)

  2. Ah, that dress is darling! And it's funny, I never thought you were super young, but perhaps your writing is mature enough that it makes you seem more your age. I used to get people thinking I was in highschool ALL the time -- when I was engaged, one of the guys at work had no idea how old I was, and said "Aren't you a little young to be getting married?" because he thought me and my husband were under 18. I was 24 at the time. Ha! You'll be thankful for the mistake when you're in your sixties, I'm sure! At least, that's what I told myself...

  3. I don't think people think you're young because of the way you dress. I'm sure it has everything to do with your energy and your radiant, smooth face.

    I can only hope I'm still wearing florals, fun prints and peter pan collars in my 30s. Who said they were only for 16-year-olds?! ;)

    Strangers tend to think I'm younger, too. Last year, I got asked to show my hall pass at a high school where I was reporting. (I was 25.) I also got carded earlier this year when I was buying spray paint. You have to be 18 to buy spray paint. And I ALWAYS get carded at bars. It's kind of annoying, but at the same time, I don't mind having a youthful face.

  4. How cute is your dress?!?! I love the detailing on the collar!

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

  5. You are so freaking adorable! Your smile is so contagious. This is a great look, too!


  6. You are so so beautiful and I love the message in this post! Clothes are supposed to make YOU happy--not the other way around! I totally agree that you should forget rules (regarding age, etc) and put on whatever puts a smile on your face! (p.s. you have a really beautiful smile) (p.p.s this is my first time on your site and you've found a new reader in me!)

    <(') Hoda | JooJoo Azad

  7. Love this look. And I actually never thought you were much younger than me. (I'm 25.) I mean I obviously read your blog so I had an advantage because I know about your student life too, but based on look alone I'd still think you were early twenties. Some people are just weird. I wouldn't take her comment personally...glad you didn't either.


  8. This dress looks so good on you- I love how you paired it with the shoes I'm lusting after too :) I've always been mistaken for younger and when I was actually young I hated it. People would always say "ooh you're going to love that when you're older" and it's true- now getting carded makes my day, haha :)

  9. Forever and ever! I'm really loving the color of that cardigan. I'm having a moment with forest green.

    I am often mistaken for being 16/17, as well. It used to offend me, but I've learned to laugh at it and see it as a compliment. It's kind of fun to shock people when you tell them you've already got a degree when they think you're 16.

  10. I love Peter Pan collars! I need to find a dress with a Peter Pan collar and wear it everywhere everyday!!

  11. Oh my gosh, that peter pan collar is perfect. Love it!

  12. I love the autumn color tones of your outfit. Especially loving that beautiful green cardi. You look lovely.

    xo, Serli

  13. Can I just go on record and say I DON'T think you look fifteen. I mean, not that you ancient either by any means :) You look like early 20s, which you are :D

    A lot of very interesting thoughts here about finding the line between personal style and outfits that communicate what you want them to for your job. I know I sometimes struggle with that, but you find the sweet spot. And, since you want to go into the fashion industry, sticking to your style seems like the very best way to be!