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How to wear pigtails without looking childish. Look like an adult while rocking braided pigtails.

Letting the trains roll through the hills, I can feel the wind rush out from under the spinning orbs, beating my face and whipping my braids backwards. I feel free.

Look like an adult while rocking braided pigtails.

How to wear pigtails without looking childish. Look like an adult while rocking braided pigtails.

How to wear pigtails without looking childish. Look like an adult while rocking braided pigtails.

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How to wear pigtails without looking childish. Look like an adult while rocking braided pigtails.

Peasant Blouse purchased on Groopdealz
Denim Cutoffs: Free People
Hat: Anthropologie
Socks: Free People
Over the Knee Boots: Free People

The other day I saw a list of things grown women should never wear and I was kinda surprised. I'm not really one to say who should or shouldn't wear what, but I was really disappointed to see braided pigtails and knee socks on the list. Then I thought about it some more, and thought who are we to tell anyone what can and cannot work for them? I mean, I braid my hair all the time and knee socks are kind of my fall staple. I would also like to consider myself at least somewhat grown up. All that aside, I do somewhat understand what the author may have been going for: no one wants to look like Pippi Longstocking when they're closer to 30 than 20. Sure, I do understand that way of thinking, but if you're a lover of all things braided (like me) you don't have to give up your pigtails to be a grownup! In fact, pigtails are really quite easy to "grow up," so to speak. Are you ready for the secret?

Wear a distinguished hat. Even better, go for a western or country theme. Think back to visions of western living and Native American tribes. No one looks like a 6 year old girl. I mean, even Willie Nelson rocks the western braids! If Willie can rock braided pigtails as an old man, I can rock braids as a 28 year old woman. *ahem* Back to the original point though... If you were to do braids while sitting around in one of your favorite frilly dresses having a tea party then it might make you look a little young, yes. On the other hand, throw on a peasant blouse, some cutoffs, your favorite rancher hat, and a pair of smoking boots and you have one grown up bohemian look perfect for exploring Kentucky* or taking midnight strolls downtown. In colder weather go for dark skinnies and riding boots to add a warmer touch to your blouse and hat. Own those braids and wear them with confidence. After all, you're having a more fulfilling life experience than the sticklers not braiding their hair because they believe you can grow too old to have fun.

To add to that matter, I would like to take this moment to give the best advice I could ever give anyone regarding styling. Never fear fashion. Don't give up something you love because someone else said you were too old, too overweight, too skinny, too busty, etc... You have one life. Own it, live it, do what you love. Make it work for you and others will accept it. If they don't, you don't need them. So get out there and rock your braids with pride.

*speaking of exploring Kentucky... you know why I'm pointing in picture number 4? There was a snake on the tracks. It was the size of an oak tree and I almost died. (It was actually a tiny garter snake.)
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15 comments

  1. I love your tip on never fearing fashion. You just have to roll with the punches & where would you like. Love those boots. :]

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    1. Thank you! I agree about wearing whatever you want... life is too short to worry about what everyone else thinks.

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  2. You look gorgeous! I love braided pigtails and knee high socks too ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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    1. Thank you! Pigtails and socks is a nice late summer/early fall look in my opinion. Glad you like it. :)

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  3. You look so so cute!! I wish I could pull of pigtails, but I have a young-looking face and everyone already thinks I'm still in high school, haha! Love your top!
    ~Sara
    Sincerely, Sara

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    1. Ok, I actually feel your pain there! I'm 28 now, so I don't care if people think I'm only 21. But when people were asking me if I was old enough to drive at 22... yeah. I didn't want to look younger either. Ha!

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  4. Agreed, I hate feeling like just because I'm a certain age... I can't wear items or styles I love. My rule is, if you feel great, you look great! :) And this look is darling on you. Love it to bits!! xo

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    1. Thank you so much! I think that is a very, very good rule to live by. The best accessory one can ever wear is confidence. If you feel like a million bucks, you can trick the rest of the world into believing it too!

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  5. Nice idea! I agree- I don't think age is a reason why anyone should not wear something.

    A S T A E R O I D

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    1. Exactly. Wear a short skirt over 40 if you want to, yo. No one should stop you!

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  7. Love the outfit! And I couldn't agree more -- we should wear what makes us feel great, regardless of what others say.

    I'm bummed about the things on the list too -- in fact, I think I've worn all of them as an adult (sans rabbit fur..not sure about that one lol)

    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages
    Also, I would have DIED for sure if I saw a snake like that lol

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    1. Right?! I think I have worn almost everything too, also sans rabbit fur because I don't do fur for personal reasons.

      And haha at your reaction to the snake. I was husband of course ran over to check it out! He thought it was pretty cool. No thanks lol.

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  8. This is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! You look like a pirate!
    I looove the looks and what you say is so sweet!!!
    <3

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