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8/11/12 9:48 P

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This is an older post, but I have to share that I have this problem too. I'm 29, 4'10", and pretty thin. It's so bad for me that sometimes I get offered a kids' menu at restaurants. I just laugh about it, but I can see where in some situations it could be a problem to be mistaken for a child.

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6/11/12 9:47 P

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I know what you mean - it sometimes is hard to be taken seriously when you look younger than you are. However, like one previous poster indicated, you can usually change someone's mind pretty quick once you start talking. Walk in to any interview or professional situation with confidence and assertiveness. You'll immediately appear to be mature beyond your years, which is always a plus.

That being said, a little makeover doesn't hurt things, either. I agree with other posters about exploring a shorter, chic haircut, like a bob. Look into updating any eyewear, and make sure you're always dressed professionally. Dressing "professionally" shouldn't mean dressing older than you are. It means finding clothes that fit (I know it's a challenge, I get almost everything tailored), and having a polished, pulled together look.

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4/16/12 11:19 A

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I'm only 21, but I just started a new job about a month ago and when someone asked me my age the other day they were completely shocked. I'm 4'11'' and I know I looked about 14 before I started losing weight, but now that I'm losing my boobs I'm sure it's gotten worse! For the most part it doesn't bother me, except when I'm in a store or restaurant and the people who work there talk to me like I'm 5. My mom is 5'3'' and 51, and people think she is in her late 30's early 40's, so I guess it'll be okay when I'm older. I can't wait to be 80 looking like a hot 50 year old cougar in the bars hahaha.

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4/12/12 7:31 A

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I'm in the same boat! I'm 28, and when I went to buy a dress for a friend's wedding recently the cashier asked if it was for my graduation. I was afraid to ask if she thought I was graduating from college or high school, lol.

Styled hair (no ponytail!), well fitting clothes, and "adult" accessories (like, use a purse or tote, not a backpack) seem to help. But otherwise, enjoy it! Better to look younger than your years than to look prematurely aged, right?

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3/25/12 11:35 A

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I too was carded well into my 30's - now I'm 65 - someday you will wonder about that "older" woman you are looking at in the mirror. Just dress and act professional and you will have no problem overcoming the problem of looking too young.

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3/20/12 9:21 P

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You can adapt your hairstyle, try to dress in a more professional manner, but remember some day you will appreciate looking younger than you are. I was carded until I was in my 30's. Now I cringe when someone says "be careful of the lady."
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3/13/12 11:08 P

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Having a hairdo will help quite a bit. Even wearing a different style of glasses impacts how old I look. I will be 30 this year and have finally almost stopped being carded and boy was I mad when that happened!

Dressing in a manner that doesn't look thrown together is also a big deal. I wear a suit at work so when people see me at the grocery store in flip flops, jeans and a hoodie they usually don't realize who I am.

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3/7/12 3:18 P

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Shorter , chic, styled haircut and makeup makes a big difference. Once I got my hair cut into a "style" so it looked good and not like it was "growing out into something" it made a difference.

Being firm and confident in yourself always helps too.

If you don't love yourself....how can you expect others to.


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3/6/12 1:44 P

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I guess this is a problem for shorties because I too have been told I look younger most of my life. Now at 61 people don't believe me when I tell them I'm 61 and a Grandmother of a 23 y/o

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3/6/12 8:48 A

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I was wearing heels till the chiropractor told me to stop. LOL, I was wearing running shoes, a plain t-shirt, and no makeup the last time I went to the (Kiddy) dentist (they do adults to). A hygienist came to work on me and was told by another that "Ms. Carol" had to take me because I was an "adult patient." She looked directly in my face and was completely taken a back. She said, "You look like a kid." I laughed a little and told her I have a 7-year-old at home. I guess it is nice to look younger at time, but especially in the workplace there are some definite disadvantages, especially if you are in a leadership position. People forget that you have experiences they couldn't possibly understand.

I think for us shorties, shorter, styled hair works to combat this problem. I know it's work. I guess it just depends on how much you care. I've never really been concerned with appearances and pay the price I guess.

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3/6/12 8:17 A

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I tend to wear skirts but I have been looking for some pants options that would look good on me! I already do the heels thing. I don't wear much of anything without a heel unless I'm going to the beach or wearing athletic shoes (for working out, I've shied away from them as regular wear in the past few years).


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3/6/12 1:45 A

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I hear ya! I will be 31 next month and I am 4'9". Dress appropriately for your age. I am struggling with this as I wear a uniform to work and have an 18-month old son. I want to look like the professional adult and Mother that I am, so I am trying to wear more khakis instead of jeans, or at least trouser jeans, and blouses instead of t-shirts. Some days though I just wear whatever lol!

I have found that when I carry myself and present myself in my best light I don't have to try as hard. Also, even if people look at me and think I am young that thought disappears when I open my mouth. This is because I can speak intelligently (and not like a teenager).

Good luck!





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3/6/12 1:07 A

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I wear high heels. If im wearing flat pumps it makes me feel smaller which i feel reflects that image onto others, and how they will see me. Its probably all in my mind, but its little things that help.

I also just try and think of 10, 20 years down the line where i will appreciate looking younger than my years!

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3/5/12 11:35 P

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A new hairstyle, maybe?

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3/5/12 10:02 P

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Everyone tells me that :D I need some pointers for the meantime though. I'm about to graduate from college and I'd prefer employers not to take one look at me and think I'm about sixteen. I do have some areas in my life right now where I need to be taken as an adult and trust me I don't think I don't act like one!


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3/5/12 9:00 P

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I used to have the same problem. But, you will appreciate it later, believe me. It's always nice when people think you are younger than you are.

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Everything is relative... When I was in my late teens, people always thought I was twelve! It used to bother me. A lot. Now, I'm 53. People think I look younger. It doesn't bother me - not one bit!

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3/5/12 5:58 P

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I'm 28 and I frequently get mistaken for a teenager or younger....I blame it on being 4'10 and having a baby face. I do all the right things clothes wise and am trying to get used to wearing makeup but it's still a pain in the tush. It's just been this way for so long and I try so hard NOT to look anything less than adult..

I'm sure this is a common problem here! Will toning up help? I hope.


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