I’m Almost 24 And I Can’t Stop Buying Cute Things With Animal Faces On Them

My obsession just might be getting out of hand. (Or, um, paw?)

I’ve always been a sucker for animals. I had various hamsters, fish, and even a frog as a child, and I've always dreamed of riding horses through woodland trails early every morning (still working on that). My love for animals seems to have leaked into just about everything in my life at this point: my diet, lifestyle and relationships are all affected. So is my wardrobe.

Not only am I a sucker for live animals, but I’m also smitten with cute, animal-themed fashions, too. A purse with tiny rabbit ears? Swooning! Shoes with little mouse faces that look up at me from the floor? Sold! I’m completely powerless to this stuff and my collection is growing.

But here’s the thing: I’m turning 24 years old this year.

I’m so completely against the “dress for your age” rules, but something deep down is nagging at me a bit. Most of the time, I want to look sort of classy and fun -- put together but not too serious. I don’t mind looking childish, but at this point I’d prefer to look like a grownup (well, as much as a pastel-haired person can). Of course, having the shopping habits of a five-year-old doesn’t exactly help with this goal, does it? I’ve been having a hard time lately deciding between what I want to buy and what I probably should be buying at this point in my life. I can’t help but wonder: Is it possible to be both classy and cutesy?

My answer, for now at least, is yes. I think it’s totally possible to work kitschy animal-themed pieces into your wardrobe, no matter what your age. It all depends on how you wear them:

For example, a black toque with ears could look teenage-punky with ripped jeans and a band t-shirt, but with a black skirt, ankle booties and a collared shirt, it’s chic with a side of adorable. Same goes for ballet flats or boots with tiny faces -- as long as they're paired with relatively neutral, classic pieces (like cropped blue jeans, a sheer white t-shirt and a leather jacket) they can be a fun touch to an otherwise mildly boring outfit.

Most importantly, I’ve begun to realize that I don’t care if I come off looking too young and darling. Wearing a sweater with a bear face or little mouse shoes makes me happy, and as far as I can tell, happiness is the ultimate anti-aging ingredient! I don’t want to get more boring as I get older -- I want to get more fun! Bottom line: I’m not giving up my obsession with cutesy animal pieces anytime soon. And neither should you!

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