Turning 30 is a pretty big milestone. Your 20’s were all about finding yourself, establishing a career path, and growing as a human being. Your 30’s are more clear-cut, character-defining years that are bursting with all of the potential you still have. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking your 30’s are the beginning of your golden years— you’ve still got 30 more years before you can even think about retiring! You’re still young, you might as well dress it.
Staying stylish in your thirties doesn’t necessarily mean throwing out all of your clothes from your twenties, but it also doesn’t mean stocking up on smocks and frocks. It’s a fine balance that takes plenty of careful picking and choosing, and a refined eye for mature chic. Using this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about staying at the cutting edge of fashion in your fabulous thirties.
Ditch the cheap materials
The fast fashion industry is alive and well— living and dying by cheap materials to keep stores stocked. When it comes to curating a more mature wardrobe, selecting items made from nice, durable materials will keep you from spending unnecessary money at the mall, and typically serve up heightened curb appeal. Skip the jeggings and find some true denim. Trust us, nothing quite compares to the feeling of real denim jeans.
Learn to dress your body
Your teenage years of random growth spurts are over— your thirties are typically spent at the same height and weight so long as your lifestyle habits run on a steady routine. Figuring out your body type, be it hourglass, pear, apple, or rectangle, is an essential step toward nailing the perfect 30-something wardrobe. Find the pieces and accents that flatter you best to bring out your confidence, even on the grayest days.
Standardize your skincare
One of the most common grips women tend to take up with turning 30 is the way in which their skin changes. As invincible as you may be to the changing times, your skin may begin to see the effects of age. The reality is that your skin cells lose their ability to reproduce and shine the way they could when you were younger. It’s just a part of human nature. Curating a consistent skin care routine is the armor you need in the battle against aging. This means gathering a cleanser, exfoliator, serum, moisturizer, and of course, sunscreen.
Learn how to layer
Colder temperatures mean caking on layers and layers of clothing. There isn’t a specified formula for layering success, but there is definitely a right and a wrong way to do it. Try out these ideas during the fall and wintertime.
- Collared long sleeve top + pinafore dress + dainty necklace
- Turtleneck sweater + knit scarf + blazer
- Button-down shirt + cropped sweater + knee-length wool coat
Care for your hair
Hair care isn’t something restricted for your stylist, it’s something that you can take into your own hands and master at home. If you’re drawing a blank on how to care for your hair, take some pointers the next time you go to the salon. Depending on your hair type, the products will vary from the typical shampoo and conditioner. Stock up on the products you need to minimize your salon bills and keep your hair feeling healthy and radiant on any given day.
Accessorize to the nines
Accessorizing is the key to transforming a drab outfit into a fab outfit. Even if you’re a minimalist fashionista who likes to play things safe, dazzling an ensemble up can be a simple matter of layering on the rings, necklaces, hair clips, and bracelets. Not only do tasteful accessories make you look effortlessly put together, but they also attract the eye to a different place— making your full outfit look and feel complete.
Play the pattern game
If you’ve gotten into the habit of opting for simple pieces of clothing to distract from the fact that you’re not entirely sure how to dress in your 30s, we’ve got a simple solution that is both mature and stylish. Patterns are your friends. Whether you wear leopard flats, paisley dressed, polka dot sweaters, or striped blazers, there is so much budding potential when you throw patterns into the mix.
Your thirties are a time of realization and recreation. Make sure your wardrobe keeps that same transformative, yet stylish energy!