20 Items You Should Own by the Time You're 30
Wondering how to dress in your 30s? There's something that happens in your 20s: Whether you want to or not, whether you're even aware of it, you grow up. Everything about your worldview becomes a bit more mature, and your style evolves along with it.
While much of this evolution happens very naturally, for our wardrobe, that might not be the case. And as we get older, our clothes matter more. We're leading busier lives with more hectic schedules, which means we don't have an hour to get ready in the morning, and more like 20 minutes.
If that sounds like your life right now, then luckily we're here to help—because when it comes to clothes, every woman can sometimes use a nudge towards adulthood from time to time. For this reason, we've come up with 20 pieces you should own by the time you're 30 that will make getting dressed easier and ensure you always look incredibly chic.
Scroll down for 20 items you should own by the time you're 30, plus where to shop key pieces.
#1: Well-fitting Jeans
J Brand Wynne Cropped High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans (£245)
We all remember the day of Britney Spears–inspired ultra-low-rise jeans. They had their moment in the sun, but as we ladies mature and our bodies mature with us, they become a less and less viable option. Put them away, and instead reach for a pair of high-waisted trousers or slouchy boyfriend jeans.
#2: High-Waisted Trousers
Mango Seams Waist Coated Trousers ( £50 ) (£25)
Every woman worth her weight in gold had that period in her life when she wore incredibly distasteful suits to job interviews. It's usually when you're just starting out in your career and you have absolutely no idea what to wear. But now try a pair of high-waisted trousers and a pretty blouse. Much more professional and much chicer.
#3: Modern Flats
#4: A slinky camisole
#5: a sleek pencil skirt
#6: Open-Back Dress
& Other Stories Open Back Dotted Jacquard Dress (£110)
While we fully commend the Kim Kardashian West look, some days we don't feel quite so body-confident, in which case it's comforting to reach for a stylish cocktail dress instead of a body-con frock. Try one with a low back and a high hem to look super chic without feeling too self-conscious.
#7: Classic Black Blazer
#8: Versatile formal dress
Self-Portrait Georgette-Trimmed Guipure Lace and Pleated Crepe Midi Dress (£340)
When you hit your 30s, you will be invited to an abundance of weddings (trust us on this). To make sure you have an outfit for every nuptial, invest in a dress you'll want to wear over and over. And if this doesn't take your fancy, you can always check out our guide to the best wedding guest dresses.
#9: Quality Jewellery that doesn't break the bank
#10: A Wrap Dress
#11: Grown-up tights
#12: A Leather Skirt
#13: A bomber jacket
#14: Chic Hair accessories
#15: Statement Skirt
#16: Black Pumps
# 17: Tailored Joggers
#18: Easy-to-wear sandals
#19: White Sneakers
#20: A roll-neck jumper
Bella Freud Britt Roll-Neck Cashmere-Blend Sweater (£360)
We're not about to go all Nora Ephron about our necks, but the roll-neck is the most versatile piece of clothing (second only to the white shirt, of course).
Opening Images: Style Snooper Dan
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.