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, everyone 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
We all remember the day of Britney Spears–inspired ultra low-rise jeans. They had their moment in the sun, but as we 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
Everyone worth their weight in gold had that period in their life when they 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
There are certain shoe styles completely inappropriate for people in their 30s to wear; saddle shoes tend to fall on the list. They just look a bit immature on women past a certain age—instead, reach for a sleek pair of slip-on flats.
#4: A slinky camisole
Tube tops were acceptable when you were going out clubbing in your teens, and maybe even into uni, but past the age of 30, they're really only reserved for holidays. Instead, opt for a slinky camisole.
#5: a sleek pencil skirt
Short denim skirts had their time, but that doesn't mean you can't wear a pencil variety.
#6: Open-Back Dress
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.
#7: Classic Black Blazer
Past some milestones, you really should be limiting your fast-fashion consumption to only trendy pieces you don't want to drop a ton of cash on. Make sure you invest in the pieces that really matter and will last you well into your 40s and beyond.
#8: Versatile formal dress
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
We have nothing against inexpensive jewellery—just make sure you're buying it from a trusted brand that won't negatively impact your skin. Avoid plastic jewellery coated in silver or gold paint—these are the worst offenders.
#10: A Wrap Dress
Instead of buying everything that's on trend, opt for pieces that flatter your figure, such as a wrap dress, which, to be honest, looks good on everyone.
#11: Grown-up tights
Themed tights are reserved for children in school plays only. Should you own any stockings covered in Halloween cats, Christmas trees, or menorahs, it's time to say goodbye. Sorry.
#12: A Leather Skirt
This is your go-to skirt for when you have nothing to wear.
#13: A bomber jacket
You can't go wrong with Gucci.
#14: Chic Hair accessories
Say goodbye to flower crowns—Gucci is where you'll want to snap up your next hair accessory.
#15: Statement Skirt
You know when you have nothing to wear? Allow us to introduce you to the statement skirt that will help solve all those problems.
#16: Black Pumps
These are a classic for a reason: They will go with everything in your wardrobe.
# 17: Tailored Joggers
This item has become ubiquitous among the fashion set. Time to add a pair to your wardrobe.
#18: Easy-to-wear sandals
A little bit of chunk is fine, but if you go too far with this theme, it's not a good look. Opt instead for a pair of sleek sandals that happen to have a chunky heel.
#19: White Sneakers
While you might love your busted old sneakers, a pair of classic white Stan Smiths or Common Projects trainers will go with your work suit as well as your weekend brunching outfit.
#20: A roll-neck jumper
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.