25 Items You Definitely Need To Toss By Age 30

25 Items You Definitely Need To Toss By Age 30

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 this means your style evolves along with it.

While much of this evolution happens very naturally, we all have those wardrobe pieces we stubbornly cling to though we probably never wear them (or, at least, we never should.) We’re here to help—because when it comes to clothes, every woman can sometimes use a nudge toward adulthood from time to time. (After all, as Olivia Wilde put it in her open letter in Glamour on the eve of her 30th birthday, it's the year that officially opens the "Go Be Awesome" stage of life.)

Scroll down for 25 items you should definitely toss by the time you turn 30!

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    Scroll down for 25 items you definitely need to toss by age 30!

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  • Your super-duper low-rise jeans.

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    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 less and less a viable option. Put them away, instead reaching for a pair of high-waisted trousers or slouchy boyfriend jeans.

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    Instead, try: slouchy boyfriend jeans.

    7 For All Mankind Boyfriend Jeans With Distressing ($342)

  • The job interview suit you wore in your 20s.

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    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. Instead, follow our handy guide to chic and affordable outfit ideas for interviews.

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    Instead, try: a modern pair of high-waisted trousers with a pretty blouse.

    Alice + Olivia High-Waisted Trousers ($220)

  • Little girl shoes: think saddle styles, flat Mary Janes, and beyond.

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    There are certain shoe styles completely inappropriate for women in their 30s to wear; saddle shoes and flat Mary Janes fall on the list. They just look a bit immature and creepy on women past a certain age—instead, reach for a sleek pair of slip-on flats. 

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    Instead, try: a pair of modern pointy flats.

    Modern Citizen Steel-Toed Slippers ($79)

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    Instead, try: sleek espadrille flats.

    Senso Molly Espadrilles ($143)

  • Any and all tube tops.

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    Tube tops were acceptable when you were on the high school marching band practice field, and maybe even into college when you were hitting up fraternity row, but past the age of 30—they’re a total no-no.

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    Instead, try: a slinky camisole.

    Tibi Silk Crepe Camisole ($160)

  • Your old denim mini-skirts from Abercrombie & Fitch.

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    These short denim skirts had their time to trend, but that time has long been over. Do your figure a favor, and past the age of 30, never touch one again.

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    Instead, try: a sleek denim pencil skirt.

    Victoria Beckham Denim Pencil Skirt ($395)

  • Your body-con dresses once exclusively reserved for “going out.”

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    The only woman alive who can (and has) worn body-con dresses past the age of 30 is Kim Kardashian. For most ladies’ purposes, it’s better to reach for a stylish cocktail dress with a low back and a high hem if you want to turn up the sex appeal for a night on the town.

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    Instead, try: a sexy, backless cocktail dress.

    Indah Tahani Cocktail Dress ($206)

  • Any fast-fashion pieces you never, ever wear.

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    First things first: past the age of 30, you really should be limiting your fast-fashion consumption to only trendy pieces you don’t want to drop a ton of cash on. But if you have other items in your closet from the fast-fashion mega-stores of the world, and you find you never wear them, donate them.  

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    Instead, try: investing in quality basics.

    Reiss Double-Breasted Jacket ($179)

  • Bridesmaid dresses.

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    Let’s be honest—you have never worn a bridesmaid dress more than once. (And if you have, we beg your pardon, but you’re certainly in the minority.) It just doesn’t make sense to hold on to these dresses—it’s time to accept that they are a one-and-done item. Donate them or give them to friends in need of their own bridal gear. 

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    Instead, try: opting for a versatile formal dress.

    Patricia Bonaldi Long Lace Gown ($2,192)

  • Jewelry that makes your skin turn green.

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    We have nothing against inexpensive jewelry—just make sure you’re buying it from a trusted brand that won’t negatively impact your skin. Avoid plastic jewelry coated in silver or gold paint—these are the worst offenders.

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    Instead, try: affordable pieces from quality brands.

    Shashi Circle Rings ($35)

  • The pieces you are holding onto for that unknown future time when they might actually fit.

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    We all have items in our closets we can’t quite squeeze into but think that after a good juice cleanse we’ll be able to. That’s all well and good, but when you turn 30, it’s time to be a bit more honest with yourself. If you can’t fit into something now, get rid of it—and start shopping for your body as it is now, not for how it might be in some future fantasyland. 

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    Instead, try: figure-flattering pieces.

    Kenzo Printed Wrap Dress ($479)

  • Festive tights or stockings.

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    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.

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    Instead, try: swiss dot tights.

    Express Sheer Small Dot Tights ($17)

  • Denim skorts.

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    There’s absolutely no place for a denim skort in a grownup’s wardrobe. Period. 

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    Instead, try: a modern leather skort.

    Jonathan Simkhai Leather Notched-Hem Skort ($297)

  • Reversible pieces.

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    While we very much appreciate the practicality behind pieces that can be worn inside-out, they tend to be a bit too cheesy for an adult to pull off.

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    Instead, try: a versatile piece like a leather jacket with zip-off sleeves.

  • Novelty headbands.

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    The only folks who can get away with wearing novelty headbands are 22-year-old girls at Coachella. It’s time to accept this fact.

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    Instead, try: a more sophisticated version.

    Valentino Emellished Headband ($370)

  • Tutu skirts.

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    For the onslaught of grown women wearing tutu skirts we’ve witnessed in the past decade or so, we blame Carrie Bradshaw. Sarah Jessica Parker you are not, and your life? Not Sex and the City. Opt for a fun circle skirt in an on-trend blush pink instead. 

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    Instead, try: a feminine circle skirt in blush.

    By Malene Birger Zosima Circle Skirt ($295)

  • Your patent leather, platform pumps.

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    These are just a big no. Get yourself a grownup pair of classic pointy-toed black pumps instead.

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    Instead, try: a sleek pair of pointy suede pumps.

    Manolo Blahnik Suede BB Pumps ($595)

  • Leggings, period, unless they are specifically for the gym.

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    It’s time to retire all your leggings, ladies. Unless they are explicitly made for yoga class, and you’re en route to said fitness activity, you should not be wearing them. 

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    Instead, try: a pair of relaxed track pants.

    Tibi Paneled Jogging Pants ($325)

  • Hot pants.

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    See: leggings.

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    Instead, try: a chic pair of leather shorts.

    French Connection Sunshine Leather Shorts ($179)

  • Ultra-chunky shoes.

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    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.

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    Instead, try: a sleek sandal with a stacked heel.

  • Micro mini-skirts.

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    These aren’t really appropriate for any occasion an adult woman would find herself in, so it’s time to hang them up—for good. Instead, wear a feminine full skirt. 

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    Instead, try: a feminine midi-length skirt.

    New York & Co. Crepe A-Line Skirt ($50)

  • Those old, tattered sneakers you love dearly but never wear.

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    We get it—your busted old sneakers have been with you through thick and thin, and you have a very soft spot in your heart for them. But they’re probably falling apart to a point of no return, and as such, you should probably get rid of them. Instead, get yourself a pair of pre-distressed Chuck Taylors. 

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    Instead, try a pair of subtly pre-distresed sneakers.

    Frye Mindy Low Sneakers ($128)

  • Cat shirts.

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    Here’s the thing about cat shirts: you can own them, just never admit to it. Or wear them in public.

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    Instead, try: a playful graphic tee.

    Madewell Stencil Muscle Tee ($30)

  • Your sorority shirts.

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    Once you’ve put a good eight to ten years between yourself and your sorority days, it’s time to lay these bad boys to rest. 

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    Instead, try a collegiate style sweatshirt.

    Isabel Marant Cotton-Blend Sweatshirt ($270)

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    Underwear or socks that are in less than perfect condition.

    You are a grown-up woman now—there is no excuse for wearing bras, panties, or even socks that are in any way distressed. If they have holes in them, toss them, and get yourself a shiny new gift.

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    Instead, try: a lingerie brand known for quality.

    Stella McCartney Isabelle Wondering Lace Bra ($140)

  • Fringe shirts.

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    Fringe tees are bedfellows with novelty headbands—fine for young folks at music festivals, but for grown women living in the real world, not so much. A look we support, however: a modern, more grownup, and equally as cool variation on the theme.


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    Instead, try: a grownup version.

    Tibi Fringe Tank ($274)

    Do you agree with our list? Sound off in the comments below!

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