This Is My Last Year in My 20s—Basics and Fun Thrills I Want Before I Turn 30

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@dawn.tan; PICTURED: Who What Wear Collection Bri Double-Breasted Blazer ($185)

I feel pretty indifferent about turning 30. I wish I was one of those people who believes that your 30s are your new 20s, but as the new decade approaches, what I feel most of all is nostalgia. So in order to raise my spirits and get me feeling how I should about finally turning 30, I decided to make my last year in my 20s extra special, at least sartorially speaking. Below, you will see a list of clothing items I've decided need to be a part of my life this year. Will I actually buy all 29 items? Definitely not. But the overall list, which is a mix of basics and fun thrills, will give you a glimpse into how I plan on dressing this year and beyond. 

With the "big-girl" bags and trendy tops in this roundup, you'll quickly realize that I don't plan on changing my style much as I age. Instead, I plan to really lean into the pieces that make me feel most like myself. Style is tied to identity, not age, so take this list as more of a celebration of me entering into this next chapter because if there's one thing in this world that I get way too excited over, it's clothes.

I have yet to invest in a really nice leather bag, and this Jil Sander tote might be my first. 

The cutouts on this sweater are on-trend but also extremely sophisticated. 

Brown faux-leather pants have been on my wish list for quite some time now.

This retro wavy print will definitely age well. 

While black would certainly be the most "basic" choice, I have no doubt I would get just as much wear out of this rich green hue. 

This jacket, in particular, has been haunting my dreams for way too long, so I think it's safe to finally add it to my cart. 

I might already own too many button-down shirts, but this chocolate version is next on my list. 

Ever since I saw Hailey Bieber wear the white version of these to her rehearsal dinner, I fell in love. 

While miniskirts might be a current trend, they also fall under the basics category, and this sleek black one has an extremely long shelf life if you ask me. 

Some might call spending $300 on a baseball hat absurd, but I call it an adventure. 

I'll likely still be searching for the perfect white T-shirt when I'm 60, but for now, this Who What Wear Collection bodysuit is the best on the market. 

Buy this and you'll have any formal or black-tie event covered. 

A moment of silence for the coolest jeans I've seen in a while. 

From the color to the shape, this blazer can truly do no wrong. 

The perfect shoes to wear during a Los Angeles "winter." 

There's nothing like a simple and comfortable top that looks naturally stunning. 

Speaking of stunning tops, this new Nanushka cutout turtleneck could not have caught my attention faster. 

These boots are an office favorite for a reason. 

Fun Thrill: Tailored Vest
H&M Tailored Vest

I'm trying to jump on this trend before it's too late.

I've been noticing this shape pop up everywhere lately. 

My friend recently wore this dress in red, and let me tell you, the photos don't do it justice. 

I have a feeling this cardigan will somehow solve all my problems. 

I don't care what anyone says—chunky loafers are officially a basic. 

Emma Chamberlain would wear these. Therefore, I would wear them. 

The hardware is what sold me.

This new Who What Wear Collection top looks so expensive and came out just in time for the holidays. 

Basic: Relaxed Trousers
H&M Wide-Cut Pants

Yes, these are only $35.

This looks so retro, and I love it.

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