Here’s what I realized when I transitioned from my 20s to 30s. As I personally matured in everything from my world views to my career and relationships, I also matured in my style. Slowly I started feeling more confident in my skin. I stopped trying every trend under the sun and instead chose silhouettes that I felt comfortable and strong in. I stopped wearing jewelry that turned my skin green. I gave into the fact that I’m just not a crop-top girl—and that no matter how much I love skyscraper heels, they’re just not practical for walking around the city all day. I started to invest in quality items instead of cult trends.
This is not to say that in your 30s, you have to stop having all fashion fun. On the contrary, I love playing with pops of color and vintage finds or a striking silhouette. But I refuse to wear anything that I feel even slightly uncomfortable in.
We all evolve in our style as get older, but the fashion items below are the pieces I have embraced with open arms as I’ve come into my 30s.
Classic black kitten heels will last you a lifetime.
Available in sizes 5 to 10.
Wear with tailored pants, skirts, and dresses.
Available in sizes 7 to 10.
A well-tailored blazer in a classic color is a must-have addition to your 30s wardrobe.
Available in sizes 0 to 8.
I own this one in two colors. Such a chic fit.
Available in sizes 00 to 16.
Invest in a chic band you don't ever have to take off.
A delicate gold necklace will look polished whether you're wearing leggings or a work dress.
Your 30s are a perfect time to invest in a watch. This one is timeless.
While there's a time and a place for a bralette (for me, that'd be my 20s), having a good-quality, well fitting, and supportive bra is a wise buy in your 30s.
Available in sizes 30C to 36DD.
If you're not keen on underwire opt for this supportive and seamless soft-cup bra instead.
Available in sizes 32A to 36C.
It's officially time for a quality handbag.
The Bonsai Bag has become a classic.
Ballet flats are your new best friend, especially when they come in the prettiest pastel hue.
Available in sizes 35 to 41.
The chic loafers that will never go out of style.
Available in Italian sizes 25 to 42.
For traveling, for work, for the weekend, and for everything in between.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Your everyday jeans, found.
Available in sizes 25 to 29.
Well-made, well-fitting items will make you feel strong and confident.
Available in sizes 0 to 6.
A flattering LBD will take you everywhere in life.
Available in sizes 0 to 10.
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