Most women view turning 30 as a major milestone for a number of different reasons. Sure, you can argue that age is nothing but a number, but at the same time, hitting 30 is of particular significance: Your 20s are officially over, you're almost 10 years out of college, and you're likely considering the greater meaning of your existence.
As such, we've spent a fair amount of time pondering what turning 30 means in regards to personal style. We've already dug deep into the items you should probably toss by the time you're 30, and now we're thinking about the things you should know by the time you turn the big 3-0.
Keep scrolling to see 10 things you should know about your own style by age 30!
By the time you’re 30, you shouldn’t be struggling to walk in heels—you should know by then that it’s all about the abs. “Keep that belly to spine and give your best sassy walk across the room,” high-heel exercise coach Freya West says. “If you practice your walk with your core in mind, soon it’ll become second nature to use that center strength to carry you.”
Wearing a bra that doesn’t fit your properly is one of the most unflattering things you can do as a woman, and it can totally ruin an otherwise lovely outfit. Of course, your bra size is likely to change from year to year as your body matures and evolves; we love the True & Co. Fit Quiz for making sure you’re updated on your current correct bra fit.
Calvin Klein Underwear Perfectly Fit Stretch-Jersey Soft-Cup Bra ($70)
Do you love chunky and bold, or minimalistic and dainty—or somewhere in between? By the time you’re 30, there should be no question about how you approach your jewelry uniform. Force yourself to purge all the jewelry that has essentially become clutter in your accessories drawer. Then donate what you know you’ll never wear again, and keep the pieces that mean something to you and truly capture your aesthetic.
Grace Lee Diamond & Gold Petite Crown Bezel Ring ($655)
Kate Spade New York Letter Pendant Necklace ($58)
By the time you’re 30, much of your size and shape is set—you’re not going to get shorter or taller, and though you’re sure to gain and lose weight as the years go on, it’s unlikely anything major will change. As such, it’s important to have on lock which silhouettes look best on you. Are you a midi-length-skirt kind of gal, or do above-the-knee cuts flatter you more? Do you look good in boxy shapes, or is flowy your friend? Know these things about yourself, and your 30s will be looking a whole lot more stylish.
Ah, jeans—the eternal struggle. By the time you turn 30, you ought to have a decent handle on the jeans that flatter you most—not only flares vs. boyfriend cut, but also the hem length that looks best, and the core brands you know you can turn to for the best fit.
Frame Denim Le High Flare High-Rise Jean ($220)
This is probably a no-brainer, but by the time you’re a grown woman, it’s crucial to know which colors are your go-tos when you need something that flatters your skin tone. Sure, it’s okay to go outside of that box and experiment with color, but it’s nice to know with certainty (if you’re online shopping, especially) if a shade looks good on you—or if it doesn’t.
Vanessa Bruno Athé Cybil Dress with Drop Waist ($354)
We all have that one dress silhouette we absolutely adore, whether it’s A-line, backless, long-sleeved, maxi, spaghetti strap—the options are limitless. And by the time you reach the big 3-0, it’s a good thing to know about yourself. Don’t let it limit the dresses you will try on, but do let it guide you in generally the right direction.
Preen Line Sylia Printed Voile and Georgette Dress ($715)
As the infinitely wise Kim Kardashian once told us, successful personal style is really about knowing what to show and what not to show. "Really, I think it’s just figuring out what you truly like on your body and how to accentuate that," she said. "If you don’t like your arms, then maybe a kimono look would look good because it has the longer sleeves to kind of cover up your arms. It just depends on what it is you're trying to hide and highlight." Enough said.
Madewell Shirred Crinkled Cotton and Silk-Blend Maxi Dress ($170)
By the time you’re 30, you should know yourself well enough to know which trends you want to pursue—and which ones you’re happy leaving behind. This will change from season to season, obviously, as the trends themselves change, but if you know your own aesthetic well enough, it should be clear whether something is for you or not.
Last but certainly not least: By age 30, you should get your clothes tailored on a regular basis. If you are in love with a dress in the fitting room, but it’s just a bit too long, don’t just wear it as is—intead, get it hemmed. Find a local tailor you trust and go back to him or her again and again; a well-tailored and well-fitting wardrobe will always trump one that’s off-the-rack.