In your 20s, you probably acquired your core wardrobe basics. The perfect T-shirt? Check. A flattering pair of skinny jeans? You bet! And that leather jacket—it’s been perfectly broken in. But when you reach your 30s, there are some new essentials to consider.
You’re probably thinking about how to look put together and stylish. You want to be tapped into the trends but also build an arsenal of essentials you can wear year after year. To get you started, we’re naming the new wardrobe staples to invest in during your 30s—from leg-lengthening mules to straight-leg jeans to a timeless investment bag. Want to know which key pieces made our list?
Keep reading to check out the eight items every 30-something should consider, and shop our favorite picks to add to your closet.
Your closet is probably full of dresses with shorter hemlines, but an ankle-grazing length is extremely flattering.
This robe-inspired piece can also be worn as outerwear over jeans.
Elevate your standard slip dress with this color-blocked version.
Take the plunge, and find a timeless bag that you’ll have forever.
You can’t go wrong with a timeless quilted Chanel bag.
The Céline box bag is a classic style. We love this luxe python version.
Sleek, pointed mules have a leg-lengthening effect.
Get this affordable version.
Pair these with your favorite jeans.
Nothing brings more attention to your waist-cinching style.
Take a styling note from Taylor Tomasi Hill, and wear this over a bustier-style dress.
Wear this over a structural top.
This denim style has a cut similar to the vintage styles we love.
Wear these off-duty with ankle boots and a bomber jacket.
This distressed pair has a lived-in feel.
Rotate in a tailored jacket, styling it the same way you would wear a leather version.
Pair this with a leather skirt.
Style this pastel jacket with jeans and mules.
This versatile top can be worn on its own with jeans, or it can be layered underneath dresses for something unexpected.
This also comes in black and gray.
Layer this slim fit top under jackets or dresses.
We love high-rise versions that accentuate your waist.
Wear sleek, pointed-toe heels with this style.