17 Wardrobe Basics You Need in Your 30s, From Someone Who Knows


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I'm going to turn 39 at the end of the year, and while I have curated my wardrobe staples over time, I think I've finally settled on a capsule of the below 17 items. Now, well into my 30s, I think it's safe to say I'm happy with these pieces and I would never switch any of them out for anything else. Yes, newer additions come and go, but these are the ones I wear most regularly. I've not included items like skirts or wedding-guest dresses because, as I've mentioned, this is about getting dressed daily, rather than for those special events where more unique pieces may be required.

This list isn't about items that are just nice to have, either, nor is this list isn't about keeping up with the latest trends. This list is all about pieces that will last in your wardrobe, and whenever you wear them, they will make you feel good and look stylish however the end up together. I own all the items I've featured below (and where that wasn't possible, I've found something very similar), and they are my fail-safe options when it comes to getting dressed quickly and chicly. A formidable combination. They enable me to get ready without having to think about it—a life hack that can never be underestimated.


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Of course, that's not to say that anyone outside of their 30s can't have all these items in their wardrobe and rely on them as much as I do; but I've definitely gotten to a point where having classic outfits I can reach for every morning is my preferred way to function. So keep scrolling to see the items I've selected. Even if you just had these to wear over and over again, you'd be very happy. Trust me on this. 

1. White T-Shirt


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Kim wears a white t-shirt with blue jeans. 

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2. Trench


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Fran wears a trench coat with blue jeans and Birkenstock Bostons.

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3. White Shirt


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Danielle wears a white shirt with split-hem leggings. 

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4. Vest


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Marianne wears a white vest with jeans. 

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5. Easy Jumper


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Chiara wears a white jumper with striped shorts.

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6. Smart Trousers


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Anouk wears white tailored trousers.

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7. Blue Jeans


Monikh wears blue jeans and a white blouse.

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8. Leggings


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Savi wears split-hem leggings and a blazer.

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9. Black Ankle Boots With Heels


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Aniyah wears heeled black boots.

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10. Sneakers


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Chase wears a pair of Nike trainers with chinos. 

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11. Sandals


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Dawn wears a pair of black sandals with tan tailored trousers. 

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12. Gold Necklace


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Lea wears a gold chain necklace with pearl pendant. 

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13. Gold Earrings


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Danielle wears gold earrings.

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14. Black Blazer


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Madeleine wears a black blazer with wide-leg trousers. 

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15. Floral Dress 


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Emma wears a floral dress with tan sandals. 

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16. Black Dress


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Thandi wears a black cotton dress with minimal sandals. 

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17. Comfortable Bra


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Charlotte wears a black bra.

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Next Up: How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe With 8 Pieces You'll Wear Forever

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

Elinor Block