FashionHow to Dress in Your 30s: 15 Recommended Outfits...

How to Dress in Your 30s: 15 Recommended Outfits & Style for Every Women in Their 30s

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As with any landmark birthday, 18th, 21st, 25th, and so on, there is no shortage of advice (unsolicited or not) given—from relationship status, career, money; the list goes on. The 30th birthday, more so than any other, is typically met with a collective dread; it marks the ending of the beloved 20s and the beginning of the more mature 30s. In reality, the 30s is a decade of self-assurance and enlightenment, no matter what milestones you have or have not reached. Personal style-wise, your 30s will arguably be your chicest decade to date, where classic wardrobe staples shine, and proper fit is of the utmost importance. After three decades of trial and error, you’ve officially come to the realization that with age, it’s all about quality over quantity–congrats!

Once you have a foundation for getting dressed with a roster of closet basics like the best white T-shirt, a flattering pair of jeans, a classic white sneaker, and everyday gold jewelry, it’s time to add a few treats to your wardrobe. (You did just reach a milestone after all!) Upgrade your old work bag with a chic and colorful tote from Bottega Veneta or Proenza Schouler. Cocktail dresses from Tory Burch and emerging label Commission NYC require basically no thinking at all with their all-in-one outfit formulas. Reliable layering pieces like a polished button-up shirt or a black legging are also key to building your arsenal, and go-to undergarments like cotton undies and a little black swimsuit can never hurt either.

By thirty, you’ve found what works for you and have learned to embrace it–you know yourself better than anyone, after all. Below, how to dress in your 30s and the 15 essential items you’ll need to do so.

The White Tee Capsule Collection

The value of a well-curated white T-shirt collection is unparalleled—there’s a reason as to why it’s front and center. Pair with quite literally anything in your closet and expect great results.

Leset Margo cotton-jersey T-shirt

Everlane the Pima micro-rib crew tee

Mother Denim Rowdy bright white T-shirt

The Row Pomorie two-tone cotton T-shirt

The Polished Topper

Worn as a layering piece or stand-alone, a crisp button-up shirt is the ideal outfit topper. For a day at the office tucked into your favorite trousers or seaside on the beach as a cover-up, its versatility knows no limits.

Charvet Side-slit linen shirt

Cos oversized striped shirt

J. Crew slim-fit Baird McNutt Irish linen shirt

The Frankie Shop Lui stripe shirt

Ralph Lauren Collection Adrien cotton-poplin shirt

Tibi oversized checked cotton-poplin shirt

The Flattering Fit Jean

When it comes to shopping for denim, a lot of trial and error can ensue. Our advice is to find a few silhouettes and brands that flatter you and buy in bulk. Your denim collection is like your white tee collection—a must-have in the closet.

Frame Le High flare jeans

Khaite The Danielle stretch jean

Reformation Liza ultra high-rise straight jeans

Everlane the ’90s cheeky jeans

Gap Sky high-rise vintage slim jeans with Washwell

Acne Studios 1997 straight-leg jeans

The Updated Work Tote

Treat yourself and upgrade your old work bag with a chic and colorful tote from Bottega Veneta or Proenza Schouler. The perfect catch-alls for a day at the office and into after-work drinks.

The Row Piper grained-leather shoulder bag

Hereu Calella leather and suede tote bag

Bottega Veneta mini Cabat bag

Proenza Schouler small ruched leather crossbody tote

Loewe Flamenco large leather tote

The Long-Lasting Leather Jacket

A great leather jacket is one closet staple worth the splurge. After all, they only get better with age (kind of like you).

Acne Studios leather biker jacket

Mango leather biker jacket

Frame exposed zip leather jacket

Rag & Bone Andrea leather jacket

The Frankie Shop Olympia faux-leather blazer

Theory cropped leather jacket

The Everyday Black Pant

A classic pair of black pants, whether wide leg, pleated, or straight leg, serves as the foundational piece to any and all outfits. I personally love to dress mine up for a night on the town with a tiny top.

Cos wide-leg tailored pants

Everlane The Way-High drape pant

The Frankie Shop Bea pleated fresco suit trousers

Veronica Beard Core Hibiscus pants

Theory Demitria pants in good wool

Vince high-rise cigarette pant

The Vintage Closet Heroes

By thirty, you understand the value of investing. Invest in vintage closet heroes like this trench from Dries Van Noten or a timeless black dress.

Dries Van Noten pre-owned 1990s belted long trench coat

Thierry Mugler vintage midi length dress

Valentino vintage 2000’s crop top

Gucci pre-owned 2000s pinstriped slim-legged tailored trousers

Roberto Cavalli vintage knee-length skirt

Marc Jacobs leather sandal

The Perfect White Sneaker

Like the white tee, another neutral palette cleanser to have in your closet is a white sneaker. You can dress them up with one of the cocktail dresses above or with a classic black legging to follow.

Khaite Walker suede-trimmed leather sneakers

Everlane The Forever sneaker

Loewe Wave Retro runner sneakers

Totême The Leather Sneaker

Tory Burch Howell court sneaker

The Work to Play Blazer

Whether you’re heading into an interview or out to dinner in the city, a blazer is a great transitional jacket that offers just the right amount of coverage.

Raey single-breasted wool-twill suit jacket

Nili Lotan Valerie pinstripe double-breasted virgin wool blazer

Aritzia Babaton Logan blazer

Proenza Schouler satin-trimmed wool-twill blazer

The Wear-Everywhere Black Boots

Trust us when we say that you’ll get more wear out of a pair of black boots than any other one-and-done pieces you may be considering. They are trendy, all the while feeling effortlessly seasonal.

Ganni square-toe Chelsea boots

The Row leather ankle boots

Blundstone Footwear 1671 Chelsea boots

Stuart Weitzman Norah boots

Dear Frances Spirit boots

By Far Edie knee-high boots

The Cocktail Dress

Cocktail dresses from Tory Burch and emerging label Commission NYC require basically no thinking at all with their all-in-one outfit formulas. For any upcoming weddings (and we know you’ll have a lot), choose an event dress that lends itself to no surprises and hopefully no wardrobe malfunctions.

Tory Burch colorblock one-shoulder dress

Commission asymmetric ruffled tiered crepe midi dress

La Ligne open-back smocked cotton-sateen maxi dress

Proenza Schouler embellished twist-back knitted dress

Ulla Johnson Naveah pleated midi dress

The Reliable Leggings

A trusty pair of black leggings never hurt your top shelf. Reach for the staple for a travel day at the airport when comfort is key or when headed to your favorite workout class.

Everlane The Perform 24/7 legging

Proenza Schouler zip hem stretch jersey leggings

Wardrobe.NYC Release 03 high-rise slit-cuff leggings

Totême Cork stretch-jersey leggings

Alo Yoga Alosoft high-waist 7/8 Highlight leggings

The Row Woolworth stretch-ponte leggings

The Little Black Swimsuit

It takes some time to figure out the best swimsuit silhouette that works for your body type. By thirty, you’ve probably realized that the little black swimsuit is a flattering option every time.

Eres Cassiopee strapless one-piece swimsuit

Everlane The V-Neck one-piece

Marysia Santa Barbara one-shoulder scalloped stretch-crepe swimsuit

Tory Burch solid underwire one-piece swimsuit

Totême deep v-neck one-piece swimsuit

The Mature Underwear

Clear out your underwear drawer of decades past and make room for something slightly more elevated like an all-black pair from Skims or a cozy, cotton set by Araks.

Cuup the high-waist panty

Skims Fits Everybody crossover bralette

Skims Fits Everybody thong

The Understated, Yet Elevated Jewelry

Because most of us grew up in the 90s, we can appreciate the value of minimal dressing and accessorizing. The dainty gold pieces feel understated, but definitely still elevated.

Laura Lombardi Calle gold-plated necklace

Charlotte Chesnais Blaue 18kt gold-plated & silver ring

Kat Kim grande éternal diamond earrings

Jennifer Fisher micro Natasha gold-plated hoop earrings

Shashi tennis clasp bracelet

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