10 Best Tips for Dressing Well in Your 30s

In your 20s, you can get away with a lot, sartorially speaking. You're fit and fetching; anything you wear, no matter how ill-advised, comes across as a failed style swerve at worst. But once you pass 30, those swerves—the mismatched patterns, the unflattering silhouettes—aren't as acceptable as they once were. Basically, now that you've grown up, it's high time for your wardrobe to as well. With that in mind, we've cobbled together 10 trinkets of sage fashion advice to help you help you learn how to dress in your 30s. Follow them to a tee, look in your closest mirror, and rejoice.

1) Ditch the leather mini skirts

It wouldn't be a list of how to dress in your 30s without a few things you should toss. Now that you're in your 30s, a few more bolts of fabric are necessary. Switch out those mini skirts from your college days for a classic, always-appropriate pencil skirt. And if it's leather? Don't even think about it.


2)Upgrade your camisole

Long gone are the days, ladies, when you could pack five cotton camis in your shopping cart for a sweet deal of $20. Opt for a higher-end camisole that's slinky, silky, or partly made of lace.

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3)Invest in more quality outerwear

In your 20s, you can get away with skimping on the cold-weather outerwear, opting for your Northface you used to wear on the quad in college. In your 30s, you need to do better. It's worth it to splurge on some quality outerwear—say, a fur-collared car coat—which you can pass off to the coatcheck at a nice restaurant without being embarrassed

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4)Invest in cashmere sweaters

Merino wool is fine and all. But once you're in your 30s, it's time to elevate your fine knits to soft and sumptuous cashmere. Not only is cashmere is made from a more high-quality (and comfortable!) fiber, it will also make you look better. (Seriously.) Plus, cashmere is an excellent investment; it's a long-lasting fiber that's well-known for its durability.

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5)Swap the windbreaker for something serious

It's past the time when it's socially acceptable to dash through the rain and show up to work sopping wet on rainy days. A trench coat is simultaneously a fashionable and practical solution to the (sometimes literally) soggy mess of your 20s.

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6)Wear better tights

First, make you sure you take care of your tights. As in, they actually need to be washed, not just thrown back in your drawer after wearing. Secondly, you need to throw out any bold-patterned stockings you may own—pretty much yesterday. Follow this rule: Black, gray, and Swiss-dot only.

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7)Shell out some cash for your bag

That free tote you nabbed from a New Yorker subscription can't be your catch-all bag anymore, even if you're running errands. Consider picking up a genuine leather or shelling out for a designer bag

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8)Invest in well-made work-out clothes

Sure, it can be tempting to stock up on leggings or gym shorts at Marshall's for $10 each. But get this: Wearing workout clothes you're proud to be in is actually proven to help get you going to the gym more often. In fact, this tactic for how to dress in your 30s is just one of the 20 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Lose Weight.

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9)Treat your shoe collection like a savings account

There are a few things you should invest in. A mattress. A well-rounded stock portfolio. And a shoe collection. Buy kicking up the price point on each pair of shoes you pick up, you're bound to stock your shoe closet with kicks that will last longer, look sharper, and smell better. (Yes, really. Higher quality leather is more odor-repellant than the stuff you'll pick up at your local DSW.)

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 10)Say goodbye to bodycon

Bodycon dresses, bodycon skirts—adios! Replace the tight-hugging club wear with a few chic, yet form-flattering, cocktail dresses. Cocktail dresses are ideal for most every formal or semi-formal occasion: weddings, work holiday parties, the office, even jury duty.

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