We’ve done a lot of stories on things we recommend you do by age 30, whether it’s dropping bad shopping habits, mastering style skills, or getting rid of clothes that are no longer age appropriate. Next, we thought we’d tackle our top five style rules for those who are no longer part of the 20-something club. Obviously age is just a number, but 30 seems to be a milestone for many, and we’re big believers in constantly evolving your style, so you can look always your best.
Tip 1: Fit is everything.
Fit should be the foremost quality you consider when deciding to make a purchase. If it doesn’t make your body look incredible, take a pass. Trust us, no matter how amazing the beading is or how brilliant the colour, you won’t end up wearing ill-fitting garments. Though if you have a great tailor and will actually take the time and spend the money for alterations, more power to you.
Tip 2: Dress according to your preferences, not anyone else’s.
Almost everyone (this editor included!) has changed how they dress at one point or another to meet someone else’s expectations, whether it’s toning down your edgy style for a first date or trying to fit in fashion-wise with a new friend group. We recommend leaving this habit behind in your 30’s, or even sooner if you can. With the exception of the workplace, where it can be a good idea to fit within the spectrum of sartorial culture of your office, we find you’ll be happier and more confident in outfits you feel truly reflect your style.
Tip 3: Upgrade your go-to items.
As you move into your 30’s, you’ll likely have a little more disposable income to spend on fashion. We recommend upgrading the items you love most to higher quality versions. You’ll look more expensive, and you already know you’ll wear the item all the time.
Tip 4: Make sure your clothes are up to par with your career.
You’re likely a bit higher up on the career ladder now, and it’s so important that your wardrobe matches your position. If you’re in a more senior level, your clothes should progress along with your career, whether it’s wearing heels to the office or breaking out the blazers more often. It’s easy to let your wardrobe get stuck in your ‘20s, or even college days—don’t let this small thing hold your career back.
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Tip 5: Continue to take fashion risks.
Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean your wardrobe should be any less exciting. Thoughtful fashion risks will help keep your style fresh and on point. Look to tastemakers like Giovanna Battaglia and Natalie Joos for inspiration.