It's all about sleek pieces that'll make you look chic at all times. A blazer, high-waisted trousers and ankle boots are just some of those timeless classics.
There's something that happens in your 30s: Whether you want to or not (and whether you're even aware of it or not), you grow up. Everything about your world view becomes a bit more mature, and your style evolves along with it. While much of this evolution happens very naturally, for our wardrobes, that might not be the case. And as we get older, our clothes matter more.
If that sounds like your life right now, then luckily, we're here to help because when it comes to clothes, everyone can sometimes use a nudge towards adulthood from time to time. For this reason, we've come up with 20 pieces you should own by the time you're 30 that will make getting dressed easier and leave you more time to do, well, grown-up things, ensuring you always look incredibly chic in the process.
#1: Well-Fitting Jeans
Totême Studio Cropped Straight-Leg Jeans (£210)
We all remember the day of Britney Spears–inspired ultra-low-rise jeans. They had their moment in the sun, but for a more lasting style, reach for a pair of classic straight-leg jeans in a year-round suitable mid-wash.
Levi's 501 Cropped Jeans (£100)
#2: Versatile Midi Dress
Alémais Halcyon Tucked Ramie Midi Dress (£400)
While we fully commend the Kim Kardashian West look, some days, we don't feel quite so up for body-con and cut-outs. Some days, we're all for the more demure midi style.
& Other Stories Flutter Sleeve Midi Dress (£75)
#3: Great Ankle Boots
& Other Stories Leather Heeled Ankle Boots (£120)
Yes, there are thigh-highs, knee-highs and everything in between, but trusty ankle boots will be the most loyal. Get a great pair, and you'll wear them as many times as you'll make endless trips to the cobblers. Because that's what people in their 30s do.
Bottega Veneta Glossed-Leather Ankle Boots (£940)
#4: Staple Jewellery
Missoma Gold Large Graduated Oval Chain Necklace (£325)
A piece of jewellery can be classic but on-trend. Look to brands like Missoma and Daphine that create fashionable but timeless pieces you'll wear forever.
Daphine Baby Eddie 18kt Gold-Plated Signet Ring (£65)
#5: Classic Black Blazer
Arket Oversized Wool Blend Blazer (£135)
To help limit fast-fashion consumption, investing in pieces that last is smart. Case in point? The black blazer.
Jil Sander Single-Breasted Crepe Jacket (£1610)
#6: A Trench Coat
A.P.C. Greta Cotton-Twill Trench Coat (£485)
A trench is one of those pieces that looks effortlessly chic. If you invest in a good one, you'll bring it out for years to come. Trust us when we say that you'll have zero regrets once you have one of these in your outerwear collection.
Monki Double-Breasted Trench Coat (£75)
#7: Chic Hair Accessories
Rosantica Polka Crystal and Faux-Pearl Hair Clip (£98)
If you're after a way to give your outfit a new twist, finding a hair accessory you love is ideal.
Valet Eva Tortoiseshell Hair Clip (£35)
#8: High-Waisted Trousers
Isabel Marant Sorokia High-Rise Crepe Trousers (£470)
You'll never regret buying a pair of these. Why? Not only do they work for the office (when we're next back in there, of course), but they're also great for weekends paired with trainers and a white T-shirt. Another hardworking item in your wardrobe.
River Island Beige Ri Studio Straight Pleated Trousers (£50)
#9: Modern Flats
Malone Souliers Maureen Backless Leather Flats (£425)
Slip-on shoes that aren't just your classic ballet pumps are a great way to do modern flats.
& Other Stories Croc Embossed Leather Ballerina Flats (£85)
#10: A Wrap Dress
& Other Stories Voluminous Midi Wrap Dress (£120)
Instead of buying everything that's on-trend, opt for pieces that flatter your figure, such as a wrap dress, which, to be honest, looks good on everyone.
Raey Dolman-Sleeve Side-Split Wrap Dress (£425)
#11: A Slinky Camisole
Haider Ackermann Kuiper V-Neck Satin and Crepe Cami Top (£360)
Wear under blazers and dresses, over T-shirts or by itself with a pair of jeans. The slinky camisole is the perfect goes-with-everything top.
NastyGal Plus Size Satin Strappy Cami Top (£18)
#12: Statement Skirt
Ganni Rose-Print Organic-Cotton Midi Skirt (£175)
You might not wear a statement piece every day, but you know those days when you just don't know what to wear? Allow us to introduce you to the printed skirt that will help solve all those problems. It requires minimal effort and will do all the talking for you. The midi length is way chicer than that one miniskirt you used to rely on.
Mango Knot-Detail Skirt (£30)
# 13: Tailored Joggers
Brunello Cucinelli Cotton-Blend Jersey Track Pants (£790)
This item has become ubiquitous among the fashion set (and those of us who WFH). If you style them in the right way—with a white shirt or cashmere, for example—they can look less teenager and more grown-up.
Arket French Terry Sweatpants (£55)
#14: Sleek Pencil Skirt
Raey Pencil Skirt (£295)
Not to say that shorter skirts are off-limits, but a pencil skirt will work for many more occasions. It will look so good with a sleek shirt tucked in and will be your workwear hero.
Marks and Spencer Pencil Skirt (£25)
#15: Fancy Formal Dress
The Vampire's Wife The Falconetti Ruffled Metallic Silk-Blend Dress (£1595)
When you hit your 30s, you will be invited to an abundance of engagement parties and, of course, weddings. Make sure you're prepared for any soirée that shows up in your calendar by having that one "wow" dress you can bring out again and again.
Reformation Butterfly Dress ($278)
#16: Good-Quality Tights
Heist Tights The Eighty ($45)
I can't tell you how many times I've had to introduce a pair of tights to the bin thanks to too many holes. To save your wallet and wear tights that genuinely don't ladder, invest in the best tights chosen by our fashion editors.
Falke Seidenglatt 40 Denier Tights (£22)
#17: A Leather Skirt
Karen Millen Curve Leather Pleated Kilt Midi Skirt (£240)
This'll be your go-to skirt for when you have nothing to wear. It'll be the do-it-all grown-up skirt that will make you look instantly chic without even trying.
Marni Panelled Leather Skirt (£1650)
#18: Black Pumps
Christian Louboutin Pigalle 85 Patent-Leather Pumps (£525)
Your younger self may have reached for a pair of six-inch open-toed stacked-heel stilettos, but the classic court is here to save the day. These go with everything, will never date and will create a confident posture rather than a wobbling on heels for the first time kind of look.
Mango Leather Pumps (£50)
New Balance 574 (£75)
Trainers are really quite the personal choice. But my favourites right now? These New Balance sneakers.
Veja Rio Branco Suede-Panelled Mesh Trainers (£110)
#20: A Roll-Neck Jumper
Another Tomorrow Roll-Neck Wool-Blend Sweater (£390)
The roll-neck is the most versatile piece of clothing (second only to the white shirt, of course). And that's what we need in our lives now: easy-to-throw-on pieces that always look incredible.
Marks and Spencer Pure Cashmere Roll Neck Jumper (£89)
This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. Next up, the biggest autumn 2021 fashion trends to know.
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