By the time you turn 30, you’ve likely settled on a style uniform and developed an appreciation for well-made items. Fashion becomes less fleeting when you’ve identified a formula that works for you, and investment pieces start to make much more sense when you know they’ll have an everlasting home in your wardrobe. Of course your taste will continue to evolve, and a foundation of classics allows you to experiment with trends here and there while still looking like yourself. From jackets to jewelry and beyond, here are 16 timeless essentials to start collecting ASAP. You may thank us now, but you most certainly will later.
Wardrobe Staples In Your 30s
Chenie Cashmere Sweater
The ultimate fall staple pairs with everything from denim to skirts to trousers.
Patent-Leather Ankle Boots
A black ankle boot is a hero piece for everyday. Extra style points for patent leather.
Stunner Cruiser Ankle
A structured pair of jeans is the ultimate in flattery—and the perfect complement to everything from T-shirts to ladylike blouses.
Long Military-Style Coat
An extra-long coat in navy is a chic alternative to black.
Sleeping Beauty 14-karat Gold Diamond Earrings
Dainty diamond studs quietly upgrade any ensemble.
Draped Striped Silk-Twill Blouse
An elegant blouse offers instant polish whether tucked into trousers, teamed with jeans or worn over a slim skirt.
Layla Mixed-Media Boots
Rachel Zoe Collection
A tall boot is a fall classic—opt for a sleek silhouette in black for maximum versatility.
Treeca 2 Cropped Wool-Blend Slim-Leg Pants
Cool with knits, tees and shirting, and flattering for every shape when cropped just above the ankle.
Nappa Biker Jacket Quilted Shoulder Detail
It doesn't get better than a moto topper to add a dose of edge.
Cutout Stretch Cotton-Blend Dress
A fitted dress accentuates a host of body types—modern accents keep the look current.
The Nudistsong Sandal
For evening ensembles, a simple strappy sandal is always perfection.
Larsson & Jennings
Functional and gorgeous, a sleek watch is the epitome of refined.
Gathered-Seam Crinkled-Satin Midi Skirt
A midi skirt is an ideal silhouette for all occasions. A tapered fit is especially elegant.
If you invest in one designer handbag in your lifetime, make it Chanel.
Piqué-Paneled Stretch-Cotton Shirt
MICHAEL Michael Kors
Crisp and clean, a white button-down never fails.
A suede pump in black is a fail-safe choice for work or nighttime.