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
The ultimate fall staple pairs with everything from denim to skirts to trousers.
A black ankle boot is a hero piece for everyday. Extra style points for patent leather.
A structured pair of jeans is the ultimate in flattery—and the perfect complement to everything from T-shirts to ladylike blouses.
An extra-long coat in navy is a chic alternative to black.
Dainty diamond studs quietly upgrade any ensemble.
An elegant blouse offers instant polish whether tucked into trousers, teamed with jeans or worn over a slim skirt.
A tall boot is a fall classic—opt for a sleek silhouette in black for maximum versatility.
Cool with knits, tees and shirting, and flattering for every shape when cropped just above the ankle.
It doesn't get better than a moto topper to add a dose of edge.
A fitted dress accentuates a host of body types—modern accents keep the look current.
For evening ensembles, a simple strappy sandal is always perfection.
Functional and gorgeous, a sleek watch is the epitome of refined.
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.
Crisp and clean, a white button-down never fails.
A suede pump in black is a fail-safe choice for work or nighttime.