10 Workwear Essentials You Need By Age 30

Let’s face it, you’re at work more than you’re at home. Thus, your closet should comprise staples that are reliable and professional (but still stylish, of course). To help you check the essentials off the list, we’ve compiled ten must-have items to elevate and polish up your 9 to 5 look.

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What To Wear To Work In Your 30s


A blazer is perhaps the most important piece a working lady should own. It immediately transforms any outfit into a professional one. Although a plain black option is essential, we love this checked version.

Button-Down Blouse

Choose an elegant high-neck button-down adorned with frills you can tuck into everything from pants to skirts.

Wide-Leg Trousers

Speaking of pants, a wide-leg trouser is a must-have. It's incredibly sleek, versatile and elongates your legs.

Luxe Bag

It's time to invest in a timeless bag you can tote around daily.

Cashmere Sweater

A thin cashmere turtleneck is a staple layering piece you can wear alone or under shirts, tanks and dresses.

Pointed-Toe Pumps

A good, solid pair of pointed-toe pumps is crucial. It covers the feet appropriately, lends height and complements any look.

Flat Shoes

Flats are ideal for a long day and mules are even more comfortable. Choose designs in a luxe fabrication (à la velvet) to ensure polish.

Everyday Jewelry

Small diamond earrings add a touch of glitz and literally go with anything. Wear hoops by themselves or stack with other studs.

Day-To-Night Dress

A long printed frock is feminine, effortless and flattering to all body types. The cascading ruffles, gathered detail and horizontal neckline make this a modern alternative to a basic shift dress. You can don it from office to dinner and drinks afterward.

Midi Skirt

A midi skirt literally looks good on everyone whether you're petite, tall or somewhere in between. The length is modest and a bold hue brightens up your ensemble.