Being in your 30s has a lot of perks—you’re wiser and experiencing an exciting time in your career, all complemented by a developed confidence you wish you had in your 20s. Thus, hitting this milestone comes with the need to refine your sartorial arsenal. So if you’ve looked at certain pieces in your closet recently and questioned whether they’re age-appropriate or not, it’s a sign you should replace them with upgraded versions. And while we do encourage you to experiment with current trends, you should proceed with caution when building a core wardrobe that may include too many pieces characteristic of your college days. Ahead, our guide of suggested switches for an elevated wardrobe.
Make The Switch
Trade in this casual one-piece for a tailored trouser jumpsuit that can be worn from the office to dinner.
This silhouette often reminds us of frocks we used to wear when we were 12-years-old. Instead, opt for a streamlined shift dress with flared sleeves for a touch of femininity.
Bettie Polka Dot Babydoll Dress
Flared Sleeves Dress
While we love a denim overall for the weekend, we can't help but sometimes feel like a big baby in them. Swap for a pair of flared frayed-hem jeans—an updated take on an off-duty staple.
WM3 Straight Crop Fringe Jeans
Adirondack Short Overalls
Mini skirts with wide pleats is reminiscent of school uniforms. Select an A-line option offered in elevated designs such as colored panels.
Crepe Panel A-Line Mini Skirt
Aya Scuba Box Pleat Skater Skirt
Peter Pan Collars
It's hard to pull off Peter Pan collars in our 30s unless you're Alexa Chung, but for us mere mortals it tends to look a little childish. Try an elegant blouse adorned with ruffles for a similar polished vibe.
Pumala Embroidered Blouse
Jupe By Jackie
Let's be real—cheeks hanging out is never a good look. Stow away those booty shorts and choose a longer, tailored pair rendered in a charming pattern to don with a crisp shirt.
Marisa Jacquard Shorts
Alice & Olivia
Lace Panel Denim Shorts
Abercrombie & Fitch
Just as you've bid farewell to your club rat nights, say goodbye to the extremely tight minis with bandage panels. In lieu of the body-con, make the of-the-moment slip dress your new evening go-to—the epitome of sexy, edgy elegance.
Bandage Bodycon Gem Embellished Dress
Tight Crop Tops
While a crop top pairs well with high-waisted pieces, those that are too tight and short can make you look like you're trying too hard. Instead, switch to a longer, looser version that's off-the-shoulder for a pretty, fresh vibe.
Rosal Cropped Off-the-Shoulder Top
A Piece Apart
Mary Jane Flats
We admit they are adorable, but perhaps more so on a little girl. Upgrade these flats for a more serious shoe with a pointed toe.
Caroline Pointed Toe Slingback Flats
Lisa Mary Jane Ballerina Flats