9 Pieces You Should Retire By Age 30

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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.

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Make The Switch

Rompers

Trade in this casual one-piece for a tailored trouser jumpsuit that can be worn from the office to dinner.

Jerry Jumpsuit

$495

Rachel Zoe

Sleeveless Jumpsuit

$30

H&M

Babydoll Dresses

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

$34

Pomelo

Flared Sleeves Dress

$80

Mango

Denim Overalls

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

$295

3X1

Adirondack Short Overalls

$118

Madewell

Schoolgirl Skirts

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

$70

Topshop

Aya Scuba Box Pleat Skater Skirt

$14

Boohoo

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.

Silk Blouse

$1,045

Giambattista Valli

Pumala Embroidered Blouse

$496

Jupe By Jackie

Hot Pants

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

$195

Alice & Olivia

Lace Panel Denim Shorts

$58

Abercrombie & Fitch

Bandage Dresses

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.

Silk Dress

$695

Tibi

Bandage Bodycon Gem Embellished Dress

$170

River Island

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.

Crop Top

$70

Zara

Rosal Cropped Off-the-Shoulder Top

$275

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

$395

Frances Valentine

Lisa Mary Jane Ballerina Flats

$325

Marc Jacobs