October 2, 2022
How to Dress in Your 30s: @symphonyofsilk

It’s all about sleek pieces that’ll make you look chic at all times. A blazer, high-waisted trousers and ankle boots are just some of those timeless classics. 

There’s something that happens in your 30s: Whether you want to or not (and whether you’re even aware of it or not), you grow up. Everything about your world view becomes a bit more mature, and your style evolves along with it. While much of this evolution happens very naturally, for our wardrobes, that might not be the case. And as we get older, our clothes matter more.

If that sounds like your life right now, then luckily, we’re here to help because when it comes to clothes, everyone can sometimes use a nudge towards adulthood from time to time. For this reason, we’ve come up with 20 pieces you should own by the time you’re 30 that will make getting dressed easier and leave you more time to do, well, grown-up things, ensuring you always look incredibly chic in the process. 

#1: Well-Fitting Jeans

Mother Rider High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans
Mother
Rider High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans
£285

We all remember the days of Britney Spears–inspired ultra-low-rise jeans. They had their moment in the sun, but for a more lasting style, reach for a pair of classic straight-leg jeans in a suitable mid-blue wash. 

Levi's 501 Cropped Jeans
Levi’s
501 Cropped Jeans
£95

Next year, Levi’s will celebrate 150 years of the 501, showing just how enduring this style is. 

#2: A Versatile Midi Dress

Alémais Heather Floral-Print Midi Dress
Alémais
Heather Floral-Print Midi Dress
£385

While we fully commend the Kim Kardashian look, some days, we don’t feel quite so up for body-con and cut-outs. Some days, we’re all for the more demure midi style.

& Other Stories Flowy Puff Sleeve Midi Dress
& Other Stories
Flowy Puff Sleeve Midi Dress
£85

The perfect companion for trainers, boots or sandals, depending on the day ahead. 

#3: Great Ankle Boots

& Other Stories Block Heel Leather Boots
& Other Stories
Block Heel Leather Boots
£120

Yes, there are thigh-highs, knee-highs and everything in between, but trusty ankle boots will be the most loyal. Get a great pair, and you’ll wear them many times. You’ll make endless trips to the cobbler’s because that’s what people in their 30s do. 

Isabel Marant Imori 50mm Ankle Boots
Isabel Marant
Imori 50mm Ankle Boots
£690

White boots can lift an outfit and are even Sienna Miller approved. Plus, this style works especially well for those who are high-heel averse. 

#4: Staple Jewellery

Missoma Gold Large Graduated Oval Chain Necklace
Missoma
Gold Large Graduated Oval Chain Necklace
£325

A piece of jewellery can be classic but on-trend. Look to brands like Missoma and Daphine that create fashionable but timeless pieces you’ll wear forever. 

Daphine Baby Eddie 18kt Gold-Plated Signet Ring
Daphine
Baby Eddie 18kt Gold-Plated Signet Ring
£65

The signet style is classic and elevated in plated 18kt gold.  

#5: A Classic Black Blazer

Arket Oversized Wool Blend Blazer
Arket
Oversized Wool Blend Blazer
£149

To help limit fast-fashion consumption, investing in pieces that last is smart. Case in point? The black blazer. 

Jil Sander Single-Breasted Wool-Garbadine Jacket
Jil Sander
Single-Breasted Wool-Garbadine Jacket
£1610

The minimalist style makes this black blazer timeless, whilst the lack of lapel adds a bold, modern touch. 

#6: A Trench Coat

Mango Cotton Classic Trench Coat
Mango
Cotton Classic Trench Coat
£70

Trust us when we say that you’ll have zero regrets once you have one of these in your outerwear collection.

Herno Belted Trench Coat
Herno
Belted Trench Coat
£510

A trench is one of those pieces that looks effortlessly chic. If you invest in a good one, you’ll bring it out for years to come. 

#7: Chic Hair Accessories

Simone Rocha Crystal Bead Hair Slide
Simone Rocha
Crystal Bead Hair Slide
£125

If you’re after a way to give your outfit a new twist, finding a hair accessory you love is ideal.

The Uniform Tortoiseshell Hair Clip Set of Two
The Uniform
Tortoiseshell Hair Clip Set of Two
£25

This dependable design will soon, like its brand name promises, become your uniform. 

#8: High-Waisted Trousers

COS Tailored High-Waist Trousers
COS
Tailored High-Waist Trousers
£79

You’ll never regret buying a pair of these. Why? Not only do they work for the office, but they’re also great for weekends paired with trainers and a white T-shirt. It’ll be another hardworking item in your wardrobe. 

River Island Black Wide Leg Pleated Trousers
River Island
Black Wide Leg Pleated Trousers
£50

With tailored front details and an elasticated back, the waistband will adjust to your contours for a perfect fit. 

#9: Pointed Flats

Jimmy Choo Basil Latte Pleated Luxe Nappa Leather Flats
Jimmy Choo
Basil Latte Pleated Luxe Nappa Leather Flats
£675

Flat shoes that aren’t just your classic ballet pumps are a great way to do modern flats. 

COS Pointed Leather Flats
COS
Pointed Leather Flats
£99

These are giving me The Row energy, and for that price, I’ll take them. 

#10: A Wrap Dress

& Other Stories Voluminous Midi Wrap Dress
& Other Stories
Voluminous Midi Wrap Dress
£120

Instead of buying everything that’s on-trend, opt for pieces that flatter your figure, such as a wrap dress, which, to be honest, looks good on everyone. 

Live The Process Leda Ribbed Wrap Midi Dress
Live The Process
Leda Ribbed Wrap Midi Dress
£398

Style for sun with your favourite sandals, or opt for knee-high boots on cooler days. 

#11: A Slinky Camisole

Nanushka Klara Tie-Detailed Ruched Satin Top
Nanushka
Klara Tie-Detailed Ruched Satin Top
£265

Wear under blazers and dresses, over T-shirts or by itself with a pair of jeans. 

H&M Lace Trimmed Cami Top
H&M
Lace Trimmed Cami Top
£18

The slinky camisole is the perfect goes-with-everything top. 

#12: A Statement Skirt

Mara Hoffman Katrine Andonia-Print Wrap Skirt
Mara Hoffman
Katrine Andonia-Print Wrap Skirt
£238

You might not wear a statement piece every day, but you know those days when you just don’t know what to wear? Allow us to introduce you to the printed skirt that will help solve all those problems. It requires minimal effort and will do all the talking for you. The midi length is way chicer than that one miniskirt you used to rely on.

Mango Wrap Print Skirt
Mango
Wrap Print Skirt
£36

A statement skirt doesn’t have to cost the earth. This retro-print piece can be worn with your staple black blazer or thrown over a swimsuit when holiday season arrives. 

# 13: Tailored Joggers

James Perse Supima Cotton-Terry Track Pants
James Perse
Supima Cotton-Terry Track Pants
£140

This item has become ubiquitous among the fashion set and those of us who still work from home. If you style them in the right way—with a white shirt or cashmere, for example—they can look less teenager and more grown-up. 

Arket French Terry Sweatpants
Arket
French Terry Sweatpants
£55

For ultimate cosy lounging style with the matching sweatshirt. 

#14: A Sleek Pencil Skirt

Eileen Fisher Black High-Waisted Pencil Skirt
Eileen Fisher
Black High-Waisted Pencil Skirt
£130

Not to say that shorter skirts are off limits, but a pencil skirt will work for many more occasions. It will look so good with a sleek shirt tucked in and will be your workwear hero.

Marks and Spencer Pencil Skirt
Marks and Spencer
Pencil Skirt
£20

For an out-of-office outfit, style it with your favourite jumper and trainers for a polished yet laid-back look. 

#15: A Fancy, Formal Dress

The Vampire's Wife The Falconetti Ruffled Metallic Silk-Blend Dress
The Vampire’s Wife
The Falconetti Ruffled Metallic Silk-Blend Dress
£1595

When you hit your 30s, you will be invited to an abundance of engagement parties and, of course, weddings. Make sure you’re prepared for any soirée that shows up in your calendar by having that one “wow” dress you can bring out again and again.

Reformation Kourtney Dress
Reformation
Kourtney Dress
£248

Reformation makes its best dresses in sizes 4 to 28, and this red wrap style will suit every figure. 

#16: Good-Quality Tights

Heist The Eighty
Heist
The Eighty
£26

We can’t tell you how many times we’ve had to introduce a pair of tights to the bin thanks to too many holes. To save your wallet, invest in the best tights chosen by our fashion editors. 

Heist The Nude High 070 Tights
Heist
The Nude High 070 Tights
£22

We always keep a pair of skin-coloured tights in our wardrobes in case of cooler days and to wear with dresses or hide a bad fake-tan moment. 

#17: A Leather Skirt

Karen Millen Leather Pleated Kilt Midi Skirt
Karen Millen
Leather Pleated Kilt Midi Skirt
£228

This’ll be your go-to skirt for when you have nothing to wear. It’ll be the do-it-all grown-up skirt that will make you look instantly chic without even trying. 

Gabriela Hearst Mayita Patchwork Suede and Leather Skirt
Gabriela Hearst
Mayita Patchwork Suede and Leather Skirt
£7290

Nowhere did we say you can’t combine your statement skirt and leather skirt. This Gabriela Hearst patchwork skirt may be an investment, but the mix of colours means it will style easily with your other pieces. 

#18: Black Pumps

Salvatore Ferragamo High-Heel Pumps
Salvatore Ferragamo
High-Heel Pumps
£575

Your younger self may have reached for a pair of six-inch open-toed, stacked-heel stilettos, but the classic court is here to save the day. These go with everything, will never date and will create a confident posture rather than a “wobbling on heels for the first time” kind of look. 

Mango Leather Pump
Mango
Leather Pumps
£50

We love pointed-toe pumps with wide-leg tailored trousers to channel Victoria Beckham’s sleek style. 

#19: Sneakers

New Balance 327 Trainers
New Balance
327 Trainers
£70

Trainers are really quite the personal choice. But our favourites right now? These New Balance sneakers. 

Veja Campo Sneakers
Veja
Campo Sneakers
£120

Veja trainers have been a sell-out since they hit the fashion scene. The easy, clean lines make them constantly coveted. 

#20: A Roll-Neck Jumper

Raey Roll-Neck Fine-Knit Cashmere Sweater
Raey
Roll-Neck Fine-Knit Cashmere Sweater
£225

The roll-neck is the most versatile piece of clothing (second only to the white shirt, of course). And that’s what we need in our lives now: easy-to-throw-on pieces that always look incredible. 

Reformation Luisa Cropped Cashmere Jumper
Reformation
Luisa Cropped Cashmere Jumper
£198

This boxy fit is a more modern take on a classic piece, with deep rib details to add texture. 

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. Next up, these are the biggest summer 2022 fashion trends to know.