Fashion in your 30's

For women in their 30s, having a good sense of style is very important. For many of us, this is a time when our careers are taking off, we have more purchasing power than ever before, and we're at least flirting with the idea of settling down. This naturally leads to smarter, somewhat more sophisticated choices when it comes to fashion.

Most women in their 30s have a hard time pulling off the 20-something trends we loved so much during our uni or highschool days. And why should we try? We're in a new phase of our life, so our clothes should be right there with us. Of course, most of us would still like to achieve some sense of glamour -- we do want to look fabulous when joining our friends for a night out. So, what's a 30-something girl to do? Simple -- step into the beautiful world of grown-up style.

 

Don't hide yo-self.

 Just because you hit a certain number doesn't mean it is time to break out the boring clothes! Work what you have! 
 

Stock your closet with classics.

You can never go wrong with certain pieces: button-downs, blazers, and a good pair of jeans will never, ever let you down.
 

 Don't be afraid of bright colors.

Bright colors are all the rage - there is no need to shy away from them. If they make you a little nervous, try incorporating them in accessories like scarves and necklaces first.

 Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. 

Nothing is better than a simple outfit with fab accessories. Let your personality shine through by picking up accessories that speak to you and keeping the rest of your outfit simple.

 Don't be afraid of skinny jeans.

Skinny jeans can look good on anyone. It is all about the fit. Take the time to find skinny jeans that look right on you.

 Structured blazers are your friend.

A structured blazer can instantly make you look 10 lbs. lighter if done right. Look for blazers that have shape and bring the eye in. It's the easiest weight loss plan ever.
 

 Layer it up.

Layering is a great way to show your style. Start with a basic outfit and then keep adding. Go crazy if you want. You can always take a couple pieces away if you need to.

 Find new inspiration.

Inspiration is everywhere. From Pinterest to blogs to magazines, there is an endless supply. Look around and find something that speaks to you.  

 Shop new stores.

Try stores that you would never usually find yourself in. You will surprised at what you can find that will speak your name. 

 Try a trend.

Don't be afraid of trends. Used sparingly, trendy items can be a really great way to add a little spice to your outfit.  

 Go flashy with your shoes.

A great way to add a little something something to your outfit is by adding a fun shoe. Try a print like leopard or a bright color like hot pink. Have fun with your shoes!

 Wear the right undies.

Ladies, this is a big one. If you have never gone and got measured, now is the time. The right undergarments make a huge difference!  

 Get a great hair cut.

Hair is definitely an accessory to an outfit. So treat yourself and have it done regularly because confidence is half the battle when rockin' an outfit.  Trust me, bad hair days can ruin the whole look.

 Accentuate the small.

Belting the smallest part of your waist is a great way to accentuate the smallest part of your body, thus drawing the eye in and making you look slimmer!  

 Don't forget the basics.

V-neck tees, a good pair of jeans, and a great pair of flats will never go wrong. Make sure your closet is stocked with the basics.  

 Go shopping with a friend.

An honest friend. Take someone with you shopping who will tell you the truth, not just what you want to hear.  My Mum is the best person for me to shop with, I'll get an honest opinion straight away.

 Wait a day.

Not sure about that purchase? Sleep on it! My rule is if I can't get it off my mind in 24 hours, then it's a solid purchase.  

 Always check the sale rack.

I always head straight for the sale rack in every store I enter (or the sale tab if it's online). Spending less is always a plus. 

 Splurge every once in a while.

On the opposite side of the coin, it is great to splurge every once in a while, especially on classic pieces that will stay in your closet for a while.  If you keep buying substitutes, it will cost just as much anyway! (that's my theory).