How to dress when you’re 30

Typically, our 20-something years are spent experimenting with our style. From brightly dyed hair to tacky dresses and fanny packs, this era is all about having fun with trends. However, when you hit a certain age, you must start cleaning up your look. When you’ve reached the big 3-0, it’s time to dress a little more mature. This means you have to be prepared to let go of some pieces in your closet that you won’t need anymore.

This style transition can be a pretty confusing and challenging time. Let us help you with some tips below.

1. Choose solid colors.

For a cleaner and more polished look, stay away from loud prints and bright colors. A dress in a solid color, like black, white, or gray, will give you a classic look that you can easily dress up or down with accessories.

How to dress when you're 30Eva Longoria appearing on “Extra” in Los Angeles on April 22, 2015

How to dress when you're 30

How to dress when you're 30Bec & Bridge Entrained Wrap Short-Sleeve Dress, $167 (before: $334)

How to dress when you're 305th & Mercer Long-Sleeve Fringe Dress, $59.40 (before: $198)

2. Limit fast-fashion shopping.

There’s nothing wrong with budget shopping from time to time, but if your closet is filled with nothing but fast fashion pieces, you need to do some closet cleaning. One of the best things about being in your 30s is having the money to splurge on clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories. Make sure to reward yourself and limit buying cheap pieces.

3. Invest in quality basic pieces.

Your closet must already have the basics, which include a nice coat, perfectly fitting pants, a pencil skirt, a button-down top, etc. It’s smart to splurge on these basic pieces because you can use them over and over again regardless of the season. A great coat may be quite pricey, but this will go a long way. It can easily upgrade a casual getup into a super chic ensemble. If you are splurging on a high-quality coat, choose one in a neutral color so that it can go with anything you have in your closet.

How to dress when you're 30Jessica Alba with daughter shopping at The Grove in Los Angeles on February 28, 2015

4. Avoid short hemlines.

However gorgeous your legs may be, it is no longer appropriate to wear micro minis, especially if you are attending a formal event. Keep things classy with midi-length hemlines that will give you a more feminine, sophisticated look. Additionally, leave those tattered “music festival” denim shorts for the teenagers.

5. Opt for embellished over distressed.

The disheveled look may work during your off-duty and errand days, but looking laid-back all the time shouldn’t be your style staple when you are over 30. Instead of torn, ripped, and distressed fabrics, go for dresses with a little embellishment. These frocks can also be dressed down with flat sandals so they won’t look too formal.

How to dress when you're 30Ramy Brook “Taryn” Dress, $311 (before: $445)

How to dress when you're 30Mes Demoiselles “Aliona” Embellished Dress, $161

How to dress when you're 30Shoshanna “Alexia” Gown in Navy, $197.50 (before: $395)

6. Show off a little bit of skin.

Dressing maturely does not mean you have to cover up everything. However, you should also veer off from wearing clothes that are too revealing. Instead, show off a little bit of skin with dresses that are subtly sexy and age-appropriate.

How to dress when you're 30Rachel Zoe Off-Shoulder Jersey Dress, $88.50 (before: $295)

How to dress when you're 30Keepsake “End of Time” Dress, $150

How to dress when you're 30Bailey44 “Mateo” Dress, $132 (before: $165)

7. Wear everything with confidence.

Reaching your 30s is a big milestone that you should be proud of. You are most likely a lot wiser and more confident now more than ever. Your outfits will be instantly upgraded if you add a little more confidence to your walk, so keep your chin up regardless of what you are wearing.

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How to dress when you're 30

Our 20s can totally change our perspective on life. Everything about your worldview may shift during this critical period of time, and your style evolvesВ along with it. While much of this evolution happens naturally, we all have those wardrobe pieces we stubbornly cling to, even though we probably never wear them or have figuratively outgrown them.

And as always, we’re here to help, because when it comes to clothes, every woman can use an occasional nudge toward adulthood from time to time. (After all, as Olivia Wilde put it in her open letter for Glamour on the eve of her birthday, 30 is the year that officially opens the “go be awesome” stage of life.) So without further adieu, scroll for 20 style upgrades you should make by age 30.

1.В Replace Low Rise-Jeans With Wide-Leg Jeans

How to dress when you're 30

We all remember the days of Britney Spears–inspired low-rise jeans. They had their moment in the sun, but now you may lean toward a silhouette with a more classic, less-trend-driven fit. We suggest a pair of classic high-waisted trousers or slouchy, loose-fit jeans.

How to dress when you're 30

2. Replace BasicВ Pantsuits With Trousers and Pretty Blouses

How to dress when you're 30

Right out of college, it’s not uncommon to buy your first serious, professional suit. It’s only later on that you might realize “professional” attire doesn’t need to be so one-note. By 30, whether in a job you love or not, give yourselves some room to be a bit more relaxed and creative when it comes to office attire. A relaxed staple, such as high-waisted trousers, is a great place to start.

How to dress when you're 30

3. Invest inВ Sleek Shoes

Saddle shoes and flat Mary Janes tend to skew a bit young. If you love them, don’t toss them, but we also suggest looking into a sleek pair of slip-on flats. They’ll be just as playful but also a bit more polished.

How to dress when you're 30

4. Skip Tube Tops and Buy Camisoles

Tube tops have a time and place, sure, but for everyday layering, we think a slinky tank is a more elevated choice.

How to dress when you're 30

Our 20s can totally change our perspective on life. Everything about your worldview may shift during this critical period of time, and your style evolvesВ along with it. While much of this evolution happens naturally, we all have those wardrobe pieces we stubbornly cling to, even though we probably never wear them or have figuratively outgrown them.

And as always, we’re here to help, because when it comes to clothes, every woman can use an occasional nudge toward adulthood from time to time. (After all, as Olivia Wilde put it in her open letter for Glamour on the eve of her birthday, 30 is the year that officially opens the “go be awesome” stage of life.) So without further adieu, scroll for 20 style upgrades you should make by age 30.

1.В Replace Low Rise-Jeans With Wide-Leg Jeans

How to dress when you're 30

We all remember the days of Britney Spears–inspired low-rise jeans. They had their moment in the sun, but now you may lean toward a silhouette with a more classic, less-trend-driven fit. We suggest a pair of classic high-waisted trousers or slouchy, loose-fit jeans.

How to dress when you're 30

2. Replace BasicВ Pantsuits With Trousers and Pretty Blouses

How to dress when you're 30

Right out of college, it’s not uncommon to buy your first serious, professional suit. It’s only later on that you might realize “professional” attire doesn’t need to be so one-note. By 30, whether in a job you love or not, give yourselves some room to be a bit more relaxed and creative when it comes to office attire. A relaxed staple, such as high-waisted trousers, is a great place to start.

How to dress when you're 30

3. Invest inВ Sleek Shoes

Saddle shoes and flat Mary Janes tend to skew a bit young. If you love them, don’t toss them, but we also suggest looking into a sleek pair of slip-on flats. They’ll be just as playful but also a bit more polished.

How to dress when you're 30

4. Skip Tube Tops and Buy Camisoles

Tube tops have a time and place, sure, but for everyday layering, we think a slinky tank is a more elevated choice.

Three alien-chic looks inspired by Gaga’s futuristic new era.

How to dress when you're 30

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Today I’m featuring a Lady Gaga Chromatica fashion guide, inspired by the singer’s latest era.

In case you didn’t know, Lady Gaga just dropped her sixth album, Chromatica, a collection of pop songs that will make you feel like you are in an intergalactic video game. It is an album I can only describe as a fun, psychedelic ride that makes me want to get up and dance.

The music is no doubt incredible, but what has also made this album so unique is its cyber-punk/futuristic aesthetic. From the album art to the music-videos, this Gaga era has a distinct feel — crazy, beautiful, and alien-like, all at the same time.

If you want to learn how to interpret Lady Gaga’s Chromatica look, keep reading to discover three outfits inspired by the album.

Stupid Love

How to dress when you're 30

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Stupid Love was our first glimpse into Lady Gaga’s new world. This entire video is about Gaga being a warrior for positivity in a world that is suffering from the negative.

This is also a visually stunning music video, thanks to the contrast between the apocalyptic background and Gaga’s bright pink space outfits. The clothes featured in the video are what I imagine a cyber-punk princess would wear in a video game. From the exaggerated shoulder details to the metallic fabrics, the looks are just amazing.

How to dress when you're 30

Products: Top – ASOS, Jeans – H&M, Sunglasses – ALDO, Shoes – ASOS, Bag-Pretty Little Thing, Hair Clips – Pretty Little Thing

Here, I took Lady Gaga’s “Stupid Love” look and recreated it for you in a more casual style. To start the look, try on a neon pink crop top with a pair of basic mom jeans. Then go ahead and grab a pair of metallic flats to make the outfit feel a little bit more futuristic.

To get a little crazy with the look, try working in a pink transparent bag —this one has Chromatica written all over it. Then finish the look with a couple of fun accessories, like some stylish hair clips and pink sunglasses.

Rain On Me

How to dress when you're 30

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Rain on Me, featuring both Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, is the collaboration that I didn’t know I needed until now. The video continues the intergalactic theme of Chromatica, as the women sing in a neon-lit stadium while daggers rain down from the ceiling, representing them moving through the tough times.

The look of the music video all revolves around the costumes that Gaga and Grande wear. Gaga is rocking vibrant pink, while Grande wears a delicate purple color. The costumes that they wear are heavily ’90s and sic-fi punk-inspired, which is a look I can see us all wearing soon.

How to dress when you're 30

Products: Top – ASOS, Skirt – ZARA, Shoes – ZARA, Bag – ASOS, Hair Clips – Aerie

In this Rain on Me outfit, you’ll be ready to hit the club and dance all night. To get the look, go for a purple or pink crop top, and then add a leather skirt. Then get funky with the shoes, by going for a pair of transparent heels with black detailing.

Add some pink to the look as well with a cute ’90s-inspired bag. And don’t forget to grab some pink glitter hair clips to add a psychedelic aesthetic to the look.

Chromatica

How to dress when you're 30

Chromatica is a whole new planet, created by Lady Gaga. It is a cyber-punk, futuristic world where people can come to heal themselves during tough times.

The world of Chromatica is full of fashions made from gorgeous metallics, striking embellishments, and candy colors. I would love to travel through space and time to join Gaga in her beautiful cyber-punk suits.

How to dress when you're 30

Products: Dress – ASOS, Shoes – Pretty Little Thing, Headband – Anthropologie, Bag – ASOS, Earrings – Dolls Kill, Choker – Dolls Kill

Be ready to enter the world of Chromatica in this over the top look. For this outfit, don’t be afraid to have some cyber-punk fun by getting all dressed up. Start the look off with a jaw-dropping metallic dress that simply screams Gaga. Then add a few touches of pink to the look, with some pink heels and a pink headband.

For the other accessories, go a bit simpler, so that the dress does all the talking. A black bag would be a perfect addition to the look. Finish with dangling earrings and a simple choker.

What do you think of our Lady Gaga Chromatica fashion guide?

For more Lady Gaga fashion, be sure to see our guide to her style from her album Joanne.

Did you love Lady Gaga’s new album? What was your favorite song? Let us know down in the comments!

It goes without saying that even though you’re not in your 20s anymore, it doesn’t mean you can’t look completely Coachella-ready. Music festivals are often considered to be synonymous with skin-baring outfits, but as a post–age 30 attendee, you may be seeking outfit ideas that are a little more polished. Luckily, a slew of over-30 celebs has served up just that in recent years. In fact, they nailed their polished festival dressing, proving you don’t have to show a ton of skin to look completely appropriate for the occasion. Of course, if you’d like to, then by all means do!

With weekend one of Coachella quickly approaching, now is the time to lock down your looks for the fashionable fest. To offer up a little outfit inspiration, here are our favorite festival-friendly looks worn by over-30 attendees.

Read on for tips on how to dress for music festivals when you’re not in your 20s anymore, and shop pieces that you’ll definitely want to wear to Coachella and beyond.

How to dress when you're 30

No-fail, easy outfit idea: Pair a white dress (just beware of grass stains) with a statement jacket and boots.

On Kate Bosworth: Etro jacket; Kempner dress; Matisse boots

How to dress when you're 30

A high-waisted skirt or trousers and a coordinating crop top show just a hint of skin and keep you cool in the desert heat.

Miranda Kerr: Zimmermann top and trousers

How to dress when you're 30

One day, you are going about your business when you catch sight of yourself wearing your favorite Hello Kitty t-shirt that always made you feel so free-spirited. Suddenly you think, “When did I turn into my Aunt Gladys?” Many of us fall into the trap of wearing clothes that are too young for us, thinking that the alternative is to wear dowdy, frumpy clothes. But here’s the rub: Ironically, when you dress too young, you often make yourself look much older. And then there is the opposite trap of making yourself look older with dated trends. (Please, please, say goodbye to the 1980s Dynasty-style shoulder pads!)

“You always want to look modern, but that doesn’t mean forcing a trend that doesn’t match your body type and age,” says Samantha Brown, stylist, fashion expert, personal shopper and founder of the designer clothing consignment store, The Missing Piece. “You don’t want to look like you are trying too hard or holding on to a decade that’s past.”

Other signs that you are not dressing your age.

#1. You are still shopping at trendy teen store.

“That’s a firm no. The clothing teens wear is not the clothing you should wear and vice versa. The cuts are different, and their lifestyle is different than yours,” says Brown, owner of samanthabrownstyle.com. That’s said, trends are open to interpretation across the ages. The way a youth is doing the leopard print trend may not be the way you should. If she is doing leopard print leggings and you like leopard, translate the trend and get a kicky pair of leopard flats. And men, even if you can squeeze into young men’s low-slung pants, with your boxers hanging out, don’t. Just don’t. Stick with fitted flat-front pants. (Going in the opposite direction with dated pleated pants will age you.)

#2. Your drawers are full of graphic humor t-shirts with sayings like, “My get up and go got up and went.”

Know your audience. If you spend a lot of time with your grandkids and are wearing it for the purpose of entertaining, that’s appropriate. However, if you are interacting with people your age, it’s little juvenile and silly for day to day. Think of the real message you are conveying and the first impression you make. You want people to think that you are pulled together, creative, powerful, self-possessed. “Novelty t-shirts say you have a sense of humor but maybe you can project that in a different way, perhaps with a quirky piece of jewelry, whimsical prints, or bright colors. That is a way to show that aspect of your personality that seems more mature,” says Brown.

#3. You like to show a lot of skin: low hanging pants, lots of leg, Real Housewives-ish décolleté.

No, this is not about body-shaming. If you got it, flaunt it—but there are ways to do it so that it looks sexy and sensual, and not cheap. First, pick only one space to show. If you have a low cut dress, then keep the hem longer. If you are doing a short top, don’t show the belly button and pair it with long pants or a cool jacket. Be mindful of highlighting your best features. “A lot of designers are doing cutouts with sheer panels now. That is a really elegant, classy way to do it. There is still skin but there is still coverage. A sheer sleeve is still sexy but gives coverage,” says Brown.

#4. You still dress like you did 10 years ago.

The quickest way to age yourself is to wear something out of date, unless it is a timeless classic silhouette. Looking modern is more important than looking trendy. This holds especially true for men who hold onto their suits for decades. Suit jackets have become more tailored. You should be able to fit only one fist in between your chest and the lapels when the jacket is buttoned. If there is more room, it’s probably too big and an older style.

Update your closet every few seasons. “If you are into vintage clothing, most look better when mixed with modern pieces, like a 70s long flowing dress with a new leather jacket. But be careful: getting the right fit is everything,” says Brown.

#5. You are still rebelling against The Man.

You can remain true to who you are without looking like a Ramones roadie. “I will say that if you want to participate in that trend, it is weekend casual. It shouldn’t be worn to work,” says Brown. If you want to go bad-ass and edgy, wear one statement piece matched with more timeless wear. For example, if you are into the ripped denim trend, keep the rips minimal on the knees. (“No butt rips!” Brown state firmly) Then dress it up with a fitted jacket and top.

#6. Your swimsuit is from another era.

Even if you are not comfortable with your body, you don’t have to suffer in a frumpy burka-like ensemble. There are amazing one-pieces out there with cut outs, and nice shaping. Brown says to look for ruching (it’s a great to define a waist), a natural built-in waistline, and chest support. For men, Speedos are a hard no in the US. Also, make sure the suit doesn’t squeeze the waist into a muffin top and is something you can move in. “If you can’t stand up, sit down or swim, it’s probably not the right choice” says Brown.

Overall, Brown adds, “People over 50 shouldn’t shy away from participating in trends because they feel intimidated. Fashion and great style are for everyone. There is no reason to wear your LL Bean turtleneck and shrink into the background. You can participate in trends but pay attention to cut, fit, style and how it fits into your lifestyle.”

What they say is true – age is just a number. And you can fake it based on how you regard your health, appearance, and overall attitude towards life. Here are the top ways to age gracefully and have people thinking you’re decades younger.

1. Invest in hair care. Hormones deplete and alter as we get older, which can result in less silky and thinner locks. A weekly oil or conditioning mask as well as a Vitamin B or Biotin supplement should keep your hair shiny, full and lustrous.

  • How to dress when you're 30
  • How to dress when you're 30

2. Spend time on beauty sleep. Try to get at likes 7 and half hours every night, and try to keep your bed time to around the same time. This will bring you healthier skin and preserve both elastin and collagen.

  • How to dress when you're 30
  • How to dress when you're 30

3. Cut on on the cigarettes, coffee, and alcohol. These substances, although fun to indulge inn can bring rosacea, wrinkles, acne, and fine lines. Switch from soda to infused water and from coffee to tea!

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  • How to dress when you're 30

4. Try out yoga, meditation, or a daily nature walk. These can all decrease stress that is brought on by kids, work, and just the daily chaos of life.

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  • How to dress when you're 30

5. Eat fresh, light foods that you buy at the farmers market instead of opting for processed, fried, or oily foods. Eat foods high in Resveratrol, which is a powerful anti-aging antioxidant found in red wine.

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  • How to dress when you're 30

6. Try to stay away from food that stains the teeth and instead opt for weekly whitening treatments. Whitening treatments can go a long way in giving a more youthful appearance.

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  • How to dress when you're 30

7. Don’t stick with the same makeup as you grow older – as we age, the needs of our skin do as well. Don’t go with heavy makeup. Instead, switch to light, tinted moisturizers and cream foundation.

How to dress when you're 30

8. Sun protection and SPF is everything. Get SPF infused skin products or apply sunscreen daily to keep your skin safe, as well as wrinkle and sunspot free.

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  • How to dress when you're 30

9. Invest in skincare products that include peptides. Peptides help your body create collagen and hold back fine lines. Ingredients such as caffeine and nicotinic acid can also prevent those dreaded crow’s feet.

How to dress when you're 30

10. Update your hair cut. If it’s stuck in a previous era, switch it up with a soft color update, or a shoulder length cut with cascading, side swept banks which high forehead wrinkles.

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  • How to dress when you're 30

11. Dress your age, but with a contemporary twist. A foolproof outfit is always a well fitted blazer and understated skinny jeans.

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  • How to dress when you're 30

12. Moisturize and exfoliate! Keeping dead skin at bay helps you maintain your glow, and moisturizing prevent fine lines and wrinkles from becoming prominent, which can happen with dehydration.

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Obesity can bring its challenges in a world where fashion models are a size two. In fact, many overweight women are under the misconception that little to no clothing is available to fit their curves. This may prompt you to wear clothes that are all wrong for your body. Before you commit any more fashion faux pas, learn what types of clothes to stay away from and adapt sensible tips tailored to your body type.

Baggy Clothes

When you have extra weight, your first instinct may be to hide it. Baggy clothes are not only a fashion mishap, but they also tend to put more weight on your body. This illusion is magnified if you wear baggy clothes in bright colors. Choose clothes tailored to your body that have clean lines at your smallest parts. For example, if you have small shoulders, choose V-neck or boat-neck tees.

Small Sizes

If you are obese, you may already be in the middle of a weight-loss plan. In your mind, it seems silly to waste money on more clothes so you might attempt to fit into your old clothing that is too small. Wearing too-small clothing draws attention to any bulges you have, making you look bigger. If money is of concern, choose a few basic separates that you can wear with multiple outfits until you achieve your desired weight.

The Wrong Colors

Black is a favorite color choice because of its slimming effects. However, if people start to wonder if you’re in mourning, you may need to take a break from black clothing. This can be frightening if you’ve relied on black as a way to blend in, but you should realize numerous other colors are available that look fabulous on women of all shapes and sizes. Steer clear of pastels and patterns, and instead opt for jewel tones and other dark solids that complement your skin tone.

Flat Shoes

For many, comfort and style don’t seem to go hand in hand. This prompts women to wear sneakers with jeans, and flats with just about every other outfit. Flat shoes make the legs look shorter, thereby making you appear wider. Unless you’re working out, skip the sneakers and try a stylish wedge or heel instead. Extra height elongates the body, providing a slim appearance throughout.

Tips and Considerations

Obesity is a medical condition that sometimes affects your fashion choices, too. No matter what your size, it is imperative to know your body and to dress it with love. When you wear the right clothing, other people will notice your fashion sense over your size. If you need assistance, consider hiring a professional stylist to help you look your best.