I love wearing tees and jeans. Till few months back that was like a staple for me. Have to take my son to the garden? I wear tee and jeans. Going to a dinner? I am wearing a fancy tee and jeans. Got to go to a school meeting? I am wearing a basic tee and jeans.

So practically I have stayed in and out of jeans, like I did in college.

But then it struck me suddenly,  I will be soon turning 30, and while I like to believe that 30’s is the new 20’s, the truth is that my body, my face, my social interactions, and many other things around me have changed. 

So I guess I should start dressing appropriately, as per my age at each occasion.

The Fabulous 30’s

People say 30’s are the time to be more serious about life and style and Image. Well no, not really.

This is the age where you are not on a fixed pocket money to shop, you are not under peer pressure, and you have a mind of your own.

So here are my tips to dress fashionably at thirties:

    • Wear clothes that fit well and make you feel confident.
    • Invest in quality fabrics, cuts and clothes that flatter your body, while steering clear of juvenile prints and tight or revealing clothes. As Marilyn Monroe said, ‘Your clothes should be tight enough to show you’re a woman, but loose enough to show you’re a lady.’
    • You can still be fashion forward by pairing simple patterns and statement jewelry. My recommendations are bigger pieces of jewelry, because you exude the confidence it takes to pull these pieces off.
    • Don’t follow fashion blindly. Coloured pants are in fashion right now, so get at least one according to your body shape and style, but don’t get anything and everything that is available. So follow only those things that you are comfortable in, and not just because it is in. That way you will be able to get your money’s worth.
    • Buy good quality shoes. Shoes add a good elegance to your whole outfit. Have your shoes occasion wise. Peep-toes or heels for formals, sandals for slightly casual days, loafers or moccasin’s for a day out, and slip-ons only for the beach. Currently a whole range of styles are available so check what suits you. 
    • Dressing like a 20-year old, no matter how much it might suit you, won’t keep you looking young.
    • Develop a look and personal style that has more sophistication, but retain some fun elements if that is your personality. Develop a style that is you from inside out,  if you are feminine, look for fabrics which drape and have some softness.
    • Jeans are a great staple in many wardrobes, look for darker denims in plain washes rather than ripped or torn or distressed. Wear them with a funky sandal or flat or whatever the time and place demands. Throw out or donate jeans that are more than five years old.
    • Invest in some good blouses (casual and dressy), instead of wearing tees everywhere. 
    • Get a trendy haircut by a good stylist who understands your lifestyle and day in general. A good haircut is like a quick makeover, it goes a long way if done well.
    • Invest in good quality creams for your skin. This is important for all ages but 30s are the most important. The way you treat your skin now, it will show the results later in life.
    • By no means am I telling you to look drab or wear boring clothes. Buy clothes that naturally fit into your lifestyle.

It’s okay to grow up.