Choosing an outfit that really feels like “your style” in your 30s is like cooking your signature dish – you’ve cracked the ingredients and can practically throw them all together with your eyes closed. The bad decisions from your 20s have been culled (harem pants may have been in, but they’ve most definitely been thrown out by now) and experimenting with shapes that just don’t suit you is a thing of the past.
So now that you have all this newfound wisdom, you’re enjoying your highest disposable income to date, and the dust is finally beginning to settle on the preceding decade’s whirlwind events, it’s only fair that you have the ultimate capsule wow-drobe to wear while you enjoy the ride, right? Here, Savoir Flair rounds up the ten key items that will see you through this decade in style. After all, every signature dish could do with just an extra bit of seasoning.
The PBD (Perfect Black Dress)
Whichever length you favor, a classic black dress will serve as a flattering go-to piece – zero effort required.
The Diamond Studs
As fun as fast-fashion jewelry is, opting for classics is the way to go when it comes to investment pieces. Dainty diamond studs are eternally stylish.
The Ultimate Fashion-Girl Sneaker
Monochrome and practically brand-less, simple white sneakers look just as good with your athleisure outfits as they do with your girly dresses. They are the perfect combination of practical and pretty.
The Does-All Waist Belt
Worn at the waist or hip, a simple leather belt in either black or tan is the most simple but effective accessory when it comes to finessing your look.
The All-Eyes-On-Me Ankle Boot
The ankle boot is a fall/winter must-have. A pair with interesting details that won’t date (think: patent-leather fabrics, metallic heels, or fun zips) is worth investing in.
A Fancy-Fabric Sweater
The quality gray sweater of your 30s is the white T-shirt of your 20s. It looks stylish paired with just about anything, and the key to finding the one for you is not compromising on fabric. Cashmere is best.
The Special Clutch
A luxury clutch – when done right – works for both day and night. Stick to simple colors and an easy-to-carry size.
The Classic Trench Coat
Whether you’re headed for the airport or gearing up for fall/winter, the trench coat serves as the chicest layer to add to just about any outfit. This one will work for decades to come.
The Wear-Everyday Watch
Wearing a watch is basically the universal symbol of adulthood. A gold chain-mail strap is a really subtle way of looking totally put-together.
The Wallet You'll Want To Flaunt
Branded or not, you use your wallet every single day, so it deserves to be a piece you really love. It’s also the perfect opportunity to go a little more quirky and not worry about it going with everything you own.