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5 Staples Women in their 30s Must Have in their Closet

Katya Bowd

Posted on January 22 2018

I must admit, I am no fashionista. I wear what I want, what suits my body type, or what feels comfortable. I am not one of those women who won’t be caught dead wearing trackie daks. Nope. However, I am someone who is willing to embrace change from time to time most especially if the occasion calls for it.

It is a fact that not every woman is fashion-minded, and there’s nothing wrong with that. You can wear what you want, when you want, and can take your inspiration from instore mannequins and magazines if you so desire. However, if you’ve got a special occasion coming up, or you just want to reboot your wardrobe for the New Year, you might be willing to do a little research to find the best staple items to have in your wardrobe. To help you on your way to rejuvenating your look, we’ve included fashion tips for ladies over 30 below.


Trench coats, believe it or not, are one of the many staple clothing items you should have in your wardrobe. When you’re out looking for a new trench coat, it’s helpful to be on the lookout for one that’s affordable, durable, waterproof, and a neutral colour for it to suit most occasions. Trench coats are the perfect addition to your wardrobe because they look fabulous with any outfit. You can dress them up and wear them over a beautiful evening gown, or you can dress them down with a pair of jeans and a chiffon top.

Tip 1 of 5 chic outfit ideas for women over age 30: opt for a camel-coloured trench coat, coupled with a mid-length sleeve top, skinny-cut jeans, and ballet flats or skin-coloured heels.


Blazers are a must-have item in every woman’s wardrobe. They’re inexpensive, can be worn for casual or formal events, and are a staple for workwear as well. In fact, one blazer can be suitable for every occasion – giving you the opportunity to mix and match. When you’re on the lookout for a new blazer, make sure it’s flattering to your physique. Not every blazer is created equally, and if you want to know what not to wear in your 30s, it’s an ill-fitting blazer that doesn’t compliment your curves. Choose one with sleeves that are the perfect length and shoulder seams that don’t broaden your shoulders too significantly.

The best colour for a blazer is black, or neutral, but let your personality shine through. If you want to opt for floral, who’s going to stop you? Hot pinks and pastels are all the rage at the moment, so if you can match it with a fabulous pair of pants and shoes for any occasion, do it!

Tip 2 of 5 chic outfit ideas for women over age 30: a tunic or a long, flowing chiffon shirt and skinny-cut dress pants or jeans can accompany a blazer beautifully. Add a pair of ballet flats or heels, and you’re ready for the catwalk!


Everyone has a favourite pair of jeans. It’s the one that makes your bum look good, your legs look long, and your physique look stunning! They’re the pair about which every other woman dreams. They are easy to put on yet stay firm, they don’t discolour in the wash, and they are as comfy as Sunday sweatpants. If you’re shocked that such a pair of pants exists, it’s time to get your own! Jeans are a staple in any wardrobe, and if you’re asking what clothes I should be wearing in my 30s, jeans are the answer!

As every woman will know, you can own a dozen pair of jeans, but not all will see their time in the spotlight – not when there’s that special go-to pair for every event. If you’re wanting to look good and feel good, find yourself a pair of cropped, skinny, boot cut, or flared jeans that offer the ‘wow’ factor.

The best thing about jeans is how diverse the variety is. As a result, they’re suitable for every occasion. You can wear dark black jeans to go with almost any outfit or a casual pair of acid wash jeans for a walk around town. Almost every women’s fashion outlet sells jeans, so if you’re getting a case of FOMO (fear of missing out), start shopping now!

Tip 3 of 5 chic outfit ideas for women over age 30: remember, jeans don’t have to be just pants. You can opt for jean shorts as well, which look cute with a tunic, a pair of sandals, and a sun hat. Don’t be afraid to hit the beach with a pair of light blue denim shorts.


If you’re going out for dinner, to a formal event, a work function or God forbid, a funeral, you are going to need a little black dress. Black dresses are a staple because of how versatile they are. You can make them pop with bright coloured accessories, add black pantyhose and heels for a more formal occasion, or go bare legged with a nice jacket and big, chunky heels for a night out on the town.

Forget the dozen other dresses in your wardrobe. If you don’t have a little black dress that screams “versatile,” your closet isn’t complete!

Tip 4 of 5 chic outfit ideas for women over age 30: don’t be afraid to add colour to your little black dress. Bright red lipstick, bright red heels, and a vibrant red necklace can instantly break up your outfit to help you stand out from the crowd and look fabulous.


Ballet flats would have to be one of the most versatile footwear items any woman can own. They are inexpensive, can be purchased in most women’s clothing stores, and suit any ensemble with ease. If you’re not confident walking in heels, but you still want to look hot, ballet flats are an excellent option.

Tip 5 of 5 chic outfit ideas for women over age 30: ballet flats can be worn for casual and formal occasions, but when you rely on them too much, they do begin to get a little... odorous. Buy a few different pairs and alternate them, and don’t be afraid to spray them with scented shoe spray to keep the “new” smell for as long as possible.

When you’re looking for the perfect staples for your wardrobe, don’t be afraid to talk to shop assistants. After all, they’re there to help! What’s in your wardrobe that you couldn’t live without?