“Fashion is timeless”
While this famous adage may be true, this does not necessarily connote that thirty-something women can be seen prancing in clothing that is anything but appropriate for them. This does not necessarily mean that they cannot pull it off, they can–but there are certain things that do come as you mature, and dressing your age is one of them.
After all, you do not get the same responsibilities you do now as you did back when you were in your twenties. Where you used to spend Friday nights in random bars guzzling bottle after bottle of beer, you now spend meeting potential clients and business partners or perhaps, on dates with your significant other. Nonetheless, it is a crucial that at this point in our years that we dress appropriately and accordingly. After all, our manner of garb is incredibly telling of the kind of person that we are and it is inevitable that our ensembles would give people a brief perception and impression about the person that we are. However, in one way or another, we are all a little bit guilty or have been guilty of stashing clothing items that would seem a bit out of place on a thirty-year old’s place—a variety of colour in tube tops, body hugging dresses, little girl shoes—the list goes on. Chances are some of these items are still in your closet while you may have been none the wiser. But now is a vital time to be getting rid of them as in your twenties, you mature both biologically and psychologically and along with this, so should your style. So if you are still clinging to those fashion pieces (or God forbid—wearing them) then you are in luck as this article lists six clothing items (whether bought in wholesale clothing or retail) you may have sitting in your closet, adding to the clutter and taking up valuable space that you should dispose and apparel suggestions on what to replace them with.
DISPOSE: YOUR LOW RISE JEANS
REPLACE WITH SLOUCHY BOYFRIEND JEANS
In the era of sexy pop stars such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, super-duper low rise jeans made a splash and almost everyone who can pull it off would be seen sporting them. However, as much as we want to retain our svelte and hourglass figure back in our teenage years and our twenties, our bodies do mature with us and over the years, the jeans would become less and less of a viable option. So, dispose of them or give them to your teenaged sister and instead sport a pair of high-waist trousers or slouchy boyfriend jeans as they are flattering on any figure and are comfortable to wear as well.
DISPOSE: YOUR FIRST JOB INTERVIEW SUIT
REPLACE WITH MODERN PAIR OF HIGH-WAIST TROUSERS AND A BLOUSE
We all had that tacky initial job interview suit (which would make the fashion god’s of the seventies smile) that we probably wore to every job interview we had before landing the job we have now. Some of them are less than fashionable and are incredibly distasteful yet for some reason, some of us still have them sitting in our closets. Or perhaps, some of us may have been sporting them to work while we were still in the begging stages of our careers and have little to no idea about how to look fashionably professional. Well, toss out the old thing and replace it with a modern pair of high-waist trousers which you can pair with any blouse. Sporting this style would mean it can double as smart casual wear which you can have on during after work dinner soirees.
DISPOSE: ALL OF YOUR TUBE TOPS
REPLACE WITH SLINKY CAMISOLE
Sure, tube tops can be worn when you are within the vicinity of your home or perhaps it can be your chosen sleepwear but you should never leave home sporting a clingy tube top. They may have looked chic and sexy back when you were in your teenage and college years and trying out for cheerleading competitions or sporting events, but wearing them when you are pushing thirty is just asking for a disaster to happen. Instead, try a slinky camisole—it is not as constricting as a tube top is and the delicate and light material would give you and overall chic effect.
DISPOSE: YOUR BODY-CON DRESSES FOR NIGHT OUTS
REPLACE WITH SEXY BACKLESS DRESSES
Unless you are Kim Kardashian, you would not want to sport body-con dresses in or out of the club. As we age, so will our body and when we continue to insist on wearing body hugging dresses, we are at a risk of showing our less than a spectacular figure. If you are looking to ooze sex appeal for a night out in town, opt for a stylish cocktail dress with a low back and a high hem, preferably one that is backless. In this way, you would still look fun and dressed appropriately for the night without having to suck your stomach in for a majority of the time.
DISPOSE: FANCY JEWELRY
REPLACE WITH: AFFORDABLE PIECES FROM QUALITY BRANDS
In our twenties, we invested a lot of cash on inexpensive jewelry—hey, the more we had, the better chances we had in diversifying our outfits and accessories. And though nothing is essentially wrong with inexpensive jewelry, some fancy jewelry may negatively impact your skin causing rashes and green skin. And nothing—I repeat, nothing is worth suffering for, not even fashion. In your 30’s and while you are a bit more advanced in your career, invest some of your well-earned money on affordable but quality jewelry from trusted brands and avoid plastic jewelry coated with gold or silver paint.
DISPOSE: YOUR FESTIVE TIGHTS AND STOCKINGS
REPLACE WITH SWISS DOT TIGHTS
Festive tights and themed stockings are reserved for children or for costume parties only. Should you have any stockings or tights in your closet that is covered with Christmas trees, snowmen, Halloween jack-o-lanterns or any of the sorts, it is time to throw them out. Instead, try replacing them with swiss dot tights, the simple pattern and design give your entire ensemble a striking finish.
Some of these items may still be sitting in your closet and really, as you are pushing thirty (or perhaps already are) now is no better time than to purge your closet from these items. And while style evolution is something that happens naturally, clinging to the pieces you had in your teenage years or in your twenties is not a viable option for making fashionable choices. Give yourself a birthday gift or a belated one and make a fashion stance in dressing your age for the remainder of your years ahead.