Finding Your Style Over 30
So you are looking for ideas for fashion for women over 30? You have come to the right place. There are several reasons why style can feel slightly different in your 30s. Maybe your body has changed, you’ve had children, or you have had a promotion at work. Quite often, what worked in your 20’s does not feel quite right in your 30’s. It is not to say that you have to overhaul your wardrobe but rather update it instead. There is no reason you can not stay within the style you love; it is about adapting it to fit your life in the present.
Adapting Your Favourite Styles
The best place to start is to declutter your existing wardrobe. The chances are there are a lot of items in there that you never wear anymore, or you have hardly worn. That is often when my private clients notice things are not quite working. You continue to buy what you always have, but realise that it does not suit you anymore or does not get worn enough because it does not fit with your lifestyle.
Put aside time to go through your wardrobe and remove anything that needs to be replaced or removed entirely. You can do this in one of two ways; get everything out in one go and go through it all in a space large enough so that you can see it all laid out, or go through it all in stages, for example, jeans first, then jackets, then coats etc. If you have an extensive wardrobe or little time, you might prefer to declutter gradually. Whichever way you decide to do it, make sure you have EVERYTHING in one place – out of the car, shed, loft, basement, parent’s house or wherever else you store clothes. Only by doing it this way can you correctly see how many options you have for one style of clothes.
Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether it stays or goes;
- When was the last time I wore it?
- Does it fit? (Remove if you are not actively seeing changes towards this size goal)
- Does the colour suit me? (If you are not sure, consider a colour analysis)
- Does the style suit me? (again, if you are not sure, consider a style guide)
- Does the fabric feel comfortable to wear?
- Is the fabric/style practical?
- Does it feel good to wear?
- Do you feel confident wearing it?
- Does it fit well with the rest of your wardrobe?
The Dress For All Body Shapes
When looking at fashion for women over 30, one dress style suits almost all ages and body shapes: the Tea Dress. Think of the 1940’s style that often had a collar, did up down the front, was pulled in at the waist often with a belt and came out in an A-line to just below the knee. Before I go on, do not look on Amazon for a tea dress, and some absolute monstrosities come up! The image below is a Tea Dress.
There are several reasons this dress works so well;
- The shape flatters most body shapes
- It skims over the hips and thighs
- It comes in at the waist giving definition where some body shapes need it most.
- It can be worn in a V at the neck, flattering most people.
- It is suitable for day or evening and can be dressed up or down
- It can be worn for work or play
Consider adding a Tea dress or a similar style to your wardrobe. Check out my capsule collections for more options.
Finding Your Favourite Fabrics
Fashion for women over 30 also includes thinking about what no longer works for you. As we get older, we are less likely to want to wear clothes that feel uncomfortable, whether it be the style or the fabric. Make a note of which materials feel good on you and which do not. It could be that it feels good either physically or mentally. Think about what works and what doesn’t and consider that when shopping for something new. It could be that when you do your wardrobe edit, you discover some items you like but want to replace in a similar style or colour but a different fabric.
Finally, when purchasing anything new, make sure the colour fits your current capsule wardrobe, making it easy to mix and match.
Keeping It Classic And Stylish With An Edge
As I mentioned earlier, just because you are now looking at fashion over 30 does not mean you can not dress with an edge. You do not have to dress like your gran! Unless your gran is a very stylish lady! You are who you are, and I am who I am. I do not believe in determining someone’s style by putting people from different age groups. What works for you might not work for me and visa-versa.
Define your style based on your personal preferences, lifestyle, the climate you live in and your weekly activities. Make sure you do not try to fit into societal expectations, what someone else thinks you should wear, or pressures to dress for your age. What even is that? Dress in what makes YOU feel comfortable and what works for YOU, not anybody else. Remember to dance to your own drum. If you feel like you do not even know what that is anymore, open a Pinterest account and create two boards; one for colours you love and one for styles. Use this as inspiration to find what you love again.
Your Work Capsule Over 30
If you need a capsule wardrobe for work, keep it simple. One of the most significant issues clients have when they come to me, is the time it takes them to get ready in the morning. They suffer from decision fatigue. Sticking to a limited colour palette will help you create outfits quickly and easily. Choose around five colours and create a mix and match wardrobe based on those shades. Select a couple or one colour for suits and have a few colours in tops to go with them; then, you can swap things in and out quickly. Use the styles in tops and blouses to add a bit of your personality to the outfit.
Maintaining Your Style
The most crucial thing to avoid once you have created a collection of clothes that works is to mess it all up with impulse buys. Work on your colours and styles and how they suit you. Be very intentional about what you add to your wardrobe and think carefully about if it will blend in easily. Otherwise, you will be back to struggling with what to wear again. If you need help, book a FREE consultation with me. I am positive I can help you get there. Also, download my guide to help you declutter and create the perfect wardrobe.