How to dress when you’re 30

Typically, our 20-something years are spent experimenting with our style. From brightly dyed hair to tacky dresses and fanny packs, this era is all about having fun with trends. However, when you hit a certain age, you must start cleaning up your look. When you’ve reached the big 3-0, it’s time to dress a little more mature. This means you have to be prepared to let go of some pieces in your closet that you won’t need anymore.

This style transition can be a pretty confusing and challenging time. Let us help you with some tips below.

1. Choose solid colors.

For a cleaner and more polished look, stay away from loud prints and bright colors. A dress in a solid color, like black, white, or gray, will give you a classic look that you can easily dress up or down with accessories.

How to dress when you're 30Eva Longoria appearing on “Extra” in Los Angeles on April 22, 2015

How to dress when you're 30

How to dress when you're 30Bec & Bridge Entrained Wrap Short-Sleeve Dress, $167 (before: $334)

How to dress when you're 305th & Mercer Long-Sleeve Fringe Dress, $59.40 (before: $198)

2. Limit fast-fashion shopping.

There’s nothing wrong with budget shopping from time to time, but if your closet is filled with nothing but fast fashion pieces, you need to do some closet cleaning. One of the best things about being in your 30s is having the money to splurge on clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories. Make sure to reward yourself and limit buying cheap pieces.

3. Invest in quality basic pieces.

Your closet must already have the basics, which include a nice coat, perfectly fitting pants, a pencil skirt, a button-down top, etc. It’s smart to splurge on these basic pieces because you can use them over and over again regardless of the season. A great coat may be quite pricey, but this will go a long way. It can easily upgrade a casual getup into a super chic ensemble. If you are splurging on a high-quality coat, choose one in a neutral color so that it can go with anything you have in your closet.

How to dress when you're 30Jessica Alba with daughter shopping at The Grove in Los Angeles on February 28, 2015

4. Avoid short hemlines.

However gorgeous your legs may be, it is no longer appropriate to wear micro minis, especially if you are attending a formal event. Keep things classy with midi-length hemlines that will give you a more feminine, sophisticated look. Additionally, leave those tattered “music festival” denim shorts for the teenagers.

5. Opt for embellished over distressed.

The disheveled look may work during your off-duty and errand days, but looking laid-back all the time shouldn’t be your style staple when you are over 30. Instead of torn, ripped, and distressed fabrics, go for dresses with a little embellishment. These frocks can also be dressed down with flat sandals so they won’t look too formal.

How to dress when you're 30Ramy Brook “Taryn” Dress, $311 (before: $445)

How to dress when you're 30Mes Demoiselles “Aliona” Embellished Dress, $161

How to dress when you're 30Shoshanna “Alexia” Gown in Navy, $197.50 (before: $395)

6. Show off a little bit of skin.

Dressing maturely does not mean you have to cover up everything. However, you should also veer off from wearing clothes that are too revealing. Instead, show off a little bit of skin with dresses that are subtly sexy and age-appropriate.

How to dress when you're 30Rachel Zoe Off-Shoulder Jersey Dress, $88.50 (before: $295)

How to dress when you're 30Keepsake “End of Time” Dress, $150

How to dress when you're 30Bailey44 “Mateo” Dress, $132 (before: $165)

7. Wear everything with confidence.

Reaching your 30s is a big milestone that you should be proud of. You are most likely a lot wiser and more confident now more than ever. Your outfits will be instantly upgraded if you add a little more confidence to your walk, so keep your chin up regardless of what you are wearing.

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How to dress when you're 30

Our 20s can totally change our perspective on life. Everything about your worldview may shift during this critical period of time, and your style evolvesВ along with it. While much of this evolution happens naturally, we all have those wardrobe pieces we stubbornly cling to, even though we probably never wear them or have figuratively outgrown them.

And as always, we’re here to help, because when it comes to clothes, every woman can use an occasional nudge toward adulthood from time to time. (After all, as Olivia Wilde put it in her open letter for Glamour on the eve of her birthday, 30 is the year that officially opens the “go be awesome” stage of life.) So without further adieu, scroll for 20 style upgrades you should make by age 30.

1.В Replace Low Rise-Jeans With Wide-Leg Jeans

How to dress when you're 30

We all remember the days of Britney Spears–inspired low-rise jeans. They had their moment in the sun, but now you may lean toward a silhouette with a more classic, less-trend-driven fit. We suggest a pair of classic high-waisted trousers or slouchy, loose-fit jeans.

How to dress when you're 30

2. Replace BasicВ Pantsuits With Trousers and Pretty Blouses

How to dress when you're 30

Right out of college, it’s not uncommon to buy your first serious, professional suit. It’s only later on that you might realize “professional” attire doesn’t need to be so one-note. By 30, whether in a job you love or not, give yourselves some room to be a bit more relaxed and creative when it comes to office attire. A relaxed staple, such as high-waisted trousers, is a great place to start.

How to dress when you're 30

3. Invest inВ Sleek Shoes

Saddle shoes and flat Mary Janes tend to skew a bit young. If you love them, don’t toss them, but we also suggest looking into a sleek pair of slip-on flats. They’ll be just as playful but also a bit more polished.

How to dress when you're 30

4. Skip Tube Tops and Buy Camisoles

Tube tops have a time and place, sure, but for everyday layering, we think a slinky tank is a more elevated choice.

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Fashion After 30’s In India

I hope you all are doing great! Yesterday i have gone through one article and in that article they guide you about after 30’s fashion its interesting one ,but fashion is not for indian women with age your way of life changes,your taste changes and your dressing style also changes. What was sexy and cool in your teens may not look goof on you in your 30’s. Thus you have to ready for trendy, sexy ,confident look. I was thinking about indian woman they have also need fashion tips in there 30s. these are the points, which I have collected from all over the article.

What to wear once you are in your 30’s:

  • Structured jacket with Fitted Jeans : jacket are your best friends. Add to your wardrobe few chic pieces of structured blazers in different hues. Team it up with a great pair of jeans for the effortless look, while the smart add-ons further enhance the ensemble.

How to dress when you're 30

  • Longs Cover up (Long shrugs ) : Complete your look with long versatile cover-ups like capes, duster coats etc. to add a dash of sophistication and trend in a single go. You can wear with short dress ,jeans etc.

How to dress when you're 30

  • Flattering Jeans :Whatever you do please don’t buy jeans that fit you badly. You can get away with that in your teens but in your 30s it’s more important than ever. A well-fitting, figure flattering jeans is a must-have. Therefore to flaunt your figure you need to wear the pair that fits you best.

How to dress when you're 30

  • High end blouse with Ankle Length Pants : you need to add high quality outfits in your 30’s wardrobe. A high-end blouse with ankle length pants and a good handbag will truly make you look elegant and stylish.

How to dress when you're 30

  • Tops : Go in for a camisole top to show off your toned arms and play up your bust. They come in various colours, fabric and styles. Those who have a perfect figure can go in for body hugging cotton tops. In the Indian fashion world kurta’s are the in thing. It’s also the perfect style to hide tummy bulges and a large chest. Sleeveless, strappy tops are also the best bet for summer which comes in floral and other prints.
  • Salwar kameez :For Indian women a good fit salwar kameez is must have for your wardrobe. salwar kameez is one of the most comfortable all weather outfits and comes in countless designs, materials, sizes and styles. It is very graceful and lends the wearer an aura of feminine charm.

How to dress when you're 30

  • Kaftans : Outfits for women in their 30s include the kaftans too. No longer just a beach outfit, kaftans have become more functional and contemporary option for work and home. The most versatile aspect about kaftans is that it suits all body types.

How to dress when you're 30

  • Accessories : Accessories are an important part of your wardrobe and the accessories that you wear reflect your personality. They add that extra something to your personality. Choosing the right accessory is as important as choosing your clothes. If your bag, shoes and jewellery are up to the minute, they will make a huge difference to your look. Shoes should be stylish but not at the cost of comfort. Go for platform-heeled shoes which are in vogue. While choosing handbags go in for a shape which is the opposite of your body type. Long strapped ones, short strapped ones or small stylish ones, whichever you buy, always choose the color carefully coz it should go with your outfit. Jewellery is either earthy – wood, beads, leather, or superglam. Choice is yours.
  • Lace or Lightweight Tops with Palazzo Pants : Clothes for women in their 30s need not have to be boring. These incredibly comfortable and lightweight palazzo pants are trending back this season. They look extremely fresh and chic when styled fashionably with lace or lightweight tops.

How to dress when you're 30

What not to wear once you are in your 30’s

  • Mini skirt and shorts
  • Low rise jeans: As we ladies mature, our bodies too. Put low-rise jeans away and go for a pair of well-fitted high waist jeans.
  • Off-shoulder: Refrain from off-shoulder, unless you are exceptionally confident about carrying it with elegance.
  • Graphic tees: Keep away from graphic tees, especially those with funky cartoon prints on it.
  • Overalls: It’s better to wear something age appropriate. Just say no to overalls. Period!

I hope you all like my blog and drop your comments 🙂

How to dress when you're 30

Our 20s can totally change our perspective on life. Everything about your worldview may shift during this critical period of time, and your style evolvesВ along with it. While much of this evolution happens naturally, we all have those wardrobe pieces we stubbornly cling to, even though we probably never wear them or have figuratively outgrown them.

And as always, we’re here to help, because when it comes to clothes, every woman can use an occasional nudge toward adulthood from time to time. (After all, as Olivia Wilde put it in her open letter for Glamour on the eve of her birthday, 30 is the year that officially opens the “go be awesome” stage of life.) So without further adieu, scroll for 20 style upgrades you should make by age 30.

1.В Replace Low Rise-Jeans With Wide-Leg Jeans

How to dress when you're 30

We all remember the days of Britney Spears–inspired low-rise jeans. They had their moment in the sun, but now you may lean toward a silhouette with a more classic, less-trend-driven fit. We suggest a pair of classic high-waisted trousers or slouchy, loose-fit jeans.

How to dress when you're 30

2. Replace BasicВ Pantsuits With Trousers and Pretty Blouses

How to dress when you're 30

Right out of college, it’s not uncommon to buy your first serious, professional suit. It’s only later on that you might realize “professional” attire doesn’t need to be so one-note. By 30, whether in a job you love or not, give yourselves some room to be a bit more relaxed and creative when it comes to office attire. A relaxed staple, such as high-waisted trousers, is a great place to start.

How to dress when you're 30

3. Invest inВ Sleek Shoes

Saddle shoes and flat Mary Janes tend to skew a bit young. If you love them, don’t toss them, but we also suggest looking into a sleek pair of slip-on flats. They’ll be just as playful but also a bit more polished.

How to dress when you're 30

4. Skip Tube Tops and Buy Camisoles

Tube tops have a time and place, sure, but for everyday layering, we think a slinky tank is a more elevated choice.

How to dress when you're 30

Recently, something I’d been dreading for years happened: I gave my 21-year-old daughter my black leather J Brand skinnies. For good.

This startlingly philanthropic gesture came about after something that should have been even more traumatic (but wasn’t really) had come to pass. My husband uttered the dreaded words: “old,” “those,” “you,” “for,” “too,” “are,” and not necessarily in that order.

When I say traumatic, being told that tight leather leggings have become unbecoming is clearly on the broken-nail end of the disastrous-experiences spectrum. But still. One morning (a while back now, but these wounds take time to heal) my friend Fiona, the wife of a well-known film and theater producer, wafted downstairs in her favorite orange maharishi combat pants. The well-known film and theater producer took one look and said, “No.” She was 34. But he was right.

Realizing that you’re about to eliminate a treasured piece from your life forever—or, rather, that it’s about to eliminate you—is not nothing. But that’s fashion. And if you use it correctly (instead of getting used by it), you’re constantly assessing the situation or, more specifically, your situation. This is about you. Can you wear that shape? Does that color do anything for you? Are florals your enemy?

Right this minute, for instance, your 20-year-old niece is probably fretting that spring’s flowery onslaught may be too prissy for her Goth-lite wardrobe. Your 30-something cousin is wondering whether sprigs will cut it with her A.P.C. and Acne office uniform. The smoking 40-year-old with the Gwynnie-toned bod fears that a floral, however pretty, can never be sexy. The 50-year-old, raised on Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, is not letting Little House on the Prairie blossoms anywhere near her body, no sirree.

Whatever your age, looking stylish requires repeated calibration of nuances and a certain degree of letting go. The point is to see that letting go not as a loss but as a process of streamlining, simplification, and replacement. To paraphrase Roger Sterling from Mad Men,“Every time God closes a door, he opens a dress”—or at least a new dress option.

How to dress when you're 30

As it happens, a slew of this season’s top trends contains any-age ideas: suede, as seen at Gucci (more flattering to more mature complexions than leather), colored leather (more flattering on older complexions than black leather), bucket bags (Chloé’s are adorable on everyone), and a gorgeous array of blues, A-line skirts, and wide-and-wider pants (from Isa Arfen and friends). Even those florals I mentioned can be worn at any stage. Note, though, that the older you get, the bigger and bolder the blooms—and all patterns, for that matter—should be.

But the opposite is true with animal prints, for which the adage “Less is more” has never been truer. By all means, do the zebra onesie when you’re 23, but at 60 you’d be wiser to contain your animal urges in a skirt or a clutch. Indeed, the older you get, the less you can do prim, girlish, preppy, and cute, and the more you can do defined, striking, architectural, and subtle. Out with shiny (unless it’s bags or shoes), and in with glossy. Away with fussy complications; in with the kind of clever, unobtrusive accoutrements that make all the difference. Pay close attention to the way women like Robin Wright, Julianne Moore, and Kristin Scott Thomas dress. And revel in the moment when you can justify shopping for labels like Céline, Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, and the Row—because not all sweaters are created equal. The Perfect Length (not too long, not Rihanna short), with the just-tantalizing-enough neckline, is more than worth the extra zeros.

Maybe another key to getting it right at every age—as Annabel Hodin, a personal stylist and former model, believes—is that the basis of style is an understanding of not only who you are but also the kind of woman you want to project. “Don’t ever try and compete with a younger woman on the age proposition,” she says. “Why would you want to when you can outrun them by looking sleeker, more stylish, and generally better dressed?”

For Hodin—and every chic woman I’ve ever spoken to—stylish is about getting the basics absolutely, irrefutably right. But it’s also understanding the currency of a hot label or accessory. It’s about clocking that flares are in but going only as wide as suits you. As for those basics, the devil is in the details—I’m thinking the sizable patch pockets (see Derek Lam’s suede skirts) that encourage a youthful nonchalance no matter how formal the style. The three-quarter sleeves on a short, flared dress by Dolce & Gabbana, which are somehow much more playful than full-length ones. The contrast trim that takes a J. Crew turtleneck from staple to statement. Or the slightly raised waist on a pair of forget-me-not Miu Miu pants that make your legs look yards longer than skinny hipsters ever could … These are the added extras you should be thinking about as you pro gress gracefully through your decades.

Did someone say fringe? Only the entire runway fraternity. It practically turned Paris into a rodeo during Fashion Week this past October, and let me tell you, fringe does not always travel—geographically or chronologically. Some women love it. If they happen to be named Dolly Parton, more power to them. Let them wear fringe till they croak. Subtract fringe from Dolly and her molecular makeup would be missing something. The rest of us? Confine it to shoes or a purse. But first, try feathers instead. Paula Cademartori’s feather-trimmed mini bag is a joyous place to start. Then you can graduate to the feathery pieces from Burberry Prorsum. They’ll give you the same fluttery drama in a softer, more elegant way.

“Funnily enough, the older I get,” says 40-something Sarah Curran, managing director of the newly launched luxury shopping e-tailer Very Exclusive, “the more important having the perfect piece that sums up the season becomes. My look—stripy Breton tops, navy pants, Saint Laurent bag, and Manolo stilettos—is so classic, one on-trend piece stops me from falling in a rut.” Right now she’s eyeing Christian Louboutin’s bright-yellow Pigalle pumps (to make her denim pop) and a pair of white Reiss culottes (poised to heat up her repertoire of blazers and blouses).

As Hodin likes to say, there’s always a way to replace what you think you’re eliminating. “You might decide it’s time to stop wearing tight, revealing clothes—and it probably is. But you can still wear slim silhouettes and show some flesh,” she asserts. She recommends the collarbones, wrists, and back of the neck as lifelong candidates for display. “All the places you’d wear perfume and would like to be kissed. It’s about being adored, not ravaged.” That’s ageless fashion.

Lisa Armstrong is fashion director of The Telegraph. This article originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR.

How to dress when you're 30

Recently, something I’d been dreading for years happened: I gave my 21-year-old daughter my black leather J Brand skinnies. For good.

This startlingly philanthropic gesture came about after something that should have been even more traumatic (but wasn’t really) had come to pass. My husband uttered the dreaded words: “old,” “those,” “you,” “for,” “too,” “are,” and not necessarily in that order.

When I say traumatic, being told that tight leather leggings have become unbecoming is clearly on the broken-nail end of the disastrous-experiences spectrum. But still. One morning (a while back now, but these wounds take time to heal) my friend Fiona, the wife of a well-known film and theater producer, wafted downstairs in her favorite orange maharishi combat pants. The well-known film and theater producer took one look and said, “No.” She was 34. But he was right.

Realizing that you’re about to eliminate a treasured piece from your life forever—or, rather, that it’s about to eliminate you—is not nothing. But that’s fashion. And if you use it correctly (instead of getting used by it), you’re constantly assessing the situation or, more specifically, your situation. This is about you. Can you wear that shape? Does that color do anything for you? Are florals your enemy?

Right this minute, for instance, your 20-year-old niece is probably fretting that spring’s flowery onslaught may be too prissy for her Goth-lite wardrobe. Your 30-something cousin is wondering whether sprigs will cut it with her A.P.C. and Acne office uniform. The smoking 40-year-old with the Gwynnie-toned bod fears that a floral, however pretty, can never be sexy. The 50-year-old, raised on Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, is not letting Little House on the Prairie blossoms anywhere near her body, no sirree.

Whatever your age, looking stylish requires repeated calibration of nuances and a certain degree of letting go. The point is to see that letting go not as a loss but as a process of streamlining, simplification, and replacement. To paraphrase Roger Sterling from Mad Men,“Every time God closes a door, he opens a dress”—or at least a new dress option.

How to dress when you're 30

As it happens, a slew of this season’s top trends contains any-age ideas: suede, as seen at Gucci (more flattering to more mature complexions than leather), colored leather (more flattering on older complexions than black leather), bucket bags (Chloé’s are adorable on everyone), and a gorgeous array of blues, A-line skirts, and wide-and-wider pants (from Isa Arfen and friends). Even those florals I mentioned can be worn at any stage. Note, though, that the older you get, the bigger and bolder the blooms—and all patterns, for that matter—should be.

But the opposite is true with animal prints, for which the adage “Less is more” has never been truer. By all means, do the zebra onesie when you’re 23, but at 60 you’d be wiser to contain your animal urges in a skirt or a clutch. Indeed, the older you get, the less you can do prim, girlish, preppy, and cute, and the more you can do defined, striking, architectural, and subtle. Out with shiny (unless it’s bags or shoes), and in with glossy. Away with fussy complications; in with the kind of clever, unobtrusive accoutrements that make all the difference. Pay close attention to the way women like Robin Wright, Julianne Moore, and Kristin Scott Thomas dress. And revel in the moment when you can justify shopping for labels like Céline, Calvin Klein, Jil Sander, and the Row—because not all sweaters are created equal. The Perfect Length (not too long, not Rihanna short), with the just-tantalizing-enough neckline, is more than worth the extra zeros.

Maybe another key to getting it right at every age—as Annabel Hodin, a personal stylist and former model, believes—is that the basis of style is an understanding of not only who you are but also the kind of woman you want to project. “Don’t ever try and compete with a younger woman on the age proposition,” she says. “Why would you want to when you can outrun them by looking sleeker, more stylish, and generally better dressed?”

For Hodin—and every chic woman I’ve ever spoken to—stylish is about getting the basics absolutely, irrefutably right. But it’s also understanding the currency of a hot label or accessory. It’s about clocking that flares are in but going only as wide as suits you. As for those basics, the devil is in the details—I’m thinking the sizable patch pockets (see Derek Lam’s suede skirts) that encourage a youthful nonchalance no matter how formal the style. The three-quarter sleeves on a short, flared dress by Dolce & Gabbana, which are somehow much more playful than full-length ones. The contrast trim that takes a J. Crew turtleneck from staple to statement. Or the slightly raised waist on a pair of forget-me-not Miu Miu pants that make your legs look yards longer than skinny hipsters ever could … These are the added extras you should be thinking about as you pro gress gracefully through your decades.

Did someone say fringe? Only the entire runway fraternity. It practically turned Paris into a rodeo during Fashion Week this past October, and let me tell you, fringe does not always travel—geographically or chronologically. Some women love it. If they happen to be named Dolly Parton, more power to them. Let them wear fringe till they croak. Subtract fringe from Dolly and her molecular makeup would be missing something. The rest of us? Confine it to shoes or a purse. But first, try feathers instead. Paula Cademartori’s feather-trimmed mini bag is a joyous place to start. Then you can graduate to the feathery pieces from Burberry Prorsum. They’ll give you the same fluttery drama in a softer, more elegant way.

“Funnily enough, the older I get,” says 40-something Sarah Curran, managing director of the newly launched luxury shopping e-tailer Very Exclusive, “the more important having the perfect piece that sums up the season becomes. My look—stripy Breton tops, navy pants, Saint Laurent bag, and Manolo stilettos—is so classic, one on-trend piece stops me from falling in a rut.” Right now she’s eyeing Christian Louboutin’s bright-yellow Pigalle pumps (to make her denim pop) and a pair of white Reiss culottes (poised to heat up her repertoire of blazers and blouses).

As Hodin likes to say, there’s always a way to replace what you think you’re eliminating. “You might decide it’s time to stop wearing tight, revealing clothes—and it probably is. But you can still wear slim silhouettes and show some flesh,” she asserts. She recommends the collarbones, wrists, and back of the neck as lifelong candidates for display. “All the places you’d wear perfume and would like to be kissed. It’s about being adored, not ravaged.” That’s ageless fashion.

Lisa Armstrong is fashion director of The Telegraph. This article originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR.

Do you sometimes wonder if your outfit is appropriate for your age? If so, you’re not alone. I often see clients who want to know how to dress appropriately for their age.

How to dress when you're 30

How to dress when you're 30

A commonly held belief is that in your teens and 20s you can get away with wearing anything, but by the time you hit 40 it’s time to cover up and hide your body. However, while you may have a wider choice of styles that work for you if you are young and slim, the truth is that no-one looks good in everything regardless of their age.

So, how should you dress in your teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s or 70s.

The secret is that the same answer applies whatever your age: dress in contemporary styles that fit and flatter your body shape, coloring, personality and lifestyle. Let’s look at this a bit closer.

How to dress well in 6 steps

These 6 elements of style show you how to dress well and look great at any age.

    Great grooming — this includes good personal hygiene, looking after and maintaining your clothes, makeup and hair.

Make sure your hair is in good condition by having it trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks and using good quality shampoos and conditioners. A contemporary hairstyle is one of the keys to looking good at any age. And if you’re going grey, having your hair professionally colored is an easy way to look younger. If you’re not sure what styles are “in” try looking at fashion magazines, celebrities and online hair style sites. It also helps to have an understanding of your face shape and the styles that will suit your face.

Typically when you’re over 40 you will look better with hair that is shoulder length or above, kept off the face, in a style that has some layering to give your hair lift and movement. A good hair cut is like an instant face lift!

When was the last time you updated your makeup and skin regime? Makeup fashions change as much as clothing fashions and a change in this area is also a great way to keep looking contemporary.

Having a realistic understanding of your body shape, proportions and figure challenges and dressing to flatter your current shape

Reflecting your personal style in the image you project to the world. When you have the 3 fundamentals of style (the 3 points above) mastered developing your style personality should be a fun and ongoing journey

Regularly reviewing and planning your wardrobe to ensure you have outfits to wear for all the occasions of your life

  • Shopping to your plan to update your wardrobe. When you stop impulse buying and last minute, panic buying for special occasions you’ll find you’ll make fewer mistakes and get better value out of your purchases
  • How to Dress When Everything Changes?

    So, if it’s this easy why do so many women have problems? It’s because things change.

      Your body changes shape — as well as gaining or losing weight at different times in our life there are 4 main changes a women’s body can go through, the ‘4 stages of eve’ are: puberty; after child birth; menopause and around 75. Men go through only 2 of these changes: puberty and around 75.

    In addition as we age the effect of gravity on our spines mean we gradually get shorter. And our skin becomes drier and looser, so it becomes a good idea to cover more of our skin than when we were young and firm. Upper arms, decolletage, thighs, knees and necks are typical problem areas.

    So clothing shapes and lengths that worked for you one decade may no longer work on your current body shape, proportions and condition. Make adjustments to the coverage of your clothes to ensure you’re skimming over the areas that you need to hide, but don’t forget to highlight your best features as well!

    Your coloring changes — as we age our skin, hair and eyes grey or become ‘cooler’, especially if you don’t color your hair. So you may find brighter or darker colors that worked well in your 20s or 30s now overwhelm you in your 50s or 60s. If warm colors looked good on you when you were younger you may even find that cool colors now look better on you

  • Your personality evolves and matures — along with lifestyle changes you may find yourself becoming more confident at expressing your personality or less confident
  • Your lifestyle changes — for example, if you were a rebel or a social butterfly in your 20s and are now a parent, or developing your career, or retired you have very different clothing needs
  • Your Style Journey

    In your teens and 20s it’s good to ‘play’ with your appearance and to experiment with colors and clothing styles. By the time we reach our late 20s we’ve typically worked out some things that work for us.

    However, if these were discovered accidentally rather than being based on an underlying knowledge of why things work for us, it will mean that when things change we will be lost again! You’ll know that something is wrong with your current look, you may feel you’re stuck in a style rut or dressing too young or too old, but you won’t know how to successfully change it.

    How to Dress Well Again

    It’s important to have at least a basic knowledge of the 6 elements of style above. That way when things change you’ll have some basis for understanding how to adjust your appearance.

    The main point is to periodically assess your grooming, your shape, your coloring, your personality, your lifestyle needs and your clothing choices and make adjustments to ensure you continue to look good.

    What to wear by decade

    Contrary to popular belief it’s not just women over 50 who ask me how to dress appropriately for their age. The links below are answers to readers’ age related dressing questions and articles on what to wear at specific ages.

    It goes without saying that even though you’re not in your 20s anymore, it doesn’t mean you can’t look completely Coachella-ready. Music festivals are often considered to be synonymous with skin-baring outfits, but as a post–age 30 attendee, you may be seeking outfit ideas that are a little more polished. Luckily, a slew of over-30 celebs has served up just that in recent years. In fact, they nailed their polished festival dressing, proving you don’t have to show a ton of skin to look completely appropriate for the occasion. Of course, if you’d like to, then by all means do!

    With weekend one of Coachella quickly approaching, now is the time to lock down your looks for the fashionable fest. To offer up a little outfit inspiration, here are our favorite festival-friendly looks worn by over-30 attendees.

    Read on for tips on how to dress for music festivals when you’re not in your 20s anymore, and shop pieces that you’ll definitely want to wear to Coachella and beyond.

    How to dress when you're 30

    No-fail, easy outfit idea: Pair a white dress (just beware of grass stains) with a statement jacket and boots.

    On Kate Bosworth: Etro jacket; Kempner dress; Matisse boots

    How to dress when you're 30

    A high-waisted skirt or trousers and a coordinating crop top show just a hint of skin and keep you cool in the desert heat.

    Miranda Kerr: Zimmermann top and trousers