30 Fashion Lessons You Should Learn By The Time You’re 30

Having just turned 30, I’ve been reflecting on my fashion choices both past and present. I’ve definitely made my fair share of cringe-worthy sartorial decisions. (Haven’t we all??) But I’ve learned a lot of great lessons along the way. All the magazines I’ve worked at in the past taught me something valuable about fashion and personal style. Glamour taught me about the high-low mix, and how chic it was to get a good deal. (While also highlighting the pieces that are definitely splurge-worthy!) Women’s Health taught me about real women and what they are and aren’t willing to splurge on. Teen Vogue taught me about expressing your personality through your wardrobe, and always taking fashion risks. (Plus, that’s where I learned how to print mix like a pro!) I’ve distilled the 30 most important fashion lessons I’ve learned in the past 30 years. I think they’re lessons every woman should learn by the time she’s 30. Check them out:

  1. Fit is everything.
  2. A good tailor is your best friend.
  3. You don’t have to try all the trends.
  4. Timeless doesn’t have to mean boring.
  5. A nude pump is the ultimate must-have.
  6. Splurge on staples, save on trends.
  7. Invest in the perfect LBD. (You’ll wear it forever)
  8. Know your body; what works, and what doesn’t.
  9. Own at least one thing that makes you feel like a supermodel.
  10. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
  11. Beware of cheap lace, sequins or embellishments.
  12. Splurge on good shoes. If your shoes are nice enough, you can get away with almost anything.
  13. Replace your white button down every 6 months. (They get dingy)
  14. If you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it.
  15. Red lipstick can elevate the most basic of looks.
  16. If you own only one pair of earrings… make sure they’re diamond studs.
  17. Nothing is worse than buyer’s remorse. BUY THE SHOES.
  18. Leopard is a neutral.
  19. Not everyone will like your outfit. Your opinion is the only one that matters.
  20. Denim best practices dictate that you should NEVER wash your jeans. (If that makes you feel icky, try to do it every couple of months. DEFINITELY not more than once a month.)
  21. Don’t buy uncomfortable shoes. No matter how cute they are, you won’t wear them.
  22. Confidence is the key to “pulling it off”. If you feel confident in something, it’ll show.
  23. Leggings. Are. Not. Pants. If you are wearing leggings, PLEASE make sure your top is long enough to cover your butt.
  24. Spanx are a gift from heaven.
  25. The perfect black blazer is a must-have.
  26. A leather jacket can be worn with anything.
  27. The proper undergarments are the foundation to your look.
  28. Clear nailpolish will keep cheap costume jewelry from tarnishing/making your skin green.
  30. Fashion tape will save you from a variety of wardrobe malfunctions.

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