Post # 1
May seem like an odd question, but I got into this topic with some girlfriends after reading an article online listing all the things you should stop wearing once you turn 30.
I’m turning 30 next month and had no plans to significantly change the way I dress. I usually dress appropriately for whatever situation I’m in (business casual and very appropriate for work, but more “fun/trendy” outfits for my personal time). I can’t find the orignal article but the items that were “banned” once you turn 30 included crop tops, shorter skirts/shorts, and distressed denim.
These are all things I wear under certain circumstances. (I wear shorts in the summer, not booty shorts but definitely not long shorts – my legs are my fave body part! If I wear a shorter skirt I will balance it out by being more covered elsewhere. I often wear crop tops with maxi skirts in the summer to concerts or festivals etc.) I am always covered up at work, but there was quite a divide amongst my friend group of who did and didn’t agree with the article!
Just curious to hear your thoughts, as it got me thinking! 🙂
This topic was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by carmens.
Post # 2
Nope. My saying was, “I’m 30, I don’t give an F what people think.” I mean I’ve always been like that, but there was an article going around about the time I turned 30 as well. But I also don’t wear very short skirts or crop tops no matter what the other clothing items are. But I didn’t just start dressing more “adult” either.
Post # 3
carmens: no, I’m 37 and still dress the same. To be fair I was never much for too many trends though. I mostly wear jeans and a nice top or tee and boots or sandals, depending on the situation.
I never really wore short skirts or tight fitting clothes either. I’m very modest because 1) highly religious up bringing and 2) I’ve always been chubby so not comfortable in those types of clothes.
I do know some older women, ie my cousin who lives in the gym, who I think should dress more fitting for her age/job. Mainly because she’s a student driver teacher who drives these 16 year old boys around (or rather rides with them) and wonders why they hit on her in her short, tight shorts/skirts and tee shirts. She’s 31 and I’m not sure what she expects from immature children with raging horomones.
Post # 4
I think there are classy ways to wear all the above. I do dress more conservatively now that Im nearing 30 and married but I still wear crop tops (with high waisted skirts, no belly button exposed). Short skirts and shorts but not aggressively showing the booty 🙂 Distresssed denim can look good depending on the styling- with a crisp simple tee or tank or button down with classy jewelry and sandals its chic. With a graphic print top or something it might look immature.
Post # 5
Totally agree about being modest – I never show my belly button and don’t wear anything overly short. I try to style things that are “trendy” in such a way that it still works with my age/stage in life. Some of the examples of what to wear were just far too mature for my taste. I spent so many years in my teens/20s being self concious of my body and now at 30 I’m finally more confident!
Post # 6
carmens: Nope. I’m 31 and the only thing that changed is that I buy slightly nicer/more expensive versions of the same stuff I’ve always liked. Those lists are stupid.
Post # 7
That sh*t pisses me off so much. I’ll be 31 in Nov, and I dress differently… because I’m PREGNANT, and maternity clothes are required. But the drinking age in Canada is 19, and if I pick up a bottle of wine for my husband, I get ID’d… even with a baby belly. If I start wearing knit sweaters with pearl accents, I’ll look ridiculous. I still look 22.
That being said, I don’t think it’s a good look on ANYONE to be wearing things that look like lingerie in public. But that’s only my personal preference, and I would never dare suggest to another person what they should wear based on MY opinions. To each their own!
Post # 8
Yes. Only because I find I’m wearing and rewearing some of my older pieces and no longer buying every current trend. I’m trying to save my money now for things I consider more important.
Post # 9
actually it changed just a little bit! For my 30th birthday I bought myself the same blazer Duchess Kate has (a Smythe navy one with gold buttons). It was definitely a splurge! Then I just started buying more conservative, timeless clothes.
Post # 10
I think my style has organically become a bit more “professional” over the years, but I turned 30 last year and didn’t make any conscious changes. I wear more maxi dresses than booty shorts nowadays, but that’s not an age thing…it’s just what I feel comfortable in and what I like, aesthetically.
Post # 11
I’ve always dressed pretty modestly and have never had much fashion sense. If anything, I’ve dressed less modestly and more in style in my 30’s than in my 20’s.
Post # 12
I don’t think it was right after my 30th birthday or anything, but I definitely don’t dress the same way I used to. Looking back at old photos on Facebook…I showed a lot of cleavage in my youth. Nothing wrong with it at all but I just don’t feel comfortable doing that anymore. I also used to wear shorter skirts and dresses and don’t anymore. But that’s just because I think my thighs are gross and fat and don’t want anyone else to see them.
I say wear what you like and feel comfortable in!
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2008 - County courthouse
I changed the way I dressed once I had my second child at 24. I would describe my style as preppy…but casual. I wear nice work tops…my Gap jeans and some nice flats or sandals and a nice leather handbag. I’m approaching 30 this year and I would like some more fine jewelry to pair with my outfits, but mostly I’m satisfied with my style. I’m comfortable but stylish.
Post # 14
I’m not 30 yet, but my style has changed a lot over the last few years. I’ve never been one to wear short skirts or crop tops anyway, but I was more of a hoodie and jeans or t shirt and jeans person. Now I try to look a little nicer most of the time. I don’t wear graphic tees as much and more often wear blouses or sweaters instead of hoodies. I still wear jeans though, but mostly skinny jeans with flats instead of bootcut with sneakers.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with wearing those trendy clothes though, as long as you feel comfortable and they are appropriate for the occasion.
Post # 15
I’m 31 and I’ve noticed that I’ve started being more attracted to higher-end fabrics and solid colors than the cheap cotton t-shirts and Forever 21 jeans and crazy patterns that I used to buy. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my cotton Ts and cheap jeans, but I went on a shopping spree earlier this year and noticed I didn’t get a lot of crazy patterns…almost all solid colors and longer skirts and nice jeans.
Also, just the other day, I put on an old pair of short shorts and I felt so uncomfortable that I stopped at home and changed! I used to rock short shorts and super short skirts but I find that now that I’m older and getting married it just didn’t feel…appropriate. I would have never guessed I’d feel that way!