When it comes to fashion, I believe there are only a handful of rules you should truly follow. Fashion should be more about what makes you feel good and the most confident. It shouldn’t be about what others are saying. As we get older, this is something we become more in tune with. We don’t follow ALL the trends because we now know what makes us feel good.
With that being said, I have been experiencing a major shift in my sense of fashion as of late. I’m not 100% sure it is because I am now in my thirties, but with all the other self-discovery that has happened since entering this decade, I have a strong feeling it is.
No longer am I wanting the latest and greatest. I’m not running to Forever 21 to find a cheaper version of a piece I really want that I can’t afford. I’m not purchasing pieces without a thought of where or how I’m actually going to wear it. And I’m not just buying for the sake of buying.
While it is refreshing, it is actually kind of tiring as well.
When I shop, I shop with a purpose. I need to know that what I am spending my money on, not only makes me feel good, but also fits into my lifestyle. I want to be sure (with the majority), that I can wear it for both work and play. I’m no longer worried about having more, but more concerned about having something I truly want. No more one and done purchases! I want a wardrobe I can be proud of and that I know fits me and my lifestyle.
So with this new mindful shopping I have going on, I thought I would share some of the stores that have been my go-tos as of late. I’m labeling this “Place to Shop In Your 30s” because while these stores still carry trendy pieces, they are higher quality and more toned down. They are places you can actually build a wardrobe from that is made up of classic, go-to pieces.
5 Places to Shop in Your 30s
One of my favorite places to shop for basics is Everlane. My favorite pair of pants are from Everlane (see below) and I just bought a great linen blouse for the summer. Everything is basic at Everlane, affordable, and great quality. Oh and their sale is “name your price”, so that’s pretty cool!
Mango is one of the great places to shop in your 30s for classic pieces as well as work attire. Although you can find some trendy pieces, especially when it comes to accessories, as well. Mango has a great price point. It’s a place you could build a solid “grown-up” wardrobe at.
Couldn’t make a shopping list without Zara, one of my absolute favorite stores. It is a great place to go for the trendy pieces. I would say it’s a step above H&M…better quality and a tad higher price point (not by much though). Oh and they have a killer shoe and bag selection!
Aritzia can definitely run on the pricier side. However, if you are willing to look, you can find some really great deals. I like Aritzia because they carry brands you can’t really find in other stores, like Wilfred, but they also carry well-known brands like Levi. Aritzia is a great place to go if you are looking for something basic, but still elevated.
Probably an obvious choice, but a worthy mention nonetheless. The good thing about Nordstrom is that you can find pretty much anything you need at pretty much any price point. Whether you are still on the hunt for more trendy items or classic staples, Nordstrom is a go-to.