I'm in My 30s—Here's What I'll Never Wear Again

Updated 12/18/18

Welcome to My Post-30 Wardrobe, a series in which our editor Allyson shares with you her experiences and advice pertaining to shopping and outfit planning as a 30-something fashion editor. While Allyson's style has certainly changed since she turned 30, she also believes that age is just a number and you should wear whatever makes you feel the coolest and most confident.

Upon a few years ago, I didn't exactly wake up one day and decide I can't wear this or that anymore. I've just found that as time passes, there are things I wore in my 20s that I simply don't want to wear anymore and that I don't feel mesh with the rest of my current wardrobe. That said, everyone has a different aesthetic, and what doesn't work for me post–age 30 may still work for you. And that's perfectly fine. In case you're curious, though, keep scrolling to find out which 10 items I'm skipping for the foreseeable future, and see (IRL) and shop the pieces I presently wear on repeat.

Ditched: Ultra-skinny skinny jeansKept: Straight skinny jeans

Skintight jeans are something I left behind with my 20s, although I haven't skipped skinny jeans altogether. Instead, I opt for styles that are a little roomier, which looks cooler to me now.

Post-30 style

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Citizens of Humanity Olivia Exposed Fly Jeans
Citizens of Humanity Olivia Exposed Fly Jeans $228

Ditched: Cheesy graphic teesKept: Special graphic tees

No French-saying tees (just an example) for me anymore. These days, I shop for ones that are unique and a bit more interesting. Clearly, this unicorn rainbow tee fits the bill. (It's sold out, but here's hoping  brings it back!)

T-shirt outfit

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Madeworn Rolling Stones Distressed Printed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt
Madeworn Rolling Stones Distressed Printed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt $160

Ditched: Shorts with an under-3" inseamKept: Modest shorts

I used to practically live in short shorts in the summer, but I don't feel very comfortable in them anymore. Luckily, there are plenty of cool styles on the market that are longer (and, for the record, I disagree that cutoffs shouldn't be worn post-30).

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3x1 Blake Shorts
3x1 Blake Shorts $225

Ditched: Trendy sunglasses that don't look good on meKept: Classic, cool ones that actually flatter my face

I'm always very intrigued by the latest trendy It sunglasses, used to order them without even trying them on, and subsequently wore them even if they didn't suit me. These days, I invest in more-classic styles that I'll wear for years—like this Krewe pair that I'm obsessed with.

Krewe sunglasses
Krewe x Reformation Ward Sunglasses
Krewe x Reformation Ward Sunglasses $275

Ditched: Glitter sneakersKept: Neutral kicks

I went through a bit of a sparkly sneaker phase at some point in my 20s, which I'm relieved to say I've outgrown. They were certainly fun, but I've learned that versatile sneakers suit me better in life.

What to wear in your 30s

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Nike M2K Tekno Sneakers
Nike M2K Tekno Sneakers $100

Ditched: Boho gearKept: Two-piece sets

Not that I was ever much of a boho girl, but there were times when I dabbled with it in my 20s. I eventually learned that it didn't suit me, and when I want to wear something fun when the weather is warm, I gravitate toward chic two-piece sets.

Style in your 30s

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Reformation Bahama Two Piece
Reformation Bahama Two Piece $218 $164

Ditched: TulleKept: Silk and satin

Although Sarah Jessica Parker pulled it off beautifully, I'd feel a little silly wearing tulle at this point. But something that I'll never retire is sophisticated silk and satin pieces, like .


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Rixo Tina Pleated Tiger-Print Silk Crepe de Chine Skirt
Rixo Tina Pleated Tiger-Print Silk Crepe de Chine Skirt $340

Ditched: Low-rise jeans and leggingsKept: High-rise styles

I don't find low-rise jeans and leggings to be all that flattering, but I wore them anyway when they were cool. Luckily, I don't think high rises are going anywhere ever, and my outfits are so much better for it.

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Agolde Pinch Waist Jeans
Agolde Pinch Waist Jeans $168
Alo High-Waist Lounge Leggings
Alo High-Waist Lounge Leggings $98

Ditched: Short and tight dresses and skirtsKept: Flowy ones

Some of the tight dresses and skirts that are still lingering in my closet make me cringe… I'm much happier when wearing something that skims instead of hugs.

Fashion in your 30s

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LoveShackFancy Delaney Floral-Print Silk-Satin Midi Dress
LoveShackFancy Delaney Floral-Print Silk-Satin Midi Dress $525

Ditched: Flip-FlopsKept: Rubber or leather slides

Despite the fact that flip-flops emerged as a trend last summer, I'd much rather where pool slides, which offer considerably more polish.

What to wear instead of flip-flops

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Isabel Marant Hellea Leather Slides
Isabel Marant Hellea Leather Slides $430

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This post originally appeared on our sister site Who What Wear. 

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