Thirty and Fashion - Update Your Style

One of the great things about turning 30 is the ability to flip and switch and reinvent yourself ... and your CLOSET! Turning 30 was a chance, and excuse, to switch up my style without justification. There's also the added bonus that you get to buy some new clothes. The important thing in updating your new style is being true to yourself and your personality while also finding clothing that fits your age and body type! 

One way that I took to updating my style was using Pinterest! This let me explore styles and see how other people out the pieces together. I started by searching for something I already had in my closet, like blue dress pants. I then pinned outfits that I liked that I thought were professional, appropriate, modest, and reasonable for me to do without stylist. I would look at the pieces they paired together and would look through my closet to find the same or similar pairings. Then I started to put together outfits I pinned with items I already had in my closet. The great thing about Pinterest is that now it starts to recommend things based on previous pins. So I can keep updating my look as I go and can search for outfits before I before I buy something. When I go shopping I don't just grabbing anything and everything off the shelves, I now have a plan for what I need to add to my closet. I can also explore what trends were best for my lifestyle and the brand I wanted to portray. If an outfit that I wore didn't get quite the reaction that I was looking for or didn't look right for me, I would just unpin the outfit from my lookbook and find another pairing.

I also go through my closet and get rid of outdated, old, tattered, and wrong size clothes; while I kept the staple pieces I already had in my closet. Every time I add something new to my closet I get rid of something in the same category. So if I buy a pair of new shoes I need to remove a pair that are worn, broken, or unused; and the same things goes with shirts, pants, and YES BRAS!!! This helps your closet from getting crowded and unused. Its also important to be realistic about your size. I know its hard to come to terms with but keeping those "when i lose 20lbs jeans" or outfits are just taking up space for the new things that will make you look stunning now. Also, lets be honest when you do lose that 20lbs do you want to go back to jeans you had 10yrs ago, or would you rather celebrate with a pair of new, better fitting jeans!

Some of you might be saying, "well i just don't have the fashion eye that you do and I end up looking like a peacock!" It took me a couple years for my fashion eyes to come into focus. I had to train myself to look at fashion differently, as not just clothes to put on but as a way to communicate my personality, mood, and presence. I started to look at fashion as a way to make a statement about myself when I entered a room, was I going to enter PUT TOGETHER or thrown together. I wanted my style, both professional and causal, to speak for me even if I couldn't say anything. The most important part of changing up my fashion style doing it for myself. I had to get out of the mindset of just throwing on jeans and t-shirt or yoga pants, and really take pride in how I looked. I'm not dressed to the 9s everyday but I do make an effort to be intentional everyday. 

I find that I like Lauren Conrad from Kohls to help add signature pieces. She provides updated styles and trends for my age and body type. I also like Banana Republic and Old Navy pants for their professional look and fit. If you have the time and energy going to places like Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, and TJ Max you can get some great top of the line pieces, but you have to be willing to sort through all the racks. Step up your Target game and stop just buying clearance, their Merona line is great professional, they have comfy t-shirts and camis, and they also have really great shoes. There are also some great boutiques through Instagram like Dottie Couture and Magnolia that have trendy outfits for us 30-somethings.  Now when I go shopping I have a plan of things I'm looking for, I will wait for sales and discounts, and I know what makes me look and feel good.

If you don't have that fashion eye there are great personal styling options now through Stitchfix.com, wantable.com and trunkclub.com offer great options for both men and women!

Here are a couple of my looks: