Looking More Grown-Up: Wardrobe Picks for 30-somethings

Now that I’m well into my 30s, I’m beginning to get tired of all the casual styles that seem to be hitting the magazines and stores as of late.  The fashion world, especially within the blogging community, is not too friendly to anyone over 30.

The ideal fashionista, blogger or not, is between 23-30, thin and preferably 5’7″ or taller (but not too tall – under 5’10” is best).  She should also be well-connected with the fashion community.  This leaves people like me – almost 34 and well UNDER 5’7″ (though I AM size 0) out of the picture.  And, because people like me are more “preppy” and don’t really like big accessories (Olsen-sized people should not wear too much, unless they want to look like an over-decorated Christmas tree.  Besides, when is wearing “shower curtain” earrings a good thing?), they become even MORE invisible (I really think some people attending galas and other fashion-related events, those who end up in the press actually look a bit silly.  But hey, “different” is probably what they’re aiming for, and “different” gets press (even when it really means “hey, look how weird/awful/tacky he or she looks!!”)).  But one also shouldn’t have to change just for attention.  In fact, personally, I prefer a more “grown-up” look, even if some feel it is too “office-friendly” like the look I posted above.  It just looks neater, I think.  For a more casual look, I’d switch the skirt for jeans and perhaps the shoes for wedges or flats.

Do you think some people, especially in the fashion/style blogging world, are just too “over-the-top,” and complain too much about “boring” styles?  Are they unrealistic?  I’d love to hear what you think!

About Cynthia Cheng Mintz


Cynthia Cheng Mintz is the founder and webitor-in-chief of this site and the petite-focused site, Shorty Stories. She has also written for other publications including the Toronto Star and has blogged for The Huffington Post. Her first novel, Aspirations, was published in 2007.

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