What to Wear in Your 30s

The military trend coupled with pops of pattern or bright color, is just right

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Style Icon: Kate Bosworth

The actress loves trench styling, edgy hardware and killer shoes.

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Urban edge in your 30s

Statement prints, Army green, leather details. BCBGMAXAZRIA printed dress, $228; bcbg.com

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Step away from dainty

Now is not the time for a sensible black pump. Now is the time for a shoe you can kick ass in. Rebecca Minkoff suede and rubberized stingray heels, $295; shopbop.com.

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Don't be demure

Ditch all those delicate chains you’ve had since college and give a rest to the enamel bracelets that scored high last summer. Right now you want something statement making that can stand on its own. Rebecca Minkoff hinge rectangle cuff in rainbow, $98; Neiman Marcus stores.

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Opt for the unexpected

Youth has its advantages, and being free to experiment with design and color is one of them. A cardigan with a vintage-feel print adds a visual pop. Tory Burch cardigan, $295; toryburch.com.

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Invest in a major coat

This season is all about outer-wear, so make it matter. The (faux) leather accents are just tough enough. Calvin Klein wool blend coat with faux-leather sleeves and lapel, $169; Macy’s stores.

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Hike your hemline

If you have the legs, showcase them in a skirt that has a decidedly ’60s vibe. Kate Spade New York wool and spandex color-block skirt, $278; katespade.com.

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Don't be demure

A tote in camouflage (and, no, it doesn’t say Duck Dynasty—but if you haven’t seen DD, you should try it). C. Wonder nylon tote, $88; cwonder.com.

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Out of the box

A slightly boxy top with bold zippers and a lime hue that shows some attitude when paired with more muted colors. Calvin Klein color-block T-shirt, $79; Bonton stores.

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Embrace novelty

Your best serious-jewelry years lie ahead; for now, think fun and fresh. Loft ribbon necklace, $55; loft.com.

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Be gutsy about trends

This cropped trench is a great weekend topper for jeans. Rachel Zoe jacket with leather sleeves, $595; nordstrom.com.

For 15 percent off, use the code MORE15 when ordering online.

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Dare to stand out

The graphic print and rounded sleeves are not for the style shy. Clover Canyon neoprene dress, $268; clovercanyon.com.

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Bust out the boots

Pair with everything from skinny jeans (tucked in) to a miniskirt. C. Wonder leather riding boots, $298; cwonder.com.

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Ditch the tote

Choose a bag that’s just big enough, with a little hardware for sparkle. Vince Camuto leather bag, $178; vincecamuto.com.

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Have some fun already

Why wouldn’t you accessorize with a leopard-print scarf? Apt 9 scarf (sold with a sweater, not shown), $50; kohls.com.

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All in the details

Vince Camuto rayon and Lycra sweater dress, $159; vincecamuto.com.

For 15 percent off, use the code MORE15 when ordering online.

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Get leggy

You won’t always be able to rock a quilted mini, and this one is stain resistant. Elizabeth Roberts quilted moto miniskirt, $235; elizabeth-roberts.us.

For 15 percent off, use the code MORE15 when ordering online.

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Get leggy

These cargo pants are just right for hand-cappuccino cobat. Nydj cargo legging, $120; nydj.com.

 

For 15 percent off, use the code MORE15 when ordering online.

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Runway inspiration: Tell it to the marines

Prabal Gurung launched a military offensive this season, with lots of looks featuring Army green, slim cargo pants, vests with pockets and hardware details, all paired with boots and short gloves.

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Hoisery tip

Go for something unexpected, like fishnets. DKNY bold net tights, $15; Nordstrom.

Buyer's Guide

 

  • Zara: Inexpensive trends
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  • Rag & Bone: Utilitarian chic
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  • Club Monaco: Hip but feminine clothes and accessories
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  • Joe Fresh: Easy wardrobe fillers
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  • Onestopplus.com: Plus-size clothes and stylish accessories
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  • 3.1 Philllip Lim for Target: Cool and classic, at a price
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  • Cut25 by Yigal Azrouel: For day-to-day simplicity

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    Rag & Bone
    First published in the September 2013 issue

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