What to Wear in Your 30s

Tropical prints—anchored by a touch of navy or black—are just right

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Tropical prints in your 30s

Bold blooms, short skirts, funky accessories.


Soludos X We Are Handsome cotton and jute espadrilles, $65; soludos.com

Jens Mortensen

Choose flats with flair

For those moments when you give heels a rest, these are go-with-alls.


Kate Spade leather and rubber sandals, $198; katespade.com.

Jens Mortensen

Don't be shy

Novelty pants (industry-speak for slacks with exotic prints, like these) are all the rage and a fun way to experiment with pattern or color (or both). Bottom heavy? Skip them.


Banana Republic print pants, $90; banana​republic.com.

Jens Mortensen

Size down

Ah, it's nice to be young and able to carry just the essentials. When you're BRG (before reading glasses), a tiny clutch is all you need.


RAFÉ straw and mother-of-pearl clutch, $225; Bloomingdale's.

Jens Mortensen

Have fun with trends

Now is not the time for subdued neutrals; now is the time for tongue-in-cheek whimsy. For those blessed with great legs, this scalloped-hem skirt is one mai tai away from a good time.


Cynthia Rowley bonded spandex skirt, $225; cynthiarowley.com.

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Funkify your shades

You've been rocking your aviators for a few years now, but trust us, change is good.


Silvano sunglasses made from recycled skateboard decks, $125; silvanoapparel.com.

Jens Mortensen

Save on accessories

This Tahitian-inspired fringed neckpiece packs style bang for your buck; we love its earthy feel.


Kate Spade Saturday leather and silk-thread necklace, $50; saturday.com.

Jens Mortensen

Layer with prints

When cool weather calls for a topcoat, skip the same old, same old and instead opt for this fantastic photo-printed version.


425 Fifth cotton double-weave jacket, $248; lordandtaylor.com.

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Embrace femininity

You're still at a stage when you can pull off something girly without looking silly. Case in point: this blooming T-shirt, which will provide the pretty for your boyfriend jeans.


Eva Franco embroidered ponte top, $270; evafranco.com.

Jens Mortensen

Don't be so serious

Save yourself from a black-pump slump and instead take a walk on the wild side.


Rebecca Minkoff leather pumps, $275; rebeccaminkoff​.com.

Jens Mortensen

Go big or go home

It takes youth and chutzpah to wear a statement print, and the way we see it, you've got both. Nothing beats the ease of a shirtdress, and this is the young, zany version you need.


French Connection sleeveless dress, $168; usa.frenchconnection.com.

Jens Mortensen

Get girly

A pale pink skirt gets a cool assist from an edgy, exposed black zipper.


Sonia by Sonia Rykiel stretch polyethylene skirt, $350; 516-374-1054.

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Bling it up

Because sometimes more is more—whether a choker with drama or a wristful of fun.


Shop Design faux-leather necklace with metal, $32; shopdesignspark.com. Gypsies and Debutantes woven bracelets with vintage Czech crystals, $78 each; gypsiesand​debutantes.com.

Jens Mortensen

Frame your face

When you need an anchor for all the loud floral prints, this top will do it (with the bonus of a delicate, textural neckline). You're welcome.


Tory Burch sweater, $350; Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Collaboration to watch

Shoe mogul Steve Madden has tapped "it" blogger Chiara Ferragni (aka The Blonde Salad) to create a capsule collection with nine edgy and eclectic styles (gold leather slip-on sneakers, buckle-embellished gladiator sandals).


The Blonde Salad X Steve Madden leather heels, $149; stevemadden.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Steve Madden

Eyewear alert

Four-eyes have never been more fashionable, thanks to celebs like Katy Perry. Upload a selfie to frame maker Warby Parker's website and virtually consider your options, or order in multiples and return the rejects easily.


Warby Parker acetate-frame glasses, $95; warbyparker.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Warby Parker

Alternative to try: sheer

Have firm body, will let it show through. Transparent pieces look best when done in creamy white, nude or blush, whether you opt for sleeves that reveal a little or a dress that reveals a lot (like the one pictured, right). Consider this a visual cleanse from all the color and pattern you’ll be wearing. 

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Style Icon: Jaime King

Remember the three rules to follow:

1. Experiment with print mixing.

2. Buy costume jewelry.

3. If you've got it, flaunt it.

 

And one rule to break:

Less is more.

Next: New Fashion Dos and Don'ts
 

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First published in the March 2014 issue

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