Style Tips: 5 Common Fashion Mistakes of Women Over 30

20 Oct

Age-appropriate dressing is the to key fashion success (well, that and fit). Here are some common missteps of women over 30 and how they can fix them.

Micro-Minis: Yes, it’s more than okay to show off your legs (especially when you work so hard on them at the gym!). But at 30, the expectation is to do it with more class. Try a knee-length, sexy pencil style with a nude heel and bare legs.  Or, if it’s the winter months, try black tights and black super-high heels.

Mini-Skirt (left); Pencil Skirt (right) Alexander McQueen McQ Heather Grey Pencil Skirt With Zipper, $209

Baby Doll Dresses:  No matter what age, a baby doll style is an image for little girls. The cutesy silhouette is all too precious for a sophisticated, intelligent woman. Instead, try cinched waist A-line or a t-shirt style dress, paired with a belt.  Those will give you the comfort and simplicity of a baby doll with out the baby-like effect.

Baby Doll (left); T-Shirt Dress (right) Ella Moss Tunic Dress with Belt, $108

Athletic Sneakers (Outside of the Gym): Yes, they’re super comfortable, but athletic sneakers are too casual for the office or any social engagement.  Instead of those athletic trainers, try a simple ballet flat.  They give you the same comfort without zapping your style quotient.


Nike Running Shoes (left); Tory Burch Ballet Flat $180 (right)


Visible Bra Straps: Peeking lingerie says one of two things: “I’m giving away too much to try and be sexy” or “I’m too lazy to bother properly dressing myself.” Either way, it’s not a good message.  Simple fixes exist now like convertible bras (that go halter, strapless, one shoulder, etc), hooks to convert straps to a racer back, a strapless bustier, or bra-less bras—those molded cups that stick on and hold you up.

Wacoal Strapless Convertible, $50

Showing off Your Midriff: A 6-pack is something to be proud of, no doubt. But unless you’re on the beach, let your belly speak more subtly (especially if it’s not a 6-pack!). Tout your tummy in a tasteful way with high-waist skinny jeans with a tucked-in white shirt with French cuffs.  Or, try a wrap dress in a bright color and work that teeny waistline for all it’s worth.

Theory Kenley Shirt, $180; Diane Von Furstenberg Justin Jersey Wrap Dress $325; High Waist Skinny Jeans, Top Shop $80


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