How to Dress for Your Age – the 30’s
30’s:   The Builder / Creator


To dress for your age in your 30’s, consider all of your functions.  In your 30’s you may be experiencing any of the following:

  • Establishing your career
  • Starting a family
  • Building a home
  • Developing credentials and credibility
  • Setting goals
  • Balancing home and work

Your life may have taken a more serious approach than in your 20’s.  If you are developing your career, you are looking for ways to increase your professionalism and credibility.  If you have young children at home, your personal life may require casual comfort.  You will probably want to engage in some type of fitness regime or sport to maintain your shape and tone.  Your main challenge right now may be juggling your various responsibilities and commitments.


Style suggestions:


Dress to be appropriate for the situation.  An investment in key pieces can help propel you forward in your career. If you work in an office, dress professionally.  A skirt is knee-skimming.  A jacket can add some authority and power.  To dress for your age, the look can still be edgy and youthful, without being boring.

For your personal and family time you can wear outfits that are easy to manoeuvre in, but still stylish.  Be true to your body type and personality.  If you have more “yang” characteristics, you have a more angular body and features, and are better in more tailored outfits.  If you have more “yin”, you have a more curved body and features, and are better in more draping, feminine outfits.

Caution:  With your balancing act, make you sure you don’t drop the balls on your grooming and self-care.   Pay attention to your appearance.  Make time for yourself.  Avoid shopping for escapism, as that’s a great way to accumulate an abundance of cheap clothing.


Karen Brunger is an image consultant and trainer.