Warm weather is upon us, offering the perfect opportunity for a shopping spree. If you’re a woman in your 30s, you may find that the summer season includes everything from a casual get-together with friends to a frenetic family vacation to a packed work schedule. To get you through these varied outings, make sure you have outfits that are versatile enough to help you handle it all. Read on for some suggestions of summer wardrobe essentials for women in their 30s.
Regardless of age, every woman needs at least one pair of casual shorts in her wardrobe. Whether you prefer denim shorts—the summer version of your favorite pair of jeans—or women’s chino shorts, choose a pair in a neutral color that can go with any casual warm-weather top. There's no one-size-fits-all rule for how to wear your shorts. Though you may want to opt for a slightly longer style in your 30s, it’s purely a matter of personal preference. If you want the flexibility of altering the length of your shorts, consider a pair of roll-tab shorts. You can go shorter when you're in the mood but uncuff the shorts for a more conservative look when it suits your agenda.
A charming summer dress is just the thing when you want a quick go-to piece for warm-weather wear. You don't have to worry about pairing your top with the right shorts or Capri pants. Just slip into the dress, throw on a pair of sandals, and you're ready to go in an instant.
If you so desire, dress for your body shape to get the most flattering look. Fit-and-flare dresses are good for hourglass and pear shapes. An A-line dress looks good on individuals with broad shoulders and narrow hips. If you have a rectangular shape, look for a tee or tank dress. A swing or smock dress is the best choice for an apple-shaped body. These are not hard-and-fast rules, of course. What’s most important is that you wear the dress that you feel terrific in, regardless of style or body shape.
You can't go wrong with a few time-tested T-shirts in your summer wardrobe. These go with shorts, Capris, jeans, skirts, and anything else you might wear throughout the year. T-shirts for women come in an array of colors and patterns, not to mention necklines. Treat yourself to a few because you'll get to wear them throughout the entire year. Tops that stand alone in summer can be layered comfortably under other items in cooler seasons.
A cute pintuck women's tank top is a perfect solution when you want to add some sophistication to a basic tank. The pintucks at the front of the tank give it a classier look, so you can wear this piece to work as well as for a night out on the town. Pair the tank tucked into slacks or an A-line skirt when you're on the job. Wear it loose, with jean shorts or cropped pants, for a casual afternoon strolling the farmer's market; or belt this versatile tank over a flared skirt for a flirty look when you're headed out for the evening. Like T-shirts, tank tops can transition into your fall wardrobe when paired with a blazer or spring cardigan, so you'll get plenty of wear from this investment. The cardigan will also come in handy during spring and summer evenings, whether you're hanging with friends at an outdoor barbeque or taking a romantic stroll on the beach.
Never let anyone tell you what type of swimsuit you should or shouldn’t wear when you’re in your 30s or any other decade. Always choose the swimsuit that you feel confident in. If you’re not a fan of one-piece suits but aren’t fond of bikinis, either, we suggest a two-piece tankini bathing suit. The separate pieces allow you to choose styles and sizes that flatter you on both top and bottom. It’s also super easy to mix and match tankini pieces, especially if you can’t decide from so many options. Two coordinated tankinis will give you eight different combos to rock as the mood hits.
A pair of show-stopping sunglasses are exactly what you need for a flawless summer wardrobe in your 30s. Pick a pair based on your face shape. If you have a round shape, try angular frames that will offset the roundness of your face. An angular or oblong face with a strong jawline looks best with sunglasses that have a softer, rounded shape. Round sunglasses look better with an oval face, while square-shaped glasses are ideal with a heart-shaped face.
If you can invest in only one pair of sunglasses, black is a fail-proof choice. However, if you're filling out your wardrobe, have some fun with your 30s and pick a pair in a bright shade or bold print. An animal pattern, floral detail, or other playful element is just the thing if your summer agenda includes music festivals, group outings, and plenty of fun.
The summer season can keep you on the go. From your weekend errands to your vacation, it's important to keep your feet comfortable without sacrificing style. Simple white sneakers are one option if you’re constantly running around. Whether canvas or leather, sneakers will still manage to deliver the comfort you need to keep pace with everything on your agenda.
Sandals are another summer footwear staple that can take you from the beach to après sun drinks to dinner with friends or family. You don't want burning blisters or aching arches at the end of the day, so make sure you choose a pair that’s comfortable and with a heel height you can manage from morning to night.
With these essentials on hand in your wardrobe, you'll find be able to put together a variety of warm-weather outfits. Keep up with your summer agenda while looking great in your 30s by filling your closet with these must-have picks now.