I’m happy that in 2018, the connotation of being in your 30s doesn’t immediately come with expectations that one should be married, have children and be adulting 100%. Do not get me wrong. These things are ABSOLUTELY great life events, if they are happening. But as someone who is thirty something and NOT married, no kids, and only just bought her first home with parental assistance, I’m happy that heavy pressures are reduced. Also, another point to not get wrong, they still happen. If I had a nickel for everyone that asked if I was married, surprised when I said no, then subsequently asked me if I was going to get married and have kids, I’d have made enough for a new car.
I think that this changing expectation ALSO applies to clothes! Trendy clothes are my favorite, and although I know some of this stuff is majorly marketed to 25 year-olds and younger, I’m still all about it, within reason. I think some of the best times to wear current trends is summer. It just seems like so much more can go because no one is worried about freezing to death and shrouding themselves in heavy, long coats.
Between dresses, skirts, shorts, summer denim, flowy tops, cutout tops, crop tops, the list goes on and on and on, you can have a multitude of excellent, fashionable options. I love a good go-to dress that can work day time and casual nights out. But sometimes, it’s fun to find that great, unique summer dress that is a stand out. Also, mixed pieces allow for pattern combinations, and multiple outfits with mixing and matching different items in your closet.
Take advantage of shorter sleeves, deeper neck lines and less layers to accessorize! Cuff bracelets are currently my personal favorite, as well as a good gold plated hoop earring. I’m probably guilty of wearing the same accessories for nearly all outfits, but sometimes when you find that something works, it works.
Have fun with your fashion choices and step outside the box! While quality, timeless pieces are worth the splurge, for most trend pieces, I suggest not going top of the line or on the edge of a clothing budget. If you see a dress or other item you aren’t sure you’d wear in a year, buy on the cheaper end. H&M, Zara, ASOS, and Nordstrom Rack are my go – tos if I’m looking for a little more trendy clothes that are affordable. Check out below for my current favorite flirty and fun summer pieces!