By the time you’re 30, much of your size and shape is set—you’re not going to get shorter or taller, and though you’re sure to gain and lose weight as the years go on, it’s unlikely anything major will change. As such, it’s important to have on lock which silhouettes look best on you. Are you a midi-length-skirt kind of gal, or do above-the-knee cuts flatter you more? Do you look good in boxy shapes, or is flowy your friend? Know and your 30s will be looking a whole lot more stylish
By the time you turn 30, you ought to have a decent handle these things about yourself, on the jeans that flatter you most—not only flares vs. boyfriend cut, but also the hem length that looks best, and the core brands you know you can turn to for the best fit.
This is probably a no-brainer, but by the time you’re a grown woman, it’s crucial to know which colours are your go-tos when you need something that flatters your skin tone. Sure, it’s ok to go outside of that box and experiment with colour, but it’s nice to know with certainty (if you’re online shopping, especially) if a shade looks good on you—or if it doesn’t.
By the time you’re 30, you should know yourself well enough to know which trends you want to pursue—and which ones you’re happy leaving behind. This will change from season to season, obviously, as the trends themselves change, but if you know your own aesthetic well enough, it should be clear whether something is for you or not.
WINE BOTTLES AS DÉCOR
Too downmarket for the 30-and-up-crowd.
POSTERS WITHOUT FRAMES
Nothing says ‘no idea’ like unframed art dotted around the house. It’s time to get custom frames that will define your art and make you look like an adult.
That collection of shot glasses are only okay if you are still a student.
The older you get, the squishier your bed should be.
Childish, unless it’s for a garden party.
CUSHIONS BOUGHT WITH SOFA
They are uniform and dull. Buy different size cushions and play with size, scale and texture.
Empty bins daily, even if they are only half-full.
Don’t hold on to stained, torn, thin, threadbare, cheap or tragic towels. Toss them out. Now go shopping for new ones, which cost very little.
By the time you’re 30, it’s time to splurge on some real seating that feels a little more permanent than their fold-up brethren.
Invest in a rug to add texture, style and personality.
Add flowers, art and accessories to add interest (and soul) to surfaces.
Empty the cutlery drawer out. Everything mismatched should be chucked. So should anything old, worn, damaged, light,useless or bought as a souvenir. Out it goes.
Get rid of your aluminium saucepans, pans with loose handles, battered lids that no longer fit anything and no-stick frypans that stick. Be ruthless.
AN UNMADE BED
It takes 60 seconds to make your bed every morning, and will help you start your day with an accomplished feeling.
Recognise when that clapped-out old sofa your parents gave you has hade its day and invest in a no-nonsense foundation sofa – the way you’d buy a tailored, timeless suit.
LAMPS WITHOUT SHADES
This is probably a no-brainer, but by the time you’re 30 there’s no excuse for lamps with bare bulbs.
Instead of enhancing a space, they seem to do the opposite.
CRATES AS FURNITURE
You want to be able to put a glass or book down without thinking but do we really need to explain?
PLASTIC SOUVENIR CUPS
If you have collected plastic souvenir cups branded with bar names, theme parks, family reunions, and corporate sponsorships over the years, and they are still your go-to drinkware, it’s time to upgrade.
EXPOSED BED BASE
By the time you turn 30, you’re going to want to splurge on a tailored valance which will also offer hidden storage opportunities beneath your mattress.
Use proper glasses: flutes for champagne, goblets for wine, tumblers for water, etc.
OLD CHARGERS THAT DON’T BELONG TO ANYTHING
Gather up any random chargers that are cluttering up your shelves, and try to match them to the technology in your home (wireless speakers, the dust buster, etc.). If you cannot find a single item that you still own and use that can be charged by the charger in question, toss it.
OLD COFFEE-STAINED MUGS
By the time you’re 30, it’s time to set your cabinets free of every random, chipped, coffee-stained mug.
Throw them out.
OLD DUVET COVERS
If the same duvet cover has been on your bed for 10 years, it’s time for an update.
Bin, bin, bin. Go online.
By 30, it’s time to stack, sort and fold dry washing and put it away.
At this stage in the game, you should have amassed a collection of décor items that reflect your interests and sense of beauty. If you still have random knick-knacks decorating your shelves (as opposed to sentimental ones, which are fine), now’s the time to get rid of them.
They’re great if you need a quick-fix but never a permanent window treatment. If custom shades aren’t in your budget, opt for a chic, ready-made, woven bamboo blind in a standard size larger than your window frame.