Here are the staples every 30-year-old should own, according to LC

For those of you who have celebrated a milestone birthday like the big 3-0, you know how it can feel to navigate uncharted territory. I always thought that leaving my twenties behind would be scary, but I’m here to tell you that I’ve never felt more like myself. My thirties have been the time of my life, and this new decade has already been peppered with some pretty big and exciting life events. I’ve learned quite a few things since entering my thirties, and one in particular has to be the importance of a solid and reliable wardrobe. I guess you could say that my life and wardrobe have changed for the better…

Gone are the days of impulse buys and a trend-driven wardrobes. I’ve come to realize that a well-stocked closet means quality over quantity, and finding pieces that will last the test of time. There’s nothing I love more than worn out leather, a trusty pair of blue jeans, and slipping into shoes that I know are both comfortable and chic. If you’re in your thirties (or are coming to this realization no matter your age), today I’ve created a list of over 10 different pieces that I believe every woman should have in her closet by the time she’s 30. Keep scrolling to see which items you might already have and which ones you should definitely be putting in your shopping cart…

1. Well Fitting Jeans… In Multiple Washes
I am a firm believer in finding the perfect pair of jeans and then buying them in multiple washes. There’s nothing better than finally finding a pair of denim that fit you in all the right places, so why not buy them in a dark wash, light wash, black and white?

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2. A Blazer
One of my favorite pieces in my closet is a tailored blazer. Whether you’re dressing it up or down, you can always count on a blazer to instantly elevate an outfit. Plus, you automatically look like you mean business.

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3. A Black-Tie Dress
I’m not saying that you need to graduate from your favorite little black dress, but I do think that every woman should have a dress suitable for a black-tie affair. You never know when you will be invited to a more formal wedding, a charity gala, or another fancy event.

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4. Ballet Flats
While a trusty pair of pumps was the runner up to this one, I think that every woman should keep a pair of ballet flats in her arsenal. Not only are they chic and comfy, but they’ll complement just about anything.

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5. Tailored Black Pants
You never know when a trusty pair of black pants will come in handy. I like to keep a pair of well-fitting trousers in my closet for an instant business casual ensemble.

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6. A Really Good Bra
Let’s face it ladies, it’s time to find a bra that actually fits if you haven’t already. No excuses.

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7. An Everyday Bag
One of the best investments you can make is a sturdy handbag. My purse comes with me everywhere, and I think we can all agree that this item gets a lot of wear and tear over the years. Spoil yourself and get a bag that can keep up with your daily to-do list.

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8. A Chic Sunhat
One thing that I wish I would have paid more attention to in my teens and twenties is the importance of sun protection. Gone are the days that I sit out by the pool or on the beach without a floppy sunhat to protect my head and neck from harsh sunrays. A chic sunhat paired with SPF is going to be your BFF!

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9. A Workout Uniform
In addition to nailing down a health and wellness plan that works for you, treating yourself to a workout uniform should be next on your list. Some of my workout essentials include a great pair of leggings, running shoes, a snug sports bra and a reusable water bottle. No more trips to the gym in an oversized tee and worn-out leggings.

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10. A Leather Jacket
Last but not least, I recommend adding a leather jacket to your wardrobe staples. There’s nothing better than a soft, broken in leather jacket to complete an ensemble.

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With pieces like these in your closet, you’ll be set up for outfit success no matter the occasion.

What items would you add to this list?

Let me know in the comments!

XO Lauren

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