One thing that every woman should regularly do in her 30s is to check and clean out her closet. We know how tiring it can be, but if you can take time to catalogue what you have, not only will you have space for new clothes, but you can also give usable, pre-loved items to those who can appreciate them more.  

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When your wardrobe finally has enough breathing space to accommodate new pieces, then it's time to up your basics game, starting with these:

A breezy midi dress

Go British Royalty-worthy with a conservative but stylish dress that spells class.

TRY: Marks and Spencer Midi Dress from the Per Una collection, at Marks and Spencer branches

A blazer that can upgrade your casual OOTD

Who says blazers are only for work? A pair of blue jeans and a basic black tank top can go a few notches higher with this statement outerwear.

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TRY: Paris Jackson for the Penshoppe Pre-Holiday 2018 Collection Striped Twill Blazer, P1,299

A button-down shirt with an interesting pattern

If you’re afraid of moving beyond the usual basics, why not go slow and start with adding a bit of pattern and color to your picks?

TRY: Mango Multi-colored Striped Shirt, P2,295 at Mango

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A classic pleated skirt

Pleated skirts can give your outfit the “oomph” it needs, whether you’re going for easy or business casual.

TRY: H&M Pleated Skirt, P2,490 at H&M

A pair of cigarette pants for a classy silhouette

Get that 1950s vibe on with these high-waisted trousers that gracefully and comfortably hug your legs.

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TRY: Penshoppe Holiday 2018 Collection High Waist Trousers, P899

A denim jacket

Because a good denim jacket is an absolute wardrobe staple. Wear it as is, or adorn it with patches and pins to show your personality

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TRY: Levi’s denim jacket. Have yours customized by a master tailor at the Levi’s Tailor Shop in SM Makati and in Robinsons Place Iloilo. The tailor shop also offers alterations for Levi’s jeans.

A classic boatneck sweater

Probably one of the easiest things to pair with anything is a sweater. Get something comfy looking in a neutral color, and you’re good to go even on the laziest of days.

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TRY: Uniqlo Boatneck Sweater in Gray, P990 at Uniqlo

A not-so-basic white blouse...

While white blouses are pretty much a staple, they need not be boring. Pick pieces that have interesting cuts or accents.

TRY: Mari Jasmine for the Forme Pre Holiday 2018 Collection Side-Tie Blouse, P998 (on sale at P878.24) now available at the new Forme Online Shop

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...Or an electric satin piece.

Don't be afraid of color! Pair a loud piece with a muted pick if you wish to play it safe.

TRY: Marks & Spencer satin blouse, at Marks & Spencer branches

FN Tip: If you’re thinking of doing away with old clothes to make space for what we have on this list, you can go to any Uniqlo branch and donate your pre-loved pieces to communities that need them through its All-Product Recycling initiative. This is to continue “Celebrate the Gift of LifeWear,” Uniqlo’s yearly gift-giving event for the children of Bantay Bata and Virlanie Foundation.

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