By the time you reach thirty, you'll get the feeling that you need to redo your wardrobe. You'll look for basic but versatile pieces that will make you look classy and well put-together. Of course, you can still go for the usual jeans-and-shirt combo (you do you, after all), but there will be times when you'll need something more posh, and for those ocassions, these standards can help you out:
An all-around pair of slacks
Every working woman needs a good pair of slacks. Make things more interesting by playing with length—cropped pants can give you that classic Audrey Hepburn feel.
TRY: Smart Style Ankle Length Pants, P1,490.00 at Uniqlo
Long-sleeved button-down shirt
A long-sleeved button-down shirt can go a long way as part of your basic wardrobe. Aside from being a professional-looking piece, it’s also versatile enough to be a weekend top—simply wear it with denim shorts and sandals for a more relaxed vibe.
TRY: Puffed Sleeves Shirt, P1,295.00 at Mango
A dressy jacket
If you think a pair of slacks and a button-down shirt is a boring combo, add a dressy jacket. Wear it with a pencil dress for a classier look.
TRY: Oxmo Peak Collared Blazer, P1,199.00 at Zalora
A pair of heels
You’ll need to balance beauty with utility. Don’t go for super high stilettos if you can’t walk in them. Instead, go for chunkies at one or two inches. Being fasyon need not be too painful.
TRY: Closed-toe sling-back heels at Nine West
A sharp-looking dress
Dresses can be a great life-saver when you’re in a hurry to get ready, as they make you look instantly put-together. Getting yourself a little black dress can go a long, long way, but make it a point to add something lighter to your wardrobe as well.
TRY: Fit and Flare Dress, P749.00 at Zalora
TRY: Kamiseta Kiara Dress, P2,398.00 at Zalora
A sturdy bag
A quality bag need not be totally designer, but should be made from good material, have clean stitches, and roomy spaces constructed into one, classy silhouette. Invest in at least one piece even if it’s expensive, because it will definitely last you years to come.
TRY: Mara Satchel, P18,500.00 at Rabeanco Shangri-La Plaza
A dress watch
Choose something elegant for those times when you need to level the game up such as cocktails and conferences. A dress watch can add a nice, subtle touch to any outfit and make you look more polished.
TRY: Anne Klein Gold-Tone Mesh Bracelet Watch, P5,138.00 at WatchPortal
A signature scent
Finding your signature scent is like finding the perfect pair of jeans or the ultimate little black dress—it takes time. It should express who you are and be an extension of your aura. That being said, you shouldn’t just go for any cheap knock-off. You deserve the indulgence of the real thing.
TRY: Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant, and English Oak & Hazel Nut, P7,500.00/100ml each, available starting September 2017