Dress your best in your 30s

Zainab JavedWeb Editor

31st Aug, 2021. 01:23 pm

Jenna Rink from 13 Going on 30 (2004) showed us a glamourized version of what’s meant to be “30, flirty, and thriving” and she was somewhat right. The thirties are meant to be a woman’s supposed “prime” — socially, professionally, physically, and emotionally. With time, your style evolves too and your love for outfits either increases or decreases. In all honesty, the concept of ‘dressing for your age’ really comes into perspective once you hit this decade because technically you’re not a teen anymore. You’re a grown-up and should dress like one. You have a clear fashion sense and a stable choice of ins and outs of your closet.

Traditional wear has become easy since there are many brands offering many designs and fusions. Yet dressing up in your 30s can be a bit of a dilemma especially if you are a Pakistani woman who tends to gravitate towards traditional wear. But don’t fret we got a style plan for all the girls who are in their 30s.


A pair of white and black trousers are a definitive staple in a woman’s closet as they instantly simplify the outfit pairing process, however, you can step up your style game a bit and invest in simple white and black shalwars to pair with your favourite Kurtis and fusion shirts. For accessories, you can always opt for simple dangling earrings and dainty pendants. Embroidered canvas bags and shoulder bags are totally in style nowadays and you can never go wrong with kolhapuri sandals, can you?

Some other things you can add to your casual arsenal include patchwork jeans, tiered frocks, silver and gold hoops, boho-chic rings and basic slip-on flats. Casuals are all about laid-back style and comfort. If nothing is working out in your favour for casual attire, you can always count on a white kurti paired with a vibrant scarf and chunky sandals.

P.s Ethnic wear is all the rage nowadays, consider investing in an Angrakha (shirt with asymmetric opening), Koti (a type or wasket) and pieces with block prints.


Semi-formal, as the name implies, is a slightly more relaxed form of formal dress and fits somewhere between casual and formal. Some hot trends when it comes to semi-formal attires include plain matching separates with vibrantly printed dupattas-especially the handpainted organza dupatta which is a new IT thing this year. Dresses with fancy sleeves designs such as blouson, puff, and raglan sleeves detailed with laces trims are the season’s must-have.

Pastels and minimalism go hand in hand and it’s about time, we admit that nothing ‘elevates’ an outfit quite like a statement earring and a classy wristwatch. Don’t forget to switch up your basic flats with block sandals and mules, they are comfortable, chic, and perfectly aligns with the aesthetic of semi-formal standards. A pair of pearl drop earrings and a pastel-hued outfit will add more elegance to your outfit.

Formals/ Festive Formals

We can’t really find a solid definition for “festive formal”, but for desis, the formal festive defines as a formal dressing but with a festive flair. These attires heavily emphasize the use of specific colors, patterns, and textiles to effortlessly tap into the celebratory vibe. To put it simply, everything between sequins, velvet, embellishments, embroidery and lots of sparkles and glitter fit the requirements of this dress code. Mostly, you will find yourself inclined towards saris with different iterations to choose from such as dhoti-style saris, sari dresses, pant sari and sari gowns. If the classic drape doesn’t entice you, you can always go for long shirts with kamdani (shimmering embroidery) work. Both sharara (loose wide-legged pants) and gharara (wide-legged flared pants with ruched knees) can never fall out of fashion’s favour and the list wouldn’t be complete without them.

Festive attire is all about bold accessories. Go for statement pieces like chunky earrings, solid metallic bracelets and pearl chokers. A sparkly clutch and stiletto heels will make you look extra dressy and festive. More is more, less is a bore!

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