I started experimenting with fashion in my teenage years and I think I have come a really long way. During those years, I voraciously read fashion magazines (Instagram didn’t exist then) and jumped on a lot of trends faster than you could say “fashion victim!”. All this resulted in a lot of impulse buys that I never ever wear.

Now as the big 3-0 is on the horizon, I want to have a wardrobe with quality pieces that represent me. So… It’s time to embark on a slow, subtle, wardrobe overhaul. I have assembled a list of 10 things that I think every stylish woman should consider owning by the time she is 35. Well, age is nothing but a number, but I believe these pieces are the wardrobe staplesthat will tell the world you are a smart, capable and stylish woman.

1. A pair of classic pumps or flats

Whether you are a pump girl or more into a great flat, you should have a pair of high quality shoe that is well-designed, versatile and timeless. It should be able to carry you pretty much to everywhere, from work to cocktails. 

2. A forever bag

A well-made classic bag can take your ensemble from zero to ten with just one shoulder toss. Invest in a high quality leather bag with a classic design that can withstand the test of time.

3. A set of well-fitted lingerie

In your teens, you probably never paid much attention to your lingerie and worn a good amount of distressed bras/panties that are ill-fitting. Then in your 20s you most likely went on a rampage and bought lots of lingerie to impress the guys in your life. Now, as you move into your 30s, it’s time to buy the perfect bra for yourself. Get a professional fitting so you know your exact size.

4. A go-to black tie gown

As you move on to the next stage in your life, you will definitely get lots of invitations to weddings and galas. Instead of always scrambling for an outfit at the eleventh hour, why not do some research in your free time to see what type of formal outfit you prefer? Take your time, buy a show stopping dress that makes you feel like a million dollars every time you put it on.

5. The perfect little black dress

This little black dress should be minimal with no frills, so that you can pair it with a smart jacket for a business meeting by day or dress it up with flashy accessories for evening.

6. A sharp power blazer

To ensure that the first impression you make on a potential employer/client during meetings and interviews is a good one, a well fitted blazer is essential. Get one in fail-safe colours like black or navy and it will take you miles.

7. A piece of fine jewellery

Fashion jewellery is great for style statements but every jewelry box deserves at least one precious piece. You might want to consider getting a piece of real jewellery as a reward for a big achievement in life.

8. A quality timepiece

As much as it pains me to say this, a great watch is probably the only luxury item that is considered as an investment. (I am sorry bags and shoes) Top of the line watches are the only “fashion” things that increase in value so it is worth eschewing all the trendy fashion items for a piece that will last you a lifetime.

9.  A signature scent

Coco Chanel once said, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Need I say more? The best fragrances work with your own body chemistry and give off a signature scent that lingers even when you are not in the room.

10. A go-to lipstick colour

A little colour on your lip can instantly brighten up your look, so find a shade that complements your skin tone. Consult the beauty advisors at cosmetics counters and take some promising hues for a test drive!