Like it or not, people will judge you on your choice of handbag so it’s important to get it right. You don’t necessarily need to spend thousands of pounds, but your handbag should be leather, big enough to hold all your lady essentials and it should not come from Accessorize. If you really want to up your game, get yourself a bag with a built-in charger for your phone and win yourself friends in the process.
Drinking games are for teenagers - once you hit 30, it’s time to start drinking like an adult. Hip flasks are incredibly useful for festivals, firework displays and all the other outdoor drinking occasions where a grown-up might find them self. As notable hip flask users go, the look you’re going for is glam Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot, rather than whisky-sodden Detective Gene Hunt from Life on Mars.
Costume jewellery is fun and fashionable but when you reach your 30s it’s important that you own at least once piece of jewellery that isn’t crafted from plastic. It doesn’t matter whether it was bought for you by a partner, family member or even from your own pocket, but it should be made from a precious metal and match any outfit. Bonus adult points if it’s from Tiffany, Harry Winston, or Bulgari.
The idea of adults wearing cheap, tinny earphones is, frankly, unacceptable. Yes, you may well be enjoying the greatest hits of S Club 7 on the train, but you don’t want their delightfully twee pop tunes leaking out of your sub-standard ‘phones and alerting everyone to your infantile music tastes. Invest in some decent headphones and win the respect of your fellow commuters.
Having a bad hair do may have been acceptable as a student or even an office junior, but it’s hard to take a senior colleague seriously if they look like they’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards. Invest in a good pair of hair straighteners to craft your unruly barnet into a ‘do worthy of an adult. By the time you’re 30 you should also know that straighteners can be used to curl hair as well as straighten it.
Power tools aren’t just for the boys and while a chainsaw or flamethrower might be overdoing it somewhat, an electronic screwdriver is an absolute must-have. When you’re merrily piecing together your latest piece of Ikea flat pack furniture you’ll realise that this is the best money you ever spent.
It may seem like a pricey gadget when you already have an oven, but this clever little gizmo also kneads your dough for you and proves it, too. You’ll save a hell of a lot of money on shop-bought bread in the long-run and your home will always smell of freshly baked bread. You’ll be addicted to Instagramming pictures of your fresh loaves before you know it.
You don’t want to be the person whose luggage is getting laughed at in the baggage reclaim hall so it’s time to ditch the cheap pink, leopard print suitcase and invest in some premium luggage.
Quality suitcases don’t always come cheap, but they will last, and also make you look like seasoned traveller when you’re swanning through customs with nothing to declare except your cosmopolitan status.
Little Black Dress
No one really needs telling that the Little Black Dress (or LBD) is a versatile and timeless classic. If you still don’t own one when you reach your 30s, you need to have a serious word with yourself. Just remember your age and choose your dress accordingly to avoid the ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ look. The LBD is your true BFF.
The older you get, the more you need to spend on skincare - sad, but true. If you can only afford to funnel money into one premium product, make it a quality moisturiser and do NOT underestimate the age at which you need to start moisturising your neck. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.