As a woman over 50, you’ve grown into your style. You know what you like, and you look good in it. That attitude and confidence are critical when assembling your wardrobe essentials. While it’s helpful to maintain a capsule wardrobe, don’t limit yourself when choosing tones, styles, hues, and materials. Instead, let your taste shine and infuse your personality into these apparel essentials.
Update your wardrobe with classic skirts and dresses that exude timeless style. Choose something for every occasion, from the iconic little black dress to wrap dresses and comfy midis. Pencil skirts are remarkably versatile, effortlessly taking you from day to night and flattering women of all shapes and sizes.
Keep pencil skirt lengths at or slightly above the knee to ensure you look polished every time. It’s also a smart way to show off those curves if you're worried about stepping over into "revealing".
Express your unique style and confidence with basic pieces like simple T-shirts in solid colors or sleek white cuts. Try round neck and V-neck options in short and long sleeves that are perfect for casual living. Find the fit that works best for you while avoiding overly baggy shirts that can look frumpy.
Clothes should express who you already are—a beautiful, mature woman filled with self-assurance. Play around with different fits to learn what suits you.
A crisp, white, button-down shirt is a must-have wardrobe companion. You can style it for business or casual wear. Tuck it into your pencil skirt for a timeless office ensemble. Then, turn around and wear it over your swimsuit as a beach coverup on the weekend.
Its versatile nature means you can rock this piece any time of the day. Select a few quality pieces with lovely natural fabrics, like a silk blouse, a sharp linen oxford, and an oversized cotton shirt.
Well-fitting jeans are ideal for women of all ages. If you're after maximum versatility, opt for something dark. Navy and black washes can look incredibly chic while adding a thigh-slimming element. But whatever your preference, the fit is critical, so hug those curves. Find what’s most comfortable, from skinny jeans or straight legs to bootcut or cropped styles.
A high waist is so in these days, and they can elongate shorter legs. Pair jeans with a tee for a grocery trip, or dress them up with a classic white button-down for a fun night out.
Outerwear provides plenty of opportunities to stand out—from the classic trench to a white jean jacket. Leather jackets can be intimidating, but don't let age limit what styles you try. With a timeless fit that avoids the biker or too-tight look, leather or faux leather is a surefire way to add some edge to any fall or winter outfit.
Puffer jackets also bring vibrance and warmth when paired with jeans, while wool wraps elegantly complement tailored pants. Even cropped denim pieces offer warmth in chilly weather. Step out in whatever design expresses your unique flair.
Update your wardrobe with a timeless yet on-trend blazer. This versatile layer is essential for women who want to look put together and effortlessly chic. There's no limit to styling up this closet staple in multiple colors, prints, fabrics, and cuts, so don’t restrict yourself to dark or muted tones. Hot tip: a single-button option flatters all body types while remaining office-appropriate.
One of the many delightful things about being over 50 is shoes. You’re no longer expected to wear painful stilettos and feet-crushing footwear. You obviously can if you prefer, but you don’t have to. What’s more, there are numerous options available in flats and low heels that look magnificent.
So, choose a few good pairs that fit well, wear comfortably, and look lovely. Remember, a black ankle boot dresses up nearly any outfit.
No wardrobe for the well-dressed woman over 50 is complete without a few quality sweaters. Your selections should cover lounging and semi-formal wear. Choose well-made pullovers that drape well and are made to last. A classic cashmere sweater is an excellent investment, and add a warm, oversized sweater for a chilly workplace or cozy evenings at home.
Some other popular choices are boat neck sweaters and knit cardigans in taupe and pastel colors.
Unless it's your true style preference after a long career of suits, don't feel you're stuck with living in sweats and jeans after 50. There are so many variations on the tailored pant that fits beautifully and offers comfort and style. Basic black trousers are a wardrobe staple for a good reason—they’re elegant, versatile, and timeless.
Quality slacks pair well with sweaters, tees, blouses, and button-downs. Don’t hesitate to bolster your wardrobe with pants in various colors if that suits you, but be sure to choose tones that work with your other clothing items.
A favorite handbag can be a woman’s best friend, so choose wisely. Consider fabric, craft, brand, size, and durability. While owning a few flashy purses is fabulous, most people find an understated style is best for everyday use. An excellent Italian leather bag is a smart choice, and a quality tote with a top handle is an elegant accessory for any outfit.