As we get older, our fashion choices should reflect who we are and what we feel confident and comfortable in. Right?! But that doesn't mean sacrificing style for practicality. In fact, building a wardrobe of versatile pieces is the best way to achieve both. And we want a versatile wardrobe because we want a bang for our buck. Whether you're looking to revamp your wardrobe or simply looking for inspiration, today’s post will guide you through the 5 versatile pieces to build your over 50 wardrobe around.
And honestly, these are the pieces that make up a classic-style closet. I’m not reinventing the wheel. I’m sharing timeless pieces that always work and I mean ALWAYS. From a classic trench coat to a crisp white button-down, these timeless classics will ensure you're always fashionably dressed. So, let's dive in and discover the key pieces that will take your wardrobe to the next level.
Today, I'm featuring 5 versatile pieces to build your over 50 wardrobe around
For each item type, I've pulled in 5 different pieces shoppable via a text-widget
All of the outfits I've shared are inspiration ones that will help you style the items this Fall
Now that we’re headed to fall and cooler temps. Well, Georgia will be summer like for the foreseeable future but I just had UK viewer write in sharing how damp and cold the weather has been lately. I think I’m jealous as I have 90-degree weather day after day. But fall will inevitably show up at some point and a versatile piece that every over 50 wardrobe needs is a classic trench coat.
This timeless staple is not only practical but also adds an element of sophistication to any outfit. The beauty of a trench coat is that it can be dressed up or down, making it the perfect item to take you from work to the weekend. Even if you live in a warm climate all year round I suggest keeping a trench coat on hand as you never know when a trip to a cold and rainy city might come up.
A traditional trench coat is long, double-breasted, has ten buttons, and comes in black, tan, khaki, or beige. When trench coats first burst on the scene in the early 20th century sizing was quite generous as this water-repellent wonder could be worn over a heavier coat to stay dry.
These days trench coats are more form fitting but I still love an oversized trench. And don't be afraid to invest in a quality trench coat, it will be a staple in your closet for years to come and you can pass it on to your daughter or granddaughter.
Burberrys have staying power for a reason. Historians claim Thomas Burberry invented gabardine fabric in 1879. By 1901 he had designed and submitted an Army Officer’s raincoat to the United Kingdom War Office and so the mighty military trench began its life. During WWI British Officers wore trench coats that had been modified with shoulder straps and D-rings. The ring was included so that map cases, swords, or other military equipment could easily attach to the belt. After all, necessity is the mother of invention.
A versatile and comfortable item that should not be missing from any over-50 wardrobe is a well-fitted pair of jeans.
Whether you prefer a classic straight-leg or a trendy wide-leg or still prefer skinny jeans, jeans are a timeless piece that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. They are perfect for running errands or a casual lunch with friends, but can also be paired with a blazer for a more polished look.
Investing in a high-quality pair of jeans is definitely worth it, as they can last for years and become a go-to item in your closet. Look for a pair that flatters your body type and fits comfortably, without being too tight or too loose.
Dark-wash denim is a great option for a dressier look, while lighter washes are perfect for a more relaxed vibe but remember they visually add pounds.
For spring/summer pair your jeans with a cotton tee or poplin shirt and add a snazzy belt. Although I have to be honest and tend not to wear my beloved blue jeans during the hot summer months.
Next on my wardrobe staple list is a neutral cashmere sweater. Pairing your favorite denim jeans with a beautiful sweater in natural fiber is a classic look that never goes out of style.
A neutral cashmere sweater is a versatile item that can elevate any outfit while also providing warmth and comfort. An investment in a high-quality cashmere sweater is definitely worth it, as it can last for years and become a staple in your wardrobe.
When choosing a cashmere sweater, opt for a neutral color such as beige, gray, or black. These shades can be easily mixed and matched with other items in your wardrobe, creating endless outfit possibilities. Be sure to choose a well-fitted cashmere sweater that flatters your body type and fits comfortably, without being too tight or too loose. Crew necks, v-necks or a turtleneck are all classic silhouettes that stand the test of time so pick your favorite.
I love, love, love a turtleneck cashmere sweater paired with straight-leg jeans for a casual yet chic look. For a dressier look, you can’t go wrong with a skirt or trousers. A cashmere sweater is the perfect foundation for any outfit, adding sophistication and elegance.
When it comes to building a versatile wardrobe, one of the key foundations is finding comfortable yet stylish shoes. And in the case of the over 50 crowd, a pair of comfortable flats is an absolute must-have.
No longer do you need to suffer through the pain of heels or sneakers that perhaps are too casual. Instead, opt for a pair of flats that will keep your feet happy while still looking chic.
Of course, not all flats are created equal. When shopping for your new go-to pair, take into consideration the shape of your foot, the arch support, and the level of cushioning. Look for materials such as leather or suede that will mold to your feet over time and provide lasting comfort.
A great option for a classic yet comfortable flat is a ballet flat. They come in a variety of colors and textures, and can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For those who prefer a bit more support, a loafer or mule can be a great alternative. Look for pairs with a rubber sole for extra grip and durability.
Once you've found your perfect pair of flats, you'll find that they can be paired with just about anything in your wardrobe. From jeans and a t-shirt to a structured blazer and silk scarf, your comfortable flats will become a wardrobe staple that you'll reach for time and time again. Speaking of silk scarves...
A white button-down shirt is a wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or down, making it a versatile piece for any occasion. Whether you wear it with jeans or dress pants, a white button-down shirt always looks chic and put-together. It's also a great layering piece, perfect for wearing under sweaters or blazers.
For a classic look, pair a white button-down shirt with a midi skirt. A midi skirt is a flattering length for most women and can be worn in a variety of styles. Whether you prefer a fitted pencil skirt or a flowy A-line skirt, a white button-down shirt complements it perfectly. With the addition of a statement necklace or a pair of bold earrings, this outfit can be dressed up for a special occasion or dressed down for a casual lunch date.
Next up, we'll explore how a midi skirt can be a versatile piece to build your over 50 wardrobe around.,