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10 essential wardrobe pieces every woman over 40 should own

Your wardrobe evolves with your age and your core go-to pieces will keep changing. Here are our top picks of classic pieces every woman over 40 needs.


As far as we’re concerned, you are never too old for jeans. Avoid overly ripped or distressed jeans, and chose a cut that is flattering to your silhouette. Medium or dark washes are the most versatile, and try jeans with some built-in shapewear for an extra flattering and supportive look. We know what you’re thinking « Ugh shapewear ». But wait! Jeans with built-in shapewear offer a little extra support in all the right places, making sure you don’t have to worry about tucks, bulges or unflattering angles. They’re super comfortable and flattering, what more could you ask for?

Comfortable but great looking heels

This can be easier said than done, but owning a pair of great heels can make any simple outfit look amazing. You don’t have to go for the super skinny sky-high options either, a pair a adorable kitten heels can do the trick. Don’t shy away from bright colors, red heels and some dark wash jeans look amazing together, and are appropriate for many different occasions.

Wrap dress

Wrap dresses are a flattering cut for every silhouette. A wrap dress accentuates your waist while creating flattering pleats around your midsection. Wrap dresses are usually made out of soft stretchy knit fabrics that are incredibly comfortable and adapt to your shape. Plus, they can be worn in a variety of different ways, and can easily be dressed up or down. They’re work appropriate but can look amazing at a wedding with a pair of heels or your day off with some comfy flats.

Pencil skirt

Another timeless piece the pencil skirt is super versatile and comfortable, it comes in neutral colors or bright prints for ample variety and choice. It highlights your waist and keeps your midsection supported and held it. Choose different fabrics depending on your needs and the occasion, opting for a thick knit for a more casual look or an elegant woven fabric for a more formal occasion.


The blazer is a classic cover up, a chic piece that can spruce up your jeans or accentuate your work outfit. Since this piece is more structured, we would recommend neutral colors. If you’re afraid of the harshness of a black blazer though, go for a dark navy one, this will look softer and overall more flattering.

Trench coat

The trench coat is a must have at pretty much any age, but we thought we’d include it anyway, in case you don’t already have one. The trench coat is a classic piece that goes with everything. You can wear it over your work attire, a cocktails dress or a casual pair of jeans. Make sure to chose the appropriate length for your height, we would say a good rule of thumb is the smaller you are the better you’ll look in shorter coats that don’t cut you off.

White shirt

A white button down shirt is a great piece to own. Shirts can be warn casually or at work, and with the right fit can make every woman look elegant. Get a cut that doesn’t let your bra peek through, and don’t afraid to experiment with fabrics!

Chic scarf

Whenever you feel your outfit is a bit dull or lacks a small detail, throw on a colorful, printed scarf! There’s nothing like a bright accessory to pull and outfit together. Scarves are a great way to dress up basic tees and add some color to your look.

Loafers & ballet flats

These classic footwear pieces are a great way to add a fun and interesting detail to your look. Don’t be afraid to go for printed, bright or simply interesting loafers or ballet flats, as these give you instant style points and won’t overwhelm your outfit. The time when you were willing to wear shoes with paper-thin soles is probably over though, so make sure you pick ones with thicker or even cushioned insoles (or add your own!).

THAT bag

You all know what we’re talking about. Every woman needs that one bag that carries her whole life, that goes with everything she owns and that she ends up wearing almost everyday. You may have other bags, but THAT bag is the one you wear the most, the one you throw over your shoulder almost every day. We would recommend you invest in a high quality piece that will last a long as possible and that you opt for a neutral color so that it goes with most of your outfits. Don’t be afraid to empty it out from time to time and opt for some of your other purses!
What are you go-to pieces?

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