12 Wardrobe Staples Every Woman Over 50 Should Own

There can’t be a woman out there who hasn’t stopped in front of her closet and thought to herself, “I have nothing to wear.” But it doesn’t have to be that way for you if you have suitable wardrobe staples in your closet. You will always put together an outfit you like if you have fundamental clothing pieces as the “base” of your wardrobe. And of course, these essentials will differ for each woman because we all have a unique body type, style, personality, lifestyle, and preferences.

Wardrobe Essentials – Tops

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White Shirt

You can wear a white button-down shirt in a variety of ways. It would look great with jeans, a blazer, and ballet flats.

Cashmere Sweater

A cashmere sweater instantly adds a sense of elegance to even the most casual of outfits, making it an excellent addition to your wardrobe basics. You can wear it with jeans and ankle booties for a casual look or with a leather or maxi skirt for an evening look.

Silk Shirt

Silk is another fabric that instantly brings a touch of luxury to your outfit. Silk will cost you more, but the beauty of it is that you can wear it with everything and for any formal occasion.

Solid Colour T-Shirt

It’s always a good idea to keep a plain white tee in your closet. And I don’t deny that a white tee may be a great closet staple. However, it does not have to be white. A solid-coloured tee can serve as an excellent backdrop for whatever striking jewellery you own. If you have stunning red jewellery, for example, a blue, navy, or grey tee might allow you to show it off beautifully.

Wardrobe Essentials – Bottoms

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Black Pants

A classic pair of pants will never go out of style, whether you wear them to work or dress them up for the evening. Wool suit pants have a classic wide-leg shape that is very trendy this year. And they look great with flats, high heels, boots, and even sports shoes.

High-Quality Leggings

Everyone requires a pair of black leggings – they are an obvious must-have! And 100% cotton or bamboo made leggings are the best option for leggings for kids or premium leggings for mature women. If you haven’t tried wearing bamboo yet, you won’t believe how soft this material is. Women’s leggings are not just for a yoga class or for working out. Leggings women are an essential part of your wardrobe. Not to mention that bamboo is incredibly breathable, antibacterial, odour-free, hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking, and UV-protective. Who knew a single pair of tights could accomplish so much? The very soft, stretch jersey leggings have a high waist and a wide leg opening.

Mid-Lenght Skirt

For different women, a classic skirt will mean different things. However, most ladies will look good in any of the two classic styles. To compliment your figure, use a pencil or an a-line. You could choose to wear a patterned skirt with plain tops or a plain skirt with patterned tops. You might also experiment with pattern mixing.

Dresses for Different Occasions

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Evening Gown

Whether you go out frequently or seldom, everyone needs a dress that they can pull out of their wardrobe at a moment’s notice for formal occasions and know it will look beautiful. If you want a dress that covers your upper arms, many evening gowns feature sleeves. Or wrap a scarf in similar material for added layers of warmth and elegance.

Wrap Dress

A wrap dress is one of those closet basics that looks fantastic on everyone, regardless of body type. The wrap dress emphasizes your waist with a waist tie and elongates your form with a v-neck. It skims over your hips and thighs, making it a good choice for pear-shaped women. Not only that but a wrap dress can be worn for formal and more casual occasions. Depending on the fabric, you might wear it to work, a casual lunch, or a formal event like a wedding. And for a hot summer evening, owning a kaftan dress is a fashion bonus!


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Trench Coat

A trench coat, which was developed as an alternative to the heavy jackets worn by soldiers during the First World War, provides an instant sense of refinement to any outfit, even if you’re only wearing jeans and a white shirt. The form itself is a classic, and you may choose between the conventional beige colour and a different colour such as deep red.


Just like the leggings for mature women, another piece of wardrobe that is quite versatile but also comfortable is the blazer. Choose a traditional colour or pattern and you’ll be able to wear it for many years. You could pair your jeans with a top and a pair of shoes or heels to instantly improve your appearance, or you could wear them for a night out or to work. Unless you have a rectangular figure and want to play up your androgynous form with a looser fit, you should choose a design that nips in at the waist for the most flattering result.

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