20 Style must-haves for women 50+

Oct 29, 2009 at 7:02 p.m. ET

Age is a state of mind, right? So forget the mom jeans and the retinol and go back to the basics. Here are some fashion and beauty must-haves from a woman who knows.

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Geri Brin, founder of faboverfifty.com, a newly launched website and social haven for over-50 gals, gave SheKnows a master list of style and beauty must-haves for the over-50 crowd. And we must say, 50 never looked so gorgeous.

Moisturizer with SPF

Keep the damaging rays of the sun from breaking down your skin's protective outer layer, which seals in moisture and keeps out toxins. Our favorite: Olay Professional ProX Anti-Aging lotion with 30 SPF.

Diamond studs

Whether the real things or fabulous fakes, studs work with anything you wear and add a touch of glam.

The perfect white shirt and tee

They go with absolutely everything and never go out of style. All-cotton tees are crispest, softest and coolest.

Signature piece of jewelry

It can be a five-carat, Asher-cut diamond, a Chanel necklace you discovered at a flea market or a sentimental bauble your kids bought you for your 50th, just as long as it says you. Wear it every single day.

A great-fitting bra

Most of us wear ill-fitting bras, which not only makes the girls look wonky, but also makes us downright uncomfortable. Make sure someone who knows what she's doing helps you with a fitting so you can learn the tricks of the trade. A good bra to wear under tees is essential.

A signature scent

Search until you discover a scent that stays with you throughout the day and gets people's attention when you enter a room. My personal favorite: Angel by Mugler.

Someone who loves you

Friend, lover, husband, relative -- it doesn't matter who it is, just as long as he accepts you pretty much unconditionally.

An oversized carryall

We're usually carrying around half our possessions, so put them in a roomy, great-looking handbag. Great choice: Any of Isaac Mizrahi's sexy new totes.

The perfect haircut

Let a great stylist decide the best cut for your face, even if it makes you a little nervous. If she knows what she's doing, the compliments will start flying your way.

A yearning

You can't wait to walk the Boulevard Saint Germaine again, eat that scrumptious pizza everyone's telling you about, or see your best friend who has been away for two years. It's exciting to yearn, just as long as you're not unrealistic.

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