Diving into all the latest trends is tempting, but dressing in age-appropriate attire is important. Stick to the classics. Stock your closet with timeless, high-quality pieces that you’ll be able to wear at any age.
:1: Little black dress
Of course, the list has to start with the LBD. This is your go-to dress for almost any occasion. Select a dress that falls to just above the knee and features a simple neckline that isn’t too revealing. You can completely change the look of your favorite little black dress by switching your handbag, shoes and accessories. If your arms aren’t your best feature, you don’t have to go sleeveless. Cap sleeves, short sleeves or even elbow-length sleeves are flattering, no matter your age.
:2: White button-down shirt
Every woman should have a couple white, collared, button-down shirts in her closet. You can pair this timeless piece with trousers or a pencil skirt for the office. Buy a short-sleeved version for more casual occasions, or an oversized button-down to partner with skinny jeans or cigarette pants.
:3: Aviator sunglasses
Trends in sunglasses change every season from modern, wrap-around styles to oversized Old Hollywood shades. For a classic look that is chic, practical and ageless, pick up a pair of aviator sunglasses. They’ll protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays and look good doing it.
:4: Cashmere cardigan
Cashmere is soft, luxurious and comfortable. You can’t go wrong with a cashmere cardigan: It’s perfect for layering. Cardigans come in traditional button-front designs, as well as zippered and open-front styles, in fitted, cropped shapes to slouchy, boyfriend versions. For the most versatility, purchase a cashmere cardigan that isn’t too oversized but falls to the high hip.
The trench is very Audrey Hepburn and never goes out of style. It looks fantastic over everything from jeans to workday wear. Trenchcoats come in every style, shape and color these days, but sticking to the classic double-breasted design with a hemline that finishes just above the knee will keep you looking chic at any age.
:6: Sleeveless shirtdress
The sleeveless shirtdress — a summer essential in the 1950s — is still going strong today. With a button-down front and flared skirt, this classic silhouette will be part of your warm-weather wardrobe for years to come.
:7: The extras
A medium-sized leather handbag — perhaps a satchel or flapbag — is another classic to own. In terms of shoes, you can’t beat classic black pumps or simple ballet flats. As for jewelry, diamond-stud earrings or a strand of pearls elegant and timeless.
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Make an investment: Classic styles are worth splurging on, so be willing to pay more for quality. You don’t want a sweater that will unravel, or a dress that will fade from black to gray by next season.
Be sure it fits: When trying on clothes, look in the mirror from all angles. Squat, bend over, reach forward and put your arms above your head to make sure the item doesn’t bind or pucker as you move. Pay a little extra for alterations, if necessary. If you are between sizes, buy one size up and have a tailor take in the garment.
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Celebrity stylist and fashion consultant Annabel Tollman gives fashion tips on looking your very best.