The 11 Best Stylish Brands To Buy If You’re Over 40

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You are not alone if you feel like the clothes you usually buy from your favorite stores are either too mature for you or too “young.” Either of these feelings probably means that you are over 40.

Now, we here at Monet are the furthest thing from judgmental. If you are comfortable wearing the same trends as a teenager or your nana’s old muumuu, then we wholeheartedly support you. There are no rules, and you can (and should) wear whatever you want.

Unfortunately, not all of us are that confident. Some of us want clothes that are “age-appropriate,” so we put on our readers and got to work looking for stylish brands for women over 40.

The good thing about aging is we know which styles make us feel confident, what laundry instructions we’re prepared to follow and those that are too much hassle, what fabrics work for our job or weekend pastimes, and how we want outfits to endure more than a season.

So without further adieu, here are our favorite brands for women over 40!

Best Brands For Women Over 40

Ralph Lauren

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Classic American elegance is identified with Ralph Lauren, and Mr. Lauren knows how to impress ladies of all ages with his designs. As one of the first designers to make tuxedo suits for women, Ralph Lauren never disappoints, and these styles will never go out of fashion.


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Anthropologie is known for its upscale boho style, but we don’t think that’s a good way to describe the store. The brand has placed a greater emphasis on their hand-picked collection of clothes over the years by adding more brands and making size inclusivity a priority – they now have sizes that go up to 3XL.

Anthropologie has the same link for Misses, Plus, and, when available, Petite, and Tall sizes. This is distinct from many other stores, which have separate styles for plus sizes. Among their merchandise are versatile pieces of apparel with a variety of colorful patterns and accessories.


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If you associate Chico’s with polyester palazzo pants and weird embroidered tunics, you haven’t been to this store in a long time. Chico’s offers comfortable and imaginative apparel in sizes up to 20/22, with several petite, tall, and varying length options.

Ann Taylor

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This is the only place you need to go to find the right clothes for work. Ann Taylor is the spot to go for clothes with clean lines and classy details. The brand is affordable and anyone is able to buy it because it has retail locations in most markets.

White House | Black Market

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White House | Black Market is a perfect resource for career clothing and prioritizes consumer confidence. The brand used to be two separate stores, one with only white clothes and the other with only black. Now, the two stores are one and carry a wide range of colors, prints, and neutrals. You can purchase their designs at most North American malls and it’s affordable – a quality ensemble costs under $200.

Lands’ End

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Although the majority of people associate Lands’ End with outerwear like parkas and fleece, the store is also a fantastic option for women’s clothing. In general, the quality is excellent, the prices are fair considering the craftsmanship and materials used, and they often have amazing clearance items!


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While Talbots maintains a touch of its original preppy classic feel, much of the line works for a wide range of styles. Talbots has everything from top notch knits to figure-flattering dresses. They also have a denim line that customers find flattering, as well as a really stylish collection of activewear/athletic wear. It’s one of the few stores that sells regular, petite, plus, and plus petite sizes for almost all of their items.

J. Crew

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J. Crew has been a staple for decades, and while its classic/preppy/with a twist aesthetic remains, they’ve updated it with modern silhouettes, on-trend colors, eccentric designs, and current accessories. 

The store is a one-stop shop where you can get graphic shirts for women of all ages, a new suit for work or some summer staples like shorts, skirts, or a sundress.


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Net-a-Porter has led the online retail industry by introducing innovative new practices. Imagine a store that caters to your every need and delivers it to your door within a matter of days – that’s what Net-a-Porter provides. 

This is the best place to shop if you want to stick to your preferred tastes while remaining age-appropriate!

Stella McCartney

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Stella McCartney is a brand that deserves close attention, not only for its gorgeous designs, but because of her recent initiative to ban the use of fur. 

While a more expensive option may seem like it’s not worth it (we think it’s worth it), in the long run, you’ll have an ensemble that will suit you well into the future. Clothing is an investment and Stella McCartney is a worthwhile one!


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Everlane is great if you’re in search of fundamental pieces with a touch of flair. They offer a large variety of cashmeres and denims at clear prices, as they don’t mark them up like some other brands and the pieces are affordable – you can get an outfit for under $200.


What brands for women over 40 do you keep in your closet? Tell us in the comments!

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