I am a born and bred shopaholic.
My mom is, my grandma was, and I’d stake my life on my great-grandmother having been one as well. It’s programmed into my DNA. Some people frown upon hoarding clothes, but my wardrobe is stacked — especially since I learned to start buying staple pieces.
When women enter their 40s, there has to be an instinctive switch in our brains that tells us to start staple-buying — it’s the only way to explain it. Maybe it’s instinctual. I can only speak for myself, but I’m not club-hopping every Saturday and my weekends are more restful than socially-driven.
In my 20s, I’d go to the mall and buy an outfit to wear out one night and never wear it again. And I did that a lot. But with age comes wisdom, and I learned that spending $100 for 5 cheaper things I’ll wear once is wasteful. So, in my 30s, I started investing in my clothes, picking out pieces that were costlier, yet classic, and rarely go out of style.
And now, in my 40s, I’ve learned what constitutes a staple piece and why it’s important to have them in my collection.
Am I fully healed of impulse-buying to fill the void in my soul? Nope. I regress every now and then and give in to a trend. But, for the most part, my closet is filling up with items that I can wear forever — and we’re going to tell you what you need to buy to get there too!
What exactly is a staple piece? So many things make something a wardrobe staple, and it can vary from person-to-person.
The simplest and most basic form of a wardrobe staple is a garment that can serve multiple purposes and go with several different looks. This is what makes something essential and not just a random piece.
A wardrobe staple is never controlled by trends — it’s timeless and forever stylish, no matter the year. Trends constantly come and go but an essential never goes out of style.
Clothes that stand the test of time are a staple — when they’re well constructed and durable, these pieces not only look classic, but they stay looking classic!
The jean jacket has been around for decades and there’s a reason why — it goes with everything. Cute dress on a chilly evening? Throw on a denim jacket and you’re all set.
Is there anything better than a cozy sweater? We think not — and a plain color means it can be paired with several different looks, from jeans to skirts, you cannot go wrong with this staple.
The midi dress is perfect for almost any day, whether it’s work or play. This classic hits below the knee and can be worn with a ton of other staples for a variety of looks.
Elevated sportswear is a fairly new staple but is far from a trend. Working out is part of daily life and you can look fab while doing it in these stylish workout sets from Bandier, Alo Yoga, and Beyond Yoga!
A classic blazer is a wardrobe staple and the myriad of different styles and prints can give you lots of options! Whether you choose oversized, fitted, single or double-breasted, this essential piece looks great with a variety of looks.
Trousers are fancy pants that look effortless and go with anything. From a classic white button-down to a sweater, well-fitting trousers are a must-have.
Straight Leg Denim:
A flattering pair of denim is key to having a great wardrobe. A good pair of jeans for women comes in a wide array of washes, shapes, and sizes, so find what works for your body and your style.
Black Ankle Boots:
What can we say about black ankle boots when they speak for themselves? They look great with everything — enough said.
A Great Belt:
A great belt is a staple accessory that adds a little something to any look and can be worn with trousers, dresses, and jeans.
A simple pair of white sneakers is another staple that has been in fashion forever. You can dress down a look by wearing plain white kicks and they go with almost everything!
Do you agree with our must-have recs for fashion over 40? Tell us in the comments!
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