8 Closet Essentials for the Women Over (Or Nearing) 50

8 Closet Essentials for Women over (or Nearing) 50

If you’ve gotten caught up in the Konmari craze and are keeping only the wardrobe pieces that “spark joy,” you either have a highly curated, wearable wardrobe of things you love…or possibly a lot of gaps in closet essentials.

If the latter, or if you just want to freshen up what you have, here’s what I tell my clients: replace what you recycled with something similar but of higher quality. And your best investment is something classic. Classics may not always spark joy, but they can make us feel very pulled together on a moment’s notice.

Here are some closet essentials for the woman over (or nearing) 50, that offer longevity and wearability through timeless design.


One great blazer or jacket can complete many looks. It’s just smart to buy it as part of a suit. Grab one for the office, one for the weekend & casual days, and one for evenings out-for work or for play!

Smythe, Duchess Wool Blazer, $695 

Hourglass Houndstooth Blazer

& Other Stories, Hourglass Houndstooth Blazer, $179

Everlane Oversized Blazer

Everlane, Oversized Blazer, $160


The simple classic pant has gotten a style upgrade with a bit of flare. It’s flattering on just about every body shape because it makes you look slender and as if you have legs for miles. If that’s too trendy for you, a narrower ankle pant will never go out of style.

BOSS Tulea Flared Bootleg Trousers

BOSS, Tulea Flared Bootleg Trousers, $248

Theory Basic Pull-On Pants

Theory, Basic Pull-On Pant, $123

Everlane Straight Leg Crop Trouser

Everlane, Straight Leg Crop Trouser, $68


One perfect pair of jeans is a new “classic”. Plus, modern-day denim comes is such a beautiful array of colors, they’re practically trousers! You’ll likely want to look for pairs with stretch, a higher rise in a variety of lengths and cuts. ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘Girlfriend’ cuts are roomy and hide many flaws. Skinny jeans show no sign of dying out, so that’s always a safe bet. Wider legs, bootcuts and their related straight-leg cousins are really having a moment trying to replace the skinny jean trend!  “Rigid Denim’, or denim with no stretch, has made a comeback recently. We also have a full list of the best denim for older women here.

Mother, Tomcat High-Rise Straight-Leg Ankle Jeans, $228

Lux Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans,

Lux, Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans, $180

NYDJ, Barbara Bootcut Jeans, $79


Every wardrobe needs a simple white, or nearly white, blouse. From there, expand your search to embellished blouses. A crisp blouse accommodates so many wardrobe options-from the office, to dressed-down denim and booties. They’re also great layered under sweaters! Linen is a great option, with rolled sleeves, for casual days in warmer months.

BOSS Crisp Stretch Blouse

BOSS, Crisp Stretch Blouse, $248

Rails Ellis Linen Button-Down Shirt

Rails, Ellis Linen Button-Down Shirt, $158

Donna Karan New York Point Collar Lace Peplum Blouse

Donna Karan NY, Point Collar Lace Peplum Blouse, $125


High quality classic shoes will go the distance: a pump, a sling back, or an embellished flat are the most popular, and comfortable for mature women. Shoes wear out faster than most wardrobe items so keep them polished, cleaned and re-soled. The styles below will be the perfect pair for everything from date night to lunch with the ladies. We have a full list of the shoes we love here.

By Far  Danielle Embossed Leather Pumps

By Far,  Danielle Embossed Leather Pumps, $460

The Mary Ann 60 Pump

Stuart Weitzman,  Mary Ann 60 Pump, $385

Everlane Square Toe Slingback

Everlane, Square-toe Slingback, $165


A small handbag collection will serve all your needs: a crossbody, a clutch, a tote and one great every day bag. These don’t have to be in your neutrals, but beige is THE power color this season, and neutrals will be timeless. A top-handle, tote, and hobo bag are the most elegant and classic shapes. Learn more about handbag styles here.

Gucci Ophidia GG Supreme Tote Bag

Gucci, Ophidia GG Supreme Tote Bag, $980

COACH Parker Top Handle In Signature Canvas With Rivets

COACH, Parker Top Handle In Signature Canvas With Rivets, $395

Kate Spade New York Jackson Street Rubie Leather Shoulder Bag

Kate Spade NY, Jackson Street Rubie Leather Shoulder Bag, $230


Style mavens have at least one good piece of jewelry that sets their “brand.” If you don’t know where to start, pearls, a statement necklace, or gold or silver bangles are very versatile. Pearls, specifically, have come out of their standard “old lady” arrangement and are being used on jewelry for all ages, in the perfect blend of classic and modern design.

David Yurman Pearl + Diamond Cluster Ring

David Yurman, Pearl & Diamond Cluster Ring, $1,100

David Yurman Cable Classics Bracelet with Gold

David Yurman, Cable Classics Bracelet with Gold, $395

Majorica 12MM White Round Pearl + Crystal Pendant Necklace

Majorica, 12MM White Round Pearl & Crystal Pendant Necklace, $130


And then, make sure you have one great dress. The Little Black Dress is a must. It should have as simple lines as possible so that you can wear it with a long coat in the winter, a trendier jacket in the spring, a scarf or shawl in the summer (for air conditioned rooms) or with a fabulous piece of jewelry. The key is perfect fit. It should skim the body without being overtly sexy. The classy construction will speak for itself…and for you. Sometimes less is more.

Lafayette 148 New York Reanna Finesse Crepe Dress

Lafayette 148 NY, Reanna Finesse Crepe Dress, $598

Misook Mandarin Flower Trim Dress

Misook, Mandarin Flower Trim Dress, $398

Black Halo Jackie O Three-Quarter Sleeve Dress

Black Halo Jackie O Three-Quarter Sleeve Dress, $375


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