Over 40 Style: 7 Wardrobe Essentials for Women over 40

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Given the high appreciation of this theme, today we are still talking about over 40 STYLE: Which are, in your opinion, the most important garments and accessories, the wardrobe essentials for women over 40?

I’ll tell you one thing straight away: I’ve always hated decalogues like “The ten things every fashionable woman should have in her closet”. I really think that every woman has her own style and it is right and proper that she should choose freely and with her own head how to dress. And also what clothes and accessories to rely on in her wardrobe.

Nevertheless, during these two years of blogging, through the many conversations I had with many of you via e-mail and Instagram/Facebook messaging, I had to rethink myself. I realized that, at least for some of us, having some “fashion workhorses” in our wardrobes can be very useful.

I myself, on the other hand, although I’m certainly not a rule follower and and I don’t like all these various lists, I find myself inevitably attracted by these fashion bucket lists. But then, I always apply them in my own way.

And that’s what I’d like to do today: propose a short list of only 7 things, which I think are very useful in the wardrobe of many of us. And, at the same time, I would like to invite you to use this list VERY freely – choosing the one that suits you best and attracts you in every category!



But what are, then, the 7 wardrobe essentials for women over 40 that I think is useful and pleasant to have in our closet?



style over 40: Wardrobe Essentials for Women
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The most “easy” and versatile models are probably the black sheath dresses, long at the knee or just above/below. But, really, you can range to your liking: the important thing is that they reflect your style and best emphasize your body and your personality.

In this post you can find a lot of different types of the classic LBD.





Wardrobe Essentials for Women
Picture: @schuhe.frouwenmode.nl via Pinterest


I have deliberately written “clear” and not “white”. Depending on our individual colors and complexion, in fact, our own version of white could be an ivory, a beige, or even a light taupe color.

Here too, I love everything from classic shirts to boho blouses. But the important thing is to find one – or even many – that suits you and your style. Or that creates a sharp contrast with your usual style, to create fabulous outfits!

Have a look at this post for more outfit ideas.



Sometimes even the most fantastic “workhorses” can get a little boring, at least when we have already worn them many times. In that case, it’s a good idea to give your looks and wardrobe a boost!

Many of you have already participated and had a lot of fun with this Outfit Challenge. Therefore, if you haven’t done it so far, I invite you to sign up for this free mini challenge entitled “5 Days of new Ideas for your Outfits” (in Italian only, sorry!!).

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Picture: a beautiful Cindy Crawford in washed jeans. Photo via Pinterest.


Unfortunately, many women I know think that jeans don’t (anymore) suit their physicality. Nothing more false than this: jeans are such a great, varied garment that it is literally impossible not to find what is right for us! Moreover, the idea of a unique jeans trend for every season has definitely disappeared: the fashion designers themselves offer us so many different models at every new season!

Read this post for some of the most fashionable jeans trends for this season.





Wardrobe Essentials for Women
Picture: @miamiamine via Pinterest


Again, in this case “fabulous” does not necessarily mean you  have to own an expensive bag or a designer piece. The important thing, in my opinion, is to have in your closet at least one bag that is of excellent quality, made of beautiful leather and well finished. Fabulous bags can be recognized immediately – and certainly not by the price tag: they are those bags that, even without presenting any luxury logo, attract the eye of us women when we see them worn by another woman. Because they are simply beautiful objects and elevate the whole outfit!

A nice bag, in my opinion, is worth even a small investment.




wardrobe essentials for women over 40
Picture: @griselina.com via Pinterest

This wardrobe essential piece for women over 40 (and even for much younger ones) is a new entry for me, in the sense that until a few years ago I didn’t even own a single jumpsuit.

Then I bought one and realized the full potential of this brilliant piece of clothing: first, there are so many models in the stores, sexy or absolutely sporty and casual, also suitable for the day. Secondly, they are easy to accessorize and, without any further additions, create a complete and awesome look. Third, their look is more current and modern than that of many dresses, especially in the evening version.

The only trick is to choose a model that defines the waist a bit  (this also applies to any age and not only to women over 40 or over 50, by the way).

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best winter coats for women over 40
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Warning: beautiful coats are addictive! And, easily, after the first one you will add more and more every winter seaosn… No other item of clothing is able to give an equally elegant look to our winter looks and to ferry us through the coldest winter in an equally chic way.

But where to buy a fabulous new coat without compromising on quality? Look no further: Intrend – Diffusione Tessile!

The choice is really great and endless, with all the style and quality of the different brands of the Max Mara group. Look at this wonderful coat, for example!

By the way: One of the most beautiful colors for autumn, if you like it and wear it, is camel: In this blog post you find a lot of great outfit ideas!

Where to find a wonderful, high quality camel coat for less: HERE





over 40 fashion icons Jennifer Lopez
Photo: a beautiful JLO with a pair of Valentino Rockstud on her feet. Photo via Pinterest


All right, maybe you won’t always wear them. But when you do, you’ll immediately feel different, beautiful, feminine. Wear them with a pair of simple skinny jeans or an elegant cocktail dress: they will elevate anything and transform your look in an instant. For example, when you have to run to an elegant dinner right after work.



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