You have your personal style down pat at this point. (Nice work, younger self.) Now it’s about carefully choosing which items you should invest in instead of heading for the fast-fashion racks. Here are five wardrobe essentials that you’ll never regret buying since they’re timeless, great quality and curb that “I have nothing to wear” feeling.
5 Pieces of Clothing Every Woman Over 40 Should Own
An Investment Handbag
You will never regret purchasing a timeless tote, especially one that gets better with age (oh, hello, naturally worn-in leather). Stick to fairly neutral colors, like black, beige, navy or gray to avoid having your gorgeous arm candy look dated.
Get the look: Furla ($498); Saint Laurent ($2,890); Fendi ($3,390)
A Trench Coat
The classic style works for all seasons and goes with just about any outfit. This is why it’s the perfect go-to topper to keep by the door for those times when you find yourself running late. You’re guaranteed a Parisian chic vibe on the outside even if you’re panicking like a madwoman on the inside.
Get the look: London Fog ($258); Vince ($645); Burberry ($1,990)
Power Shoes You Can Walk In
It’s tough to own the room if you trip over your stilettos on the way in. Footwear that makes you feel like a total boss is only realistic if you can actually move in them. Bold hues, sexy yet supportive straps or even fancy flats can all make you look as badass as a pair of sky-high heels.
A Bra That Truly Fits
Your girls have been through a lot in the past 40 years (puberty, pregnancy, Whole30), and it’s unlikely that the bras you bought five years ago are still the correct size. Do your bosom buddies a favor and go to a lingerie specialist to be properly measured and fitted.
A Dress That Makes You Feel Confident As Hell
Whether that means having your décolletage on display à la Susan Sarandon or simply sporting something that hits your curves in all the right ways, a feel-good frock is really a must-have for every woman’s closet, no matter her age, and is definitely worth the splurge.
Get the look: Top Shop ($100); Dress the Population ($298); Ted Baker ($350)