Written for Obsessory
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I felt honored to be tapped by the editors of Obsessory to write a post featuring my top 5 ageless fashion staples you need pronto. So without further adieu, here’s my collaborative post with Obsessory!
At Obsessory, we often do fashion pieces dedicated to women of a certain age. Your 20s are for graphic tees, crop tops, and disco shoes, while your 30s are for wardrobe staples with investment pieces that rank high on quality. So, it was interesting to come across Jonet Wooten’s Fabulously Chic Over 50 blog, because she managed to pull together trendy pieces with a seasoned take that’s worth taking a cue from.
That’s why we roped in this mature fashionista for her take on clothes that are ageless. These pieces look fabulous on every woman, erasing a birthdate from the equation; this is exactly why they’re evergreen and worth the money.
Fashion, no matter what language you speak or which trend you are currently obsessed with, tells the world who you are. Whether you’re a trendsetter or have a classic taste in style, as we move gracefully into the next chapter of our lives, you realize that the sweet spot lies exactly in the middle. Combine what’s hot with a certified fashion staple, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
So while you should rotate your trendy pieces based on what’s in, the clothes that should occupy prime real estate in your closet are those that never go out of style. Also, spend on your basics—they will serve you well for years, decades even. High street fashion should be reserved for your experimental pieces only.
On that note, here are five fashion must-haves I recommend you always have in your closet, no matter what age, generation, or style decade you’re in:
If you’re in search of a trend that’s flattering and makes a bigger statement about your style than basic jeans, it’s palazzo pants for the win! These bottoms have been around since the late 1960s-early 70s, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Designers stick to the silhouette while playing with the size of the flare. Wide and flowing, or tailored to an A-line, your palazzo pants with a tank top, blouse, ruffled shirt, or even under a jacket-style top will make you stand out from the crowd. Solid colors are more versatile, but feel free to experiment with off-beat shades and prints if you love the attention.
Often mistaken as exclusive to workwear, simply wearing a blazer in a fresher color can help you make layering a playful activity. Think: A yellow blazer with a white tank top and maybe blue or purple shorts. This, versus the black blazer with pencil skirt and a blouse for work. For a day look, play it basic with denim jeans and a simple t-shirt; and for cocktails, turn up the volume with a lace top and killer pair of pumps. See, how the fashion staple can run the mile? Blazers provide the ultimate creative starting point to put together a show-stopping OOTD!
In case you missed the memo, designers want you to ditch your skinny jeans in 2017. The year is all about anti-fits and boyfriend jeans promise to trend on for years to come. They rank high on comfort, which even the fashion week front row patrons are beginning to accept should be the priority. Loose, cuffed and comfy, boyfriend jeans are figure friendly to every shape, and can easily transition from laid-back to polished depending on your mood. My personal favorite pairing: Boyfriend jeans worn with a printed top layered with a cool bomber jacket and some trendy shades.
Not only is the maxi dress the perfect way to survive hot summer months in style, it’s a clever way to camouflage the bits we’d rather keep under wraps (if you know what I mean). Also, you can transition it into Autumn-Winter by way of clever layering, so this fashion basic is definitely trans-seasonal and a complete must have. Don’t be afraid to go beyond florals—graphic geometric and Aztec prints are big this year. You can wear the maxi on its own, or with a denim jacket for texture and contrast, and add some interesting accessories like a layered necklace or choker, a hat or a fedora, sandals or boots, and a straw bag or large leather tote.
Talk about the ultimate classic fashion piece! The trench coat is iconically British and has stood the test of time like no other. This multi-tasking piece is functional as it protects you against the wind and rain, and yet so stylish, it can hold its own even when it’s wrapped and buttoned and your outfit underneath is not visible. The coat has one foot solidly immersed in the statement-making category. Layer your trench over a feminine dress with a sophisticated pair of heels to go the glam route. Or, slay a comfier look with a pair of jeans, loafers and a backpack-style handbag, draping your trench coat over your shoulders for an added layer of cool.
To end I’d like to quote legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent who summed the idea up so beautifully: “Fashions fade, style is eternal”. By investing in a few classic fashion staples, you’ll always be on trend! Xo Jonet
If you loved Jonet Wooten as much as we did, be sure to catch her at Fabulously Chic Over 50. The 55-year-old is a seasoned beauty and fashion expert with her own YouTube channel too. She’s got tips, tricks, and reviews you can learn a lot from. What’s more, she was just awarded one of the Best Fashion Over 50 Blogs on the Planet by FeedSpot. Woot, woot!
To see more fashion inspiration and get your shopping fix, hop on over to Obsessory and tell them Jonet sent ya!
Big hugs and many thanks to our new friends at Obsessory for featuring FCO50 on their website. We are humbled to be in such outstanding fashion and beauty blogger company.
Until next time, darlings, enjoy your own fashion journey.