What to Wear in Your 50s

Your kids aren't little anymore. Time to sex up your fashion look, make stylish investments and add some edge to your wardrobe

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50s fashion inspiration: Carine Roitfed

The French editor and global style consultant's look: Sleek skirts, silk button-downs, animal prints.

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Sexiness in your 50s

Invest in quality—and highlight your best feature. CH Caroline Herrera cotton shirtdress, $660; 212-744-2076.

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#1: Step away from dainty

Only a style-savvy, self-assured woman could make a rocker bracelet like this look posh, not punk. Yes, you. Rebecca Minkoff leather and pavé cuff, $128; bloomingdales.com.

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#2: Don't overlook leather

Everyone, and we mean everyone, should invest in a shapely, chic leather jacket. This color flatters skin tone, and the open neckline shows it off. Donna Karan New York leather jacket, $3,495; dkny.com for stores. 

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#3: Go for the gold

After a few seasons of square heels and rounded toes, designers are shifting back to pointy. Wear gold now and with all your whites and tans this summer. Kate Spade New York patent leather flats, $258; katespade.com.

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#4: Spend on core items

Now is the time to buy well-made, highly designed pieces that can be worn a multitude of ways. Cases in point: the dress and blouse (next slide) are ruched at the midsection and in colors and luxe fabrics you won’t tire of. Helmutsilk blend dress, $345; bloomingdales.com.

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#5: Spend on more core items

This blouse is also ruched at the midsection and in a color and luxe fabric you won’t tire of. Donna Karan New York silk blouse, $895; dkny.com for stores.

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#6: Skimp on the sly

Paired with the right clothes (anything on these pages), this clutch will look like real leather even though it’s faux. We won’t tell. Liz Claiborne faux-leather clutch, $20; jcp.com.

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#7: Don't forget the drama

If you’re still experimenting with novelty sunglasses (cat-eye, etc.), stop it. We declare the hexagon shape super chic, and we love the decidedly retro vibe. Warby parker acetate sunglasses, $95; warbyparker.com

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#8: Throw caution to the wind

From the department of  “You only live once”: Pair these with a black knit top for day; add heels for nighttime glamour. The only thing missing is the cocktail. Chico’s cotton blend jeans, $99; chicos.com.

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#9: Acquire some iconic bags

The shape isn’t new, but the materials of this version (rubber and leather) make it unique. Furla PVC and leather purse, $428; furla.com.

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#10: Use fit and flare wisely

A good dress is hard to find, so look right here (left). It’s deceptively structured—seemingly simple but actually engineered to lend control in all the right places. Zspoke Zac Posen jersey dress, $490; neimanmarcus.com

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#11: Use fit and flare more wisely

The peplum top, so popular last season, is trendy again, and for good reason: It’s sleekly feminine and tummy concealing. Eileen Fisher silk georgette top, $158; eileenfisher.com. C. Wonder stone and gold-plated necklace, $98; cwonder.com.

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#12: Replace you tote

Yours may last forever, but it looks its age. We suggest this one: beautifully designed, perfectly sized, deliciously soft. Come on, it’s time to treat yourself. Furla For Saks Fifth Avenue leather shopper, $745; saks​fifthavenue.com.

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#13: Resist staid pumps

You own all the classic shoes you need. Add an edgy surprise. Vince Camuto leather and lacquered-cork sandals, $118; vincecamuto.com.

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#14: Ditch your trench

Instead of the same old, same old, choose something singular and, dare we say, artistic. This oversize duster will look great over everything from sheaths to jeans. Tracy Reeselinen coat, $448; amazon.com.

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#15 Invest in the right shape saver

Laws of physics, meet the breast-boosting bra. Spanx custom-fit foam balconette, $68; spanx.com.


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First Published Wed, 2013-03-13 11:36

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