What to Wear in Your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s

We all love the feeling of nailing a look that's perfect for right now. What's not fun is feeling uncomfortable and unsure. Our advice: Choose clothes that work not only for your body and budget but also for your life stage. Here, a game plan for dressing your age-appropriate best

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Style Icon: Kate Bosworth

The actress loves trench styling, edgy hardware and killer shoes.

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Urban edge in your 30s

Statement prints, Army green, leather details. BCBGMAXAZRIA printed dress, $228; bcbg.com

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Step away from dainty

Now is not the time for a sensible black pump. Now is the time for a shoe you can kick ass in. Rebecca Minkoff suede and rubberized stingray heels, $295; shopbop.com.

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Don't be demure

Ditch all those delicate chains you’ve had since college and give a rest to the enamel bracelets that scored high last summer. Right now you want something statement making that can stand on its own. Rebecca Minkoff hinge rectangle cuff in rainbow, $98; Neiman Marcus stores.

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Opt for the unexpected

Youth has its advantages, and being free to experiment with design and color is one of them. A cardigan with a vintage-feel print adds a visual pop. Tory Burch cardigan, $295; toryburch.com.

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Invest in a major coat

This season is all about outer-wear, so make it matter. The (faux) leather accents are just tough enough. Calvin Klein wool blend coat with faux-leather sleeves and lapel, $169; Macy’s stores.

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Hike your hemline

If you have the legs, showcase them in a skirt that has a decidedly ’60s vibe. Kate Spade New York wool and spandex color-block skirt, $278; katespade.com.

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Don't be demure

A tote in camouflage (and, no, it doesn’t say Duck Dynasty—but if you haven’t seen DD, you should try it). C. Wonder nylon tote, $88; cwonder.com.

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Out of the box

A slightly boxy top with bold zippers and a lime hue that shows some attitude when paired with more muted colors. Calvin Klein color-block T-shirt, $79; Bonton stores.

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Embrace novelty

Your best serious-jewelry years lie ahead; for now, think fun and fresh. Loft ribbon necklace, $55; loft.com.

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Be gutsy about trends

This cropped trench is a great weekend topper for jeans. Rachel Zoe jacket with leather sleeves, $595; nordstrom.com.

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Dare to stand out

The graphic print and rounded sleeves are not for the style shy. Clover Canyon neoprene dress, $268; clovercanyon.com.

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Bust out the boots

Pair with everything from skinny jeans (tucked in) to a miniskirt. C. Wonder leather riding boots, $298; cwonder.com.

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Ditch the tote

Choose a bag that’s just big enough, with a little hardware for sparkle. Vince Camuto leather bag, $178; vincecamuto.com.

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Have some fun already

Why wouldn’t you accessorize with a leopard-print scarf? Apt 9 scarf (sold with a sweater, not shown), $50; kohls.com.

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All in the details

Vince Camuto rayon and Lycra sweater dress, $159; vincecamuto.com.

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Get leggy

You won’t always be able to rock a quilted mini, and this one is stain resistant. Elizabeth Roberts quilted moto miniskirt, $235; elizabeth-roberts.us.

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Get leggy

These cargo pants are just right for hand-cappuccino cobat. Nydj cargo legging, $120; nydj.com.

 

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Runway inspiration: Tell it to the marines

Prabal Gurung launched a military offensive this season, with lots of looks featuring Army green, slim cargo pants, vests with pockets and hardware details, all paired with boots and short gloves.

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Hoisery tip

Go for something unexpected, like fishnets. DKNY bold net tights, $15; Nordstrom.

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Style Icon: Sarah Jessica Parker

She’s a fashion go-getter, drawn to bold color and eclectic styling.

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Strong touches in your 40s

Bold color, silver accents, menswear styling. French Connection tweed moto jacket, $215; frenchconnection.com.

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Vote for versatility

Nothing beats the ease of a knit dress, and the longer length here won’t provide a peep show when you’re in and out of a car all day or chasing after your kids. Rachel Rachel Roy rayon blend dress, $79; macys.com. Coldwater Creek metal and resin necklace, $70; coldwatercreek.com.

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Update your black sheath

When your day encompasses the professional (work), the personal (your kid’s piano recital) and the recreational (dinner with friends), the right dress will bridge the divides. Trade your solid black for a textural print with faux-leather short sleeves. Heels or flats, your choice. Muse faux-leather-top dress, $150; museapparel.com.

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Don't forget the drama

Add chunky metal that you can wear alone or layer with similar pieces. BCBGeneration spike bracelet, $48; bcbgeneration.com

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Get your sexy on

Girls’ night out calls for good friends, good cocktails and these heels. Shaken or stirred? Coye Nokes suede heels, $395; coyenokes.com.

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A Day-to-Night Look

When your day encompasses the professional (work), the personal (your kid’s piano recital) and the recreational (dinner with friends), the right dress will bridge the divides. Trade your solid black for a cobalt beauty with soft pleats. Sportmax suede and leather pleated dress, $2,990; 212-674-1817. Sportmax leather-banded wide belt, $325; 212-674-1817.

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Swap your ballet flats

Pointy toes are back, and these skimmers will dress up even a supermarket dash. Boutique 9 suede flats, $120; bloomingdales.com.

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Splurge without regret

Fabulous fabric and an artful geometric print make this a coat you’ll love for years. It costs a lot—but looks it. Zero + Maria Cornejo wool blend coat, $1,495; zeromariacornejo.com.

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Get bagging rights

If you like small bags, this one can go dressy or casual and has an adjustable strap that allows you to wear it either across your body or over one shoulder. Michael Michael Kors shoulder bag, $268; 866-709-5677.

Sneak in some tummy control

The slim silhouette is the pants shape of the moment, but the magic is in the fabric: Added spandex (and a high-waisted style) magically flattens. Lisette L rayon and spandex slim-fit pants, $112; lisettel.com.

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Borrow from the boys

Add a touch of menswear to your look. A long cozy cardi is perfect when you’re a spectator at a sporting event. Coldwater Creek color-block cardigan, $80; coldwatercreek.com.

For 15 percent off, use the code MORE15 when ordering online.

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Skirt the issue

The mid-calf hemline and amazingly stretchy fabric make this faux wrap skirt comfortable enough to wear all day. Helmut Lang jersey skirt, $360; helmutlang.com.

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Borrow from the boys

Or have fun with of-the-moment oxfords. Rag & Bone leather and pony-hair oxfords, $550; 866-509-3695.

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Go long

When jeans won’t do but comfort is key (lunch with friends? meeting about a freelance job?), consider this knit dress: It has all the ease of a T-shirt but looks so good, no one will ever suspect that’s why you chose it. DKNY color-block maxi dress, $335; dkny​.com for stores.

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Get some bagging rights

Go for a top handle bag that can haul it all. Banana Republic leather satchel, $220; bananarepublic.com.

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Runway inspiration: The best is brightest

At Michael Kors, the fall collection was awash in shades of bright royal blue, set off with pops of neon orange and taxicab yellow. Kors embraced classic tailoring and a mix of feminine and masculine styling.

Courtesy of Michael Kors

Hosiery tip

Use cobalt as an accent or wear it monochromatically. DKNY veiled color tights, $22; Nordstrom.

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Style Icon: Iman

The model-entrepreneur goes for a sexy, shiny and spectacular look.

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A sexy silhouette in your 50s

Slit skirts, flashes of gold, flat knits and weaves. Vassallo wool sequined cardigan, $275; husonline.com.

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Say buh-bye to boring

For those who like to boldly go, this croc-textured topper is a party waiting to happen. Diane von Furstenberg metallic jacket, $498; 646-486-4800. Old Navy crew fleece with embellished neckline, $30; oldnavy.com.

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Try some texture

A pencil skirt with a flat weave adds interest, not bulk. Tory Burch skirt, $450; toryburch.com.

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Upgrade your LBD

The effect of burnished wool—black layered over matte gold—is subtly sexy. The hemline hits just below the knee, flattering on all, and begs for a kitten heel. CH Carolina Herrera wool dress, $1,045; 212-744-2076.

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Try some texture

A slightly sheer metallic knit cardi provides shimmering arm coverage. Travelers by Chico’s rayon blend cardigan, $99; chicos.com.

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Channel your inner rocker

Put away your delicate diamond tennis bracelet and go for it. Anna Pellissari leather and 18k gold–plated hardware cuff, $135; annapellissari.com.

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Put the cool in comfort

A little bit of Western styling is a nice accent when added to the mix. The boot’s heel height won’t break your back, and its price tag won’t break your bank. Boutique 9 leather booties, $190; bloomingdales.com.

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Enjoy the ease of a knit

This is the wrinkle-resistant answer to all-day dressing. Add a belt (or not), top with a blazer (or not). Shapewear (or control-top hose) underneath will guarantee smoothness. Ming Wang knee-length dress, $270; nordstrom.com. Ann Taylor leather belt, $48; anntaylor.com.

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Layer with pizazz

The mixed materials and bold hardware of this coat offer an instant update to your good old puffer. Rachel Rachel Roy shearling coat, $209; macys.com.

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Sidestep solids

This neutral-patterned top is livelier than a solid.  J.Jill boatneck elliptical tee,$49; jjill.com.

For 15 percent off, use the code MORE15 when ordering online August 29 through September 30.

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Sidestep solids

The deco design of this necklace packs visual power. Sequin gold-plated necklace with crystals, $129; sequin-nyc.com.

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Have a lady-like moment

Here’s a modern take on those structured purses beloved by your nana. The limited faux-leather and calf-hair pocket tote, $98; thelimited.com.

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Have a lady-like moment

When a flat looks this cute, who needs a heel? Loeffler Randall leather flats, $295; loefflerrandall.com.

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Consider white

Fear it’s not flattering? Thanks to interior control panels, these pants slim you as much as black ones. Rafaella polyblend double-weave pants, $65; rafaellasportswear.com.

For 15 percent off, use the code MORE15 when ordering online.

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Swap your studs

These delicate drops won’t compete with the other metallics on these pages. Vahan black onyx diamond with gold and sterling silver earrings, $1,875; johnmichaelsjewelry.com.

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Shine your shoes

Yes, a shoe can be both comfortable and dazzling. Via spiga metallic suede pumps, $225; viaspiga.com.

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Sidestep solids

This shell with gilded blooms is livelier than a solid. Diane von Furstenberg nylon blend top, $245; 646-486-4800.

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Shine your shoes

The clutch adds fun. CH Carolina Herrera leather fringe clutch, $650; 212-744-2076. 

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Runway inspiration: layer autumnal hues

At Lela Rose, Rose has said she envisioned the dark woods of a fairy tale when she designed her collection—which is reflected in the layered array of saturated fall colors, rich textures and lace details.

Hosiery tip

Add another layer of shine. Hanes Hosiery Shimmer in Black with Gold, $10; haneshosiery.com.

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60s: Marisa Berenson

The model-actress relies on impeccable tailoring, earthy neutrals and rich fabrics, which add up to great style.

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Smart sophistication in your 60s

Luxe fabrics, texture, mix of materials. Tucker by Gaby Basora wool and metallic blend cropped jacket, $595; amazon.com

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Treat your skin

Silk feels great, and this dark graphite shade won’t wash you out. Eileen Fisher silk crepe de chine shirt, $228; eileenfisher.com

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Dial back the structure

This dress is tailored like a traditional sheath, only roomier. The waist detail visually trims your middle. Lafayette 148 New York punto Milano dress with leather, $498; lafayette148ny.com for stores.

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Liven up

Black on blush (instead of stark white) makes polka dots less daunting. Loft three-quarter-sleeve cardigan, $55; loft.com

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Amp up the everyday

It’s time to treat yourself to a bag that’s in every way modern—mixed materials, boxy style, zipper details—and goes with all. BCBG-MAXAZRIA whip-stitch satchel, $438; bcbg.com.

For 15 percent off, use the code MORE15 when ordering online.

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Frame your face

The shape is forgiving, the print camouflaging. Consider the neck detail all the statement you need. Figue cotton voile top, $375; figue.com.

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Welcome versatility

Wear this coatdress over tights, leggings, even slim pants (it can be buttoned or un-). The print is as feminine as a floral but more sophisticated. Nic + Zoe nylon blend jacket, $398; nicandzoe.com.

For 15 percent off, use the code MORE15 when ordering online. 

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Amp up the everyday

Tired of searching for low-heeled pumps to put into your rotation? Look no further. Talbots suede pumps, $139; talbots.com.

For 15 percent off, use the code MORE15 when ordering online.

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Buck tradition

The tiny geometric print on this blazer is a lot more interesting than the solid black you’ve worn for years, and the roomy, long style provides coverage without bulk. United Colors Of Benetton oversize blazer, $239; benetton.com

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Sub in a sweater

This pullover has all the beauty of a blouse and all the comfort of a knit. 525 America cotton blend pullover, $74; 525america.com

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Buy one standout

Because sometimes appearances really do matter. Tory Burch tweed coat, $695; toryburch.com.

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Spend on core items

May we suggest a perfectly cut pencil skirt. Talbots wool and nylon skirt with back ruffle, $139; talbots.com.

For 15 percent off, use the code MORE15 when ordering online.

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Retire your tote

Bold and graphic, this lively bag can handle all the stuff you carry around every day. Rafé neoprene with leather-trim bag, $175; neimanmarcus.com for stores.

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Be unafraid

What, you say you have no occasion to wear a fur-trimmed, leopard-print vest? Our fashion editors pronounce it überchic over slacks by day, dresses by night and gym clothes in between. Longchamp puffer vest with fur trim, $1,885; longchamp.com.

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Spend on core items

Soft-as-butter slacks. Carolina Herrera wool pants, $990; 212-249-6552.

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Rest your feet

Flats so pretty, you won’t want to save them for a special occasion—and you shouldn’t. Candela wool and elastic-strap ballet flat, $250; candelanyc.com.

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Runway inspiration: strength in separates

At Badgley Mischka, designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka embraced sumptuous fabrics and frothy extras such as beading, lace and fur. The key to maximizing your style: Mix textures within a look.

Courtesy of Badgley Mischka

Hosiery tip

Tights with added support are extra slimming. Spanx nylon and spandex tights, $28; spanx.com.
 

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First Published Fri, 2013-08-23 11:30

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