Sharing what I have learned over the past decade has been instrumental in streamlining my wardrobe. I make far fewer mistakes now that I always seek out classic separates over trendy items. Subtle differences make classics look more up-to-date. For example, a single button slightly oversized jacket looks more current than the double-breasted blazer I am wearing. I always aim for modern instead of youthful.
Moving away from the high heels, lower necklines, and slim-fitting jeans I wore ten years ago means the long tops and tunics are no longer the right proportion for me. I shop for jackets and tops that stop at mid-behind instead of longer. The looks I enjoy most are the ones that draw attention away from the parts I am least happy with.
An artfully draped scarf or a pearl necklace softens the harsh contrast of black or white. I no longer purchase black to wear near my face, but a couple of favorite pieces remain in my wardrobe for now. The jacket I’m wearing is about three years old. It is comfortable and versatile for cool days, so I will keep it until I find a modern navy or charcoal version to take its place.
Even though classic elements are still my priority, I look for the current versions in slate gray, navy, softer whites, or pale blues instead of the black, pure white, and royal blues of my youth. When I shop now, it is with the intent to upgrade a well-worn favorite.
Classic details in architecture, garden design, home decor, and my wardrobe always resonate with me. Those elements in neutral colors work together, so no matter how I combine them, they feel effortless.
This is perhaps my seventh pair of shoes in a similar style. Pointed toes and low block heels in dressy shoes serve me well. The shoes are from last year. Here and here are similar pairs.
Classic pieces also fill my jewelry box, but I add more modern elements such as the pearl and tan leather lariat to update my combos. The necklace is here. (Use the code SAS10 For $10 off any one item at Beauty in Stone Jewelry.)
Similar earrings are here. A similar ring is here. The watch is from Nordgreen here.
If I meet a friend for lunch or run a quick errand, I often reach for a smaller crossbody bag since I won’t need more than the essentials. This adorable bag has been in my collection for a few years. I found it here.
A carefully chosen colorful accessory can also update a combination of neutral classic pieces. I resist the temptation to wear red shoes, red earrings, a red bag, and a belt. Too many matching accents can look very dated.
A similar jacket in navy is here and here. The shell is here. The jeans are here. Similar sunglasses are here.
I wrote about my skincare products here. Taking care of my skin becomes more of a priority every year.
Investing in better quality items made from natural fibers means that I wear the pieces in heavy rotation for a few years. When I was younger, my frivolous buying habits meant wasted money and too many temporary treasures in my collection. All the latest things tempted me, and sale racks were irresistible. As I’ve aged, those items are no longer on my radar. Higher quality basics in solid neutral colors can act as a background for many different looks, and they always feel more authentic to my style.
How has your style changed over the years? Let’s continue the conversation in the comments below.
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