This post is part of The Gorgeous 50’s series inspired by a book given to me by one of my sisters on my 50th birthday – ‘Grown-Up and Gorgeous in your 50’s’ by Pamela Robson. I will be sharing some of Pamela’s words and my own thoughts along the way. To see all posts published as part of this series, go here.
Your essential wardrobe should consist of the following
Tops: cotton T–shirts, black cardigan, cotton V–neck jumper, white blouse or shirt, camisole, cashmere wrap
Bottoms: a couple of pairs of jeans, black tailored pants
Suits: good separates [jacket, pants and skirt] in black or navy
Jackets/coats: denim jacket, trench coat, wool coat
Shoes: black ballet flats, comfy plain sneakers, moccasins, black work pumps, black high heels
Jewellery and accessories: diamond stud/pearl earrings, classic watch, good–quality sunglasses, black work bag, brown everyday bag
Trends come and go: older women can get away with some ‘younger’ items as long as they are balanced by good basics.
Good basics endure: you can’t go wrong with well–cut classics in good materials. The trick is to add a twist with a few stylish items. Best stay away from those that are doomed to be discarded after one season. If you must, source them from the cheaper shops – not the teen departments.
Neutrals are your fashion friend: think black and white, beige, tan, silvery grey and navy.
Quality fabrics matter: they look better, feel better and survive longer – it’s worth the investment.
I must confess straight up that I am no fashion expert but I am getting better at knowing what suits me and my figure at my current age!
Pamela quite obviously does not live in Queensland! We rarely, if ever, need a wool coat here though it would be handy to have one should we travel to somewhere with a much cooler climate. A trench coat is more suited to our winters here [if it gets cold enough] and a denim jacket is always handy, though I must admit I don’t own one.
This picture I shared on Instagram towards the end of September when packing for Canberra shows my red trench coat which I was very excited to use in Canberra as it hasn’t been used here in Brisbane since my corporate days working in the city. Brisbane city, particularly George Street, can be quite the wind tunnel in winter!
I agree with having a couple or even a few pairs of jeans. Personally, I like some options! Style Options: bootleg jeans or skinny jeans, and Colour Options: denim jeans, black jeans, white jeans and so on. Everyone needs to have some black tailored pants – agreed!
These are the jeans I bought myself recently. They’re Dannii Minogue Petites high waisted skinny jeans from Target. Fantastic for the vertically challenged like myself [5 foot 3 inches and under], really affordable at only $39, and so comfortable!
I guess suit separates would be handy for many but not for all. It depends on your occupation and style choices. I also feel that there are lots of lovely colour choices other than black or navy!
As for shoes … moccasins? I think Pamela may mean slippers or ugg boots? The other shoes suggested are all handy and great essentials to have at hand. I would add nude/beige options in there also.
Diamond studs and pearl earrings are gorgeous to have but what about good ‘ol silver or gold [depending on your preference] sleepers and studs too? A nice watch is lovely to have but I’m finding that less and less people are wearing them these days because everyone has a smart phone on them all the time now and the time is available on those. Also, you are more likely to find a FitBit [or equivalent] on the wrist rather than a watch these days!
Pamela’s points under ‘REMEMBER’
I totally agree with all that she says here. Neutrals are must have wardrobe essentials and though I’m not exactly sure what Pamela might define as a ‘younger item’, I do think that balancing these with some good classic basics is a good idea, assuming that the younger item is a sensible choice for the wearer’s figure of course! Perhaps by ‘younger item’ she means an ‘on trend’ item?
Not only do quality fabrics matter, but quality clothes matter when you get older. It makes all the difference and it most certainly is worth the investment. I also apply this belief to the purchase of shoes. Well designed, comfortable and supportive shoes make life so much better! Feet abuse is no longer able to be tolerated in your 5O’s. Comfort is essential! I recently wore my Frankie4 Ellie III Silver Star shoes all around Canberra and all around Perth as I was touristing and I never had one little hint of foot pain at all. They are just that fantastic!
Do you think you have your essential wardrobe in order? What would you add to Pamela’s list?
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