There’s a reason we often turn to women over 50 for grade-A style inspiration. Yes, age is literally just a number (and you should wear whatever you love regardless of the year you were born), but it’s this set that tends to just get it. After all, many fashion people in the age bracket have spent the time over the years truly developing a well-rounded wardrobe through style trial and error. So naturally, when it comes to building the ideal capsule wardrobe, we thought turning to a chic 50-something woman would be of interest.
Enter 54-year-old fashion influencer and model Renata Jazdzyk, the mastermind behind the engaging instagram account @venswifestyle. We tapped the style setter to provide a list of the 23 pieces she “couldn’t live without,” as they can easily be mixed and matched to create a range of solid outfits to work for a range of her occasions—from fashion meetings to dinner with friends.
Without further ado, check out Jazdzyk’s ultimate capsule wardrobe, complete with nine outfit ideas (although more could be created) and shopping inspiration.
Oversize Blazer + White T-Shirt + Jeans + Belt + Shoulder Bag + Flats
While straight-leg jeans and a white tee make a great outfit on their own, the addition of the blazer and smart pumps keeps the overall vibe quite sophisticated.
Puffer + Chunky Sweater + Scarf + Jeans + Ankle Boots
Headed to a nice brunch? An interesting chunky knit with jeans and cold weather–appropriate extras will get the job done.
Leather Trench + Cashmere Turtleneck + Pleated Skirt + Flats
This polished ensemble could actually work for the office or in your off-duty life if you need an easy yet elegant fit.
White T-Shirt + Party Top + Leather Skirt + Bucket Bag + Sandals
Layer a party top over a casual white T-shirt for a high-end look when you’re off to dinner on the weekend.
Wool Coat + White Shirt + Leather Skirt + Earrings + Pumps + Shoulder Bag
An architectural white shirt brings dimension to a forward 9-to-5 ensemble featuring a leather skirt (or the pleated option), a wool coat if it’s chilly, and pumps.
Chunky Sweater + Trousers + Ankle Boots
You can’t beat a chunky knit–and-trouser combo for a simple and effective work look. Just toss on a leather trench if you need to layer up.
Cashmere Turtleneck + Silk Dress + Oversize Blazer + Belt + Flats
While a silk dress might seem more appropriate for a night out, it could work for a casual office setting with a turtleneck underneath and a blazer on top. The addition of a belt over the blazer will also make the look appear quite elegant. Also note that a pair of flats (rather than heels) will also tone down the look.
Party Top + Jeans + Earrings + Bucket Bag + Sandals
Make a statement in a printed party top mixed with jeans and playful accessories. The addition of a wool coat makes sense if it’s cold where you live.
Slip Dress + Trousers + Scarf + Pumps
A dress over pants is an incredibly modern going-out look. The addition of a scarf could work well as an impromptu shawl if you get a bit chilly. Note that you could also toss on a puffer or a wool coat here.