Modernize Your Wardrobe with These 4 Staple Pieces

By on February 27, 2020

Fashion changes by the season and because of this it can be tough for some women over 50 to keep up with what pieces are in and what pieces aren’t. Fortunately, some items in your wardrobe will always come back into fashion while others will never leave in the first place.

To help you navigate the ever-changing world of fashion, here are the four staple pieces every woman needs to have in her wardrobe. From Birkenstock sandals to pencil skirts, make sure that each of these four staples has its own spot in your wardrobe.  

 Birkenstock Sandals 

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How are these for a blast from the past? Birkenstock sandals have come back into fashion with a vengeance and absolutely dominated the 2019 fashion scene. The best part about Birkenstocks is that they’re as comfortable as they are stylish. 

Birkenstocks are German-crafted sandals that have thick soles and cushioned orthopedic contoured inners that are designed to provide ultimate comfort. In addition, to be effortlessly chic, Birkenstocks can decrease the chances of your feet developing callouses, ingrown toenails, and bunions

Birkenstocks can be dressed up or down. Pair them with a maxi dress and a wide-brimmed sunhat & you’ve got yourself the perfect Woodstock vibe. Wear them with a pair of lace shorts and you’ll be the definition of chic casual. 

Do you still have a pair hidden in the back of your wardrobe? Well, it’s time to bust them out, dust them off and put them back on! But don’t worry if you threw yours out or passed them on years ago as there are many Birkenstock stockists that can provide you with the ultimate fashion staple.  

Pencil Skirts 

A common mistake that many women make is wearing old-fashioned skirts. Not only are these types of skirts, well, old-fashioned, but they’re very unflattering. Enter: the pencil skirt.

When the proper care is taken when selecting a pencil skirt, they are flattering, stylish and incredibly versatile. But here are some pencil skirt don’ts:

  • Avoid pencil skirts that are too tight or that make you feel uncomfortable.
  • Don’t pick a pencil skirt that sits higher than the knee, unless you plan on wearing it with tights or stockings. 
  • Never wear pencil skirts will flat shoes. Only wear pencil skirts with shoes that have a slight heel in order to elongate your appearance in the way only a pencil skirt can.  

Pencil skirts can be worn for almost any occasion. Wear one with a blouse for fancier occasions and chuck a tank top on for more casual affairs. 


If one thing is for sure it’s this: one can never have too many cardigans. Cardigans are an absolute staple item that should take up at least one whole shelf in your wardrobe. 

Why? Well, the benefits of cardigans are three-fold: 

  • They can be worn year-round. Cardigans aren’t restricted to being worn only in summer or winter but can be comfortably worn throughout every season. 
  • For whatever reason, many women don’t like showing their arms. If you’re one of these women, cardigans are the perfect way to keep them hidden. 
  • They’re stylish! Cardigans come in a variety of options that are suitable for every season and reason. Whether you opt for loose and flowy, ruffled or slim-cut—there’s a cardigan for everyone. 

Cardigans are a versatile piece of clothing that can be worn with almost anything. A go-to in summer months is a sundress, sunhat, and cardigan. For casual lunches or days spent lounging around the house, a cardigan finishes off an outfit of jeans and a T-shirt.

Every wardrobe should contain a mixture of long and short cardigans as well as those specifically suited towards certain weather conditions. If you don’t have a collection of cardigans already, it’s officially time to get shopping!  


What wardrobe would be complete without the LBD? The LBD, or little black dress, is and always will be a classic wardrobe staple for a reason. Back in 1926, Coco Chanel made the LBD what it is today. LBDs are ideal for every occasion and can be dressed up or down as needed. 

But not just any little black dress is worthy of the title of LBD. A true LBD doesn’t follow any specific trend, but rather it’s simple, usually short to medium in length and features very little detailing.  

Dress an LBD up with a pair of high-heeled shoes, a blazer and a layering of necklaces. Dress an LBD down by wearing it with sneakers and an oversized knit jersey. 

Want to feel like a girly girl? Curl your hair, don your LBD and pair it with a cute pair of ballet pumps. Want to feel like a rock star? Throw a leather jacket over your LBD and put on a pair of studded ankle boots.     

From sandals that are as beneficial to your foot health as they are stylish to LBDs that will never go out of fashion—we’ve given you all the tools you need to modernize your wardrobe for good. 

Who says you can’t be stylish after 50? As long as your wardrobe contains the four staple pieces we’ve listed above, you’ll never be at risk of being the unwitting participant in a crime against fashion. 

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Modernize Your Wardrobe with These 4 Staple Pieces