I'm 55, and My Daughter Is 23—We Both Are Into These 7 Basics


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Los Angeles–based, 55-year-old influencer Melissa Meyers is often a go-to for top-notch style inspiration. Given this, we cover her sartorial choices on the regular, including this breakdown of the dress trends she covets. Meyers also has a 23-year-old daughter, Rachel Meyers, who is highly fashion-forward. And while age clearly should have absolutely nothing to do with your style choices, we thought it could be of interest to ask the duo to share the specific pieces they each deem as closet essentials to get a sense of the crossover.

Interestingly enough, there were seven next-level basics that both Meyers women swear by to create their well-rounded wardrobes. As they mentioned, these are their "absolute staples right now.” To highlight these versatile items further, we’re showcasing their go-to basics with a bit of visual inspiration and testimonial from them as well. If you’re shopping at the moment, you’ll also uncover inspired picks that would work for anyone at any age. Because remember: Age is just a number.

1. Solid Midi Dress


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"A solid-color midi dress can be a versatile closet staple, and it’s a length that’s always chic. Wear with a strappy, low heel to give it a classic and elevated look, or throw on sneakers for some flair." — Melissa and Rachel Meyers

On Melissa Meyers: Into the Night dress


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On Rachel Meyers: Into the Night dress; Jacquemus bag

2. Simple Strappy Sandals


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"No shoe collection is complete without simple, strappy sandals. We're both loving a lower block heel with square-toe detail theses days for a twist on a classic look. This heel height looks chic at any age and is perfect to wear with dresses, jeans, skirts, and even linen shorts." — Melissa and Rachel Meyers

On Melissa Meyers: By Far sandals


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On Rachel Meyers: Zara shoes

3. Classic Baguette Bag


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"Season to season, bag styles come and go, but a classic baguette shape is timeless whether you're 23 or 55! We love our bags from By Far." — Melissa and Rachel Meyers

On Melissa Meyers: By Far bag


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On Rachel Meyers: By Far bag; Le Specs sunglasses

4. Straight-Leg Denim


"The high-waisted, straight-leg jean is perfect. We like to cuff and pair with our favorite sneakers." — Melissa and Rachel Meyers

On Meyers: ATM tee; Amo jeans; By Far bag; Golden Goose sneakers

5. White Button-Down Shirt


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"We love a classic a button-down-style shirt. It can be worn with anything from jeans to bike shorts or do double duty as a cover-up over your bathing suit. Tying it at the waist is one of our favorite ways to wear this basic." — Melissa and Rachel Meyers

On Rachel Meyers: Grayson top; Le Specs sunglasses


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On Melissa Meyers: Grayson top; Citizens of Humanity jeans; Le Specs sunglasses

6. Basic Neutral Tee


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"We live in basic T-shirts and can never have too many! Rachel loves to wear hers cropped, and Melissa wears hers tucked in and belted. We both also like to tie them into a simple knot at the waist. Our tip: Find one with a fabulous fit, and buy it in a few different neutral colors so you have a go-to uniform that always looks fresh and put together." — Melissa and Rachel Meyers

On Melissa Meyers: ATM tee; Amo Jeans; Chanel scarf


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On Rachel Meyers: Splendid tee; Re/Done jeans; Givenchy bag

7. Classic Gold Jewelry


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"We like to stack our jewelry and wear mostly classic delicate styles in gold—this look goes with everything from jeans to dresses and can take you from day to night. Whether wearing a variety of link chains, beaded bracelets, necklaces of different lengths, or small hoops, and studs up the ear, we always love to layer, layer, layer." — Melissa and Rachel Meyers


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On Melissa Meyers: Looma x Melissa Meyers jewelry

Next, check out the swimsuit styles women over 50 love.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.