I'm a 54-Year-Old Fashion Influencer—This Is the Capsule Wardrobe I Swear By


(Image credit: @venswifestyle)

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 this age bracket have spent the time to truly develop 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—ones she can easily mix and match to create a range of solid outfits.

Without further ado, check out Jazdzyk’s ultimate capsule wardrobe, complete with nine outfit ideas (although more could be created), and shopping inspiration, if you're shopping at the moment.


Oversize Blazer + White T-Shirt + Jeans + Belt + Flats

While straight-leg jeans and a white tee make a great outfit on their own, the addition of a blazer and smart flats keeps the overall vibe quite sophisticated.


(Image credit: @venswifestyle)

Chunky Sweater + Gold Jewelry 

An interesting chunky knit with beautiful jewelry is quite chic.


Leather Trench + Cashmere Turtleneck + Pleated Skirt + Flats

This polished ensemble could actually work for a range of occasions if you need an easy-yet-elegant fit.

White Shirt + Leather Skirt + Pumps + Shoulder Bag

An architectural white shirt brings dimension to a forward ensemble with a leather skirt, a coat if it's chilly, and pumps.


(Image credit: @venswifestyle)

Chunky Sweater + Trousers + Ankle Boots

You can’t beat a chunky knit–and-trouser combo for a simple and effective look. Just toss on a leather trench if you need to layer up.

Camel Blazer + Matching Top and Shoes

Monochrome is always a good idea. 


(Image credit: @venswifestyle)

Printed Top + Jeans + Earrings 

Make a statement in a printed top mixed with jeans and playful accessories.

Slip Dress + Scarf + Pumps

The addition of a scarf could work well as an impromptu shawl.

Next, check out the jeans women over 40 won't stop wearing.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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.