I'm 55 & a Former Nordstrom Buyer—I Always Rely on These 7 Easy Outfit Formulas

We routinely turn to Susie Wright for effortless style inspiration. After all, she has quite the heightened sartorial sensibilities with a résumé that includes a job as a former Nordstrom buyer as well as current roles as a stylist and blogger for her popular site, So Susie. Wright is also 55, and while age has absolutely nothing to do with what you should or shouldn’t wear, her fashion viewpoint over 50 is definitely intriguing given her experience with style trial and error over the years. With that in mind, we thought there could be interest in uncovering the outfit formulas Wright has always relied on given their inherently chic and easy nature.

Here, we’re talking about those chic denim looks involving just a few pieces, simple dress vibes for transitional weather, sophisticated blazer 'fits, and so on. Into it? Keep scrolling to check out seven outfit ideas Wright thinks are top-notch, complete with a bit of visual inspiration. Oh, and if you’re shopping at the moment, you’ll also find product recommendations on how to master each look as well.

White Shirt + Blazer + Skinny Jeans + Slingbacks


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"This is probably the most-worn combo in my closet. I love it because it’s polished and stylish and especially good for client meetings (even if over Zoom)." — Wright 

Tie-Front Shirt + Printed Skirt + Sandals


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"Lately I’ve been wearing printed summer skirts, and they work with any shoes, from sandals to sneakers. And they’re a nice departure from denim from time to time." — Wright

Denim Jacket + Tee + Joggers + Flip-Flops 


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"So comfy and perfect for summer. I’ve been wearing joggers with flip-flops on hotter days, and it doesn’t look like I just came from the gym!" — Wright

T-Shirt Dress + Tote + Sneakers


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"This combo is super comfy, and of course, these Veja sneakers are perfect with most anything. Z Supply makes the best dresses!" — Wright

Shirtdress + Crossbody Bag + Heels


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"This shirt style dress always gets compliments! The white bag is a nice touch. Plus, it goes with literally everything." — Wright 

Sweater Jacket + Tank + Flares + Mules


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"I always feel taller when wearing flares, especially with mules. This sweater jacket is a staple and works any time of year." — Wright

Black Dress + Straw Bag + Sandals


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"A simple black dress always works. I’ve been wearing this lately with sandals and a straw bag. It’s casual, but you’ll feel put-together!" — Wright

Next, check out the basics Wright swears by.

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.