With the onslaught of new fall trends in the spotlight, it can be easy to get wrapped up in all the freshness coming your way. Because let's just call a spade a spade: The forthcoming runway must-haves are good. Like, really good. That said, autumn also brings with it a range of closet standbys (think black ankle boots) that could easily rival some of the latest trendy items thanks to their classic nature. We've actually found that women over the age of 40, in particular, have nailed down this perfect assortment of fall classics that withstand the test of time.
Because when you think about it, you've probably developed a certain level of sartorial confidence by the age of 40 and are thus fully aware of the versatile pieces needed to build a functional wardrobe as a result. Stylish celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker are especially in tune with those effortless basics that make for a well-rounded closet. Keep scrolling for a deeper dive into the foundational staples that many in this age bracket rely on for fall.
A timeless LBD featuring 3/4-length sleeves is a foundational piece every woman needs. While you can wear as is with heels like SJP here, the silhouette is also ideal to build an effortless fall fit with on-trend outerwear and other layering pieces.
While shrunken cardigans made a major comeback this spring and summer, a classic iteration will always hold true for fall. We're all about buttoning your go-to style all the way up with leggings or jeans for a streamlined feel.
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A tailored suit is particularly useful to have in your arsenal for fall because you can either wear as is when you want to look professional, or you can mix and match the pieces to work with other fall separates.