Perfect Outfit Ideas For Every Age

We’ve rounded up inspiring outfits and shopping suggestions for every age, whether you’re finding yourself in your twenties or balancing work and family in your forties or fabulous and fun in your sixties.

20s: Experimentation

Almost nothing is out of bounds (although office wear should show some restraint) so feel free to try out trends, reveal a little skin, and basically get down with your wardrobe in any creative or wild way you feel fit.

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Denni Elias, freelance creative consultant & blogger

You’ve got one time in your life to wear hot-pants without earning serious side-eye, so if you feel comfortable, we say go for it! Just make sure to balance exposed gams with a covered-up top.

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Laura Love, model

Alexa Chung has figured out how to pull off the schoolgirl shtick into her 30s, but for the rest us, your 20s are the ideal time to rock the nymphet look. Love nails the look by aligning her accessories, like a cheeky neck-tie and mary-jane heels, with the youthful vibe of the plaid babydoll dress.

Loeffler Randall Fenton Buckle Booties ($255) in Sand Leather

30s: Sophisticated Trends

By this decade, you’ve figured out your style and are hitting your stride in accomplishing goals personally and career-wise. Sure, you’ll still rock a statement sweater or wear a plunging v-neck, but you’ll do so with pieces that feel decidedly more elevated.

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Eva Chen, Editor-In-Chief of Lucky

As a relatively youthful Editor-In-Chief, Chen balances trend-driven pieces such as her leopard sweatshirt with polished separates like a leather pencil skirt to create an image that is fashionable, yet powerful.

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Taylor Tomasi-Hill, former Creative Director of Moda Operandi

Notice how Tomasi-Hill finds sophisticated ways to show off her stylish side. Just check out how the playful pattern on her teardrop-print skirt is balanced by the office-appropriate hem-length.

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40s: Flexibility

At this point, you’re less likely to chase every trend, and will be more focused on an intrepid mix of chic staples and statement pieces. Unfussy day-to-night options are key for a busy life that likely involves juggling family, career, and social life.

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Jenna Lyons, President and Executive Creative Director of J.Crew

Look to Lyons to see how a woman in her 40s can expertly navigate trends. A graphic popover shell makes a fashionable statement, but the overall effect is polished when paired with a basic button-down and trousers.

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Nina Garcia, Creative Director of Marie Claire

Leather pieces are a great way to inject a little edge into your ensemble. Just make sure to choose pieces that aren’t skin-tight for an overall refined effect.

50s: Wardrobe Workhorses

Say yes to investment pieces that you know are worth it and will have for years to come. Forget those high-profile pieces that are uncomfortable and unpractical, instead opt for classic items that work as hard as you do.

Lisa Love, Senior West Coast Editor of Vogue

Sheer sleeves are a genius way to show a little skin while still feeling somewhat covered-up.

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Joanna Coles, Editor-In-Chief of Cosmopolitan

A boot cut pant is flattering to almost every figure, and the animal print feels like an age-appropriate way to inject a little oomph into your outfit.

60s: Work Your Assets

You’ve got a set style, and are likely well aware of which silhouettes are most flattering for your figure. Embrace that knowledge, and go ahead and treat yourself to that luxurious item that you’ve been thinking about for decades.

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Tonne Goodman, Fashion Director of Vogue

Your closet classics can look just as sharp as any trendy item. Simply pair them with on-point accessories like a silk neckerchief and sunnies.

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Anna Wintour, Editor-In-Chief of Vogue and Artistic Director of Conde Nast

A sleeveless top puts the spotlight on Wintour’s arms—a wise move, considering they look incredibly toned!

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Nicholas Kirkwood Pebbled Point-Toe Loafers ($395)

Michael Van Der Ham Printed Satin-Twill Skirt ($335)