I'm in My 50s, and This is How I Wear Zara's Best Under-$100 Pieces

Janet Gunn is the inspiring influencer behind The Grateful Gardenia. Originally from Texas, the 58-year-old style guru is now settled in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and dog Buster. She's worked as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, flight attendant, actor, jewelry designer, and beyond—in other words, she has a ton of experience and an equally cool personal style. Below, Gunn shares the affordable Zara pieces she's wearing on repeat. For more of her looks, don't miss her Instagram account, @janetgunngratefulgardenia.

“You may not always associate the word chic with affordable, but (thankfully!) Zara has helped bridge the two. Each season, I find several standout items from this beloved high-street store that are both stylish and budget-friendly. My favorite way to wear these easy-on-the-wallet pieces is by pairing them with staples I already have in my closet. By 58, I’ve certainly learned the art of mastering affordable chic over the years. It’s not just about finding on-trend, fashionable pieces at a good price point; it’s more about how you mix the clothes with the perfect shoes, bags, and accessories you already own. Ahead, see the Zara favorites currently on rotation in my closet.”

Printed Midi Skirt

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“Math is not in my wheelhouse, but the geometry of this black-and-white skirt is. Its geometric pattern is modern, it hangs perfectly, and it never feels clingy. The balloon-sleeve sweater adds balance with its lacy design.”

Printed Midi Skirt

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“When paired with booties, this look turns into big-city chic. The perfect final detail? Adding a handbag with a splash of color that elevates to the next level.”

Grey Coat

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“My overall go-to for winter-time cozy is this long, oversize sweater coat. I wear it with my daily errand-running uniform for a low-key vibe (it even looks great thrown over my Pilates clothes).”

Gray Coat

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“Or I step it up a bit with black denim jeans and a fun vintage-inspired T-shirt. Add the final details: a great pair of booties and a simple clutch.”

Jacquard Pants

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“These high-waisted knit cropped pants definitely check off both the chic and affordable boxes. I love the jacquard pattern and how the stretchy waistband can expand with my abs as the day goes on. ”

Jacquard Pants

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“No matter how tall you are, this length seems to magically work. Whether you’re 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-3 like me, these pants will make you look and feel like a supermodel. The faux-leather Zara jacket thrown over my Franne Golde tank takes me from meetings to cocktails in style. Once again, the upgraded detail is in the shoes—Stuart’s boots never fail me.”

Leather Jacket Blue Jeans

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“I’m all about adding accessories to the mix and keeping it fun. This trending faux-leather jacket brings a hip vibe to jeans and a classic T-shirt.”

Leather Jacket Blue Jeans

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“Adding a classic printed scarf I’ve had in my closet for years really helps nail the look.”

Printed Dress

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“This past year, I’ve incorporated more dresses into my wardrobe. I’ve found it cuts the whole what-to-wear decision-making process in half when you can just put on one perfect dress instead of separates. This patterned dress from Zara is the perfect addition to my newly started collection.”

Printed Dress

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“Its super-soft fabric hangs beautifully, making it elegant and easy to wear. But my favorite part is the tie that hides my wrinkles, which is a big help for my neck—raise your hand if you can relate! My Stuart Weitzman Wren Boots add a foolproof high-low detail to this feminine dress. It’s one of my fave brands to indulge in, and these booties never fail me. They’re fashion-forward, comfortable, and classic.”

Zara outfit black leather skirt

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“One of my fave pieces from Zara’s faux-leather collection is this A-line midi that comes complete with a matching belt. This skirt has a split personality in the best possible way. It can be both edgy and classic. Chic and edgy when paired with this black Zara sweatshirt and a contrasting bootie—then voila! I added this soft, versatile animal-print Franne Golde scarf from our FG x GG Collection—from chic and edgy to classic and polished.”

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