I'm 55 and a Former Nordstrom Buyer—These Pieces Will Help Make a Perfect Outfit

If it’s easy and elevated outfit ideas we’re looking for, Susie Wright always has options for us. That’s right. With decades of fashion experience under her belt, the stylist and former Nordstrom buyer just gets it. Wright also happens to be 55. And while the year you were born should have absolutely nothing do with your sartorial choices, her more seasoned style perspective is often of interest. Speaking of, she recently shared some of the winter items she’s most excited to wear this season. On that note, we also wanted insight into the specific items she thinks can help make a “perfect outfit” when they're incorporated into various looks.

Of course, everyone's version of the perfect outfit varies based on personal style, but to Wright, it’s the sleek items below that help craft her ideal ensembles when they're mixed with other basics. With all that in mind, keep scrolling to check out a range of staples Wright relies on in her day to day, complete with visual and shopping inspiration.

Classic Coat

"A slightly oversize, longer wool coat seriously updates every outfit you own—this one by Topshop is a great option."—Wright 

White Sneakers

"Probably the number one most worn item in my closet! Stylish and comfy, you can wear white sneakers with everything from jeans to jumpsuits to knit dresses. So easy!" 



Knit Dress

"A knit dress is a bit more elevated than your typical denim outfits. Pair with sneakers for a casual vibe, or throw on a blazer for a more polished look." 

Utility Jacket

"This isn’t necessarily a new item, but it deserves a re-visit. It literally works with every single item in your closet to make the perfect, casual outfit."

Faux-Leather Separates

"Faux leather is flattering on absolutely everyone. Plus, it’s a great way to add a little edge to your look!"

White Jacket

"White jackets are all over Instagram lately, and I can see why. They’re such a refreshing alternative to all our black coats! Chic, cozy and bright."


Silky Top

"I know it sounds kind of boring, but it’s one piece everyone could consider owning. It’s an effortless way to get a bit more dressed up." 

Chic Accessories

"This trilogy of accessories—a stylish handbag, cool sunglasses, and great jewelry—is the finishing touch to every outfit. I wear this combo with everything, no matter how casual … even workout clothes!" 


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