7 Winter Buys These Stylish Over-40s Swear By

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Our fashion friends over 40 are an unlimited source of style inspiration for us. There's just something about this group's seasoned style perspective that always hits the mark. In other words, whether it's the places they always shop or how they're styling their basics, they just get it. That's not to say that we don't also follow a number of fashion people across age groups, but there is a certain expertise that comes from years of fine-tuning your wardrobe, and we're simply here to celebrate that. 

Seeing as winter is here and the cold weather can often be the trickiest to dress for, we've tapped this group yet again for a much-needed dose of inspiration as we head into the next season. After surveying the feeds of our favourite 40-plus influencers such as Grece Ghanem, Elaine Davis, and Tamu McPherson, we've concluded that the following seven winter-ready fashion items are universally beloved by them. From the timeless coat style they're backing to the comfortable shoe trend we want to wear on repeat, keep reading to discover how they're wearing each, and shop our picks.

1. Classic Wool Coats


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There's nothing more classic or elevated-looking than a sumptuous wool coat this time of year. While they're definitely having a bit of a moment right now, a wool wrap coat is ultimately a timeless pick and contributes to a never-ending array of polished winter ensembles.

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2. Leather Separates


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Fashion people have an infatuation with leather clothing, and it's an obsession that we don't see slowing down anytime soon. After all, leather (or faux-leather) separates like skirts, pants, and shirts look very Fashion with a capital F.

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3. Track-Sole Boots


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No surprise here that one of the year's top boot trends is also a favourite among the over-40 crowd. The chunky-boot look is practical for the winter, yes, but it also happens to give off a cool street style–approved vibe that feels so right now.

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4. Knit Polos


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There's just something about collared sweaters that feels a little more special than your average top. Our fashion friends have taken to wearing them with jeans and boots, a winter combo that's made to be worn over and over again.

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5. Fuzzy House Shoes


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Can we all agree that our house shoes are the ones getting the most wear right now? I've spotted a number of chic shearling- and fur-lined slides and slippers that are taking the mundane shoe category to new levels. 

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6. Knit Midi-Length Dresses


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Knit dresses are definitely having more of a moment this year than they ever have, and considering how comfortable and useful they are, it's not hard to see why. Ribbed numbers, especially in versatile midi lengths, are proving to be the silhouette du jour.

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7. Chunky Turtlenecks


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I'm convinced that everyone should have this winter staple on lock in their wardrobes, and the stylish over-40 crowd seems to agree with me. After all, what could be better than cosying up in a chunky knit turtleneck jumper in the dead of winter? Just add some leather trousers like Yasmin Sewell did here.

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Next Up: Yep, French Women Over 50 All Own These 6 Items

This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. 

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.