Age is just a number. Right? But if you actually think about it, there’s a massive difference between 25 and 55. Like our goals change throughout time—get married by 30, own a home by 40, and so on—so do our fashion choices. You’re not necessarily wearing the same style of skirt in your 20s as you are in your 60s, right? Well, to help steer your style path in the right direction as you journey through life, we created a wardrobe-checklist below, varied by age.
Scroll below to scope spring essentials for your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond. And if you find a piece in a different age bracket you love just as much, by all means, go for it—nothing should hold you back.
Reformation Greta Dress ($298)
Who has an endless bank account for a closet full of dresses for every occasion? One versatile style is all you need to wear to work, a night out, to a wedding, and everywhere else.
Building Block Rucksack ($575)
You're juggling a lot in your 20s. Make it all easier with a hands-free backpack that's sophisticated enough for work and sleek enough for a night out.
If there's one time when a quality suit is important, it's in your 20s when you're trying to land that first dream job. We love how this pastel iteration feels different than the rest.
Levi's High Rise Skinny Jeans ($88)
You spent your 20s trying on every pair of jeans imaginable. Now's the time to narrow it down to that one style that just fits you like a glove, like these very-right-now light-wash skinnies.
Balenciaga Maillon Work XS Leather Tote ($2,295)
You're working hard and making a little more money now than when you were 25. Go for that dream bag you've had your eye on all season long to show your cohorts who's boss.
Steven Alan 3 ATM Watch ($355)
C'mon, you're a grown up now. It's time for a grown up watch. And remember, this is one accessory you will wear everyday, so it's okay to spend a little extra on it. Think about the cost-per-wear ratio!
Self-Portrait Lila Embroidered Organza And Voile Dress ($635)
Those fancier invites are rolling in now. Make sure you're prepped with a formal dress that's appropriate from the majority of soirees in your i-Cal—from black-tie affairs to rooftop parties.
H&M Sandals ($25)
You're still running around like a maniac. For those days when you don't even have time to tie your shoes, keep these slides at the door so you're ready. These also serve as a great commuter-shoe option if you don't want to wear heels racing to the train.
WWAKE Mirror Earrings ($476)
Treat yourself to a pair of earrings (these are gorgeous and unique!) to give the basic studs you've been wearing for years a break.
Clare V Weekender ($540)
You've been working your tail off for years and years, take that much-needed vacay, already. Just make sure you have the perfect weekender to get you there!
Nicholas Kirkwood Metallic Textured-Leather Point-Toe Flats ($395)
Those hooves deserve a rest. Treat them with a gorgeous pair of flats (instead of heels!) like these pretty white beauties from Nicholas Kirkwood.
Zara Long Waistcoat ($130)
Need an easy outfit trick to update the wardrobe you've been wearing for seasons? Toss on a stylish vest over just about anything and your wardrobe is as good as new.
Maison Margiela Hand Painted Ankle Boots ($830)
Age should never stop you from wearing anything you love. And we have a feeling you'll LOVE these hand-painted ankle booties. Show the world you mean business.
ASOS Unlined Soft Leather Flap Over Clutch ($50)
You've done enough schlepping in your day. Leave the tote at home and go for a clutch that'll fit just the essentials instead.
Le Specs Runaways Luxe Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses ($70)
You're 60! You deserve all the glam in the world. And that starts with a gorgeous pair of oversize shades.
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