10 Grown-Up Outfit Ideas That Work in Your 30s, 40s, 50s and Beyond

We're on the fence when it comes to giving out style advice based on age. Trends shouldn't have anything to do with how old you are—whether you're 20 or 80, you should be able to wear what you want. However, there's one thing we will say: The older you get, the more you tend to hone your sense of style and find the signature pieces that suit you.

Ageless style is now something we all aspire to, and to prove it, we've rounded up outfits that are stylish and easy to replicate. Keep scrolling to see—and shop—our favourite ageless outfits.

1. Ankle-Grazing Trousers + White Shirt

Style Notes: Grece Ghanem's tailored trousers look amazing with her fluted white shirt and black mule sandals. The straw boater and black sunglasses make it extra glamorous.

2. White Sundress + Statement Earrings

Style Notes: When it comes to ageless style, Erica Davies is our go-to for inspiration, and this white & Other Stories sundress is high on our shopping list.

3. Tailored Coat + Black Accessories 

Women over 40 outfit ideas:

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Style Notes: There are few things are classic a tailored coat, in shades of black, grey and beige, this timeless staple is appropriate in any wardrobe. 

4. Exaggerated Sleeves + Black Blazer

Women over 40 outfit ideas:

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Style Notes: Lyn from Icon Accidental shows that basics never need to be boring—she's an expert at playing with proportions and making classic tailoring look dramatic. Long shirt sleeves and sweeping blazers always look expensive.

5. Linen Suit + White T-shirt

Style Notes: You can never beat a crisp suit in an oatmeal hue with a white T-shirt.

6. Wide Leg Trousers + Black T-Shirt

Women over 40 outfit ideas:

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Sophie Fontanel

Style Notes: French fashion editor Sophie Fontanel is one of the best dressers we know, and the secret to some of her best outfits is pairing together classic staples, as evidenced by this wide-leg trouser and black t-shirt combination. 

7. Leopard Coat + Jumpsuit

Women over 40 outfit ideas:

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Style Notes: A khaki jumpsuit, a leopard coat and slip-on trainers is fashion-forward, but it's also an easy-to-throw-on outfit you can wear whether you're at Paris Fashion Week or doing your weekly shopping.

8. Belted Jacket + Printed Dress

Style Notes: We love how Frann adds definition to her look by looping a belt over her jacket. 

9. Button Down Shirt + Jeans 

Style Notes: No matter your age, a white shirt and blue jeans is a combination that works every time. 

10. Breton Stripe Top + Blazer

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Style Notes: As French women have been proving for decades, the Breton stripe is a must-have wardrobe basic. Pair with a tailored blazer for an undeniably timeless look. 

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