It’s one of the worst-kept secrets around — finding mature clothing that isn’t frumpy, shapeless, or “granny-like” can feel impossible. Luckily, the best clothing stores for women over 50 aren’t few and far between. Retailers are becoming more aware of the fact that women over 50 do care about style. Now, clothing that helps you look as young as you feel is only a click away. But before we start shopping, let’s delve into some helpful tips to ensure your next shopping excursion is a success, whether you’re searching for sundresses or swimsuits.
With maturity comes body changes. Just as we learned to embrace the changes that occurred in our teenage years, embracing changes over 50, such as a fuller waistline or changing bra size, is essential to finding clothing you’ll adore. This doesn’t mean you must sacrifice fun or style. It’s just a reminder to look for pieces that flatter the beautiful body you have now.
How to Dress With Style Over 50
Finally, the fun part! The first step to dressing with style over 50 is to find your style. Ask around, and you’re bound to get varying answers, but there are six general style types you may fall into.
1. Preppy: Women with a preppy style gravitate towards clothing that’s classic, clean-cut, or nautical. Blazers, colored pants, and striped anything are staples you can’t bear to live without.
2. Casual: Women with a casual style will gladly dress down rather than up. This doesn’t mean you’re wearing sweatpants everywhere you go! Comfort is key; sloppiness is not. If you have a casual style, your staple pieces might include a great pair of jeans, comfortable blouses, and the ever-essential fitted t-shirt.
3. Trendy: Women with a trendy style take looks that are trending (new and old) and make them their own. This means incorporating fun prints, new cuts, and cool accessories into your everyday wardrobe.
4. Classy: Women with a classic style typically feel best in clothing that is elegant, tailored, and a bit more structured. For you, nothing beats a classic pair of slacks, a chic pencil skirt, or a slick sheath dress.
5. Bohemian: Women with a bohemian style embrace the artist within, opting for clothing that is light, flowy, and covered in bold colors and exotic prints. Classic staples for this style include crocheted tops, flowing maxi skirts, and loose pastel-colored tops.
6. Minimalist: Women with a minimalist style find the beauty in simplicity by sticking to a limited color palette, simple silhouettes, and minimal accessories. Neutral blocks of color are your go-tos, and the only print in your closet is the striped button-down shirt you wear on occasion.
The Best Clothing Stores for Women Over 50
Now that you’ve solidified the style that suits you best, what are the best clothing stores for women over 50? Well, they include brick-and-mortar legacy retail stores, like Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, and Bloomingdales, as well as newer shops, like Everlane, Uniqlo, and Elaine Turner. Ready to line your closet with some new flattering fashion staples? Keep scrolling for the best shops for womens clothing over 50, as well as select pieces to add to your closet today.
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Talbots has been around for more than 70 years. In that time, it has become a tried-and-true spot for the preppy among us, offering fun takes on the basics we all love, from cropped pants to blazers. The brand offers a great range of sizes, including misses sizes, petite sizes, plus sizes, and plus-size petite sizes.
This ivory eyelet top from Talbots is a must-have for any self-described preppy woman. The sleeveless top is made from 100-percent cotton, making it a staple that can be worn on its own throughout the summer, or with a classic cardigan on cool nights.
Where to buy: $109, Talbots
Offering a selection of clothing one could call a more casual form of preppy, Lands' End is a brand well-known for embracing the kitchy and nautical aspects of the preppy style we all adore. The company was founded by a sailor — not a fashion designer — and launched as a mail-order business for yachting gear in 1963. In the years since, Lands' End has focused on quality, classic fashion.
No preppy closet is complete without a pair of plaid twill pants — but don't be fooled, Lands' End's Stretch Mid-Rise Ankle Pants aren't your everyday twill pants. Made from a cotton/spandex blend, these twill pants keep the classic ankle pant style you love with the added stretch comfort of a pull-on trouser. It's a look that is all style and comfort.
Where to buy: $49.98 (was 89.95), Lands' End
Not Your Daughter's Jeans
Made with mature women in mind, Not Your Daughter's Jeans was founded to fit any and every body around. Aside from finding the perfect pair of jeans, you'll also be able to find some wonderful casual pieces that are bound to become favorites.
We couldn't mention Not Your Daughter's Jeans on this list without bringing up the namesake they're famous for. Made with NYDJ's trademark Lift Tuck Technology, these Sheri Slim jeans hug in all the right places. And unlike the more constricting skinny jean, this slim jean doesn't taper at the ankle, streamlining the length of your legs and keeping you comfortable all day long. These skinnies come in sizes 00 to 28W.
Where to buy: $109, Not Your Daughter's Jeans
Trendy clothing shops come and go, but only one burst on the scene, rose to the top, and stayed there: Chico's. Chic clothing made with women over 50 in mind — what more could you want?
Looking for the perfect light and airy top to keep you cool through the dog days of summer? Covered in the loveliest floral-paisley print, Chico's Paisley Poncho is a sweet way to spice up your summertime wardrobe without much effort. Pair it with a cool microfiber tank top, and this poncho will become a part of your go-to hot weather look in no time.
Where to buy: $64 (was $109), Chico's
An American staple, Eddie Bauer is the every woman's brand. With everything from stylish jackets to casual fixtures, Eddie Bauer is as reliable as its clothing.
Can a woman ever really have too many black pants? One of Eddie Bauer's bestsellers, their Women's Travel Pants get their name due to their stretch-comfort design, making them the only pair you'll want to wear while traveling. They stock these trousers in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes.
Where to buy: $99, Eddie Bauer
A modern icon in the fashion world, Anthropologie has long been seen as one of the biggest names in boho fashion — and with good reason! With timeless fashions such as these, it's clear to see why devotees avoid straying too far from the shop.
The epitome of bohemian style, if you're looking to get your hands on one new boho staple this season, this dress is the way to go. Made from viscose and featuring a high low hem, this lightweight wonder will keep you feeling cool and looking your best no matter how hot the day gets.
Where to buy: $343, Anthropologie
When one thinks of casual clothing over 50, one tends to think of L.L. Bean. Known for its casual, outdoors-y clothing, this shop balances style, comfort, and substance with ease.
It's no big secret — denim shorts can be one of the most unforgiving items of clothing for the curvier among us. Luckily, L.L. Bean took on the task and developed a pair specifically for curvier women that are as comfortable as they are chic. Made from 100-percent cotton denim, their Denim Sunwashed Shorts (sizes 1X to 3X) feature large front and back patch pockets, a comfortable drawstring elastic waistband, and a generous six-inch inseam for peace of mind when it comes to the thigh-chafing we all know and loathe during the warmer months of the year.
Where to buy: $44.95, L.L. Bean
Who says 50 isn't sexy? If Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez have taught us anything, 50 means you're only just getting started. For stylish, trendy clothing with a sultry flair, Venus is the place to go.
Open any fashion magazine today and you'll see that jumpsuits are having a major moment right now. But as trendy as they might be, finding one that is flattering and multi-seasonal isn't always easy. Luckily, Venus has your back with their gorgeous Floral Print Jumpsuit. With a basic black jumpsuit at the base, this number adds a dramatic flair to any moment thanks to its floral chiffon overlay that falls to the side, acting as both a style and tummy-flattering element. Perfect for every season and every event from date nights to wedding receptions, this is one jumpsuit you'll find yourself reaching for again and again.
Where to buy: $34.99, Venus
Frank And Oak
An up-and-coming minimalist brand (with their own subscription box), Frank & Oak is a great place to shop for all of your favorite minimalist basics that still manage to pack a punch.
A big trend within the minimalist movement is statement trousers, and Frank & Oak more than delivers on the trend with this pair. Teetering the line between dressy and casual, the these plaid trousers stop mid-shin, leaving you with a simple style that means business.
Where to buy: $99.50, Frank & Oak
Looking for a more affordable way to get in on the minimalist trend? You're going to love Uniqlo. Filled with tons of chic minimalist clothing at beyond-friendly prices, this store may just become your favorite after a couple minutes of browsing online.
T-shirt dresses are very popular, but you know what makes this one stand out from the pack? Ultra-stretch fabric that doesn't cling. Made from a super-soft cotton modal material, this A-line dress is a stretchy dream with one of the loveliest drapes on this list.
Where to buy: $24.90, Uniqlo
An icon in women's fashion, you'd be hard-pressed to find a women today who doesn't own at least one item from Ann Taylor. Many women's go-to for sleek, professional, and elegant clothing, we don't see Ann Taylor's popularity dying down anytime soon.
If ever there was a staple that screams class, it's a pencil skirt. Ideal for those moments when you want to look professional, polished, and/or poised, the Pointe Pencil Skirt should be an item, regardless of which style category you fall into, every women has in her closet.
Where to buy: $69, Ann Taylor
One of the most popular shops for women around, Nordstrom's inclusion on this list was an obvious one. With a wide range of clothing styles for every age, shape, and size, there's only one way to describe clothing found here: timeless.
An updated take on the classic drape-front blouse, this dusty pink design is a modern classic. With a clean lines and a v-neck, this is one top you're going to love adding to your everyday lineup.
Where to buy: $27.60 (was $69), Nordstrom
A department store icon, women today still covet their "little brown bags" as they did when the store first opened more than 100 years ago. And with a revolving door of fashion, Bloomingdale's, or Bloomies, as it is affectionately known by its fans, is and always has been one of the classiest stores around.
One of the most luxurious fabrics around, every woman deserves to have a cashmere wrap to keep her warm as the night cools down. Coming in five fashion colors, this light, silky smooth cashmere wrap can be worn multiple ways, making it one of the most versatile (and necessary) pieces on this list.
Where to buy: $99 (was $198), Bloomingdales
A leader in bohemian fashion for women over 50, Soft Surroundings is a catalog icon that we can't get enough of. They showcase soft, flowing fabrics in gorgeous colors.
A staple for every bohemian at heart, gauze pants are a must-have item. With a flattering wide-leg styling, beautiful drape, elastic waistband, and, yes, 100-percent cotton, Soft Surroundings' Beachy Gauze Pants are the definition of an "everywhere" pant, making them perfect for all day (and night) wear.
Where to buy: $58.95, Soft Surroundings
If you are a self-described minimalist, there's a chance that you already have something in your closet from minimalist juggernaut Everlane. A go-to for many minimalist's, this shop has a wide array of the style's best staples for every season.
One of the most flattering dresses you can get your hands on today is from Everlane. This tank wrap dress is a stunner. A true-to-form wrap dress, this piece is made with thick shoulder straps and a girthy waist for proper support along the entirety of the dress and a seamless style you'll be more than happy to strut.
Where to buy: $35 (was 100), Everlane