I'm 49, and These Are My "Any-Age" Wardrobe Staples

Kat Collings

More than ever, we’re feeling a pull to spend our money on pieces that will stay in style for longer. For many of us, it feels refreshing to slow down our consumption and more thoughtfully choose how we engage in the relentless trend cycle. But how does one cultivate a timeless wardrobe? One place to start is to pay attention to the types of pieces that you reach for time and again. We can also look to fashion experts like Kimara Mitchell, the woman behind J’Adore Couture who also happens to be the art director at Banana Republic. Her life centers on aesthetics, so it’s no surprise that she’s nailed the art of dressing. Her fashion philosophy centers on wardrobe staples that she calls her “any-age” items. She’s worn them for yearsthink of them as outfit foundation blocks with no expiration date. Scroll down to see the pieces that made Mitchell’s list—we bet you already own many of them!

"I have been a graphic T-shirt collector for many years. I used to stick to neutral shades, but I've recently been branching out into colors and brights. They're a great way to show off a bit of your personality."

Madewell x Free & Easy Rainbow Graphic Long-Sleeve Tee ($60)

Ganni Printed Cotton-Jersey T-shirt ($53)

Anine Bing X Terry O'Neill Graphic Tee ($99)

"There's a reason Levi's have been around for over 150 years. They never go out of style. The 501 Skinny with no stretch is my preferred style because it's not a tight fit; it's more of a slim-straight on me."

Levi's 501 High Waist Ripped Fray Hem Skinny Jeans ($98)

Levi's Wedgie Fit Jeans ($38)

Levi's 501 High Waist Nibbled Hem Skinny Jeans ($98)

Levi's 501 Distressed High Waist Skinny Jeans ($79)

"I've had this AllSaints leather jacket for years, and it just keeps getting better with age. It adds the right amount of sass and sexiness to any outfit."

AllSaints Balfern Leather Biker Jacket ($498)

Levi's Lamb Touch Faux Leather Moto Jacket ($98)

Cupcakes and Cashmere Chandler Faux Leather Moto Jacket ($90)

"An oversize button-down shirt can be paired with more classic pieces like denim or trousers, layered with tees underneath, tied at the waist, and it's so chic as a swim coverup."

Banana Republic Standard-Fit Cotton Oxford Shirt ($55)

Treasure & Bond Dobby Classic Shirt ($69)

Ellos Button Down Shirt ($38)

"My taste in skirts has gone from minis to fuller A-lines, but the pencil is one I come back to again and again. Everyone should have a great black pencil skirt that fits them like a glove because you'll wear it with everything from sweaters and boots to dressier tops and heels."

Banana Republic Washable Italian Wool-Blend Pencil Skirt With Side Slit ($59)

Stella Jean Stampa Maya Skirt ($210)

Slink Jeans Denim Skirt ($78)

Remain Birger Christensen Marina Leather-Trimmed Checked Cotton-Blend Tweed Midi Skirt ($168)

"My love of the slip dress didn't end in the '90s! I've got short and midi versions, and love to layer sweaters and hoodies over and under. I make mine ready for the weekend by adding fun sneakers or flat slides." 

Kim's dress is from Topshop, we found it in leopard and zebra print

Intimately Day to Night Printed Slip ($78)

Good American Leopard Slipdress ($149)

ASTR The Label Trinity Satin Midi Dress ($138)

"This may not be considered a staple to everyone, but a blouse in an interesting print, color, or silhouette is something that adds frivolity to your wardrobe. I have some from Mango and H&M and from higher-end brands like Jacquemus."

Verona Curve Shirt With Ruffle Hem in Scattered Spot ($51)

Altuzarra Luff One-Shoulder Polka-Dot Silk Top ($598)

Some sizes available at Matches Fashion for $358.

Cece Dappled Dots Off the Shoulder Stretch Cotton Blouse ($119)

"A good blazer is the ultimate dress-up/dress-down piece. I've got a whole blazer wardrobe that includes thrifted men's versions, double-breasted, prints, and tuxedo varieties."

Banana Republic Double-Breasted Blazer ($160)

Topshop Raw Edge Double Knit Blazer ($37.5)

Mango Slim Fit Suit Blazer ($80)

Lioness Palermo Blazer ($88)

Next up, check out "9 Basics Everyone Forgets to Buy, According to a Personal Stylist."

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