Nov 09, 2023
Stylish Women Share Their Secrets and Tips
The idea of “quiet luxury” or “stealth wealth” that rejects recognizable logos and designer labels is buzzing on social media. It’s not really new for stylish women who tend to favor simple
The idea of “quiet luxury” or “stealth wealth” that rejects recognizable logos and designer labels is buzzing on social media. It’s not really new for stylish women who tend to favor simple uncluttered silhouettes that are relaxed in fit and low-key colors like beige, ivory, camel and gray in addition to the usual black and navy. Some perfect examples are an ivory sweater like the & Other Stories Ribbed Knit Cardigan in Cream ($99, stories.com) worn with toned-to-match tailored pants for a monochromatic look; or tan pants like the Mango Belt Culotte Trousers in Medium Brown ($70, mango.com/us) worn with an ivory sweater and a supple jersey tee like the H&M Long Sleeved Jersey Top in Taupe and White ($13 each, www2.hm.com). It’s the real secret to making lower-cost clothes look posh, sophisticated and confident.
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Many stylish women depend on a base “uniform” of pants or jeans and tees but never leave the house without adding a jacket. It’s that third “power piece” that counts most — sharpening even the most casual outfit, creating a pulled-together look and adding attitude. Start collecting different kinds of jackets in style, fit and fabric, and keep them in rotation. Aside from blazers, consider a spruced-up denim jacket like the Alex Mill Britt Work Jacket in Recycled Denim in Paprika ($195, alexmill.com), a crisp cropped jacket like the Talbot’s Military Jacket in Indigo Blue ($199, talbots.com) or a couture-inspired tweedy style like the H&M Textured Jacket in Grey Melange ($119, www2.hm.com). You can’t have too many.
Long before athleisure clothes and sneakers, stylish women like Coco Chanel insisted on clothes and shoes they could walk, sit and think in without complaining. Today the 50-plus style-pack still rejects new trends that feel psychologically or physically uncomfortable or are just plain silly. Instead, they look for chic knit pull-on pants like the Norma Kamali Bootcut Knit Pants in Black ($110, bloomingdales.com), long relaxed tunic tops like the J.Jill Sandwashed Shirttail Tunic in Brown Sugar ($89, jjill.com) and elegant square toe flats that don’t cram tootsies like the Marc Fisher Ubet Suede Ballet Flats in Black ($120, saksfifthavenue.com).