11 Summer Wardrobe Staples Women Over 40 Never Forget to Buy

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11 Summer Wardrobe Staples Women Over 40 Never Forget to Buy

As summer approaches, it's easy to just load up your cart with every trend you see on Instagram, but one look at the ultra-stylish over-40 women below, and you may be convinced to resist that urge. We've found that one of the reasons stylish women over age 40 always look so polished in the summer (when it's very easy not to look polished) is that they know which wardrobe staples to buy. 

By the age of 40, you've had plenty of time for sartorial trial and error and to develop a functional personal wardrobe as a result. There's a lot to learn from the basics and wardrobe builders that the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Caroline de Maigret, and Sarah Jessica Parker wear. So sit back, relax, and scroll through to find out which versatile pieces we've found that stylish women in this particular age bracket never forget to buy (and wear constantly).

There are endless uses for a basic tank top come summer, so stock up. We tend to lean toward ribbed ones that are inexpensive.  On Jennifer Lopez: Chanel sunglasses, bag, and belt; Gucci shoes

Floral-print dresses are not groundbreaking, but when it's too hot for jeans and shorts aren't appropriate, there's a good chance you'll reach for one of them. WHO: Anna Wintour

Strappy sandals are an essential summer shoe style that women of every age wear when they want to instantly dress their outfit up. On Thandie Newton: Markarian dress; Colette jewelry; Alexandre Birman shoes

All you need to look like the chicest person in the room come summer is a breezy suit and white T-shirt. WHO: Sarah Harris

Easy white blouses not only look pretty, but they also go with everything. We suggest buying several so you have one readily available when the others are in the dry-cleaning pile. On Victoria Beckham: Celine sunglasses and sandals

Linen blazers are particularly useful in the summer when you work in an office and want to look professional without sweating when you step outside. WHO: Caroline de Maigret

You could just wear sandals and sneakers every day during summer, or you could wear white boots, which will make your outfit look significantly cooler. WHO: Lake Bell

Slip dresses go with every shoe style, can be worn day or night, and present tons of layering options. What more could you ask for? On Cindy Crawford: Frame dress; Gucci Soho Bag ($1190) and shoes

Comfortable sandals with cushioned footbeds and sturdy soles are both on-trend and practical. WHO: Inès de la Fressange

After a few seasons of mini shades, big frames are back, but did they ever really go away? Plenty of in-the-know women over 40 would say no. On Sarah Jessica Parker: Maje dress; Manolo Blahnik shoes

It's hard to say goodbye to jeans entirely in the summer, but if you want to change up your look, do as many of the chic women in this roundup do and put on a pair of white jeans. On Tracee Ellis Ross: Balenciaga Everyday Logo Camera Bag ($995)

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Next, read about the legging outfits our editor is wearing at home.

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What Shoes to Wear With Skinny Jeans: Your Complete Guide

Go beyond the ankle boots.

What Shoes to Wear With Skinny Jeans: Your Complete Guide

If you’re a fan of slim-fit jeans (which we’ll assume you are), you’ve probably faced the following dilemma at least once during your life: You’ve put together a great outfit with your favorite pair of your tightest denim, and you have absolutely no idea what shoes to wear with skinny jeans. Depending on the occasion, strappy heels might feel too dressy, flat sandals can sometimes look too bulky, and you feel like sneakers just aren't right.

We get it—so much so that we’ve racked our brains for eight amazing ways to wear a plethora of different shoes with skinny jeans. Each kind pulls off a very different (but equally stylish) vibe, and hopefully, these tips will help the next time you’re feeling shoe stumped. Scroll down for your complete guide to what shoes to wear with skinny jeans.

Who: Naomi Watts. Style Tip: Arguably the most on-trend shoes at the moment, classic lace-up sneakers definitely should have a place in your wardrobe, especially when paired with blue denim skinny jeans. These work well when you’re having a casual daytime event or simply running errands in a T-shirt and jeans.

Who: Cindy Crawford. Style Tip: Whether you’re heading to brunch or a casual cocktail hour after work, pair your skinnies with a pair of flat sandals. Neutral sandals work well with this denim style if you want to keep your look simple, but don’t be afraid to step outside the box in a pair of statement slides as well.

On Jasmine Tookes: Louis Vuitton bag; Gucci Brixton Loafers ($730). Style Tip: Yes, simple flats can be more than just the shoes you wear to and from the office every day. They can also dress up a pair of skinny jeans in a sleek and simple way. Opt for classic pairs for a polished look, or embrace embellishments and fun textures for an instant skinny-jean upgrade.

Who: Kate Bosworth. Style Tip: Slip-on sneakers are the other sporty style that happen to look perfect with a pair of skinnies. Both the platform and classic styles of these shoes look fresh. Feel free to play around with fun colors and prints, too—the slip-on world is your oyster.

On Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: Celine bag. Style Tip: For prime night-out appeal, forgo all other shoe options in favor of strappy heels. You have a lot of freedom here when it comes to color. Everything from a simple, understated black version to a pop of color or print (e.g., animal) will work.

On Meghan Markle: William Vintage Courrèges Haute Couture black trapeze coat in matelassé silk circa 1965; CH Carolina Herrera Matryoshka Locked L Shoulder Bag; Le Specs sunglasses. Style Tip: If you want a sleek and easy way to dress up a pair of skinny jeans, definitely reach for your favorite pair of pointed-toe pumps. Black and nude are always classic options, but if you want to make more of a statement, definitely reach for a bright color or on-trend snakeskin.

Who: Gigi Hadid. Style tip: Here's a little-known secret: Ankle boots seem to never be going out of style. This season, opt for fresh styles like all white, animal print, Western, and croc-embossed. Fit-wise, you preferably want jeans that hit right above the top of the boots.

Who: Emily Ratajkowski. Style Tip: When you need a break from ankle boots, go for over-the-knee boots. Since skinny jeans are tapered to your leg by nature, the silhouette is a perfect fit.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Up next, 15 under-$100 key items to invest in for summer.

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