There are some things in life we all have to face. One of them is looking back through photo albums and finding that cringe-worthy photo of you in your favorite 80s ensemble. Perhaps you had a penchant for the hair crimper, or maybe you were more of a leg warmer fan. While fashion regrets are virtually unavoidable (trends are called trends for a reason), you can adopt a sense of style that is truly timeless. As Coco Chanel said, “Fashion changes, but style endures.” We’ve rounded up our favorite tips for achieving a classically chic style at every decade.
Chic in Your 20s
You can have fun with your fashion and still achieve a timeless look. The key is to balance trendy items with classics. EveryGirl has a fabulous slideshow of fashion essentials to get you through your 20s.
Chic in Your 30s
This is the perfect time to start elevating some of the more experimental looks from your 20s. Invest in pieces that flatter your figure perfectly and that are made with fabrics that will stand the test of time.
Chic in Your 40s
Many women really start to feel the strain of work and family life in their 40s. Make your life a little easier with a versatile wardrobe that can take you from work to family dinner. Classic cuts in a modern pattern are a great choice.
Chic in Your 50s
You know what you like, and you have enough wisdom to make sure that nothing crosses your closet’s threshold that doesn’t make you look and feel fabulous. Invest in core pieces that will mix and match, and use accessories to add a punch.
Chic in Your 60s
As designer Jenni Kayne said, “It takes maturity and confidence to define your style.” Luckily, you have earned both. This is the decade to invest in iconic pieces.
Chic in Your 70s
Refinery29 interviewed eight women over the age of 70 about how they define their style. We are particularly inspired by Joyce, pictured below, who noted that, “To age is a privilege, and style is about…above all, the right attitude.”
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