Wardrobe Basics + Stripe Scarf

Greetings, friends! Happy Friday and First Day of December! Today I’ve got a casual look with a hint of sophistication — at least that was the vibe I was going for. This outfit is made up of some of my favorite wardrobe basics plus a stripe scarf to give it a focal point and a pop of color.

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As I’ve come into my own and become comfortable with my personal style (it’s about time, I’m 45, after all!) I’ve decided that my ideal wardrobe is made up of simple, quality pieces that I can put together in a few different ways. I’m okay with the fact that a lot my outfits are similar, and I don’t mind wearing the same things over when they’re all pieces I absolutely love.

With the evolution of this blog and turning to fashion topics full-time, I try to purchase a variety of styles and price points, and I certainly cycle through clothes lot a lot faster than what is typical, but it’s these classic outfits made up of quality wardrobe basics that I come back to time and time again.

How to add interest to a plain outfit. | Fashion for Women Over 40 | #momfashion #winteroutfit

As you can tell from my #OOTD posts on Instagram, my daily fall/winter uniform consists of some type of pullover + jeans + boots/booties/loafers/ballet flat combo; but I’m learning to add one statement piece — a scarf, a piece of jewelry, a colorful bag, or a great pair of shoes — to keep my outfits from getting stale.

In this case, the key wardrobe pieces are my jeans, sweater, and boots. While those look fine together all on their own, I added a quilted vest and a striped scarf to make the outfit more interesting (and warmer!)

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This charcoal grey cashmere v-neck sweater is simple, but it’s a nice mid-quality cashmere with a flattering fit. I love that it has true shoulder seams and a straight hemline. While I do enjoy the split hem styles and the high/low hems on some sweaters, I believe this straight hemline is the most universally flattering and easiest to layer.

Also, the length is perfect (at least for my short-waisted 5’5″), and I like the shape and depth of the v-neckline. Normally I would wear a necklace, but since I was covering it up with the scarf, I didn’t bother.

This sweater is a great wardrobe basic, and it’s a really good price for cashmere at $69 (it’s currently 20% off.) It comes in a ton of gorgeous colors and it runs true to size. I have the small, but if I wanted to layer under it, I would go for the medium.

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I like the juxtaposition of the luxe sweater with the distressed jeans, and the quilted down vest adds a preppy vibe to the outfit. I don’t wear it a ton, but I like to have a few quilted vests in my closet for the days I don’t want to wear a coat but I need another layer.

I never thought I could wear quilted vests until I found these J.Crew Excursion vests. They fit really well and don’t add too much bulk. They aren’t cheap, but you can often snag one on sale, and the quality is great. In fact, right now this vest is 30% off with code BUTTONUP.

For a more budget-friendly option, I recommend the quilted puffer vest at J.Crew Factory. I have the green one, and while it isn’t as thick and doesn’t have as much down content, it’s still a nice looking vest.

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The rain boots were more or less an afterthought, but I really love how they play into the outfit. I don’t usually wear my rain boots when it isn’t raining, but it was a chilly, overcast day, so they work.

These boots were a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchase, and I really like the matte finish and the refined styling. They’re 25% off right now and starting to sell out. I really like the striped buckle strap, but Zappo’s has the plain ones fully stocked. I would say these run true to size, unlike other Hunter styles that run really big.

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When I wear a quilted vest over a turtleneck, I usually bypass the scarf and wear a necklace, but I was afraid I’d be cold with the open v-neck so a scarf was the perfect solution. I like how it becomes the focal point of the otherwise neutral outfit. My scarf has been discontinued, but I like this stripe scarf a lot.

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I carried my go-to black satchel and added this Stella & Dot beaded leather wrap bracelet — definitely my favorite accessory purchase this fall! It adds interest to an outfit and doesn’t get in the way when you’re typing or make noise when you move around.

Don’t forget, I’m running a virtual trunk show for Stella & Dot (I’m a stylist.) You can take advantage of the half-off trunk show exclusives if you make a qualifying purchase through THIS LINK. All the details are in THIS POST.

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You can’t see them, but I was wearing oversized pearl studs for earrings. I like studs when I’m wearing a scarf because they don’t interfere or get caught on it like hoops and drop earrings tend to do.

I thought I might regret choosing the black vest with the charcoal grey sweater — I almost wore my red one, but I really like how this outfit turned out. It’s more elegant and understated with the black over charcoal, and the scarf and jeans serve to lighten up the look.

How to add interest to a plain outfit. | Fashion for Women Over 40 | #momfashion #winteroutfit

Halogen v-neck cashmere sweater // J.Crew Excursion quilted down vest // similar striped scarf // AG raw hem legging ankle jeans (similar for less) // Hunter refined matte rain boots // Rebecca Minkoff Mini Perry black satchel // Stella & Dot Yves wrap bracelet

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the winter outfit she’s styling today.

And it’s Friday, so that means linkup day!

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