19 tips to look ageless in knits

#agelessstyle midlife woman looking chic in a knit top and cardigan with long leather skirt

Knits are basics in the cold season

Knits are great to add color to our wardrobe. They are also comfortable and most of them do not require ironing. When wearing knits think beyond chunky heavy sweaters and jackets. Season-less, light knits are great investments and layering pieces. Layering is a great trend this fall and winter. Actually, I think layering is timeless and always chic and stylish. Thin jersey allows for great cuts and tailoring. Thus, there are lots of options for ageless style in knits. There are no reasons for wearing baggy and chunky knits when temperatures drop into the single or negative digits.

mature woman looking ageless in a twinset

Pro advice for buying knits: For ageless style invest in classic pieces in the highest quality you can afford.

over 50 years old fashion blogger having an ageless look in knits
woman in short sleeve cardigan with skirt

fashion for mature women putting a faux twinset together
“Faux twinset” made of Moda International cashmere sweater with August Silk short sleeve cardigan worn with Anne Klein slingback pumps, Hermes collier de chien cuff, Jaeger tote, statement necklace and studs (all own) plus striped pencil skirt c/o eShakti

What works

  1. Twinsets – faux or real
  2. Knit skirt with cardigan as an unmatched suit
  3. Silk or cashmere sweater with an evening dress
  4. A cardigan instead of a blazer
  5. Cardigan over a shift or sheath dress
  6. Jersey layering top or cashmere/silk sweater under a sheath or jumper
  7. Tailored wool or cashmere sweater knit coats or jackets
  8. Cotton jersey tailored dresses
  9. Turtleneck Fair Isle sweater in natural colors with a pencil skirt, wool pants (for work in winter) or dark jeans on the weekend
  10. Fishermen cable-knit sweater with pencil skirt or wool pants (for work in winter) with jeans (for weekend)

Knits outfit ideas for over 40

Here are some knits styling options of what works. Get inspired.

midlife style blogger in posh jersey wrap dress with delicate print Samantha Brown jersey wrap dress with a delicate print c/o HSN, accessorized with wood watch c/o Jord, worn with own Dr. Scholl wedges, Jones New York cardigan, and Kate Moss for Longchamp satchel

#streetstyle style blogger in snake print skirt with brown
J. Crew skirt, GNW tight, Söfft boots, GNW Luxe (dyed) sweater, smoky quartz statement necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Festina watch (all own) and pearl studs c/o Wendy Mignot
fashion over 40 woman in knit dress
Anne Klein scarf, statement belt, polka dot tight (all own), knit dress c/o Amiclubwear and Musse & Cloud booties c/o Coolway
#over40 #over40style #knitdress
Barbour cable knit dress with brown tights, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, statement necklace, and brown leather booties

#styleover40 mature woman with cotton jersey tailored knit dress eShakti tailored cotton jersey dress with Jaeger tote, Madden Girl lace-up sandals (all own), and wood watch c/o Jord

style book author donning ageless style in a fit-and-flare knit dress eShakti fit-and-flare color blocked cotton jersey dress with Anne Klein pumps and brooch (all own)

mature woman wearing a chic cashmere V-neck knit sweater with A-line skirt GNW cashmere V-neck sweater with Burberry skirt and opera length pearl necklace, H-bracelet (all own)

blogger Nicole in blue,taupe, white, green fall outfit with shades
Celeste c/o Eagle Eyes with skirt c/o LilySilk, studs c/o Wendy Mignot, own Sak bag, pantyhose, Gloria VanDerBilt open-toe pumps, Burberry coat, Brooks Borthers knit top, bead necklace
blogger in mock neck cashmere knit sweater under a sheath dress Brooks Brothers mock neck cashmere sweater under Ruby Belle plaid sheath dress with GNW tights, Steve Madden booties (all own)

#over40 work outfit with dress over skirt | High Latitude Style | http://www.highlatitudestyle.com
Barbour cable-knit dress worn over suede skirt belted with vintage MOSCHINO belt for shape and proportions and red tights and red Manolo Blahnik booties to elongate the legs
#BFjeans #shortSleeveBlazer #AlmoJewellery #viintageBaghttp://www.highlatitudestyle.com
Dressing up distressed BJ jeans with a white short sleeve blazer, foral pumps, a silk cashmere knit sweater and my Almo Jewellery white jade and black onyx necklace

midlife woman in knit cardigan over sheath dress Moda International long silk cashmere cardigan worn over Ruby Belle plaid sheath dress with GNW tights, statement leopard pendant necklace, and Peter Kaiser block heel pumps (all own)
older woman in cable knit turtleneck sweater with pants Anne Klein cable knit turtleneck sweater with Newport News leather pants, pearls, Kieselstein Cord belt, H-buckle, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Apostrophe pumps (all own)

#over50chic mature fashion blogger in maxi skirt with slit, purple pumps and sweater
Purple sweater, DIY belt, Prada purple pumps, pantyhose, Hermes collier de chien bangle, headband, amethyst earrings (all own) and studded skirt c/o Misook

50 plus woman in Fair Isle sweater with pencil skirt Eddie Bauer Fair Isle sweater with Sienna Studio leather pencil skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, GNW tights, and Vince Camuto boots (all own)

over 50 years old style blogger with a galaxy print fit-and-flare dress
Loula Roe abstract galaxy-like print fit-and-flare dress, statement belt, Very Fine sandals, Belorita fish bag, statement necklace with moonstone and citrin, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own) and c/o Tricia Tanaka cape hoodie

What doesn’t work

  1. Tight and super mini knit dresses (sausage alert) with over-the-knee boots (too young)
  2. Baggy knit dresses – frumpy
  3. Shapeless knit skirt plus baggy knit sweater/jacket combinations –
  4. 50s’ cropped cardigans with beading along the neck and at the end of the sleeves – old-fashioned
  5. Fair Isle vests – past your prime. You don’t want to re-live the 70s.
  6. Holiday sweaters. There is a reason they are called ugly holiday sweater, right?
  7. Crochet bikinis
  8. Woodstock-type crochet coats, jackets, vests or sweaters. It looks like you want to re-live your youth again. We are happy with who we are!
  9. Knit ponchos

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Do you like wearing knits? What’s your favorite, sweater, cardigans, or dresses? Where do you wear them? How do you wear your knits? Have you already stocked up on knits for the cold season? Do you prefer knit tops or dresses? Let me know, I am curious.

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