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. 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.

fashion over 40 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.

#fashionover50 woman having an ageless look in knits
Striped skirt c/o eShakti with own Moda International knit sweater, August Silk cardigan, statement necklace, Jaeger tote, and Anne Klein slingback pumps

Knits that work for midlife women

Here is list of knits and styling options of what works and what doesn’t according to my experience as well as some posh, chic inspirations how to style knits over 40. Get inspired.

#styleover50 woman 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

#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

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

#maturefashion 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)

#fashionover40 woman 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)
#midlifefashion 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)
#40plusfashion 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)#50plusfashionover 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)

What works

  1. Twinsets
  2. Knit skirt with cardigan as an unmatched suit
  3. Silk or cashmere sweater with and 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)
#advancedstyle woman in short sleeve cardigan with skirt
Back view of skirt c/o eShakti with own August Silk short sleeve cardigan, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Jaeger tote, and Anne Klein slingback pumps

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
fashion for mature women putting a faux twinset together
Front view of “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

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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. Send me an email.

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