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It can be daunting to update a wardrobe or experiment with new fashions when you're used to wearing the same clothes for years. But being a little courageous as you choose your clothing can boost your self-esteem and confidence as you show the world your best side. Every woman needs a wardrobe with staple pieces in neutral colors. Adding modern and trendy pieces, besides the necessary little black dress, can make your wardrobe more versatile so you'll always have the perfect outfit for any occasion.

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A cardigan

Cardigans in a variety of colors and patterns are a great addition to your wardrobe, especially if you don't want the constriction of a jacket. These pieces stretch easily as you move and go about your day. To avoid looking too frumpy in a cardigan, which could stretch with use, choose pieces in a size or two smaller and wear them unbuttoned. Picking pieces that hit at the hips can define the waist. Long cardigans paired with sleek pants can slim and flatter the figure.

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An a-line skirt

A-line skirts add femininity and flair to an outfit and can flatter any shape. Choose an appropriate skirt length based on your height. Petite sizes can choose skirts that hit above or right at the knee. Taller sizes can create a flattering silhouette by choosing a-line skirts that fall below the knee. A-line skirts work well with a variety of footwear, from flats to knee-high boots. Choose a fitted top and add a belt to really accentuate the waist.

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Fabulous scarves

Scarves have long been considered basic practical accessories, but are now oftentimes viewed as essential items in every woman's wardrobe. Along with adding warmth and comfort, scarves can elevate the style of your outfit. Choose scarves with bold bright patterns to wear with solid colored tops so they become focal points and draw attention to the face. Or choose solid colored scarves in neutral colors to mix and match with other classic wardrobe staples.

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The all-important midi dress

Midi dresses are designed so that the hem hits halfway between the knee and the ankle. For the most flattering look, choose a dress that doesn't fall at the widest part of the calf but one that hits slightly above or below it. A shirt style midi dress can be paired with a blazer and boots for a chic fall look. For a more casual, warm-weather look, pair a floral midi dress with sandals.

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A smart blazer

A well-fitting blazer can add a touch of sophistication to a business-casual look. A matching blazer and pencil skirt, commonly called a power suit, is a fitting choice for professional women. On the current fashion scene, it's popular for women of all ages to pair a blazer with jeans and sneakers.

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Straight-leg jeans

For women over 50, straight leg jeans are a versatile choice and can be more forgiving than skinny jeans. The tapered fit hugs curves around the hips and thighs but falls straight around the knees, calves, and ankles. These wider leg openings are especially ideal for balancing out pear-shaped figures. Along with straight leg jeans, cropped jeans and high waist jeans are both trending in the fashion world.

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A cropped jacket

Hip-length jackets are all well and good but sometimes a cropped jacket works even better to update a wardrobe. A cropped jacket adds a touch of chic to your ensemble as the hem lands at the waist to define it. For casual occasions, wear a denim cropped jacket with a pair of trousers and lace-up boots. Choose a cropped leather jacket over a flowy midi dress for a romantic night out.

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A long sleeve blouse

Another classic wardrobe staple is the long sleeve blouse. Create an outfit worthy of any formal event with a sheer high neck blouse and a pair of satin pants with heels. A long sleeve blouse worn under a blazer accompanies any number of bottoms well, such as a pencil skirt for work or linen pants for brunch.

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The perfect trench coat

Options for coat styles and colors are endless, but the classic trench coat is one of the most versatile options to wear for any occasion. A black trench coat is elegant over a work dress and knee-high boots. Choosing a trench coat in a brighter color like royal blue can lift the mood while looking fashionable and ready for anything.

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Wide-leg pants

Wide-leg pants are an often overlooked choice. After all, who wants to look wider? In actuality, wide-leg pants can lengthen the legs and highlight the waist on every body-type. Choose them in neutral colors like tan, gray, and navy blue. Or, if you're feeling bold, spring for a pair in a bold stripe or a colorful pattern.

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