The 6 Basics Over-50 Women Never Forget to Buy at Zara, H&M, and Topshop

Regardless of what year you came into this world, we can all learn a thing or two about style from our wiser fashion counterparts. These are the women who have lived to see generations worth of trends come and go and who have spent the better half of a lifetime honing in on what they can now claim as a strong sense of personal style. Since this group of women offers a wealth of knowledge, I was curious to know what kind of wardrobe staples fill up their closets, especially from affordable retailers like Zara, H&M, and Topshop that I know women of all ages shop.

From the white T-shirts they buy en masse to the jean styles that they’re always on the lookout for, we got the intel on their best affordable buys. Keep reading to discover which six clothing basics over-50 women pass up on, shop each item, and get inspired by how they style these classics along the way.

“A basic white tee is a staple in any wardrobe; it is classic yet versatile. You can throw it on with a pair of vintage denim or style it with a silk skirt for a more laid-back look. In my opinion, it is an essential that I will not splurge on because as careful as you can be, it does not always withstand the test of time. I shop my best white tees at Zara and H&M every season but also keeping in mind good fit and quality.” — Grece Ghanem

“I am a self-proclaimed white tee–aholic. I like my whites crisp, and because I purchase so often, I need them to be affordable.” — Arlinda McIntosh

Shirts are one of the basics I tend to look for in shops such as Zara or H&M. However, as I like them to be oversized, I often buy them in the men’s department as they have the best selection. Over the years, I’ve learned that when it comes to basics, the men’s section is also a great option.” — Renata Jazdzyk

“I always buy tops like blouses and shirts from Zara because I don’t think you can tell the difference between theirs and higher-end brands, especially the spring and summer collections right now.” — Cathy Williamson

“My go-to shoe this summer is a leather strap dainty sandal. This minimalist style shoe is easy to throw on; can elevate a biker short and pairs well with a silk slip dress. Both Zara and Mango have some of my favorite picks for this barely-there sandal this season. These affordable alternatives can allow me to indulge in a pair or two: I would pick up both a chic white pair as well as a bright tone like orange or red.” — Grece Ghanem

“I describe my style as ‘modern elegant’ and love a style mix of trendy and sophisticated pieces. I just ordered these cropped sea green summer trousers and can’t wait to wear them with a classic white blazer and heels.” — Annette Hoeldrich

“Jeans I always buy from Zara as they have the perfect fit for the season. I’m loving this silhouette right now that’s wide in the thighs and slim in the ankle.” — Mette S. Andersen

“Yes, it is no longer sweater season, but I had found a handful of playful, colorful, chunky pullovers from H&M for my winter wardrobe. It is always good to invest in a neutral cashmere sweater. However, H&M has some vibrant sweaters that add that oomph to your outfit without breaking the bank.” — Grece Ghanem

Next, see which under-$50 staple piece will make all your summer outfits look expensive.