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Women’s Accessories: 50 Essentials Buys For Women Over 50

By the time you’re 50, you know a few things about the world. You know what you like, you know what you don’t like, and most importantly, your choices aren’t governed by someone else’s approval. That’s especially true when it comes to your fashion sense—long gone are the days of wearing anything that doesn’t make you feel like a million bucks.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 50 amazing accessories for women over 50 that will make you look and feel your best every single day—the perfect finishing touches to the wardrobe you’ve spent a lifetime carefully curating.

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If you’ve noticed your metabolism getting more sluggish after your 50th, you’re not alone. The good news? A cute fitness tracker, like the Fitbit Alta, can help keep you accountable throughout the day, helping you meet those fitness goals in no time.

iphone case over 50 accessories

Those novelty phone cases may have once been an adorable accessory, but as a full-fledged adult, it’s time to upgrade. Enter: this sleek black monogrammed case, perfect for differentiating your technology from that sea of iPhones on the table at brunch.

black patent flats with spikes

While traditional ballet flats may be a workplace staple, if you want to spice up your typical outfit, try some fancier flats instead. Luckily, these studded flats will work just as well with your skinny jeans as they will with a work-appropriate dress.

woman in brown plaid scarf

Keep warm when the temperature dips without bundling up in a body-obscuring winter coat. A blanket scarf is a chic way to fight off those frigid temperatures while maintaining your style.

gray cable knit hat with pom pom
Ralph Lauren

Just because the temperature has dropped doesn’t mean you need to lose your sense of style. This Ralph Lauren pompom beanie is the perfect cold weather accessory, ideal for keeping you warm and stylish at once.

black sunglasses on white background

Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn with the right pair of sunglasses. Not only is this pair timeless, unlike many high-end glasses, this one won’t eat up your entire paycheck.

opaque tights over 50 accessories

Make your legs look slimmer, keep warm during cold weather, and dress up virtually any look with the right pair of black tights. Luckily, this pair from Hue is not only comfortable, they’re about as opaque as they come.

diamond halo studs
Joie de Viv

No matter what your age, you can never go wrong with a pair of elegant diamond studs. And fortunately, this delicate yellow gold pair from Joie de Viv is ethically crafted.

clear umbrella

By the time you’re 50, it’s time to ditch those cheap, breakage-prone umbrellas for good. Upgrade to this chic clear umbrella—you’ll not only enjoy more protection from the rain, you’ll also get to enjoy tons of compliments.

black and gold beaded drop earrings

The right pair of statement earrings, like this black beaded pair from Lizzie Fortunato, can instantly take an outfit from day to night. Better yet, they pair just as well with a white t-shirt and jeans, adding some much-needed flair to an otherwise dressed-down brunch outfit.

blue and yellow silk scarf
J. Crew

If you want to take your outfit in a more sophisticated direction, add a patterned silk scarf, like this vibrant number from J. Crew. Even if an ascot isn’t exactly up your alley, you can easily incorporate a silk scarf into your lineup by using it as a headband or simply tying it to your purse for a pop of color.

silver bracelet watch

The right timepiece, like this elegant bracelet watch, can work beautifully alongside your usual jewelry. In fact, menswear-inspired watches like this one work with everything from ripped jeans to cocktail dresses.

black wristlet
Rebecca Minkoff

Leave those miniature clutches where they belong: in the past. An envelope wristlet, like this one from Rebecca Minkoff, goes with virtually any outfit and is actually big enough to fit all those essentials, from your phone to your car keys.

gold band
James Allen

Who says you need to tie the knot to treat yourself to a beautiful gold ring? This delicate gold band is a subtle addition to any look, but unlike larger rings, won’t overpower your other pieces.

black leather marc jacobs quote
Nordstrom Rack

Ditch those boring briefcases and shapeless hobos in favor of a stylish black leather tote. While it has ample room to store everything from your computer to your favorite book, it’s not so oversized that you’ll be tempted to fill it with a back-breaking load.

straw hat over 50 accessories

Preventing sun damage doesn’t end at the application of sunscreen. Fortunately, with this wide-brimmed sun hat, you can fend off those fine lines, spots, and wrinkles while looking effortlessly stylish.

thin black leather belt
J. Crew

Whether you’re using it to keep those jeans from slipping or as a means of accenting your waist in a loose dress, a thin leather belt will never go out of style.

red leather tote
Mark & Graham

Looking for a simple way to jazz up a black outfit? This brightly-colored bag is roomy enough for your essentials and adds a pop of color to those otherwise drab looks.

chain strap purse over 50 accessories

Even if you’re not in the market for a Chanel bag, you can still update your wardrobe with a classic chain strap purse. And at just $88, this one from Madewell looks chic but won’t break the bank.

black leather boot
Nordstrom Rack

Winter doesn’t have to mean you’re stuck in some less-than-stylish footwear for four months. These Via Spiga boots can upgrade your cold weather look in an instant without sacrificing comfort.

statement necklace over 50 accessories
Stella & Dot

Transform your favorite outfits in no time with a stylish statement necklace, like this black-and-gold spiked collar from Stella and Dot. Perfect with a cocktail dress or a t-shirt and jeans, the right statement necklace can change any outfit for the better.

coach wallet over 50 accessories

Velcro wallets may work for middle schoolers, but as an adult woman, it’s time to upgrade. The right choice? A sleek crocodile-embossed black leather wallet with plenty of room for your cards, cash, and keys.

pendant necklace over 50 accessories
Kendra Scott

Subtle, stylish, and work-appropriate, this drusy necklace from Kendra Scott adds a hint of subtle sparkle to any outfit.

gold hoops over 50 accessories

By the time you’re 50, it’s time to ditch those cheap hoops in favor of a pair that will last a lifetime. These Mejuri hoops certainly fit the bill: not only are they made of 14 karat gold, they’re just the right size for any occasion, from a big day at work to a casual weekend brunch.

woman wearing white scarf with black skulls
Neiman Marcus

While a subtle silk scarf has its place, sometimes, you just want to feel a little edgy. And when those times arise, this trendy Alexander McQueen skull scarf is sure to fit the bill.

black leather boot with square toe

Adding a little height doesn’t have to come at the expense of your comfort. Case in point: these stacked heel boots from Franco Sarto are every bit as stylish as they are wearable.

diamond bracelet over 50 accessories

Though full-blown tennis bracelets may have been a staple in your grandmother’s style, if you’re looking for a more au courant style, try this diamond bracelet from Tiffany on for size. With just a single diamond, this piece isn’t so ostentatious that it will look out of place with a casual outfit, but works just as well with a more formal look.

brooch over 50 accessories
Neiman Marcus

Brooches have come a long way in the past half-century. With a colorful, unfussy bug brooch like this one from Ben-Amun, you can instantly dress up any outfit.

gold ring with green stone
Monica Vinander

Not every occasion calls for delicate jewelry. When you want your baubles to shine as much as your outfit, opt for a chunky cocktail ring like this stunning gold vermeil and green onyx number.

black ballet flats
Cole Haan

By the time you’re 50, it’s time to let up on some of those more uncomfortable fashion choices, meaning that heels are more of a suggestion than a must. Luckily, classic ballet flats from Cole Haan are every bit as chic as a pair of stilettos—and a lot more comfortable, too.

gold bangle with screw driver
Cordaé New York

In the market for a classic accessory that goes with everything? Look no further than this gold bangle. Similar in style to Cartier’s classic Love bracelet without the bank-breaking price, this bangle instantly makes any outfit more chic.

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black leather weekender bag

By 50, it’s time you upgraded your travel accessories. This Le Sud weekender from Cuyana has enough room for all of your weekend essentials, and, better yet, it’s monogrammable.

black diamond and yellow gold hoops

Sometimes, a pair of oversized hoops just won’t cut it. When you’re looking for a subtle hit of bling, opt for something more delicate, like these tiny black diamond hoops from Catbird instead.

leopard flats over 50 accessories

Who says you can’t be chic and comfortable at the same time? With these elegant leopard print flats from Cole Haan, you can indulge your wild side in style.

black suede cap

Your typical sports team hat has its place, but if you want to disguise those bad hair days in a more elegant manner, it’s time to upgrade. Fortunately, this faux suede baseball cap can forgive all manner of hair horrors.

black sneakers over 50 accessories

Who says that flats and heels are your only choices for office-appropriate footwear? These quilted platform sneakers from Steve Madden are elegant enough to pair with a work outfit, but comfortable enough to run around town in afterward.

black belt with gold buckle
Banana Republic Factory

A little flair around your waist can go a long way. Add this black and gold statement belt from Banana Republic Factory to your wardrobe and you can instantly elevate even the plainest dresses and flowy tops, making them more form-fitting and flattering in the process.

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cashmere wrap
White + Warren

A parka isn’t your only solution for those dipping temperatures. For a chic cold weather accessory that doubles as the perfect travel blanket, turn to this comfortable cashmere wrap from White + Warren.

white sneakers over 50 accessories

Want to look chic this weekend? Pair those perfectly distressed jeans with these classic white sneakers from Kenneth Cole for an on-trend, but still age-appropriate look.

black headband with pearls

Just because Gossip Girl has come and gone doesn’t mean the reign of the headband is over. This chic pearl-dotted headband is the ideal way to push your hair out of your face without sacrificing style.

white flip flops with a bow
Michael Kors

It’s time to leave those cheap plastic flip-flops in the past. For a more elegant look that will last you next to forever, try these adorable bow-adorned Michael Kors jellies on for size instead.

leather watch over 50 accessories

Sometimes, a metal watch feels a little too dressy for what you’re wearing. What that issue arises, an equally-chic leather-banded watch, like this one from Skagen, can help tone down your look.

pearl necklace over 50 accessories
The Pearl Source

Whether you’re attending a black-tie event or simply trying to dress up your favorite work outfit, a strand of pearls can make any outfit look instantly more sophisticated.

stackable wings over 50 accessories

Who says that attractive jewelry has to be expensive? This set of delicate stacking rings—just $28 at Madewell—has the look of a costlier collection and will have everyone asking where you got them.

black pumps

Lengthen your legs, dress up your favorite outfit, and enjoy the thrill of coming home without your feet aching with these sensible, yet sexy, Global 2 pumps from Franco Sarto.

black leather gloves
Lands’ End

Why spend another decade wearing mittens more befitting a fourth-grader than a full-blown adult? When you’re ready to upgrade, check out these cashmere-lined leather gloves from Lands’ End, which pair perfectly with casual outfits and formalwear alike. They’re even tech-friendly!

black strappy sandals

Welcome the summer in style with a pair of elegant strap sandals. This pair is dainty enough to pair with your favorite floaty sundress, but its stacked heel is sturdy enough for those nights you find yourself trekking from venue to venue.

black rebecca minkoff backpack
Rebecca Minkoff

One-shoulder bags may look great, but they rarely feel great on your arm after a long day. Enter: this chic Rebecca Minkoff backpack, which can hold everything you need in a day, but won’t leave you needing a trip to the chiropractor.

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black espadrille shoes

Comfort and style can go hand-in-hand, thanks to these adorable espadrilles. Perfect when paired with jeans, a midi skirt, or even a summer dress, these shoes are perfect for all-day wear.

prai 24 karat gold night cream
PRAI Beauty

There isn’t an accessory in the world that can compare to glowing skin. If you’re over 50, it’s time to incorporate an age-appropriate moisturizer, like this 24K gold anti-wrinkle cream from PRAI, into your nightly routine. Trust us: radiant skin makes every other accessory you decide to don look a whole lot better.


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