versatile basics

The secret to a great closet and a quick and stress free morning routine are good quality basics that are versatile and pair well with trendy elements. I listed below the basic pieces that I fall back on over and over again.


Cardigan is the best layering piece on any day of the year. I have one on my chair at the office at all times. Cardigans come in all styles and lengths and they layer well with any kind of tops and blouses. My current favorite is this one HERE with cute tassels at the bottom. I wear this cardigan for work with a belt around the waist and love it on the weekends paired with skinny jeans.

business casual in spring colors

You can find the full outfit post HERE.

chic layers - dezzal knit top, chicwish tassel cardigan, fabrizio gianni jeans, nine west boots - REDRETICULE 30 plus fashion blogeasy chic - long cardigan with tassels - A trendy and versatile layering piece for the transitional months. REDRETICULE style blog

dark colored wrap dress

We all have those mornings when having a full 10-minute time span to get dressed is almost luxury. On those mornings, the best choice is a black or navy wrap dress. Classic dresses with a clean design will dress you instantly and all you need to do is throw on some jewelry and you’re good to go.

versatile basics - navy wrap dress

chunky sweater

A chunky knit sweater is a trusty piece during the cold months. It pairs with anything; whether you combine it with skinny jeans, shorts or opt for a pencil skirt for a more polished yet effortless look, chunky knits are always in and they don’t require layering.

versatile basics - chunky knit sweater

You read the full outfit post HERE. Shop similar chunky knits HERE  (under $30, comes in several colors) and HERE ($14 clearance, comes in several colors).

aztec meets leopard - double layered thick x soft fall sweater REDRETICULE fashion and style blog

You can read the outfit post HERE. You can shop the aztec sweater HERE.


Most of us think of leggings as lounging or workout gear, but they are so much more than that! Leggings with good quality fabric and substance (in dark color!) can look great for casual work days. They pair best with long vests, coats and button down shirts. When off-duty, you can let your imagination go wild and pair those comfy leggings with cropped tees and booties.

Take a look HERE how I styled my favorite leggings for a casual work day. These leggings come in several colors and a pair is just under $13. You can shop them HERE.

versatile basics - leggings

trench dress

I think that trench dresses are way underestimated. Just like their counterparts, the trench coat, trench dresses have great structure and are ultra versatile. You can wear a trench dress by itself during the summer or layer blouses, turtlenecks underneath. They pair well with blazers and jackets and look excellent when styled as a long vest.

versatile basics - trench dress

You can shop similar trench dresses HERE and I love this sleek, short sleeved version HERE.

boyfriend blazer

Boyfriend blazers have been on constant rotation in my closet. They are chic, they are timeless with a casual elegance and they pair with absolutely anything. My favorite one is from A Ruby; a French chic inspired jacket that comes in different colors, it’s machine washable and a the fabric has great quality. I wear this blazer for work, for travel and at the weekends.

out of the box aka pushing the fashion envelope Crochet skirt, lace bolero and boyfriend blazer. REDRETICULE fashion for women over 30

You can read the full outfit post HERE. Shop the blazer HERE.

minimal chic - boyfriend blazer, denim leggings - REDRETICULE style over 30 blog

You can read the full outfit post HERE.


The key elements of a versatile jumpsuit are clean design and one color. The simpler the jumpsuit, the more versatile, hence the more wear you can get out of it. In the summer time, you can load it up with accessories. During the cold months you can layer any type of top underneath and/or sweaters and jackets on top. By layering sweaters or button downs on top you can create the illusion of high waist pants.

culotte jumpsuit - new york and company - street fashion - REDRETICULE fashion and style blog

You can read the full outfit post HERE. You can shop this jumpsuit HERE.

structured jacket

 I cannot have a post about versatile basics without mentioning the ever classic structured blazer. I invested into this black blazer HERE years ago and it’s been my one and only, trusty jacket ever since. I wear this jacket not just for work, but off-duty as well. It pairs well with shorts, skirts and leggings. Check out this post for styling ideas HERE.

Revive your casual 9 - 5 A polished business casual look with trendy, flared jeans and a structured blazer. More on REDRETICULE, a style blog for women over 30

You can read the full outfit post HERE. You can shop the jacket HERE.

knit dress

Knit dresses are such great alternatives when you get tired of styling jeans. These two are my favorites HERE and HERE. The A-line nude dress can be styled both for work and play. Because of its color, it can take lots of added colors and accessories, hence this is a perfect basic piece to show lots of personality.

Ivory - Ivory knit dress with lace details, perfect transition piece for fall. REDRETICULE a style and fashion blog for the working woman

You can read the full outfit post HERE. You can shop the dress HERE.

Stripe knit dress and the red blazer street chic outfit. REDRETICULE fashion and style for women over 30This striped dress exudes more chic and polish, especially when paired with heels and a blazer. You can read the full outfit post HERE. There is still a few more of the dress available HERE.

  • Lorena Lorena

    The trench dress ! OMG what a beautiful garment.

  • Linda Cassidy

    great basic pieces and you wear everything so very well

  • Jackline A

    Very nice pieces! I love the boyfriend blazer! :)

  • LauriePOP

    Love the red cardigan with tassels! I love that you show so many pics!