40 Best Places to Shop in Your 40s
It's time to add "having incredible taste" to your list of accomplishments.
Wisdom, maturity, and the first sight of a few gray hairs aren’t the only signifiers of the aging process: for many people, growing older also means a significant shift for the better when it comes to your personal style. Long gone are the days when a pair of board shorts and a tank top were mistaken for “business casual” and re-gifted six-pack was considered an appropriate present. However, while the list of shopping “don’t”s seems to get longer with each passing year, for many people, knowing how—and where—to hone your personal style is far more elusive.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the 40 best places to shop in your 40s, from places to get your workplace wardrobe to those perfect places to pick up a present.
$35; buy now at Molton Brown
Eager to upgrade your grooming routine? Look no further than Molton Brown. A mecca for all things bath- and beauty-related, Molton Brown is the perfect place to pick up a set of soaps for when you want to smell great on a first date or a gift for a friend, like this Explore Luxury Men’s Bathing Collection, which comes with eight mini bottles of some of the brand’s most popular body washes.
$69.99; buy now at Levi’s
No matter what your age or personal fashion ethos, one thing is for certain: Levi’s never go out of style. Luckily, even if you’re not the jeans-and-t-shirt type, a well-cut denim jacket, like the brand’s Trucker Jacket, is a perfect complement to any wardrobe.
$68; buy now at Banana Republic
High-end looks don’t have to mean high-end prices. Case in point: this Banana Republic Italian merino-blend crew-neck sweater, reminiscent of some of Comme des Garçons’ famous heart-adorned sweaters, but at a fraction of the price.
Harry & David
$99; buy now at Harry & David
Whether you’re looking for the perfect thing to bring to a family member’s holiday celebration or are sending your congratulations to a co-worker on a recent promotion, Harry & David is a one-stop gift shop. Treats like their Deluxe Organic Fruit Gift Basket are sure to please any recipient, and, better yet, unlike other gifts, won’t become the latest piece of unwanted décor in a crowded apartment.
$1,499; buy now from West Elm
If you’re trying to upgrade your home style, there’s no place like West Elm to do it. The home goods store is home to an endless array of sophisticated pieces, from elegant rugs to stylish ways to camouflage your more unsightly electronics, like this Mid-Century Media Console.
$28.99; buy now at Craftshack
If you love craft beer—and being an early adopter—there’s no better place to treat yourself to something special than Craftshack. For instance, this set of Ommegang Game of Thrones Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and Mother of Dragons beers is certain to liven up your next dinner party.
$89.50; buy now at LOFT
Upgrading your workplace wardrobe is as easy as a trip to your nearest LOFT. Whether you’re petite or plus-sized, this mall and online staple has a wealth of flattering options that work just as well at a friends’ barbecue as they do in the workplace, like this effortlessly-adorable shoulder-button flare dress.
$75; buy now at Target
Who says that shopping for your home has to be an expensive proposition? Thanks to the expansion of their home goods department, Target has turned up the sophistication and now offers a wealth of elegant and well-priced wares, like this Opalhouse green indo parakeet reversible comforter set.
$98; buy now at Brooks Brothers
As long as a crisp button-down is in style, Brooks Brothers will maintain its loyal client base. Fortunately, their expanded line of dress shirts, including pieces like this non-iron striped stretch-cotton poplin fitted shirt, suit every style.
$89; buy now at designboom
If you pride yourself on your decorating skills and love having items that nobody else owns, Designboom is the perfect place to shop. Items like these pelican shelves with hidden hooks are undeniably eye-catching and will have everyone asking where you got them.
$385; buy now at Huckberry
The right bag can make all the difference when it comes to your off-duty look. Luckily, Huckberry has just the right accessories to transform your usual buttoned-up workweek look to a casual weekend one, like this Stuart & Lau Monaco Weekender, the ideal size for that last-minute getaway.
$198; buy now at Ralph Lauren
While Ralph Lauren may be known for its preppy aesthetic, the brand has pieces that can accent any style. Their packable quilted down coat, for instance, looks just as chic with a crisp button-down and trousers as it does with your average jeans-and-a-hoodie pairing.
$138; buy now at J. Crew
Not sure where to find the perfect outfit for that upcoming wedding? Look no further than J. Crew. Classic lines, sturdy fabrics, and flattering cuts, like those seen on this belted shirtdress, make their clothes staples you’ll wear time and time again.
$115 for 25; buy now at Crane
By the time you hit 40, it’s time to stop writing your thank you notes on scraps of paper you tore out of a notebook. Fortunately, with these stylish personalized ecru cards from Crane, your correspondence just got a whole lot more grown-up.
Hygge & West
$190; buy now at Hygge & West
Decorating your home doesn’t begin and end with buying furniture and rugs. Fortunately, with stylish wallpaper, like this Tilden Fenwick Soldo pattern, you can easily dress up your house without a full remodel.
MoMA Design Store
$5,495; buy now at MoMA Design Store
If you’re looking to treat yourself to a few home upgrades, the MoMA Design Store has you covered. From stylish accents for your kitchen to classic pieces, like this Eames lounge chair and ottoman, this artist-inspired shop will help you transform any space in a hurry.
$350; buy now at Filson
Those cheap backpacks you used in college just won’t cut it when you’re a 40-something. Fortunately, when you’re looking to upgrade to a stylish bag sturdy enough to use for the next 40 years, Filson’s rugged twill rucksack certainly fits the bill.
$799; buy now at Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn is home to so much more than throw pillows and bedding. If you’re looking for the ideal rustic addition to your living room, the store is full of stunning pieces, like this Parker reclaimed wood coffee table with bluestone top, while kids will also love Pottery Barn’s teen line, which includes an entire Harry Potter collection.
$530; buy now at Montblanc
Whether you’re signing the papers to buy your first home or signing a copy of your first novel, there are some times when a standard drugstore pen just won’t cut it. Enter: the Montblanc. Better yet, pieces from the brand’s UNICEF line, like the Meisterstück UNICEF Resin Midsize Ballpoint Pen, mean three percent of your purchase price will be donated to UNICEF, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $1.5 million by the company.
$199; buy now at Calvin Klein
If you’re always in search of the perfect suit, Calvin Klein has got you covered. This X-Fit Ultra Slim Fit Suit is cut perfectly for those who want to improve their wardrobe without spending a fortune (or looking like they raided their dad’s closet).
$999; buy now at Drive Coffee
If coffee is practically a religion to you, you’ll love the stylish coffee makers from Drive Coffee. This Drive Brew System 1 Gulf Edition’s design is the perfect mix of nostalgic fun and vintage-chic—and it just so happens to make a great cup of coffee, too.
$428; buy now at Club Monaco
You’ve probably passed Club Monaco a million times at your local mall, but the next time you do, it’s worth stopping in for some wardrobe upgrades. The store is full of effortlessly-chic pieces, like this faux-fur-trimmed Rania coat, which provides a way more polished winter look than your average puffer.
Starting at $114; buy now at L.L. Bean
There are few things that can get you through an icy winter like a pair of sturdy boots. Luckily, L.L. Bean’s famous Bean Boots are perfect for braving those slushy streets. But be warned: these things fly off the shelves. Every holiday season, they completely sell out.
Sur La Table
$239.95; buy now at Sur La Table
By the time your 40th birthday rolls around, it’s time to upgrade those pots you’ve been hanging onto since college. And for those who really want to upgrade, Sur La Table is home to tons of amazing kitchenware, like this Le Creuset Shallow Cocotte, ideal for making that beef bourguignon you’ve been dying to try.
The Container Store
$39.99; buy now at The Container Store
Who says city living means you lack access to green space? The Container Store, best known for its amazing organizing tools, also happens to carry space-saving planters, like this Umbra Giardino Herb Planter, perfect for anyone saddled with the tragic combination of limited space and a green thumb.
$65.50; buy now at Mouth
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your friend (or yourself) after a bad breakup, look no further than Mouth. This epicurean gift emporium is home to boxes like the Breakup Bites, full of popcorn, chocolate, candy, and grapefruit hibiscus cocktail mixer, that are sure to help anyone move on.
$69.90; buy now at Zara
Updating your wardrobe doesn’t have to mean spending your whole paycheck. Staples, like this heart print midi dress from Zara, prove you can look stylish without spending a fortune.
$349.95; buy now at Bose
It’s time to ditch those cheap headphones you’ve been using for a decade once and for all. When you’re ready to upgrade, opt for these noise-canceling QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II from Bose, and enjoy the unmitigated bliss of a quieter world.
Design Within Reach
Starting at $6,795; buy now at Design Within Reach
If you’re looking for home goods that elicit “oohs” and “aahs” whenever someone sets foot into your home, look no further than Design Within Reach. Pieces like this Outline Sectional and chaise are ideal for making your place look more polished in an instant.
$550; buy now at Salvatore Ferragamo
While it’s often hard to find shoes that work just as well on a night out as they do at the office, Ferragamo has you covered. Classics, like these Varina ballet flats, are timeless staples you’ll be proud to add to your collection.
$1,000; buy now at Shinola
Detroit-based luxury goods purveyor Shinola is having its moment in the spotlight, and with good reason. If you’re looking to upgrade your style with beautifully-designed, American-made accessories, like this 40 mm Canfield Sport watch, Shinola’s sure to become one of your go-to shops.
$39.95; buy now at Gap
The Gap may have been where you got your jeans and t-shirts as a kid, but the brand’s far from a one-trick pony. Classic pieces, like Gap’s Mainstay Sweater, are inexpensive additions to your existing wardrobe that can transform your style in seconds.
Crate & Barrel
$999; buy now at Crate & Barrel
Want to turn your bedroom into a true sanctuary? Turn to Crate & Barrel. This housewares store has some of the most stylish furniture on the market, like this Arch Tea Wardrobe, versatile enough to blend with any design scheme.
Starting at $139; buy now at Patagonia
If Patagonia’s commitment to philanthropy and employee satisfaction weren’t enough to make you admire the company, their designs should be. The company is so much more than a purveyor of polar fleece these days, with items like their Stretch Rainshadow Jacket helping you maintain your comfort and style in one fell swoop.
$499.95; buy now at Williams Sonoma
Ready to start taking your cooking seriously? Head to Williams Sonoma. Items like this All-Clad NS1 Nonstick Induction 10-Piece Cookware Set will have you channeling your inner Ina Garten in no time.
$85; buy now at Diptyque
Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or a friend, there’s never a bad time to buy a Diptyque candle. And fortunately, for those who can’t pass up the allure of a sweetly-scented home, this L’elide candle, with hints of bitter orange peel and lavender, is sure to be a hit.
$388; buy now at Catbird
Looking for a gift for your significant other? Looking to upgrade your own jewelry box? With pieces like this Diamond Pinprick Necklace from Catbird, your baubles just got a whole lot more stylish.
$65; buy now at Sugarfina
If you just can’t give up your sweet tooth, at least upgrade your snacks. With this Vice Collection 8-Piece Candy Bento Box from Sugarfina, which includes treats like chocolate bacon pretzels and cuba libre gummies, you might not feel so bad about indulging.
$149.99; buy now at World Market
You don’t need to break the bank to enjoy a nicely-updated home. With pieces like this Antique Brass Orb Light Chandelier from World Market, your home will look like a million bucks, but won’t cost it.
$55; buy now at Converse
Comfort and style can go hand-in-hand when you’re over 40. Don’t believe it? These Chuck Taylor high tops from Converse have been a casual staple for decades, and look every bit as great on a 40-something as they do someone 20 years younger.