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While it's what's on the inside that truly counts, it never hurts to have smart, spiffy attire that also lets your affable personality shine — no matter your age. And, instead of relying solely on what's trending now, it's important to build your wardrobe on a solid foundation of well-curated pieces. After all, the right dress can change your night by giving you an extra dose of confidence, a perfect pair of shoes can keep you going when you may have fallen behind, and a well-tailored shirt can actually save you money in the long run by keeping you from buying four other replacement tops.
So, with spring finally, for really-real here (even for non-Southerners), we're taking the opportunity to revisit "Rites of Fashion." This time around, we surveyed the Refinery29 staff, our moms, aunts, and friends of friends, and pored over your comments to bring you a most carefully considered list of the staples you'll need at every age. Click ahead to see our warm-weather picks for the pieces that will help you craft a bulletproof wardrobe at 24, 44, or 64 years old — and make every life moment a win.