I showcase the greatest and most wearable fashion trends for women over 40 every season. These are the styles that older ladies can pull off without looking ludicrous. This year, it appears that designers and street style fashionistas are ready to move away from the pandemic’s comfortable and informal image. There are a number of new, fascinating, and fun fashion trends that you’ll enjoy. As with any trends, pick and choose the ones you like best, and then try to put your own twist on them…. make them your own. You are also under no obligation to follow any of these ruqun dress trends. I just want to double-check that you have all you need to be your best stylish self!
#1 | Get Ready for a Vacation
Ski-Style was a popular fall/winter fashion trend. However, as spring and summer approaches, one of the most popular trends is vacation style! We saw a lot of beachwear, swimwear, and vacation-ready prints on the runways. While you probably won’t be seen going down the street in a bikini, there are ways to make this trend work for you. Grab a dress with a beautiful print if you’re a print enthusiast or going on a fun trip. Perhaps you’ve been keeping your resolutions this year and want to reward yourself with a lovely new bikini. I bought a wonderful PatBo dress (above) in Mexico last year that is perfect for this style. Put on your favorite denim shorts and a bright printed shirt that screams, “I’m going on vacation!!” if you want to go for a more understated approach. I’ve included a few vacation-ready looks below…
#2 | Bridesmaid Feelings
One of my greatest regrets is not having worn a second wedding gown. That’s why I like to dress up in anything that looks like a bridal gown. In case you missed it, I recently discovered a stunning white gown, which I showcased in this video. Anyway, the good news is that it looks like I’ll be able to fulfill my dream of feeling bridal once more this season! We saw a lot of white gowns, all-white outfits, lace, tiered skirts, beading, and other embellishments on the runways. This trend appeals to me because white is such a lovely hue to wear in the spring and summer. You can try something as basic as getting a new white top or jeans, go all-white, feel fantastic in a new white dress or dramatic skirt, or just include tulle, beading, or lace into your appearance.
I like drama in my clothes, not in my life, as I usually say! The voluminous silhouette is all the rage right now. Anything with puffed sleeves, voluminous peplums, and bubble hems is in! This trend appeals to me since it allows you to change your figure. My body type is rectangular. So when I wear a puff shoulder dress like the one above, I’m adding width to my shoulders, which helps to give the illusion of an hourglass figure…how cool is that?! Wearing a bubble hem dress or skirt can achieve the similar effect of countering broad shoulders. You can experiment with this trend and make it work for you!
Black & White #4
If you’re not a fan of bright colors, don’t worry; black and white is also a huge trend this year! Polka dots, graphic black and white patterns, and trendy, playful, aggressive methods of merging the two colors were all seen on the runways. You can easily incorporate this style into your wardrobe by styling black and white things you already own. Grab a garment with a bright black and white print if you want to try something new. Vertical stripes or polka dots are usually traditional choices, and in a modest scale (meaning the print is little…thin stripes or small polka dots), they can be pleasing. Below are a couple black and white choices…
#5 | Beautiful & Bold
Each season, I enjoy learning about the latest color trends. Don’t get me wrong: I’m a huge fan of wearing neutrals. I used to be a bit of a color phobic. However, after spending six months in Spain, I’ve begun to incorporate more color into my attire! Investing in one or two pieces in the season’s hottest hue is a simple and enjoyable way to stay on style. Almost anything bright and lovely is in this season. From red to blue to yellow to green to pink, there’s something for everyone. And we’re seeing quite a few of them jumbled up! You name it: pink and orange, green and pink, yellow and red… Choosing one garment in the hue and keeping the rest of your ensemble neutral is an easy way to wear a color trend. Consider pairing a hot pink blouse with a pair of trousers. Alternatively, a black dress with a splash of color from your handbag or shoes. Go for a fun color combination like red jeans and a pink shirt for serious fashionistas who love color. You can watch how I combined pink and red in this video if you’re interested.
#6 | Extra-Large Pants
Wide, slouchy pants were seen on the runways, combined with large shirts, jackets, and coats. In general, the higher the volume, the better. That isn’t necessarily the most flattering for ladies over 40. I’d suggest going for the wide trousers or pants, but make sure they’re still cut and body-flattering. My favorite wide-leg pants are the Spanx wide-leg pants. However, with this trend, you can slouch even more! Wear your slouchy trousers with a tee and sneakers to make them more wearable. Below are several fashionable “large pants” options…
Big Blazers, #7
When I say “huge,” I really mean it! Slouchy, large, lengthy, and huge sleeves were seen on the runways. It’s like the 1980s…only bigger! You don’t have to take it that far, though. Instead, opt for a longline, oversized, or boyfriend blazer. Something that gives you form while yet staying on fashion. Perhaps you already have something similar in your closet.
#8 | Magnificent Moment
Maxis are having a moment right now, and I for one am loving it! Maxi dresses are particularly flattering for women over 40, as the longer hemline feels more suitable and modest. If you’re self-conscious about your legs, this is a terrific method to hide them while still feeling and looking great! Maxi dresses have movement and flow, are attractive, flattering, and feminine! More minimalist fashions with streamlined shapes were seen on the runways. However, you can definitely wear a lovely flowy maxi!
Mini Skirt Suits (#9)
Miniskirts are equally popular at the other end of the skirt length spectrum! Every season, suits are updated, and this year it’s all about the little skirt suits! In the 1980s and 1990s, I’m sure a lot of us wore these. This spring, you’ll see a lot of skirts paired with blazers, and not only at work. Don’t go too small with your little skirt to make it wearable beyond 40! Simply choose a skirt length that suits you. Mango’s green suit is an excellent example. I’ll also include some other links below.
Pretty In Pearls (#10)
This spring, pearls are making a major comeback. Dresses and jackets, as well as bags and jewelry, are all sporting them. More modern styling is becoming popular, as evidenced by my Chanel multi-layer pearl necklace and Ben Amun’s gold and pearl layered necklace. You’ll also find them in a variety of shapes, such as my Monica Vinader pearl drop earrings. Expect to see pearl embellishments and buttons as well as pearl details on clothes. If pearls are your thing, I’ve included a list of some of my favorites below.
Trenches With A Twist is a bonus trend.
Every year, the trench, like the suit, receives a makeover. There were many diverse interpretations of a trench coat on the runways. Draping, larger belts, ruffles, designs and hues, paint spatter, off-the-shoulder trenches, back cutouts, structural shoulders, and sleeveless trenches are just a few of the elements. This spring, if you see a trench with an unusual design element, grab it! While we were living in Spain, I got the Sandro trench I’m wearing above and wore it nonstop. I’ve included several additional interesting trench alternatives below.
Trends are still strong.
- Sheer Fabrics
- Baggy Jeans
- Preppy Style
- Layering Galore
We’re Going To Avoid These Trends
- Catsuits Low-Rise Jeans/Pants Micro-Mini Skirts
- Waist Detailing using Dental Floss Wrap