Fashion trends may look great coming down the runway on a not-even-20-year-old model but how relevant are they on someone forty or beyond? Women our age have different needs, goals and bodies than runway models.
So what works for us? Plenty! There are amazing options out there in fashion for women in their 40s, 50s and beyond … here are some of my choices to invest your wardrobe dollars in right now.
1. The Chelsea boot
Four-inch heels look pretty but we know they don’t feel pretty. The Chelsea boot is classic, easy to wear for most women’s personal style and it will even fit insoles or orthotics. This boot can be paired with slim-fitting pants or classic trousers. The Chelsea boot looks hip without trying too hard and it will work in your wardrobe for years. I’ve worn the Chelsea boot for years and love this style. Saint Laurent via Net-a-porter
2. Upgraded denim
We’ve been through decades with denim. Denim doesn’t get old; it just gets reinvented. It may be time to invest in a denim update for a more modern style. Some of the styles from the 70s are back and it’s okay to be wearing them again. Try the new flared denim jeans, a denim shirt, or a pieced denim jacket and see if you fall in love with a new flattering style. Look to Tom Ford for great denim inspiration – sexy 70’s style denim skirts and patchwork that is super stylish. Tom Ford via Net-a-porter
3. Flared pant
Have you had it with your skinny jeans? They’ve had such a long run and they aren’t going away permanently but flared pants have been reintroduced for our pleasure. The shape is very friendly to women with “real” bodies and curves. The width at the bottom balances a fuller hip and makes your legs look longer, which all my clients love. Be sure to keep the hem as long as it can be for the full effect. Pair flares with a bohemian tunic or a cable-knit sweater. Or wear them with a luxurious velvet blazer with a simple t-shirt underneath. Keep the flare moderate and not too wide and you’ll be fashionable and stylish. Madewell Jeans via Net-a-porter
4. Military-style coat
A military style coat (or jacket) is on trend without being trendy. The straight shoulder lines of a military coat are perfect for giving definition to your shoulder line. Contrast that line to a bathrobe style coat, which could accentuate sloping shoulders and add extra, unwanted volume to your frame. This military jacket is a classic. This season has options in different colours and lengths. I love to pair a more masculine style like this with more feminine outfits. That contrast creates a bit of style ‘tension’, which makes for a great outfit. Isabel Marant via Net-a-porter.com
5. A column of flattering color
You may have settled into separates, wearing one colour on top and another on the bottom. You’ll feel dynamic going head-to-toe in any one of the beautiful hues this season. Sure, black is easy but how about going head-to-toe in a spice colour: cinnamon, paprika, brown sugar, or spice-plum. Or go for the rich gem tones: malachite, emerald, sapphire, ruby, or blue topaz. Or go for classics: red, white, black, or navy. A column of color is striking. No matter which colour you choose, you’ll look confident, assured, and distinctive. If you don’t know your best current colours, let me help! I love advising my clients on the best colours to embrace, and those to be more strategic about using. Roland Mouret via Net-a-porter
6. Long, large pendant
A pendant does great things for your figure. On a long chain or a cord, a pendant naturally lengthens your body. It brings the focus of attention to the interior of your frame. This is a great accessory to add style to any outfit. Don’t go small. Make a statement with a bold pendant. Tory Burch via shopbop.com
7. This season’s dresses
Dresses are in abundance this year and friendly fitting as well. The chemise dress creates straight lines that lengthen the body. The fit and flare dress is tapered in the upper body with an A-line ease in the skirt. This style works to balance the hip and slim the lower body. A jersey knit column dress is great under a jacket, cardigan, or caplet. A belted shirt-style dress emphasizes the waist yet is easy and comfortable to wear. A wrap dress in a pretty print is perfect to show off feminine curves. Pop on a dress and you’re done! They make dressing well super simple and quick. Adam Lippes via Net-a-porter.com
8. Skirts worth checking out
There is a skirt style that will flatter your figure. You can go with a pencil skirt or a full one; long or short. You can even layer them over pants! Try a pleated skirt. If your hips are narrow, you may want to go with wider pleats. If your hips are fuller you might prefer a skirt that has many narrow pleats. All possibilities exist. A long skirt can be stylish and comfortable. Pair it with your Chelsea boot for an easy and relaxed look. For a more festive look, find a decorative skirt that is pieced, sequinned, appliquéd, or has embellished details. It’ll be an instant showstopper. And don’t overlook leather this year. New technology creates lightweight, supple quality leather that has the ability to have more volume, movement and flow, unlike the stiff leathers from the past. Roksanda via Net-a-porter.com
9. Embrace Colour!
Use colour to highlight your style and stand out in a feminine and unique way. Don’t be afraid to embrace an unusual colour combination. Colour is one of the best ways to wake up a winter wardrobe and get away from all black or neutrals choices. The blush colour in the skirt below is one of the 2 new Pantone colours of the year … it’s a classic and flattering choice, but it’s ramped up with the expected pairing of the yellow top. If you’re planning on giving a speech or presentation, a webinar or some event where you need to really stand out, think of using flattering colours to help you really stand out and be seen! J. Crew for Net-a-porter.com
There are many flattering fashion choices for women in their 40s, 50s and beyond. If you’re struggling with your style, I’d love to help create a personalized wardrobe collection for you. Click here to schedule a discovery call to discuss the style consultation package that is right for you.