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Tina’s Top 10 Trends for Fall & Winter

women's fashion for baby boomers over 40 50 60

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7. Tights Trend for Fall

Women in Paris wear fun, crazy, elegant, lacy, printed, or colored tights to add a bit of spark to their all-black ensembles. I've seen tights with small lace patterns, large lace patterns, camo patterns (better for 20-somethings), diamond patterns, polka dot patterns, and probably a lot more patterns that are escaping my 60-freaking-year-old mind. However, the one thing that really got my attention was that elegant Parisiennes often wore all-black outfits (black purses, black shoes, black coats, etc.) with cobalt, purple, teal, or navy tights.

fall fashion for women over 50

If it’s a hot trend in Paris, it’s a hot trend here… or it should be. And, even if you don't end up loving the look for the next ten years, you won't have wasted a ton of money.

8. Flapper Trend for Fall:

See The Great Gatsby… either one. Flapper styles are fun and cute. You don’t need to look like you’re going to a speakeasy. You don't need to drink champagne, drive an old-time motor car, and do the Charleston... well, I won't stop you if you do... However, there are lots of easy ways to add a bit of flapper chic to any casual or evening ensemble.

roaring twenties fashion flappers

It's totally up to you. You can take this look and make it as simple or as exotic as you want. The elements of flapper style include peacock or ostrich feathers, art deco jewelry, cloche hats, drop-waist dresses, any clothing with geometric embellishments, and long necklaces. Wear one piece or wear as many as you want.

Flapper style was considered a rebellion against the restrictive fashion of the times, so it's a very wearable trend. And, if you want to go all the way with a huge peacock headpiece and a boa... just start dancing to "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue..." and have a little fun. Life is short. Eat, drink, and be merry.

9. Baroque Trend for Fall:

fall fashion for women over 50If you’re a curvy girl, you might be more enlightened by the de’ Medici renaissance styles than by the flapper stuff, although either trend can be tweaked to fit your body or your mood. However, I want you to know that you don’t need to buy a long, ornate evening gown from Dolce and Gabbana to get that amazing Baroque feel.

Well, you might want to buy a fab gown if you have a big party on the horizon…

...but you don’t need to go baroque from head to toe to have a little fun with this boho glam trend. It’s very easy to get a taste of baroque by wearing a few sumptuous accessories. Just add a pair of elaborate earrings and a necklace... and you’re halfway there. Or, buy a simple dress with swirly, gold, embroidered scrolling. And, if you want something baroque that you can wear to work (or anywhere else), get a silk florentine-scroll patterned scarf. Don't be afraid to look for an investment piece scarf, because baroque scrolls will still be trendy when your grandkids have grandkids.

10: Date Night Clothing Trend:

fall fashion for women over 40 50 60One of the absolute “must haves” of fall 2013 is a dress or top that you can wear if your husband or boyfriend (or that guy you don’t really care about) wants to take you out to dinner… and I mean some place other than Red Lobster. This year’s trend is to have something in your closet that’s a bit dressy, but not too dressy… you know… something that will always look good when nothing else works. And, try to find a top or a dress in “Your Color”. If no one carries “Your Color” this season, add some twinkling earrings to add sparkle to your eyes… or buy a top that’s low-cut, to show a lot of cleavage.

And, that’s it. Sure, there are other goodies that make Tina’s Top Fashion Trends for Fall, such as printed silk boho skirts, burgundy boots with chunky heels, giant drusy quartz statement rings, 41-inch-long carnelian pendant necklaces with tassels, and discounted cruise tickets to Tahiti, but we have to draw the line somewhere… or this article would turn into a book.

More Fashion Articles for Baby Boomer Women:

Baroque Fashion Trend for Women Over 50

Flapper Fashion Trend for Parties, Cruises & Weddings

How to Wear Animal Prints: Women Over 40, 50, & 60

Paris Street Style for Women Over 40 or 50

  • Photo Credit: Prshots.com. Main Photo: Betty Barclay.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. kay kerns

    Hi Tina! I wish you would write a book! Seriously! Always enjoy your blog :)

  2. Allison V

    So, I've ALWAYS been up on the fashion trends and used to spend the money on the 'name brand' (God forbid anyone saw me wearing something from Walmart!!), back in the good 'ole days. But now, in my..well lets just say 40's, 2 boys and 12 years of marriage later, fashion just isn't realistic, even though I so miss it. I came across your blog and laughed hysterically!! It's so refreshing to know that I am not alone when watching the 'what's hot, what's not' in fashion. I also, all of a sudden, am very proud to be 'this age'. Thank you for your posts and please for many of us with guilty pleasures, keep them coming!!! Respectfully, Need to save for kids college and my retirement, Fashion Mom

  3. marti sullan

    Love your writing... such energy and humor. When can we have coffee? lol I am so clueless compared to when I was in my 20's and no one else seemed to know of all the great vintage cloths to be found at garage sales. But now Im 61 and am mainly wondering as to what is fashionable...for my age. So I appreciate the guidance. So, thanks for your views.

  4. Cathy

    I love the hat the model is wearing in the first photo (brown) What style/brand? Where can I buy!

  5. Tina-Boomerina


    I'm sorry but the large fedora is from Betty Barclay UK 2013. I'll put a few links to similar hats here:

    If you have a lot of money, try this http://www.louisegreen.com/collections/fedoras/products/7315dysi-danny-bronze and here's there whole collection of fedoras: http://www.louisegreen.com/collections/fedoras (The prices are a bit insane, but their hats are nice.)

    Asos: http://fave.co/1wCVW5h (the original hat was from the UK, so I thought the US site might have a similar hat. I buy accessories from this site and I've never had a problem... even when I've made returns. The prices here are reasonable.

    Wow, I think I've found the exact unisex hat here: http://fave.co/14dQSOW on this British site. I think this is it. You might be able to find out at Betty Barclay.

    And, here are some other toppers.

    The Rag n Bone hat is similar: http://fave.co/1wCW18Z but fairly expensive.

    Mod Cloth has 2 hats that might work. Scenery Flies By: http://fave.co/1wCWDvj or Safari Hat is black or brown: http://fave.co/1wCX74N (both of which are more reasonably priced)

    I'm really good with hats, so let me know if you need more help. I can't get the hat in the photo, but I think one of these might work.