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Mode Trends: Fashion for Women Over 40 or 50

fashion for women over 40 50 60

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

We need decent fashion clothes for women over 40 & 50. Here are mode trends for American and European Baby Boomer hotties. We still rock.  

There are trendy fashionable clothes for women over 40 & 50. So, if you take the latest mode trends and adapt them for your age and body, you will look young and chic, not old and silly.

boomerinas.com clothes for older womenI am a Baby Boomer. I’m just an average mom who lives in the suburbs, except for the fact that I am an artist, and I have a lot of fun experimenting with different styles. No one can tell me what to wear; no one can fire me for wearing something that's a bit odd, so I can wear what I want. And, I think most women should be more like this. It makes life so much more fun.

You can try the fashion ideas that work for me or you can find your own style. But, give me your promise that you won’t look like an old lady. Summer 2011 will be fun, just like when you were a teenager.

Eclectic Chic: Mix and Match Prints

This is my favorite trend for any woman over 40 because it's a form of hippie chic. When you mix and match prints, you make your clothing into art. But, remember that most of the time you don't want every square inch of your attire covered in prints. You need some solid colors to act as blank space, so that the eye has a place to rest. Here are the easiest fabric prints for mixing and matching because they often can be used just like neutrals:

  • Animal prints can work like solids, just as this handbag is brown and this leopard dress is red. Leopard, cheetah, and python prints are the new black.
  • Watercolor prints are chameleons that adapt to any similar color that you put next to them.
  • Tribal prints can be almost anything you want, depending upon the fabric. You could use this dress as a solid purple or wear a printed jacket in any of the accent colors.
  • Polka dots, stripes, and other simple geometrics will go with almost anything.
  • Floral prints are easy to mix and match. Just go with the background color or pick one of the hidden hues. Flower prints are also great for camouflaging bulges.

Mode Trend: Bold Color

Ifbold color fashion - women over 50 60 you don’t like mixing and matching prints and patterns, you can try wearing bold colors for spring and summer. This paintbox approach can be put together in any way that makes you happy. Here are a few examples.

  • Bold Color Blocks: Notice that in this dress, the intensity of each bright color is about equal.
  • Head to Toe Bold Color: Although, you may not want to start with orange, wearing one color from top to bottom makes you look taller. You might want to start with pantone color Regatta blue.
  • Bold Color With White: Actually, you could pair your bold color with white, navy, beige, or any color that you have in your closet.

I think that most women over 40 or 50 should wear their bold colors paired with white or beige, although it depends upon the bright hue. Head to toe Regatta blue or Honeysuckle pink would be fabulous. Orange is good for a handbag but not for a jumpsuit. And, the easiest way to go head to toe, in any color, is to wear a maxi dress.

All-White Outfits for Womenmode trends for women over 50

You have lots of brilliant ways to look sexy and hot this summer. The all-white outfit is called Minimalist White. Get a bit of tan (fake it or sunbathe) and wear the happy all-white look. There is a good shade of white for every skin tone. To give your face a lift, add blusher or bronzer, or wear a sunhat in your best color. My favorite hat is bright pink.

1970s Style

Platform Shoes:   The seventies trend is a very Charlie’s Angels (the original) look. Check out the high-waist jeans on Farrah Fawcett. Other goodies from the 70s include the footwear loved by every short girl from Seattle to Miami:

  • Platform Clogs:fashion for women over 40 50 60 Even if you wore these to college in the 70s, I think you can wear them again. Clogs look best with high-waist flare or bellbottom jeans. And, don’t forget the big sunglasses.
  • Seventies knee-high boots: These were usually worn with a skirt or dress that had a hemline somewhere around the knee. Sometimes boots were worn with hotpants. (As a reminder: Hotpants are bad, maxi dresses are good, and jumpsuits are difficult to fit.)
  • Seventies style platform shoes: This style was usually worn with a knee length dress or skirt with a bow blouse. I can’t tell you what this bow is called in the UK because Google or Bing might blacklist my article.

Disco platform shoes: These would have been worn with a stretchy polyester dress or jumpsuit, both of which would look silly on a grown woman. Well, a DVF stretch wrap dress would look amazing.

Now that you know what to look for, you just have to find something that fits. Thank God for the internet or we would have to go everywhere in our bathrobes.

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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. Judy

    Where would we find the watercolor top on the Pinterest Page and at the top of this page?

    Thank you!

  2. Tina-Boomerina

    Judy, I am not sure if you are talking about the floral or the other top. This article is from December 2011, but I have found one of the tops and I'll email you.

    Tina Boomerina

  3. Connie

    As a fellow boomer, I loved your column, plan to use many of your suggestions. BUT, I hurt myself in the 70s and I'm certain I can't handle them now. Will disco never die? I cannot re

  4. Connie

    As a fellow boomer, I loved your column, plan to use many of your suggestions. BUT, I hurt myself in the 70s on platforms and I'm certain I can't handle them now. Will disco never die? I cannot recommend my current fashion to accomodate my arthritic feet, i.e. crocs. As a former 5'3" and shrinking, i could use the additional height. Plan to follow you anyway, 95 percent is a great batting average. Thanks for the advice.

    • Tina-Boomerina

      I wear platforms, but I usually wear platform boots. I've also bought a pair of Air Nike platforms that really hug my feet. I don't wear platform shoes everywhere, but I seldom go out in flats unless I'm lugging my body up and down stairs in Europe. However, I'd rather have you not fall over, so if you don't have great balance, wear flats, Baby!

      Tina Boomerina