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How to Wear Lace Trend for Women Over 40, 50, 60

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

Some of the new fashions for spring and summer are so tricky you might be tempted to ignore everything and do nothing to update your wardrobe. However, one of the brilliant new trends is feminine, glamorous lace. 

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Lace Trend for Women Over 40 50 60

Sure there are ways you can wear the the lace trend all wrong, but lace is very flattering as long as you remember that you are over 40 or 50... and you are not going Easter egg hunting, not going to Cinderella's ball, and not going to be flamenco dancing on some table after having a bit too much wine (I hope).

On second thought, dancing on the table sounds like a good way to exercise without going to the boring gym.

Casual Lace Is Versatile

If you are looking for something to wear to a wedding or a swank cocktail party, an all-over lace dress is great, and you can make a dress (like the one in the main photo) more casual by wearing it with a leather jacket, leggings, and some funky boots. However, to get maximum ROI (return on investment), just add one or two little lacy pieces to your existing wardrobe.

I recommend buying lace clothing and/or accessories that you can mix and match with pieces you already have.  Get clothing that will multitask.

For example, you can take a little lace t-shirt and pair it with a leather jacket, jeans, and flats for a casual look, or you can dress up your lace t-shirt with a velvet jacket, a short skirt, and high heels.  And, while you can never go wrong with a black, neutral, or dark-colored lace dress for formal occasions, here are other ways to incorporate lace:

  • Loose-fitting lace t-shirt
  • Lace-covered shoe
  • Lace Cuff
  • Lace skirt
  • Lace tights or leggings
  • Lace purse
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How to Wear New Lace Trend

Lace Overlay vs Sheer Lace

When ordering online, you should check to see if the top, dress, or skirt you are considering is made of a lace-overlay fabric (usually black lace over a skin-tone fabric) or sheer lace fabric (where you can see right through to whatever's underneath).  Both styles are good in different situations.

A top with a lace overlay can be worn alone.  A sheer lace top can be worn over something you already own (a base layer), to make the other garment look trendy and different.

What Colors Are Best for Lace?

The best colors for lace depend on where you are going when you wear your lace.  Some colors feel more formal and some more casual, but a lot depends on the type of garment, as well.

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Lace Can Be Casually Sexy

A hip, loose-fitting, lace t-shirt is always going to have a different vibe than a lace sheath dress.  But, with that in mind, here are the colors I like:

  • 1. Black Lace: Black can be as sexy as Marilyn Monroe on a hot summer’s evening.  Just make sure your black lace doesn’t look too much like an undergarment or a nightgown.
  • 2. Beige Lace:  Skin-tone lace can be really gorgeous or it can make you look like you’re from slutsville. I don’t think many older women can pull off a whole dress of beige lace overlay on beige-colored fabric.  On the other hand, a small amount of skin-toned lace in a bodice can look sexy but not revealing.
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Daytime Lace Trend

  • 3. Metallic Lace:  I like gold, bronze, or silver lace on women over 40, 50, or 60.  If you have silver hair, a touch of silver lace is hot.  If you have golden skin or blonde hair, try gold.  And, I think everyone on the planet should give bronze a try.  Most women have one metallic color that flatters them more than others.  So, just try different shades until you start smiling.
  • 4. Bright Colored Lace: This is one of the new trends in lace. The trick with colored lace is to get something that’s bright, yet deep, like the green Valentino pantsuit in the link.  However, you must avoid neon brights, which are only good for teenagers.  Actually, almost any color other than neon will revive your old outfits in a heartbeat.  But, keep in mind that too much pastel lace will make you look like an Easter egg, and lace that’s too bright (neon) will make you look like an aging punk rocker.

Well... aging punk rocker is not a horrible look although neon will highlight your wrinkles when it's near your face. Keep neon to a minimum.

How Not to Wear Lace for 2013

There are some pitfalls with lace that you should avoid.

  • Satin and lace together can sometimes look like a slip or a nightgown.
  • Tiers of lace can make you look childish and fat.
  • Lace worn with a print must blend or complement the pattern.
  • Don’t wear a sheer lace top with nothing but a bra underneath.  I don’t care how edgy you’re feeling. Have some dignity.

Tips for Wearing Lace When You’re Over 40

If you use common sense, you will find that lace is a fabulous contribution to your never-ending quest to stay hip and current.

  • A small touch of lace can be casual, elegant, and modern.  A lacey tee peeking out from under a jacket is fabulous.  A t-shirt with a lace insert is easy to wear.
  • Lace can be modern or Victorian, depending on what you wear with it.
  • Sheer lace is a great way to cover fat or saggy arms
  • Too much lace is too much lace.
  • Too much white can make you look like a bride.
  • Too much black can make you look like Morticia from the Addams Family.
  • Too much jewelry can make you look like a Marie Antoinette wannabe. You can mitigate the Versailles look of excessive jewelry (pearls ala Chanel) by adding a casual element like a denim jacket or a casual cardi.

Note: I'm going to be writing an update (new article) showing more trendy looks for spring and summer 2015. Come back in a day or two to read it.

new lace trends for spring & summer

Lace for Evening or Daytime

The Modern Way to wear Lace

Lace works best when it’s a simple shape like a shift or a t-shirt.  Sometimes, one lace accessory is all you need.  Big lace prints are trendy, but can be harder to wear if not done right.

Take a tip from the Parisiennes: The easiest and most foolproof way to update your wardrobe is to wear lace tights or leggings.  Afterwards, you’ll feel more confident trying the other trends.

More Articles for Baby Boomer Women:

How to Wear Leggings if You're Over 40 or 50

23 Trendy Plus Size Clothing Sites for Large Women: Sizes 1x - 12x

Making Leather Wearable for Women Over 40 or 50

Animal Prints for Women Over 40, 50, 60

Photo Credits: Prshots.com (2013 unless noted).

  • Main Photo: HeatonsUK.
  • Lace Trend for Women Over 40 50 60: La  Redoute.
  • How to Wear New Lace Trend: Necklace Marks  and Spencer, green top La  Redoute, plus size lace top Simply Be.
  • Lace Can Be Casually Sexy: Marks  and Spencer.
  • Daytime Lace Trend: HobbsUK.
  • Lace for Evening or Daytime: Hat Louise Green (with permission), white lace top M  and Co (spring/summer 2015).

What do you think of lace? Leave a comment at the bottom of the page and add this elegantly girly look to your wardrobe stash.

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. Candace

    I like that lace necklace. Where is it from?

    • Tina


      It's from Marks and Spencer. They ship internationally.


      Tina Boomerina

      • Paula

        Where can i find the lace dress with the thin white belt? I can't find it online

        • Tina


          The lace dress with the thin white belt is actually a blouse and a belt. It's from Marks and Spencer (UK) and they ship internationally.

          Details: M&S Woman Top £45, M&S Woman Skirt £35, Belt £9.50, Necklace £29.50 It's SS13, so it should still be available. I think it's gorgeous!

          • Paula

            They must be sold put. Couldn't find it. If you come across it could you post a link. I would love to add this to my wardrobe. Haven't seen anything like it.

  2. Ana Maria

    How lovely are your texts! It is so nice to find something aboutfashion for over 50s women. Sometimes I believe that all stylists think that after a certain age all women do not care about fashion. I'm almost 60 and I like to dress nicelybut is becoming more difficult to find appropriate fashionable clothes every year. For plus sizes it is almost impossible specially in my country.

    Thank you for such a great site with so many suggestions on how to make the new trends age appropriated.

  3. Tina


    To all of you who want to know more about the clothing in a photo, I love hearing from you, and I'm happy to answer any of your questions. However, if you mouseover any photo, you will see the store associated with the product.

    Tina Boomerina

  4. Tina


    I will look now. It's possible that you could find it in a store, but I'm not sure how to do that if you're in the US. Let me think.


    • Tina

      Wow. It's sold out online. I've tried all my usual tricks and I cannot find anything similar except for a black Versace blouse and it's almost $900. I don't think I'll be able to find anything, but I'll look in one more place in a bit.

  5. Nancy Clemmer

    There is a beautiful lace, long sleeve hippie wedding gown pictured on your gowns for seniors that I would love to find for my wedding. I'm a 72yr. old in love with a 74 yr. old man. I'm a size 10 with a curvy shape.
    Can you help me find the dress? Thank you!!!

  6. Inez

    Really great tips. I'm wearing a gold lace skirt on the blog right now: http://inez-mysmallworld.blogspot.com/2015/06/fire-and-gold.html

  7. PARIS

    I am wearing a long to the floor white
    backless all lace dress dont know what to wear underneath i was thinking a unitard , a long slip going to all white paRTY

    • Tina-Boomerina


      Sorry for delay. Hope I'm not too late.

      A unitard would cover up the back. If that's ok with you, that might work. The only issue with unitards is peeing. Does it have snaps at the appropriate place? Are they hard to resnap? Do you want to spend a half hour in the bathroom? Do you have to take the dress off to get to the unitard? Etc.

      A long slip is fine but it might not cover the top half. I answered you on another post. Your options: backless bra (always a pain) with double-sided tape to hold it in place, going commando with boobie tape to cover your nips or round Band Aids if necessary for coverage, or having a tailor sew bra cups into the dress.