Fashion Trends and Women Over 50: Do You Really Care What You’re Supposed to Wear?
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
Who are these people who decide what is in and what is out? All that matters is whether an outfit looks good on you or not. With that in mind, here are my opinions on fashion trends for women over 40, 50, and 60.
Trends just aren’t that important when you’re older. Well, you need to know what is trendy, but you don’t need to wear it just BECAUSE it is trendy.
Note: This article has been updated for 2015 and beyond.
Who Really Cares What’s In?
I don’t really care what is in style. I only care about what looks good on me. Well, I DO care a little about trends because I don’t want to look like I’m stuck in a time warp.
- I don’t want to wear a beehive, unless I’m singing with the B-52’s… and the hairstyle looks good on me.
- I don’t want to wear what I wore in college, unless it’s back in style (which it is)… and the clothes look good on me.
- I don’t want to look like I’m going to a disco, unless I’m going to a disco… and my outfit looks good on me.
And, you shouldn’t care about what the latest trends are either. That BS is for women in their teens, 20’s, and 30’s… maybe for women in their 40’s.
On the other hand, you don’t want to look like some old Vegas divorcee who sits by the pool tanning her wrinkles, chain smoking Marlboros, wearing the same fashions she wore in high school… and the same heavy makeup.
Clothing Trends for Older Women
You and I have to care a little about trends if we need (or want) something new to wear. It’s not so bad now that we can shop the world on the internet, but we need to know what’s readily available.
For example, if the latest fashion trend includes 1980’s shoulder pads sewn into everything, I won’t waste my time shopping online or shopping in the malls. Instead, I will head straight for the thrift stores to find “regular” clothing.
Note: The photo with the striped bra top is not streetwear for women over 50. However, I like the mixed-stripe trend. You can do it on your own or find items that are pre-mixed.
Pantone Color Trends
Another thing that’s good to know is which colors are trendy. If you need to buy a top and pants that match, or if you want to make sure two colors go together, your best bet is to buy clothing (and accessories) from the same Pantone palette… especially if you’re shopping online.
And, here’s why:
- All of the spring/summer Pantone colors from this year look good with all of the other spring/summer colors from this year.
- All of the Pantone fall/winter colors from this year look good with all of the other fall/winter colors from this year.
- In theory, all of the Pantone colors from the same year should look good with all of the other colors from the same year regardless of whether they are from the spring or the fall palette.
Well, you can get around all of this by wearing only black, but that gets a little boring. And… as you will probably notice, stark black is not very friendly to some older women’s complexions. Besides, you don’t want to look like you’re in mourning unless you really are… or if you’ve gone Goth.
Best Fashion Trends for Women Over 50
Let’s stop thinking of fashion as being in style or out of style. Let’s start thinking of “trends” as styles that are readily available… clothing that is easy to find online or hard to find online… or in the malls, if you still like malls.
Spring/Summer Fashion Trends:
Here are the trends that I like on older women (in general), things that you might be able to utilize in your own wardrobe… yes, I’m leaving out things like crop tops and plastic dresses.
Look for these trends now and in the coming years:
- Nautical Stripes: timeless
- Moto & Bomber Jackets: buy quality, not junk with jackets
- Layered Tops: good coverage
- Jewel Tones: flattering to all
- Batik or Ethnic Maxi Dresses: fab, fab, fab
- Retro Mod: good update for preppy gals
- Metallics: purses and shoes
- The New Boho: boho = timeless (IMO)
- The White Shirt: always in style
- Belted Floral Dresses: for women with waistlines
- Collarless Blouses: depends on your neck
- Luxe Cuffs: lovable statement jewelry
- Structured Handbags: handheld bags
Fall/Winter Fashion Trends:
I think these trends will look good on most of you, so check these out to update your wardrobes:
- Great Color: colorful clothing instead of makeup
- Floral Appliques: texture without bulk
- Painterly Prints in Vivid Pastels: for artsy types
- Party Pinks: face flattering
- Fair Isle Knits: capes, sweaters, boot socks
- Florals in Earthy Colors: good for most women
- Folkloric Florals & Patterns: nice trendy look if not overdone
It's interesting that most of these trendy items predicted for 2013 (by fashion sites and by myself) are still hot for 2015. Some of the trends have been tweaked a little (by me) to reflect what I see and what I think you can wear without looking like a dottering old fool going through her second teenage years, but for the most part... if you pay attention to basic trends, you can look hot but not silly.
Should you wear everything on this list of fashion trends? No, you should try different things and send back the items that don’t fit your style or your body type. But, if you’re a woman over 40 or 50, you already knew that.
More Articles for Baby Boomer Women:
Photo Credits: Prshots.com
- Main Photo: Dunnes 2013.
- Clothes for Women Over 50: M &Co 2013.
- Trendy Women's Fashions: River Island 2013.
- Do You Care About Fashion Trends? La Redoute, White Stuff, River Island (all 2013).
- Should Older Women Care About Fashion Trends? River Island
- Fashion Trends for Spring & Summer: Long Tall Sally 2015, Marisota plus size 2015, M & Company 2015
- Fashion Trends for Fall & Winter: Houseof Fraser 2014, Debenham 2013, New Look 2014.
What do you think of this article? Leave a comment at the bottom of the page if you see any great trends I left out. You can also leave questions and I'll do my best to answer them.