Wearable Clothing Trends for Fall: Women Over 40, 50, 60
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
Most fashion writers talk about runway styles seen on the catwalk, but do you really care what's in those freak shows? I mean, it’s good art… it's beautiful stuff... but it’s not wearable clothing for real women over 40 or 50 or 60. I, on the other hand, like to critique (and write about) clothing from online stores in the UK and Europe. European trends are usually ahead of ours, but most of the time you can find similar styles (or the exact same styles) in the US.
However, I don’t take much of that haute couture stuff seriously. So, go ahead and look at those wild fashions, but I know that most of you older women can figure out what’s doable and what’s trashable without the help of a 25-year-old with a keyboard and a fashion-school degree.
Clothing Trends for Older Women
Most Baby Boomer chicks will be able to take the best of the new trends and tweak those trends so that they will be appropriate for their age group. Of course, a few exceptions lurk in the dark, such as neo punk, crazy fur, embellished shorts and... I take it back about the punk. Some of us remember punk from the 70’s and we can do a small touch of it here and there. Hey, few onlookers in the United States will suspect that tartan can be subversive. It's okay for you to wear a bit of chain jewelry, but no safety pin piercings, please.
Easy Trends for Fall & Winter
There is almost nothing new under the sun… especially when it comes to fashion, but here are some of the fresh ideas that look good on most older women.
- Repeating Patterns: Prints and patterns can help you hide fat and other imperfections. Of course, you have to do prints and patterns right or you will look worse.
- Velvet Dresses: Who can dislike velvet dresses? They are silky and sumptuous. Just make sure the drape is good and the nap changes color in the right places.
- Wide Legs: I’ve done a fair amount of research, and as far as I can tell, the online stores in France show both skinny leg pants (and jeans) as well as flares. So, wear whatever looks good on your body or wear whatever you feel like on any given day.
- Modern Plaid: Plaid for fall? What a surprise. But, this trend is a little different. It involves wearing plaid in surprising ways, like pairing it with leopard or with chiffon... or wearing different plaids within the same outfit. Some of the new, trendy plaids have been blown up to cartoonish proportions. Or, you can just wear plaid in the traditional ways that flatter your body.
- Loose Silhouettes: I hesitate to put loose silhouettes in the “good” category. As long as you don’t look like you’re wearing a muu muu, I’ll give you a pass on this comfortable style. I think it's the clothing designers' answer to the age old question: What the heck will older ladies buy?
- Shades of Green: There are three Pantone greens for fall, however it looks like every shade of green under the sun is hot.
- Shades of Gray: Personally, I hate gray. I look like death in gray. But, it does not mean that you will. If you have gray or white hair, this "color" may be one of your best looks.
Clothing Trends Carried Over From Summer
Here are some of the trends that have been carried forward from the last few seasons. (article continues)
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