Wearable Spring Fashion Trends: 9 Ways to Add Color
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
I’ve read all about the “must-have” trends for spring 2014, and most of the styles are best for skinny 20-somethings and society matrons. My job is to interpret this stuff and help you (and all real-life women over 40, 50, 60, or 70) find the fashion trends that are wearable for spring transition, spring, summer… and beyond. And, this article focuses on color.
Well, I don’t know exactly what it is, but when it’s dark and wintry in Seattle, I become extremely conscious of color… and the lack thereof. I know that pale pastels are supposed to be big for spring, and I’ll do an article about that later, but right now I’m obsessed with color. I like to add deep, rich, bright colors to my outfits, because that’s what looks best on me, so this article is for those of you who want to add a pop of color…or more… to your wardrobes.
As for trends, this article is going a bit more on street trends (what chic women really wear) and a bit less on fashion-house trends, but if you’re getting sick and tired of wearing all black, here are my favorite ways for women over 40 to add a bit of color to their outfits:
1. Colored Hats: Let’s start with my favorite accessory - hats. Hats are one of the best ways for an older woman to bring light and color to her face. And, with the obvious exceptions of snow hats (which will make you sweat in summer) and big straw hats (which will look weird when it’s snowing), you can wear almost all hats pretty much year round. So, in my opinion, finding the right, flattering color is more important than anything else when buying any chapeau.
2. Short Gloves: I’m thinking back to 60’s Mod, when we wore short, colorful, leather driving gloves with sleeveless or short-sleeved dresses… even when it was warm out. Get some red or orange or pink or cobalt leather gloves to wear as a fashion statement... and to cover your wrinkled hands.
3. Printed Jackets: Look for biker or bomber jackets in Asian or floral prints. You can wear these over dresses or jeans. They’re great for springtime color, for cool summer evenings, and for wearing over sweaters in fall.
Note: I hope you know that you should only wear one or two (or so) of these trends at a time. I don’t want you to look like a crazy bag lady in 50 different colors “with a circus mind that’s running round”… to quote a famous Hendrix song. Unfortunately, we can’t go as wild at 50 as we could at 15. (article continues)
Keep reading about wearable spring fashion for women over 50, 60 on page two.