Temperatures are cooling here considerably this week, but fall is still a ways off. And as much as I may miss the warm days later on, I’m about ready for those crisp, cool days of autumn. And I’m definitely ready to wear the new fall fashions! Today let’s talk about some of the trends we see on the horizon for the fall, specifically the most wearable fall fashion trends for women over 50.
Now remember, when we talk fashion trends the discussion is meant to be fun. Trends should be fun. You absolutely do not have to participate in any fashion trends to be in style. You might say they are truly just the icing on the cake. A wardrobe of garments that fit your body type, work for your proportions, suit your lifestyle and convey your personal style aesthetic is a recipe for true style. Adopting a few fashion trends is simply a fun way to help your outfits look current, of the moment.
See my recent blog post, How to Try the Fall Fashion Trends for more information on how to enjoy the trends with fewer regrets and more success.
So let’s keep the comments upbeat, positive and encouraging for sure. I have the best community here, so I’m not really worried about cruel or ugly comments. But I’d really love for you to share with us what trends you are looking forward to incorporating into your wardrobe this fall so that you’ll look current.
Now, let’s check out the most wearable fall fashion trends for women over 50. At least in my estimation. Ha!
The Color Brown
Well that should be easy enough. And indeed, brown is really trending this fall. I for one am all in! Brown not only looks beautiful on its own, but it blends nicely with other favorite neutrals such as camel, black, navy and ivory. And brown also coordinates beautifully with colors such as orange, red, turquoise, pink, light blue and some shades of green.
Brown is generally a nice neutral for women over 50 because it can look a little softer than either black or navy. And you can find browns with cool or warm undertones. I’m swinging to brown for one of my neutrals this fall and winter, so I’ve already added a brown jacket, brown pants, a brown sweater top and brown boots to my wardrobe. But since brown plays so nicely with other colors and neutrals, you could also just add one or two brown garments or accessories to your wardrobe to participate in this easy-on-the-eyes trend.
Vests have been trending for about two years now, which means they are peaking in popularity this year. We’ll probably see them again next year before they start to fade off the scene. So if you haven’t yet invested in a button up or pullover sweater vest, I think it could still be smart to purchase one this year.
I’m seeing sweater vests at all of our favorite retailers this year. The sweater vest above also comes in ivory and black at Talbots. From the reviews on their website, it sounds like you actually can wear this sweater vest without a shirt under it, too. In fact, I’m wearing this sweater vest from Evereve today. So this fall trend works nicely for transitioning into the cooler months. Later you can wear your sweater vest with a slim fit turtleneck top, a button up shirt or t-shirt underneath. Choose one that fits your personal style aesthetic and body proportions.
Button Front Shirts
Button front shirts are certainly classics, but they’re “having a moment” this year. We’re especially seeing lots of oversized button up shirts, and they’re available in solids, stripes and prints.
I’ve discovered that all button front shirts are not created equal. I love the idea of the button up shirt more than actually wearing one, especially if the shirt is not comfortable and functional. So if, like me, you want to give this trending shirt a whirl, choose one from a brand you trust and know to work for you. I recently ordered the Frank & Eileen Joedy Superfine Cotton Button-Up Shirt because I’d heard such good reviews on it. It’s extremely pricey, but it is indeed a great button-up. I’ve recently ordered the oversized poplin shirt from Talbots shown above because I know their shirts usually work well for me and they have experience dressing the over 50 woman.
Wide Leg Trousers
Did you see my newest YouTube video with my 9 Tips for How to Wear Wide Leg Trousers and Jeans? It’s a must-see if you’d like to dip your toe (or both toes!) into this fun trend.
This is one of those trends that definitely will work better for some body types and sizes than others. But don’t let the statistics keep you from at least trying on a pair if you’d like. I was thrilled to read in the video comments that so many viewers have already purchased a pair or two and are ready to start wearing them.
In the video I shared tips for selecting the best wide leg trousers and how to wear them. But the most important one I’ll share here is to consider trousers with a flat front, like the ones above (also available in plus sizes), rather than front pleats. Those pleats just accentuate any midlife pooch you might have. And they can create one if you don’t even have one!
You can wear wide leg trousers with pumps or boots for a dressier look, but also consider lug sole loafers or sneakers for a more casual vibe.
Flare Leg Jeans
Let’s talk jeans for a moment. If you’re still holding onto your skinny jeans, now really is the time to let them go. Yes, you’ll still see them offered by your favorite retailers…because they know some women will buy them. And they do still work best with riding boots or other tall boots. BUT skinny jeans are going to look dated and very out of step at this point. It’s just time to let them die a peaceful death.
Straight leg jeans are almost universally flattering and really quite timeless. They are definitely still popular this year, too. But the most on trend silhouette for 2022 is probably the flare leg jean. You’ll see them in ankle length or demi boot cut, but also, of course, full length. But this year, even full length flare leg jeans are being worn a little higher off the ground than before. In recent years it was considered gauche to show too much of your shoe under flare leg jeans or trousers, but now we’re seeing more shoe. So you don’t have to have them hemmed as long…unless you just want to.
There are some fun shoe trends, but I’ll just point out a couple of them that I think are very wearable for the over 50 woman. And one of those is the lug sole anything. Yes, lug soles can look a little rough around the edges, a little feisty. But I think they can keep an otherwise classic outfit from looking boring or dated. Add a pair of lug sole loafers to a basic jeans, t-shirt and blazer combo for a very on trend vibe.
Expect to see lug sole loafers, boots, clogs and even Mary Janes. And don’t worry. You don’t have to go all monster truck on this trend. Ha! For instance, I’m showing these lug sole loafers in tomorrow’s collaboration with Kohl’s, and they’re quite tame.
I know you wore them before. Maybe, like me, you remember wearing them a couple of times before, once in the 70s and again in the late 90s or early 2000s (those years are a blur since I was raising kids at the time, so I’m not sure exactly when it was I that I wore those Clarks clogs until they literally wore out!). But pay no heed to that old wives tale that if you wore it before you shouldn’t wear it again. That’s bogus.
The most on trend clogs right now are the true throwback wooden clogs. I purchased these Paige clogs in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and really like them. They’re a little high, but I think I’ll like wearing them with my wide leg jeans. And, as you can see above, they work well with ankle length jeans and pants, too. If you’d like to stick with a brand that’s more familiar to you, check out these at Talbots or these at J.Crew (I also got those in black).
Western Inspired Footwear
Get ready to see lots of western inspired footwear. And we’re not just talking about cowboy boots. You’ll see flats, mules and boots with western inspiration details.
I know a lot of women over 50 enjoy wearing western inspired boots and accessories anyhow, so this trend should translate easily for those women. Don’t be afraid to mix in a little western vibe with a more classic outfit.
Relaxed Fit Blazers
Blazers have been trending as a statement piece in a woman’s wardrobe for years now. And I’m not unhappy about it one bit. I love my blazers, and I rue the day they go out of style. Hopefully that will never happen.
But while you really can wear just about any blazer that’s hanging in your closet and look stylish, the most current silhouette is the relaxed fit. Some of these are boxy, others are slightly tailored, but still a bit oversized and fuller. I do think the more relaxed your blazer is, the more current you will look. And if you have very tailored, fitted blazers in your closet you might just want to situate those in the back of your collection or, better yet, in the guest bedroom closet. Ha! Save them for another time.
I think this trend is one of the most wearable for women over 50 because many of us already love wearing them. And they look classy and elevated. For optimal style, wear your favorite relaxed fit blazer with straight leg or flared leg jeans and a simple tee.
I’ve been styling retro sneakers for almost two years now, but I was definitely an early adapter on that trend. Since most trends have a four year lifespan, I’d say it’s now or never for purchasing these retro sneaks!
You can wear these chunky, exercise-wear style sneakers with anything from joggers to jeans, from trousers to skirts. Of course some of those combinations might seem a little too out there for some of us. But the point of these retro sneakers is to add a little fun to what might otherwise be a somewhat stuffy outfit.
My New Balance retro sneakers really are one of my favorite purchases of this past year. They help relax an outfit, but they’re also just really comfortable and fun to wear.
So those are the ten fall fashion trends that I think are most wearable for women over 50. Again, that doesn’t mean I think all women over 50 need to adopt them. Truthfully, I love all of those trends, but you don’t have to.
Next week I’ll be sharing – with fear and trepidation – a little of what is more out of style this year and what you might consider wearing instead of those fading trending. So let me know if you’re wondering about anything in particular, whether it’s in style or not. I’ll do my research and report to you next week!
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