Yes, there is snow on the ground and, truth be told, we’re barely into winter. But I thought talking about spring and summer fashion trends might warm our bones a little. What do you say? Grab something warm to drink and let’s talk spring and summer fashion trends…a little today…a little more next week…and even more as the weeks of winter unfold. Instead of doing one big trend report for spring, I thought we’d break it into bite size pieces so we can chew on these things a bit. Are you with me?
Of course, we’re nowhere close to spring. But that’s kind of the purpose of a forecast, right? We want to have time to prepare for what’s ahead. So for the next I-don’t-know-how-many weeks I’m going to share a Spring & Summer Fashion Forecast with four wearable trends we’re seeing on the horizon and one that is, in my humble opinion, less wearable.
Because these trends are taken from the catwalks of fashion week shows this past year, the clothing we’ll be talking about may not be available yet in much volume, if at all. So I’ll be sharing the photos I can find in my archives, on retailer websites and on a free data base that I have access to, and linking to what I can.
Finally, before I get started, let’s keep fashion fun. Trends are supposed to be fun options. No one should follow all of the trends. But I’m sharing a lot of trends over the next few weeks so that we can all pick a few…if we so wish…to participate in this spring and summer. I suggest looking for the ones that work best for your personal style essence, lifestyle, body type and coloring.
I’ll be sharing four that I think will work for some of us and one that I personally will opt out of. And I welcome your comments about the trends I share. But I do ask that we be gracious and remember that the very trend we may not care for, someone else may love and look great in. So I’d like for us to stay away from words like, “hate,” “ugly,” “ridiculous,” and so on. Trust me. I’m preaching to myself, too! Some of the trends I’ll be sharing are indeed pretty extreme. But let’s keep the conversation lighthearted and gracious.
Now you and I absolutely can wear whatever trends we like. There are no rules. But after blogging in this space for almost four years I have learned a thing or two about dressing our body shape and proportions, personal styling and lifestyle dressing. So I’m simply offering my two cents on the trends that I think may be most wearable for women over 50. Still, you’ll want to take into account your coloring, lifestyle, personal style aesthetic and body type.
Wearing White on White on White
I think one of the most delightful trends forecasted for spring and summer is the concept of wearing white monochromatically. This trend has the potential to bring such freshness and joy to our wardrobe after a long cold winter. The fashion week runways featured lots of white on white on white looks, and predictions are that we’ll be seeing similar outfits created on the streets.
If you think you can’t wear white, think again. This trend doesn’t indicate adhering to strictly pure white. You can participate in whatever “shade” of white works best for your coloring, including ivory, pearl, winter white, etc.
Worried that white will add visual weight? Yeah, it could. White expands while black or dark recedes. However, creating a column of white will actually elongate and slenderize if done correctly. We’ll definitely talk more about how to work this spring and summer 2022 trend in the coming months.
I’m going to provide a shopping widget with items to get you started on thinking about how you might incorporate this white on white on white trend into your wardrobe, if you choose. Keep in mind, I’m not seeing a lot of spring appropriate clothes in the stores just yet. So the pickings were slim. But if you would like to build a Pinterest board for these trends, you could click through the links and then pin those items to your board. That’s always a good place to start when envisioning a style change.
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Where to start? If you’re interested in trying the white on white on white trend, I suggest beginning by investing in a great white jacket. I love my white linen blazer and it will help me create this style trend. I’m sure we’ll see lots of them this spring and summer. Meanwhile, I found this great white utility jacket on sale at Talbots for a song!
No you aren’t losing your mind. Gingham has indeed been trending for several years now. But we’ll be seeing even more of this fresh, flirty fabric this spring and summer. And I absolutely think we women over 50 can wear it with style and confidence.
I think the key for us ladies of a certain age is to wear gingham pieces that are otherwise a little more mature and sophisticated. We might want to stay away from pieces that look a little childish, perhaps those that feature too many frills and flourishes. But then again, you do you!
I’m really kind of surprised that gingham is still running hot this spring and summer, since we’ve seen so much of it during the past few years. But I think the fun, youthful vibe of this fabric really resonates with our culture’s current desire for joy and enthusiasm.
Watch for gingham in skirts, dresses, shorts, jackets and even accessories. The fun thing is we’ll undoubtedly see it in every color imaginable, too. If you wear one gingham piece, such as a jacket or skirt with other more classic garments, you won’t have to worry about looking like you’re “trying too hard.” But don’t be afraid to have a little fun with this classic summer fabric.
Where to start? If you’re interested in trying the gingham trend this spring and summer, you might want to be on the lookout for pair of gingham trousers or a gingham skirt. Both of those items are large enough to make an impact and you’ll get a good cost per wear out of them if you learn multiple ways to style them. Either could be dressed up or down simply by changing out the top and footwear. I usually find great gingham skirts and trousers at Talbots and Ann Taylor. Just give them another month or two to start getting it in.
A fairly new or at least new again trend that I’m really looking forward to seeing is skirt suiting. So yes, the prediction is that we’ll be seeing more wearable suits with skirts, not just the pants and jacket combos we’ve been seeing in recent years. I’ll admit, my fear is that this combination could look a little dated on us over 50 gals. But I think if we pay attention to keeping the elements modern we can pull it off.
Of course, because this trend really is a revival of a past trend, I don’t have any photos in my archives to show you. I did find this image from Michael Kors.
And these from Macy’s.
White the white suit on the left is probably more our speed and the skirts in the center and right are probably a little short for most of us, I think the two suits on the right are more indicative of what will be trending this spring and summer. We’re talking modern, slightly edgy, but feminine suits. They’ll have a playfulness and femininity about them.
But what that means is that you and I can wear our more classic suit skirts and coordinating jackets and look on trend, too. We don’t have to wear the shorter skirts or the boxy jackets, unless we want to. But the simple fact that this pairing is back in vogue sets us up to wear that classic combo with more confidence.
Where to start? Cull your own closet to see if you have matching jacket and skirt combinations. Consider how you could have them tailored to make them a little more modern, if necessary. Also think about ways to add modern touches with accessories. But also keep an eye out for modern iterations of this classic pairing. I think it will be fun to purchase a newer skirt and jacket/top combo if they do indeed make an appearance as predicted.
I mentioned in last Friday’s blog post that pleated skirts, which have been trending for a couple of years now, are expected to be even more dominant this spring and summer.
I think these skirts continue to trend because they are both classic and ultra feminine. They have that fun, swingy thing going for them. Ha! But they can also be a bit of a challenge for us older women because some of them can “broaden” the hips and derriere.
I’ve purchased this Floral Pleated Midi Skirt from Ann Taylor and I plan to play around with it quite a bit this winter and into spring and summer. I think it makes a great year round skirt. I’ve shown it above with a few different options in footwear, but I also envision it with sandals and even white sneakers for a more playful look.
I think one of the keys to styling this trending skirt is to keep proportions balanced, both lengthwise and in fullness versus slimness. So cropped length tops that skim the body work really nicely.
Where to start? If you’re interested in trying this trend, begin to notice the different silhouettes they come in and which might be best for you. For instance, if you are fuller in the hips, you might want to avoid those with multiple tiers. Also, because these have been trending for a while, you should be able to find lots of examples of how to style them on Pinterest. When you’re ready to purchase one, you’ll probably be able to find one that is wearable year round on sale.
The One I’m Sitting Out
My goal is to share five upcoming trends for spring and summer each week. Four of those will hopefully be trends I think are very wearable. That simply means we can take the extremes we see on the runways and translate them easily into wearable streetwear that makes sense for our season in life, our lifestyles and our body types.
But I’m also sharing one upcoming trend that I’ll be sitting out. That doesn’t mean you have to, of course. But I will explain why I won’t be participating.
Skirts have been going shorter and shorter over the past few years. And this year the micro mini hit the runways. Yes, some of them look like a neck tie worn as a skirt. Ha! But that’s not for me.
Obviously the micro mini is more suited to women with a waiflike body, if it’s appropriate at all. So that’s a hard no for me. But the more classic mini skirt does indeed continue to trend as well. And I think that if a woman over 50 still has great legs and can wear one modestly without exposing, ahem, other things, then go for it! But my legs just aren’t that great anymore. So I’ll definitely be sitting this trend out.
The good news is that skirts in general are trending right now. And we’ll be seeing availability and great styling with longer lengths as well. Watch for more midis, but also the return of the maxi. More on that in a future post!
Thanks for Stopping in for our Trend Forecast
Thank you for stopping in. I hope this post was fun for you. And maybe it warmed you up a bit, too! I’d love to hear your thoughts or field your questions. Let’s just keep the comments fun and lighthearted, shall we? Have a great winter day!
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You may have heard it said that God will “never give you more than you can handle,” meaning that He will not allow you to go through something that is too hard for you. But that’s just not true. Indeed, God requires us to go through things that are far beyond our own capabilities at times. Why? Not because He is cruel or uncaring, but because He wants us to reach out to Him and lean on Him for the resources to get through. That kind of dependency fosters faith and intimacy with our God.
But indeed God will not allow us to be tempted to sin beyond our ability to resist. The funny thing is, we often feel like we are indeed tempted beyond our control. We give in and claim, “The devil made me do it.” But the truth is no one can make us do wrong. We have a choice. Even in temptation, we must reach out to God and ask Him to help us resist. The Bible says, “he will also provide the way of escape.” Dependency on God…to get us through both hard days and heady temptations…will help us endure and grow and thrive.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13