It’s often hard to find trendy clothes for women over 50 in shops which actually cater for older women.
Then again, I think a lot of Lifestyle Fifty readers are turned off by fashion tips and trends as portrayed by skinny nubile nymphets in high fashion magazines.
Most of us know that a) we can never look like that and b) we probably wouldn’t want to.
What we do want to know though is how would any given garment, which we quite fancy in those fashion spreads, might really look on us?
Trendy clothes for women over 50
It would be nice to see more magazines and stores catering exclusively to woman over 50 (we are a growing demographic) and celebrating grey hair and curvy bodies. I don’t want to look at a young model and wonder if the clothes might look good on me – because I know the answer by contemporary standards, is that they probably won’t.
One brand which does make trendy clothes to suit older women is Vivid International, an Australian brand based in Western Australia. Check out the Vivid International website to find your nearest stockists.
This season I’m loving Vivid International’s palette of colours. I adore how the colours mix and match and go with existing things in my own wardrobe. In this post I’m wearing Portobello and Vivid separates from Vivid International (except not the jacket) and I’m wearing FRANKiE4 ankle boots.
Fashion tips and trends
I’m of the camp which thinks that there’s nothing in the world you shouldn’t wear when you’re over 50. There is no definitive rule book.
Try all the trends if you like, but I’m betting you’ll be chucking quite a few pieces after only one wear because some fashion trends just don’t suit older women.
For a comprehensive guide on wardrobe tips and what to wear over 50 by a stylist, you might like this post.
I’m also an advocate of ponte pants for work and for leisure.
Latest Fashion Trends I’m loving
Invest in a good pair of jeans and a great bomber style jacket which you can wear with jeans or a dress.
A black blazer is always smart, and very versatile.
Even on winter days, as long as the sun’s out, slip on some super sunglasses for a celebrity look.
Batwings are appearing on lots of styles this season. They’re easy to wear and flattering.
Of course for casual wear. Who can go past a sloppy Joe – not this sloppy Jo that’s for sure 😉
I’m loving the versatility of snoods this season to add a bit of va-va-voom to an outfit, as well as a little warmth around my neck.
Free form Midi Dresses
Worn with ankle boots for autumn and winter, it’s such an easy and trendy look to pull off. Especially if you’ve indulged in one too many roasts or hot pots in the winter and can’t bear anything tight around your middle 😉 I’m wearing last season leather FRANKiE4 tan ankle boots, which are very well worn because they are so so comfortable and go with so many things in my wardrobe. If there’s one thing you invest in this season make it a pair of FRANKiE4 boots.
And add a pop of show pony colour to brighten things up.
I have no idea who the lovely woman is in the photo below, but she rocks a black beret. So chic. This season I’m looking for a black beret for sure 🙂
Tips for great style
Buy Classic Basics
- Spend the majority of your clothing budget on classic basics. I’m talking timeless pieces which will give you great cost per wear. They might be more expensive, but they’re worth it.
- Don’t go for a cheap black T, but buy the very best quality, fabric and cut you can find. The same goes for pants and skirts. Make sure they fit perfectly and flatter your body shape. Make sure they can be washed and don’t need dry cleaning because you’ll be wearing them a lot.
- Same goes for your Little Black Dress or Little Red Dress.
- To add excitement to your basics, buy the occasional bright show pony piece in pillbox red or fuchsia pink or cobalt blue which will add glamour and pizzazz to the classics.
Stick to a tight combination of basic colours.
Black and white never goes out of style, so I like to keep a combination of black and white pieces in my wardrobe which I can mix and match.
I love navy and caramel as basics for cooler seasons.
Block colours are easier to work with when it comes to accessories, but do add some classy prints into your wardrobe for a little characterful va-va-voom 🙂
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Disclaimer: I’m a brand ambassador for Vivid International and many of the items in this post were gifted. The tan ankle boots are by FRANKiE4 and were also gifted. There are affiliate links in this post from which I stand to earn a small commission but at no cost to you. Lifestyle Fifty Website is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.