I realise it’s still cold in many places but spring clothes are hitting the stores, so it’s time to look at the trends for spring 2014 and which of them work for women over 40.
As long-term readers will know, I think you should be picky when it comes to trends. It’s much more important to pick clothes that suit your personality, body type and your own personal style. (to discover or finetune your personal style, I recommend my style course).
However, it’s also good to add a few current items to your wardrobe each season from those trends that suit you. Trends add an element of excitement and fun to your wardrobe, so don’t ignore them altogether.
Here are some of the most dominant trends for this season.
1. Soft and Sweet
Pastels started coming in flavour last year and this year they are out in force. They are not the easiest colors to wear after 40, but combined with white can look very sophisticated.
2. Bring on the shirts!
The classic button down shirt was featured in many collections. Often slightly oversized and resembling a man’s skirt, this trend is very chic when worn with wide trousers. It will also look great on blue jeans. A shirt dress for cool weather is a great option too. Although the above examples all show plain examples of this trend, there were plenty of colorful options too (a/o at Alexander Wang, Costello Tagliapietra and Altuzarra).
3. Short & boxy jackets
Oversized is still hot. Not the easiest trend to wear, but it can be a fun element to an otherwise classic outfit and you can create interesting silhouettes with layering.
4. Wide trousers
I’m so happy to see wider pants coming back. I hope retailers follow suit and give us a wider variety of pants to choose from this season!
5. Arty Asymmetry
A personal favorite theme, I was pleased to see many designers play with folds, drapes and asymmetry. The Issey Miyake collection was to die for.
This trend brings me back to the seventies! Did you wear them then? I’m not sure if I will embrace them again as this look can be quite preppy, but let’s see how this trend will develop. The longer versions (well over the knee) are very hard to pull off for many women in terms of a flattering silhouette, so wear with care.
7. Knee-length skirts
It felt good to see that more designers are embracing knee length skirts which are so ideal for many women over 40. Many skirts were even longer than that (see below).
8. Very long skirts (cross between midi and maxi)
Lots of skirts and dresses were even longer than knee length. These lengths are harder to pull off, but I’m happy to see more longer lengths rather than just minis as we have seen in previous seasons.
9. Opposites attract
Do designers (or for that matter consumers) ever tire of the high contrast black and white combination? This trend seems to pop up every season. I’m still a big fan as I love high contrast graphical outfits. Wearing something simple in black and white (with a splash of color thrown in) is always so chic!
10. Arty & colorful
Lots of collections featured colorful arty creations like Prada, Chanel, Kenzo, Celine and Jill Sander. I love this trend as it adds some fun and color to your wardrobe. If a full on dress is too much for you, start looking for colorful arty bags!
11. Flower power
There ware plenty of flowers on the catwalk too at Dries van Noten, Marni, Hermes, Marc Jacobs and others. I liked how Ostwald Helgason combined flowers with graphical elements. I feel it’s best to wear flowers as separates (either top or bottom) so that the flowers don’t overwhelm too much or have an aging effect.
12. Let it shine
Designers used lots of shiny materials like satin and silk, as well as lame and sparkle. These fabrics can work well with a party dress or be worn as separates. I absolutely adore the above combination from Issey Miyake.
13. All white
All white looks were plentiful as well. Seen at Joseph, Sportmax, Chanel, Iceberg, Preen and many others, this look is always fresh. If the all-white is just a bit too much for you, break it up with a colorful necklace or shoes.
So there you have it, the trends for spring and summer 2014.
Don’t worry if you can’t relate to these clothes as shown by the young and thin models on the catwalk. In future articles we will translate these trends and show you how to wear them in our popular ‘Translate the look” series.
For a look at all of my favorite looks from the spring 2014 ready to wear collections, take a look at my Pinterest Board Spring Summer 2014 Trends.
For now tell me, are you excited about a new season and new trends? Which trends excite you the most?