Spring 2017 has many trends for women over 40 to love. But how do you translate those trends you see on the runway into your own life, closet, and daily wardrobe?
I’ve highlighted several spring 2017 trends to show what is available now in stores that is flattering for women over 40, and shared examples of how to integrate these trends to freshen your existing wardrobe.
A standout white tunic
One of this spring’s most popular looks is a white tunic. This item will add polish to your wardrobe and can be paired with skinny blue jeans and sandals for a casual look or with crop pants for a dressier occasion. Look for cotton poplin, linen or a polished cotton. This item will become a staple in your wardrobe.
- Off the shoulder cotton tunic
- Fringed cold shoulder tunic
- Lace tie front tunic
- Shimmer cold shoulder tunic
A unique blouse
Spring 2017 is full of blouses with unique and interesting details. An easy way to update your wardrobe is to add a blouse with bell sleeves, details like lace insets, pleats, off the shoulder or cold shoulder detailing or an asymmetrical hem. Then pair this blouse with cropped pants and stylish for a chic, on-trend look.
Add a pair of print pants
This spring is all about bright, colorful prints. If you tend to wear solid colors, an easy way to add print to your wardrobe is to add a colorful pair of patterned pants in a crop or full legged style. You can wear with a bright blouse, or make it more subdued with a white tunic or blouse.
A colorful bag
Retire your black or brown handbag for this season and opt to add a pop of color with your purse. Choose an orange, blue or green bag in bright hues, or a rose color in a more subdued hue. The brigher colors work well if your wardrobe base color is black, navy or white. A more pastel rose or pink hue works well with brown, tan, or off-white.
- Faux leather cross body bag
- Perforated faux leather shoulder bag
- Chevron tote
- Striped cross body bag
Add lace-up flats or heels
Add a pair of flats or heels with laces or ankle straps. You’ll find this detail in almost any heel height from flats to wedges or high heels. For a casual look, you can pair lace-up flat with a pair of cropped jeans and a cute, fun t-shirt or tunic for a weekend look.
Lace-up heels look great when paired with a simple A-line dress or wrap dress silhouette. Choose a colorful pair to liven up your basic black dress.
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to add a stylish lace up shoe and add instant style to your existing wardrobe.
Upgrade to a stylish pair of sneakers
Instead of wearing your old running shoes with jeans, add a stylish pair of sneakers to your wardrobe. These shoes pair well with straight leg or crop jeans or even with a casual dress or skirt.
Striped or print skirt
Try a basic pant or skirt shape but update your look by choosing them in an upbeat pattern. Pair with a solid colored blouse or tee for a casual look. Try a classic pencil skirt in a new, colorful stripe, a feminine, tie-waisted skirt in more muted pastels, or a pleated skirt in fun, festive dots.
Add stand out jewelry
Tasseled necklaces are still popular, and now you seem them on earrings too. Try a pair in a bright hue to add a pop of color to an all-white ensemble. Add a statement necklace in a bright blue to instantly update an outfit. And don’t forget bracelets and even watches. Choose from metals, or colorful resins and beads in a rainbow of colors and stripes.
- Double strand pom pom necklace
- Multi strand beaded necklace
- Wrist cuff
- Pom tassel drop earring
- Black and white striped watch
Try a floral
Floral patterns are not just for ladylike dresses anymore. You can add a dash of florals with a bomber jacket, an updated blouse or a pair of espadrilles or flats. If you’re not exactly a floral person, try to add just a hint of florals on a bag, pair of shoes, or a scarf.
Here are some pieces I’ve selected that you could add to your wardrobe this season.