Spring is a time of new beginnings, so it’s always a fabulous time to try the new 2024 fashion trends. There are so many great trends on the catwalks for women over 40, from high-rise pants to draping, prints to preppy. Let us walk you through our favorite 2024 fashion trends from the runways, how you can wear them, and why they could be a great look for you.

spring and summer 2024 fashion trends

Below, you will find 13 trends that we love, with designer looks and high-street options that are more wearable.

High rise pants

2024 fashion trends - high rise pants | 40plusstyle.com

LoeweLouis VuittonPhilosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

Starting with high-rise pants, wearing a pair of pants that sit high on your waist is a great way to ensure you don’t have any muffin top. Plus, what’s great about high-rise pants is they can make your legs look a million miles long.

This is particularly good if you want to look taller and slimmer, or if you have a long torso compared to your legs and want to balance up your silhouette. There’s more on that in our article on how to determine your vertical body type.

Wear your wide-leg pants with a shorter top, or with your top tucked in for maximum leg-lengthening effect.

For more inspiration check out our article on how to wear wide legged pants over 40

White blazer and wide leg pants outfit | 40plusstyle.com

PAIGE Shania Peak Lapel BlazerVince Camuto Rumpled Satin BlouseOpen Edit High Waist Wide Leg TrousersDonald Pliner Kamele Heeled SandalsKate Spade New York Katy Textured Leather Top Handle BagSwarovski Gema Floral Pendant Necklace

Ruching and drapes

2024 fashion trends - ruching and drapes | 40plusstyle.com

Alexander McQueen Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Issey Miyake

If you’ve been following 40+ style for a while, you’ll know we love ruching, drapes and asymmetry, so we were so happy to see lots of this on the runways. Not only do ruches and drapes add interest and a little bit of an edge to your outfits, but you can use ruching to ‘disguise’ any parts of your body that you don’t like to show off.

The styling of the ruched dress (below) creates a waistline and flattering drape. We love neutral colors too as you can wear them with any color of shoes and accessories.

Ruched dress and sandals outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Modern Citizen Torin Ruched Sweater Midi DressJ.Crew Layne Ankle Strap HeelsKate Spade New York Katy Textured Leather Top Handle BagKarine Sultan Hexagonal Hoop EarringsSwarovski Gema Floral Pendant Necklace

2024 fashion trends – flowers

Flowers on the 2024 spring catwalks | 40plusstyle.com

Ralph LaurenAlexander McQueen Balmain

Flowers are a spring staple, for obvious reasons. Roses are particularly on-trend. What we really liked on the catwalks this time around were the big, graphical floral prints. So, when choosing floral clothes, look for big, bold prints.

The DVF dress (below) combines the floral trend with ruching and a flattering v-neck. The sleeves are also a fantastic length if you prefer to cover your upper arms.

Spring / Summer Fashion Trends capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

Diane von Furstenberg Valerie Floral Midi DressJ.Crew Layne Ankle Strap HeelsTory Burch McGraw Textured Leather Camera BagNordstrom Molten Disc Drop Earrings


2024 fashion trends - preppy | 40plusstyle.com

LoeweDries Van Noten Miu Miu

Preppy was a big trend last season, too, so if you already have preppy looks in your closet, keep them out for spring. An easy way to add a little bit of preppy style to your existing looks is to choose a polo neck top to wear with your jeans or to wear a pair of loafers.

There’s more on this style in our article on how to dress the preppy style personality.

Preppy top and pleated skirt outfit | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew Vintage Rib Polo T-shirtJ.Crew Pleated Midi SkirtTory Burch McGraw Textured Leather Camera BagFrench Sole Lilah LoafersNordstrom Pavé Cubic Zirconia Wide Square Huggie Hoop Earrings


Gold in the 2024 fashion trends | 40plusstyle.com

Prabal GurungRalph LaurenBlumarine

We’ve seen so many metallics in stores this season, so don’t shy away from adding a bit of bling. If you want to be particularly on trend, add gold to your spring outfits. We love the way that Prabal Gurung (above, left) added gold to neutral shades. Ralph Lauren (center) meanwhile gave the perfect lesson on how you can add a bit of bohemian style to your gold.

Gold and white outfit | 40plusstyle.com

FRAME Rib-Knit Baby-Fit TeeEB Denim Foil High-Rise Straight Leg JeansFrench Sole Lilah LoafersRebecca Minkoff Megan Leather ToteKarine Sultan Hexagonal Hoop EarringsANDANTINO Mulberry Silk Scarf

2024 fashion trends – fringe

2024 fashion trends - fringe | 40plusstyle.com

Ralph Lauren Alexander McQueenGucci

Fringe is an outfit that can be as subtle or full-on as you want to. You can add fringing to your coats or your dresses. Look out for fringing on the bottom of the hems of jackets. You can wear a fringed duster over a swimsuit for summer or subtly wear the trend and add a fringed handbag or some fringed earrings.

Fringe blazer, silk top and jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Misook Fringe Ottoman Knit JacketAlice + Olivia Harmon Draped Satin Tank TopGood American Good Legs Flare JeansRebecca Minkoff Megan Leather ToteDonald Pliner Kamele Heeled SandalsNordstrom Pavé Cubic Zirconia Wide Square Huggie Hoop Earrings

Graphic prints and color blocking

2024 fashion trends - graphic prints | 40plusstyle.com

Victoria Beckham Issey Miyake Alexander McQueen

Graphic prints are another favorite at 40+ Style. So, if you opt for a print, make it a big, abstract one. We love Victoria Beckham and Issey Miyake’s print maxi dresses. Choose a similar style, and dress it up or down for your vacations this year.

Graphic dress and blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom Novelty One-Button BlazerAllSaints Tia Colca Long Sleeve Midi DressJ.Crew Zadie Leather Double Ankle Strap HeelsTory Burch McGraw Textured Leather Camera BagNordstrom Molten Disc Drop Earrings


2024 fashion trends - stripes | 40plusstyle.com

Chanel Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Ralph Lauren

Stripes are a perennial print that will always be on style, so you can invest in your stripes safe in the knowledge that you will be able to wear them year after year. Choose a striped summer dress, a sweater with your white pants, or a striped shirt or blazer with your favorite jeans.

Note that Ralph Lauren (above, right) mixed two different trends by combining stripes with florals.

We have more ideas in this article on how to mix patterns and prints like an expert.

Striped sweater and white jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Rails Stripe Wool & Cashmere Polo SweaterJoe’s Jeans Honey High-Rise Boot-Cut JeansNine West Erands LoafersRebecca Minkoff Megan Leather ToteKate Spade New York Drop Earrings

Summer suiting

2024 fashion trends - summer suits | 40plusstyle.com

Ralph Lauren Issey Miyake 3.1 Phillip Lim

Suiting is back for spring and summer. Choose a pale shade like white, cream, lemon or beige, and wear for your summer events. Then, of course, you can wear your suit as separates so you can get lots of wear out of it over this season and beyond. Wear your blazer with your jeans. If it’s warm where you are, or when heading off on vacation, you can wear a waistcoat instead of a jacket.

White blazer and shorts outfit | 40plusstyle.com

PAIGE Shania Peak Lapel BlazerNordstrom Double V-Neck TankJ.Crew Pleated Viscose Long Trouser Short J.Crew Zadie Leather Double Ankle Strap HeelsTory Burch McGraw Textured Leather Camera Bagst. Moran Geo Street Stone Station Curb Chain Necklace

Capri and cropped pants

2024 fashion trends - capri pants | 40plusstyle.com

Tory Burch Ralph Lauren Puppets and Puppets

Cropped styles and capris are very much on trend this season. We’ve seen many celebrities wearing this trend. Cropped pant styles are making their way down the designer catwalks, and into the high street.

What is great about cropped pants is that they show off your ankles so if this is part of your body you like, this hem length is perfect for you. If you have shorter legs, then you need to wear cropped pants with more caution. When the hem visually cuts across your legs, it can make your legs look shorter. You can get around this by wearing a high-waisted style or wearing heels.

Read our article on how to wear cropped and capri pants for more tips and style inspiration.

Blazer and jeans outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom Novelty One-Button BlazerVince Camuto Rumpled Satin BlouseAG Farrah High Waist Raw Hem Crop Bootcut JeansJ.Crew Zadie Leather Double Ankle Strap HeelsKate Spade New York Katy Textured Leather Top Handle Bagst. Moran Geo Street Stone Station Curb Chain Necklace

2024 fashion trends – scarf prints

Scarf prints on the catwalks | 40plusstyle.com

Roberto Cavalli3.1 Phillip Lim Etro

Scarf prints have a luxurious, high-end feel, and you can wear them from top-to-toe or add a scarf print to your top. A scarf print dress works well for summer events, while a scarf print top looks great with jeans. Or, of course, you can always add a scarf print with a scarf!

Scarf print dress and sandals | 40plusstyle.com

FARM Rio Flower Scarves Cover-Up Wrap DressBirkenstock Gizeh Big Buckle Nubuck Leather SandalsAllSaints Mosley Straw TotePanacea Raffia Fringe Hoop Earrings

drop waist

Drop waist dresses for spring | 40plusstyle.com

3.1 Phillip Lim Louis VuittonPrabal Gurung

We’ve shown you high-waisted pants at the top of these 2024 fashion trends, but now let’s look at the opposite with some low-rise waists. We spotted lots of low waist silhouettes on dresses on the runways, and the trend has made its way to the high street, too. The smocked dress (below) comes in four colors. It is flattering as it creates a waist with the blouson style and isn’t as low as the dresses that designers showcased.

Just as high waists are great if you have a longer torso in comparison to your legs, low waists are good if you have long legs and a shorter torso.

Green dress and denim jacket outfit | 40plusstyle.com

rag & bone Cora Denim JacketRamy Brook Audrey Smocked Waist Sleeveless Midi DressLucky Brand Mofira BootiesAllSaints Mosley Straw TotePanacea Raffia Fringe Hoop Earrings

Utility dressing

Cargo outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Saint LaurentMax MaraSchiaparelli

Utility dressing can be very casual, but we love how designers (above) elevated utility and cargo dressing to make it very elegant. Choose cargo styles in luxurious, drapey fabrics like silk or satin, or mix your utility pants or jeans with a silk top.

White shirt and cargo pants | 40plusstyle.com

Eileen Fisher Button-Up Crop ShirtVeronica Beard Dari Cargo PantsCole Haan Grandpro Tennis SneakersRebecca Minkoff Megan Leather TotePanacea Teardrop Earrings

Your spring 2024 fashion trends together in one capsule

Below, you can see all the trends in one capsule. You can mix and match the different trends to create lots of different looks during the season. Or just pick some key pieces from your favorite trends and combine with your existing wardrobe to make it feel fresh and new again.

You can add the blazers to any of the outfits and decide how casual or formal they are by wearing sneakers or heels.

Spring Summer 2024 fashion trends - capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

shop the best pieces of the 2024 fashion trends

Continue reading:

  1. Wide Legged Pants: How To Wear Them In 2024 And Where To Buy The Best Ones
  2. How To Mix Prints And Patterns Like An Expert
  3. A Style Guide And Capsule Wardrobe For The PREPPY Style Personality

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