Ever wondered what other stylish women over 40 are buying? Well, wonder no longer. In this article you will find all of the most popular stylish clothes, shoes and accessories that 40plusstyle readers have chosen during the past year.

And, the good news is these are classic styles that are still available now and which will definitely still be on-trend for many seasons to come. Did you opt for any of these styles over the past year?

Below you will find the best buys from 2020 that you will want to wear in 2021 and beyond.

THE MOST popular CLOTHES: tops

The most popular blouses and tops of the year were wrap styles, tunics and those made of natural fibers such as silk.

A wrap style is always a beautiful, flattering choice for all figures, as the v-neck can elongate while the belt can show off your waist.

This style can be a particularly good choice for the hourglass figure, but can also look wonderful on most other body shapes.

A tunic is another classic choice that is a great option for the apple shape, and which can be worn over leggings or skinny jeans.

Asymmetrical styles also proved popular – perfect to add a little “edge” to an outfit.

The cross front style (below) from Gibson is ideal to hide a little bit of a tummy.

Stylish clothes - GIBSONOOK cross front tunic blouse | 40plusstyle.com

GIBSONOOK cross front tunic blouse

A classic white shirt with a twist!The Ming Wang blouse (below) features flattering asymmetry.

Stylish clothes - Ming Wang asymmetrical button front blouse | 40plusstyle.com

Ming Wang asymmetrical button front blouse

The handkerchief hem top (below) from Amazon is perfect for wearing with leggings.

Stylish clothes - DJT tie dyed handkerchief hemline tunic top | 40plusstyle.com

DJT tie dyed handkerchief hemline tunic top

Foxcroft is a good brand to look at when searching for longer tunic tops to go with your leggings or skinny jeans.

Stylish clothes - Foxcroft tunic blouse | 40plusstyle.com

Foxcroft tunic blouse

If you are investing in a new shirt, you could always make it a silk one to add a touch of luxe to any outfit. This silk blouse from Vince was a popular option among 40+ Style readers.

Stylish clothes - Vince silk blouse | 40plusstyle.com

Vince band collar silk blouse

Polka dots, as featured on this patterned shirt fro Boden, are always in style. You could team with your jeans or a skirt and tights for winter and wear with white pants for summer.

Stylish clothes - Boden silk shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Boden silk shirt

If you are looking to hide a tummy (or even if you’re not) a draped top is always a good option.

Stylish clothes - ALLSAINTS drape top | 40plusstyle.com

ALLSAINTS drape top

most popular clothes: jeans you bought over the year

Finding the perfect pair of jeans can be akin to finding the Holy Grail, but there are some great choices below as worn by stylish 40+ readers.

The Paige Manhattan bootcut style (below) is one of my favorites as they elongate your legs – particularly if you wear with heels.

Stylish clothes - PAIGE Transcend - Manhattan bootcut jeans | 40plusstyle.com

PAIGE Transcend – Manhattan bootcut jeans

Another good bootcut option is the Hudson baby bootcut (below), which has just the right amount of flare.

Hudson Jeans Beth baby booycut jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Hudson Jeans baby bootcut jeans

If you’re looking for a pair of new skinny jeans, the 1822 butt lift jeans (below) were a popular choice. They would look great for any season and feature an on-trend side slit.

1822 Denim slit cuff butt lift skinny jeans | 40plusstyle.com

1822 Denim slit cuff butt lift skinny jeans

Another popular stylish clothes brand among women over 40, 50 and beyond this year was Joe’s, which prides itself on having a perfect fit for everyone. There are plenty of high and mid-rise styles designed to flatter curvy figures.

Jeans are among the stylish clothes chosen by women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Joe’s curvy bootcut jeans

You’ll find more jeans inspiration in this article on how to wear jeans over 40.

most popular Pants

As well as jeans, the pants in your closet can form the basis of a capsule wardrobe. 40+ women have opted for classic styles including slim leg black pants which will go with all of your other stylish clothes.

The plaid print (below) is ideal for both winter and the upcoming spring season.

Stylish clothes - rag & bone Simone Glen plaid pants | 40plusstyle.com

rag & bone plaid pants

With many of you spending more time at home during 2020, lounge pants and those with a drawstring waist were particularly popular, like the pair (below) from KUT from the Kloth.

Stylish clothes - KUT from the Kloth Gaerwen casual ankle pants | 40plusstyle.com

KUT from the Kloth casual ankle pants

Zella’s crop pants (below) were also another popular option for lounging, exercise and weekend wear.

Stylish clothes - Zella crops pants | 40plusstyle.com

Zella crop pants

A good alternative to jeans is a pair of cargo pants such as those by Roxy (below). Jennifer Aniston loves her cargo and utility pants.

Roxy Sense Yourself cargo pants | 40Pplusstyle.com

Roxy cargo pants

most popular clothes: Leggings

Comfy yoga pants were also on many women’s shopping lists for 2020, as well as black leggings and edgier leather or pleather leggings.

Zella’s leggings (below) are a popular choice every year. They have more than 7,000, mainly positive reviews on Nordstrom.

Stylish clothes - Zella Live In high waist leggings | 40plusstyle.com

Zella Live In high waist leggings

A pair of faux leather leggings adds an edge to a day or evening outfit. Spanx’s faux leather leggings (below) were a popular choice for 2020.

Stylish clothes - SPANX faux leather leggings | 40plusstyle.com

SPANX faux leather leggings


Depending on where you are in the world, shorts weather may well be over for you, at least for a few months.

But, if you want to plan ahead, or you are lucky enough to be heading on vacation, it can be hard to find a pair of shorts which isn’t too, well, short.

These shorts by NYDJ are the perfect length.

Stylish clothes - NYDJ stretch linen blend bermuda shorts | 40plusstyle.com

NYDJ stretch linen blend bermuda shorts

Another good choice are the classic black bermuda length shorts from Liverpool (below).

Stylish clothes - Liverpool Lacie bermuda shorts | 40plusstyle.com

Liverpool bermuda shorts

If you are looking for shorts, also take a look at the best shorts to fit and flatter women over 40.

most popular Dresses

When it comes to dresses, you really can’t go wrong with a classic wrap style, and this was definitely a popular option for 2020.

A true classic, the wrap dress was invented in the 1970’s, and it simply doesn’t date. That’s because this style flatters every figure. For an even more flattering option, you could opt for a wrap style with ruching or draping like the two options below.

Stylish clothes - Tommy Bahama faux wrap dress | 40plusstyle.com

Tommy Bahama faux wrap dress

Karen Kane faux wrap dress | 40plusstyle.com

Karen Kane faux wrap dress

Even though this festive season may have been different, plenty of you were still in the mood to dress up – even if you were going no further than your living room.

Jessica Howard sequinned ruched sheath dress | 40plusstyle.com

Jessica Howard sequinned ruched sheath dress


Asymmetrical style skirts were incredibly popular over the past few months, and no wonder when they are so versatile.

Lyssé handkerchief hem midi skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Lyssé handkerchief hem midi skirt

Another popular, timeless option was a pleated style, which many of you wore with sweaters as the weather cooled down.

Halogen pleated chiffon skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen pleated chiffon skirt


Of course, you don’t have to stick to dresses, and plenty of 40+ women have been snapping up jumpsuits to wear this year. You can wear casually with flat shoes or dress your jumpsuit up with heels.

Eliza J cap sleeve wide leg jumpsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Eliza J cap sleeve wide leg jumpsuit

A flared leg jumpsuit like the option (below) from Harlyn is a flattering option.

Stylish clothes - blue jumpsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Harlyn belted flare leg crepe jumpsuit


The most popular sweater styles of the year were those which featured luxurious cashmere or cashmere blends, as well as sweaters styles with asymmetry such as the high-low sweater from Nordstrom (below).

Nordstrom cozy turtleneck sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom cozy turtleneck sweater

You also loved the drama of the red animal print sweater (below) from Boss. I think this would go with pretty much anything – from your favorite jeans, to wide-legged pants or a pencil or full skirt.

BOSS leopard spot jacquard sweater | 40plusstyle.com

BOSS leopard spot jacquard sweater


Did you treat yourself to a new coat this winter? Some of the most popular choices snapped up by 40+ style readers are below.

A belted trenchcoat is ideal for heading into transitional spring weather.

Sam Edelman belted trench coat | 40plusstyle.com

Sam Edelman belted trench coat

For a little extra warmth, the Via Spiga trench (below) features a faux fur collar.

Via Spiga water resistant double breasted faux fur collar quilted coat | 40plusstyle.com

Via Spiga water resistant double breasted faux fur collar quilted coat


A moto jacket will never date, and plenty of 40+ readers decided to invest in one over the past year.

Popular options were classic black as well as softer color pathways such as taupe, white and pastel shades. Other coat styles that you invested in this year included classic wool options.

BLANKNYC drape front suede jacket | 40plusstyle.com

BLANKNYC drape front suede jacket

Levi's faux leather moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Levi’s faux leather moto jacket

A slightly longer, but equally flattering option is the simple styling of the Anne Klein jacket (below).

Anne Klein twill jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Anne Klein twill jacket


Another closet staple is the blazer, and classic black or neutral styles as well as more colorful options could be a great addition to your outfits.

No surprise this year that black and white were the most popular choices – given that they go with so many outfits.

Vince Camuto classic notched collar blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Vince Camuto classic notched collar blazer

Urban CoCo open front blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Urban CoCo open front blazer

Cardigans and ponchos

A long line cardigan can be warm AND flattering.

Choosing a longer length style is a great way to add beautiful, lean lines to your outfits if you are petite, or you wish to look taller and slimmer.

Ponchos were also particularly popular this year, as a casual, yet stylish option you can simply pop over any outfit.

Barefoot Dreams cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Barefoot Dreams cardigan

Bobeau drape front cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Bobeau drape front cardigan

MBJ open front drape vest cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

MBJ open front drape vest cardigan

Stylish clothes - Fomolom knitted poncho | 40plusstyle.com

Fomolom knitted poncho


Of course, your choices this year didn’t just feature stylish clothes, but also plenty of shoes and boots.

No matter what length you choose, boots or booties are a stylish winter and fall essential.

You can wear your booties with tights and a dress to transition during seasons, and knee-length styles look beautiful with skinny jeans or dresses.

Chelsea boots as well as cut out styles and leather knee-length boots that will never date were all among the most-bought boots of the year.

Earth open toe bootie | 40plusstyle.com

Earth open toe bootie

Caslon bootie | 40plusstyle.com

Caslon bootie

27 Edit bootie | 40plusstyle.com

27 Edit bootie

Munro water resistant bootie | 40plusstyle.com

Munro water resistant bootie

Trotters knee high boot | 40plusstyle.com

Trotters knee high boot

Bettye Muller Concepts knee high boot | 40plusstyle.com

Betty Muller Concepts knee high boot


Many women over 40 start to wear flats more than heels and, thankfully, flats have never been more on trend.

Ballet flats, pointed loafers and d’Orsay styles were all on your shopping lists over the past 12 months.

Badgley Mischka Collection flat | 40plusstyle.com

Badgley Mischka Collection flat

stylish clothes and shoes for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.com

Birdies leopard flat

SARTO by Franco Sarto pointed toe flat | 40plusstyle.com

SARTO by Franco Sarto pointed toe flat


Whether you are looking for dressier sandals to wear to dinner, or a more casual pair for vacation, these were the styles which were most clicked on during the year.

Söfft sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Söfft sandal

Naturalizer ankle strap sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Naturalizer ankle strap sandal

Louise et Cie wedge sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Louise et Cie wedge sandal

Comfortiva wedge sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Comfortiva wedge sandal


A pair of sneakers can go with pretty much everything.

They’re not only a perfect option to wear with jeans and a tee or sweater, but you can add a more casual vibe to a dress by pairing with sneakers rather than more formal shoes.

You also chose sneakers which have comfort technology while still being stylish.

Superga sneaker | 40plusstyle.com

Superga sneaker

Veja sneaker | 40plusstyle.com

Veja sneaker

Ted Baker London sneaker | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London sneaker

The FLEXX slip-on sneaker | 40plusstyle.com

The FLEXX slip-on sneaker

Vionic slip-on platform sneaker | 40plusstyle.com

Vionic slip-on platform sneaker


While heels weren’t a particularly popular shoe choice this year – perhaps because of the nature of 2020 which meant so many people across the world were at home much more than usual – the low heel by Trotters (below) still made it onto the list.

Trotters cheetah print pump | 40plusstyle.com

Trotters cheetah print pump

Scarves and wraps

A scarf can add a touch of style to any outfit, while a wrap is a fantastic way to stay warm.

You chose cashmere wraps as well as delicate chiffon scarves.

Nordstrom wool & cashmere scarf | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom wool & cashmere scarf

Kate Spade New York silk twill scarf | 40plusstyle.com

Kate Spade New York silk twill scarf

Rebecca Minkoff square scarf | 40plusstyle.com

Rebecca Minkoff square scarf

most popular Bags

Are you a bag person or a shoe person? Maybe you’re both.

The most popular bags of the year were the classic tote style as well as on-trend saddlebag shapes, slouchy styles and timeless clutches.

Tory Burch leather clutch | 40plusstyle.com

Tory Burch leather clutch

Madewell leather bucket bag | 40plusstyle.com

Madewell leather bucket bag

STAUD leather shoulder bag | 40plusstyle.com

STAUD leather shoulder bag

Hobo leather tote | 40plusstyle.com

Hobo leather tote

Thacker leather saddle crossbody bag | 40plusstyle.com

Thacker leather saddle crossbody bag


To add the finishing touch to your outfit, how about the drop earrings below from Kendra Scott?

Kendra Scott drop earrings | 40plusstyle.com

Kendra Scott drop earrings


Wearing a bra which fits perfectly is vital for your comfort and also to make sure your figure looks its best.

The wrong fitting bra can dig in, giving you lumps and bumps you really don’t want, while a perfectly-fitting bra can ensure your bust is where it should be, so there is clear definition between your chest and your tummy.

Many of you opted for the Chantelle and Fantasie bras (below).

Also take a look at the best bras for larger busts.

Chantelle Lingerie t-shirt bra | 40plusstyle.com

Chantelle Lingerie t-shirt bra

Fantasie spacer bra | 40plusstyle.com

Fantasie spacer bra


Did you treat yourself to a new pair of pajamas this year?

Many of you either purchased pajamas for yourself or for a gift, but particularly popular were lounge pants – probably because so many of you wanted to be comfortable at home.

Also take a look at the best pajamas for women over 40.

PJ Salvage jersey pajama pants | 40lplusstyle.com

PJ Salvage jersey pajama pants

UGG cashmere blend joggers | 40plusstyle.com

UGG cashmere blend joggers

Stylish clothes - Zella flare high waist pants | 40plusstyle.com

Zella flare high waist pants


Unless you’re in warmer climes, a swimsuit is probably not top of your stylish clothes wish list right now.

However if you do want to look at a new style, one pieces featuring flattering ruching around the tummy area were the most popular styles of the year.

There’s more inspiration in the best swimsuits for women over 40.

Miraclesuit solid one-piece swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Miraclesuit solid one-piece swimsuit

Miraclesuit one-piece swimsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Miraclesuit one-piece swimsuit

What was your best purchase of the year? I’d love to know about your own most stylish clothes. Don’t forget to tell me in the comments

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  3. Fall Fashion For Women Over 40: The Most Flattering Trends For Fall 2020

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