The 10 best Spring trends for women over 40 – From runway to your wardrobe

by Sylvia

The 10 best Spring trends for women over 40 |

Being the wrong side (or, as we see it, the right side) of 40 means no longer slavishly following the latest fashion trends. Instead, we now have the confidence to dress stylishly, in a way which suits our age, our body shape, and our own signature ‘look’, rather than simply dressing in whatever the latest runway trends dictate, cherry picking the latest looks to fit in with our existing wardrobe.

While the SS18 catwalks gave us some outlandish aesthetics, including a plethora of sparkles, tassels and feathers, which wouldn’t look out of place on a Vegas showgirl, and the return of the fanny pack (no thank you, we wore this one first time round in the 80s!), there was also a lot which was exquisite on the runway while also being practical for the everyday. Here’s our round up of the best trends to wear this spring.

1. Vertical stripes

Vertical stripes and the lates Spring and Summer trends |

While too many vertical stripes could leave you looking like a deck chair, designers’ love affair with stripes is showing no signs of waning this Spring. SS17 was mainly about the horizontal stripe, but this season, vertical stripes in bold hues are the order of the day, with everyone from Givency to Missoni, Kenzo to Fendi sending their models down the catwalk in stripes which were either up-and-down, or set on the diagonal for an easier-to-wear look which flatters most body shapes.

2. Sorbet shades

Sorbet shades and ideas on how to style it |

The big fashion houses are showing their softer sides this spring, with an array of pastel hues ranging from pale pink to mint green, baby blue to apricot. But the runaway runway winner was definitely lilac. While too much pastel can leave you looking a little mother-of-the-bride, choosing the right shade for your skin tone can lift your complexion. If you don’t want to do top-to-toe ice-cream shades, mix and match with your existing wardrobe, pairing with neutrals.

3. Draping

2018 fashion: Draped outfits by Dion Lee, Jacquemus, Jason Wu, Loewe, and Pringle. |

Many designers chose to let their fabric do the talking, creating casually draped, knotted and twisted dresses, which looked sophisticated in a I-haven’t-tried-too-hard kind of way. Key to this trend is finding a drape which falls in the right place to showcase your best bits and hide those you aren’t so confident about. For example, a drape could help to hide a less-than-flat tum or glide across your upper arms.

4. Jumpsuits

Stylish jumpsuit from the runway for women over 40 |

This season, jumpsuits aren’t strictly utilitarian affairs which would be best left to your local car mechanic, but designers instead chose to create all-in-ones with sophisticated cuts in every type of fabric from silk to denim. Wear with heels instead of that LBD, or pop a blazer over the top for a less frumpy alternative to the shift dress for the office.

5. The updated trench

Spring 2018 trench coats with a twist |

Hardly groundbreaking, we know, but the trench coat is back for spring 2018. If you haven’t got one in your wardrobe yet, why not? The trench is one of those wardrobe staples which every woman should own, along with classics like the white shirt, the LBD and a pair of court shoes. Even if you do already own one, the likes of Céline, Max Mara and Chloe gave us the perfect excuse to buy another with their takes on the beige trench.

6. Logo mania

2018 Style forecast: Logo themed clothes |

Everyone from Gucci to Louis Vuitton decided to shout about their brand credentials by adorning their latest styles with logos, from the subtle to the big and bold. While we will probably steer clear of Moschino’s My Little Pony-inspired pink sweater dress, we loved Balmain’s take on this trend – teaming a logo tee with a blazer.

7. Sheer top layers

Spring 2018, sheer tops and pieces |

While the celebrity trend on the red carpets tends to be for knicker-bearing sheer gowns, the sheer trend for spring 18 is much more subtle, allowing you to bare as much or as little as you want by throwing sheer layers over dresses and separates. Wear a sheer wrap over a dress for a night out, or opt for a sheer trench for day-to-day dressing.

8. Denim

Denim pieces and how to wear them this 2018 |

The popularity of denim hasn’t waned since it was first invented in 1873, going from working men’s clothing, to symbols of defiance and finally to fashion staple. While designers this spring are showcasing acid-wash styles which may have been best left in the 80s, there are also dark, crisp and tailored numbers, including denim blazers and wide-leg pants

9. Primary colours

The best 2018 Spring trends: primary colors |

While some designers opted for pretty-as-a-picture pastels, others have a much bolder take on spring 2018 dressing, with big, bright colours from reds to blues, cerise to lime green. Thankfully, you won’t look as if you’ve raided your little one’s Crayola box as the emphasis is on sleek silhouettes with classic lines, such as the sleeveless trench and the fitted, cropped blazer.

10. Pencil skirts

2018 fashion trends for women over 40: Pencil skirts |

Another true wardrobe staple, pencil skirts are back for SS18. Moving away from the mini or the A-line, skirts have a sophisticated, grown-up vibe with a 50s aesthetic. Balenciaga and Hermés both based their spring collections around the pencil skirt. Bring yours up-to-the-minute by swapping your classic courts for pointed kitten heels (yes, they’re also making a comeback).

As always, look to add a few new pieces into your existing wardrobe. You probably already have pencil skirts, a neutral trench and some pastel pieces. Think about new ways you could wear them and what you would like to add to make sure your wardrobe is on point for SS18.

Which trend are you looking forward to wearing this spring?

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Frances

Thanks Sylvia, love your blog, I reckon it’s one of the best 40+ ones out there 🙂


2 Sylvia

Thanks Frances!


3 Greetje

I always love this update of trends. I haven’t got a clue what to incorporate yet. Buying second hand this season, is not going to update my wardrobe haha. So be it.
Gosh, I could use a couple of hunderd thousands. But who wouldn’t?
The only thing of these trends that I am not going to do is wearing logos. If a brand wants me to advertise them, they can pay me for it.


4 Paula LH

I agree 100%! I wear clothes, not labels. And I despise conspicuous labels.


5 Lady j

First of all I don’t follow trends I wear what I like. Because I wear size,4 – 6 . I wear 4 I have get 6 some stores dint have 4 ism tall and slim. I have tiny waist big hips. If have it in my size fit right. I have money I get it. I do have 10 pieces timeless pieces for spring n summer.
.1LBD ( little black dress)black sleeveless dress, 2. Long formal black dress weddings, Xmas party,formals3. LWD (little white dress) 4 cute wedges brown, black, white 5. Cute summer purse 6. White jeans7. White capris 8. White shirt 9. White blouse 10. White trench coat


6 Kristine

Hi! Thank you for this concise and “to the point” post about Spring 2018 trends! I love it how you posted photos of “wearable” items below each trend. Personally, I am looking forward to wearing my trench coat this season (I didn’t wear it once last year). I do love “sorbet” colors but they don’t look good on me, so maybe shoes in those. The sheer trend is so feminine, but I think it’s good in moderation for me, like sheer sleeves. Free People always seem to have some sheer top styles to choose from.


7 Natalie

Great post Sylvia. It’s got me thinking already about what is in my spring/summer bins that I’ll crack into in a couple of months. I most likely won’t be investing in a jumpsuit as it seems a bit trendy for me. Thanks!!


8 Elaine

Like the pick and mix approach. Good guidance. Don’t particularly like pastels but always complimented when I wear pale blue. Love bright colours so something for everyone. Just because “they” say it’s in doesn’t mean it is with everyone! Wear what makes you feel confident and uplifted.


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