The best spring 2017 trends for women over 40

by Sylvia

The best spring 2017 trends for women over 40 |

Spring is soon upon us! Are you ready for longer days, warmer weather and loads of color because the spring 2017 styles are here. This season, it’s all about strong colors and patterns, military inspired details, and shades of pink galore.

Here’s my rundown on the trends to keep an eye out for this spring. I also selected some styles that are already ready to purchase in stores.

1. Rose/Pink

A bright showy rosey pink was all over the runways in New York, Paris and London. Rather than the blush pink of season’s past, this spring’s pink is powerful with lots of red undertones. Look for it on dresses, coats and accessories this season.

 spring 2017 trends for women over 40: rose and pink tones |

2. The white poplin shirt

The simple white poplin shirt has been reimagined this season in lots of ways. You’ll see it as an oversized shirt, as a dress, and with uneven hemlines and assymetrical edging.

Spring 2017 trends for women over 40: White poplin shirt |

3. Bold & bright stripes

The bold color trend for spring 2017 continues into stripes. Get ready for colorful, bold stripes in wide and smaller prints across dresses, shirts, pants, and accessories.

Spring 2017 trends for women over 40: Bold Stripes |

4. Khaki & utility details

Khaki, light brown, beige, military green and utility inspired separates bring a more pared down tone to spring 2017. Look for military inspired jackets, vests and trenchcoats, and shirtdresses in khaki. You’ll see details like zippers, cargo pockets, and other utilitarian style elements.

Spring 2017 trends for women over 40: Khaki and utility details |

5. Florals

Spring means florals in a big way this season. This season’s pattern of festive florals ranges from delicate small prints to oversized bright and bold patterns on clothing and even accessories like shoes and purses.

Spring 2017 trends for women over 40: Florals |

6. Menswear inspired

Add some menswear inspiration this season for a fresh spring look. Details include menswear fabrics, striped shirts borrowed from the guys, vests, suiting fabric, and other masculine details interpreted in a female style.

Spring 2017 trends for women over 40: Menswear for women |

7. Ruffles & Fringe

Ruffled necklines and shoulders are everywhere this spring. Spring showcases ruffles in every variety, from bold, oversized ruffled necklines on evening wear to daintier, bohemian ruffles on the front of shirts or dresses. And look for fringe details on sleeves, used as layers on jackets and dresses, and just about anywhere designers can add them.

Spring 2017 trends for women over 40: Ruffles and fringe |

8. Athleisure

The athleisure trend continues into spring with sporty details appearing on pants, jackets, shoes, and even dresses. Stretchy fabric, zippers, blocks of color, bomber jackets, and mesh add a gym feel to everyday basics.

Spring 2017 trends for women over 40: Athleisure |

9. 80’s details

The 80’s are back and are adding a glitzy edge to style this spring. Look for metallic fabrics, larger shoulders and lapels on jackets, oversized blazers and bright, primary colors reminiscent of that era. You can easily add just a touch of 80’s with accessories, like a glittery belt, metallic bag or shoe, or a dress in a pure, bright color.

Spring 2017 trends for women over 40: 80's detials and retro inspired style |

10. Cold Shoulder details

The cold shoulder trend from last season continues with even more variety. Look to see more cold shoulder tops and dresses but also other details that highlight and expose the shoulders like exaggerated cowl necks, off the shoulder looks, and one shoulder tops and dresses.

Spring 2017 trends for women over 40: Cold shoulder | 40plusstyle.comAs always, it’s a good idea to add a new detail or two from each season’s trends to keep your wardrobe fresh and current. An easy way to include some of the trends is with accessories or a single item that can be added with clothing you already own and love.

We’ll be detailing more ways to incorporate some of these trends in accessories and shoes, so keep an eye out for those articles.

Which of the spring 2017 trends are you interested in adding to your wardrobe?

P.S. Next month in the 40+Style Club we are going to discuss the trends and preparing for a new season in great detail. You will also get a complete spring capsule wardrobe with 10 complete looks which we will share during the Spring challenge! Check here for more info.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 nancy

I love the spring collections! All those colors. I am about to wear floral and stripes so I hit two trends in one!


2 Greetje

Most of the stuff you are showing I like. This spring offers a lot of possibilities. However I am missing the green. Wasn’t Pantone’s greenery supposed to be the next thing? Or is that for winter?
Thanks very much for this overview.


3 Penny

Thanks for summarising, I love the suggestions and really want to get some key pieces this season.
Pink and red are my favourite combo!


4 Denise Groulx

I just looked at the spring trends and I already have my favorites: Pink, Vertical stripes, maybe a little ruffle and last: a short white poplin blouse.

But Pink and ruffle would be my two best choices. I’ll try to put a picture of the skirt I saw this morning.

Shocking pink dress:

and a ruffle skirt that I’d choose in black however:


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