Wearing the Spring 2012 trends: ladylike

by Sylvia

Best ladylike dresses for women over 40

One of my favorite trends that I highltighed in my Spring / Summer 2012 trend report is the new ladylike silhouette. This style is very elegant and the hemlines of the dresses mostly just below the knee is very flattering for women over 40. I like to combine that with my other favorite trend which is graphical. See how I wore blue and white stripes in the ladylike silhouette recently. My recent combining of 2 dresses was also inspired by this trend.

So let’s have a look what’s available in shops for women over 40 who would love to try out this trend

The Milly combines both graphcial prints and the ladylike silhuette into this lovely dress. I’m also really loving the red Asos dress that reminds me of the dresses Zac Posen showed on the runway. Loving that pocket! Also adoring the grey Calvin Klein dress, which is sure to last you a long time. It’s currently on sale and there are only a few left.

Diane von Furstenberg also combines these 2 trends in this lovely 3 coloured dress. Her dark cobalt blue dress looks gorgeous and would be perfect for work.

More ladylike dresses

Dresses for women over 40 - ladylike trend

Nue by Shani is a brand I was unfamiliar with until I discover 2 gorgeous dresses online. They even come with built in under garments to make sure you look your best in these form fitting dresses! Loving both this white dress and the blue red dress.

The Helmut Lang dress is a lovely asymmetrical dress, which you all know is one of my favorite themes. The draping on the belly area will also perfectly hide any bulges there that you don’t want the world to notice.

The Monroe dress has a wonderful colour and is superbly elegant while the Black Halo dress has the most wonderful asymmetric neckline.

What do you think of the ladylike trend. Is this ones of the trends you are going to pick up this season?

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One of the nice things about getting older is that these pretty, softer, lady-like styles tend to look best on older women. I know that sounds weird, but I prefer seeing young girls in wilder styles rather than conservative ones. You’re only young once right? Now that I’m in my 40’s I feel like I have earned my ladylike suits and form fitting, knee length dresses and I don’t feel like I’m overdressed when I wear them. So yes, I’ll be working this trend as much as possible!


I totally agree. Young girls should be hip and wear lots of mini skirts and dresses! Although some of these tight dresses will also look good on them. It’s a different phase now for us and these dresses are great. Just saw the Chanel collection too. Lots of dresses and tunics worn over pants. Great for the 40+ woman!


I love the dresses … am considering hunting down a pattern and starting to sew for next season 🙂


Yes, if you know how to sew, I can imagine that these dresses will probably not be too hard. Good luck!

Patricia Razon

What attractive dresses, I used to wear a dress to office, I like the Helmut Lang perfect match for the boots.


The look is great. Love it. The blue Diane von Furstenberg is my favourite. I used to have a similar one in black, just over the knee, really tight. And although my figure is not perfect, for some reason it looked so good on me. Showed no clevage, and not much legs but still made tongues wagged hihi. It didn’t fit anymore so I gave it away (sigh).
I have a similar dress in white cotton by Sportmax which looks allright. It came with a matching bright dark pink jacket which I think looks stupid so I never wear it. I don’t think I am going to buy many more of such dresses as I find them a bit dangerous having no bum. Furthermore I have lots of office stuff, but I am lacking nice stuff for spare time.


Yes these dresses pose challenges for me too for that same reason. But it also depends on the cut and those models showing them usually have no bums either.
As for work clothes, try to get clothes that you could wear both on and off work. Holland is not that formal no?


It is not that formal but I like very smart clothes. It is just that they are not always comfortable (tight skirts, high heels). So in my free time I want the opposite (comfortable), but still rather good looking/smart. It is rare that I (can?) combine office clothes with weekend clothes.


If I were you I would choose a style for office that would also work privately. Pick styles that are formal yet still comfortable and hip. Did you read Nola’s articles on how to dress for work yesterday? She basically says the same and gives some great tips.


I love ladylike silhouettes and I am so glad they are hot right now (although I tend to wear them whether they are trending or not). The dresses are beautiful. I love the white, papaya and black one – truly stunning and the tan draped dress is so pretty. I think I need to add a few more dresses to my wardrobe, lots of separates, but not to many 1 pieces.


I have only started wearing dresses these last 2 years and I love them now. Dresses have something special and as I have shown in previous posts you can still mix & match and be creative with them! In the new fashion shows they were worn a lot over pants. Something I love to do as well!

Zanya Curtis

I agree. I love all those wonderful cheerful colors! I prefer bright colors for spring. Thanks for posting! 🙂


I love dresses! If I am not wearing jeans I am probably wearing a dress. My favorites are 2 and 5 in the top row and 1, 2, and 5 in the bottom row. I just bought a navy, 3/4 sleeved, ruched waist dress that comes to the top of my knee. On the hanger it looks like it would show every bump and lump but it is magic once I am wearing it. The drape is perfect. The nice thing about unadorned dresses like these is that you can keep your accessories simple or go a little wild. The dress is a backdrop for many different looks. Love!


Yes, cut and drape is so important at our age. I think that top nr. 2 dress is going to be a knockout hit. Great silhouettte and love that pocket!


I’m really starting to like this silhouette a lot, and I actually own a beautiful blue dress in a similar shape. I would love to dress like this for work once in a while, even though I might feel slightly overdressed in comparison to my casually dressed co-workers;)


Doesn’t matter. As long as you are having fun and feeling great! Someone has got to look the best!

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