There are no real rules when it comes to fashion. If this was the case, the world would be a very boring place! This is especially true when it comes to middle aged women. It is so liberating and intriguing to see a middle aged woman having her own sense of style. Therefore, it’s important to take today’s trends and tailor them to your specific body type and needs. There is no one size fits all trend, and it’s important that you take bits and pieces from a trend to make it your own look, and a flattering one. Sometimes this is easier said than done, but it’s an important statement, and by the time you are done reading this article you will know exactly what this means.
And of course, you can always heighten your sense of style, so why not start now? That said, with these outfit tips and suggestions, hopefully you can gain some insight, and get just that little bit of inspiration that you did (or didn’t) know you needed!
#18. A Colorful Structured Statement Jacket
If you find that you are always wearing the same color scheme, or if you are not taking enough fashion risks, here is a look that should yield you only positive results. Red is one of those colors that looks great on everyone, whether they realize it or not. Having a bright red coat is both stylish and elegant at the same time. You can wear this structured statement coat with jeans, your work attire, or an evening dress, and it will work well in each situation. This is a great option for those who are leery to wear color in their everyday life. Make sure the shoulders are strong, and if you can find a double breasted one, great! If you aren’t one to wear color all day long, take the plunge and invest in a red statement jacket.
#17. All White, With A Touch Of Sheer
Sheer seems to be in these days, but not all sheer outfits are created equal. Stick with simple neutral colors, and when Winter rolls around, Winter White is a stunning suggestion. Dress pants, off white denim, or khakis, match your top to your bottoms. Wear the same color undershirt so everything meshes together nicely. This is a fun, and slightly dressier, take on an otherwise drab everyday look. You can pair this outfit with heels or flats for a modern ensemble. Simple white sneakers like Keds also look smart and stylish with this all white outfit.
#16. Monochromatic Outfits
Monochrome looks have really come to light this past year, and truth be told we should have recognized this trend sooner. By wearing a full head-to-toe outfit in one color hue, you are able to play around with fashion more than you normally would be able to. You can have a crazy stand out piece and it won’t get noticed as much. Wear a trendy blazer or otherwise odd pants and it somehow all looks better when it is in the same color family. Theory and Vince are two brands that sell stylish items in many neutral shades, and their fit is impeccable.
#15. Like a breath of fresh air, yes PLEASE wear color to the office, in blazer form
Sometimes our office wear can come off as rather uninspired. Just because your day may seem mundane, doesn’t mean that your outfit has to look that way. A pop of color is always welcome in the office, especially in the form of a blazer. Whether a pretty pastel or a brighter bold, wearing a colorful blazer brings life into your wardrobe. Whatever color your pants or skirt is (black, navy, beige) make sure to wear that same color shell under your blazer. This way there are not a ton of confusing and contrasting colors. J.Crew has tons of women’s blazers in many different colors, and their fit is impeccable. Voilà, you have successfully updated your wardrobe with just one key piece! Now go out and conquer the world, errr um your day at least (:
#14. Throw A Shawl Over It
A large shawl or scarf is a great way to easily change up your outfit. If you are stuck in a rut and find yourself wearing the same old things, try adding an extra large shawl over your top, for a superbly stylish look. This type of shawl works best over a plain white button down shirt, a sleeveless shirt, and even looks chic when mixed with a blazer. There are many different ways to style your shawl, so once you get the hang of it, buy more in different colors and patterns. When you don’t know what to wear and you aren’t in love with any of your tops, add this shawl over them to transform your look. This is an easy breezy look and it looks great with jeans, khakis, skirts, dresses, literally anything. It’s worth investing in different materials and types, and you can make this look either as dressy or as casual as you want it to be.
#13. The Anna Wintour Inspired Classic A-Line Dress
Famous Editor-In-Chief of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour knows a thing or two about fashion. She is a perfect example that a woman in her 60’s can look just as stylish as a woman in her 30’s. Honestly, this is a true statement you are reading. Among the many stylish frocks Anna dons, the A-line dress looks and fits the best, every time on everyone. That is probably why this type of dress is her go-to, and rightfully so. Choose an A-line dress that hits below the knee and pair it with boots that hit at or over the knee. You should not be able to see the top of the boots at all this way. These boots in either a 1” kitten heel, or chic flat boots, look exceptional with A-line dresses. Of course these dresses also look amazing with pumps, so don’t be scared to break out your heels for this outfit! Brooks Brothers carries an array of these types of dresses and they are all superbly chic.
#12. The Not So Standard White Blouse
A white blouse is always a sign of sophistication. More often than not, women go straight for the standard white collared button down, which is fine. But here we want to slightly branch out of our comfort zones and choose a white blouse with more flair. Silk is often a better option than cotton, and blouses with ruffling, pussybows, and other accents, are a welcomed distraction from the otherwise basic white shirt. Wear your new silk blouse with denim, black pants, or a pencil skirt for a truly elevated look. White House Black Market has just the styles you are looking for.
#11. Trench Coat Chic
A trench coat is an easy and effortless way to make an otherwise unassuming outfit come together. A classic trench is always in style, and it makes rainy days seem all that much better. Throw your trench coat over a dress, a business suit, or jeans, and instantly feel better about yourself and your outfit. Worn open or belted closed, with this look the forecast is 100% chic and stylish. Buy one in khaki and one in black or navy, and you are guaranteed to always look polished before stepping out the door. Of course Burberry is the master of the trench, but if you are not ready for the splurge check out Banana Republic.
#10. The Always Flattering Wrap Dress
Famed fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg created the wrap dress in 1974 and thank goodness she did! When not sure what to wear, the wrap dress is the answer. Normally this type of dress is made of a colorful printed jersey material. It is almost always worn below the knee, and it shows off a woman’s figure, no matter your age. Believe the hype, this dress works miracles. With its wrap around capability, it takes away notice from your midsection and emphasizes everything good about your body. Try one on and you will be a believer. Many times a wrap dress has longer sleeves, but if yours has shorter sleeves like the model, throw on a cardigan to make it more weather appropriate. Whether going to work, on a lunch date, or a dinner date, the wrap dress should instantly come to mind. And obviously, first check DVF.com for impressive styles.
#9. Don’t Be Scared Of The Flirty Little Black Dress
Middle aged woman should never fear looking sexy! It is what makes a woman a woman, and it is a natural and good feeling to have about yourself. That said, you should invest in a quality little black dress (LBD), and you might be surprised on how much use you will actually get out of it. This dress doesn’t have to be way above the knee, but it definitely looks good on the shorter side. Pair this LBD with tights, you can go more opaque if you are self-conscious or conservative, and either add pumps or flats for a party ready look. Top off your outfit with a statement necklace and/or cocktail ring, and you have yourself a really well thought out, and effortless, outfit. This is a great backup outfit to have in your closet when you are invited to something last minute. Saks Fifth Avenue has a large selection to choose from.
#8. The Conservative LBD
So now that you already have your flirty little black dress, it doesn’t hurt to have a conservative one as well. A plain, below the knee, LBD is equally as stunning. Black is a universal color that looks excellent on everyone, from the palest to the darkest of skin tones, it’s never too harsh or too subtle, it’s always just right. Pair your LBD with pumps and tights for a superbly sophisticated look. Make sure to find space in your closet for this conservative black dress, because it is definitely a quality item to have. Keep the neckline high to really set the conservative tone.
#7. Wear Color Down There!
Colored pants are an easy way to give your wardrobe a little pick-me-up. With this style, you can choose lighter colors in the Spring and Summer, and you can choose darker colors in the Fall and Winter. With Fall approaching, colors like eggplant, burgundy, and marigold are excellent options. Marigold looks great in jean material and pairs well with cream sweaters, whereas eggplant and burgundy look stylish with tan colored sweaters. There’s no need for excessive jewelry or accents with this look, simple and chic always looks good on everyone and is the way to go with this look. Having at least one colored pant is a great way to add a boost to your wardrobe. The Gap has some excellent pant options.
#6. Go Ahead, Mix Those Lights & Darks
It’s a common misconception that light colored clothing, especially coats, should be put away for Winter. We can’t forget about about the term ‘Winter Whites’, which look stunning on all skin tones. A Winter White is an off-white or creamish color. And yes, you can wear this color over an all black ensemble. What’s great is that this Winter White color looks great over any dark color, and you shouldn’t be afraid to mix those colors, even in the form of pants. Remember, there are no rules in fashion and Winter Whites are a thing.
#5. Pinstripes Please
Pinstripes, ruffles, and pearls oh my! This might seem like a CRAZY combination, but honestly it is anything but. This is a very sophisticated and elegant way to show up to work or any other event. Start with a well-fitting pinstripe suit. Next find a blouse that has some ruffle accents around the neckline. It can be more subtle ruffling, it doesn’t have to be as dramatic as the model’s look. Finally, add pearls for the last touch of refinement. You can also choose a subtle pinstripe print for a softer look.
#4. Hues Of Blue
Blue is an extremely flattering color on everyone, it’s not just for fair skinned and light haired women. It’s also a very calming color. And sometimes, heck who are we kidding, most times, we just want to be comfortable. This laid back blue hued look is a perfect example of how you can do so. Purchase a pair of looser fitting navy chinos and pair with a lighter colored blue top. A v-neck sweater looks great with these pants. It’s also okay if your sweater is on the tighter side, as this will offset the looseness of the pants and really make your outfit pop, all while being extremely comfortable. Never buy anything that is too tight, always wait for your perfect fit. Pair this outfit with Keds or a non-bulky plain type Skechers sneaker, and your relaxed look is complete.
#3. Fall Suedes
Everyone probably owns a suede coat or a suede pair of boots, but what they don’t know is that they actually pair exceedingly well together. It’s not too much, it’s coordinated. Perhaps you bought those suede boots on sale but never wore them? With Fall fast approaching, now is the time to break them out! Brown suede is rich and delicious, and it looks great with neutrals or jeans. Make sure to match in only two different hues. Again, it’s best not to confuse things here and keep it simple. This is a great Fall look that will bring you lots of compliments.
#2. These Boots Were Made For Walking
Wearing knee high boots and a simple skirt makes one look professional and polished. The model has the right idea in this picture, and her tweed jacket is spot on. What to wear underneath that jacket? Wear a white or Winter White, not-so-standard blouse like we saw earlier. Also worth noting, it’s a nice gradual transition of hues from the white and gray tweed top, to the gray skirt, ending with the black boots. This is a very easy and confident look that everyone woman can adapt to.
#1. Don’t Underestimate Denim & A Good Sweater
And finally, don’t forget about a good pair of denim jeans. These jeans should be fresh looking and well-fitting. Straight leg looks the best, not too loose, and not too tight. Throw on a sweater over these jeans and you’re ready for Fall. This sweater can be oversized, too. The well-fitting jeans balance out the looseness of the sweater. Pair with simple chic sneakers to complete the look. The Gap has both the jeans and the sweaters that you are looking for. Choose a darker shade of denim, as darker is often more slimming and refined.