When it comes to fashion over 50, there are some really fun trends this year that will make your fall – and your winter – a lot cozier and hipper. In general, things have gone mega this year: bold patterns, stylized booties, and oversized coats, wraps, and boyfriend-type jackets.
As for the patterns, plaid is everywhere. We typically associate it with our flannel winter shirts or as a coat and jacket lining. But now plaid is making an unabashed statement, adding a little playfulness to the more austere attire we associate with the colder months. This is definitely a trend that applies well to fashion over 50.
Of course, wearing a voluminous wrap or poncho takes some finesse. Many of these items come in “one size-fits-somebody.” So it’s important when following this “oversize” trend to make sure that the textile doesn’t overwhelm your frame. There’s a fine line between edgy and clown-like.
You can never go wrong with a new great cozy scarf for the fall and winter but this year they’re more like blankets. Plaid blankets!
And if that’s a bit too much for your personality and size, there are some wonderful plaid scarves in all colors and various sizes. They’re best worn with your neutrals: a classic wool coat, to dress up your jean jacket, or as a lively addition to a plain neutral color cashmere sweater.
For a different and new take on the biker jacket, the closer-fit biker versions have gone bigger and sometimes belted. And, the addition of shearling or faux fur makes for a tough/soft combination that brings both edginess and a little femininity to your jeans, leggings, and even dresses. If you live in a cooler climate you will get a lot of use out of this type of jacket.
Ankle boots have taken their place in a winter wardrobe as a more feminine (if not more leg-warming) alternative to some of the dramatic, over-the-knee boots. This year the newest look is a kitten-type heel and a pointier toe. Now, that’s a shape that won’t work for everyone. But you can still make them a focal point by going an unexpected detail, a slimmer heel, or by choosing something in a fun textile.
Finally, if you want to make a real trend/statement splash, you can mix it all up for the holidays with this combination of plaid…and bling!
Just remember ladies, when it comes to fashion over 50, you can have it all. Choose the trends that flatter, classics that are your go-to pieces, and anything that makes you feel beautiful.