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2016 Fashion Trends for the Midlife Woman

Direct from the runways of fashion media, I bring you the 2016 Fashion Trends for spring. Fashion is a business. Plain and simple. Trends drive the business and keep it fresh and active… mainly with the younger set, who reside in the world of fast fashion. For the midlife woman, trends can help us to Pantone Colors for Spring 2016feel stylish and current. However, they can also waste money and be very dangerous if we are not careful.

2016 has caution flags thrown all around fashion for midlife women. The great, all-powerful Pantone has looked down from its Crystal City and selected basically a light pink (Rose Quartz) and baby blue (Serenity) as the colors of the year. Their influence is already on the racks. If, like me, you are not a fan of most pastels, and prefer saturated, rich colors, then you will tire of the new trend colors quickly. But, I acknowledge that some of you look lovely in pastels and will be excited to see these choices. For those of us not into pink, I do like these colors on the Pantone list: Buttercup, Fiesta, Iced Coffee, and Snorkel Blue. Also, I am glad to see the influences of basic black, white and red stick around.

I lift a toast to these trends for spring:

  1. What should a middle aged woman wear this spring?The flat mule – always a chic choice
  2. New versions of the classic white shirt – again, a chic classic which never really goes out of style
  3. Marled Knits – these can be soft, transitional pieces from the winter weather to warm spring
  4. Lightweight denim – it will depend on design, but denim is always a good choice… just not when it is ripped up in the name of fashion!
  5. Exposed shoulders – I am willing to give these a try. Could be a nice top for a springtime date with Mr. B.

Now, here are the trends for spring we should approach with caution. In fact, for some I am waving that flag like crazy. Sometimes a trend will actually age us if we are not careful. I am not saying to avoid these completely, but be very discerning in the dressing room and ask what the look communicates. Also, make sure it flatters you and fits you well.

The spring trends to approach carefully are:

  1. More Pleats (on everything)
  2. The Paper-bag waist
  3. More see through with transparent net. (Shows all – and I do mean all – underneath.)
  4. More fringe
  5. More plaid
  6. Wearing lingerie over clothes (really?)
  7. More tie-dyed garments from the 70s
  8. Old English sleeves on blouses and dresses
  9. Excessive lace (can be pretty, but also aging… be cautious)
  10. Low rise trousers (so sad, appears they are returning)
  11. Kimonos designed to look like bathrobes (Again, really?)
  12. The half- moon bag (I am just not a fan, but some may like)
  13. The cupcake-design bag. I even saw a donut bag. (Watch those carbs, ladies!)

There are collections directing midlife women to a more casual and sometimes frumpy level. One group of buyers explained that everyone is becoming more laid back with their clothing for work and play, so they are providing what the customer wants. Granted these are very young people saying this. They may be right, but we should make sure this new casual does not add years to our lives or take away our confidence and strength.

I like what designer Gianni Versace once said after showing a new collection, “That is the key of this collection, being yourself. Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.”

So, tell me… are there any of my likes or dislikes which catch your attention? Are you a pastel fan or not? Let us know what you think about Spring 2016. Thanks for coming by!

Midlife Fashion Advice

Pamela Lutrell

Pamela Lutrell began her blog, <a href="">over50feeling40</a>, July 2010 with a desire to encourage women over 50 to walk in strength, confidence and joy. Of course, head turning style makes each day fun!

Pamela Lutrell

Pamela Lutrell began her blog, over50feeling40, July 2010 with a desire to encourage women over 50 to walk in strength, confidence and joy. Of course, head turning style makes each day fun!

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Monday 18th of January 2016

I'm also not a fan of pastels, but as with culottes, I've learned by now to never say never! I intend to wear the metallics and shiny stuff that is all over the runways, but I'll give all the girly, pink, lacy stuff a great big miss. I also want some more off the shoulder stuff. Shoulders don't age!! xx


Wednesday 13th of January 2016

love the quote. Pastels are not my thing either but perhaps as an accessory I can work it in. The one trend getting some traction recently that I don't understand is the crop denim flare. Unless you are really tall and very slender it seems to me that this style would not be flattering.

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