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Wearable Clothing Trends for Fall 2013: Women Over 40, 50, 60

trends for fall for old ladies

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

Most fashion writers talk about runway styles seen on the catwalk, but do you really care what's in those freak shows? I mean, it’s good art… it's beautiful stuff... but it’s not wearable clothing for real women over 40 or 50 or 60. I, on the other hand, like to critique (and write about) clothing from online stores in the UK and Europe. European trends are usually ahead of ours, but most of the time you can find similar styles (or the exact same styles) in the US.

clothing trends for women over 50Well... it’s not that I don’t look at catwalk trends. What kind of Boomerina would I be without a little fashion curiosity?

However, I don’t take much of that haute couture stuff seriously. So, go ahead and look at those wild fashions, but I know that most of you older women can figure out what’s doable and what’s trashable without the help of a 25-year-old with a keyboard and a fashion-school degree.

Clothing Trends for Older Women

Most Baby Boomer chicks will be able to take the best of the new trends and tweak those trends so that they will be appropriate for their age group. Of course, a few exceptions lurk in the dark, such as neo punk, crazy fur, embellished shorts and... I take it back about the punk. Some of us remember punk from the 70’s and we can do a small touch of it here and there. Hey, few onlookers in the United States will suspect that tartan can be subversive. It's okay for you to wear a bit of chain jewelry, but no safety pin piercings, please.

Easy Trends for Fall & Winter 2013/2014

There is almost nothing new under the sun… especially when it comes to fashion, but here are some of the fresh ideas that look good on most older women.

  • best clothing for women over 40 50 60Repeating Patterns: Prints and patterns can help you hide fat and other imperfections. Of course, you have to do prints and patterns right or you will look worse.
  • Velvet Dresses: Who can dislike velvet dresses? They are silky and sumptuous. Just make sure the drape is good and the nap changes color in the right places.
  • Wide Legs: I’ve done a fair amount of research, and as far as I can tell, the online stores in France show both skinny leg pants (and jeans) as well as flares.  So, wear whatever looks good on your body or wear whatever you feel like on any given day.
  • Modern Plaid: Plaid for fall? What a surprise. But, this trend is a little different. It involves wearing plaid in surprising ways, like pairing it with leopard or with chiffon... or wearing different plaids within the same outfit. Some of the new, trendy plaids haveclothing for women over 40 50 60 been blown up to cartoonish proportions. Or, you can just wear plaid in the traditional ways that flatter your body.
  • Loose Silhouettes: I hesitate to put loose silhouettes in the “good” category. As long as you don’t look like you’re wearing a muu muu, I’ll give you a pass on this comfortable style. I think it's the clothing designers' answer to the age old question: What the heck will older ladies buy?
  • Shades of Green: There are three Pantone greens for fall 2013, however it looks like every shade of green under the sun is hot.
  • Shades of Gray: Personally, I hate gray. I look like death in gray. But, it does not mean that you will.  If you have gray or white hair, this "color" may be one of your best looks.

Clothing Trends Carried Over From Summer

Here are some of the trends that have been carried forward from spring/summer 2013 or fall/winter 2012. (article continues)

Please continue reading about clothing trends for fall 2013 on page two.



Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. Bijoux Fantaisie

    All women of all ages are crazy about fashion jewelry. The main reason behind it is the normal metallic jewelry can only be worn until certain age. Fashion jewelry will be the all time trend.

  2. Over 40

    Dear Max,

    Love your blogs! Keep them coming!


  3. Kaitte

    So if the clothes are for us boomers age 40+, why are under age 20 and size 0-3 being modeled in the clothes

  4. Kaitte

    So if the styles are for boomers age 49+ because the last boomer born was 1964.. why aren't we modeling these clothes instead of under 20, and size 0-3


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