With all the new trends pouring into the stores shopping for spring clothes can either be an absolute thrill or an overwhelming task!
What should you buy, what should you steer clear of? Are certain trends more suited to gals our age? Here’s a look at the top-10 spring 2018 fashion trends I think are worth investigating.
1. Trench Reinvent
A trench is the outerwear piece of the season and chances are good you already have one in your closet. It’s a classic piece, but one of the biggest mistakes I see women making is assuming that classics are meant to last forever. They’re not; classics, like a trench coat, wear out, look dated, and every once in a while, stylish women give theirs a good hard look and figure out if it’s time for an update.
This Spring the classic trench is reinvented in tons of ways. They were shown in leather, checks, voluminous proportions, short, long…. The only rule seems to be that you should throw out the rule book and go with what you love.
As always on the runway, we saw some pretty ‘out-there’ renditions but check out my Spring Shop section of the blog for real ways an over 40-gal can wear this Spring’s reinvented trench – and the other trends too!
2. Fringe Factor
This isn’t the first time fringe has shown up at the fashion rodeo, and it won’t be the last. That’s a good thing because if you find yourself drawn to this trend, you can take comfort in knowing it still has legs. Designers showed fringe on all things – dresses, skirts, bags, pants, tops – and shoes (check out my recent post about spring shoes for a couple of great examples on how to incorporate fringe in a classy way).
Whether it’s long or short or tidy or distressed, white or bright purple, you’ll be sure to see some fringe. Don’t let it scare you! Check out these fun fringe wardrobe additions here.
3. Mad for Plaid (and Checks)
This spring, it feels like plaids and checks are the new floral. Plaids and checks are usually associated with fall but this spring and summer, you’ll be seeing them in light-weight fabrics and softer, prettier hues. If you’re a gal who’s mad for plaid, put away your heavy winter plaids and treat yourself to these Easter egg plaids.
An up-to-date spring plaid shirt will look modern with blue jeans or white jeans or tucked into a cute pair of jeans. And don’t feel you have to limit yourself to a shirt. You’ll also be seeing plenty of checked dresses and pants in the stores. Have a look at the Shop section of the blog to see some of the items that are already showing up in the stores and would suit most women our age.
4. Trendy Translucent
I don’t know about you, but I for one am not excited about putting my over-40 body into one of the transparent dresses that designers showed on the runway this year.(Heck, I wouldn’t have been excited about doing it when I was in my 20s! LOL) Transparency is something left to the younger set.
Having said that, I am still excited about this trend. I’m planning to rock it in a transparent sandal like this, or maybe this one, both of which were featured in recent Spring Shoe Trends post. I find these cute yet elegant, and I’m itching to wear them with a pair of white jeans or a breezy summer skirt.
I’m a fan of nude pumps and footwear; not only does nude footwear go with everything, but it also makes your legs look like they go on forever. A trendy translucent sandal is the ultimate nude shoe.
For you gals who are more fashion-forward and are interested in more than footwear, go for it! Just make sure you’re covered where it counts. Or try sheer layers, which is another way to do this trend. Take a look at some of the trendy translucents in my Shop section fo the blog.
5. Bold Shoulder Blazers
It’s back! The power blazer, complete with shoulder pads, was all over spring runways. For many of us, this was a fashion staple back in the 1980’s, a piece that showed we meant business during a time when women were entering the workforce in droves. Today’s bold shoulder blazes are less about work and more about modern street style. They look fantastic worn with a t-shirt, pair of jeans and heels or, with a casual skirt and booties.
Be mindful of the size of the shoulder pads. If you are an inverted triangle and have broad shoulders to begin with, big shoulder pads can make you look like a football player! But, if you are pear-shaped with narrow shoulders, you’ll probably be doing a happy dance that hip-balancing shoulder pads are back.
6. Dark Denim
I’m expecting plenty of women over 40 to let out a collective Hurray! when they learn that denim has turned darker. While there’s no need to toss your medium- and light-wash jeans, the hip – and classy – way to wear denim is on the darker side. This is good news for over-40 gals who want to look chic in jeans and not like they’ve borrowed a pair from their teenage daughter’s closet.
And it’s especially good news for pear-shaped women who know that keeping their bottom half dark and mysterious and playing up their top half with color, boat necklines, and shoulder details helps to balance out their shape.
The other thing you might want to know about the dark denim trend is that it’s not just for jeans.You’ll see it in tailored trousers and fitted blazers, possibly even making denim spot-on for every day of the workweek and not just casual Friday.
7. Lilac, Lavender and other Sorbet Colors
Soft and romantic pastels in shades of lilac and lavender, to rose and sky blue were featured on the Spring 2018 runways. While these sorbet colors may be feminine and chic, the modern way to wear them is with a little bit of an edge.
Try pairing soft pink with red, or if you’re drawn to the transparent trend, try wearing something sheer in one of this springs colors. (Tip: If you love these colors but aren’t sure you can pull them off, check out my eBook, Color Me Fabulous for everything you need to know about flattering colors and how to wear them to bring out your best features and camouflage those you’d rather leave under wraps.)
………. & Bold Rainbow Colors
If you love strong, happy colors, you’ll be over the rainbow this spring with the bold, bright colors you can expect to see in stores. To do the rainbow trend in a way that’s modern and fresh, look for rainbow stripes in colors that you may not typically expect, like in this striped peplum top in spruce and lavender that reminds me more of candy stripes than rainbows. Look for interesting color combinations, vertical stripes, and even rainbow patchwork prints.
8. Puffy Sleeves
From bell sleeves to statement sleeves to cold-shoulder tops with sleeve cutouts, sleeves have been in the fashion spotlight for some time now. For Spring 2018, it was all about puffy sleeves. On the runway, everything from t-shirts to cardigans to dresses and jackets was shown with puffy sleeves and the bigger, the better it seemed. If you think you’re too old for puffy sleeves and they’re best left to younger gals, you needn’t worry.
In real life, look for puffed sleeves in more subdued renditions, with less going on around the shoulders and more happening on the lower half of the sleeve. It is way more subtle, flattering, and really just the most modern and current version of a statement sleeve. Here’s a few from my Shop section you may like.
9. High-Waisted Pants
This is one trend I’m particularly excited about for us over-40 gals. While rise on jeans and pants have been slowly but surely coming up after the ‘dark years’ of low-rise pants that were definitely not the friend of the midlife tummy, this spring and summer expect to see high-waisted trousers become mainstream.
Often shown with paper-bag waists cinched with a belt or a drawstring, high-waisted pants are chic and sophisticated.The loose, wide legs are flowy like a beautiful maxi skirt. HIgh waist pants work for the office with a jacket, for date-night with a flowy silk blouse and heels, or for running errands on the weekend with a simple t-shirt and sandals. Check these out on my Shop page.
If you haven’t tried a jumpsuit in recent years (or ever), this might just be the season to give this trend a try. I know a lot of gals find them unpractical and complain about the ‘logistics’ of getting into and out of a jumpsuit (particularly when you have to use the lady’s room at a restaurant. LOL!). Some feel that if you’ve worn a trend before, you shouldn’t wear it again, but before you let all that stop you, take a closer look.
This season’s jumpsuits are chic and sophisticated, just what the fashion doctor ordered for an over-40 gal. There are some utilitarian ones out there if that’s what you’re looking for but you’ll get more mileage from a sleek and updated version that will make a modern addition to your wardrobe. A jumpsuit is a great alternative to a dress or tailored suit. Just make sure you find one that nips in at your waist. For more ideas on how to style a jumpsuit, so you look like a girl and not an auto mechanic, check out these tips.
What’s catching your eye in this list? Anything you love from the new spring fashion trends 2018? Or, just would never wear? Let me know – I’m curious.