Can You Wear Eyelet Tops, Dresses and Pants at Any Age?

Eyelet has traditionally been seen as girly, sweet, and a tad old-fashioned; not exactly the vibe you are after if you’re 40, 50, or 60+. But in the last few years, this feminine summer fabric has grown up!

eyes on eyelet


This spring, eyelet clothing looks more modern and sophisticated, making it easy to wear eyelet tops, dresses, and pants at any age. Here’s what’s new and different about Eyelet for Spring 2024.



purple eyelet shirt

1. Colored Eyelet 

If you read my recent Spring color report, you know bright, saturated colors are trending. Suddenly we’re seeing eyelet in bright, eye-popping shades like hot pink, purple, periwinkle, grass green, and bold red. 

Whereas tradtional white Eyelet  comes across as pure and innocent, colorful eyelet dresses, tops, and pants have a bolder, more confident vibe. Black Eyelet is also trending and popular with the older crowd since black is mature and chic.  

Cream eyelet top

2. Unique Eyelet Cut Outs

Thanks to crisp laser-cut patterns, eyelet holes now come in unique shapes and sizes. Round, square, oval, rectangular, diamond and floral cutouts form intricate, modern patterns. Eyelet holes range from pin size to extra large for those who love a little drama.

pink eyelet dress

2. Grown-Up Eyelet Dresses and Tops

Eyelet dresses are adopting a more mature appearance with modern cuts. They’ve shed their fussy designs and school girl aesthetic.

Instead, they are simple and sophisticated.Think of an eyelet shift dress, shirtdress, or a classic A-line style. Even boho-inspired eyelet dresses are embracing this pared-down approach.

Eyelet is pretty no matter what style you wear, but if you want to look chic, try Eyelet in one of the newer pared-down silhouettes. Eyelet clothing that is more tailored with clean lines and minimal details will make you look elegant compared to wearing eyelet clothes that are busy, frilly, and jr looking


blue eyelet sweatshirt

4. Eyelet Blocked Clothing

Eyelet blocking on sleeves  and hemlines is very popular this spring. For example these dainty eyelet sleeves on this sporty blue sweatshirt, above. A touch of eyelet is a great way to add a soft, romantic feeling to your outfit. 


striped eyelet sleeve t shirt



4. Sporty Eyelet Pieces

Another thing you’ll notice about Eyelet is that it has gone from romantic to sporty because of the influence of the sporty chic look. You’ll find Eyelet jeans, eyelet striped T-shirts, tank tops, culottes, sweatshirts, and even jumpsuits.


gold eyelet butterfly sandals

5. Chic Eyelet Accessories

From laser-cut sandals to bags and belts, eyelet accessories are a great way to add a touch of the trend to your wardrobe without going all the way. There’s plenty to choose from, and this is a great way to incorporate the trend in a modern way.


White eyelet cropped wide leg pants


Keep Your Eye on Eyelet

At one time, Eyelet was considered too sweet to wear to work, but darker colors and tailored silhouettes make it modern and powerful. Be sure to check out all the fabulous eyelet this summer. 

yellow embroidered eyelet tunic


For those who like Boho style,  check out this cute, yellow boho eyelet top I like to wear with white jeans!

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