Spring & Summer

Can You Wear Eyelet Tops, Dresses & 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 fabric has grown up!

This spring eyelet clothing looks modern and more sophisticated. There’s a broader selection than ever, making it easy to wear eyelet tops, dresses, and pants at any age. Here’s what’s new and different about Eyelet for Spring 2023.

purple eyelet shirt

1. Brightly Colored Eyelet 

If you read my recent Spring color report, you know that since Covid, there’s a new feeling of optimism, and that has translated into women wanting to wear bright, saturated colors and also more feminine clothing. Designers have picked up on this, and we’re now seeing Eyelet in some gorgeous, new eye-popping shades like bright pink, periwinkle, classic green, purple, and bold red. 

Whereas classic white Eyelet  has a pure, innocent, shy vibe, these new colorful eyelet dresses, tops, and pants  come across as exciting, more assertive, and confident.  Black Eyelet is also trending and is popular with an older crowd since black is mature and chic looking.  

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2. Minimalist Shapes 

Eyelet is pretty no matter what style you wear, but if you want to look sophisticated,  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.

Try a shirtdress or sheath dress, or if you want to wear one of the romantic tiered dress styles, stick to a style that flatters your shape and only has one tier and not a lot of frills. Here’s a boho eyelet dress I wore with one bottom ruffle and a simple shape.

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yellow eyelet tee

The best eyelet pieces for gals our age are simply cut, flatter the figure and focus on the Eyelet itself. Slim or straight-cut eyelet pants are also chic, and fitted eyelet blazers. You might even consider an eyelet jumpsuit.



pink eyelet dress


3. Eyelet Blocking & Unique Cutouts

Thanks to crisp laser-cut patterns, you’ll find eyelet holes in all shapes and sizes. There are round, square, oval, rectangular, diamond, and floral cutouts forming intricate patterns . You’ll also notice more sizes of eyelet holes, from tiny pinholes to large cutouts.

All these new details come together to create eyelet pieces that  fashion forward works of art. These are popular with women our age who want a little more drama.

Eyelet blocking on sleeves, waists, and clothing hemlines is extremely popular this spring. I love the look of these pretty eyelet sleeves on this sporty sweatshirt. A little eyelet rather than a lot can be a great way to add some pretty vibes to your look without going overboard. Less can be more.

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pants (plus-size) | top | mules | bag | earrings

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4. Sporty Eyelet

Another thing you’ll notice about the Eyelet is that it has gone from being romantic to sporty because of the influence of the sporty chic look. You’ll find eyelet jeans, tanks, sweatshirts, and crisp, sporty tops in full-on Eyelet or with a few eyelet highlights.


5. Eyelet Goes to Work

At one time, Eyelet was considered too sweet to wear to work, but darker colors and tailored silhouettes make it modern and powerful. Take this navy laser-cut skirt. This skirt is modern and feminine but business-like. Add a jacket when you want extra authority.



6. 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.


eyelet top-cream-Deborah Boland

Be sure to check out all the fabulous eyelet this summer and get a piece into your wardrobe. For those of you who like a boho look check out this cute boho eyelet top I styled with white jeans, or these classic white eyelet shirt outfits.

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