9 Of The Best Fall 2021 Fashion Trends For Women Over 40

Are you ready for fall fashion? The Fall 2021 fashion shows came to a close back in March, but it’s time to take another look at the trends now. Just like spring 2021, fall 2021 was another unusual fashion week. It trickled in slowly and ended later than normal. But what is normal now anyway? Yet, it appears we are getting used to seeing still photos, virtual video shows and creative live presentations set up for social distancing. But just like every season of the past, we have been watching the fashion and compiling the best Fall 2021 fashion trends for women over 40.

Best Fall 2021 Fashion Trends for Women Over 40

Fall is always an exciting fashion season and this year designers played up to our continued desire for comfort with soft oversized coats, quilted puffers and blanket-like wraps. And they also expressed optimism with joyful looks including hot and bright crayon colors, slick leathers, soft knits and gorgeous textures like quilting, fringe and lace. Only this season the embellishments were more refined, unique and wearable and not just added as an afterthought. Instead they offered intricate details, deep textures, and created a lot of movement. Just take a look at the fringe for fall! This season’s fashion reflects everyone’s mood to want to get out and get moving once again.

Everyone can feel a little more hopeful as we look forward to Fall 2021. Here are 9 of our favorite trends perfect for women over 40 (and under 40 too).


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Now is the best time to look at the fall collections because you can find many of these trends for next season on sale now!  You can can wear them now too and be ahead of the fashion curve. Look for sweater vests, lace, leopard coats, denim jumpsuits and fringe to name a few and you will be totally on trend for fall 2021.

Fall 2021 Fashion Trends

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1. Soft Coats

Everyone likes a little comfort, and these soft coats and jackets are supersized! From slick leather-like puffers at Stand, to a hot pink puffer resembling a duvet cover (complete with your own neck roll) at Balmain to a soft sherpa-like print coat Louis Vuitton, the soft coat trend is no sleeper for fall 2021.

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2. Sweater Vests

These sweater vests don’t resemble your old school uniforms, thankfully. Instead they are a nice added layer to add shape, style and warmth and pull your look together. From a cap sleeve black vest over a retro patterned blouse and pants at Anna Sui, a tunic-like sweater vest at Bevza in a bright marigold, to an asymmetrical, slightly deconstructed modern color-blocked version at 3.1 Phillip Lim, designers showcased a wide variety of knitted vests.

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3. Amazing Lace

Almost every season, lace comes into play, but the lace pieces for Fall 2021 are absolutely amazing. From a stunning belted lace overlay dress at Gabriella Hearst to more modern approach at Akris, known for their laser cutting, with an unexpected lacy long winter white skirt under a quilted oversized hunter jacket. And the lace on this Ellie Saab dress with a matching jacket is jaw-dropping.

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4. Quilt It!

There was a wide variety of quilted numbers in the collections for Fall 2021. Yigal Azrouel’s casual short olive jacket has an unconventional curvy quilted pattern, Jason Wu’s long navy quilted coat comes with a nice sheen along with a built in scarf. And when we think “quilted” Chanel always comes to mind, but even this fashion house did a little spin on their usual diamond pattern with the horizontal quilted trim on this black and green color blocked coat.

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5. Leopard Print Coats

Hang onto your leopard coats because this animal print favorite was on many a runway for Fall 2021. Who needs a basic black coat when you can liven things up with an equally neutral leopard print? From an ankle-length and black-leather-belted coat at Etro, and a car coat over as full skirt at Christian Dior to a high neck fitted wrapped version at Rokh, there is a leopard print coat style for everyone for fall.

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6. Head-To-Toe Denim

Here is a new way to dress in denim for fall 2021. Designers showed head-to-toe denim in classic blue shades that give you a pulled-together yet casual look. From a conservative blue denim fitted jacket and matching pants at Hermes to casual denim jumpsuits at Alberta Ferretti and Victoria Beckham, all denim looks or denim worn as a base under a jacket can be your new uniform. Yes, the denim tuxedo is in!

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7. Bold Colored Leather

There will always be a place in our hearts for black leather but it is so refreshing to see gorgeous bright colored leather or “leather look” pieces for Fall 2021. Bold hues in leather could not be unnoticed from a bright lilac midi trench at Staud, to a hot red dress at Isabel Marant, to a full jacket and pant suit in burnt orange patent leather at Stand. Take your pick!

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8. On The Fringe

The designers seemed to finally get fringe just right for Fall 2021. From touches of long fringe on this blue coat at Jason Wu to the dramatic fringe cut from the cloth of this white coat at Ellie Saab to the modern Western inspired street worthy black coat at Etro, the fringe for fall 2021 is all about movement.

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9. Take The Cape

Capes took on many forms for fall from dressy to casual. We are so used to being at home wrapped up in a blanket, the designers are moving us out to the street and offering us the same comfort. From a soft maxi winter white knit cape at Gabriella Hearst, to a grey flannel leather trim cape at Peter Do, to a mixed media tweed, black and bright short cape at Louis Vuitton, wrap yourself in the cape trend for Fall 2021.

Which is your favorite Fall 2021 fashion trend?

Carol Calacci

Sources: Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, WhoWhatWear, Fashionista
Photos: Vogue.com

You may also like to read The Best 9 Spring 2021 Fashion Trends For Women Over 40 and 9 Of The Worst Spring 2021 Fashion Trends For Women Over 40.

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