This article first published on October 5, 2019. Now that spring fashion has hit the stores, we thought you may like to review these trends again. We updated this post with new information and links so you can shop the best spring trends for women over 40 right now.
Two times each year, when fashion week comes around, we like to present our favorite trends for the upcoming season. More importantly, they are the fashion trends women over 40 can wear and will feel comfortable doing so. We scoped the runways of the Spring/Summer 2020 Collections from New York, London, Milan and Paris and worked hard to put together the best spring fashion trends for women over 40.
There were a few trends that were apparent this season, that we have seen many times before like 80s, belted looks, spring leather and feathers. Therefore, we can put a big belt on and it’s OK to wear leather and ostrich feathers for spring! We get that. But we wanted to present the trends that will make an impact for the spring season and ones that you may be missing from your wardrobe. There were a few notable shapes and silhouettes that dominated the spring runways, like puffed sleeves and big slouchy pants. Besides shapes, we like to look to designers for styling. They showed us a variety of mixes of prints and textures as well as new ways to layer our clothing for spring. So after a careful edit, here are our top 11 spring fashion trends for women over 40.
Spring Fashion Trends For Women Over 40
1. Puffed Shoulders
One of the top spring fashion trends for 2020 is puffed shoulders. You will find everything from extremely puffed sleeves that carry off an entire look to soft gathers on shoulders of blouses and dresses. Designers used puffed sleeves in place of shoulder pads on coats and jackets for added volume. Puffed shoulders are roomier, airier and give you more comfort to move and stay cool in spring and summer. The look is not just for little girls but is actually quite sophisticated. Besides, they give you more of a broad shouldered appearance which makes your waist look slimmer (remember the 80’s?). What’s not to like about that? Shop Puffed Shoulders
Pictured Above: Valentino, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Versace.
Also shown at Sachin & Babi, Mara Hoffman, Michael Kors Collection, Carolina Herrera, Khaite, Prabal Gurung, Brock Collection, Isabel Marant, Loewe, Versace, Fendi, Alberta Ferretti, Simone Rocha, Ulla Johnson, Annakiki and Louis Vuitton.
2. Big Slouchy Pants
The overall mood for spring 2020 is all about comfort and big slouchy pants were the pant shape of the season. From tailored suits at Tom Ford to parachute lightweight cargo pants at 3.1 Phillip Lim, pants were pleated, gathered and wide legged or stovepipe shaped. The length is long and at some collections even hit the floor. Tops for this new trouser shape were not necessarily tight or close to the body, but balanced with loose blouses, tops and bomber jackets. We’re looking forward to wearing these easy going pants for spring. Shop Slouchy Pants
Pictured Above: 3.1. Phillip Lim, Lanvin, and Tom Ford
Also shown at Rag & Bone, Christian Siriano, Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya, Michael Kors Collection, Jil Sander, Tibi, Marc Jacobs, Christopher John Rogers, Dion Lee, Zimmerman, Sies Marjan, Salvatore Ferragamo and Burberry.
3. Black & White Polka Dots
We aren’t necessarily huge fans of polka dots, but black and white dots could not be missed on the runways for spring. This season the pattern was not ditzy, yet it was used in many bold ways from oversize pop art style at Carolina Herrera to classic vintage polka dots at Michael Kors Collection. A tiny black polka dot pattern on white was used on an oversized jacket with reverse trim and pants at Balmain. Polka dots were also mixed in beautifully with other prints like leopard and bright florals at Dries van Noten. Shop Black and White Polka Dota
Pictured Above: Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors Collection and Balmain
Also shown at Miuccia Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Marni, Fendi, Dries van Noten and Philosphy by Lorenzo Serafini.
4. Casual Luxe
Tom Ford was one of the first to show this look with his combination of satin ball gowns with comfy looking t-shirts. Then we noticed other designers showing similar combinations where it was one part casual and one part total luxury. Isn’t that actually the way modern women dress? At least it’s the way we want to dress. Sally LaPointe showed a soft knit top with luxe satin pants and Giambattista Valli styled a red satin pajama shirt with a white lacey skirt fit for a bride. So you can dress down the next time you dress up! Shop Casual Luxe
Pictured Above: Tom Ford, Sally LaPointe and Giambattista Valli
Also shown at Marina Moscone, Brandon Maxwell, Dries van Noten, Versace, Givenchy and Akris.
Save the neon brights for the younger set for spring 2020. Another one of the big spring fashion trends was pastels. Designers showed a variety of delicious creamsicle pastel colors at Jonathan Simkhai, and gorgeous pastel pinks and blues at Armani which are perfect for women over 40. Max Mara models strutted together in shorts suits in a rainbow of pastel shades with matching knee boots! Shop Pastels
Pictured Above: Jonathan Simkhai, Giorgio Armani and Max Mara
Also shown at Marc Jacobs, Jil Sander, Goddard, Lela Rose, Proenza Schouler, Carolina Herrera, Sies Marjan, Brandon Maxwell, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo and Tadashi Shoji.
6. Layers on Layers
We saw layers on layers for spring and some of it in unexpected but quite wearable ways. Dresses were worn unbuttoned over pants and peeking out from under shorter jackets. T-shirts were worn over button up shirts and short sleeve t-shirts were worn under one shoulder tops, too. These layers add drama to otherwise basic looks and thankfully we can look to designers to show us how to style it. Shop Layers on Layers
Pictured Above: Sies Marjan, Etro and Dries van Noten
Also shown at Creatures of the Wind, Philiip Lim, Johnathan Simka, Khaite, Eckhoaus Latta, Rag & Bone, Suzanne Rae, Burberry, Sally LaPointe and Altuzurra.
7. Prints on Prints
Prints on prints were everywhere for spring 2020. Leave it to the experts to show us how to mix prints! Some designers simply showed us how to mix separates (Dries van Noten is an amazing example) and some pieces were color-blocked with different printed fabrics, such as the lapels of a jacket at Chanel. Missoni has always expertly mixed colors, fabrics and textures but many other other designers got into the mixing prints game for spring. Shop Prints on Prints
Pictured Above: Missoni, Dries van Noten and Chanel
Also shown at Jonathan Cohen, Oscar de la Renta, Christopher John Rogers, R13, Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung, Moschino, Versace, Isabel Marant, Chloe, Roland Mouret, Burberry, Erdem and Prada.
8. White Pant Suits
White pant suits are nothing new, but this season you can pick your proportion! From slim slouchy trousers at Marc Jacobs to a traditional, or perhaps 80s style, high waisted fitted suit at Burberry, these suits can be worn day or night. Designers added their own twist like the striking black lapels on a tucked-in jacket at Proenza Schouler. We spotted white pant suits at numerous other shows in fabrics from lace (at Alexander McQueen) to cotton, silk, twill and lightweight wool. Oh and yes, you can wear the pieces as separates, too. The white suit for spring works the same as a black suit for fall so it is always a good investment. Shop White Pant Suits
Pictured Above: Tom Ford, Burberry and Proenza Schouler
Also shown at Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Peter D, Tory Burch, Mara Hoffman, Adeam, Philosphy by Lorenzo Serafini, Etro, Hellessy, Max Mara and Johnathan Simkhai.
9. Sequins and Sparkle
Sequins and sparkle can take you from day to evening. We like the clean, all over sequins in one color as shown at Akris and Adam Lippes. And designers like Chanel and Armani used perfectly placed sequins and sparkle on separates for evening and beyond. You can wear wear glitter for day, and the spring summer collections are giving us plenty of options. Shop Sequins and Sparkle
Pictured Above: Akris, Adam Lippes and Chanel
Also shown at Ralph Lauren, Sally LaPointe, Cynthia Rowley, Ashish, Christian Cowan, Christian Siriano, Michael Kors Collection, Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya, Simone Rocha, Aigner, Bluemarine, Emporio Armani, Fendi, Fila, Stella Jean, Bottega Veneta and Tadashi Shoji.
10. 50 Shades of Green
It’s spring, so think green! If one color dominated the SS2020 runways, it was green. We saw all shades of green, and there were probably more than 50. From seafoam to sage, to kelly, to lime, to forest, the color green was king. So pick your shade for spring! Shop 50 Shades of Green
Pictured Above: Tibi, Sies Marjan, Christian Siriano
Also shown at Brandon Maxwel, Coach 1941, Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, 3.1 Philip Lim, Versace, Marni, Dolce & Gabbana, Tadashi Shoji and Givenchy
11. Oversized Hats
We will be well protected from the sun and the rain for spring 2020! Oversized hats in straw and other fabrics were a major accessory at many of the shows. Floppy and fisherman style hats were most notable, and worn with everything from casual to business dress. Oversize totes also came into play, but we noticed the larger the floppy hat, the smaller the handbag. Shop Oversized Hats
Pictured above: Jacquemus, Marc Jacobs and Lanvin
Also shown at Sachin & Babi, Self Portrait, Barragan, Tory Burch, Regina Pyo, Erdem, Gabriela Hearst, Rosie Assoulin, Fendi, Angel Chen, Alberta Ferretti and Marni.
Shop The Spring 2020 Trends
Do you have a favorite spring 202o trend? Which of these trends would you wear?
– Carol Calacci and Carmen Turner
You may also like to read Top 10 Spring ’19 Fashion Trends Women Over 40 Will Adore, 9 Fall 2019 Fashion Trends To Avoid When You’re Over 40. and 9 Spring 2020 Fashion Trends To Avoid When You’re Over 40.
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