7 Biggest Fall Fashion Trends for Women Over 60

Fall is here! And it’s brings us a variety of styles and colors for the season. The fall fashion trends have taken over the retail stores and online shopping websites and there’s plenty of options for women over 60 to enjoy!

Before you run out and grab the first pieces of clothing you find, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your shopping experience:

  1. Figure out what colors look good on you. Make sure you pick shades that highlight your skin tone and avoid shades that make your skin look dull.
  2. Be aware of  your body shape. It will help you pick out styles that look good on you and will complement your figure. (If you’re not sure how, read my style guide to help you dress for your body type)

Keeping these in mind will help you avoid spending money on styles that look good on someone else but might not be the best choice for you.

When shopping for fall, try to pick out transitional pieces that you can pair with some things you already have. Fall fashion is all about adding layers and combining pieces, so make the best of it.  Focus on adding maxi-skirts, sweaters, pants, denim or knitted pieces to your wardrobe.

Fortunately for me, fall colors just happen to be my regular season palette so I have many of the shades already in my closet. Instead, I will be adding accessories to pair with these to spruce up my wardrobe.

To help you navigate the fall fashion trends, here’s a guide I put together for you.

7 biggest trends for the fall season for women over 60

EMBROIDERY Makes a Comeback

Embroidery is everywhere for the fall and winter. You will see this trend in floral design and on everything from handbags, jackets, jeans, blouses and shoes.

The trend isn’t for everybody so choose your favorite item and make sure you coordinate it with something complimentary. Avoid looking like a walking embroidered flower by overdoing it with the designs.

Make sure whatever you wear flatters your body type and makes you feel super special.

I checked my closet and found an embroidered denim jacket that I haven’t worn in years. Embroidered denim jacket Thankfully it’s back in fashion and has embroidered pink roses on the back (pink is one the fall colors this year). When I wear the jacket, I plan to match it with a pink tank top or sweater depending on the coolness of the weather. I am thrilled I get to wear an old piece that is back in fashion.

Velvet or Velour

Velvet or velour is a big trend for the season.

There is a difference between velvet and velour, so make sure you know to tell them apart.

Velvet is a woven cut-pile with no stretch; while velour is a knit stretchy cut-pile fabric. You will see lots of both this fall and winter. Tops, skirts and shoes are all going to be available in these soft and luxurious forms.

Be aware that velour and velvet have shiny and textured elements that will highlight every bump and curve you have. So make sure the pieces you have on work for your body type and draw attention to the right angles.

Ruffles

If you love ruffles, then you’re in luck.

You’re going to continue to see them on blouses, sweaters, shoes, jackets and skirts. It’s a great style element especially if your personal style is the feminine look.

The trick to wearing ruffles in a flattering way is to wear an item where you don’t mind more volume and attention. For instance, if you don’t love your neck area, then refrain from wearing a blouse where the blouse is open and has ruffles around the open neck area. Maybe choosing a blouse with ¾ inch sleeves will be more appealing.

Power Red Color

Of course, red is big for fall although you can wear it all year-long. If this color is in your season palette, then you should have items in your closet already.

For fall, bolder power red is the color. If you wear it to work or a business meeting, make sure you wear it as a “pop” of color and not as an all over color since it may come off as too overwhelming

You can wear a pair of slacks, jacket, skirt, coat and dress and match it with brown, pink black or leopard.

If you can wear a red lipstick, this will also “pop” your outfit.

Red is the color that just makes you feel good. If red is a favorite of yours but you’ve shied away from it so far, go ahead and try it this season. There are so many styles to choose from.

There are more colors for the fall that are absolutely beautiful including Mustard, Mahogany, Pink, Chocolate Brown, Marine Blue, and Olive Green. Pick a color that looks great on your complexion and add simple pieces to your wardrobe.

Vintage

This style was really big in the 90’s and it’s made a comeback this year.

If your personal style is feminine or bohemian, you will love the vintage looks this year. The vintage style incorporates elaborate patterns and rich textiles like velvet, floral, plaids, ruffles, embroidery and lace. Retro hats are in vogue, including any cloche (close-fitting bell-shape) or beret.

Clothing with Victorian collars such as a high neckline especially with lace can be so romantic and beautiful. Vintage inspired fur coats or vests are especially fun to wear this time of year.

Plaid has returned with bright and bold colors with everything from coats, skirts, dresses, blouses and shoes.

Gray Booties

If you had something more subtle in mind, gray is a fresh neutral that would be a great investment for your wardrobe. Gray or “greige” (gray and beige) is a neutral that you can wear with blacks, and browns, making it more versatile.

If you are in the market for a pair of gray booties or planning to purchase another pair, make sure you find the right fit and are comfortable. Invest in shoes that love you back. Designers are more aware that we are looking for style and comfort and they are making it possible.

Brocade

Brocade is a pattern that has raised measures of fabric giving it texture. It is often made of gold and black thread or done in a floral pattern. As elegant and opulent as it can be, brocade is not always the most appropriate choice when it comes to wet fall and winter seasons. Make sure to treat your brocade pieces with care and consideration and store appropriately.

The trend can make a strong statement so make sure to pair it with simple basic pieces and jewelry so it can stand along and tell a story. Overall you should find some nice, unique and detailed pieces for fall. With so many great fall fashion  trends to choose from, you might have quite a hard time deciding between pieces you “need” and “want”.

 

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Thinking Outside the Box, Clothing Subscription Shopping!

Clothing subscription boxes are the latest buzzwords in the apparel industry. Since I wasn’t very familiar with the concept, I decided to dig in a little more and now I can share what I learned with you. Keep reading to find out what all the hype is about and whether you’re missing out!

Do you hate the experience of shopping in stores? Maybe you’re tired of spending countless hours trying to put together a creative outfit? Or you like to shop but you’re not sure what styles work for your body type? If you answered yes, then fashion subscription box services could be the solution for you.

I never thought this type of subscription box service was meant for me, since I love to go into the department store and feel fabrics, coordinate colors and outfits and try on clothing to see if it works for my body type. But I’ve been hearing more about these subscription boxes, whose services are rising off the charts and becoming very popular. I got curious to learn more about this latest fashion trend.

I’m currently working on a consulting project with four other people on my team. Two of these women have subscribed to clothing box services or usually shop for their clothes online. I found this very interesting and wanted to hear more about it. I interviewed one of my teammates Karen, to get a better understanding of what she calls “convenient shopping”. You’ll hear more from Karen as to why she uses the service, later in the article.

Recent data shows that 79% of Americans shop online and the growth continues to rise with the fashion apparel industry. Currently more than 2,000 subscription box services exist in the United States. Apparel is in the top 20 of the most popular stubscription services. Visits to subscription box websites are over 21.4 million and rising daily.

SO…What EXACTLY is clothing subscription shopping?

It is an online clothing shopping service that delivers handpicked items right to your front door.

How does it work? You begin by registering for the clothing subscription box. You then fill out a questionnaire of sorts that narrows down your style, fit and price preferences. Based on the input you provide, a personal stylist will create at least 5 outfits (each company might vary) which will then be sent to you to try on at the comfort of your own home. Simple enough, right?

What happens next is the most interesting part! After you’ve tried out the subscription box outfits sent to you, you pay and get to keep the ones you like and you simply send back everything else. And the best part? If you didn’t end up liking any of the options sent to you, you are not obligated to keep any pieces! You may return all the items without being charged for any of them.  The company only bills you for the pieces you keep and except for a small fee ($20 on average), there are no other costs. You can even sign up for automatic deliveries or set a schedule on demand.

Why sign-up for the service?

This is Karen. She is a busy, working career professional with limited leisure time on her hands. She explained to me why she signed up for Stitchfix clothing subscription box services.

  • She wanted to dress differently from her usual traditional, classic look consisting of a sweater set, crop/ankle pants and a blouse. She decided to switch up her style but didn’t know what to do about it.
  • She found the subscription box service to be helpful and a lot of fun. She provided them with information regarding her body type and style and the stylist gave her a fashion board with various outfits to select from. She set her price preferences according to her budget and indicated to them what kind of clothing pieces she was specifically looking for.
  • She’s been using the services for over 6 months now and she says it has been an awesome experience for the most part. She enjoys getting fashionable trendy things to try on and according to her, the quality has been great too.

“The service saved me”

Karen continued to explain how the subscription box service saved her from not having anything to wear to a special event. She informed the company that she planned to attend an outdoor wedding and wanted to wear a dress for the occassion. Because she usually had a hard time finding a dress that looks good on her, she wasn’t hopeful. Fortunately, they sent her three dresses that she loved and she picked out one of them to wear to the wedding. The biggest benefit of the service for Karen was the convenience of having the dresses delivered straight to her home, where she got to try them on privately without others being around.

What types of clothing do you receive?

Karen said the outfits from the clothing subscription box service she used consisted of some name brand companies  including; Not Your Daughters Jeans, Market and Spruce, Laila Jayde and 41 Hawthorn. All of these were great quality pieces.

How much does it cost?

On average Karen spent approximately 150 dollars a month. Sometimes she switched up the subscription to deliver every two months instead of monthly. The sign up fee is $20.00, which ends up being a stylist fee that is credited toward your first purchase. So you don’t really pay any upfront costs, which sounds like a sweet deal to me.

Future use of the service

Karen also admitted that after 6 months she decided to discontinue the service she was using. The clothing box company she was subscribed to, started sending her outfits from their own clothing line and the fit and quality did not meet her expectations. Going from receiving fashionable high quality pieces that fit her style during the first six months to this, she was disappointed when things changed. Even though she canceled the service with Stitchfix, she is  looking into other clothing subscription box services because  she doesn’t want to let go of the convenience of getting clothes delivered for her to try out at home.

Where to find the services

Google “clothing box subscription services” and you will find a list of companies. In researching additional fashion shopping services, a couple of my suggestions include:

  • MM LaFleur– They cater to women over 40 and  women in the workspace. Their clothes are classic and of great quality.
  • Trunk Club – This subscription service is provided by Nordstrom. They are following the steps of other retailers and  are also jumping on the subscription box band wagon
  • CHC Vintage Dress – If  you can pull of a vintage style, then this box is most definitely for you.
  • Chic Style Box – This is an accessories subsciption box service to pair with your outfits.

Overall, I have talked to others who really like the service and the convienence of receiving clothing in the mail to try on at home. Most people are tired of the time involved in sitting in traffic to get to the store, finding a parking spot and walking to the department store. Time is precious and more of us are finding out another way to shop for clothes.

 

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Is Boxed Dressing for You?

Is Boxed Dressing for You?

Workwear Kits for Women: A Breakthrough or a Bore?

Some women feel boxed in by the prescriptive work wardrobes that services like MM.LaFleur deliver based on your career needs. Others can’t imagine life without them

The Elements in a Typical Career-Dressing Kit: Companies like MM.LaFleur, a version of whose ‘Bento Box’ package is pictured below, make work wardrobes a no-brainer. All items available at mmlafleur.com. From left: The Gloria Top, $145, and the Phoebe Earrings, $155; ‘Wear to Work,’ a guide to office style by MM.LaFleur, $26; The Woolf Jardigan, $195; The Foster Pants, $195; The Lagarde 2.0 Shirt, $190; The Catherine 2.0 Dress, $295
The Elements in a Typical Career-Dressing Kit: Companies like MM.LaFleur, a version of whose ‘Bento Box’ package is pictured below, make work wardrobes a no-brainer. All items available at mmlafleur.com. From left: The Gloria Top, $145, and the Phoebe Earrings, $155; ‘Wear to Work,’ a guide to office style by MM.LaFleur, $26; The Woolf Jardigan, $195; The Foster Pants, $195; The Lagarde 2.0 Shirt, $190; The Catherine 2.0 Dress, $295 PHOTO: F. MARTIN RAMIN/ THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, STYLING BY ANNE CARDENAS
Why We Hate Them

MANY PROFESSIONAL women find that getting dressed for work is, well, work. That would explain the rise of personalized-box shopping services like MM.LaFleur, Stitch Fix and Trunk Club, which take the legwork out of the equation. Though all the services ask shoppers to fill out a survey about their style and needs, each takes a slightly different approach. MM.LaFleur sends a “Bento Box” of coordinating, office-appropriate pieces, designed in-house, based on that information. Stitch Fix and Trunk Club, meanwhile, have a stylist pull appropriate pieces from an array of brands to fit the bill. All allow no-sweat returns of items the customer finds wanting for any reason. In most cases, it’s a one-time deal; no subscription required.

Such services may be a boon to many professional women seeking an efficient wardrobe solution, but you could argue that they’re making career dressing a soulless, personality-free proposition.

After all, this is 2017, not 1987. “The rules of workwear are much more fluid now,” said designer Adam Lippes, whose colorful and feminine—but still office-going—clothes have earned him a devoted following. His customer, said Mr. Lippes, has strong opinions about her personal style and wants to wear his clothes—say, a pinstriped shirt dress with floral embroidery or a pair of tailored, high-waisted dark denim jeans—her way, not as prescribed by a pen-pal stylist.

Plus, we live in a world where we’re surrounded by information. With a flick through Instagram or a skim of the editorial section of sites like Net-a-Porter, a woman can find ample inspiration for both her work look and off-duty wardrobe. Because even if buying clothes is admittedly a chore, you risk squandering all the fun of fashion when it’s mostly prefab.

In some ways, these companies are playing to many women’s fear of fashion. “Fashion can feel like such a exclusionary sport that women reject it before they feel like it can reject them,” said Leandra Medine, founder and chief creative officer of the Man Repeller website. Ms. Medine suggests examining what you like about the way other women are dressed. “Those are usually signs of your personal style,” she said. Ms. Medine believes in the power of expressive fashion: “Getting dressed lets me feel like a better version of who I am, or escape the reality of what I don’t like to be.”

Why We Love Them

FOR THOSE who think that box-service uniform dressing takes the fun out of fashion, consider this: MM.LaFleur and its peers aren’t necessarily targeting magazine editors and aspiring style stars. (Though Stitch Fix does encourage women to explore unknown brands.)

Rather, their value is expediency. Busy women, with obligations tugging from every side, don’t have the luxury of time to shop. And in real life, women also have jobs where wearing the latest Prada platforms might be frowned upon or in violation of the dress code. From that vantage point, dressing for the office starts to seem a lot less exhilarating.

“There’s a big disconnect between the fashion world and professional women,” said MM.LaFleur founder and CEO Sarah LaFleur. She realized this when she met creative director and co-founder Miyako Nakamura, a fashion designer who was then head designer at Zac Posen, and began to talk about her idea. “I said, ‘I’m thinking of the lawyer or the banker who walks to work in flats and then switches out to heels in the elevator.’” At the time, Ms. Nakamura had little awareness of these professional women and their particular needs.

Ms. LaFleur was talking about women like Megan L. Brackney, a Manhattan attorney, and Kim Lear, a Minneapolis-based consultant, who are both MM.LaFleur devotees. “I don’t like to shop. I don’t have time for it,” said Ms. Brackney. MM.LaFleur “doesn’t have a ton of stuff, so you’re not sifting through 150 pages of crap.” Ms. Lear began wearing MM.LaFleur about a year ago. Among other things, she appreciates that the fabrics don’t wrinkle and that the company often sends things she might not have chosen. “The real value is that they kind of force you to try stuff that you wouldn’t normally pick out for yourself,” she said.

MM.LaFleur is so popular among women lawyers, said Ms. Brackney, that she often runs into other women at conferences wearing the same dress. She is unfazed by it, amused even. In one instance, the twinning pair took a photo together. And anyway, there’s a double standard when it comes to uniform dressing. “I’m at a conference now,” said Ms Brackney. “Seventy-five percent of the men are wearing khakis, blue shirts and a navy blue blazer, and they’re not walking around upset.”