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:
- 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.
- 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. 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.
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.
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.
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 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”.