The long parade of more than 100 fashion shows for the spring 2020 season has concluded—but we're just getting started. The first order of business is discerning the most impactful trends of the season: from artisanal crochet and graphic polka dots to a look at decades past via disco collars and '60s wallpaper prints, couture feathers, hot pants, bold neons, and many more. See which designers led the pack for each new mode and get in on the looks early by shopping them now. Welcome to what's next.
Tonal dressing has been gaining momentum in recent seasons and SS20 favoured top-to-toe white. Gabriela Hearst, Victoria Beckham, Ralph & Russo and Tom Ford layered up the white suit, while Pierpaolo Piccoli made the entire first section of the Valentino show stark white. Chanel, Pyer Moss and Off-White also used the colour heavily throughout their spring collections. Tricky to keep clean perhaps, but surely the most effortless way to look chic for the new season.
What we won't deny is that finding inspiration when you're "of a certain age" can be difficult because fashion magazine spreads tend to ignore this demographic. However, celebrity dressing is a constant source of inspiring style for women of all ages, simply because our favorite stars are aging right along side us—like Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Helen Mirren and Viola Davis. (Can you believe she's 51?)
In years past, there were certain "rules" women were expected to follow, directing how they should or should not dress after a certain age. Fashion over 50 used to mean putting your wardrobe in what amounted to a sartorial retirement home! Not anymore. We know now that fashion for women over 50 (or over 40, or over 30) is whatever a woman wants it to be. The real challenge lies where it always does: finding wearable, modern clothes to fit your lifestyle, budget, and figure.

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When you shop our women’s plus size clothing online, you’ll find no shortage of stylish jackets, ribbed knit tops, dresses and skirts, corduroy mini skirts, matching sets, fur coats, classic tanks and tees, body-hugging bodysuits, overalls and more. All that in the trendiest colors and prints - like neon, burgundy, olive, nude, white, classic black, snake print, leopard print and more. How does a woman choose? 
Avenue delivers women’s plus size clothing that keeps up with the latest fashion trends. That’s why we’re the leading destination for style-minded curvy women sizes 14-32. Our pieces are designed for a comfortable, flattering fit. And our size chart is there to help you choose what’s just right for you! We work hard to give you quality plus size clothing that complements your busy lifestyle at prices that won’t make you feel guilty. You’ll find knit plus size tops of all silhouettes, in modern prints and solid brights that add excitement to your wardrobe. Dress them up for work or pair them with our plus sized jeans for the weekend. Our innovative denim will enhance your curves so you can experience the confidence that comes with a perfect fit. Prepping for a night out? There’s something for every occasion in our collection of plus size dresses. They’re ready to be paired with our exclusive Cloudwalkers® wide width shoes for women—comfortable enough for those events that keep you on your feet. Of course the foundation of your look is our plus size bras and plus size shapewear. Our bra collection isn’t just solution-based, it’s pretty too. At Avenue, we know that feeling beautiful from head to toe is what makes your confidence shine every time.
We'll spare you the groundbreaking florals this season and instead, look to '60s and '70s wallpaper for your print fix. Retro prints ruled the runways—bringing both major color and pattern to all the top collections. Serving up mod home decor realness, vintage wallpaper (and couch) prints were channeled in the form of suiting at Prada and Marc Jacobs. Christopher Kane opted for a more psychedelic wallpaper print in the form of spring dresses, while Etro and Alberta Ferretti delivered a more bohemian-print option.

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She is known for being the rebel, and she is. Having an unusual career trajectory, Lyn Slater has broken all barriers and is known for her hashtag #ageisnotavailable. However, she doesn’t feel like she’s breaking barriers because she genuinely believes in dressing up for yourself and sheer pleasure, as opposed to dressing up according to your age or what people think you should dress like.
After working in Marketing and Business Development for a few years, Pratima Ati jumped ship to pursue two things she loved – fashion and writing. She’s now a full-time Fashion & Lifestyle writer and has never looked back ever since. She sleeps early, reads often, and when she can't, she finally gives a closure to all the characters living in her drafts. Sometimes, they pass off as poetry too! That, and her training in Indian classical music and playing (learning) the veena keep her sane, civil, and bearable.
Last season found us in a sea of flowing tulle, indication that gala gowns were ready to hit the circuit beyond your basic black-tie affair. Expanding on that idea for spring 2020 are lovely and light tiered dresses that manage to offer volume, high drama, and maximum twirl-ability. Oscar de la Renta and Roksanda took the idea pretty in pink, while Preen, McQueen, and Dior went classic in black and white.
I agree with Catherine below. As a 51 year old, I like to wear what I want and that includes shopping at American Eagle Outfitter for jeans. I avoid low -waist jeans, but find they have a great variety of mid-rise to high-rise casual jeans at reasonable prices. I also own two pairs of Doc Martens shoes that I adore - one plain black and one floral - they are fun. Don't think it really matters - I say wear what you like and feel comfortable in. So what?
Not to be completely shameless, but we do have to brag about our bloggers at PRiME who are passionate about fashion over 50. The publication began in 2014, and has been gathering a loyal following of fans ever since. Prime founder, Dorthy Miller Shore, with her classic style that is elegantly effortless has a collection of fashion over 50 posts including:
While the term borrowed from the boys is so passe in 2019, there is something decidedly last midcentury Savile Row about the vest. Whether included as part of a three-piece suit at Burberry and Etro, or mismatched with a jacket at Louis Vuitton, there’s something quite dapper and appealing—not to mention endlessly flattering—about the almighty waistcoat.
Patti Gibbons advocates that fashion doesn’t have to be a certain way because you are now officially too old for low cuts, low skirts or bodycons. She stumbled upon fashion blogging quite late in life, taking inspiration from 20-something bloggers. Patti started off with such passion that she took off at full speed. Without being over the top, her style is easy to adapt to and realistic.
Susan Blakey was ahead of the curve, you might say, in launching her blog, Une Femme d’um Certain Age, after noting the absence of conversation about style for women over 50. Susan’s style exudes a Paris sensibility. She looks effortlessly chic, with that air of confidence that comes with knowing who you are and not trying to impress everyone. Her fashion blog has expanded to include travel wardrobes and destinations. Escape with Susan and embrace her joie de vivre.
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