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While lace-up gladiators are key in the sandal game next spring, the most surprising footwear trend to come out of the SS20 shows was the boot. In what can be seen perhaps as a signal of the loosening of seasonality, numerous designers chose to accessorise their spring collections with what was previously winter-appropriate footwear. Christopher Kane did it with the cowboy, Saint Laurent made it slouchy, while Prada and Pyer Moss championed the leather knee-high and Molly Goddard and Loewe gave boots a summertime spin with an injection of bright colour.
Designers seemed to be turning to blues this season, but not in a moody way. At Molly Goddard, Stella McCartney and Boss, punchy bright blue shone through the collections in the form of tulle or pleated dresses and a pair of striking satin shorts stole the show at Staud. Prabal Gurung meanwhile created the ultimate bright blue power suit, while Preen's most talked-about design was that punchy tiered dress.
This whole thing makes me cringe. Wear what you want! Your old enough to know what You like. So what if I have crapey skin. It shows I've lived. I'm not going to cover up my age because it makes the young people uncomfortable. It's where we are all headed. Might as well get comfortable with it. Maybe we should learn to focus on the things that matter, like how we treat each other and stop shaming people about their appearance.

While these eight style makers are by no means the only older women who can teach us a thing or two about style (hello, Iris Apfel), following along in their fashion journeys has taught us a thing or two about our own fashion inclinations. Just take one peek at these eight awesome trendsetters, and you'll see what we mean. Read on for a look at eight inspiring real women and then shop pieces for women of every age.
What’s fluoro pink, orange, blue, green, and yellow, and refuses to blend in with the crowd? All the highlighter-inspired neons gracing your favorite catwalks, from Tom Ford to Christopher John Rogers, and Courreges. Subtle may not be her specialty, but these vibrant shades pair wonderfully with black, white, or tan, and know how to make an entrance.
At Torrid, we break all the rules by taking measurements on actual women, not mannequins, to create plus size fashion that's fit to perfection. Each of our collections showcases flawless looks, comfortable fabrics, and versatile trendy plus size clothing for sizes 10 – 30 (check out our size guide)… With the days getting longer, we know you’ve got places to go, and going places equals new outfits! Peep this: our sweet plus size dresses made for Sunday outings, weddings, family photos and brunch (hopefully with mimosas). And with the weather catching up with your day dreams, picture yourself rocking cute and comfy plus size jeans in a park for a picnic date or playdate. Of course with sun, comes swim season. And you’re finally going to enjoy buying a swimsuit with our fun and easy mix and match bikinis. Our entire collection of plus size swimsuits is sexy and comfortable — you’ve never felt so confident with wet hair, trust us. So yeah, your social calendar may get full, but in any (and every) event, you’re going to look and feel incredible. Don’t forget about our plus size intimates - we spent years perfecting Torrid Curve®, our line of bras in band sizes 36 to 50 (cups B through H), and gorgeous, lacy plus size lingerie that will make your heart race. From bralettes to babydolls, these sexy little pieces accentuate all the right curves so you feel totally irresistible… At Torrid, we believe a real fit in plus size fashion is life changing. It’s what you want in plus size clothing, and it’s what we do best.
In 2019, we experienced a range of jarring moments on the world's main stage: the gilets jaunes protests on the Paris streets for economic justice, Extinction Rebellion marched for climate rights, Tristan Thompson got caught kissing Jordan Woods, the British Conservatives came back to power and Trump was impeached. And as we head into 2020, no more settled politically, socially and culturally, fashion has taken advantage of the disunity.
If you’ve got it, the place to flaunt it is the beach or the pool. VENUS helps you do just that. Many of the one-piece bathing suits and swim dresses at VENUS incorporate exclusive Hold U technology, resulting in a design that fully flatters your figure. VENUS also has an assortment of two-piece bottoms and tops, too, that you can pair to create a vacation look that’s uniquely your own.
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:
Seems counterintuitive for a woman to put so many restrictions on other women and claim they are being supportive and helpful. Wearing the “right” clothing is about us learning what looks good on our particular bodies (that’s for all ages) not putting into place some social restrictive standard that will continue to put women in a box! Why are we still so bent on telling women what to do? Are we so jealous of the hot 50 year olds in bikinis that we have to use peer pressure tactics in order to compensate for our own insecurities? Come on women! We should be celebrating each other! Can I add, what the heck is wrong with florals???
You could call it the Tarantino effect as numerous designers harked back to the late '60s/early '70s with a free spirited take on their collections. From Alberta Ferretti's retro suede to Fendi's psychedelic touches and Rixo's full-blown recreation of Woodstock, the style icon for SS20 might just be found at the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ranch.
Pack away those florals next spring because there is a new print in town. Polka dots were seen all over the catwalks, covering statement mini dresses at Richard Quinn, layered up at Max Mara, given a colourful spin at Erdem and worked into ladylike looks at Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors. Whether with your workwear or for a night out, polka dots are taking pride of place for the new season.
VENUS understands that clothes are a form of self-branding. What you wear can influence how you feel, and how you feel can influence what you wear. When it comes to fashion, there’s only one rule: Never wear anything you don’t absolutely love. That’s why VENUS offers such an extensive array of affordable clothing choices in sizes up to 3X. No matter what your personal style aesthetic, you’ll find options that you’ll look forward to wearing. Whether you’re getting ready for a day in the office or a night on the town, Venus has you covered.
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