FASHIONABLY LATE IN THE YEAR
Today’s woman knows her value isn’t based on the cost of her handbag — or the size of her waistline. Still, the confidence boost of a great outfit can’t be denied, and that feeling doesn’t fade with age. There are plenty of autumn options for the mature fashionista that won’t leave her looking like she’s trying to recapture her youth. Some are classic, some edgy, and all right on trend.
Price: $128 | Buy it at The Gap
On the versatility of the blazer, Indya Brown wrote on The Cut this year, “A good one makes you look as put-together as [Vogue Paris editor] Emmanuelle Alt, even if you’re just wearing it with Converse and a T-shirt.” Indeed, a good blazer can add that finishing touch for work or play for women of any age. A timeless option is The Classic Blazer from The Gap.
Price: $59.50 | Buy it at Chico’s
Harper’s Bazaar UK says to “forget any trashy preconceptions you had about animal print — zebra and leopard are back in a big way.” Items such as a Reversible Black-Leopard Print Tank are statement pieces that let the rest of an outfit stay “pared-down,” and teamed with flats for a sleek look.
Price: $30 | Buy it at J. Jill
Tweed is another trend tapped by Harper’s Bazaar UK, suggesting it adds “an air of heritage chic to your wardrobe.” Take a classic spin on the trend with the Ponte Knit Pencil Skirt, a sophisticated choice with a hint of sexy librarian.
Price: $43 | Buy it on QVC.com
Sure, the young ones will embrace the head-to-toe “chic baked potato” look of shiny silver — tapped as a fall trend by Refinery29 — but the more mature woman knows the power of just a hint of sparkle. Shine on, in your own way, in the Susan Graver Metallic Crinkle V-neck Tank.
Price: $185 | Buy it at Macy’s
InStyle points to velvet dresses for fall, noting: “The best part about velvet dresses is that theycan do double duty; the fabric is substantial enough to fit into those office attire guidelines, and luxurious enough for after-work parties and dinners.” All we know is it reminds us of the ’70s. Try it out with the Lauren Ralph Lauren Flocked Velvet Wrap Dress.
Price: $37 | Buy it at Kohl’s
Among eight denim trends for autumn from PopSugar, what catches our eye is one that flatters most every shape: the wide leg. Forget squeezing into skinny jeans. This look is more like a trouser and can graze the ankles or go full length. For a fun take that pairs nicely with boots, try Jennifer Lopez’s High-Waisted Wide-Leg Crop Jeans.
Price: $49 | Buy it at Nordstrom
Smocked tops had their summer fling, and now it’s time for ruching, called one of the best trends to shop now by Glamour. The mag praises how “this subtle, scrunched-up detail can really dress up a monochromatic garment.” A figure-flattering Ruched Top by Halogen typifies the look.
Price: $30 | Buy it at Ann Taylor
The silk scarf-print trend, an eclectic look with a certain European sensibility, gets a lot of attention on the fashion, lifestyle, and travel blog of Christie Ferrari. If the overall look is too much to take, add a retro-chic scarf, such as the Iris Silk Little Scarf, to any ensemble.
Price: $79 | Buy it at Nordstrom
Big bags are also in. “We were never fully convinced of the micro bag trend, so we're happy to welcome its heftier counterpart: the oversized tote,” Elle says. Now, we’ve been known to carry some pretty big bags — not as big as Elle suggests — but we would definitely say yes to the Leigh Convertible Zipper Faux Leather Tote from Chelsea28.
THE ’80s BOOT
Price: $49 | Buy it on Venus.com
It was tapped by Elle as one of “The Top 4 Boot Trends You’ll Want to Try this Fall” — and we couldn’t be happier. As the list says, “The ’80s remains one of the most divisive eras when it comes to style, but the slouchy ankle boot is decidedly back.” How about the Knotted Slouchy Boot?
THE NEW MARY-JANE
Price: $70 | Buy it at DSW
Preppy Mary Janes are getting updates from Mary Katrantzou, A.P.C., Miu Miu, and other brands, “with patent leather, oversize buckles, and other embellishments that'll let you channel your inner Blair Waldorf this fall,” Glamour notes. For an alternative that’s affordable when you’re not on “Gossip Girl,” check out the Kensie Nasser Flat.
CHUNKY CHAIN LINKS
Price: $58 | Buy it at Bloomingdale’s
Glowsly calls Chunky Chain Links a look to love: “Though it may seem counterintuitive, there is something simple about chunky jewels. Just one bold necklace or luxe pair of earrings can transform a look.” And that’s what dressing for those 50-plus is all about: knowing the power of style and owning a look. We say go with the 19-inch Baublebar Fabia Statement Chain Necklace for a fitting finishing touch to fall outfits.