17 Trendy Fall Fashions for Women Over 50

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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.

gap classic blazer
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THE BLAZER

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.

chico's reversible leopard-print tank
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ANIMAL PRINTS

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.

j jill ponte knit pencil skirt
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TWEED

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.

banana republic dillon classic-fit patrizia floral shirt
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DARK FLORALS

Price: $78 | Buy it at Banana Republic
Black-backed florals such as the Dillon Classic-Fit Patrizia Floral Shirt continue to trend, taking delicate spring-summer options right into the cooler months. “Rendered on black backgrounds, flowerslook dark and decadent,” says Marie Claire UK.

susan graver metallic crinkle v-neck tank
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‘BAKED POTATO’

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.

banana republic cashmere varsity v-neck sweater
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PEACOCK-HUED ANYTHING

Price: $78 | Buy it at Banana Republic
The upcoming seasons’ top 10 color palette from Pantone included a hue called Quetzal Green, a “deep elegant blue-green hue suggestive of rich plumage.” Get your peacock on with the Silk Cashmere Varsity V-Neck Sweater in Truly Teal.

frank and oak the grant pleated pant in fuchsia
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HOT PINK ANYTHING

Price: $40 | Buy it at Frank And Oak
Autumn gets put in the pink by Elle, which says millennial pink has aged out and “the fuchsia hue is standing aloneas the it-color of the season.” Test the waters with the bold Grant Pleated Pant, keeping the rest of the outfit basic black.

lauren ralph lauren flocked velvet wrap dress
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VELVET DRESSES

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.

kohl's women's jennifer lopez high-waisted wide-leg crop
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WIDE-LEG DENIM

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.

nordstrom halogen ruched top
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RUCHING

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.

ann taylor iris silk little scarf
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SILK SCARF

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.

nordstrom leigh convertible zipper faux leather tote
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OVERSIZE BAGS

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.

zara coat with faux fur cuffs
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FUR CUFFS

Price: $169 | Buy it at Zara
“Many labels showed sweaters and coats with dramatic fur cuffs,” Cosmopolitan says in its roundup of fall fashion runway shows. The sleek Coat with Faux Fur Cuffs in mid-gray is a sophisticated spin on the trend.

uniqlo women windproof warm-lined wrap skirt
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‘QUILTED SKIRTIES’

Price: $30 | at Buy it Uniqlo
Though pitched as a hot look in bold hues by AzyaaMode, “quilted skirties” can be integrated easily into the sophisticated closet with a take in always-in-fashion black. We like the Windproof Warm-Lined Wrap Skirt (also available in other elegant neutrals).

venus knotted slouchy boot in taupe
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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?

dsw kenzie nasser flat
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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.

baublebar fabia statement chain necklace
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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.

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