Trends aren’t just for teenagers anymore.
I know, I know.
Some of them can be out there, but there are truly some trends that work for women with real bodies and real lives, and some of them are super cute and totally worth considering.
Here, 9 of the top fall trends (there are many trends this season!) that work at every age.
The Flattering Midi Dress
With a potentially challenging item, like the midi dress, choosing a flattering silhouette, color and fit becomes critical. Get it wrong, and you have a prairie-printed dress. Get it right, however, and you have a timeless, sophisticated look you can wear for years to come.
To avoid feeling overwhelmed by this style, pick a flattering neckline and length. Too long and we can veer into nightgown territory.
A jumpsuit is like a dress with legs. You know what I mean. It has all the one-and-done ease of a jumpsuit, but it covers your legs, which is perfect if you are cold, or modest, or simply no longer in love with your limbs.
The best jumpsuits have a bit of stretch so that they slip on and off easily for bathroom breaks. I have a couple that I love and wear on repeat, and they have the ease and comfort of pajamas while looking pulled together.
The Lace Blouse
A pretty lace blouse is both timeless and trendy, and this season, lace blouses are lacier than ever. Whether you like a touch of lace or are here for all the frills, there is a pretty and versatile lace blouse for you this season.
The Ski Sweater
Ski (or in my case ski-inspired) sweaters are always in style, but this season there’s an emphasis on this sleek, sporty and colorful look. Fair Isle sweaters are also a classic turned trend this season,, showing up on everything from sweaters to vests to dresses.
Sequins & Satin
These traditionally evening fabrics are being used to dress up daytime staples as well, lending a much-needed dose of glamour after months of sweats. If sequins scare you, try a small sprinkling on a blouse, or a sparkly bag.
The Puff Sleeve
The billowy sleeve continues its reign this season, and as with all these trends, you can go subtle or statement. Choose a puff that flatters you, and avoid a strong shoulder puff if you already have broad shoulders. A flowy softly puffed sleeve can be a more wearable option. With a style that has the potential to look too young and girlish, such as this one, avoid equally young details like peter pan collars and ditsy prints.
The Leather Pant
This trend may seem scary, but the new relaxed fit styles in lightweight faux leathers make this an approachable style that works on almost everyone. This is a great choice if you’re tired of your typical dark neutral pants and jeans, and gives you another cool weather option.
The Subtle Cutout
You don’t have to be an exhibitionist to enjoy an occasionally edgy look, and these oh-so-subtle cutouts lend a modern and fun touch to basics like knit dresses and turtlenecks.
The Sweater Vest
This preppy staple hasn’t had much love in fashion circles in the past, but this season it takes center stage, showing up over dresses and knits as well as on its own. You can choose a more fitted style or go for a longer, flowier version.
So what did you think of these trends? My encouragement to you is to try something that is a bit out of your comfort zone, but not so crazy for you that you feel like you’re in a costume. Trying new things keeps our style fun and contemporary, and helps us to see ourselves in a fresh new light.