The 6 Best Fashion Trends for Women in Their 40s

Aka how to weed out the nonsense

In the words of the great Aaliyah: Age ain't nothing but a number...except maybe when it comes to crop tops. While we firmly believe you can wear whatever you like whenever you like, we do know that a little discretion can oftentimes be the most comfortable. So with that, here are six pieces that are demure and sophisticated but still fashion-forward and flat-out fabulous.

High-waisted Shorts

It wouldn't be summer without a quintessential pair of shorts, but that doesn't mean you're stuck with denim jorts forever. Instead, look for a softer fabric (like rayon or silk) in a flattering high cut.

Get the look: Chloe & Katie ($38); The Fifth Label ($80); Splendid ($88)

Bell Sleeves

Making a statement with your blouse is as easy as finding one with a kicky little sleeve. Couple it with your favorite slim pants and feel confident knowing that you've nailed one of the biggest trends in fashion right now.

Get the look: Zara ($50); Free People ($88); Suno ($395)


A square silk scarf is about as classy as it gets, and you're finally in a place in your life to rock the hell out of one. Tie one atop a sharp work dress or a striped weekend tee and start practicing your French.

Get the look: Vince Camuto ($38); Diane von Furstenberg ($158); Cartier ($400)

Prosecco and Plaid

Slip Dresses

At first glance you may think that a slinky slip dress is a no-no for anyone above the age of 22. But in reality a fluid shift dress hides a multitude of problem areas (given the right shapewear beneath) and feels pretty damn sexy on date night.

Get the look: ASOS ($45); Velvet by Graham & Spencer ($170); Tibi ($450)

Patterned Jumpsuits

Now, as much as we live for a sundress, it's high time you gave a jumpsuit a try. And if you're going for it, really go for it by skipping the solids and heading straight for the bold prints. You'll be the most popular one at the clambake.

Get the look: H&M ($30); Express ($50); Anthropologie ($218)

Straight-leg Jeans

Remember these babies from the '90s? Yeah, they're back. Pull your favorites out of storage (and even give the hems a trim) or search for a new (but vintage-looking) pair that's stonewashed and relaxed through the leg.

Get the look: Topshop ($85); Levi's ($98); Citizens of Humanity ($258)

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