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Whip out your leather jacket and dust off your plaid, because fall’s just around the corner, and by hook or by crook, we’re going to dress up this year. Here, we rounded up the five best trends for women over 40. All super wearable, stylish and sophisticated.

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1. Leather Outerwear

This fall, take the moto look you know and love a step further and invest in a proper leather coat, one with buttons instead of zippers and a hemline that hits somewhere around the mid-calf. It looks just as polished as a wool coat, but the thinner fabric lends itself to a less-bulky silhouette—especially if it comes with a waist tie. And don’t feel obligated to stick to basic black. We love how Renia Jaz of @venswifestyle went with a greenish brown coat and dressed it up with a surprising shock of orange.

Shop the look: ASOS coat ($119; $90); Stand Studio coat ($598; $210); LVIR coat ($650); Alice + Olivia coat ($695)

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2. Plaids

Plaid for fall? Yeah, that’s not so groundbreaking. But there’s something about the pattern that just feels so right. This year, opt for soft grey plaid blazers, edgy black and white checked trousers and a classic taupe and brown for coats. Leave the pleated plaid skirts to the under the 30 crowd.

Shop the look: H&M raincoat ($50); Halogen pants ($99); Ellery skirt ($895; $358); Rebecca Vallance blazer ($585)


3. Ribbed Knits

Before you roll your eyes and think I can’t pull that off, hear us out. Unlike a finer knit (say, a classic cashmere sweater), a ribbed knit is much more forgiving to lumps and bumps, while also offering some light compression. We particularly love how Kim Mitchell rocked this trend. The flowy top accentuates her waist and doesn’t cling to her hips, creating a stunning hourglass shape. Not down with head-to-toe knit? Simply swap your go-to turtleneck for one with a little more texture.

Shop the look: Eloquii skirt ($70); Acne Studios sweater ($320; $176); Rib by Simon Miller dress ($198); Proenza Schouler dress ($990)

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4. Blazer and Split-Seam Leggings

We may be making an effort this fall, but it’s still 2020 and we’re still opting for comfort in the pants department. We love a split seam legging since the extra detail at the hem makes you look more balanced—and not like you just threw a blazer over your workout outfit. As for the blazer, go oversized and aim to have it hit mid-thigh.

Shop the look: Uniqlo leggings ($13); Everlane blazer ($128); Wolford leggings ($425; $277); Isabel Marant blazer ($1,125; $337)


5. Slick Metallics

If you feel like a supermodel and want to rock a bronze satin dress, go on and do it. If you think a shimmering emerald skirt will look best with a refined blouse, à la Georgette of @grownandcurvywoman, then make it yours. It’s definitely easy to start small (like with a clutch or a pair of shoes), but don’t assume you can’t pull off a big, bold statement.

Shop the look: Majorelle blouse ($178; $63); Universal Standard dress ($145); No. 21 skirt ($835; $251); Retrofête dress ($795; $398)

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