How to get awesome on trend fall style
GNW cardigan worn as top, Oscar de la Renta oblong scarf braided, Kieselstein Cord belt, ethnic buckle, Calvin Klein pumps, G-III suede skirt (all own), zipper front jacket c/o Whistle River and Italian designer bag c/o Uno Alla Volta


What to wear in fall

To create a trendy fall style there are several options. The easiest and most expensive one is to buy a whole new fall wardrobe. Doing so would be as crazy as it sounds. Even when you are so rich that you could use $100 bills to light your cigarettes. Now let’s get serious and real for the real women like Jane Doe. In plain English, one has to create a look that look modern and on top of things every day. Looking up-to-date with respect to fashion trends, but not over the top trendy, i.e. like a fashion victim is a daily challenge for women over 40. WhY? Because when we look old-fashioned or classic from head-to-toe, we are preceived conservative and at work not on top of things.

However, when we wear trends from head to toe we easily look like trying too hard. Thus, we have to strive a balance act. It’s like walking in heels on a knife. Or squaring the circle.

Add a fashion color of the season/year

#fashionover50 Nicole Mölders in a fall outfit in red and teal colors with mixed pattern and print
GNW cardigan, G-III suede skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt, ethnic buckle, Calvin Klein block heel pumps, Oscar de la Rente oblong scarf braided as a necklace, pantyhose (all own), Italian designer bag c/o Uno Alla Volta and ruby herring bone front zipper jacket c/o Whistle River

This recommendation doesn’t mean just “a” fashion color. It means that out of the suit of colors go for “the” color that flatters you the most. Pair it with your classic wardrobe staples in your palete’s neutral colors and you look up-to-date fashion-wise. Here I use two of the autumn Pantome colors and pair them with pieces I already own awhile. Actually, I own the suede skirt for a quite a while. I even wrote a post how to create 30 looks with a red suede skirt.

#styleover50 High Latitude Style in jacket, cardigan, skirt and heels
Side view of autumn office look with GNW cardigan worn as top, G-III above the knee straight skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt, gemstone buckle, nude Calvin Klein red block heel round toe box pumps, braided Oscar de la Rente silk scarf, pantyhose (all own), artisan made saddle bag c/o Uno Alla Volta and ruby herring bone front zipper jacket c/o Whistle River

Shoes can make or break an outfit

A great way to update your fall wardrobe is to go for a fall trend with your shoes. A classic sheath, LBD, trousers and shirt with the season’s it shoe always go a long way. Well, and shoes have to be replaced on a regular basis anyway.

#turningfashionintostyle blogger in floral sheath, cropped jacket, ankle strap heels and panther buckle
Calvin Klein abstract floral print sheath dress, panther buckle statement belt, Covington ankle strap heels, and T Tahari cropped jacket (all own)

Mix clothes from last season with pieces from this season

Never buy complete outfits. Instead buy items in colors that match with pieces you already own.
Never buy a piece when you cannot come up with at least three new outfits with items you already own. #budgetfashion Click To Tweet

Try an unexpected combination or fabric

#over50fashion woman in work outfit with floral print bottom, gray pumps and gray cropped top
Back view of look of the day with Calvin Klein sheath, Covington ankle strap heels, and T Tahari cropped jacket (all own)

The sheath in the photo above is made from scuba material. This screams summer despite this dress is a fall work sheath. However, spinning the summer idea, I added a scuba jacket from summer. The white and gray that is in the floral print of the sheath tie the pieces together. As does the fabric. The cropped cut ends at the waist and emphasizes the shape that the sheath creates on my straight-up-and-down body.

#advancedstyle fashion blogger in scuba printed sheath and jacket with pumps
Side view of autumn office look with Calvin Klein scuba sheath dress, statement belt, Covington gray pumps, and Tahari scuba jacket (all own)

DIY fashion

The skirt in the outfit below is an upcycled men’s shirt. The patch trend is included with a DIY patched shirt using patched collected over time. Pairing these pieces together also picks up falll’s trend on mixing all kind of materials, prints and patterns.

#DIYfashion style blogger in patched shirt, floral and stripe skirt, statement belt and Vara
Oliveo shirt with DIY patches, DIY statement belt, Vintage Silk shirt upcycled to a skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo Vara flats, Festina watch, GNW T-shirt and Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own)

The white leather belt is also “DIY”. You saw the leather before as my white leather pants with zebra and hounds tooth pattern mix. They had gotten worn out over time. Thus, I retired them and used the good parts of the leather pants to make a belt.

#midlifestyle style blogger Nicole in DIY shirt, belt and skirt with Vara pumps
Side view of outfit with DIY patched Oliveo denim shirt, DIY white leather belt, Vintage Silk shirt turned into a skirt, Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, Festina watch and Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own)

Jeans are a do when you have a Casual Friday culture at the office

Jeans are an all American classic. You can’t go wrong with a dark pair in a classic straight cut like boyfriend, straight or boot cut. Add a high quality T-shirt – a graphic Tee or silk Tee do the trick and a statement necklace. When temperatures are already below freezing add a blazer. Or up the style with a button-down shirt instead of a T-shirt.

#styleover50 High Latitude Style in boot cut jeans, T-shirt, heels and statement necklace
Salvatore Ferragamo pumps, statement silver belt, statement necklace, DIY bangle, Burberry gold leather trench coat (all own), boot cut jeans c/o Ethyl, and top c/o Chico’s

Have a great rain coat

Of course we all hope for a great Indian Summer. The golden, red and brown leaves look so pretty against the steal blue sky and the green meadows. However, climate is what we want to have, weather is what we get. Thus, there will be rainy days. They are less gray with a great trench coat in a statement color of your palette. You can find here what to look for in a trench coat.

#maturefashion woman in rain outfit in a mall
Side view of look of the day with Salvatore Ferragamo pumps, statement silver belt, Burberry rain coat (all own), boot cut jeans c/o Ethyl, and top c/o Chico’s

Black plus white is a eternal modern look

Like with a LBD you can’t go wrong with black and white in different prints and pattern. The photo below gives you an inspriartion how to wear the black and white trend with mixing prints/pattern for fall. When leather is allowed at the office substituting a blazer with a leather jacket for Casual Friday is a grown-up, but modern looking styling do.

#fashionover40 blogger Nicole in an edgy look with aviator jacket, pleated skirt, graphic Tee and statement boots
Mechanical bug, H&M pleated midi skirt, Gucci bamboo suede belt, graphic college Tee, statement necklace, Moda International aviator leather jacket, and Max Mara floral print boots
#midlifefashion mature blogger in edgy street style sitting on a bug
Sitting on the mechanical bug in Mechanical bug, H&M tired skirt, Gucci belt, graphic T-shirt, statement necklace, Moda International bomber jacket, Camel messenger, and Max Mara black and white boots (all own)

Last but not least

You can never go wrong with a little black dress. #fashionquote Click To Tweet
#midlifestyle mature woman in LBD with studded belt and pumps
Ellen Tracy LBD, Hermes collier de chien belt, Camel messenger bag, BCBG studded ankle strap pumps (all own)

When you like the free outfit ideas for fall style in this post, and want styling tips for all kind of dressing situation in midlife, buy my book How to Dress for Success in Midlife.

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