How to look ageless in the global trend
Pineapple Moon Hawaiian print blouse with BCBG leather capri, Celine tote (all own) and mules c/o Vionic
  1. Globally inspired looks pop up every couple of years
  2. What works
  3. What doesn’t work

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Globally inspired looks pop up every couple of years

Global inspiration is a big trend this summer. It is also a perennial trend, which means when you see something awesome on sale that has great quality, fits your shape and style you may want to buy it and have it for years to come. Here some tricks I learned over the years of what works and what doesn’t.

fashionover40 example how to look ageless in the globaltrend

What works

You don’t associate me with the global inspiration trend, right? But I have worn it often here on High Latitude Style. The trick is to go for a sophisticated western look. Here are my secrets.

I go for pieces that have a clean western style like an A-line dress, sheath, wrap dress, fit-and-flare dress or shift and an ethnic print. Then I style them with western items for a sophisticated look like in the three examples below.

style over 40 woman in Sigrid Olsen designer dress with ethnic Indian print
Sigrid Olsen designer a-line dress with ethnic print c/o HSN with own Neo Tango sandals and statement necklace
fashion over 40 woman in wrap dress with ethnic print
Samantha Brown travel wrap dress with ethnic print c/o HSN with own Liz Claiborne open-toe pumps, and Longchamp bag
over 40 fashion woman wearing a tartan print fit-and-flare dress
Tartan print fit-and-flare dress c/o Voodoo Vixen paired with own GNW Luxe cashmere sweater, GNW tights and Clarks booties for a warm sophisticated winter look with this ethnic Scottish pattern


On sales, look for jackets or coats in an ethnic pattern, but western cut. Pair these items with simple western outfits for an ageless style.

fashion over 40 woman in Hawaiian shirt and capri
Back view of global inspiration look with Pineapple Moon Hawaiian print blouse, BCBG leather capri, Celine tote (all own) and mules c/o Vionic


When the tie-dye style is a trend subtle tie-dye dresses or skirts and accessories like scarfs are great ethnic pieces to buy. The former two are great for the beach and weekend, the latter works to up a simple jeans with white T-shirt look on a cool summer day. See this post on the history of tie-dye for outfit inspirations.

Tunics with subtle beading or embroidery are great choices too.

fashion over 40 woman in jeans and an embroidered ethnic style tunic
J Brand skinnies with Indian embroidered ethnic tunic, Christian Louboutin pumps, and Longchamp bag (all own) for an ageless style with global inspiration


Another great way to achieve ageless style with ethnic pieces is to go for an eclectic style with pattern mix. See the examples below.

Geiger Dirndl, Charhartt button-down shirt, Hermes coolier de chien bangle, Tissot watch, Anne Klein T-strap pumps, DIY necklace


over 50 years old style blogger wearing a traditional dress as skirt with an ethnic belt
GNW cardigan,Geiger dirndl, Juicy Couture nude cork plateau sandals, Hermes collier de chien bangle and leather cuff, Tissot watch,  ethnic metal belt, Ray Ban sunglasses, and 3.1 Philip Lim bag (all own)

What doesn’t work

Shapeless clothes in global prints or pattern will make you look old. Global inspiration clothes styled like in the 70s make you look old fashioned. Do I have to mention embellishment or embroidery overload? The same applies for dressing like you are from a specific country unless there is a reason to do so, e.g.  Chinese New Year’s celebration, Oktoberfest, Diwali or an International Friendship Day, just to mention a few occasions when it is in order to do so.

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