Some trends are really challenging like how to have ageless style in lace, fringe or how to look ageless in tribal print. The reason is that these trends are key items of quite different styles. Lace is very girly, or can be very romantic. It can also be very eclectic. Fringes are very Bohemian Style. Tribal print is also more along the Bohemian line than my style, American Classic with a twist of rock’n roll or street style.

Mixing prints and pattern: Zebra print with hounds tooth

Black and white women outfit
Notations Zebra print cardigan worn as top with Chanel belt, Oliveo full leather skirt,  D&GM sunglasses, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Harley Davidson booties (all own)


It is amazing that when thinking about it, one realizes that despite lace, fringes, or tribal prints are usually associated with other styles than my own style it has these elements in small doses. Most of my winter scarves have fringes. That is how classic scarves are traditionally made. Thus, I can make a hook here. Most of my tango dance dresses have (black) lace. Another hook. Many of my scarves have tribal prints from all over the world. Another hook that seemed to be much harder. It made me also think why so many silk, cashmere, and wool scarves have tribal prints. Historic reasons come to mind.

Metallic, neon, pastels, cropped, and geometric sound quite easy. For geometric think stripes, polka dots, triangles, or hounds-tooth like in the outfit above. The most challenging seems the trend “Local Love”. Here wearing a skirt over pants or a dress over pants is what the local ladies love to do to not have to carry a heavy (weight) coat on their shoulders all winter. The skirt or dress over pants allows to just wear a short jacket and relief the weight on the shoulders (and back). But do they love it? I appreciate the lower load, but I am not to impressed by the look some times. Style? Definitively Alaska winter style.

Winter look for mature women
Faux fur coat over houndstooth blazer, Oliveo full leather skirt with Harley Davidson booties (all own)
#advancedfashion Winter black and white look for mature women
Side view on faux fur coat


This yellow Longchamp cuire collection is a gift from my husband. I am usually not a big fan of yellow as I am a deep winter meaning bold cold dark colors are most flattering for me. However, when he asked me what color I would want I immediately said sunflower yellow. This color looks so great with neutral colors like the navy blue polka dot pleat skirt above. Here I added a white cardigan (again as blouse) with a navy blue print and my L.K. Bennett navy blue patent leather pumps for the office. On the way to work, I relied on my Burberry Brit trench coat.

Classic American work outfit for midlife women
Burberry trench coat over Ralph Lauren polka dot pleated skirt with L.K. Bennett patent leather pumps and Longchamp leather pilage (all own)


Classic American style for mature women
Polka dot pleated Ralph Lauren skirt with geometric print cardigan, L.K. Bennett patent leather pumps, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, and sunflower yellow Longchampl pliage bag (all own)



For your convenience here a recap of all 10 trends – Lace, Tribal, Floral, Fringe, Cropped, Neon, Geometric, and Local Love – in one post and how I styled them.

midlife woman in floral trend Ann Taylor floral tweed skirt, Dior over-the-knee boots, GNW sweater, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Festina watch, Carhartt gingham shirt, Fossil denim jacket (all own) midlife woman in lace trend Great Northwest denim jacket over lace dress, Hermes collier de chien belt, pearl necklace, and Harley Davidson booties (all own)

pastel trend light blue leather pants, pink mock turtleneck
Halogen leather pants, Madonna True or Dare floral pumps, Brooks Brothers mock turtleneck sweater (all own)

mature woman with paisley scarf Shearling coat, riding boots, statement belt, tan gloves, Oliveo denim skirt, silk wool scarf, tan headband, and Kate Moss for Longchamp satchel (all own) mature woman in cropped pants Cropped leather pants, True or Dare Madonna floral pumps, Brooks Brothers mock turtleneck sweater, Ray Ban Jackie O. sunglasses (all own)

mature posh chic outwear look with tribal belt Shearling coat, western ethnic belt, olbong blanket scarf, structured bag, polka dot tights, and Harley Davidson booties (all own) midlife woman wearing local street style look Anne Klein white blazer, Harley Davidson booties, Oliveo leather dress shorts, Brooks Brothers mock turtleneck sweater, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, and pearl necklaces (all own)

middle-aged woman in posh chic street style look
Silver leather pants, snake print fall booties, Anne Klein cable knit sweater, pendant necklaces, and D&GM sunglasses (all own)
older woman wearing a neon pink bag
Double-H lace-up booties, London Jeans camouflage cargo pants, shearling coat, neon pink 3.1 Philip Lim tote, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, Pavlova Russian floral fringe scarf and white beret (all own)

over 50 year old wearing a geometric hounds tooth Chanel belt, Notations zebra print cardigan, Oliveo leather skirt, G&DM sunglasses, and hounds tooth blazer (all own)

How do you style the new trends? Which trends are challenging for you? Let me know so I can help you.

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