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A long duster is a must-have this spring/summer

One of the trendy items of this spring/summer season is a long duster. Since they have a classic cut they are perfect for us over 40. Think of it just as a blazer, but longer than a blazer. I added one in Army green to my wardrobe. A neutral color is always a great when you intend to wear a trendy item at the office. However, they also have a similar version in gray and a more trench coat style version in olive if that’s more you.

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Shein Army-green long sleeve outerwear, Jeanne Pierre cotton sweater, Kieselstein Cord belt, Orvis dress pants, Nine West camouflage pony hair booties (all own), best girl friends bracelet c/o Chicos and wooden sports watch c/o Jord

My pick for the season

This March has been one that long-term residents call “a March like in the Old Days.” Whatever that means, it had been a pretty dry and cold March. While the weather was lovely – for me all weather with blue is lovely – it was not the best prerequisite for wearing my newest additions to my wardrobe. Anyhow, I was so eager to wear my new duster that I found at Shein.

#fashionover50 woman in a spring work outfit with olive duster, dress pants and booties
Back view of spring work outfit with Shein duster, Orvis dress pants, and Nine West booties (all own)

Mix winter and spring clothes in the transition between these seasons

I styled this duster with a cotton sweater, dress pants and booties for a work appropriate mature look. Fuchsia, olive and black are a great color combination. It is the two neutrals plus a pop of color scheme. Of course here the coat is not my outerwear, but it will be at the end of spring and in summer and fall. I wore the duster instead of a cardigan or a blazer.

#styleover50 woman in pants with long jacket
Shein long jacket, Kieselstein Cord belt, Orvis dress pants, Nine West booties, and Jeanne Pierre sweater (all own), best girl friends bracelet c/o Chicos and wooden sports watch c/o Jord

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Make clothes so you

When you are a regular reader of my blog you know that one always has to check the size chart at Shein to make sure one orders the right size. I also recommend to check the measures of the model. Comparison of her height with yours helps you to access where the item’s hem will be on your frame. When I picked the coat, I knew it would be maxi on my 5 ft 4 (1.63 m) frame, as it was tea length on the 5 ft 7 (1.75 m) model (see photo below).

Unfortunately, I did not think of taking a photo, but I assure you it looked great in maxi too. However, I shortened it to Italian length, i.e. just around the knee. This length looks most flattering on me. It was very easy to do. To my experience all items from them are easy to adjust with respect to the length. Thus, we 40 plus women don’t need to worry about the length when we shop their items presented by the tall Millennia. <3

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Shein Army-green long sleeve outerwear as worn by the tall Millennia model. Photo from their online store

I chopped the sleeves up for a stylish look and to show off the sweater’s sleeve and the bracelet and my wooden sports watch.

#advancedstyle woman in overcoat and pants
Side view of the Shein overcoat with Orvis pants, Nine West shoes, and Jeanne Pierre sweater (all own), best girl friends bracelet c/o Chicos and wooden sports watch c/o Jord

How I will wear it later

Here I showed how I wear the duster now. Once it gets warmer, I will swap the sweater with a white T-shirt and the booties with pumps or sandals and add a colorful scarf or neckerchief. The long coat also will look awesome with my white denim boyfriend jeans and a graphic black T-shirt and a pearl necklace. Of course, styling this beauty with khakis and a Tee or jeans and a Tee are great options too.

styleover40 woman in work outfit with duster
Shein duster with Orvis pants, Nine West shoes, Jeanne Pierre sweater, and Kieselstein Cord belt (all own), best girl friends bracelet c/o Chicos and wooden sports watch c/o Jord

Pro fashion tip:
Before adding an item to your wardrobe, come up with at least of three outfits you can make with before you hit the order now button. #styletip Click To Tweet
Do you like the duster trend? Will you add one to your wardrobe? Have you already checked out Shein for the newest, cool trends at affordable prices even when on a budget? How would you style this coat? What are your challenges in fashion over 40? Send me an email so I can help you.

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Photo of me: G. Kramm
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