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Spring means the start of the warm season. Fashionwise it means the new trends of SS2021. Read what are the major trends and which one work for women in midlife depending on your personal style.

  1. Trends from the runway to real life
  2. Which spring/summer 2021 trends work or not
    • Exaggerated Shoulders (not) like you knew them
    • Bra tops – a risky endevor for most of us
    • Oversized Denim is a Do
    • Statement Collars if it meets your personal style profile
    • Cutouts
    • Metallics – Now we are talking!
  3. What are the trends in accessories?
  4. Trends to keep when they work for you
  5. Top of the World Style Linkup No. 301

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Trends from the runway to real life

At this time a year, we are still bundling up like I do in the featured photo. And yes, the weather may be tempting to buy a new coat, rather than thinking about our spring/summer wardrobe. However, spring will be here sooner as one thinks and with it the need to take your last spring/summer’s pieces from the storage, decide what to keep and what to buy to update your wardrobe for fit, style and trends. This post reviews the trends from 2020 spring/summer fashion week.

Typically, when SS-fashion weeks are around many of us are busy with creating our wardrobe for fall/winter, but not the season thereafter. Well, and there is always a substantial “cut-down” from what one sees on the catwalk to what is worn finally in the streets. Even a twenty years old gal doesn’t walk thru town belly free, unless – well she’s a hoaker. Nevertheless there was a fair share of belly free clothing on the runway.

And yes, we have seen so many excerts from fashion weeks over the years that it seems all to blur. In the end, we buy what we like. That’s fine when you go with fast fashion. These pieces are not meant to last.

Which spring/summer 2021 trends work for mature women

Let’s briefly discuss the trends that may work on a menopausal body. Of course, it also depends on the cut. And of course, let’s keep an eye on sustainability too.

Exaggerated Shoulders (not) like you knew them

Sure there are some blazer with shoulder pads like in the 1980s. However, they have wide collars, another terrible trend for many of us. But actually, the exaggerated shoulders are still a take the statement sleeves trend. It’s last spring/summer’s puff sleeves. This trend is taken from the Victorian Era. Perfect for the Romantic Style woman.

Pleasant style tops have puff sleeves, and they are a Do. When you have Romantic or Bohemian Style stock up on high quality timeless pieces.

Stylist tip: Try leather pants with a white puff sleeve shirt.

exaggerated shoulders it top
This exaggerated shoulders top works even for a casual or classic personal style. It has sort of a T-shirt under a vest or sheath look. It will look great with white jeans or black ankle length dress pants. It’s perfect for chilly spring and cool rainy summer days. Available for $33.32 at ASOS.

Bra Tops – Risky endeavour

Not my cup of tea, to be honest. However, this trend can look very romantic when styled modest; sexy to ridiculous, when styled the wrong way.

Read this trend is risky.

On the catwalks, bra tops were styled like the silky camisoles in the 1980s: Under a pantsuit! But with flat sandals, not pumps. The Romantic woman may try a floral long corset-like bra top with a pair of jeans and a suede jacket. So chic.

Oversized Denim is a Do …

… if you can afford the illusion of more pounds than you actually weight. Wide leg jean – maybe with the cross-over closing are a do. I would go for a pair that’s slweek around the hip with widening legs a sleek bodycon tank , high pointy-toe heels and a leather jacket.

oversized denim jacket in black
This ZARA MCDERMOTT X MISSGUIDED  oversized denim jacked offsets the width with slimming black. The length is perfect to hide love handles. Available for $28 at Zara
2021 trendy wide leg jeans
This wide leg jeans is comfy for weekends and has no folds in the front, which would emphasize a tummy. Available for $38.90


Statement Collars if it meets your personal style profile

Many of them were ruffled. Read again Bohemian and Romantic. If that’s you, you have the pick at the litter.

2021 fashionable wide collar gingham blouse with puff sleeves
This mint green gingham blouse with statement puff sleeves and collar is a Must-have for romantic women. Available for $45.51
fashionable white shirt
Every woman needs a white shirt. Since one has to replace them every year for a crisp appearance, this wide collar twill shirt is perfect for casual  style with jeans, business casual and even corporate style. The tailoring has a slimming factor. Love that detail. Available for $76.39 at ASOS.

Cut outs

It seems like they meanwhile are a perennial or even classic. A key whole crewneck is a great way to cover cleavage, but still look sexy. Choker cut-out tops with long sleeves are also great when you have well tuned shoulders. Try them with a pair of jeans for a posh weekend casual look.

Metallics -Now we are talking!

I love this trend. I definitely will stock up on metallic pieces in classic cuts.  If you want to jump the bandwagon or already did, wou can read more on styling metallics in an ageless way in the linked guide.

modern metallic pleated skirt
This silver metalic skirt is easy to style with a white Tee and denim jacket for going out, running errands or the weekend. It also looks great with a black top and pumps for Casual Friday at work. Available for $37.42 at Zara

What are the trends in accessories

Remember the 1960s, when our Moms and aunts matched the shoes and bag? Now it’s match your shoes and/or bag with your clothes!!!!!

Who on Earth has the money and closet real estate for so many bags and shoes unless you are married to Rockefeller?

Your solution? Go for gold and silver tune jewelry and it fits with the metal buttons of your clothes.

Judie Gumm salmon run brooch
This salmon run brooch is by the Alaskan artist Judie Gumm who lives in Ester just a 6 miles drive from where I live. Her pieces are a Must-have among women in the community. Available for $98 on Etsy.
Judi Gumm rabbit with pearl
My Judie Gumm rabbit with pearl (old). The new season’s version has no pearl and available for just $23.


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

Trends to Keep

Puff sleeves, sneakers, and layered skirts. Check the favorite looks of last year.

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Top of the World Style linkup No. 301

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Christine of Bon Chic Style in French inspired winter to spring transition outfit
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Penny Kocher in eclectic mix of skirt, knitsweater and top
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Suzy Turner in Chiffon Dress with ruffles and jeans
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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. mummabstylish

    Thanks for hosting the #linkup Nicole. Jacqui x

  2. aquamarinastyle

    A love your take on spring trends, Nicole! I say yes, too, to metallic skirts, puff sleeves, and maybe a little bit of cut-out! Thanks for sharing.

    xx Darlene

  3. RenaRena

    Great styling ideas for embracing new trends.


  4. mireilleftm

    I haven’t really paid too much attention to trends lately since I haven’t shopped in a month!

  5. The Grey Brunette

    There are some interesting trends there, but I certainly won’t be following the big shoulders lol. I was never a fan the first time round either! I am loving the oversized denim though.
    Suzy x

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