Navigating a new season of runway looks takes a discerning sensibility. You have to know what works for you, which trends are worth buying into, and how to make them your own. This sort of sartorial wisdom tends to come with age. Women in their 50s, 60s and older look at spring trends differently than their younger counterparts.
In your teens and 20s, the shiny lure of ephemeral fads is hard to resist — especially when runway looks are promptly replicated and on the racks of high street retailers before the models reach the end of the catwalk. It's practically a rite of passage for quarter-lifers to refresh with affordable, trendy pieces one moment and swap them for the next new look a few months later.
Your 30s and 40s, however, are for honing your individual look and defining your signature style codes. Trend-mania has mellowed, and by this age, you’re likely taking a more edited approach to dressing, eschewing the latest fast fashion arrivals in favor of smart investment pieces and a few thoughtfully considered seasonal updates.
But it’s the 50+ set that have really mastered the art of the trend. Armed with a well-developed sense of personal style and plenty of firsthand experience making all the wrong — and right — fashion choices, women over 50 are the supreme sartorial sages. They’re not afraid to experiment, and know how to do it right and well.
For spring, the fashion hit parade runs the gamut from tie-dye and bold color schemes to sport sandals, Victorian-era ruffles, and ‘80s done anew. As you plan your shopping list, take cues from seasoned influencers like Renia Jazdzyk of @venswifestyle, Cathy Williamson of @themiddlepageblog, Grece Ghanem, Mel Kobayashi of @bagandaberet, and Sophie Fontanel, whose ageless style and fun approach to fashion never fail to inspire. Here, they lend their time-tested taste and keen eye to the season’s hottest looks. Continue on below to see which spring trends these style-savvy quinquagenarians are most excited to try.
Renia Jazdzyk: Tie-Dye
Poland-based trendsetter Renia Jazdzyk, notes that tie-dye is the first trend she'll be trying for spring. "We can wear it on tops, skirts, dresses, trousers, hats. It's such a fun, colorful, and easy to play with trend," she notes. When adding the colorful trend into your wardrobe, she suggests keeping things simple: "My favorite combo is a tie-dye top, tapered trousers, and heels. Simple yet so stylish."
Grece Ghanem: Tie-Dye
"In a sea of colors and prints, tie-dye is a trend I'm excited about this spring. The laidback hippie feel of tie-dye has been elevated with modern silhouettes, fabrics and washes," says Grece Ghanem, a Montreal-based style setter. "The trend was embraced on the runway with Proenza Schouler’s take on tie-dye applied to denim; denim is after all the ultimate basic I live for! Prada also gave tie-dye a chic but playful iteration, splashing it across skirts and party dresses. Ultimately, there's no right way of wearing tie-dye this spring, you can make it your own, just like the individuality of the print you're rocking!"
Cathy Williamson: Bohemian Style And Neon
"I'm so excited that the boho-chic trend is back because I think it works perfectly in the spring and summer months," Cathy Williamson tells TZR. "I am headed to the beach and think this yellow tasseled dress from Rhode has that free spirit feel to it, as well as this mixed-print Alice + Olivia kimono. I am planning on taking both on my trip. I'll wear the dress with a flat sandal and the kimono with white jeans and a black tank. I'm also excited about wearing a little pop of neon. I'll be wearing these neon pink Gucci sandals all season long."
Sophie Fontanel: Tie-Neck Blouses
"I always have my own personal trends, coming half from official trends and half from my dreams, my inner discoveries," explains Sophie Fontanel. "This spring, I'd like to wear silk lavallière blouses (Balenciaga does great ones; I’m gonna find vintage ones too) or a silk mousseline scarf around my neck in a bow (I saw that at Celine’s Fall 2019 show), and long skirts that hit above the ankle. A very chic mood." Fontanel adds that she's ready to retire the streetwear trend, noting that she's focusing on pieces that feel more elegant.
Mel Kobayashi: Belt Bags
"Fanny packs are back. I'd run screaming if they weren't so cute and cool now. In fact, I can't believe I'm looking forward to trying them out again," says Mel Kobayashi. "Seriously, who can resist the idea of walking hands-free in style? I might even double it up with a shoulder bag or even a second fanny pack. I'm on the look-out for a triangular pink furry strap-on that rides low at the front, maybe with ears. Meow."