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Advice & More April 2018

Spring Fashion Trends for Our Age

By Elizabeth Wheeler

One woman asked, “Do you think it is appropriate for women our age not to dress their age?” “No,” was the resounding answer.

In this 2018 spring fashion report for ladies-of-a-certain-age (www.ladiesofacertainage.com, a blog for invisible, powerful, dynamic women) I am sharing my research findings of latest fashion trends and colors.

 

What Older Women Report

Comfort is the number one consideration for buying a piece of clothing.

Women our age want to wear what they buy for more than one season.

Color is key, they told me. I was surprised with how many women knew their color “season.”

Also, I was impressed that their fashion personality type played such a key role in their buying decisions.  (All fashion types were represented in my survey.)

Hard to find clothes that fit was a universal lament of the group.

They love to shop consignment stores, Good Will, hospice and other nonprofit shops.

Surprisingly, almost all of the women told me they were doing more online shopping; however, they stated finding the right fit and returns were challenging.

Many mourned the loss of favorite retailers and were concerned others would soon close their doors.

One woman asked, “Do you think it is appropriate for women our age not to dress their age?” “No,” was the resounding answer.

 

Brief List of Latest Fashion Trends and Colors

Romance (ruffles, and fabrics that seem to float).

Lavender!

Sparkle (my hair stylist will love this).

White shirts.

Trumpet sleeves (watch out if you have a gas stove).

Pant suits (I loved them in the past – now, that I make so many trips to the loo, I don’t think so).

Trench coat look.

Checks.

Fringe continues its appeal.

Asymmetrical neckline.

Black and white dots.

Square neckline.

Backpacks for a purse.

Shoes – good news – sneakers, mules, flats still stylish in case you do not want to wear stilettos. (How do House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, 77, and PBS NewsHour Anchor Judy Woodruff, 71, do it?)