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Fashion Over 50 | 7 sensible ways to channel the trends from fashion weeks around the world

February 29, 2016
 

With February coming to a close, we’ve enjoyed the holiday of love and even some warmer to send the snow on its merry way. Did you also know that this month saw three very popular fashion weeks, too? That’s right – New York Women, London, and Milan all took to the runway in full force this month.

One of our most popular boards on Pinterest is our “Fifty and Better Style” board, which goes to show that a sense of style is important no matter someone’s age. So, maybe you’re thinking, “Of course I knew about the fashion weeks that took place this month,” because you were riveted to the runway and watched with bated breath to see each of this season’s fashions being unveiled. Or, maybe not?

If you were not one of the fashionistas who paid close attention to the trends this month, but still wouldn’t mind staying in the loop of what’s considered “fashionable” this season, fear not. We’ll give you the condensed recap and a few spot-on suggestions for how to channel your inner fashionista in a practical way.

Here are 7 of the top trends that fashion weeks presented this year:

Trend #1) London: Butterfly embellishments

On the runway:
    
(photo: elle.com)

Try this:


Pull out your blouses or dresses that feature butterflies. This “Together Butterfly Shirt” by Draper’s & Damon’s is a fresh take on a classic shirt, with the trendy butterfly pattern subtly incorporated. With a price tag of $69.95-$75.95, it received 4 out of 5 stars by online reviewers. Get one here.

Trend #2) London: Crochet & lace frocks

 On the runway:

(photo: elle.com)

Try this:


A subtle version of this style, like this Metallic Crochet Lace Top by Bedford Fair, exudes timeless elegance. It gracefully boasts a crew neckline, three quarter sleeves, and a lightweight tank included underneath. Get one for $39.99-$45.99 here.


 

Trend #3) New York: Velvet

 On the runway:

(photo: fashionista.com)

Try this:


Give velvet a try with a no-nonsense piece, like this Isaac Mizrahi Live! Blazer. It’s going for $65.60 including shipping right now on QVC.com.
 

Trend #4) New York: Extra-long sleeves

 On the runway:


(photo: fashionista.com)

Try this:


In lieu of sleeves that cover your hands, sport sleeves that have a unique shape or added detail instead. They’ll offer that attractive interest that their longer counterpart does, yet won’t interfere with your daily activity. This blouse by Journee Collection has flared sleeves with crochet finishes (it knocks out two runway trends in one!). Get it for $15.99 on Overstock.com.
 

Trend #5) Milan: Tie dye & bold animal print-inspired patterns

 On the runway:

(photo: harpersbazaar.com)

Try this:


Pick out the boldest, loudest print in your closet and wear it proudly! This embellished tunic blouse from metrostyle fits the bill with tie-dye-inspired colors rolled in with a nod to animal patterns. It could be yours for $39.99 here.
 

Trend #6) Milan: Loud florals

On the runway:

(photo: theblondesalad.com)

Try this:


The trend spotted on Milan’s runway at left is one of the season’s more wearable looks. If you have a cheerful floral print in your closet, bring it out. For a new one at a less-than-designer price point, check out the Artistic Floral Tee for $24.97 at Christopher & Banks.

 

Trend #7) Milan: Femme ruffles & off the shoulder

On the runway:

(photo: elle.com)

Try this:


The off-the-shoulder look can be tough for most of us in our everyday attire. Embrace the ruffles in this style, finding pieces in your wardrobe that have a little fluff and layering detail. This Sweet Georgia blouse from Montgomery Ward has petal-soft ruffles that flutter in a v-neck, adding extra visual interest. Find one online here for $49.95-$54.95.
 

If few of the hottest runway styles mentioned above resonate with you, we’ll also mention that general color trends of blue with orange, red with white, pink, and shimmery gold persistently appeared on all runways. Set your sights on a piece in your closet that fits those color schemes, and mix things up by pairing it with something different this spring.

If this post inspires you to try something new with your wardrobe, a new combination, style, or purchase, that’s wonderful. If this renews your dedication to sticking with your own idea of fashion rather than the runway trends, that’s great too. Above all else, we hope it refreshes your commitment to your own style and feeling confident and comfortable in your attire. Remember: fashion looks best when you feel good on the inside.

Have something to add? Do you pay attention to fashion weeks? What’s your favorite timeless fashion style? Leave us a reply below!

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