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Spring Fashion for Over 40 | Key Pieces You Need

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Don’t get me wrong, winter weather dressing can be fun. Snuggling up in chunky sweaters, wearing stylish cashmere gloves, and accessorizing outfits with scarves are some of the highlights of winter fashion. But after months of fighting the freezing cold, I am sure that you are looking forward to finally start dressing up in breezy spring outfits again. When it comes to spring fashion for over 40, the best way to create stylish outfits is to forgo trendy clothes for styles that make you comfortable in your own skin. Keep reading for spring fashion tips that will help you dress your best this season!

Just as you might have to be selective about skincare products for older women, you also have to be selective about the clothes you wear for your age range.

Though we’re not here to tell someone what they definitively can and can’t wear, as a guideline, warm-weather styles like crop tops and mini-skirts may work well for women below 30 years old, but they may not be very flattering and classy on older women.

But this doesn’t mean that your options are limited to “dowdy” clothes! If you need style advice for this new season, we have different spring fashion ideas that will not only give you a chic look but a youthful look as well!

From dresses in fun floral prints to gingham blazers and simple jeans, we have scoured the virtual shelves and have listed spring fashion styles that are fashionable and age-appropriate.

1. Gingham

Give yourself a fresh new look this spring with uplifting prints! If you want to add a few patterns to your spring wardrobe, consider opting for gingham.

It is a lovely transitional pattern to wear when the snow starts to melt. You can wear it as a cute spring blazer to keep you warm from the unpredictable weather of spring. Plus, it will be the perfect alternative to your usual blue denim jacket.

A gingham dress is also a piece worth including in your spring wardrobe essentials. It will help you take on spring in style! You can easily pair it with strap sandals in dark colors for formal events or white espadrille wedges for cute picnic dates.

2. T-shirt Dresses

If your skin has been begging for some sunlight, a t-shirt dress would be a good outfit idea. T-shirt dresses are the right fit for real women who don’t want anything clingy, especially women over 40 who have a stylish yet practical personal style.

The short sleeves on t-shirt dresses will give you enough ventilation to keep you cool on warmer spring days. Plus, they are the best dresses to help you create effortlessly casual looks. Just add some cool white sneakers and you will be good to go!

Additionally, a t-shirt dress accessorized with classier items can give your overall look a sophisticated finish. 

Related: Top 9 Dresses for Women Over 50 That are Classic and Chic

3. Bright Colors & Florals

A great way to celebrate the flowers blossoming and blooming again is to add a few bright colors to your casual wear. But we are not talking about the brighter neon colors that Gen Z women may opt for, instead, consider adding to your wardrobe some flirty and feminine florals that mimic the sweet hues of spring and still keep it chic.

A colorful floral top or dress is a good start to experiment with colors if you typically gravitate towards neutral hues. And yes, I know that florals are not particularly a groundbreaking print to wear in spring. However, they are still a spring must-have to brighten up your closet!

4. Striped Tees

Wondering what to wear this season? Look no further than a striped tee. This classic pattern is a true spring hero and there are endless ways for you to style it. Even though it was first introduced as a uniform for the French Navy in 1858, today stripe tees are essential for women. All thanks to fashion icons like Bridget Bardot and Jeanne Seberg.

You can team it up with mom jeans and ankle strap sandals for a spring look that is fresh and fun. This type of outfit combo goes to show that spring fashion for over 40 doesn’t have to be hard to put together!

5. Tank Tops

If your personal style is casual, then a tank top will effortlessly fit into your wardrobe. Or if you are more formal and want clothes you can wear to the office, you can dress up a laid-back tank top with a tailored fitted blazer.  

Either way, this simple item is versatile and works well for the spring weather as it can be worn on its own or layered with your spring outerwear when the weather calls for it. Tank tops can also be easily layered with dainty necklaces to give you a stylish look too.

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6. White Blouses

White blouses are the building blocks of a beautiful spring outfit! Thankfully, there are different ways to style a white blouse in the spring.

A white blouse layered with a blush blazer would create a sweet spring look that will cheer you up. Just finish your look with straight-leg jeans and just like that, you will have a fashionable and age-appropriate spring fashion over 40 outfit.

7. Espadrille Sandals

Since the weather has finally started to get warmer, you can now swap your winter boots with some spring-appropriate espadrille sandals! A trusty and fashionable sandal make spring even more exciting. You can wear them with a ruffle maxi dress as you sip on a glass of lemonade. 

Espadrille sandals come in a variety of designs and colors, but the best ones to choose are the neutral-colored pairs. White, beige, or possibly even a sage green espadrille sandal can easily mix and match with other outfits in your closet.

8. Chic Straw Hats

After spending months wearing beanies, I’m sure you are excited to put on some warm-weather hats for spring! From bucket hats to baseball caps, there are many spring hats on the market right now. But for the spring and summer season, consider a straw hat as it will be your stylish go-to.

Versatile and timeless, there is a myriad of ways you can accessorize a chic straw hat. You can even match it with a cute basket bag and slip dress for a chic look!

9. Trench Coats

An elegant coat is a wardrobe must-have, no matter the season. And though in spring it may not be weather appropriate to break out your no-fail camel coat, there is another coat that always stands the test of time.

If a trench coat came to mind, you are correct. This lightweight topper is perfect to complete your outfit and add the chic element. Plus, it looks so fabulous on women over 40. For an elevated twist on this staple, consider getting a trench coat in a lightweight woven material with a little bit of movement. This silk drape can look very elegant.

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I think we can all agree it is the perfect time to put away your thicker jackets in favor of lightweight spring jackets and your moody plaid shirts for dresses in sweet floral prints. After all, what better excuse to give your everyday looks a fresh start than during the spring season?

Spring fashion tips for women 30 and below are easier to find than for older women. The good news is that this spring fashion for 40 over guide has all the key pieces you need to celebrate the end of winter.

If you want to know the best places to shop for your age group, this next article will help you out!

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Founder and editor of My Chic Obsession, Carolyn is your trusted fashion maven. Carolyn's drive to help others achieve a classic and timeless wardrobe fuels her posts, making mychicobsession.com a go-to resource for style seekers worldwide. Beyond the wardrobe, she resides in the heartland of the Midwest, dreaming up new ideas and raising her two lively boys - her biggest fashion critics.