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I enjoy knowing what the fashion trends are; however, that doesn’t mean that I necessarily will plan to try them all out. For fashion over 40, I feel it is always important to make the clothes work for you instead of the other way around. We over 40 women are too smart and too savvy to even think about becoming slaves to trends.

Fall 2015 Fashion Trends - How To Wear Over 40

When I was researching the various Fall fashion trends in preparation for future fashion posts, I was immediately drawn to some while others fall into the probably-not category. Now for me, some of it is purely seasonal. What am I going to do with a puffer coat in the Philippines?!Fall 2015 Fashion Trends, How To Wear Over 40

Typically, I come to you with my take on wearing different trends.But today, I thought it might be fun to explore some Fall 2015 trends I may not be wearing here in Manila, but how you can. Hey, if I can’t wear them here I might as well be able to talk about them!

Macy’s is one of my favorite places when it comes to finding the latest styles. I can browse around and find just about anything I’m looking for and tons of extras to pique my interest. Not only that, but they run some killer sales! So, I scouted out some juicy style choices from Macy’s for today’s post.

Fall 2015 Fashion Trends – How To Wear Over 40

Puffer Coats and Chunky Knits

OK, so the names of these fashion trends I have problems with right out of the gate…puffer, chunky?! My goal is to find styles that flatter my figure, not add to to it!

If you decide to try one of these style…



For chunky knits, look for styles are similar to the style on the far right. Β The open neck and proportional sleeves are more body conscious. Also, the sleeker bottom helps balance out the bulk of the sweater and helps promote a vertical line that draws the eye up and down, instead of side-to-side.

Here are two body conscious chunky knits that aren’t so chunky! I like these because the cut gives some flow and the shorter sleeves do not overpower the proportions. They would look great worn with a long sleeved shirt underneath.

Cowl Neck |Gray Cable Knit

For Puffer Coats, this runway coat was obviously made for artistic effect. Look for coats with a cinched waist and a thinner line. I think Nat from Trendy Taste shows how a puffer coat can look sleek and stylish!


Now, these two puffer coats are anything but puffy. The sleek lines and tailoring are oh so figure-flattering.

Wine Puffer Coat by Kensie|Navy Puffer Coat by Calvin Klein


Now, my take on neons is not a total “no,” Neon colors can be used sparingly as accents colors and should be well grounded with neutrals, like black or navy blue, to provide warmth, depth and contrast. I wore a fabulous neon yellow necklace paired with a navy blouse and it really popped.

I think J Crew uses pops of bright yellow in an interesting way.



Try to balance neon colors with other neutral colors in deeper shades. The shocking color quality of neons does not add warmth to the skin and can showcase wrinkles when up against your face. Color blocking is a great way to go! Or, try an asymmetrical flowing dress paired with a black or navy blazer.

Kasper Color Blocked Sheath|Nine West 3/4 Sleeved Printed Shift Dress|Rachel Roy Asymmetrical Dress

Carwash Skirts

Actually, this is a trend that I think is really cool.



The problem with this trend is that it has “trendy”stamped all over it. So, I would recommend this one as an end-of-season bargain buy. You may only get a little bit of wear out of it before it goes the way of leg warmers and yo-yo heels, but you can enjoy it until it does πŸ˜‰

Muted Nature Colors

Last month I wrote a post on the Fall 2015 Color Trends. For the most part I was underwhelmed by some colors in this season’s muted nature color palette. Color is the best friend of women over 40. It adds vibrance and depth to our skin tone and hair when nature is starts to lessen our own natural skin and hair pigment.

Although I know that some women with autumn and spring coloring will look lovely in these colors, it can be a slippery slope to dress in all muted hues. My best suggestion is to use these colors primarily for accessories and accent pieces. You can never go wrong with a fabulous bag!

Reflecting Pond Blue Leather Cross Body Bag|Carlos Santana Francesca Hobo Bag|Marsala Hobo Leather Bag

Keep in mind that you can receive an additional 20% off your purchases during the Veterans Day Sale, Nov 8-11 (an additional 25% off on Nov. 8 with the code PRIVATE)

I would love to know how you are wearing any of these fashion trends for Fall! I would also love to invite you all to join the second My Refined Style, Fashion Over 40 Linkup this Thursday. It goes live at 12:00 (ET).

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Loving It, Shellie


  1. I try not to follow to many trends and if it’s something in my closet than great but if not, I probably won’t go out and buy it. Love a little bit of neon anytime of the year!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week.


  2. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style

  3. Janet says:

    [begin rant] Puffer coats? Kill me now, please! I grew up with these wretched things on the Canadian prairies — we just called them down-filled parkas (even when they were filled with a synthetic “down”) — and there is nothing, ever, no way, no where, no how that they can be made to look like something even close to “fashionable”. They’re just plain ugly unflattering fat coats that keep you from freezing to death & I can’t believe anyone would buy and wear one unless it’s -45F outside! [rant end]

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Janet, your “rant” made me smile! Isn’t it funny how things come around to being “fashionable” when, to us, they just fall into the realm of utilitarian? It’s sort of like the flannel shirts that my daughter is so crazy about right now…I just think lumberjack! I am so glad you stopped by!

  4. Alecz says:

    I just love the neons! they’re so fun!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Alecz, I totally agree! The key is to not go overboard with them, but allow them to accent and elevate an outfit. I am so glad you stopped by!

  5. Claire says:

    I love chunky knits πŸ™‚

    Thanks for linking up πŸ™‚

  6. Jennifer says:

    Living in CT, I will definitely fall into that chunky sweater trend!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Wow Jennifer, CT is really like a whole other world for me! But then I do know cold weather is a reality, that’s why I thought it would be fun to do this post.

  7. What a great post. You saved me from buying eleventy-million fashion magazines and trying to figure this stuff out.

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Haha Beth! Yes, it can be quite a bit to wade through. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Lorna Mai says:

    Loved reading this. I love the idea of wearing a cream puffa coat like the one pictured. Personally I’m not sure about the carwash pleats but I love neon but as you say need to be careful with it and wear it sparingly.

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hey Lorna, you should definitely take on some neon accents since you are the color queen πŸ˜‰

  9. Darcy says:

    So many fun trends for fall and winter! I need a new puffer!

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Hi Darcy,I can imagine that puffer coats are perfect for cold, snowy places.

  10. Patti says:

    Great round-up Shellie! I love most of these trends, esp a chunky sweater or wrap in lieu of a coat here in Florida. Thanks for linking up,