I’m a fashion editor in my 50s – Here are the three new fashion trends I’m adopting this season and how to wear them

A 50-something fashion editor shares how she's wearing the trends this season

how to wear this seasons trends according to an over 50s fashion editor
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Translating the latest fashion trends over 50 can feel daunting. Style and fashion has no age limit, but they can start to feel a little more complicated as you age, but as a fashion editor in her 50s, I can tell you that the latest looks just need a little adapting to make them work for your closet.

Rather than going all in, the speediest way to update your over 50s capsule wardrobe is to assess the autumn/winter fashion trends 2023 and select a few key items that can integrate with the rest of your look. As a fashion editor in my 50s, I'm used to translating the trends for all age groups, and making them work for your lifestyle is easier than you think.

I’ve always enjoyed following the latest fashion trends and I watch with interest each season as designers send new and exciting looks down the catwalk. It doesn’t take long for these to filter through to the high street, enabling those of us with more restricted budgets to get a piece of the fashion action. As I have grown older my desire to follow every new trend has taken a back seat and I now pay more attention to curating my capsule wardrobe with a timeless aesthetic. I still keep an eye on what’s in and what’s out for inspiration when I’m putting together autumn outfit ideas, to give my look a slightly more youthful edge. And I find buying a couple of new items each season gives my wardrobe a jumpstart and sparks it back to life. 

Fashion PR and Instagram influencer Marie Louise Pumfrey has a knack for being ahead of the curve. “Good news for all you fashion lovers out there, this autumn is packed full of great trends for us 50-somethings to adopt.” she says.

“But before you start shopping, I recommend reviewing what you already have so you don’t buy any duplicates. I’m always drawn to the same looks so I have a massive sort-out in mid-September, pull out all of my knits, blazers, coats, and shoes, and see what I’m missing. Think about your signature style, and if you are not sure, create a Pinterest board of looks you love and use as inspiration.” Work out which of the AW fashion trends 23/24 will suit you by looking at your existing wardrobe and deciding which trends will fit in with what you have already got". Marie Louise adds, “I’m all about cost-per-wear and am cautious when it comes to trends and getting carried away with a statement piece that I will only wear once.”    

Keeping this advice in mind, here are the three fashion trends that I am adopting for to add to my autumn capsule wardrobe that will suit both my age and lifestyle and still create wearable but up-to-the-minute looks.

1. Punk

Don’t panic, I’m not going to suggest wearing safety pins and anti-establishment slogan tees, but this trend is back and although it has its roots in anarchy and anti-fashion there are elements that are wearable and flattering. 

Fashion Editor Antonia Kraskowski explains “In a move honouring the late Dame Vivienne Westwood, several catwalks added a subversive nod for their AW23 shows. Stella MacCartney’s oversized check blazer teamed with thigh high leather boots (one of this season's latest boot trends) is a great example of how to style everyday outfit to include an element of edginess; While Akris and Anna Sui both featured colourful checked skirt suits that oozed attitude. Mini kilts, towering shoes and a smattering of studs will add a punkish element to your outfit without needing to reach for a mohawk.”  

Fashion PR and Instagram influencer Marie Louise agrees that this trend can inspire woman in their 50s. “Tartan is back big time which I love and will be digging out an old mini-kilt and wearing it with a black roll-neck, ribbed tights, and biker boots.” 

2. Metallics

You can’t walk past a shop window or scroll through Instagram without coming face to face with something shiny this autumn, and Antonia explains why the trend has exploded onto the fashion scene. “The autumn/winter catwalks were awash with dazzling metallics, from bright jewel tones to classic burnished gold, bronze and silver, the latter of which has carried over as a key high shine fashion colour trend from SS23 and will continue to be the hero metallic into the autumn/winter season,” she says. 

“Seen on the catwalks of Valentino, Rochas and Balmain as well as Gucci where it translated into a stunning statement fringed coat.”  

If you’re not sure you’re ready to rock glitter head to toe, silver trousers are an easy way to add the trend to your wardrobe.

"To keep the look from going too Ziggy Stardust, try dressing your pair down with a grey sweatshirt and trainers or ballet flats for a slick daytime metallics look,” Antonia suggests. 

“I won’t be wearing silver trousers as they are not my style” reflects Marie Louise, “but I do love a metallic accessory which is a great way to pop this trend into your look and I think silver or gold nails will be great for the party season.”

3. Business Dressing

After what seems like years of dressing in casual loungewear I am thrilled to be back in the office (albeit part-time) and have the need to adopt a smarter, more groomed appearance, enter, a capsule wardrobe for work

Designers were keen to give us plenty of tailored options to consider. “The trend was seen on a number of catwalks including Victoria Beckham, Fendi, Miu Miu and Prada, with waistcoats making a return to suiting as a key piece.” says Antonia. “Marks & Spencer’s latest campaign, featuring actress Sienna Miller, touted the three piece suit as a stylish workwear option, especially when teamed with chunky trainers to take the look from corporate to cool. Elsewhere on the high street, Spanish clothing brands Zara and Mango were early adopters of the trend. If you’re looking to dip your toe into the trend, a blazer is an excellent entry piece. Try wearing it over your favourite jeans and tee with smart shoes for an instant office ready look, to make jeans business casual, and don’t be afraid to experiment with colour. Swapping black and navy for softer shades such as deep pink or powder blue will offer a fresh take.” 

Marie Louise is a fan of the Business Dressing trend too and will start by shopping from her own wardrobe. “I have a very old Ralph Lauren waistcoat which I’m delighted to dig out from my wardrobe archives, and I’m a huge fan of the trouser suit. Blazers continue to be a huge trend and this season the shoulders are big.” she continues. “I had a dig around in my mother’s wardrobe recently and found a couple of fabulous Princess Diana-style pin-striped ones which I’ll be wearing with straight, cropped jeans and ballet pumps. I also borrow my husband’s blazers to get the cool oversized look.”

Can Woman over 50 wear the latest fashion trends?

Without a shadow of a doubt the answer to this question is a resounding YES. There is absolutely no reason why a woman over 50 should avoid the latest fashion trends. The key is to tap into a trend that suits your personality and lifestyle, that way you will be able to wear the clothes and accessories you invest in for many years to come. If you want to look current and add some personality to your wardrobe, try starting with a new handbag or something from the latest jewellery trends 2023. And remember you don’t always have to buy new. Check out preloved sites such as Vinted and Thrift+ or consider hiring an item for a special occasion.

Marie Louise Pumfrey
Marie Louise Pumfrey

Marie Louise Pumfrey is a pro-age fashion influencer, sharing her grown-up guide to style, beauty and wellness to over 37,000 followers. From styling tips, outfit ideas, beauty buys and wellness tips, Marie Louise also has her own London based fashion PR consultancy MLPR. Some of Marie Louise's career highlights include working on the launch of the first Australian Fashion Week, and Channel 5. 

headshot of writer Antonia Kraskowski
Antonia Kraskowski

With over 15 years experience in the fashion industry, freelance fashion editor, Antonia Kraskowski has worked at Conde Nast, across titles including, Glamour, Vogue New Markets and Easy Living. Antonia later went on to serve as the Fashion Editor of Express Newspapers and Magazines for five years before embarking on a freelance career. 

Julie Player

Julie has over 30 years experience in the fashion industry and is a regular contributor to Woman & Home, Woman’s Weekly and Chat magazines, creating engaging fashion and lifestyle content for women of all ages. She also works in the wardrobe department at ITV, dressing the presenters for Good Morning Britain. Aged 57, Julie loves seeking out the most figure-flattering fashion for every occasion. She’s a qualified sustainable fashion expert with a wealth of knowledge of planet-friendly fashion brands and ways to shop more ethically.