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These fall “trends” are actually classics…

Those of us over 50 are often advised to avoid trends. But many of this fall’s fashion trends are actually classic and easy to wear…

These fall trends are actually classics, read more at une femme d'un certain age.

Today I’m joining up with some fabulous blogger friends to share our favorite fall fashions. I can’t wait to see what styles they’re rocking this fall! Check out the links at the bottom of this post.

Trends are no longer as singular or overarching as they once were. They can start off slowly and build momentum over several seasons. When items that align with your personal style are “on-trend,” it can be an opportunity to find a wider selection and invest in your favorites. Here are a few favorite fall fashion “trends” that are actually classics, and will have some staying power in your wardrobe:

Loafers

From sleek to chunky or lug-soled, there’s a loafer out there to suit just about any style. I’ve always been a big fan of loafers, and have been tempted by several new styles this season. So far these are keepers for both looks and comfort. This “Chai Latte” color is a great neutral that goes with almost anything, but several other colors are available in this style. They run true-to-size.

Here are a few more styles that caught my eye…

Relaxed blazers

Blazers seem to be THE jacket this fall. They’re a perennial of course, but in recent seasons they’ve loosened up a bit and have shed their staid, corporate associations. Oversized, relaxed, or longer blazers are versatile pieces that can top everything from jeans to dresses. This blazer with ruched sleeves in a crepe fabric is one of my favorites. I’m wearing size 6.

Here are a few more options…

Animal prints & textures

Susan B. wears a J.Crew leopard print sweater, off white denim pants, birkenstock sandals.
CARDIGAN | PANTS (SIMILAR) | SANDALS

I’ve long considered leopard print a neutral, but have been mostly giving it a rest the last few seasons. This cute and wearable cardigan put it back on my radar. Almost every brand has some version of a leopard, zebra, or reptile print this season.

J.Crew zebra print merino cardigan

If leopard’s not your thing, here’s the same cardigan in a striking zebra print.

I’m also seeing a lot of croc-textured shoes, boots and bags. I really like these sleek loafers.

More from the wild side…

White & ecru denim

(See above ⬆️ )

Don’t pack away your white or light-colored pants just yet. I’m still seeing a lot of white and ecru denim on the racks, and think it adds a nice bit of freshness to a fall look. Summers & Winters: opt for white denim to wear with you with cool colors (cobalt blues, grays, charcoal, lavenders, spruce). Springs & Autumns: ecru/ivory will look smashing with camel, cognac, brown, rust, oranges, golds, aqua, olive.

More options….

Knee boots

Will this be the year I finally replace my 15-year-old knee boots? I’ve been on the hunt for a comfortable low-heeled boot that isn’t too clunky, but every year I’ve come away empty-handed. Knee boots have been touted as one of this fall’s big trends, so I’m keeping my eyes open.

These are spendy, but have a graceful shape and are weatherproof. I’ve always had good luck with the durability and comfort of Aquatalia boots, so this one’s on the short list. Also available in black.

This one’s a bit more budget-friendly, also a nice shape.

That 2″ heel is at the top end of my comfort range, but dang, I love the look of these...

I’ll be noodling these choices and will let you know if anything sticks…

More over 50 fall fashion…

Over 50 fall fashion trends

Check out the fashion trends my blogger friends are loving this fall…

Most Lovely Things

Classic Casual Home

Cindy Hattersley Design

Tamera Beardsley

Sherry Hart Designs

Stay in touch.

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18 Comments

  1. Lori Engelmann
    September 22, 2022 / 4:31 am

    I have the same issue with boots. I will be keeping my eye open as well.

  2. classic casual home
    September 22, 2022 / 7:07 am

    You look gorgeous in that leopard cardigan. I want it! Loving loafers too!

  3. Bette
    September 22, 2022 / 7:08 am

    I have never once found a pair of knee-high boots that I thought were comfortable. There’s so many fit points, it just seems a matter of trying hundreds until you find the one. And I’m not that dedicated.

    I agree loafers are classic. They’ve been my favorite shoes for decades now and they always looks great. However, I don’t think clunky, lug sole loafers are classic. They’re trendy, and while I might buy one pair, I definitely won’t be stocking up.

    Love the green FS loafers! On my list.

    • Bette
      September 22, 2022 / 7:10 am

      *Oops. I mean the Sam Edelman green loafers — Loraine — love!

  4. Karen in Fort Worth
    September 22, 2022 / 7:42 am

    I think knee high boots look great with skirts, but I am a jeans gal like you Susan. I gave up trying to stuff my jeans into knee high boots—not very comfortable.. Now I stick with Chelsea boots most of the time, or skinny jeans with my classic cowboy boots.

    • Heidi
      September 23, 2022 / 2:00 pm

      I wear cropped skinny or slim leg jeans when I wear knee high boots. It eliminates all the bunching up inside the boot, especially around the ankle.

  5. Jan Whichard
    September 22, 2022 / 7:53 am

    I LOVE AUTUMN!!!! I would very much like to see some photos of you with a pair of knee high boots. I used to wear them under a midi skirt mostly for work. Casually, I would wear them over leggings although that made me look a little “chopped” up (even though the boots and leggings were black) and made my legs appear shorter than they are (I have “normal” leg length). Tucking pants in, for me, is a challenge because it’s never smooth and the material inside the boot often isn’t comfortable…..so….help me out here! I think the jeans/camel riding boot look on Kate Middleton is terrific but Kate I am not!

  6. cindy
    September 22, 2022 / 9:06 am

    Hi Susan

    I love a great loafer but my bunion prevents me from wearing most darn it. You have presented us with some great choices. I have the same issue with boots. I had an ancient pair of equestrian boots that I could actually wear and they disappeared in the move. I love that number from Aquatalia. I wonder if they come in a wide? The link isn’t working by the way. I will be following to see what choice you make! As always thank you so much for joining us. You always bring so much to the table.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      September 22, 2022 / 10:31 am

      Hi Cindy, thanks! Have you checked out Sole Bliss footwear? It’s specially designed to be comfortable for bunions! They make sneakers, boots, loafers, & more. Use code FEMME15 for 15% off…

  7. Julie
    September 22, 2022 / 9:58 am

    I’m wondering what you think of the slightly flared ankle length jeans. I bought an expensive pair (over $200) and now I’m not sure what footwear goes with them. The hem is rough and the wash is light. I hope I didn’t make a mistake!!!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      September 22, 2022 / 10:43 am

      Hi Julie, I think you could wear them with ankle boots, loafers, sneakers, espadrilles…Personally, I find ankle length to be the most versatile, as you don’t have to hem for specific shoes.

  8. Tamera Beardsley
    September 22, 2022 / 2:06 pm

    Hello Susan! Such lovely and classic fall choices you have offered up here my dear! Your loafers are just divine!

  9. No Fear of Fashion
    September 23, 2022 / 1:27 am

    Last year I finally found the best black knee boots; elegant with a very wearable heel. To my surprise I hardly wore them. Will try and do better this year.
    Greetje

  10. Kathie
    September 23, 2022 / 7:04 am

    I love the zebra sweater. Thanks for posting it while the sale was on. I ordered a size up as its stated as fitted and I like to be able to layer it. Keeping my fingers crossed I made the right choice.

  11. Kathy
    September 23, 2022 / 8:18 am

    What socks do you wear with loafers? No-show socks never stay in place.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      September 23, 2022 / 8:24 am

      Sometimes I wear no socks, otherwise I wear lightweight crew socks in colors that coordinate with my outfit. Similar to these: https://bit.ly/3DOlWIP

  12. Rita
    September 23, 2022 / 11:05 am

    I love seeing your sweet dog in your photos. She is so adorable and brings a smile to my face. I love how she matches so many of your outfits! Please include her more often!!

  13. sherry hart
    September 26, 2022 / 8:08 am

    All classics my friend….you could wear them for years and add one fun thing without spending a ton of money!

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