Quick! What fashion trends are the most flattering for women over 50? Off the top of my head, I would say: scarves, longer hemlines and 3/4 sleeves. I've enjoyed wearing long skirts this summer and can't wait to start wrapping up in scarves again this fall. But what's got me really excited are the fall suit jackets with 3/4 sleeves. I've worn suits all my professional life, but I've always felt they were a little stuffy, a little too masculine for my taste. And now, post 50, the last thing I want is to wear anything that feels stuffy or masculine! I'm loving the suit jackets with 3/4 sleeves because they're professional, but also feminine. Take a peek at the Today show video (above) which features several "looks" for women over 50. The video starts out with an 11-second advertisement, then some sensible styling tips, and followed by a fashion show of over 50 women. It's one of the better ones I've seen. (Note: If you want to watch the video full screen, go to NBC Today's Style: Baby Boomer Fashion.) And click "read more" for a couple of suit jackets with 3/4 sleeves currently available online.
SUITS WITH 3/4 SLEEVES: WHERE TO SHOPHere are a couple of suit jackets with 3/4 sleeves available at Jones New York this fall. JNY, which sells suit pieces separately, has a matching Jones New York Slim Skirt is for the Jones New York Short Roll Collar Jacket below.
Or...take a peek at this neutral-color jacket with 3/4 sleeves. It reminds me of the one in the video. I love the way the jacket is styled with a dark red top in the video. A matching Shimmer Linen Side Zipper Pant is available for the Jones New York Shimmer Linen Jacket below. But I'm afraid that would be too much shimmery. Instead, I'd try a pair of light wool slacks in a similar neutral hue.