White tank tops, floor-sweeping hemlines and oversize moto jackets are selling like hotcakes. At least that’s what retail stores and fashion sites say as they butter up shoppers for a fall splurge. I beg to differ. Many 50-plus women gave their ’70s dirt-collecting maxis and ’80s Top Gun bombers to Goodwill long ago and have no plans to wear a white tank in January — except under a cozy sweater.
Keep looking. There are some very wearable updates that are worth the investment. Here are the top nine, plus a little extra guidance for men.
1. Wider, looser jeans
If you’ve been hanging on to skinny jeans and resisting the roomy jeans trend, this is the moment to jump in. Those wanting a classic look can try a relaxed straight cut, boot cut or flared jean. However, for a stylish leap forward, try a wide-leg style like the Maeve Plus The Jada High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans in Denim Dark ($140, anthropologie.com), L.L. Bean Women’s 207 Vintage Jeans Wide-Leg in Faded Indigo ($89, llbean.com) or the Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Wide Leg Jeans in Gy-Grey ($88, nordstrom.com). You just might give those skinnies to Goodwill for good.
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2. Loafers with attitude
Loafers started life as a preppy basic but have gained fashion cred lately. Think of this season’s loafers as a sturdier, more supportive alternative to ballet flats. Choose a slim, tapered style in an unexpected color like the Sam Edelman Loraine Loafer in Cocoa Bronze or Raspberry ($150, zappos.com), or dial up the trendiness with a husky pair like the Old Navy Faux Leather Chunky-Heel Loafer Shoes for Women in Royal Burgundy or Blackjack ($40, oldnavy.gap.com), Karl Lagerfeld Paris Women’s Avah Loafer Flats in Black ($139, macys.com) with a little bling, or Sam & Libby Women’s Remi Lug Sole Loafer in Black ($35, walmart.com). Carrie Bradshaw might not approve, but do we care?