“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” — Yves Saint Laurent
Women in fashion have taken note of Laurent’s quote. If there is one thing to recognize in The Women Over 40 Who Have The Best Style, it’s that their confidence is evident. Today, women at any age are showing there is no science to “pulling off” a look or trend and it’s becoming less and less of a surprise when a woman over 40 is the best dressed in the room.
Article after article and interview after interview are revealing that these women over 4o who have the best style have a few overlapping personal concepts of fashion and why they are the face of the fashion over 40.
- Dress for yourself. Gianni Versace once said “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.”
- Wear what you know looks good on you. You may have not known it when you were 17, but by your forties there is no doubt you’ve learned a thing or two on which styles and cuts work for you body.
Style: Laidback and Edgy.
“I’m not good at style tips. I hate rules and trends. I hate giving advice. I don’t get that. Whatever makes you feel good!” It’s hard to determine what Gwen Stefani is most known for. It may be her decade long music career or her multi-million dollar clothing and merchandise brands. However, one of the most prominent details Stefani is recognized for is her impeccable fashion.
Since this industry mogul emerged, she created a style of own. Fun, laid-back with unexpected details. In each outfit Gwen styles there is always an element of surprise. This rockstar proves age has nothing to do with keeping a playful style.
Style: Sophisticated and Structured
Jenna Lyons is the fashion guru behind the J.Crew brand. Named the Woman Who Dresses America by The New York Times, Lyons started as an assistant to an assistant at J.Crew and today she has been running the brand for over ten years. The fashion mogul’s style is crisp and habitually on trend. She has mastered every print under the sun, from floral to stripes.
Jenna is also a pattern mixologist and has a fashion track record of never shying away from a color. From her clothing to her lipstick, she takes risks while keeping a classic and effortless style. Lyons has truly refined what it is to be a woman on the brink of every trend and also in your forties.
Style: Romantic and Sultry
Sofia Vegara has reinvented what it’s like to be bombshell in her forties. With romantic hues and figure flattering silhouettes, she owns the gown game. Vegara shows that being in your forties doesn’t mean you have to shy away from bold colors and form-fitting apparel. It’s all about the perfect and tailored fit.
Aside from her TV Show role and movie roles, she has also partnered with stores to design her very own affordable version of the form-fitting and and colorful designs that women of all ages can rock.
Style: Feminine and Risk Taker
“I don’t know about style. I know about my personal style.” If there is one thing you can say about Diane Kruger’s style it’s this: you can never guess what she is going to wear next. Her aesthetic floats from oversized sweatshirts to romantic gowns. However, each one of Kruger’s outfits seems to encapsulate one continuous aspect-femininity and edge.
Newly in her forties, we can already tell age is not a factor for this German beauty. Her confidence shines through each of her outfits and resonates with her above quote, that she truly dresses for herself.
Style: Girly and Comfortable
“I love to feel comfortable”. Kate Beckinsale is well-known for her blockbuster movies and leading lady role, but her off-duty style has an impressive repertoire of it’s own. On the read carpet, Beckinsale is a classic beauty. She embraces classic silhouettes and feminine details.
Out and about, her street style is laid-back with pops of girly fun. Whether it be a printed scarf or pointed toe heels, she knows how to elevate a casual outfit and give a girly twist.
Style: Masculine and Unexpected
“From childhood, I remember more about his black patent, gold livery, scarlet-striped legs, and medal ribbons than I do of my mother’s evening dresses,” she says. “I would rather be handsome, as he is, for an hour than pretty for a week.” – Swinton speaking of her father during her childhood. Tilda Swinton’s style is in a league of it’s own. Her fashion sense is clearly fearless and her fresh faced features embrace every detail of her age, making it not the topic of her style conversation, but one that can’t be ignored.
After all, this is a 55 year old woman who many wouldn’t argue that she can wear a potato sack and look effortlessly cool. Although her style is ever-evolving, if she has a signature look it would be long-hemmed and slightly oversized trousers with statement blouses and jackets.
Style: Whimsy and Elegant
“I’m so happy with a sewing machine. I’ve got this dream of making a dress out of black plastic bags, which I think would look fantastic.If you think of it as a fabric, it’s kind of wonderful. It’s a bit shiny and black. So watch this space! Duct tape and black plastic trash bags.” Helen Miren is a style icon for fashion. She is 71 and dresses with no restraints.
For over a decade now she has been showing women that there is no age limit to looks that are glam, playful, sultry or feminine. Miren is a style chameleon, one day in a menswear inspired outfit and wearing a pant suit-the next day she is in a floral ball gown or colorfully printed tea length dress.
Style: Vintage and Eclectic
Christene Barberich is the co-founder and editor and chief of the women’s lifestyle site Refienry29. She is a 5’9″ beauty that embraces her height and age, having learned how to dress for both. Even well into her forties, Barberich remains faithful to her thrifting ways. She regularly shops at thrift stores and that’s how a vintage aesthetic has crept it’s way into her everyday style. Barberich is a layering master, showing that sometimes more is more.
“Like most people who love fashion, thrifting is an incredible means of getting things that don’t cost a ton of money. It’s also really eye-opening. I think that magazines and fashion advertisements kind of train you to like a certain thing, or to wear something a certain way, and in thrift stores, it’s totally the opposite.”
These are The Women Over 40 Who Have The Best Style. What do you think? Can you emulate and relate to any of these fashionistas?