Hit Your Style Sweet Spot Over 50: 2017 Fashion Trends & Tips

Welcome to a fun collaboration with Jennifer of A Well Styled Life and Pam of over50feeling40.  We desire for all of us… the fabulous women over 50 …to look and feel our best each and every day.  After years of blogging for this audience, we have heard from so many of you about your discouragement and despondency when you look in the mirror every morning.  But, we both know just how transformative style can be, and hope to encourage you right here each week.  We want to see all of us empowered with strength, joy, and confidence.

Jennifer and I have decided to dive into one of those controversial topics with women over 50…fashion trends.  Some women love them and see a trend as a way to remain current and have fun with fashion.  Other women hate them and think the word should be totally tossed out the door.  If you are in the first group, and desire to know what the 2017 fashion trends are and how they can work for you, then for the next four weeks, you might want to catch what we are covering on Hit Your Style Sweet Spot.
I like to concentrate on the messages my fashion choices say about me….and one of those messages is creativity.  I want the world to know I am creative and in a creative industry.  So, the trend I have decided to begin with is ARTISAN, ARTISTICALLY INSPIRED.
One website I discovered wrote how this trend is beyond fashion and covers several areas, “Growing consumer demand for
upscale, authentic goods means more retail companies will offer artisan and
culinary products in 2017. These premium, high-quality products are produced by
experts who are passionate about their craft. To satisfy consumers who are ravenous
for refined culinary experiences, coffee giant Starbucks recently launched the
premium Starbucks Reserve store format. These stores offer exclusive micro-lot
coffees paired with artisanal food offerings from Princi, a chain of Italian
artisan bakeries, which earned Starbucks’ investment. 1 2 In addition, hand-crafted breads, pastries, chocolate, cheese and
other foods made with fine, fresh ingredients will sell well this year. 3 Beyond foods, big retailers like Nordstrom have 
approached small artisans to entice new shoppers with locally 
made, handcrafted
items. ”  (FIND MORE HERE)
This is not new in my world.  I discovered high quality, artisan fashion on a boutique site, ARTFUL HOME, last year.  The styles are amazing and fit my life perfectly right now.
This JACKET is from Artful Home. I am thrilled to see this type of fashion receiving more attention in 2017.
My only tip is to not get carried away with all of the fabulous artistic garments now available.  I like to have one garment do all the talking and not compete with another.  The artisan accessories are also true statement pieces and can make a neutral look unique and special.

Many readers have seen this jacket on me before, but today I styled it with a blue knit top and not the usual black, and I selected a different necklace previously purchased at a consignment shop.

Artisan is a fashion trend I will enjoy following and watching across several retailers. It takes investment dressing to a new level and helps us to support a different group of fashion designers.  It is a trend which gives the more creative and artsy woman a way to put her personal stamp on her style.

Now, let’s go see which 2017 trend JENNIFER OF A WELL STYLED LIFE is telling us about today!
Have a Colorful Week!



  1. I have always felt that there are those who nod to trends and those who bow to trends. Both ways are fine as long as we are true to ourselves. I am a "nodder". I don't have the financial means to revamp my wardrobe with the ever changing trends. If I like something a lot, I will get it on a fantastic sale so I don't mind donating it quickly. I love classic dressing and change up my accessories to nod to trends I want to try. We have to be true to who we are and what gives us confidence.

  2. Well said, Karen. I completely agree with everything you said. This series is to show the "nodders" what they might want to know. In researching the new trends, I had to laugh at how many I would never participate in…no matter my age. It is all about what messages we want to communicate about ourselves individually. Thanks for the good words.

  3. That's a beautiful jacket, Pam! It's very "you!"

    I like to add one or two "trendy" pieces to my wardrobe each season, but only if I truly love them and will wear them long after the trend has passed…

  4. I really believe that is how most of us are, Andrea. Every now and then I run into a women 40+ who has decided to follow most of the trends. But, I believe the majority of us just refresh and modernize our style with a a few selections.

  5. Good lord you know I need you both in my life because this woman has no sartorial sense. And I'm fine with that 🙂 that's what the experts are for!!

  6. Lovely. I am eager to change my mostly tailored look up a bit. Will take a look at Artful Home. I always love the pieces that you and Jennifer choose from there.

  7. I recently shifted my wardrobe to a capsule. I'm loving the freedom it's giving me. What makes it possible is having a few unique artisan pieces to liven up the neutrality.

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