Spring 2022 fashion trends: 24 trends for women over 40 to try this season

Spring is a time of new beginnings, so it’s the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe. Just adding even one or two new trends into your existing closet can update your looks to give your outfits an up-to-date, modern feel. You can see the key spring 2022 fashion trends below and how you can wear them.

Spring 2022 fashion trends

What were the major themes on the catwalks for spring 2022, that you will find have now made their way to the high street stores?

Well, there wasn’t much loungewear for the new season. Designers have clearly decided it’s time to dress up and have fun with fashion again. Take a look below and see if you agree!

modern lace

Spring 2022 fashion trends - Lace | 40plusstyle.com

Michael Kors CollectionErdem – Giambattista Valli

Lace is timeless but it is sometimes seen as old-fashioned. For spring, designers gave lace a classic yet modern feel. I like the idea of pairing the lace coat seen at Michael Kors (above, left) with everything from a little black dress to a pair of jeans. The lace top paired with wide pants (above, right) also has a very contemporary feel that would be perfect for vacations.

Columns of color

Spring 2022 fashion trends: colums of color | 40plusstyle.com

Proenza SchoulerSaint LaurentRichard Quinn

It doesn’t have to be a struggle to think about what color to put with what color. Instead, you could simply wear the same color top-to-toe as seen on the designer runways above.

Dressing up for the beach

spring 2022 fashion trends - swimsuits | 40plusstyle.com

Brandon Maxwell – Rejina Pyo – Isabel Marant

Are you planning a beach break this year? The likes of Brandon Maxwell, Rejina Pyo and Isabel Marant definitely had vacations on the mind when putting together their collections. Choose a beautiful cover-up that you can wear over your swimsuit when you go from beach to lunch.

Also, take a look at my popular article on the best swimsuits for women over 40 and which beach cover-ups to choose.

modern day hippie

spring 2022 fashion trends - modern hippie | 40plusstyle.com

Jil SanderValentinoAltuzarra

Do you have a Bohemian style personality? Or do you like to introduce certain elements of a boho style to your outfits? Designers opted for boho chic styles that looked relaxed yet put together. You could opt for a flowing maxi dress or wear your boho top with your favorite pair of jeans.

flattering stripes

spring 2022 fashion trends - stripes | 40plusstyle.com

Tory BurchTommy HilfigerEmporio Armani

Stripes are an absolutely timeless pattern as well as being very flattering, making them a great addition to your closet. Look out for striped pants, shirt dresses you can wear as a dress or open as a duster, and maxi dresses you can wear with your sandals for summer.

or checks

Checks for spring 2022 | 40plusstyle.com

Victoria Beckham3.1Philip LimVivienne Westwood

Another pattern that really stood out on the catwalks was checks. Again, totally timeless, check styles are often worn for Fall. But you can definitely choose checks for spring and summer too. I particularly like the idea of putting together a striped midi dress with a classic white shirt as shown by Victoria Beckham (above, left).

all in ones

Jumpsuits for spring | 40plusstyle.com

Saint LaurentPeter DoSaint Laurent

Jumpsuits will always be on-trend and are a great alternative when you want to dress up but you don’t necessarily want to wear a dress. Most of the jumpsuits seen on the spring catwalks featured a blazer style collar. You could always wear a camisole underneath if you don’t want to go too low-cut at the neckline.

spring 2022 fashion trends: coordinates

Coordinates for spring | 40plusstyle.com

ValentinoMichael Kors Collection – Giambattista Valli

Matchy matchy is very much on trend for the spring 2022 season. You could choose a matching pair of pants and top to wear together. Then, when you want to create different looks, you can wear your neutral tops or your jeans rather than your matching items.

Feathers and fringe

Feathers and fringe | 40plusstyle.com

Alexander McQueen ValentinoProenza Schouler

There was certainly plenty of texture on the designer catwalks for spring. Obviously, you don’t have to go all-out with top-to-toe feathers and fringe if this feels like too much for you. You could add a little fringing or get with your accessories.

Monochromatic – black and white

Wearing black and white for spring | 40plusstyle.com

Saint Laurent – Hermès – Rochas

Black and white is always on-trend and makes the perfect background to add a pop of color such as red. I particularly like the graphic print shirtdress and chunky sandals shown at Hermes (above, center).

Big blazers

Big blazers for spring | 40plusstyle.com

Louis Vuitton – Dolce&GabbanaChanel

Oversized jackets have been on-trend for a couple of seasons now and are definitely still on-trend for spring. So, if you already have one, don’t push it to the back of your closet just yet. If you choose an oversized blazer, it’s usually most flattering to keep the rest of your outfit in proportion, so opt for slimmer fitting pants.

or short jackets

Crop jackets trend | 40plusstyle.com

Saint Laurent – Giambattista Valli – Richard Quinn

Having talked about oversized jackets, they certainly aren’t the only option for spring. Cropped jackets are also very much on-trend. Choosing a crop jacket is a great way to make your legs look super long if you want to look taller and slimmer. Obviously, the model at Saint Laurent (above, left) already has long legs. But you can see how they look even longer because the cropped jacket makes her torso look shorter in comparison.

long shorts

Long shorts | 40plusstyle.com

ValentinoMichael Kors CollectionPeter Do

Often I see lots of short shorts making their way down the catwalks on the legs of supermodels. But, this time around, the lengths are definitely more friendly for women over 40. Choose a mid-thigh length or bermuda style to be on trend.

Also, take a look at the best shorts to fit and flatter women of any age.

wide pants

Wide pants outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Oscar de la RentaTommy HilfigerZimmermann

Wide pants are still very much on-trend for spring. Choose from any wide pants that suit your style personality, whether you like a pair of wide jeans, tailored pants, or a pair of print pants that would look fabulous with a tank top, t-shirt or shirt for you summer vacations.

For inspiration also check our article on how to wear flared jeans.

easy luxury

Easy luxury | 40plusstyle.com

Jil SanderPeter DoPeter Do

Classy, expensive looking and relaxed – what a great combination. It’s hard to pin down what this look entails. But key elements are definitely luxe materials (think satin, silk and leather) along with slouchy pants and an open coat or trench coat. Note that none of these looks are tight-fitting, so choose relaxed tailoring.

maxi length

Maxi lengths for spring | 40plusstyle.com

Saint LaurentPeter DoChanel

Maxi dress styles aren’t a length I dabled with very much previously, but I’ve definitely fallen in love with this style more over the past year and I love the elegant simplicity of the looks above.

You can also find more inspiration in this article on how to wear a maxi dress.


Draped clothing | 40plusstyle.com

Tory Burch – Richard Malone – Issey Miyake

Draping can be incredibly flattering as you can skim over the parts of your body you aren’t so confident about while being very much on trend. Look out for draped tops and skirts. While rules are meant to be broken, for a flattering look I would be careful about wearing wide drapes on both your top and bottom half as shown above right.

Trendy trenches

Trendy trenches | 40plusstyle.com

BurberryMichael Kors CollectionProenza Schouler

The trench coat is a style that will always be on-trend. After all, this is a coat style that has been around since the 1850s so you can be sure that if you invest in one you can wear your trench coat season after season. For spring 2022, look out for trench coats featuring interesting details or colors.

White suits

White suits | 40plusstyle.com

ValentinoAltuzarraTommy Hilfiger

For a clean, simple, minimal, yet very classy look, you could try one of the trends that popped up on several runways – the white suit. You can wear your white suit for spring and summer events you are invited to, or you could always wear a suit more casually with a t-shirt and sneakers or sandals.

dress over pants

Wearing dresses over pants | 40plusstyle.com

Jil SanderProenza Schouler – Rodarte

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I’m a big fan of layering a dress over pants. In fact, you can see more ideas in this article on how to wear tunics and short dresses over pants. You could choose matching pants and tunics, neutrals or choose contrasting colors.

bold florals

Bold florals for spring | 40plusstyle.com

Peter Do – Rodarte – Versace

It’s no surprise that florals are on trend for spring. But if you want to make sure that you get the spring 2022 look, you should look out for big, bold floral prints.

Voluminous skirts

Voluminous skirts for spring | 40plusstyle.com

Tory Burch – Prabal Gurung – Michael Kors Collection

Skirts for spring 2022 have lots of volume. Choose either a midi or a maxi length and keep your top slimline. Voluminous skirts would be a stylish option for any events you are attending in the spring and summer months, or for your vacations.

spring 2022 fashion trends: halter necks

Halterneck styles | 40plusstyle.com

ChanelDolce&Gabbana – Hèrmes

Halternecks are the ideal choice if your shoulders are part of your body you love. A halterneck can be ideal if you have an inverted triangle body shape as they can visually make your wider shoulders look narrower, balancing out your silhouette.


Architectural clothes | 40plusstyle.com

Issey MiyakeLoeweTory Burch

If you love to create drama with your outfit, then playing around with the structure and shape of your clothes can be the perfect way to do so. Also take a look at how to dress the architectural style personality for more ideas.

Which spring 2022 fashion trends do you like?

Do you already have any of these spring 2022 trends in your closet already? Or are you planning to add any? Which are your favorite looks? You can let me know in the comments below.

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