The 2023 Fashion Trends Guide for Grown-ass Women

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figuring out 2023 fashion trends

Let's talk about style, trends, and what is considered a classic. If like me, you're checking out the new arrivals at retailers and seeing what is on runways and street style icons you may be trying to figure out how to update your existing closet. And if you're like me, you're trying to shop smart and buy things that will still be stylish beyond 2023. How do you know what 2023 fashion trends will remain stylish and what will be a trendy flash in the pan?

Deciphering 2023 Fashion Trends for Grown Women

Buckle in, this is a long blog post. I break down how to determine if a new trend will last, how lasting trends come to be, what are the 2023 fashion trends, and the eight trends from this year I believe will still be stylish five years from now.

I also break down why the skinny jean is out and it's not because a bunch of teens on TikTok deemed it so. It's the same reason why we don't think twice about pairing a sundress with a pair of sneakers. Grab a beverage or three and get your scrolling finger ready. I look forward to your thoughts in the comments!

How to Determine if a Tend Will Last

These are the questions I ask to determine if a trend is going to stick around more than one season:

  • Can this trend be created well at a range of pricepoints or if it's a specific item, is it an accessible pricepoint?
  • Can this trend be worn by a large percentage of the population? Is this something that can be worn by young and old alike, multiple genders, or easily fit multiple body shapes and sizes?
  • Is it versatile? Can it be dressed up or down? Can it be worn by a range of personal style aesthetics?

If a trend can be made at least in four different pricepoints and most every clothing size, it will likely stick around up to a decade. If it is also comfortable and the style versatile, it can last on the scene even longer. Jeans are a great example of this. Durable, versatile, available at any pricepoint in every size, and thanks to innovations in textiles, they can also be comfortable.

Examples of Lasting Trends: Jeans and Sneakers

Two items that have remained stylish for decades are jeans and sneakers. Available at a range of prices and sizes, jeans and sneakers are worn by infants and centenarians, all genders, and fit many different personal style aesthetics. But that doesn't mean every single style and brand of jeans or sneakers is stylish.

Denim and sneaker trends change with other trends, but also change with historical moments. And the reason we're having a hard time determining what is actually stylish and what is passe is that we've recently had a major historical moment that we're really trying to pretend never happened.

History and Fashion Jeans

World War II changed our society. It changed our feelings about our country, our safety, and ended up changing our wardrobes. War rationing changed clothing styles and textiles and also made it more acceptable for women to wear pants and durable clothing for physical labor.

marilyn monroe wearing jeans in 1953
Marilyn Monroe in 1953, rocking a pair of jeans

Jeans became popular in the 1950's thanks to stars like Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe wearing them on the silver screen. Jeans, which had previously been only worn by cowboys and miners became a fashion statement and a statement of rebellion.

Ever since, jeans have followed the trends of fashion and the changes in our society. Major changes in jeans happened with historical moments in society and innovation. Just think about the amazing journey from Marilyn Monroe's Lady Levi's in River of No Return to Pajama Jeans.

History and Fashion Sneakers

run dmc 1986
Run-DMC in 1986, the year of their My Adidas Tour

Sneakers have been worn by athletes since the 1920's but didn't become something found in a typical American's closet until the 1970's. Hip Hop culture brought sneakers beyond the track and court. Comfortable, easy to recreate in a range of sizes, and replicate at lower pricepoints, sneakers became the default casual shoe for our society.

9/11 changed our society. It changed our feelings about our country, our safety, and ended up changing our wardrobes. So changing, fashion bowed to sneakers and adjusted hemlines and silhouettes to accommodate them as everyday footwear.

Sneakers are not going anywhere, but sneaker trends have, and will continue to change. Some brands and styles will be flashes in the sartorial pan, some will be stylish for a couple of seasons, some will be chic for a long while, fade away for a bit, and then return as hot as before.

COVID and the Skinny Jean

Let's return to jeans, more specifically the skinny jean. Skinny jeans have been in and out of fashion since the 1960's but got a chokehold on America in the 21st century thanks to the injection of Lycra Spandex. Able to be made cheaply and in any size, skinny jeans were accessible and comfortable. Boyfriends, girlfriends, kickflares, and capris came and went but the skinny jean persevered… until now

skinny jeans in the past
Brooke Shields in a 1980 ad for Calvin Klein Jeans; Claudia Schiffer in a 1991 ad for Guess Jeans

Fashion experts have been calling skinny jeans passe for about three years now, but many folks, especially us grown-ass women, we're saying hell naw you can't have our comfy versatile favorite jeans that work no matter the time of the month or the season of our life. I don't think skinny jeans are dead, but I do think that just like how we shelved versions of them before with Brooke Shields and Claudia Schiffer, it's time to shelve them again.

If you have stretchy skinny jeans or jeggings in your closet, you likely also have one or more of the following:

  • A cardigan or sweater jacket that hits anywhere from mid-thigh to mid-calf
  • Suede over-the-knee boots
  • Waterfall cardigan
  • Almond- or pointed-toe ankle booties
  • Riding boots
  • A top that has a high-low hem or is designed to be styled shorter in front and longer in back
  • Pointed-toe flats
skinny jeans with suede ankle booties
We've been there, we've done it, and now it's time to move on.

There is nothing wrong with any of these items in your closet, but when paired with skinny jeans, it harkens back to a previous time. The time before covid. The time when society changed. It changed our feelings about our country, our safety, and ended up changing our wardrobes.

The 2020 Style Reset

2020 beige fashion
2020's beige athleisure wasn't my favorite, but it was a palette cleanser

The first wind of change was pretty soon after Lockdown and the world was pretty quick to embrace it. The theme was soft. Soft fabrics, soft colors, soft silhouettes. We weren't wearing jeans, we were wearing joggers and sweatpants and things that didn't bind, didn't have hardware. It was so neutral, so… beige, that it became sort of a style reset.

Just as it has been after any major historical moment, fashion takes a bit to get its footing, but it is clearly leaving some trends behind. And one trend being left behind is the skinny jean. Heck, it's pretty much any skinny pant that has been left in the dust. Even leggings are loosening up with a flared hem (we grown-ass women used to call them yoga pants).

In 2023, wearing a waterfall cardigan and tan suede ankle booties with a pair of skinny jeans is the equivalent of in 1993 wearing acid-washed pleated jeans with a Coca-Cola rugby shirt. That is just not current society's vibe.

What is the 2023 Vibe?

I can say so and so had such and such on their runway and this other guy had this color in his collection and the trends for 2023 will be yadda yadda. But really, when looking at the direction of fashion right now… it's about taking up the space you deserve. I don't think I've seen anyone discuss this thread, but it's one I see and have seen building the past few seasons.

Whether you are into minimalism, street style, prep, punk, feminine, masculine, casual, formal, whatever… clothing is giving you space. Cargo pants, oversized pantsuits, wide-leg trousers, maxi skirts, combat boots, clogs, shoulder pads, ruching, tote bags, it's all unapologetically existing. In comparison, skinny jeans, especially with drapey tops and pointy shoes, look like an apology.

A secondary vibe is a nod to nostalgia. The '90s, Y2K, but also bit of the '70s and '80s and a touch of Victorian lace and war-rationed minimalism. Even futuristic fabrics and silhouettes feel more like a nod to sci-fi from the past or a look worn by a resident of The Capitol.

And the third vibe is one I've been preaching for a while – fashion is fluid. The rulebook has been thrown out the window. Wear whatever the hell you want, confidence is your best accessory. You survived a pandemic, the least you can do is enjoy what you're wearing.

What Is Stylish in 2023 and Likely Will be Stylish in 2028?

Pending another historical event, I think these are items that are stylish now and will remain stylish for the next five years. I am looking at overall trends in colors, silhouettes, details, and brands, what has been stylish before and is returning or what has been stylish long enough that it has worked with a range of personal style aesthetics.

These items also pass my test of the questions I had at the top of the post but am re-sharing them because who likes to scroll up and down on a blog post?

  • Can this trend be created well at a range of pricepoints or if it's a specific item, is it an accessible pricepoint?
  • Can this trend be worn by a large percentage of the population? Is this something that can be worn by young and old alike, multiple genders, or easily fit multiple body shapes and sizes?
  • Is it versatile? Can it be dressed up or down? Can it be worn by a range of personal style aesthetics?

These are items that will not make a statement. Anything that is the It Color or the It Detail means will be the Passe Color or Passe Detail next year. These are complementary items, building blocks of a closet, subtle enough to transition from season to season with style.

Because it is the beginning of the year, I will focus on items that can be worn now, through spring, and into summer. I will review this topic with fall to winter fashion later in the year.

Retro Classic Sneakers

retro sneaker trend 2023

This year, nostalgia is hot and it's definitely showing in sneaker trends. For us grown women, we're likely looking for a versatile sneaker that will work with our not skinny jeans, casual pants and dresses and this trend works extremely well for such apparel. My suggestion is to stick to a white, off-white, or tan sneaker with a subtle nostalgic nod to have shoes that will work all four seasons and as color trends change.

For the past few years, the default fashion sneaker has been low-profile but this year high-tops have returned. Not just for style setters, high-tops can work with looks worn to the mall, to school pick-up, and even creative and casual office environments.


Leather is a great choice because it looks more polished than fabric and it can be polished, meaning they will look nicer longer. However, canvas is having a moment and you can find some very chic sneakers that are free of leather. While tech fabrics are great for athletic sneakers and are being worn by GenZ with everything from sweatpants to ballgowns, I think as grown women who want as timeless a purchase a possible, keep those fabrics for occasions that benefit from such technology.


Adidas and Nike still reign supreme. New Balance is popular but I think will be phasing out and be replaced by Asics (which is the parent company of Onitsuka Tiger, a very trendy brand right now). Check out Gola sneakers, and when in doubt a pair of Chucks is still cool (I'm partial to the white and natural-colored high tops).

Wide-Leg Trousers with Drape

wide leg pants for 2023

This is a hard trend to embrace if you have spent a lifetime following style rules that push you to appear small, tall, trim, and contained. Remember, 2023 is about taking up space and throwing that rulebook out the window. IMO, the easiest way to do this is with a pair of wide-leg trousers in a drapey fabric.


Crepe, silk, linen, matte jersey, even a lightweight ponte works. You want a fabric with a hint of stretch and a fabric that swishes when you walk. Preference is to a pant with a proper button and fly, the waistband can be flat or elasticized in back. The pants are loose enough that they hang from your rear and belly instead of following every curve.

If you wear tucked-in tops, these pants look great with that, alone or under a matching jacket or coordinated layering piece. But you can wear untucked tops with wide-leg drapey trousers, as long as the top hits from crop level to mid-hip. You can go even longer if the top is the same fabric as the pants, making a drapey matched set.


Stress less about creating a waistline and an hourglass shape and more with creating a really cohesive color/pattern combination. Think the same color blue sweater and pants, purple pants with a blouse that has the same purple in it, or bold colorblocking (red with orange or pink, blue with purple or turquoise, green with yellow or brown).

For shoes, most anything goes, but don't feel you have to balance the volume with height. Test drive them with a pair of sneakers, a loafer, a flat sandal. It can feel weird AF making such a drastic change in your wardrobe silhouette but it may switch up the relationship you have with your shape for the better.

Wide-Leg Jeans

wide leg jeans trend 2023

After a couple of seasons where denim has been trying to find its footing the wide-leg denim trend has settled down. The look is mid- to high-rise, slim in the hips with an a-line angle to the hem. Sure you can do slouchy, but you may find the cleaner lines of 2023's wide-leg jean easier to work with your existing wardrobe.


These aren't JNCO's, the leg width is subtle, and depending on your height and shape, may not look much wider than a straight leg on a different body. That's okay, there are no rules on exact width to determine coolness. You may have to try around to find the right pair for your unique body.

These are what you can wear with a simple tank, or a graphic tee, or a Breton striped top. A silk blouse or an oxford shirt, a cami with a cardigan, a turtleneck with a blazer. Like the wide-leg pants, you can go tucked in or left out for tops. To fit your existing closet, consider tucking, half-tucking, or untucked tops that hit mid- to high-hip.


Whatever weight of denim, percentage of Lycra for stretch, and wash is up to you and what looks best with your closet. Distressing is better on faded denim to give a vintage vibe. Denim trousers are also an option and can look more appropriate in the office and for evenings out. While you will see everything from hemlines ending above the ankle bone to jeans dragging on the ground, as a grown-women I would recommend if the pant is full length, have it end about 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the ground for a clean yet still modern effect.

For shoes, it's pretty much the same as the wide-leg pants. You will also see folks in more streamlined of shoes with wide-leg jeans (trim sneakers like Sambas and structured ballet flats), but if that feels weird to you, there's no need to do it. Just steer clear of sleek pointy heeled shoes which right now feel a bit dated.

Straight Leg Jeans

straight jeans trend for 2023

This jean is not skinny, it is not slim, it is not barrel, it is not boyfriend. This is a jean that reminds you of the 501's you wore in the past. In fact, if they still fit, whip out that old pair of 501's because they're highly coveted in 2023. The straight leg jean of 2023 is pure nostalgia.


I recommend having these jeans hemmed to somewhere between the bottom of your ankle bone and the top of your foot. These aren't ankle jeans, and a lack of “break” (where the pant/jean folds on the top of the foot) will feel both current and vintage. You can have a cut hem (looks like it was recently sliced off), a hemmed edge (traditional), or something that looks as though it's been through years of wear. Depending on your personal style aesthetic, you can even do a single cuff.


Vintage-looking washes are on trend. Weathered stonewash, faded, or a traditional dark denim that has gone through the wringer. However, you can still do a rinse denim, but have it with a bit of personality. Something more ringspun versus just a dark blue, a darker jean that looks as though Brando could have worn it.

Ballet Flats

ballet flat trend for 2023

Over the past couple of years we've seen ballet flats topped with giant gold logoed hardware, buttery leather ones so supple they're shipped folded in half, and a good many of us have a pair of recycled plastic knit ones with a sole resembling a yoga mat. These are not the ballet flats I see being stylish this year or over the next five years.


The current ballet flat in general is made of a sturdier leather or textile that keeps its shape. It may have pleats like the fabric was gathered up around the toes. It may have a squared-off toebox or a split toe (tabi). These are shoes substantial enough that some versions have a Mary Jane strap (or multiple straps). They can look modern, futuristic, or as classic as a pair of Repettos.


I recommend this trend only if you're the type who already wears this kind of shoe. If you're looking for an update from your Rothy's or Tieks or want to upgrade from that well-worn pair you got at Target/Old Navy/Nordstrom Rack that was never quite right, this is your year.


Wear with midi-length skirts and dresses and jeans in a variety of styles, though the length is crop cropped to just the top of the foot/no break. They look fresh with tapered and relaxed ankle pants and for those who like to have fun with fashion, try them with the dressier cargo pants on trend this season.

Denim Beyond the Jeans

denim on denim 2023

If you remember fondly a denim blazer, trench, shirtdress, or sheath this is your year. Denim on denim is back, but so are atypical denim garments. But that doesn't mean the exact same Ann Taylor denim blazer you wore in the aughts is on trend in 2023.


The best way to choose a denim garment that will remain stylish is have it look like it's made of denim. That means none of this indigo tonal stitched stretchy stuff, no non-blue denim, and no flimsy chambray. Pearl snaps, copper and silver rivets, and classic washes will not only be more likely to look cool over the next five years, it's more likely to look cool beyond that or be able to pack away and bring back in a few years looking more modern than ever.

The style this year for denim on denim is edgy and strong. Leather instead of lace or eyelet, black and white instead of color, and consider switching out your delicate gold chains for a tougher piece of jewelry. It can still be elegant and office-appropriate, but it's just bolder than the last time we did this trend.

Pantsuits with Personality

colorful pantsuit trend 2023

A pantsuit with personality is one that is in a fun color or print or incorporates a modern trend. For a while, a solid-colored suit in a clean neutral (black, white, or almost white) or an unexpected shade like red, pink, yellow, or green has been chic, but the silhouette has changed since 2020.

Before 2020, the suit was trim and tailored usually with an ankle-length pant. But since lockdown, the suit has grown and become more relaxed. We've seen double breasted and single breasted, cropped jackets and elongated, jogger pants and cargo pants and straight legs and wide legs.


I think a suit in a solid color that makes you happy in a fabric that has a bit of drape is a great alternative to a dress for most social occasions, is good for the workplace, and it can be broken up and worn as separates. The pant should be straight to full, the jacket whatever cut makes you comfortable and can be worn buttoned up. Buttons should be the same color as the garment to best transcend any trends.

While we've been raised that a lined pant is higher quality than one that is unlined, for this trend you may find an unlined pant will have better fit and drape and work better with your curves. That being said, a jacket that is at least partially lined will have better shape and structure. As for shoes, consider the same styles you'd wear with wide-leg pants.

Black Leather

black leather trend 2023

Glossy, strong, bold, tough, supple, and elegant, black leather is usually associated with winter but I expect to see it even through the hottest months of 2023.

Right now, you'll see a lot of black leather moto jackets with silver hardware and black leather jeans, pants, leggings, and skirts. As the temps rise, don't be surprised to see elegant leather shorts styled with everything from t-shirts to silk blouses and sandals in black leather along with classic summer shades of brown, tan, and white. Come fall, leather dresses and polished pieces like blazers will be popular along with boots of every height of shaft and heel.


To keep it looking stylish as long as possible, choose a smooth black leather free of distressing or embellishment. Either firm and glossy, or soft lambskin, nothing tumbled or nubuck. Have buttons and hardware also black so they don't steal the spotlight. The leather can be faux as long as it looks pretty realistic and is pliable.

The only exception to the glossy leather is a perfectly worn leather biker/moto jacket. If you have one up in the attic or find one at a thrift store rock it with your straight jeans, your retro classic sneakers or structured ballet flats, and anything from a turtleneck (fitted, opaque or sheer) to a t-shirt (switch out the witty graphic for a solid neutral color, white, or striped), or a tank (the white tank top is still on trend this year).

What If I Don't Like Any of These Trends?

If you don't like any of these trends, you're in luck! Fashion is fluid and you do not need to adopt and single new trend to look chic. However, I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone with silhouettes and fabrics. You may be surprised how much you like a different cut of denim or a new-to-you shoe style!

What About Trendy Looks to Update My Existing Closet?

Hang tight, my friends. I have already written a novel with this blog post. I will do another one as I do most seasons (here is my post about Fall 2022 trends) and it will delve into what trends are most wearable and how to incorporate them into your existing closet in a cool and grown-ass woman way!

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  1. 38yrs old here struggling to find my style! Once I pin it down it’s outdated First time reading your article and found it very helpful!
    I’m a tall 5’1 and wear XS and 25 jean. This new trend is a hard one for the short girls! Do you ever do articles that help short/tall, thin/curvy find current trends and how to make them work for these body types?

    1. I truly think all trends work for all bodies, it’s just about proportions. A softer fabric helps look less squat when it comes to wider leg trousers and jeans. Right now all rises are on trend, so if the super high messes with proportions, look for a lower rise. A flatform or block heel can also balance proportions, as can a more fitted top. Consider a layering piece that goes below the waistband of the trousers to extend the figure line.

  2. This is only the second time that I have read your writing, but I enjoyed it both times. I’m a 60 y/o with a mature grandma figure that my granddaughter finds uncool, but I still like to make the most of what’s left and try to stay current in a thoughtful, comfortable way. I bought wide legs a year or two when they first popped on the shelves, but as a school teacher navigating tightly packed desk aisles and backpacks on the floor, it’s a challenge to avoid tripping on the extra volume. I’ll still wear wide legs, but I think I will go for either a straight leg or a less voluminous wide cut. Thanks for writing!

  3. I work in Silicon Valley with a millennial and now-also Gen Z-heavy mix of coworkers, and I live in SF where there’s a big younger population. It’s a lot more casual than NYC or DC, of course — athleisure has always been huge in both LA and Bay Area. Anyway, I was already seeing the skinny-jean, the almond-toe more trendy type of ankle boot trend die in the younger cohorts for a few years pre-Covid. And waterfall cardigans/jackets were only worn by older mom-types even back in 2014/2015. I only wore that item at home as lounge wear. I’m still wearing my slim jeans, but it is getting more and more difficult to figure out a silhouette that works for them with some of the tops and also shoes/boots. Like, if I wear combat boots with slimmer jeans, it can look a tad dated. And then figuring out something on top that doesn’t look like I’m wearing a huge, blousy tunic/sweater over — another sort of dated silhouette.
    My classic/timeless older adult style icons are @lindawrightv, @thatsnotmyage, Michelle Yeoh, Sofia Coppola, Jennifer Connelly. Emma Thompson, Camille Cottin (love her own style and her character’s in Call My Agent), Kathryn Hahn, Naomi Watts, Rhea Seehorn, and Philippine Leroy Beaulieu. I recognize those all have similar tall/longer/lanky bodies — opposite of my own, so now trying to figure out my own more minimal/edgy-ish/classic/timeless style/imprint. I loved how Laure Calamy’s curvier character dressed in Call My Agent, but I’m not drawn to that style — lots of florals, flowy dresses, tighter feminine suits — for myself. I love the ensemble styles in the Amazon show, Harlem — all of the characters in different ways — really well put together with lots of colors. Can’t wait to start watching Season 2, which just came out! Lots of eye candy.
    Anyway, this is just more of a share… no ideas or questions here. Thanks for a great, comprehensive status write-up, Alison! And retro, low-profile sneakers are for me, a perennial classic — been wearing low-profile Adidas, Pumas, Golas (so glad that brand is getting some love), Asics and New Balance since forever. And FYI, the younger set at my work is loving the new styles New Balance has put out.

  4. I enjoyed this, and I know that in practice I’ll continue to wear whatever I feel like, and somtimes that will be deply unstylish and embarrassingly dated (for other people, I’ll feel fine).

    Also, this made me chuckle: “hemmed somewhere between the bottom of your ankle bone and the top of your foot” because there IS no somewhere between the bottom of my ankle bone and top of my foot. In recent years I learned my feet are surprisingly tall (high arch/high instep?), I don’t know how I didn’t realize this before.

  5. Very helpful article, thank you! Any tips for finding clothes you see in a tv show or movie? Last fall we watched Recipes for Love and Murder on Acorn (based on novels by Sally Andrew. Excellent dark mystery, with gorgeous African scenery). The main character was built like a normal woman and her clothing was amazing. I would wear everything if I could find it!

  6. This is so good Alison! I appreciate the ‘novel’ because there are so many balls in the air with fashion right now…it’s hard to keep up. But I know I am loving wide leg pants currently!

  7. I’ve never liked waterfalls.

    I acknowledge that trends come and go, but more and more I see why so many elderly people dress in a style not considered current. I’m betting it’s because at some point, they got tired of buying something only to be told it was out five years later. I remember a friend saying that everyone looked great in skinny jeans (I disagreed – they are not my best look, but when styled in a certain way I could get away with them). Now they are outdated. The span between these statements is pretty short.

    A classic outfit will withstand the ebb and flow of fads, but even if it doesn’t, that’s what I’m going to be clothed in. Hand me my walker.

  8. Alison, do you know what the green shoulder bag is in the photo of the all denim outfit with the black coat?

    I have no idea how to find it?


  9. I acknowledge trends but like you say, want to wear what makes me feel good, feel sexy, and be comfortable. Thank you for this “novel” and all the effort you put into helping us be grown-ass women!

  10. Alison, I loved this post & how you showed us the ways fashion is linked to big life events! Fascinating to read all of this. My favorite takeaway is that fashion is fluid these days so we can pick from a lot of options. Personally, I’m happy to be done with skinny jeans & prefer a bit of a straight leg. Shoes—they are my favorites and I’m not sure how to feel about the changing styles. I finally ordered my first pair of pointed toe Rothy’s (in the heather black; so practical!) after wanting them for years! And, maybe they are now not the most fashionable choice but I like them & will wear them happily. Actually, I want a pair of rounded toe ones in their very pink color. I think it would be so fun for spring & summer! Why did I not go with my gut & order the pink first?

  11. The thing I struggle with is the sort of all or nothing-ness of trends. I’m okay giving up skinny jeans. That’s fine. And I can stop wearing my almond-toe ankle boots with skinny jeans, but can I keep wearing almond-toe ankle boots with tights and a midi-dress? Or is that also me looking like a millennial? As someone with picky feet in a large size, it just seems hard to embrace shoe trends.

  12. Love the deep dive! I just don’t see Covid as having changed that much about life now ? Maybe it’s regional but where I live life is 100% back to normal . Even china tossed in the towel and went back to normal! don’t see anyone trying to pretend it didn’t happen, what more is there to be done? I think people are trying to get back to living since we don’t have long on this earth!

  13. What a great post! Thank you so much for your deep dive. I have recently made the switch from fitted to draped work pants, and I couldn’t be happier. I have a pair of wide leg trousers and a pair of pull on very swishy wide leg pants in a cocoa colored wool crepe that I just adore. I never thought I would wear wide pants or pants with a shirt tucked in, and it’s so freeing! I feel comfortable and put together. I also bought a pair of wide leg jeans, and am so excited to get rid of my skinny stretchy jeans, which I never liked the look of on me anyway. Im still in the hunt for straight leg plus jeans, but I’ll find them.

  14. This is a super helpful post! Thank you! I’m more willing to try some of the these as the weather warms up – it’s been a hard no for the shorter jeans with gaping ankle areas with freezing temperatures.

    I do find it tricky to do business casual with new trends – I feel like skinny jeans have been see as more accepted and given those who are (usually) in positions of power, these new silhouettes may be seen as “messy” or “less professional”

    any good trouser jean recommendations for tall gals? I LOVE that style.

    1. KT, I recommend the Lysse wide leg trouser jeans, below — I usually need a 33 inch inseam and these are probably longer than that. Love them.

  15. This was an enormously informative and helpful post, Alison. I actually began an edit of my jeans last week, mostly because there were too many pairs that I haven’t worn in quite a while, and they were taking up too much room. To my surprise, though, I found a couple of pairs of straight-legged jeans that fit within the suggestions you noted. They’re not 501s, but they have a similar silhouette. For those of us who won’t or can’t (budgetary constraints, they way they fit, how they make us feel, etc.) give up our skinny jeans, do you have any suggestions as to how to wear them so they’re more current? I’ve already packed away my high-low and waterfall tops and sweaters, don’t worry!

  16. They will have to tear my skinny jeans from my shapely dead legs, but I hear you on styling them without waterfalls, etc. and will be careful about what I wear them with based on your advice.

    Am I the only one who finds the sneaker with formal clothing look utterly inelegant? Perhaps it’s my European background, but no.

    I’ve taken your tagline to heart, and as an older adult (please, the word “elderly” and “senior” is no longer an accepted term), at 67, I very much appreciate your expertise, Alison, but I’m going the grown-ass woman route and doing things my way.

    1. Sneakers with suits … You are not alone. It makes me wonder if they went to the gym and someone stole their work shoes, so they had to leave in their sneakers. That’s the first place my brain goes, is to ask, “What happened to their shoes?” but maybe because I only wear suits to work events.

      1. Yes! I also think the sneakers-with-dresses look doesn’t work for anyone beyond their early 20s. And even then, my inner voice is making excuses for them: “They’re young girls without the budget for nice shoes, or they’re on a gap year with no room in their backpacks for formal shoes.”

        As an experienced sewer, I belong to several sewing and craft groups on FB, and I’m also seeing some folks dressing in a way I’ve heard called “toddler grandma.” They certainly have every right to rock that look, but I myself would never go out like that.

  17. Great article – very helpful! I have found my skinny jeans are no longer my go-to and I’m fine with that. Next step is to remove them from my house – ha! Still have some of these cardigans & some high-low so thanks for the wake-up call! Loved the article – I’d needed it. I retired in 2021 so no longer have fashion perspective from the workplace environment.

  18. Though straight leg jeans have always been my first choice in denim, my skinny jeans will remain in rotation (never wore with waterfall cardigans or hi-lo tops).

    I’ve always worn straight leg jeans (from men’s Levis or Wranglers as a teen when that’s all that was available) till now when we have many more options. I’ve updated my wardrobe with wider leg denim (reminiscent of what I wore in the ’70s).

    I like the trending monochrome looks too but prefer them in subtle neutrals like camel, ivory and gray.

  19. Those 3 questions….brilliant! In the next couple of days I will be coming back to this post to reread the specific recommendations, but will be coming back to this post for years to reread those 3 questions

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