We're on the fence when it comes to giving a definitive guide to outfits for women over 40. Why? Well, the truth is that trends shouldn't be about age. Whether you're 20 or 80, you should be able to wear what you want. However, there is one thing we will say: Women over 40 tend to know exactly what they like. They've managed to hone their wardrobes, picking out key pieces that give them their signature look and uniform.
We've picked out 14 of our favourite fashion bloggers who have done just that. Whether they're more about a pared-back approach with suiting and flats or a bold, pattern-friendly closet, there are grown-up outfit ideas that suit every age and style. Keep scrolling for a look at the best outfits for women over 40 that any age can (and should) wear, plus some key pieces to shop right now.
Style Notes: Keeping it simple and chic, Kat from Does My Bum Look 40 opts for the classic Breton roll-neck top, black leather trousers and a black jacket.
Style Notes: Hot pink isn't only for people in their 20s. This colour suits all ages and sizes, as proven by the gorgeous Gillean McLeod. Pair with a crisp white shirt to make this hue really sing.
Wear with any black, grey or white top, and throw your favourite blazer over the top.
Oversized and so cosy. But still chic.
Style Notes: Tamu McPherson is a street style favourite, so it's no wonder she makes our list here. The sharp tailoring of this bold red jacket instantly smartens up her straight-leg jeans and strappy sandals.
A classic you'll keep in your wardrobe for a long time.
Style Notes: The clashing pink and red combo is ideal for making a statement. Proof again that pink isn't age-specific.
Perfect for layering.
Style Notes: The bell sleeves and the buttons down the side of this dress make it a total modern classic. You always need a black frock in your wardrobe for those knockout moments.
A black dress you'll never regret buying.
Style Notes: In street style favourite Garance Dore, we have a woman who likes her basics, such as loafers. While the whole outfit is as chic as all her other ensembles, it's the flat shoes that make it.
With jeans or dresses, these go with everything.
Style Notes: A black jacket is always a must.
When has a black blazer ever been a bad idea?
Style Notes: Proof that anyone can do the geek chic glasses trend and look incredible.
At £12, if you hate the look, it hasn't broken the bank.
Style Notes: Art Director Kim Mitchell Stokes knows that an incredible pair of jeans will go a long way. Even when you're wearing a bold sweatshirt and a pair of heels, the jeans pull this whole look together.
Try a darker blue jean for a more flattering hue.
Style Notes: Janise, who runs Mama In Heels, is always immaculately dressed. She is a lover of the off-the-shoulder top and a pretty skirt, but it's her love of bags that caught our eye. Whether it's the latest Chloe bag or a pink Prada tote, she's always carrying something that completes her look.
Style Notes: If there's one thing we've learnt from these stylish over 40 bloggers, it's to embrace the pieces that suit you the most. Flares are universally flattering on almost everyone, as they balance out the body, so take a tip from Carelia, who runs My Small Wardrobe, and invest in a pair.
Try your flares with a little crop and frayed-hem detail.
Style Notes: While you might still love to opt for the basics, be a little more adventurous and switch up a trusty denim jacket for one that's embellished.
A gentle dusting of pearls along the collar and top pockets make this a truly grown-up version of the denim jacket.
Style Notes: A tunic might sound boring on paper, but when you pair it with cropped culottes and a pair of sandals, you've got yourself a chic outfit.
Wear over jeans in the autumn.
Style Notes: Perennially chic Caroline de Maigret does the "soccer mom" look in style, which is all down to her wearing a cool pair of trainers.