The Over-50 Fashion Icons With the Freshest Style

Personal style can be mastered at any age—there is no magic number or milestone birthday that can claim to be the pivotal point. Some lucky fashion lovers manage to find their signature look early on and hold onto it throughout their lives, adjusting and updating it ever so slightly to suit the changing times and trends. For others, understanding the outfits and clothes you feel most comfortable in can be a more arduous and experimental process.

Whichever camp you reside in, there's no denying that as you get older, your tastes and wardrobe needs change. For example, aged 33, I now realise that all of the cheaper, trend-ticking items I bought on the high street in my 20s haven't stood up, so I'm endeavouring to buy less and buy better. My mum, who is in her 70s, is still supremely stylish, but she doesn't have the same need for smart dresses, skirts and suits on a regular basis due to the fact she's retired and her day-to-day activities are quite different now. That means she's still getting to grips with casual attire, and it's been a process for someone who loves getting dressed up.

Over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Carla Bruni wearing a black tuxedo

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Carla Bruni looking sharp in a black tuxedo and stilettos.

No matter what stage of life you're in, I'm a big believer that you can wear whatever you want, whenever you want. There shouldn't be "rules" or "dos" and "don'ts" just because you're older or younger. Societal norms are shedding left, right and centre, and never before has it been cooler to age staying true to yourself. Many of the most admired and iconic women in the fashion industry haven't done a 180 on their favourite looks just because they've hit 40, 50, 60 or more.

A real tastemaker will be guided by what feels right, but we all have wobbles and moments of uncertainty. So whether you're a 20-something trying to find that ultimate interview outfit or a 50-something rediscovering a love for colour and searching for quality inspiration, our gallery of over-50 celebrities, industry figures and influencers will help. Read on for 42 trailblazing women we love to take fashion tips from on the regular.

Over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Julianne Moore in a lilac jumper and trousers

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Fashion over 50 doesn't have to be boring. This glorious lilac look is the perfect accompaniment to Julianne Moore's instantly recognisable red hair. The revered actress often chooses simply cut clothes in striking hues, whether on the red carpet or the street, and the formula works to great effect.

Lucinda Chambers
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Lucinda Chambers in a white dress and black bomber jacket

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Former fashion director of British Vogue Lucinda Chambers has spent over three decades at the forefront of the fashion industry. It's no surprise then that she's managed to hone her look. From bold prints to chunky necklaces, as well as Marni shoes, this is easy sophistication to wear at any age.

Oprah Winfrey
Over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Oprah wearing a white coat with a beige shirt dress and kitten heel pumps

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From wearing the most spectacular pink Stella McCartney dress to the royal wedding through to her regular high-profile appearances where waist-nipping dresses or skirts with tops play the main role, Oprah is always chic. 

Alyson Walsh
Over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Alyson Walsh wearing a leopard coat with a utility jumpsuit

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If you're looking for a polished style with a trend-led twist, Alyson Walsh is your woman. The fashion journalist turned influencer packs plenty of Scandi cool with clever minimalist pairings and the odd flash of print. 

Pat Cleveland
Over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Pat Cleveland in a red satin skirt and cape with bold jewellery

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As one of the original supermodels from the 1970s, it's no surprise that Pat Cleveland still has a spectacular and ultra-glamorous wardrobe now. The American fashion insider never shies away from decadent fabrics, OTT jewellery and true entrance-making party outfits.

Grece Ghanem
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Blogger Grece Ghanem in a white Gucci tee with leopard trousers

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Grece Ghanem is our latest Instagram obsession: The Montreal-based personal trainer has the best designer clothing collection and wears all of the latest pieces in the most unexpected ways without being wacky. Take this Gucci tee and leopard trousers example, for starters.

Linda Fargo
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Linda Fargo wearing a kimono layered over wide-leg trousers

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Senior vice president of the fashion office and the director of women's fashion and store presentation of New York's iconic Bergdorf Goodman, Fargo is often spotted wearing leopard print. She also has a love of Dior's red lipstick Holiday. Speaking to the Financial Times, she revealed that she's a fan of timeless classics "with a bit of bite."

Isabelle Huppert
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: French actress Isabelle Huppert wearing a printed Chloé blazer with brown flares

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Actress Isabelle Huppert is the very definition of chic. Of course, it helps that she's French (and you know how much we love their style), but she always looks effortless—whether that's wearing a couture gown at Cannes or a more androgynous suit with an overcoat at fashion week.

Halle Berry
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Halle Berry wearing a short black lace dress

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It's hard to believe Halle Berry is over 50. I'm sure she looks younger than me. The Hollywood star takes an all-sassy-or-nothing approach to dressing, often choosing see-through fabrics and risqué silhouettes. 

Monica Bellucci
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Monica Belluci looking chic in a black dress from Dior

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Monica Bellucci is often considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. The actress started off modelling for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and Dior, but then made her mark in the film such as The Matrix Reloaded. Her style is often very elegant with figure-flattering dresses.

Renia Jaz
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Ven's Wife Style wearing a printed midi skirt with a white shirt and blue satin shoes

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When we spotted Renia Jaz's blog, Ven's Wife Style, we immediately had to know more. From the all-grey outfit made fun with a faux-fur bag flourish to doing the Balenciaga look better than seasoned street stylers, her smart but sassy style has us hooked.

Viola Davis
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Viola Davis wearing a shocking pink gown

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You'll most commonly see Viola Davis in one of two combinations in public: either a smart trouser suit or a pared-back sheath dress in a vibrant hue. Here she is doing the latter and reclaiming Barbie pink for all generations of women. 

Erni Stollberg
Over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Erni Stollberg in a grey trouser suit

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Shooting to Insta fame at the age of 95, Erni Stollberg is a regular fixture on the feed of fashion concept store Park. Never one to shy away from an avant-garde look, Stollberg has been snapped in everything from a Y Project oversize suit (see above) to Simone Wilde over-the-knee boots. 

Lyn Slater of Accidental Icon has a knack for showing off eye-catching, quirky pieces, but her styling never feels over the top. The 63-year-old's sleek, fashion-forward sense of style is an inspiration for any age, and she proves that comfort and personal style is the chicest thing of all.

Maye Musk
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Maye Musk wearing a yellow brocade dress with silver shoes

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The mother of Space X and Tesla founder Elon Musk, Maye has been a model for five decades. Her style is sleek and minimal, but when she heads out for an event she goes all out with something like this. You need to know that she has great taste in earrings, lipstick, roll-necks and dogs.

Jennifer Aniston
Over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Jennifer Aniston in black tailoring

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The Jennifer Aniston superfans out there will know that the Friends star has always stuck to the same idea: wear all black and you'll always look good. She's not wrong. Whether its a sparkly LBD or a more mix-'n'-match tailored look like this, this method works.

Anna Wintour
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Anna Wintour in a leather coat, printed dress and knee boots

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Vogue's Anna Wintour has a few wardrobe pillars (in many iterations) that have been cemented over the years to create the hardest-working wardrobe in the biz. One of her classic looks is a fabulous coat, printed dress and knee boots.

Colleen Heidemann
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Coleen Heidemann in peach silk pjs

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One of those ultra-glam people, Colleen Heidemann cites the likes of Jackie O, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn as her style icons. This all shows in her personal style, which is sophisticated but fun. 

Melanie Kobayashi
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Melanie Kobayashi of Bag and a Beret wearing clashing prints 50 style blogger

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Melanie Kobayashi is the Vancouver-based blogger behind Bag and a Beret. The 53-year-old mixes vintage, fun prints and plenty of colours to create an overall look that's all her own.

Carine Roitfeld
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: editor Carine Roitfeld wearing a knotted blue shirt with a pencil skirt and pink pumps

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For top Parisian wardrobe inspo, look to former Vogue Paris editor in chief and legendary stylist Carine Roitfeld.

Diane von Furstenberg
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: designer Diane Von Furstenberg in a leopard print bomber jacket and pencil skirt

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The legendary designer might be known for her wrap dresses, but her own closet extends far beyond that. Diane is a master of print clashing—she makes modern pieces look elegant by placing them next to classics.

Michelle Obama
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Michelle Obama wearing a blue and yellow lace Preen dress

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We miss the regularity with which we used to see Michelle Obama in so many different outfits. Since the former FLOTUS has not been in the White House, we still get the occasional glimpse of her fantastic midi-dress collection, but we're taking it back with this Preen look. It's still a fun but appropriate option almost four years later.

Demi Moore
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Demi Moore in yellow checked trousers and a pink coat

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Moore's personal style has changed a great deal over the years, but she's on a particularly great roll at the moment. This colourful ensemble really ticks so many boxes and will no doubt inspire you to be braver in combining different shades.

Caryn Franklin
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Caryn Franklin wearing a green puffy-sleeved Osman top with a black skirt and sneakers

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The iconic TV presenter, author, activist and stylist (amongst many other things) is one of our all-time-favourite women over 50 for striking outfit combinations that really speak to her personal style ethos of buying better, buying less and generally being more conscious in your consumption—without losing your cool. You can see more of Franklin's style via our Best Wardrobes in Britain shoot.

Natalie Massenet
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Natalie Massenet wearing a metallic blazer with black skinny jeans and studded pumps

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As the founder of Net-a-Porter, former fashion editor Natalie Massenet is a queen of fashion. The impeccably dressed entrepreneur artfully combines new-season prints with classic wardrobe staples for an ultra-elegant finish.

Grace Jones
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Grace Jones in an all-black outfit with a spotty hat

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If outré is your fashion genre, then Grace Jones must be your leader. The always-outrageous performer has never dialed down her madcap outfit ideas, and for that, we will always be grateful.

Sarah Jane Adams
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: blogger Sarah Jane Adams wearing an Adidas tracksuit

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Bold, unapologetic fashion is what you can expect from the jewellery designer, model and Instagram icon Sarah Jane Adams. She never shies away from eye-catching colours or prints, and it's clear that more than anything she has fun with fashion—the ultimate guide for trendy clothes for 50-year-old women.

Cindy Crawford
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Cindy Crawford in jeans and a blazer

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Some outfit combinations die hard, and supermodel Cindy Crawford proves it with the enduring allure of this blazer/jeans/heels creation. It works for everyone, at every age, and for multiple occasions.

Ruth Chapman
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Ruth Chapman wearing a silver blouse with black trousers

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As MatchesFashion.com's co-founder, Ruth Chapman is an industry-adored figurehead with access to the best designer garms going. Take away the fancy clothes, and you still have a woman who oozes serenity and elegance. Her style choices are often classic with a twist, like this demure blouse rendered in metallic fabric.

Helen Mirren
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Helen Mirren in a pink tulle gown

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Actress Helen Mirren is a national treasure for many reasons, but aside from her theatrical skills and film repertoire, we are also huge fans of her event dressing prowess. It's basically go big or go home, like this fabulous Oscars 2019 moment.

Lou Kenny
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Lou Kenny wearing a white shirt dress

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Model and yoga teacher Lou Kenny once told us all about how to dress in your 50s, and it's something you will want to read. Her classic, effortless style and holistic lifestyle make her one to bookmark, no matter what generation you're part of.

Iman
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Iman in a black leather blazer and trousers

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Forever chic, model Iman has always erred on the side of minimalism. She often adds a dash of interest via accessories, but you can always rely on her for an outfit that easily translates IRL.

Brigitte Macron
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Brigitte Macron in a pastel blue suit and white T-shirt

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The interest in Brigitte Macron's wardrobe stretches far and wide, with many having a particular interest in the French first lady's denim choices. We, however, are very into her sharp trouser suits and how she styles them: Note the T-shirt instead of a blouse or button-down.

Sophie Fontanel
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Sophie Fontanel wearing a tan A-line skirt with a white blouse and flip flops

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Another French lady you 100% need to know about is journalist Sophie Fontanel. Whilst you won't ever see much of her face in her mirror selfies, you will see a whole heap of new styling ideas and combinations to replicate. She uses simple shapes and colours to great effect.

Doria Ragland
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Doria Ragland at Meghan Markle's wedding wearing a pale green coat and dress

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Whether she realises it or not, Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, was jettisoned to mother-of-the-bride outfit icon recently. We're looking forward to potentially seeing more of the super-chic lady in the future, but for now, just take note of her classic-but-still-interesting ensemble.

Celine Dion
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: Celine Dion in a blue blazer, red jumper and skinny trousers

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Singer extraordinaire, Céline Dion is a prime example of finding your more adventurous fashion side later on in life. Over the past few years, she has become a bona fide couture fashion fanatic and a trailblazing trendsetter, wearing all of the latest collections and wildest pieces first. We bow down.

Yasmin Furmie
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: yasmin furmie

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The fashion designer who owns label SiSi stays true to her Instagram bio by never acting her age, especially when it comes to fashion. She chooses fun pieces, often in bold colours and accessorised with bold jewellery and sneakers. 

Sandra Bullock
over 50 fashion and clothing inspiration: sandra bullock

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Sandra Bullock has been serving up incredible looks for years. This woman is a red carpet pro, and along with incredible gowns, she gives us loads of hair and makeup inspiration too. 

Cate Blanchett
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Is there anyone who seems to be having as much fun with fashion as Cate Blanchett right now? The star has recently been pictured out and about wearing some incredible blouses and high-waisted trousers, and we're here for it. 

Nicole Kidman
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Ladylike style is always what we associate with Nicole Kidman. From ankle-tied heels to lace dresses, she's our go-to for prettier styling. 

Jennifer Lopez
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No, Jennifer Lopez does not look like she's 50. She doesn't even look like she's 40—let's be honest. Her style has remained consistent throughout the years, but this recent all-leather look has to be one of our favourites.

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends to know. 

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