Fashion & Beauty

Fashion Friday: The Modern Woman

The definition of the “modern woman” is constantly shifting. Here at Women’s Voices, we are often asked by our readers what the 40-, 50-, 60 (etc.)-year-old “modern woman” might wear. Of course, the underlying factor should always be to wear what makes you feel your best (which you’ll find even more pleasurable than looking your best).

To help answer that question, we recently took a virtual shopping trip at to cull through the latest trends and classic looks for the modern woman. What we found is that the modern woman can be radiant in red (the Valentino Lace Dress below is our publisher Patricia Allen’s favorite: “I would wear it forever and ever,” she tells us). The MW can also embrace the greens and yellows of spring, rock the abstract and funky prints, and be simultaneously classic by sticking with the neutrals. Stay tuned for more Fashion Fridays where we continue to explore the style of the 21st-century modern woman. —Ed.

Radiant in Red


Macramé Lace Dress, by Valentino. Embroidered macramé lace, tailored in a sleek, A-line silhouette and finished with scalloped edges.



Zinnia Wool & Silk Shantung Floral-Print Skirt, by Michael Kors. A painterly floral print pencil skirt of polished wool and silk shantung.



Graduated Beaded Necklace, by ABS by Allen Schwartz Jewelry. A rich beaded design from the Allen Schwartz Seashore Collection.


Spring Greens


Lace Trenchcoat, by Burberry Prorsum. A military-inspired silhouette, in floral green lace with double-breasted button front.

Sheltered Island Colorblock Top Handle Bag, by Marc by Marc Jacobs. Smooth leather and textured, pebbled leather in a chic, colorblock design.


Staying Neutral

04428765568450416462279548Suede-Sleeve Farrah Dress, by Ralph Lauren Black Label. A sleek and tailored piece accented with buttery-soft suede cap sleeves and mock neckline.

Ophelia Long Vine Earrings, by Alexis Bittar. Sparkling crystal-set tendrils with almond-shaped Lucite drops.


Bold Prints

0437670223192_ASTL0433242484411Pleated Cloud-Print Stretch Cotton Skirt, by Carolina Herrera. Cloud print with pleated full stretch cotton skirt.

Uma Dress, by Lafayette 148 New York. A bold abstract print on flared, pleated-skirt dress.

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Editor’s Note: Our fashion picks are meant to serve as a guide to your selections in the price points, colors, and silhouettes that best complement your unique style. 




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  • ellen sue spicer-jacobson April 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Check out Advanced Style by Ari Beth Cohen for way out fashion for older women.I reviewed it on my website,