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Spring Runway Trends Women Over 50 Can Actually Wear

Sifting through the photos rolling in from this week's Fall fashion shows in New York, it can seem at first glance as though designers forgot that life continues after age 35 — let alone 50 or 60. From the tween models to the sometimes unforgiving fabrics, your typical Fashion Week runway doesn't exactly celebrate style at any age.

Upon closer inspection, though, many of the catwalk trends we see — if not the exact outfits — are actually quite appropriate for women of all ages. So while the fashion industry is looking ahead to Fall this week, we're taking a closer look at how to wear the best trends of the present season. In partnership with Yoplait Light, here are the 12 most wearable trends for middle-aged women that we saw on the Spring 2013 runways.

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  • Monochromatic Outfits

    Particularly in vivid, lively hues, this eye-catching look was popular on the catwalks and is eminently wearable at any age. Even the simplest lines look elegant and updated when pulled together with similar-toned pieces.

  • Monochromatic Outfits

  • Monochromatic Outfits

  • Monochromatic Outfits

  • Bermuda Shorts

    These straight-cut, knee-length shorts are flattering on just about everyone, whether you're full-figured or slim. Luckily, they're also very on-trend this season.

  • Bermuda Shorts

  • Bermuda Shorts

  • Bermuda Shorts

  • Leather

    Tough-looking leather needn't be reserved for 20-somethings in skinny jeans and platform heels. On the Spring runways, leather looked at once mature and of-the-moment with subtle detailing and unexpected shapes.

  • Leather

  • Leather

  • Leather

  • Vibrant Blues

    Rich, vibrant blues were a staple of the Spring 2013 collections. The standout color brightens any skin tone and has an edgy, youthful vibe that's appropriate for every occasion.

  • Vibrant Blues

  • Vibrant Blues

  • Head-To-Toe Black And White

    This classic color scheme — with a modern twist — was everywhere on the runways, and is a sophisticated look at any age.

  • Head-To-Toe Black And White

  • Head-To-Toe Black And White

  • Head-To-Toe Black And White

  • Statement Sunglasses

    All the shades on the catwalks seemed to have a story to tell — perfect for women with eclectic tastes. Sunglasses this bold are a fun way to showcase your unique style while keeping the rest the look mature and polished.

  • Statement Sunglasses

  • Statement Sunglasses

  • Statement Sunglasses

  • Wide-Leg Pants

    These light, chic bottoms are a fun way to modernize your look without revealing too much skin or creating unflattering lines. Paired with heeled sandals and a structured top to balance out the volume, they looked fresh and comfy on the runways.

  • Wide-Leg Pants

  • Wide-Leg Pants

  • Denim On Top

    Break out that old denim jacket or t-shirt: you'll be cool, casual and on-trend this season by adding another layer of texture to your outfit with the well-loved fabric.

  • Denim On Top

  • Denim On Top

  • Kitten Heels

    Sky-high stilettos may not yet be a thing of the past, but at least this season offers a feminine and practical alternative for our tired feet.

  • Kitten Heels

  • Kitten Heels

  • All-Over Stripes

    The dizzying array of bold stripes at the Spring shows were hard to miss — which is precisely the point. There were vertical, horizontal and mismatched stripes galore, in both bright and muted colors. But the best part about this classy, but statement-making style? It's age-blind.

  • All-Over Stripes

  • All-Over Stripes

  • All-Over Stripes

  • Beehive Hair

    Welcome back, 1962! Pulled-back hair with a ton of volume on top elongates your face and puts the emphasis on your eyes and cheekbones, as evidenced by the Spring collection models of Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton and more. It's a refined and overall flattering look that we think will come in especially handy when summer's heat and humidity become a factor.

  • Beehive Hair

  • Beehive Hair

  • Oversized Jewelry

    From Chanel's giant pearls to Dolce & Gabbana's bright and complex earrings, many designers went big and bold with jewelry at their shows. Luckily, giant baubles are wearable by anyone that keeps the accompanying clothing simple enough to complement their get-noticed quality.

  • Oversized Jewelry

  • Oversized Jewelry

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