40 Trends to Try Before You Turn 40

How many can you say that you’ve tried?

Over the years, there have been many fashion trends that came and went. There are timeless ones that never left. There are classic ones that have made a comeback. Turning 40 this year has given us quite the insight so we decided to compile a list of trends that every woman should definitely have tried before turning the big 4-0 themselves!


1. Matching sets/Co-ords

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Taylor Swift via TPG News

No more worrying about how to pair two different pieces because this has already been matchmade! Layer a leather jacket on top and slip into a pair of sneakers for an edgy look. You can also just wear heels with it for a more feminine touch.

2. Midi rings

topshop malaysia midi rings

Rule of thumb: never wear them alone but don’t overdo it either. Try them with a statement ring to complete the look. Double the wow factor by wearing different designs on both hands!

TRY: Fine Band Detail Ring Pack, RM46, Topshop


3. Dropwaist


The boxy frame of dropwaist dresses makes you look slimmer whereas flare bottom makes a perfect balance. Pair it with blazer for a more polished look.

TRY: Doll And Frog Ottoman Dropwaist Dress, RM169, Dorothy Perkins

4. Ripped jeans

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Kendall Jenner via TPG News

From red lips and a casual white tee to an embellished top with high heels, there are so many ways to style ripped jeans! Your best bet without going overboard is to choose a pair that are ripped at the knees as they reveal just the right amount of skin.

5. LBD

little black dress hm malaysia

It’s one every girl’s must-have in her wardrobe! A little black dress is so versatile that you can just dress it up with a pair of high heels and a dash of red lipstick, and you’ll be ready for a night out! For a more casual feel, wear it with a chambray or floral shirt knotted at the waist.

TRY: Dress with Butterfly Sleeves, RM119, H&M

6. Cropped top

cropped bustier top fabspy malaysia

Don’t be afraid to try this trend no matter your size. The key is to find the right balance. Here’s a fail-proof combo you can try: match a cropped top with a midi skirt, palazzo pants or even a high-waisted bottom!

TRY: Green Bustier Crop Top, RM19.90, FABSPY

7. Polka dots



TRY: Polka-Dot Top, RM99.90, PULL&BEAR

Polka dots can be worn with neutrals or with other prints as well, the trick here is to make sure both polka dots and another print are of the same colour, for example both are in different hues of red.

8. Leopard prints


Not comfortable with wild prints? No worries, because even the less bold fashionistas can don the animal print. We’ve covered the easiest tricks right here!

TRY: Leopard Print Top, RM89, Mango

9. Skort


Who said wearing comfortable clothes means sacrificing some chic points? Even female‘s Deputy Fashion Editor Andrea calls it a genius design!

TRY: Melanie’s Skort, RM69, Twenty3

10. Fedora

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via kisforkani.com

Perfect for your bad hair days, the trick is to find one that fits your head perfectly and stays on for the rest of the day. Try tilting the fedora slightly back to give it a more flattering angle.

11. Maxi dress


It’s a must-have for every woman as it can be dressed up with a pair of heels and blazer or dressed down with a casual tee over it and boots. The key is to pick one that flatters your figure.

TRY: Wine Embellished Maxi Dress, RM293, Dorothy Perkins

12. Wedge sneakers


It’ll give you the extra height but with a sporty flair. Pair this with a simple black dress and a denim jacket for that ultimate stylish sporty look.

TRY: High Top Sneakers, RM119, EZRA by Zalora

13. Floral

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Reese Witherspoon via TPG News

It’s one of the easiest trends to try as you can easily pair it with anything or just go full-on floral. When it comes to finding a match for floral pieces, however, the key is to make sure they are in the same colour scheme. Also, smaller floral prints tend to flatter curvier figures.

14. Platform shoes


Pick a pair with ankle straps as it will cinch the narrowest part of your legs, making your pins look extra lean and long. Also, neutral tones work best as they go perfectly well with any outfit!

TRY: Bermuda Heels, RM124, Cotton On

15. High-waist


This is the go-to trend if you wish to hide your tummy and show off your long legs! Either match it with a cropped top over it or tuck in any blouse, shirt or tank – whichever it is, it’ll definitely be one fashionable pair!

TRY: Moto High-Waist Denim Skirt, RM153, Topshop

16. Monochrome

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via superwowomg.com

It’s the epitome of minimalism. Hence, go crazy and pile up your accessories to complete the overall look!

17. Overalls (a.k.a dungarees)


Revisit your childhood with overalls, but this time with extra style! Wear it over a cropped top to show off your curves. You can also try wearing a sleeveless tank or a loose t-shirt under it for a casual vibe.

TRY: Dark Denim Dungarees, RM259, Mango

18. Sheer


For the shy stylistas, wear a sheer top over a camisole or tube dress. If you are feeling bold, try layering it over a bustier instead. Or skip the whole layering drama by wearing a piece that is selectively sheer.

TRY: Polka Dot Sheer Long Sleeved Top in Black, RM89.90, Dressing Paula at Zalora

19. Cutouts

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AnnaSophia Robb via TPG News

Cutouts are perfect way to show some skin without revealing too much. Not too sure on how you can wear it? We’ve got you covered – here are 18 stylish ways you can rock the trend!

20. Statement necklace


The name of this trend says it all. Whatever funky or intricate design you choose, just remember that the rest of the outfit should be kept simple; there can only be one star in your outfit.

TRY: Stones and Pearls Necklace, RM119.90, Zara

21. Wedges

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They are a good way to start for those wanting to try a little height. Compared to stilettos (although there are ways to wear them without getting blisters), its wide base gives a higher stability to the wearer, making it a more comfortable choice.

TRY: Ankle Strap Wedges, RM249.90, Charles and Keith

22. Midi skirt

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Miranda Kerr via TPG News

The form of this skirt is loved by many for its modest length (and yes, even petite people can pull it off with these simple tricks). The easiest way to match it: pair it with a fitting top to balance up the volume of the skirt and finish off the outfit with a pair of strappy heels or sandals. Alternatively, you can also tuck in a t-shirt or a basic top!

23. Metallic


Metallic in neutral tones such as taupe and silver is always good for those who are new to this trend. Avoid looking like a disco ball by going minimal with accessories. For example, a metallic top with jeans, along with a pair of earrings, is a good enough combo.

TRY: Liquid Metallic Cami in Green, RM139, Topshop

24. Gladiators


Best paired with shorts and a casual tee or button-up, or with a mid-length dress. Select nude-coloured ones as they will help to elongate your pins. Also, they’re perfect for showing off your vibrant coloured nails!

TRY: Buckled Gladiator Sandals, RM103.50, Forever21

25. Lace

emma stone lace fashion

Emma Stone via TPG News

Always a timeless trend, lace tends to ooze in sexiness when worn. As the texture is already a design of its own, cut down on accessories to avoid being OTT. A black lace skirt or cardigan is always the easiest go-to if you are new to it as they go with everything.

26. Backpack


Aside from reducing the strain on your shoulders, it also gives off a youthful vibe. A backpack with bright colours is exactly what you’ll need if you’re planning to challenge the streetwear game.

TRY: SprayGround Galaxy Storm Backpack, RM249, Sole What

27. Sequins


Unlike metallics, sequins add both shine and texture to the overall look. Again, wearing it in small doses is the way to go.

TRY: Sequin Sweater, RM218 approx, Headline Seoul via SheShops

28. Sneakers

pullandbear malaysia sneakers

TRY: Quilted Block Plimsolls, RM179.90, PULL&BEAR

They don’t neccessarily have to be paired with a boyish look. Opt for a skater dress and sneakers combo for an extra fun twist!

29. Long cardigan

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It’s important to still be able to show off your body’s silhouette when wearing a long cardi. The trick is to wear something more fitting inside it. Think: a body-hugging dress or jeans with a tucked in top.

TRY: Cardigan in a Mohair Blend, RM269, H&M

30. Stripes

milktee striped shirt

Whether it’s with prints or basic colours, stripes go with almost everything! Opt for a vertical or diagonal type to look slimmer and elongated and if you’re more on the curvier side, avoid horizontal ones instead.

TRY: Sheer Black Striped Blouse, RM49, Milktee

31. Checkered prints/Plaid



Plaid or checkered prints tend to look pretty casual, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a feminine touch to it. The easiest way to wear it is to put it over a tank top and match it with either a pair of jeans or a skirt. For a girlier option, choose a plaid skirt with a softer material that falls over the knees and opt for heels with it.

32. Earcuffs


A total statement piece of its own, extra thought should be given to your hairstyle when wearing it since it’s only meant to be worn at one side. Our suggestion: an updo or slick one side of your hair to the back a la a faux undercut.

TRY: Microspike Ear Cuff, RM15, Luccacal.com

33. Neon


Nothing makes a statement like a bright neon colour. Just remember: less is more. So wearing more than three colours in an outfit is a complete no-no.

TRY: Isobel Pleated Puff Skirt, RM135, LUXE by Ethnic Chic @ Zalora

34. Boyfriend jeans

pull and bear malaysia boyfriend jeans

TRY: Basic Boyfriend Jeans, RM179.90, PULL&BEAR

Look for a pair that are loose enough to give definition to the legs. Cuff the bottom part of the jeans and wear with it black minimalistic heels or a pair of loafers to complete the overall look.

35. Beanie

fearne cotton beanie

Fearne Cotton via TPG News

It goes with any hairstyle! If you have short hair, try tucking it into your beanie, leaving only the fringe outside. As for those who has long hair, wear it with a side braid!

36. Ankle high boots

hapatime ankle boots

Say hello to the Bohemian look when you wear it with a summer dress! Alternatively, tuck your jeans or leggings into your boots for an illusion of long legs. You can also cuff your jeans around the ankle area to highlight the thinnest part of your legs.

37. Clutch
statement clutch dorothy perkins

They’re a fashionable option when you want to just carry your essentials. Choosing those with a wrist band will help you to have a firmer grip on your clutch, making it easier to carry around.

TRY: White Going Out Clutch Bag, RM129, Dorothy Perkins

38. Pastels


Thinking of trying out the girly look? What better way than to don some pastel shades! They’re a great match with denim or neutral tones, but if you want to save the hassle of mixing and matching, go for a one-piece!

TRY: Jacquard Lace Trim Teddy, RM153, Topshop

39. Baroque


This print just spells sophistication. A good piece to invest in would be a baroque jacket with gold details on it; it’s versatile enough to match with any outfits in your wardrobe, adding that touch of elegance to it.

TRY: Baroque-Print Short Jumpsuit, RM99, Mango

40. Brogues

topshop malaysia brogues

Step over to the masculine side with a pair of classy brogues. Wear them with jeans or embrace them with a hint of femininity by pairing it with a dress!

TRY: Flip Three Part Brogues, RM176, Topshop

How many of these 40 trends have you tried before? Leave a comment to let us know. You can even tell us which fave trend of yours that we didn’t include here! 

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