This is a powerful time for talented women of all ages to receive the focus they deserve. We’ve always been of the thinking that while it can alter and adapt, true style doesn’t dwindle with time—just look at someone like Jane Birkin—and more than ever this year the team at Who What Wear has been looking to every age-diverse bracket for inspiration. What’s been happening in tandem is a wave of fashion greatness from the women featured below (all of whom are over 40). They have consistently raised the fashion bar over the past 12 months and featured in countless stories.
From Sarah Jessica Parker and Victoria Beckham to Kristin Scott Thomas and Tracee Ellis Ross, keep scrolling to see the stylish celebrities over 40 who gave us all the outfit inspiration in 2018.
Directional yet demure, Cate strikes the perfect fashion balance with every outfit she wears. While her off-duty attire is impressive, it’s her red carpet dresses that leave us in awe.
She’ll forever be an icon thanks to her infamous safety-pin dress, but in 2018, Elizabeth Hurley proved her style goes way beyond the Versace from her past.
Emma Thompson was easily one of the coolest dressed celebrities this year. Separates have become something of a style signature for the actress, but it’s her slicked back hair and epic Stella McCartney shoe selection that makes this look her own. 10/10.
She got married and starred in one of the highest-grossing films of the year, so, yes, Gwyneth Paltrow is winning at 2018. Her wardrobe, naturally, has reflected that and we’ve seen her in some of her best looks to date. This blue-dress-and-mesh-boots combo feels so fresh that we’d wear it every day if we could.
From 1995 to December 2018, Jennifer Aniston has been a fashion darling for three decades, and she shows no signs of waning. If her latest look—this Vampire’s Wife dress—is anything to go by, we expect nothing less next year, too.
Jessica Chastain’s style might be timeless, but it always has a twist. This outfit—a tailored sequin blazer, side-stripe trousers, velvet peep-toes and huge cocktail ring—pretty much sums it up.
Julia Roberts has taught us many style lessons over the years, but in 2018, her gorgeous array of bright outfits was next level. Take a look at her greatest outfits of the year and you’ll see what we mean.
Julianne Moore is sophistication personified, as this Chanel ensemble proves. Black opaques with white bouclé? Inspired.
Kate Moss had many glorious fashion moments this year, but the emerald green dress she wore to the British Fashion Awards is her crowning glory. Just wow.
Kerry is always one of the best-dressed come awards season, but in 2018, it was her casualwear that really caught our attention. Full disclosure: We’ve blatantly copied this outfit. A lot.
Kristin Scott Thomas might not be a regular on the event circuit, but this pink Valentino dress—which she wore to the British Fashion Awards—will forever cement her status as one to watch.
We can always count on Marion to keep the chic levels high. Let’s face it: She was born to wear Chanel.
The shoes, the fringing, the headband… Naomi, you’ll forever be the queen of party dressing. Now, if you could send this entire ensemble to the Who What Wear offices for us to borrow for Christmas, we’ll be forever grateful.
From indie to blockbuster, the fact Nicole Kidman’s starred in a wide array of films this year has meant we’ve seen her in a multitude of different outfits. This Michael Kors floral midi has to be one of our favorites, though.
Our love for Penélope Cruz only intensified at this year’s Fashion Awards when she lamented at the freezing London temperatures. Having walked most of the red carpet in her coat (we feel you), we’re so glad she braved the chill, all be it for a second, to show off her embellished Chanel gown. And yes, it has pockets. Excellent choice, Pen.
Thanks to her hectic Oceans 8 promo campaign, we’ve seen more of Sandra Bullock in 2018 than we have in a long while, and she certainly didn’t disappoint. Naturally she wore a plethora of precious red carpet gowns but it was this look—her pink suit with clashing red shirt and shoes—that really sticks in our minds. Perfection.
She may have once played Carrie Bradshaw, but Sarah Jessica Parker is by no means walking in her footsteps—she’s been blazing her own sartorial trail from the start and has given us some of 2018’s best outfits to pine after. SJP, we bow down.
Activist, actress, singer, size-inclusive designer—is there no end to Tracee Ellis Ross’s talents? Apparently not, as her 2018 dressing record can attest. We’ve obsessed over every single one of her colorful outfits, and we expect to do the same in 2019.
Much like her acting career, in which she can turn her hand to any role, Tilda is the ultimate style chameleon. One minute she’s in demure dresses like this one, and the next she’s wearing flamboyant suiting with the same confident flare—the mark of true style.
We’ve always loved Uma’s classic fashion stance, but 2018 was definitely her year. From androgynous suiting and the black velvet floor sweeper she donned at this year’s British Fashion Awards to this red frock coat, she hasn’t put a foot wrong.
Naturally, no style list—over 40 or otherwise—would be complete without Victoria Beckham. Always the first to try new trends, she’ll always be a fashion icon. Viva forever, VB.