As summer temperatures soar, we all want to find that balance of both looking and feeling cool. Especially as we get older, it's hard to feel like we're hitting all the right fashion marks. There are so many people telling us what we can and cannot wear, how are we supposed to keep up?
Of course, let me make something very clear: wear what you want, do what makes you happy, and don't let others take away your joy. But for some of us, our joy is looking great for our age, and that means knowing the tips and tricks for each season!
These are some great summer fashion tips for women over the age of 50 that will not only keep you cool, but looking stylish.
1. Flatter Your Face
Everyone has a color that flatters them well, and this color should always go near your face. For me, that color is turquoise. I always try to include an accessory with that tone in my outfits. It could be a pair of sunglasses, a necklace, a pair of earrings, or a headband.
Including flattering colors near your face will undoubtedly make you look younger, and also happier. Your smile will appear more radiant, and that's the true victory.
2. Bohemian Chic
Older generations benefit from living through different style periods. As time goes on, those styles tend to cycle back in. Luckily, bohemian style has made its way back from the 60s and 70s and is once again the height of fashion.
Let everyone know you were the originator of a fabulous look, and throw on some embroidered shirts, neutral prints, and chunky jewelry.
3. Summer Dresses
When it gets to be too hot, dresses are the perfect solution. When you reach 50, it's hard to find dresses that you feel youthful in while still feeling comfortable.
Look for summer dresses that hit at your knee or just below, and are made of an extremely flowing material. The flow will flatter your body, but still keep things chic. Dresses that include a belt will also help accentuate your waist, which is always a plus!
4. Beach Fashion
Since you'll be spending a ton of time at the beach this summer, why not draw inspiration from the style? I'm not saying you should go out there in your bathing suit every day, but think about something you'd want to wear to and from the beach.
Big hats, flowy clothing, anything that screams "casual" and "I'm just stopping in before a day by the ocean!"
5. White Pants
There are people who don't love wearing shorts and dresses, and that's okay! Just because you prefer being in a pair of pants doesn't mean you have to suffer in the heat.
A white pair of capri pants is a great way to stay in summer style without overheating. Canvas material is best, but a light denim would also do the trick!
Patterns are your friend. Polka dots and florals are the best options when it comes to summer fashion. Always opt for large-print patterns as opposed to small, detailed ones. Small prints can age you, while large prints are considered more fun and exciting.
Animal print can be okay if you know how to rock it, but make sure the style of shirt is more modern so you don't look dated.
Choosing shoes in the summer is hard, because your feet swell in the heat. A small wedge sandal is always a classic choice and lets your foot sit comfortably.
Lift your leg straight out in front of you slightly. You'll notice your foot hangs a little off the ankle. That is the angle your foot naturally wants to be at, so finding a wedge in that height is a great option.
If you do want something flat, stay away from flip flops. They can cause arthritis in your feet, which no one wants. Stick to something that has an ankle strap and provides a small amount of support is a good alternative.
I kind of touched on this with beach fashion, but hats can take any outfit from just okay to absolutely wonderful. A wide-brimmed floppy hat adds a youthful joy to your overall ensemble, and also provides protection from the sun.
You can also go for a baseball cap, but be warned: if you have short hair they tend to age you.
9. Choose Your Top First
Your top should almost always be the focal point of your outfit. Pick what shirt you want to wear first and then organize everything else around that.
This process helps you make sure everything matches. By using your shirt as the focal point, you can coordinate your accessories and make sure the bottoms you choose aren't going to clash. For example, if you choose a polka dot shirt, then a floral print pant won't be great.
Layers add a level of sophistication and class to your outfit. Of course, too many layers in the summer can be too hot so you want to be smart about it. Light camisoles, scarves, and cardigans can make all the difference in your ensemble.