Summer Fashion Flattering for Women Over 50

Updated on March 22, 2016
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Once I reached the "over fifty" mark, I knew it was time to embrace the idea of aging gracefully. I like to share beauty and health tips.

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I'd Like to Look In-Style This Summer

I am over fifty and looking for some great summer fashions. Looking over the trends, I am looking for some outfits that I will enjoy wearing and that can give me a style that looks good without looking too young—you know, the "trying too hard" and "No, she didn't!" look.

Yes, what I want is breezy, easy-to-wear fashion that has an edge of the trend, but will carry me through the summer. I want some panache in my wardrobe. There are plenty of women like me . . . we've put on some pounds, they have realigned our body in ways that mean the old styles of the past need to be abandoned, but we still want to look stylish.

So, what to wear? I've been trying to find some great looks and to readjust my clothes, makeup, and hair style to maximize my good features.

Those features are just different from when I was twenty.

Here is the result. Tips and things from my wishlist to share with other women over fifty. May we continue to look great and to find what is best for us to grow and thrive.

Which Capri?

Are Capri Pants A Good Choice for Older Women?

Do you wear Capri length pants for summer?

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Wearing the Trend of Whites: Margarita-Hued Capri Shorts That Fit

One trend this summer is brights. Going monochromatic with brights is always a super flattering look for women over 50. It lends long lines and elegance, almost without any effort. Don't forget to smarten your bright clothes up with one really fabulous eye-catching accessory. A clunky necklace or patterned scarf does nicely.

Gloria Vanderbilt Aiden Denim Skimmer Pants
Gloria Vanderbilt Aiden Denim Skimmer Pants

White is a classic summer look, plus it's easy. Just pop on your favorite white top for long lines.

Add in the latest color or pattern trend with a scarf or cardigan.


These Are Things I'd Like to Wear

My Fav Look For Summer 2016

All-over Denim: One long line, comfort, and ...yes... jeans in short and long lengths. I am ready for this look as I have a couple denim shirts (lightweight, one with short sleeves, one sleeveless). This goes from garden to grocery store to grabbing a bite to eat.

Shoes: For 2016, sneakers with a new and unusual look are making a statement. Western booties are dressed up and high fashion.

Unfortunately for comfort, loads of very high heels are back in vogue. I am staying away... and hope that this will pass.

Mules were seen in 2014. But with some flair and sophistication. It is still a classic summer look. If you have good quality shoes in a classic style, they will look stylish for years. This year the take on them is to have some fancy detail and a bit of a romantic look.

I like color, but I want a basic wardrobe that will mix and match. Color, texture and layering are featured for this year's spring and summer styles.

I like something that adds a little fun. What to buy?

Laces and lacings are everywhere.

Colors this summer? All sorts of color in brights have topped the list of trends. Black and white is crisp and classic. Blues appear to be the navy variety, and blues say summer like no other color when paired with white.

Which one?

All Denim Summer Casual

Collection featuring an all denim look.
Collection featuring an all denim look. | Source

Top Choices For Over Fifty?

Longer, Wider, Looser?

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Which Top?

Tough choice, when there are so many really great pieces to choose from. I lean toward choosing the top I like best, then matching the shoe and the pants to that. Let's see . . . the mules come in blue and many other colors, and they are so easy to wear and go.

Or I could just love striped ballet flat shoes, which would look nice with the a soft peach top and capris in a shade of orange mango. Orange is a very prominent color for this season.

An easy go-to color combination is black and white. Always a classic, it is very visible in this years clothing offerings for summer. I like to wear it when traveling, because mix-and-match extends the wardrobe choices. It tends to look sophisticated and crisp—important considerations for hot sticky days in the city.

Of course, I don't have to stick with citrus colors, since many of the pieces come in aqua and turquoise. The nice thing about striped shoes is the way they echo many of summer's best colors.

What are the best coordinated looks for this summer? You may have noticed the color blocking, which are large chunks of color (think "Mondrian"). Keeping to two or three really big chunks of color will give you the look and it is something that women over fifty can easily wear without too much pattern, too much expenditure or too many choices. Great to use when traveling, too. I think that is why I lean towards the color block choices as the ones I most would like to add to my wardrobe this summer.

Choose Your Colors

Another way to put together these pieces would be to find a great scarf, one that I will want to wear everywhere during the summer. I love the Van Gogh Iris print scarf on this page. That would tell me to look for yellow and turquoise pieces and put them together in a color block way. Then choose the sandals or flats that work with the look.

I find I often wear neutral, gray, or tan. To freshen the look, add in new orange accessories— something with spice or pattern.

Dress it Up: Wearing the Trend of Neutrals


Clothing Colors

The past few years were good for women with gray hair. The jewel colors of emerald and cobalt blue are classic, fresh, sharp, and crisp.

Navy with white, or gray with white or a bright also work well.

In fact, I think gray is the new black for us in the summertime. We can wear it anywhere.

Pink almost always works for older women.

Be careful of blush and beige.

Boho looks are one trend I really like. Loose is good.

Tie That Scarf Creatively

Tie One On -Fashionably

With many shapes, a scarf can be tied in ways that  allow for a unique look.
With many shapes, a scarf can be tied in ways that allow for a unique look.

Bring A Flattering Color Close To Your Face

Scarves can be a versatile fashion accessory, quickly  adding color, disguising a less youthful neck, and lending a finished look.
Scarves can be a versatile fashion accessory, quickly adding color, disguising a less youthful neck, and lending a finished look. | Source

The Look For The Fabulous Fifties

Tips To make The Most Of Your Look

  1. Get great-looking pairs of glasses and sunglasses. Your face will look stylish every day.
  2. Don't get carried away with the bling. You don't want to become a caricature. You want to accentuate YOU.
  3. Add color.
  4. Dress for your body shape, both dimensions. And bring attention to your best features (fashion rule#1).
  5. Go for darker jeans that are narrower and fit well. Jeans are important in your wardrobe, so take time to get the ones that fit your shape.
  6. Get good shoes. Don't skimp on the fashion value of this part of your outfit.
  7. Use the best and most flattering skirt length: right around the knee.

Use fresh, unusual colors. Lemon yellow, purple, and gray? Orange, mango, turquoise? Marvelous!

Keywords for the color block trend: simple, bold, unusual.

Fashion Tip #1 for Over Fifty

Wear clothes that skim your silhouette . Don't try to hide your body, streamline it.

Get The Brand You Love: Gloria Vanderbilt, Coldwater Creek, Chico, Mango?


Summer Shoes: They Have to Be Comfortable and Show Off

My idea of showing off is relatively conservative, but like most women, I do like style in a shoe. The most important thing is that it has to be comfortable. That is the bottom line. I won't last ten minutes in high heels if I have to do any walking. So, something with a low heel keeps a smile on my face.

This year bright orange is in fashion and I found a shoe that fits the bill for summer. Another big color this year is radiant orchid. Maybe you will like the color and this shoe, too. Good for a dinner date, but nice for casual shopping trips and being out and about, too.

My Favorite Shoe

Clarks Women's Leisa Cacti Slide Sandal, Denim Blue Leather, 7.5 M US
Clarks Women's Leisa Cacti Slide Sandal, Denim Blue Leather, 7.5 M US

Besides denim blue, this shoe comes in an array of other colors. Clarks is my "go-to" brand because they are comfortable for vacation touring and long shopping trips. If I need to stay on my feet I put my Clarks on!

Even my fashion conscious daughter is a convert to this brand because they feel good to walk in, and look fantastic.

This is the shoe I featured in the Denim collection.


Fashion Tip #2 for Shoes

Keep shoes refined-looking and classy, not too steep a heel and not too trendy.

Shopping When You're Over Fifty

Summer Fashion and Beauty: Are You Acting Your Age? What Does That Mean?

Watch this before you go shopping.

Fashion Over Fifty Tip #3

Say goodbye to baggy clothes.

Fashion NOW

The Mango line is full of neutral color, texture, and very wearable shapes for older women.

Note the looser silhouette, especially regarding pants.

Summer Fashion Trend for This Year: Fabulous Outfits, Tips, Looks


Utilize Your Separates

Love the look of separates? These are versatile elements for everyone, but especially the traveler. Cool, breezy neutrals in light fabrics that drape well and don't cling.

Summer naturals are a classic and they are so versatile, going from morning to night with ease. No worries about mix and match for traveling either. The main thing about neutrals and naturals is the fact that they will often look casual or sporty, which is a look that suits me fine, but for someone who loves drama, this is probably not the best choice. Color means drama in most cases, and strong contrasts add to that type of look. So if naturals are not for you, look into building your wardrobe with strong contrasts like navy and white or strong splashes of color.

Keywords for the neutral trend: understated, natural, tribal, soft.

Winning Wardrobe - Which describes you?

Do you need to make adjustments in your wardrobe?

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2016 Ready-to-Wear How-to

Like Metallics?

They made a big splash for this season, in colors! I don't feel comfortable with metallic myself, but if you like them this is your year.

How Do You View Yourself?

Bargain Shopping for Fashion

Need A complete Revamp? Stage Your Comeback

Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45
Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45

Get expert advice on revamping the whole package from Christopher Hopkins.

Reaching "a certain age", it is time to get on stage. We have been busy building our family, our career, and now we can use a guide like this. I'm ready for a comeback.



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