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5 Summer Trends for the Midlife Woman

summer fashion trends“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” —Gianni Versace

Versace says it all in this simple statement. Decide what you want to say with your clothing and then control the message. This is really how I have sharpened and honed in on my own style for the last twelve years.

Like many women over fifty, I am not into trends. However, trends are a way to have fun with fashion, as long as we do not go overboard. They are a way to stay current and appropriately youthful.

This summer, as always, in the fashion industry there are some trends worth adding to the wardrobe and there are some to toss out. Here are the ones I have observed midlife ladies wearing the most so far in June. As always, affiliate links are provided to facilitate your shopping experience.

  1. BOYFRIEND JEANS: We all know fashion trends come and go around and around. These popular cuffed skinny jeans with sneakers are reminiscent of the 1950s. They are fun and look good on almost any woman. They may be back to stay! For the best fit, they should be tight and not baggy. If you purchase the kind with stretch denim, make certain the fit is tight in the store because they will give.
  2. PIPING: This style is so chic and seen predominately on professional and evening wear. The piping is best with neutral colors. This will carry into fall.
  3. BLOCK HEELS: Many midlife ladies are thrilled to see these block heels for comfort and style. They give us a nice option for heels without the wobbly fear of falling. You can find them on sandals and a simple shoe.
  4. STRIPES: Stripes are everywhere. I suggest you approach with caution. Stripes can be flattering depending on the fit of the garment. There is a valid concern that horizontal stripes make some of us look larger than we are, a diagonal stripe might be the perfect pattern for you. Or find a pretty chevron or a colorful piece with a horizontal stripe. You won’t know until you try!
  5. PRINTS: Bigger and bolder and in many, many colors. Consider prints carefully and choose wisely. A head-to-toe print could easily become frumpy and might not be flattering. If wearing a print piece, go neutral/solid on the complimenting pieces. A print top with a pair of jeans. A patterned skirt with a solid blouse. Consider adding a print bag or shoe. Also remember that bold prints can limit options with your wardrobe overall. Just some points to take into consideration when shopping.

Midlife women are fun and communicating this with summer fashion trends. The fringe trend has been over-done and seems to be dying out, so, again, approach with caution. Less is always more.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the comments for retailers. Your words do make a difference. I have spoken with at least two major companies seeking ways to properly brand their lines and you are helping. Ladies, you rock!

What summer trends do you like this year?

Thanks for stopping by! See you next week.

Pamela Lutrell

Pamela Lutrell began her blog, over50feeling40, July 2010 with a desire to encourage women over 50 to walk in strength, confidence and joy. Of course, head turning style makes each day fun!

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Cathy Lawdanski

Tuesday 14th of June 2016

I need to get some block heels! Glad I didn't get on the fringe bandwagon!

Amie Rikke

Tuesday 14th of June 2016

1. Shirt dress in a flowered pattern. Love them, they look great on everyone. 2. Ruffles, on a black blouse. Unexpected. Feminine but adult and not too sweet looking. 3. Bucket purse. I am looking for one in a neutral or honey leather, perforated. 4. Skirt made out of eyelet fabric.

Prairie Poulet

Tuesday 14th of June 2016

Those cuffed, skinny boyfriend jeans with a bit of stretch? I never thought I would try on a pair, let alone find that they fit. Yesterday I was shopping for jeans again, a perpetual quest that never ends. I am pear shaped and long in the waist. This usually means "natural waist" or "mid-rise" jeans that cut me in the middle. Yes, I am talking about muffin top and the plumber pant look. But a clerk where I was shopping, in a plus-size store told me that all of their pants have a higher waist. Sure enough, they did, and they were slightly curvy. And -- surprise! I bought those boyfriend jeans, because they fit like a dream.

So I may be late getting on board this trend, but fit is everything.


Tuesday 14th of June 2016

I love the Versace quote, couldn't have said that better. I'm not very much into trends with their "here today gone tomorrow" lifespan, but I did embrace the poncho trend. Those just seem right for so many occasions. Since I wear black pumps to work so often, I have to have several pairs in the rotation all year. So I recently purchased a pair of pointed toe, classic looking pumps with the chunkier heel. Not the block heel, but chunkier than I normally wear. I like them for something a little different. And if the trend dies out quickly, that is okay because my black pumps wear out a lot faster than all my others!

jodie filogomo

Tuesday 14th of June 2016

Love!! jodie

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