5 Summer Essentials for Looking Tres Chic

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Are the latest summer trends not feeling age-appropriate to you? Here are 5 things to wear this summer for women over 50. These essentials will refine your summer wardrobe and keep you looking chic, regardless of age.

First, a monochromatic look will always elongate your figure and make you look thinner. For example, wearing light sand or taupe with a pop of color always looks rich and elegant. The second summer style tip is to pair black and white together, as they have always been a timeless classic color combo. You can always add brightness to your black-and-white outfit with your accessories.

# 1 Beautiful Blouses and Tops

It’s no surprise that having a versatile selection of lovely blouses and tops is a good idea. You’ll find a wealth of styles and colors available, but look for some that can pair well with a range of bottoms. I prefer a simple T-shirt with a pair of khaki shorts during the summer, but if I’m going to brunch or a lunch date, I like to dress it up a bit with a colorful blouse and some capris. And never underestimate the power of a classic white button shirt. It can make you feel polished, put together, and ready to take on any task. 

Talbots Ribbed Scoop Neck Tee

Talbot’s Ribbed Scoop Neck Tee, $39.50

Linen Band Collar Popover, $99.50

Talbots Tie-Sleeve V-Neck Tee

Tie Sleeve V-Neck Tee, $54.50

Sleeveless Non-Iron Button-Back Tunic, $89.50

Linen Popover Blouse, $89.50

Floral Embroidered Square Neck Top, $39.99

#2 Khaki Shorts

A chic pair of shorts can be worn throughout the summer and keep you cool and breezy while going to lunch with a friend or while strolling the beach. One of our favorite styles is a quality pair of khaki shorts because they’re lightweight and look perfect for the summertime. They’re also very versatile, so you can dress them up with a button-down and heels or dress them down with a T-shirt and sandals.

Linen-Blend Easy Shorts, $25

Cotton Shorts, $27.99

#3 A Fabulous Hat

I have finally found the best hat for summer because it has an SPF 50! We all need to be conscious of protecting ourselves from dangerous UV rays, and wearing a hat will provide a little extra protection to your face while you are spending time outdoors and save your hair from drying out. There are several styles of hats to wear, so look for one that fits your personality. There is always a little sophistication with hats, and wearing a hat can boost your mood instantly.

Hat Attack Convertible Continental Straw Hat, $129

Foiled Band Cowboy Hat, $54.95

#4 Large Tote

Most women over 50 are programmed to be more functional when getting dressed. What could be more functional than an oversized tote? They can be your best summer accessory. Carry your lip balm, water bottle, and favorite bag. I like multi-compartment totes where you can easily stash your makeup and wallet. If your tote is open, these inserts are a great find. Earthy tones are excellent choices, but they are also showing fun prints and stripes for summer. Totes are a fabulous summer carry-all. With bamboo handles, crochet, or quilted styles to choose from, you will be set for all your summer jaunts.

Patricia Nash Gimone Tote

Patricia Nash Gimone Tote, $299

Hat Attack Raffia Straw Traveler Tote, $194

Mini Straw Tote, $149

#5 Espadrilles

It’s a passage into summer when we can slip on a pair of sandals and head out without being concerned with warmth. Sandals come in many styles: mules, ballet flats, and slides, but our favorite pick this summer are espadrilles. These can be classy and glamorous at the same time and are the perfect summer shoe for hitting the farmers market or the beach.

When it comes to dressing for comfort, espadrilles are a great go-to. These ever-trendy shoes can be worn with just about anything. Regardless of where you are headed, there is a pair for every party. These five pieces will keep you stylish throughout the summer.

Izzy Quilted Nappa Espadrilles, $119

Hadley Chain Suede Platform Espadrilles, $39.99

Izzy Cinched Espadrilles, $39.99

Canvas Espadrilles, $34.99

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