Summer outfit ideas for women over 50 according to a 50+ fashion expert

Look great and feel fabulous in these summer outfit ideas for women over 50 from a 50+ fashion expert

summer outfit ideas for women over 50
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In need of some inspiration for summer outfit ideas for women over 50? If you’re after an age-defying ensemble for a smart or casual occasion that’s comfortable and stylish and ready for warm weather, we have all the expert advice you need.

Let us kick off by saying that when it comes to summer outfit ideas for women over 50, it's important to note that there are no rules to dressing in your fifties, if you love a particular aesthetic and feel confident wearing it then go ahead. But if you have got a bit bored with your usual style and your summer capsule wardrobe needs a reboot, we have some fresh ideas to give you a sartorial kickstart. 

Shopping for summer outfit ideas can feel overwhelming as the weather can be unpredictable and challenging, meaning an over 50s capsule wardrobe needs to include a variety of outfits that you feel comfortable wearing and will boost your confidence too. “I love the ability clothes have to completely alter the way we feel about ourselves” says Emma Vowles, Founder and creative director of Busby & Fox. “Our bodies change as much as our lifestyle as we get older, but to find your most confident style, the key is to choose pieces that fit properly, that will adapt around you. Good quality, natural, breathable fabrics are always the right way to go when you’re over 50.” When it comes to fabric choices for the summer months the experts agree. 

“Look at the labels and try to select items made from natural fibres that allow the skin to breathe’ says Personal Stylist Clare Watkins. “These fabric choices are also key as you want to buy less and buy better. Better quality fabrics will always look stylish and expensive and make a sound wardrobe investment.”

Summer outfit ideas for women over 50 for excellent warm weather style

“Three of my favourite shapes for a fool-proof, relaxed style is a great pair of trousers like a tapered satin jogger paired with a beautiful white linen shirt; tucked in for a narrow silhouette or left out for relaxed days” says Emma Vowles, “then layer with a boxy cardi for cosy comfort or a tailored jacket for a smarter look.”  

Along with a selection of stylish separates you should also look out for the best summer dresses. “The one item a woman should have in her wardrobe for summer is a dress that can take her from day to night.” says Clare Watkins. “By simply switching the shoes, accessories and make-up the dress can easily move from a fabulous day time look to a stylish evening option.”

Keeping this advice in mind we asked a fashion expert to give us summer outfit ideas for women over 50.

1. Drinks with friends

If you are looking for a something smart to wear for a daytime event you will love the simplicity of the best jumpsuits - a one-stop summer styling solution that takes all the stress out of deciding what separates to wear. Jumpsuits come in a variety of shapes and designs. If you are looking for a jumpsuit as a summer outfit ideas for women over 50 go for a design with wide legs and loose-fitting sleeves. A zip front will create a clean vertical line giving the illusion of height. Clare says “If you’re fuller busted then creating a V-neck by opening buttons or a zip will create a beautiful neckline and if you’re curvy then flaunt those fabulous curves.” Add extra personality to the outfit with a crochet bag, one of the spring/summer handbag trends of 2023, and finish with classic gold hoops for a polished look.


2. Special Occasions

When it comes to ideas for occasion wear for women over 50, a floral midi dress is a universally flattering choice. A bold print will deliver a dose of style and make a statement, ideal if you want to stand out in a crowd. If you prefer extra coverage, opt for styles with exaggerated puffed sleeves that are one of the big spring/summer fashion trends of 2023. Midi dresses are perfect for both special occasions and everyday dressing, add your best white trainers for a more relaxed look. An elegant and direction summer outfit idea for women over 50.

3. A day in the office

When it comes to summer outfit ideas for women over 50, don't forget to assess your work capsule wardrobe. Ideal for a summer outfits for work, a printed blouse still delivers a tailored feel, but allows you to inject colour and personality into your 9-5 ensembles. A great piece for pairing with flattering wide-leg trousers, make sure to tuck your blouse in to highlight your waist. A printed shirt will also work well with A-line or fitted skirts. Add a smart belt and the best loafers for women for a look worthy of the boardroom.

4. Relaxing around the pool

Planning a holiday in the sun or a weekend break in a smart hotel? Finding swimwear for women over 50 can feel overwhelming. The key is to invest in something like the best Amazon swimsuits with clever design details like a power mesh control lining and supportive straps, to give you maximum lift and contour. Add an extra wow factor with a stunning cover-up that will take you from sunbed to beach bar in style and add oversized sunglasses for Hollywood glamour.

5. Weekend casual

Denim shorts are ubiquitous with relaxed and easy dressing and have all the comfort of the best jeans for women over 50. When it comes to summer outfit ideas for women over 50, you can wear shorts of any length, but these are longer than average and will provide ample coverage, giving a more sophisticated, less Daisy Dukes feel. Wear your shorts with a smarter top to elevate the look. 

6. Picnic in the park

Jumpsuits aren’t only reserved for smart occasions, there is a great choice of casual options too, particularly when it comes to picnic outfit ideas. A loose-fitting jumpsuit is perfect worn alone on warm sunny days, and thanks to the trouser legs, a jumpsuit is super easy for sitting on picnic blankets, grass, or clambering onto park picnic tables. In cooler weather, layer your jumpsuit over a tee or fine knit sweater. Team with pretty jewellery for a festival vibe and wear with espadrilles for a Mediterranean look that works just as well in a city park as it does at the seaside. Keep in mind the terrain of your picnic though, as you may need flat shoes for more uneven surfaces. 

Julie Player

Julie has over 30 years experience in the fashion industry and is a regular contributor to Woman & Home, Woman’s Weekly and Chat magazines, creating engaging fashion and lifestyle content for women of all ages. She also works in the wardrobe department at ITV, dressing the presenters for Good Morning Britain. Aged 57, Julie loves seeking out the most figure-flattering fashion for every occasion. She’s a qualified sustainable fashion expert with a wealth of knowledge of planet-friendly fashion brands and ways to shop more ethically.