Hot weather outfit styling can be challenging for women over 50. Trust me, I know, because I am one! Not only is the weather a factor, but my internal thermostat seems to be turned up to “maximum heat” as well! I hope these (4) tips for beating the heat, staying cool, and still feeling stylish will help you to find your style mojo despite the heat of summer.
Can we be comfortable, cool, and stylish you ask??? The answer is a resounding YES! Many times, I come across clients who think they can’t have it all. Well, the great news is that we can have all of these things! We can be comfy, cool, and cute. We just need to have a little know-how and choose great styles and fabrics to keep our cool whilst still flattering our figures.
The (4) tips below have worked for me and countless clients who are challenged by the changes that come with the aging process. These changes are different for everyone of course, but most struggle with some weight gain, some shifting of weight, tummy challenges, hot flashes, and in general a change in the appearance of their skin. These changes can lead to having to change our styling somewhat. The goal is to accept these challenges with grace, do what we can to look our best, and then learn how to adapt to these changes so we look and feel great. We want to age with grace and style and love ourselves through the changes.
My best (4) tips for dressing in hot weather for women over 50:
There isn’t anything that says “professional and polished” like a blazer. But last year we really didn’t wear our stiffer/woven varieties…they are too binding when you’re sitting all day in the same spot. A soft knit blazer will still give you the structure that you need and the professional edge whether you are meeting in person or on Zoom. See my favorite spring knit blazer picks here.
While some of us are meeting in person the vast majority are still “seeing” people on virtual calls. That means from the waist up, in fact, the bustline and up is where you need to make a statement if you want to stand out. Cut-out tops, puff sleeves, textured fabrics, interesting necklines, and patterns are all great strategies to do this. I recommend investing in some great tops this spring.
If you will be sitting a lot then a pull-on pair of pants, trousers, or denim with stretch can be great options. I’m not talking about your Grandma’s pull-on pants…I am talking about stylish trousers with a bit of stretch for comfort that still keeps their tailored shape. Or if you are on virtual calls, and will only be showing the top half, then go ahead and wear that great top or blazer with a great pair of jeans. Check out my trend video for more details on the trends and jeans, and the most pressing question on everyone’s lips…” Are skinny jeans dead???”
Nothing says stylish like a great accessory! Currently, big earrings, chain-link, and layered necklaces, and scarves are taking center stage. You can also update a very classic outfit with an on-trend pair of shoes or sandals. My current favorites are the barely-there skinny strap and ankle-wrap sandals. They are so feminine and yet structured enough for work and come in all heel heights.
What should you wear for this new normal? I am the first to admit that no one really knows what the “new normal” will be….but most likely it will be similar to what we have lived through these last few months, with a gradual getting back to events and in-person meetings. I do know that the 4 key basics listed above will give you a great start so that you can always have something to wear this spring and summer. Remember, you can be both comfortable and stylish! Get the style inspiration you need from my spring catalog. Make sure to check out both sections – the Finds” to see the details on the garments and accessories pictured above and then check out the “Looks” to see them in styled outfits.
Check out these styles and more outfit inspiration in my What to Wear for Spring 2021 catalog.
As always, I would love to help you navigate these uncertain times and make sure that your image is leveling up to your career and personal goals. Don’t’ let your style or lack of confidence hold you back from all this life has for you. A great place to start is The Foundation package. This all-inclusive package includes both a professional color analysis as well as a personal styling consultation. Contact me today and let’s chat.
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