So it’s summer in the northern hemisphere, we’re still on (semi) lockdown in most places, and our typical summer outfits seem like they might be a little bit much during these times. Enter the summer versions of our favorite athleisure looks (or Covid fashions)! Here’s some of the best summer athleisure wear for women over 40.
Summer Athleisure Wear Over 40
While you can’t pry us away from our leggings and tees for lounging around the house, there are a lot of ways to take athleisure outside that don’t look like you’re headed to yoga or pure barre. It starts with mixing and matching regular and athleisure pieces and then adding some accessories that elevate the whole look while still maintaining the ease and comfort that was the original goal – which makes these styles perfect for a summer where nearly everything is unexpected and up in the air.
Here are some of our favorite looks and tips to make summer athleisure wear work for you this year…
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Summer Athleisure Wear: Track Pants + Plus A Tailored Top
This is one of the more underrated combos out there (and perfect for Zoom or Skype meetings). A pair of slouchy track pants or silky joggers like these from Gap paired with a relaxed button down like this style from Uniqlo could be the ideal look for these times. Just add a pair of flat sandals or low top sneakers and you’re set.
Cropped Leggings + A Tunic
Whether or not you think leggings are pants or not, there’s no denying that a pair of leggings with a longer top can make for a great silhouette. This long sleeve tunic from Old Navy is simple enough to go with virtually any leggings, but we are fans of these inexpensive colorful options from CoolOMG on Amazon (we choose to overlook the silly name in the name of a good deal).
The Right Long Sleeve Tee
A long sleeve tee is an athleisure staple, but the basic ones can be a little boring. We like this one with sheer cutouts in the sleeves from Muzniuer via Amazon, especially in black. In general, long sleeve or three-quarter length sleeve tops might be the most flattering. You can always push the sleeves up and the longer sleeves provide more protection when you’re getting your socially distant time outside.
Shorts Aren’t All Bad
While many of us don’t want to wear shorts at all, sometimes they are the most practical choice. A pair of loose fitting shorts with a drawstring bow like these from Puma x First Mile paired with a simple tee or tank might fit the bill in those cases. Really not a fan of shorts? Try a skort like the Soho Skort from Athleta. When paired with a simple tee or even a linen button down or popover, you’ll look much more dressed up than you actually are.
Summer Athleisure: Don’t Forget The Jewelry
While statement pieces probably won’t work with most athleisure style looks, a pair of small hoops or stud earrings and a simple necklace can go a long way. Or a sports-styled watch could fit right in with the overall look. One easy way to change things up? Pick up a multi-pack of different stud earrings like these available on Amazon and change things up daily.
Or The Hair Accessories
A sleek head band like this one from H&M can help keep your hair under control and is more interesting than the standard ponytail that we usually associate with athleisure looks.
And A Sleek Bag
While track pants usually have pockets, leggings and other athleisure pieces often don’t – and either way, do you really want to ruin the lines of your outfit by stuffing your pockets? Of course not, which is where a simple clutch with a strap like this black leather style from Nordstrom comes in handy. Now you won’t have to jam your mask into your pockets.
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What are you wearing this summer? Are you leaning into the athleisure look? Or perhaps you are more about that caftan life? Either way, we want to know so share in the comments or in our Growing Younger Facebook group!
– Jacqueline Zenn
You may like to read more of Jacqueline’s fashion posts like Pajamas for Day Versus Pajamas for Night and The Best Sweats For Women Over 40 To Wear Now.
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