Chic Summer Outfits For Women Over 50 To Wear On Really Hot Days

If you’re like me, you may feel like you’re caught off guard by summer. This seems to happen to me every year. I look forward to wearing summer fashion, but the weather in Chicago stays cool and then suddenly the next day is 90 degrees! So I put together some summer outfits for women over 50 (OK, selfishly for me too) to wear on those really hot and humid days…when you actually need to see people! It may be for work, an outdoor party or just to feel good about yourself even when you’re just running an errand.

Chic Summer Outfits for Women Over 50

Besides having you covered with three summer outfit ideas for different purposes, I’ve also got you covered, literally! In my opinion, loose-fitting long sleeves, long dresses and pants in lightweight fabrics are the best way to go for women over 50. And you can most certainly still look chic and stylish, too. I know that I feel more comfortable in fashion that is less revealing which actually makes good sense in summer. Not only can you hide a few figure flaws, but you will get less sun exposure on your arms and legs, too. (But even so, still always wear your high SPF sunscreen!)

Summer Outfits for Really Hot Days Tips

1. Lighten Up. This probably goes without saying but wear light and airy woven fabrics on hot summer days. Look for clothing in cottons, linens, gauze and eyelet fabrics. Read the fabric content labels! Some active wear fabrics that are light and woven such as Tencel® may work on hot days and they will not get as wrinkled as cottons. Lighter weight fabrics can often be sheer, so if there is a lining make sure it’s cotton or woven, too. Wear smooth skin-tone underwear to avoid see-through as well.


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2. Brighten Up. White and pastels or brighter citrusy colors like yellow, lime and orange will keep you cooler. Dark colors such as black and navy do not reflect the sun as well as light colors and retain more heat, making you feel warmer.

2. Loosen Up. Tight fitting clothes will make you feel uncomfortable on super hot and humid days. For example, loose fitting pull on gauze pants will give you more air to breathe than a pair of skinny jeans or faux leather.

4. Cover Up. As much as we want to bare our skin, keeping your arms and legs covered with a loose lightweight fabric will keep you cooler. The bonus here is that you will look stylish and appropriate in public (the street is not a beach!) and feel more confident with your arms or legs covered. Additionally, you will keep your skin out of the sun, but always wear sunscreen because the sun’s rays are sneaky and can still cause you harm.

5. Heads Up. When you are shopping (even if it is off-season) and you see a super light top, dress or pair of pants that you really like, pick it up! This way you will be prepared and have something to wear for one of those really hot summer days (you know they always catch you off-guard).

So here are 3 summer outfit ideas to have on hand to keep you cool own those hot and humid days that are soon to come. You may already have some of these pieces in your closet or you can shop the looks here.

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Casual Summer Outfit for Women Over 50

This outfit is perfect for any super hot summer day. You will look fashionable for a baseball game, a picnic, a doctor’s appointment, or even when you just run out to a store.

Start with a peasant top in a floral, print or stripe like this light cotton fabric like this cotton top from XÍRENA. Wear it over easy pull-on pants like these Rails Leon Straight Leg Cotton Pants in white.

The last thing you want to carry in the heat is a heavy leather bag, or even a small crossbody for that matter. Grab this lightweight Longchamp Small Le Pliage Recycled Canvas bag by the handle and slip on some comfortable wedges like these Toms Diana Mule Sandals in a cool pastel blue woven fabric.

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Summer Work Outfit for Women Over 50

OK, so it’s 100 degrees out and you need to commute to a meeting or an office for work. How can you beat the heat? For most offices, a t-shirt and pants, close toe shoes, a tote and a jacket (mostly for air conditioning) are business appropriate. These lightweight Madewell Straight Leg Cargo Pants are made of Tencel® so they will keep their shape. Cargo pants are on-trend this season too!

Wear them with a white t-shirt with a neckline that is not too low like this Caslon® Ballet Neck Cotton & Modal Knit Elbow Sleeve Tee under a bright or light colored woven jacket this gorgeous lilac Open Edit Oversize Linen Blend Blazer. You can take off the blazer and fold it into this Vince Camuto Saly Canvas Tote on your walk to and from the train, bus or car. Ballet flats are trending, too, so you will be stylish as well as comfortable in these Linea Paolo Newry Ballet Flats.

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Summer Party Outfit for Women Over 50

There’s always an outdoor party on one of the hottest days of the year, right? So you want to look good and feel cool and comfortable too. This light and airy Treasure & Bond Long Sleeve Cotton Midi Shirtdress in white is the answer.

Dress it up with some bright shiny gold Tory Burch Double T Sport Slide Sandals (that you can walk on the grass, if need be) and this cute lightweight woven straw Handheld Mini Tote Handbag from A New Day™ at Target with pearl handles.

You won’t want to wear a lot of jewelry that may stick to your skin on hot and humid days, but a pair of super lightweight earrings like these Large Textured Teardrop Earrings from Nordstrom add just the right touch.

Do you have a summer outfit ready for a super hot day? Which of these outfits would you wear?


Carol Calacci

You may also like to read New Color Trend To Try: Warm Neutrals With Pops of Bright Colors and The Best One-Piece Swimsuits for Women Over 50: Splurge Or Steal.

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