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Interested in casual fashion over 50? You’re not the only one. I get lots of requests for this topic. Perhaps I don’t cover it as much as I should, but there’s a reason for that. You see, I don’t really distinguish much between fashion for women over, say, 30 and fashion for women over 50.
If you pressed me on this, I would say the 50-year-old fashionista may be less inclined to show skin or curves than the 30-year-old. But then, maybe not. How you bare your assets depends on who you are and where you are in your style journey. Your style may change as you age, but it doesn’t have to.
Also, classically stylish clothes don’t rely on body-baring tricks anyway. They look great even as they keep you modest.
In the casual space, you normally have to go upmarket to find those pieces. But the good news is, your upgraded casuals have staying power. So, while you might spend more upfront, you’ll wear them again and again. That brings your cost-per-wear down to the point that it can compete with those one-season tops you buy from the Macy’s clearance rack.
Faherty for upgraded casuals
Online retailer Faherty is a good starting point to round out your age-appropriate casual rotation. The collection is elegant and environmentally friendly. I’d love to see a few older models in the catalog, but the clothes are on point — particularly for the more sophisticated fashionista.
Casual fashion for women over 50: 7 pretty summer picks
Here’s a look at seven pretty summer pieces from Faherty. All of them are wearable this season and the next.
1. Linen midi dress
This is the classic button-down shirt taken to a new level. The linen Laguna midi dress is a sensational, low-key statement that’s begging to be personalized with a colorful scarf or belt. Wear this dress anywhere that impressions matter. You’ll be cool and comfortable and oh-so-stylish at the same time.
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2. Breeze shirt
If you don’t have a lightweight, white top geared up for the season, this one should make your shortlist. It features rolled sleeves and gentle pleating at the shoulder. It’s also made of a supremely soft custom blend of hemp and Tencel.
Wear this shirt with anything, tucked in or not. You can also layer it over a pretty tank or under a softshell blazer or denim jacket.
3. Essential travel pant
These are for the lady who would love to wear joggers but demands more structure than thick cotton can provide. You will love these pull-on pants that have all the convenience of sweats and all the style of trousers.
Dress them up with mules, a button-down, a neck scarf, and mules. Or, keep things casual by teaming this pant with your favorite t-shirt and sandals.
4. Pacific Beach linen pant
Pull these super soft pants on when jeans just won’t cut it. The fun tropical pattern has a resort vibe, while the crop length delivers a cleaner look than you’d get with, say, palazzo pants. The Pacific Beach pant has a relaxed fit, too, so you’re free to move without restriction. Wear these to shop, run errands, sight see, or enjoy brunch with friends.
5. Whitley skirt
As you get older, you may lose interest in wearing shorts. It’s understandable. Shorts can be tough because longer styles often aren’t that flattering. But you know what? With a few casual skirts like this one in your closet, you won’t miss your shorts-wearing days one bit.
Faherty’s 100% linen Whitley skirt is available in a beachy blue stripe or flax. Both color options are super versatile. They’ll pair as well with t-shirts and sneakers as they do with sweaters and sandals.
6. Sunwashed crew tee
Age may also make you more particular about the t-shirts you wear. At least, that’s been my experience. I used to load up on cheap tees from H&M every spring — but now I find those inexpensive options to be too sheer and too tight.
The answer? A relaxed fit t-shirt made of 100% organic cotton with a crew neck and perfect top-of-the-hip hemline.
Faherty’s sunwashed crew tee is available in 11 colors, including a Hawaiian pattern and a pretty stripe. If your budget allows, you might want to snag two or three. You won’t regret having this versatile piece on hand.
7. Margate blouse
The vibrant hue combined with crochet trimming and tassels at the neckline qualify this top as an outfit maker. Team it up with jeans you wore the day before and no one will notice the stain on your thigh — they’ll be too busy asking you about your top.
The Margate blouse is 100% organic cotton with a relaxed fit.
More over 50 fashion advice
What to look for in casual fashion when you’re over 50
You may have noticed there are a few things these pieces have in common. They all have a relaxed, but feminine fit. They’re all modest, covering shoulders, cleavage, and knees. They have subtle details that add style quietly. And they’re made of quality fabrics — organic cotton and linen with a few appearances from hemp and Tencel.
When you’re searching for age-appropriate casual summer clothes, keep those qualities in mind. Where you can find those elements in combination, you’re probably looking at a stylish, well-made piece that you can wear again and again.
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