Ah, vacations. So relaxing—you know, after the packing is done. Don’t let the stress of packing ruin an otherwise perfect vacation! We’ve got your back no matter where you’re headed this season (from Spring Break to Summer vacation), so check out our handy list below to start checking items off that packing list.
When it comes to music festival fashion, Woodstock remains the number one style inspiration even after all these years. Give yourself space to shake it and let that free spirit fly like the boho babe you’ve always wanted to be. Breezy lightweight fabrics with sixties and seventies-inspired details like ruffles and embroidery are perfect for sunny outdoor festivals. Look no further than denim shorts and tennis shoes for comfortable resilience to carry you through the weekend, and don’t forget a cute backpack to carry all of those festival essentials.
If you’re hitting up the big city this season, versatility is key. Pack with neutral layers in mind to create a variety of looks to take you from the museum to dinner with ease. For one weekend, pack a sleeveless maxi, one pair of khaki shorts, a casual tank, and a crisp button-up. Build your wardrobe from the ground up (literally!) with a pair of on-trend cream sneakers that will get you everywhere you want to go. Remember: button-ups are your best friend for chic layered looks on chillier nights.
Headed to the beach? Get that salt and sand in your hair, sun on your face, and bright and breezy cotton on your bod! For beachy getaways, off the shoulder tops are a big must-have item once again this year. Add some fun details like tassels and halter ties to update the look and pair them with cotton shorts in a burst of color and espadrille wedges for an instant summer classic.
Just because you’re roughing it, doesn’t mean your outfit has to. Be one with nature in green khaki shorts and a light short sleeve button-up, or opt for a long sleeve denim shirt with easily rolled sleeves for more versatility in changing weather. Stay peachy in pastel denim and light yellow sneakers that look as good making campfire coffee as they do stargazing.
Home is where the wi-fi automatically connects! If you’re reconnecting with what you’ve already got this year, step up your style with easy casual-chic fabrics. Play tourist for a weekend with a classic white denim and blue button up pairing and prove that “sensible” doesn’t have to mean “boring” with printed ballet flats and a khaki green jacket.
It’s time to talk about spring prints! This year, we’re talking about these in almost every conversation we’re having, so that’s why we’re calling them...conversation prints. This year, we’re all about fresh approaches to these three prints that you’ll want to incorporate into your wardrobe for seasons to come.
Say “oui!” to French girl chic with a classic black and white stripes in timeless styles. Ready to brighten up the look? We’re loving light corals and blues in broad strokes, which just so happen to look amazing on tunic-style dresses and strappy peplum tops. These Hamptons-inspired cuts and colors are great for weekend getaways and weekends in the sunshine.
How to wear timeless stripes:
Pair your stripes with a slim but lightweight pant with ballet flats
Try a colorful stripe with a jean skirt or cropped denim with loafers
Keep it fun and fresh with florals paired with stripes
Yes, we know that florals for spring may not be considered “groundbreaking” for some, but there’s a reason that they come back each season! This year, we’re loving florals on casual silhouettes. While breezy t-shirt dresses emblazoned with sparse florals or bold palm leaf skorts make for a casual brunch look, you can easily take this print to an elevated night out look.
How to wear spring florals:
Pair straight leg jeans with embroidered embellishments with florals on top
A flowy floral tank paired with cropped skinny jeans and slip-on sandals
A full-on floral dress with spring-ready ankle boots (peep-toe anyone?)
Believe it or not, one of the easiest ways to incorporate color into your prints is with a classic black and white dot. Why’s that? Just about every color pairs perfectly with polka dots! Personally, we love this look with bright spring colors like canary yellow, pale pink and light blue. Play with scale and color on this look to make it yours!
How to wear classic dots:
Grab a pair of polka dot printed pants and pair it with a crisp white tee and sneakers
Try a polka dot dress with a denim jacket and wedges
Deck yourself out in a polka dot button up and shorts for a really hot day
Ready for a spring closet refresh? Start from the top, literally! Changing up your blouse game is the easiest way to perk up your wardrobe for any season and we’ve narrowed down our favorites to a select few must-haves. From boho to bell sleeve, these are the tops that every woman should have on deck this season!
If you think high necklines need to be reserved for fall turtlenecks, think again. High necklines are spring and summer ready in a sleek sleeveless look that showcases just the right balance of skin and sophistication. Slingback heels and skinny jeans are all you need for an elevated daytime style, but a light blazer will transition this look to night in a pinch.
Preppy conversational prints (fabrics with recognizable images like animals, boats, etc.) have been around forever, but always seem to find their way back into our closets. Perfect for a day out or as your vacation go-to, we love conversational print on a cotton button-up paired with corresponding colors. Think tiny embroidered flamingos on a white top with matching pink cropped skinny jeans. Tie it together with neutral tennis shoes and a straw tote and you’re good to go!
Breezy boho is back for your spring to summer transitional look. A favorite for everything from patio breakfasts with the girls to late night cocktails, this year’s boho look is a more minimal approach in neutral tones with playful details like tassels and textures. Add a slide in summer hue to liven up this look.
With sticky summer days fast approaching, it’s time to tuck away polyester and other synthetics for another time. Breathable fabrics like cotton and linen will keep you cool while giving you that chic “vacay everyday” look. You can’t go wrong in a crisp breathable top paired with khaki shorts, walkable sneakers, and an oversized tote!
Statement sleeve lovers, rejoice! The bell sleeve is back for spring with a timely update. This season, keep the colors light and the sleeves cropped for ultimate comfort. Dress it down with straight leg jeans, an on-trend circle bag, and mules in a bright pop of color.
By the time you reach your 50s, you’re a force to be reckoned with. You know your mind, you’ve figured out what works for you, and it’s finally time to put yourself first — whether that means focusing on your career, your hobbies, or learning something entirely new. Here are a few tips on how to own your style and dress for the fun events, weddings, and weekends ahead.
5 RULES OF DRESSING IN YOUR 50S
1. Embrace color
While shades of grey can come across as matronly, bright and bold color will rev up your look and perk up your skin tone. Even better if you can play it off your signature shade of red lipstick (a must for women in their 50s). Experiment with non-classic hues like turquoise, burnt orange, and salmon for a modern, sophisticated edge.
2. Free your neckline
Swap the deep plunge in favor of a universally flattering boatneck. Your collarbone is a powerhouse feature worth showing off, and as an added bonus, this style has an elongating effect on the neck. A good rule of thumb is to play up places you dab perfume, like your wrists, forearms, and collar.
3. Upgrade your knits
Go ahead and splurge on your dream knits and sweaters. You’ve earned it. We’re talking silk, cashmere, and super soft cotton (preferably with a little stretch). Start working synthetics out of rotation and opt for fewer, more luxurious basics to elevate your everyday look. As with anything that fits perfectly, if you love it, buy it in a few different colors.
4. Play up your waistline
Slightly shorter tops that hit between the waist and top of your hip can create a slimming silhouette that showcases your natural curve. If your midsection isn’t your favorite, choose a higher rise pant to smooth and lengthen.
5. Find your fit
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Nothing beats great tailoring. The difference between sophisticated and sloppy is all about the fit. Choose items with some structure over loose-fitting, baggy, or overly breezy styles. Fitted tops, ankle-fit trousers, and a great blazer should hang in every 50-something’s closet.
ITEMS TO GRAVITATE TOWARDS IN YOUR 50S
Investing in a few key pieces will extend your wardrobe and help define your iconic personal style. For women in their 50s, it’s all about subtlety and strength — choosing where to draw the eye, and when to demand attention.
A power decade deserves a power color. Find the right hue for your skin tone and time of year, and have some fun. A small accessory like a neck sash can be a fun way to punch up your look. Or, go bold with a red coat or dress for maximum impact.
A statement ring
Think of this as a gift to yourself. Whether it’s an oversized, chunky turquoise ring or a showstopping cocktail cluster, whatever you choose should make you feel fabulous and special. Dressed up, a statement ring is a conversation piece. Dressed down, it’s a great way to add some glam to a classic everyday look.
By this point, you may want to lower the heel height some, but this is no time to phone in the footwear. In fact, your shoes may just become the starting point for your outfit. Dressy boots, a brightly colored pump, or even some designer flats can do wonders for an otherwise forgettable look.
As the old saying goes, you don’t get points for suffering. Looking great doesn’t have to be uncomfortable, even when you’re dressed to the nines. Choose soft fabrics with stretch, waistlines with give, and silhouettes made to move.
A flattering go-to dress
Over the years, you’ve explored plenty of trends and no doubt purchased some one-time-only dresses for special occasions. In your 50s, make sure you have at least one trusty go-anywhere, do-anything dress that fits like a dream. With a busy social calendar of weddings, family celebrations, and special dates, it’s worth investing in a dress (or three) that you love.
DONATE THESE ITEMS BEFORE YOUR 50S
As we embrace the now and what’s next, there just isn’t room for some of the styles of yesteryear. Here are a few items that are taking up too much space in your closet, and not serving you well.
Hippie skirts: Long, flowing, bohemian-style skirts don’t carry the sophistication that your 50’s deserve. And worse, they can even add pounds.
Oversized everything: If it’s baggy, put it in a bag and donate it. Good tailoring and high-quality fabrics will do more to hide trouble zones than any oversized sweater can.
Distressing: Wearing denim that’s intentionally treated to look old isn’t going to make you look any younger. Embrace dark rinse denim in crisp, new condition.
Sparkle: In your 50s, embrace shimmer and subtle embellishments over loud-and-proud sequins.
As the days get longer, so does your list of opportunities for a wardrobe change! We know that you love to make the most of those two precious days after a busy work week and we want you to look your best for every last minute of them, so we’re breaking down must-have styles for everything on your to-do list. From grocery shopping to toasting with your girls, we’ve got an outfit prepared just for you, because we believe in feeling your look no matter what you’re doing!
WALK IN THE PARK
Taking the pup out, or just enjoying some fresh air? Get into the springtime spirit with a millennial pink anorak paired with white skinny jeans and a navy sweater. Complete the look with matching white sneakers and an accented tote – perfect for carrying your favorite reading material and a light blanket for an impromptu picnic!
Just because you’ve got a list of errands a mile long doesn’t mean you need to hide under a baseball cap and hoodie. The world is your runway, so stay fab and functional in ombre leggings, black sneakers, a comfortable sweater, and an always-chic denim jacket. Just be sure to offset your statement leggings with a monochromatic top and shoes!
Pro-tip: there’s no shame in matching your mimosa. Usher in the day with a sunny off-the-shoulder dress and heels. We love wooden clogs for their comfort, versatility, and ability to elevate any look.
Dinner with friends is definitely worthy of busting out the heels, but keep it polished without overdressing. Make a vibrant printed blouse your focal point and keep it simple and stylish in skinny jeans and neutral pumps. Top it off with a white jacket for a more tailored look. More pinot, anyone?
It’s that moment you’ve been waiting for all week long! High-waisted trousers in statement prints are perfect for moving and shaking all night long. Streamline the style with a minimal black cropped tank, a round bag-of-the-moment, and those trusty wooden heels.
From the tops of our heads to the tips of our toes, things are starting to heat up! Get your pedicures ready & kick up your heels for sunny days with our guide on shoes for warm weather (finally!).
Sliiiide to the left! And then slide into these simple and chic slide sandals. Perfect for parkside or poolside, these minimalist shoes are an easy addition to any warm-weather look.
Look and feel trendy in a pair of fashion sneakers. Classic white is an easy option, but major style points for a pair of sneakers with a fun accent (hello, tassels!) or a bold color for a statement that is more than a footnote.
Sometimes, a rubber soul just won’t cut it. Need a sandal with a little more support? Opt for some hardware! Structured leather or faux leather sandals offer a bit more backbone for our more adventure seeking fashionistas.
Would you believe it? Wedges! These elevated sandals are perfect for when your look needs a lift (literally and metaphorically). Added bonus, they totally lengthen your legs.
A classic. Flats are the timeless go-to for warmer seasons. Whether you’re headed to work, or just kicking around with friends, a bold colored or patterned flat is a seamless finishing touch to any outfit.
You’ve got places to be! Throw on your favorite pair of warm-weather kick and get out there. Your feet will thank you.
From frosty pastels to deep jewel tones and easy neutrals, denim is no longer confined to been-there-done-that shades of blue. Adding a little color to your denim arsenal is the perfect way to breathe new life into your favorite ensembles. How do you know what goes with what color-wise? We’ve got all the details!
If you added bold, red skinny jeans to your wardrobe you’ll be wise to pair them with other warm tones like earthy browns and olive greens. You can also contrast warm colors with cool tones—particularly super-versatile staples like chambray button-downs or classic denim jackets.
If you’re hesitant, neutral shades make a great stepping stone to this trend and help ensure your palette isn’t overly bold. Try a softer shade of nudes (toffee brown, cream or slate grey) with a crisp, white button-down and a classic blazer.
CONQUER THE WEEKEND
When the weekend arrives it’s time to be adventurous with your bold bottoms. Whether you’re brunching with friends or packing up for a weekend away, there’s no better time to change your color palette and slip into colored jeans. Whisper light pastel shades are having a moment right now and ultraviolet lilac is the confirmed it-color for the year. Lean into this lighter side by pairing colored denim with bohemian blouses and butter soft broken-in tees. Slip-on sneakers in luxe leather or feminine embroidering and be ready for anything your weekend has in store.
Black tie occasions, rustic outdoor nuptials and everything in between can make dressing for a spring wedding a tricky task. Don’t sweat! No matter what the venue is, there’s a match made in dress heaven out there for the next wedding that you have penciled in on your calendar.
What to Wear to an Outdoor Spring Wedding
Heading to a wedding that’s set in an outdoor venue? Take a cue from the fauna and foliage and try a floral print dress. To mix up your florals (that seem to be trending every year), try out a new dress silhouette or length that you don’t normally reach for! Hey, it’s a new season so it could be a new you!
What to Wear to a Semi-Formal Spring Wedding
RSVP’d for yourself and a plus one to a swanky black-tie wedding? Try a structured sheath dress or a silky number with simple heels for a polished (and very chic) wedding outfit. You’ll earn extra style points if you find a dress with some interest at the sleeve and step into a trend-friendly kitten heel.
What to Wear to a Church Wedding
For a church wedding, coverage is the name of the game. Plunging necklines and mini dresses are usually a no-no in any religious venue. Some denominations even dissuade sleeveless dresses, so it’s a good idea to do your pre-wedding research. If your scheduled wedding is at a place of worship, be sure to go for a dress that hits your knee (at least) and covers up your arms.
What to Wear to a Casual Wedding
In the age of athleisure, what does casual even mean anymore? For weddings, that could be anything from a sundress to a separates moment. Lucky for you, a casual wedding means you could try a flowy (and very flattering) jumpsuit or a midi-skirt and blouse combo.
How to Stay Warm at a Wedding
Whether the weather is nice or stormy, come prepared with an extra layer to keep you warm.
Bring a shawl or light jacket: For milder climates, a simple shawl or spring-forward jacket to throw over your shoulders will do just fine.
Try a dress with sleeves: Sleeves are the safest style solution for iffy temps.
Stay warm in closed-toe shoes: If you’re worried about keeping warm, skip the sandals and go for an ankle bootie, ballet flat or closed-toe pump.
Those with hips wider than their shoulders, with a curvy backside and legs are commonly referred to as a pear shape. We don’t want to box you into being the same shape as a fruit, but it’s helpful to keep in mind as you find the perfect dresses for your shape!
FIT & FLARE DRESS
Why fit & flare dresses are flattering:
The fitted bodice with a flared skirt works wonders when it comes to balancing a pear shape and highlighting your slim shoulders. Plus, it’s balanced proportions make it a winner for nearly every body shape.
Why wrap dresses are flattering:
Wrap dresses are a universal favorite for every shape. Since most cinch around your natural waist, a wrap dress creates an ultra-flattering balancing effect on your silhouette.
Why shift dresses are flattering:
Not to be confused with a sheath, the shift dress features a looser cut throughout your figure—perfect for skimming just over your hips. The shoulders on your shift dress should be fitted, but not too tight.