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Guest Post: Summer Essentials for Women Over 40

Guest Post: Summer Essentials for Women Over 40

Enjoy this seasonal guest post by blogger and stylist Sheereen of Cups of Coco. I’ll let her introduce herself properly…

Hey I’m Sheereen, mama to a rambunctious 2 year old, expert fashion stylist, and all around creative enthusiast. With my blog, Cups of Coco, I’m on a mission to help all women unleash their artistic side with fashion tips, beauty hacks, and home DIY. Happy creating!

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Summer Essentials for Women Over 40

Summer is finally upon us! It can be so easy to get caught up in what’s trending on social media and stocking our carts with fashion fads. Your spring-to-summer wardrobe can easily get lost in translation. As you mature, you have an idea of your style and what you’re comfortable in. It’s high time to start developing a chic, not to mention functional personal wardrobe. Start with these versatile pieces that are essential to a stylish woman over 40

Floral Dress

Floral-print dresses are usually the IT dress of the summer. They are appropriate for just about any occasion. If you’re not a florals girl, that’s okay, go for another versatile print like polka dots or stripes. For a casual look pair with your favorite sandals. For more professional attire, pair with kitty heels and a structured bag.

ASOS  black floral tea dress, $60

ASOS black floral tea dress, $60

Light Sweater

Just because it’s summer, doesn’t mean there’s no breeze about. Turn to a light sweater or blazer to accompany any outfit. It’s a good idea to choose a relaxed fit in neutral colors like white, tan, and navy and a light fabric like linen, cotton, chambray, or rayon. Light fabrics are perfect for work and won’t get too hot while you’re out and about.

Everlane  soft cotton sweater, $68

Everlane soft cotton sweater, $68

Huge Sunglasses

There’s something about big shades that adds sophistication to any look. Stock up on a few for the season.

Le Specs  Dernier Cri  sunglasses, $109

Le Specs Dernier Cri sunglasses, $109

Le Specs  Air Heart  sunglasses, $69

Le Specs Air Heart sunglasses, $69

Statement Jewelry

Statement jewelry is an excellent way to add flair and instantly take a day look to a night look. I always suggest choosing jewelry that shows off your unique personality and style. Whether that is big hoop earrings, vintage rings, or bright colored bracelets, opt for bold jewelry that has character.

Anthropologie  Jasmine Bib necklace , $68

Anthropologie Jasmine Bib necklace, $68

Marks and Spencer  Shape Shifter necklace , £19.50

Marks and Spencer Shape Shifter necklace, £19.50

TopShop  plastic link drop earrings  $28/£14.50

TopShop plastic link drop earrings $28/£14.50

The Perfect White Shirt

This doesn’t mean any old shirt. For summer, pick a good quality, lightweight, loose shirt. Try short and long basic tees as well as dress shirts. This makes them easy to tuck into jeans, skirts, or shorts and dress them up or down with accessories.

& Other Stories  oversize button up shirt , $89

& Other Stories oversize button up shirt, $89

Madewell  Northside Vintage tee , $16

Madewell Northside Vintage tee, $16

Straw Bag

Straw bags are still around and I’m in love! No matter if it’s round, cross-body, cage-like, or a tote, these straw bags make you look summer ready ALL THE TIME!

Marks and Spencer  straw zipped shopper  $26/£15

Marks and Spencer straw zipped shopper $26/£15

Anthropologie  Betsy Hexagon cross body bag  $88

Cropped Pants

Cropped pants or capris are pants that stop above the ankle and a little below the knee and are a lovely alternative to shorts. Go for the straight cut or flare option. They are most flattering with a short dress, short shirt, or a tucked-in top. To lengthen the appearance of your legs, wear high heels or booties that are the same color as your pants.

Free People  Patti Pants , $78

Free People Patti Pants, $78

The Ideal Swimsuit

This one’s on you! You should always choose swimwear that you’re comfortable and confident in. For some this may be a bikini, others may go for a one piece, or hey why not do both? Swimsuits definitely don’t have an age limit. Ditch any that make you feel frumpy or uncomfortable.

Play up your assets and mask those you’re not fond of. A high-waisted bottom hides love handles and makes you seem taller and leaner. A full-piece that has ruching or a peplum hides a tummy. Invest in a couple that are figure-flattering and make you feel like a boss babe.

Torrid  peplum one piece swim suit  (sizes 10-30) $68.98

Torrid peplum one piece swim suit (sizes 10-30) $68.98

Unique Vintage  Monroe high rise bikini  (bottoms $44, top $38)

Unique Vintage Monroe high rise bikini (bottoms $44, top $38)

Midi Skirt

The midi skirt can keep you a lot cooler than a long one, without exposing too much leg. Elect a relaxed, flowy, ruffled, or wrap skirt. Tuck a basic t-shirt into it for something casual or a fresh white shirt for an effortless work outfit.

H&M  floral midi skirt , $29.99

H&M floral midi skirt, $29.99

Zara  satin midi skirt , $39.90

Zara satin midi skirt, $39.90

Strappy Sandals

Comfortable strappy sandals with cushioned footbeds and well-made soles are both stylish and practical. Start with neutral sandals that can go with anything in your wardrobe. Then, branch out to fun sandals with different colors or prints.

Steve Madden at  Revolve  Ida sandals, $80

Steve Madden at Revolve Ida sandals, $80

TopShop Dita  red strap sandals , $52/£32

TopShop Dita red strap sandals, $52/£32

Remember to look for classic pieces that are good quality and are comfy. No matter your age, you’ll fly through the warmer months looking stunning and feeling confident. Investing in staple clothing pieces can be the key to creating outfits you love. The perfect pieces can really form the backbone of your closet for many years to come.

Target Try On: Who What Wear Dresses

Target Try On: Who What Wear Dresses

Easy to Copy Style Lessons from Our Favorite Over-Forty Fashion Icons

Easy to Copy Style Lessons from Our Favorite Over-Forty Fashion Icons