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How to Look Good this Summer: Fashion Advice for the Warmer Weather

Gina Narramore

Gina Narramore



As the days get longer and temperatures start to rise, it’s likely that you’ve started to think about summer fashion and your summer wardrobe. 

Dressing in your retirement can be both exciting and liberating. You should remember that it’s all about your attitude, not your age, and expressing your unique style can help you to feel young and confident.

However, that being said, it can be difficult to know what to wear during the summer months, as you need to be equally prepared for warm days and cool evenings. To help, we’ve put together this guide on this year’s summer fashion trends for over 60s.

Staying Cool During the Day

For women’s summer fashion trends, a straight-cut printed dress is considered to be a wardrobe staple for the summer months. If you opt for a soft and comfortable material, then you’ll find it easy to wear no matter how hot it gets. To make it summer appropriate, ensure it has a splash of colour.

Hot colours for 2019 include burnt reds and tie-dye. However, if you prefer to dress a little more conservatively, then beige is also making a surprising comeback this year. 

British GQ believe that smart and multi-tasking separates are wardrobe essentials for men. This is great news in the summer months, as it means that wool jackets and cumbersome suits can stay in the wardrobe. 

As a result, it can be wise to invest in trousers made from a variety of materials, particularly if you’re not comfortable in shorts. To help stay cool, opt for a cotton-blend trouser with a straight-cut, as these will provide a good amount of breathability while remaining comfortable.

Men’s summer fashion trends are often timeless classics, and you can’t go wrong with a chino and an open collared shirt combo for more formal occasions. If you’re looking for a less formal look, then a bold polo t-shirt is perfect.

Essentials for Summer Evenings

Although summer may be on the horizon, the summer months provide us with no guarantee of warm weather in the UK, and it can still drop cold in the evening, so it’s wise to be prepared.

As a result, clothes that you can layer are useful: particularly if you’re out exploring. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean big jumpers and cardigans, and you can inject a sense of style and fashion to your look still.

For women, kimonos are all the rage at the moment and, as well as coming in bold, vibrant colours for the summer months, they’re also loose and can be worn over camisoles. 

For men, a linen blazer can be a great multi-purpose item, keeping arms warm while providing far more breathability than a thick cardigan or a suit jacket. If a blazer is too formal, then a cotton-blend jumper can be the perfect accompaniment, either worn fully or thrown over the shoulders in a Riviera style. There’s nothing quite like nailing the simple and laid-back style of the Côte d'Azur.

Holiday Essentials for Retirees 

For women on holiday, kaftans are a popular alternative to kimonos. Thinner and looser fitting, they’re perfect to throw on after a day at the beach or by the pool as the temperatures begin to drop.

For something more formal in the evening, opt for a maxi gown. Pastel colours are everywhere this summer and look set to be one of the most prominent ladies’ summer fashion trends once more in 2019.

If you opt for a block colour, then statement jewellery is the perfect accessory. Big earrings or bright handbags are the ideal way to inject some personality into your outfit. 

For men looking to avoid shorts altogether, linen trousers are a popular option. Try not to select something too loose fitting in order to maintain a smarter and more tailored look. On the top half, round neck t-shirts are ever-popular: particularly in white or pale colours. If you’d like to inject a dash of colour, then consider adding an open and short-sleeved shirt. If you’re only looking for one layer, then instead select a Cuban collar shirt in a block colour.

However, fashion experts say that you shouldn’t abandon shorts altogether, as long as you opt for suitable styles. Try to avoid cargo shorts unless you’re out walking, and select a pair of straight-fit shorts that sit around two to three inches above the kneecap for the perfect fit.

Finally, if you’d like to protect your head and face from the sun, then a panama hat is a great solution, allowing you to channel your inner Sinatra. 

Remember that, although these may be the best summer fashion trends for the over 60s, you should dress comfortably and in a way that suits your style, so you can enjoy your retirement to the maximum. 

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