Who doesn’t love a cute summer dress?
After a winter of mostly pants, I’m really excited to slip on a light, cheery dress and step out into the sunshine.
I’ve always thought that summer dresses for women over 40 are a great wardrobe staple because they’re easy, comfortable and practical for our casual midlife lifestyle.
I especially love taking them on vacation because they’re easy to pack and simple to dress up or down.
This year’s crop of casual summer dresses for women come in so many styles, colors, shapes and price points, it’s hard to know which one is right for you. So here’s a little guide that highlights the latest trends and what might work best.
Do you like a little drama? Then this print stretch linen sheath is a good choice because it is guaranteed to turn heads.
Graphic and Digital prints are a huge trend and have strong impact. This sheath dress has a nice classic line, but the black and white graphic pattern gives it that wow factor.
Tip: If you are wearing a bold dress like this keep your shoes sleek and in a solid color, such as this black pair so they don’t compete with the dress.
Doesn’t this dress look comfy? Sometimes you just need a simple little dress that you can throw on at a moment’s notice and run out the door. This Faux Wrap shirtdress in this gorgeous floral print is that dress.
The fit and flare is wonderful for gals with a pear shaped figure who have defined waists and wider hips. Wedges or block heels would also look cute with this dress.
If you don’t already have a floral dress for spring, you need to go get one.
A floral frock with an artistic feel is the “it” dress this spring. This one is elegant and feminine with an interesting neckline that gives it a modern twist. A very ladylike choice.
|The New Boho
If you are a creative type in search of something new, then take a look at this hemline. This debuted last year and is called the high-low maxi dress or as some have nicknamed it, the mullet dress!
This Coral Tie Dye High Low Dress has a relaxed boho vibe. If you’ve got great legs then this is a way to tastefully show them off and look flirty.
The halter dress is an excellent choice for a summer dress and with thicker straps like this it is perfect for over 40 bodies. This cure dress shows off your shape but gives you good coverage.
Bold stripes like you see in this pretty dress are in vogue and are a natural choice if you want to look casual, sporty and fun.
|The Little Blue Dress
Move over Little Black Dress. The new Little Blue Dress is here.
I love this interesting dress that’s both classic and playful.
It reminds me of the deep blue ocean and would be a fantastic dress to wear on a Mediterranean cruise or while sitting at a seaside café having a cocktail or bite to eat. Dreamy!
|Lace or Crochet Dresses
Many cute white summer dresses for women that are showing up on the streets have a feminine almost artsy/crafty feel. For example, this pretty crochet shift dress looks almost homespun. The shift style gives you room to breathe and the 3/4 length sleeves give some coverage, which is so hard to find in summer, without being stuffy.
|The Maxi Dress
Don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen so many maxis since the early 70’s and boy is it exciting. Maxis dresses are perfect for our 40+ crowd for many reasons.
They’re easy to wear, make you feel relaxed, and they cover up pale legs or any lumps and bumps below the waist that you’d rather not anyone see.
This Knot Jersey Maxi dress is one of my favorites. Try something different. Every woman needs a goddess gown like this!
|The Tropical Print Dress
What would summer be without a nod to the tropics? This exotic floral print sundress is just plain fun.
If you like to wear a lot of color like I do, then this would be a great choice. It’s got an island feel without being Too loud as some tropical prints can be. You can see more great tropical print dresses here.
Have you bought a summer dress yet? Send in a photo of yourself wearing it and I’ll post it. Send photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.