5 Summer Style Sins

With temperatures soaring… everyone is trying to stay cool and still look great, but it’s easy to let your summer style slide.

Here’s some lapses in judgment I’ve  seen this summer.

1. Capri pants +socks & running shoes

Capri pants +socks & running shoes


Capris are a cute sassy look that shows off your lower legs. Yes, they do tend to make your leg look a little shorter because they stop at the calf, but this can be balanced out by wearing a lovely kitten heel sandal or low wedge in the same color as your Capris.

I’ve noticed a lot of women on vacation who go on walking tours wearing  Capris with socks and running shoes! This is a lethal combination that makes you look short, fat and frumpy. If you need practicality and comfort, then try a cushioned flip-flop or ballet flat with your Capris or instead wear shorts with running shoes for a sporty look. Frump city!

2. Nude Hose with Sandals

 Nude Hose with Sandals


If you are want to wear open toed shoes and are tempted to wear even the sheerest of hose with them, stop right there. Remember, nothing looks as tacky as this fashion faux pas. Many women are hesitant to use self-tanners because they are worried about having orange legs, but they’ve come a long way and give the subtlest result.

3. Short Shorts

Who wears short shorts? Not women after 40, unless you’ve been digging things out of your teenage daughter’s closet to wear. Short shorts (especially cut-offs) that let it all hang out are tacky and cheap. Save them for sun tanning and go with  a cute skirt or walking short instead.

4. Visible Pockets

One of the freshest looks for summer is a pair of crisp white pants. But beware if those pants come with big visible pockets. That’s all anyone will notice! If your white pants show your pockets, simply have them taken out by a professional seamstress for a much cleaner look.

Summer white pants

5. Dark Bra Under Light Shirt

This is not classy. Nothing sexy about it. It looks sloppy, period.



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23 thoughts on “5 Summer Style Sins

  1. Hi, I just found this site and I love all the tips. I want to comment on the dark bra. I think the point here is that under sheer fabrics the bra should match your skin tone and not be visible under the shirt. As an African American woman I do wear black bras/camis under white or sheer shirts because they provide invisible coverage against my skin. However, if I were to wear a white bra it would stand out against my skin, not be very glam and distract from my fab look

  2. LOL….very true. This reminds me of growing up in London back in the 80’s. Us business folks in the West End would people watch tour groups around Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus and guess where tourists were from. You could always spot a middle age American. They dresses like no other! Women would wear a knee length skirt with nude pantyhose and clunky white lace up sneakers. Men always a baseball cap with slogan tee shirts, knee length cargo’s and white sports socks with the same sneakers as his wife, both were typically overweight (by British standards).

  3. I really agree with all your points except for the pockets in the white pants. I’m a “form follows function” kinda gal, and I don’t see the problem unless there is an obvious demonstration of shoddy craftsmenship or the wearer doesn’t make sure everything is laying tidy. So much of fashion now is about layers and being see through. This seems like a personal call. I USE my pockets!

  4. Hi Deborah!

    I love your website and have just finished going through my closet and am in the process of updating my fall wardrobe. I have lost approximately 25 pounds and had to get rid of a lot of my last year’s fall and winter wardrobe. I am soon to be 58 and am 5′ 1/2″ tall and petite. I know it is important to wear solid color tops and slacks together in order to make me appear taller, but I was wondering if petite women can wear leggings with boots. If I wore them, it would be under a long top, but I’m not sure it would work for me. My style is
    “Traditional”, but thought I might like to try something new and different.
    Thanks so much for any suggestions and advice you may have.

  5. These are fine examples of things NOT to do, may I add that I also dislike the sight of horrible looking toe nails on aged women. Some women get very gnarly discolored toe nails and it is an “ensemble killer” when you look down at the feet. Pedicures even if done at home is a must if open-toed shoes or flip flops and sandals are worn.

  6. Ladies – I think you missed the worst styling sin of all and that’s the tatoo lady. Guess I’m showing my age, but I’ve seen way too many girls, up and into their 40’s, covered in tatoos, and what might be a normally attractive woman is YUCK!!. Can’t wait until that skin starts to sag :) You might get away with the hose if you’re waering a peep toe sandal, but not that full length one

    1. Hi Tasi,
      Well, that is one view that we know can be heavily debated. It does seem that tattoo’s are becoming very popular with all ages. The only problem is they are permanent. At least when a dress or shoe goes out of style we can give them away. Tattoos are forever or if you get tired of them you have to have to undergo painful lazer removal. We would say think twice before getting one, however if you do have one, enjoy!

  7. About those crocs. Unfortunately I have a foot problem and alas CrocsRx are the only slip on shoe that really addresses the problem I have. I have tried everything and these are the only shoes that truly feel like heaven for me.
    BUT wear the bright colored ones I will not do! They look ridiculous. So what I do is purchase only neutral and understated colored crocs and one’s that look more like a clog without those awful telltale holes. I will then wear them around the house and running to the store, driving. This works with me and spares my teenage daughter giving me a hard time! :=)

  8. Stockings with sandals. Ugh. Men don’t like stockings, period. Men also like thong underwear I hear. But I don’t think that is good with white pants. Men don’t like bra straps. But I’m not sure I care what men like or don’t. I don’t wear stockings because they are uncomfortable. I don’t have pockets that show, or short shorts, etc. My very own summer pet peeves are cut off jeans shorts with hanging pockets and low slung jeans with blubber hanging out over the top. I am all for comfort, but if it looks bad, don’t wear it.

    1. Hi Judy,
      Good points… and boy, like you mentioned, have been seeing a lot of low slung jeans and shorts with the tummy hanging out this summer! YUCK!!!
      Men are funny and have commented on our site before on what they like and don’t like. As you can imagine they have varying opinions. We assume that you will attract someone the type of person that have similar likes and dislikes. That is why we should be dressing authentically and be aware of how we are dressing. It sure says a lot about who you are!

  9. Oh MY Goodness!! I am guilty as sin when it comes to wearing of the walking shoes with anklets and capris!!!! IF I am just out for the day- light shopping, movies, etc- I don’t do that. AND I make sure I hem my capris so they don’t fall quite as low as in that pic.

    BUT- if I am doing something like an entire day of walking, like at the zoo, the State Fair, etc- I care more for my poor feet than looking totally glam! LOL My poor feet would KILL me if I tried to not wear supportive shoes on a strenuous day!

    I’m guilty!!!!

    Never mind the sandals with hosiery- in that pic, those shoes don’t even FIT that woman! now, THAT looks bad- she’s hanging over them everywhere!

    1. Hi Gramma Deb,
      I hear you about walking all day and trying to look glam. No need to worry if you are at the State Fair or zoo…we are talking about going out to shop at the mall or store.
      Thanks for your sense of humor! I never want to get “preachy” here…and you seem to take life with a wink and smile….I LOVE your kind!!!!!

  10. All good choices for fashion blunders… But you forgot to mention the biggest summertime problem: bra straps hanging out of summer wear! At no time – unless you’re r on the runway in Paris – is it appropriate for a women’s bra straps to be exposed. Especially the 40+ crowd. Talk about frumpy! A good strapless bra is worth the investment; or accepting the fact that other fashions may be more appropriate for our bodies.

    1. Hi Smiller,
      The bra strap issue is a touchy one. There are a lot of variables for do’s and don’t. We certainly have seen women that have on a contrasting or colorful bra that have been able to pull that look off, but it really depends on a lot of things. You have to have the right bra first. A beige or white, ratty, thick strap will never work, however a pretty, fresh thin strap can look just fine.
      However, the strapless bra is really a wonderful inventions and can be worn more than one might think. Thanks for bringing this topic up. It is one worth discussing a little more!

  11. I too am reminded of Glamour Don’ts which I read wincingly for fear of finding myself behind that black anonymity rectangle! But good to see all from a different vantage point. Happy check mark next to all but the white pants pockets, a garment I only recently added to my wardrobe following a welcome weight loss. Happy to officially say for the first day of life, I’m now joining the Fabulous after 50 demographic.

  12. Funny stuff! Brought me back to the Glamour mag Dos and Don’ts page I used to adore. The capri pants with running shoes cracks me up.

  13. I wear sheer hose with sandals all the time and love it, but I grew up in the seveties and eighties when everyone did, men love it!

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