Short Summer Dresses for Women Over 50: My Favorites

When it’s hot and humid, and I want to beat the heat, my favorite thing to wear is a short summer dress. Today, I’m sharing four casual short summer dresses to keep you cool, comfy, and looking fabulous at any age.

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Cotton Terry Beach Dress

If you want a comfy alternative to shorts, then have a closer look at this pretty Cotton French Terry beach dress. It’s soft, relaxed, and perfect for a day by the water.

I love the mix of pink and red and the charming beach villa print. And did you know it has a playful lace-up back and flirty side slits?


Tip # 1 for wearing a Short Summer Dress – Balance the Short Length

You don’t have to worry about feeling too exposed in this short dress. The short sleeves and wide, elegant boat neckline gives you coverage up top, which helps to balance out the shorter hemline.

( I’m 5’7″ with long legs, if you are wondering. )  This sweet dress also comes in petite and plus size!



brown striped short summer dress

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Nautical Striped T-Shirt Dress

A  striped nautical t-shirt dress is a classic summer must-have. This one has three twists that make it modern.

1) The stripes are tan and cream compared to classic navy and white or black and white.

2) On the sleeves, the stripes run opposite to the main stripes, creating some drama.

3) This dress comes with a sporty rope belt that elevates it into something special.

tan striped short summer dress

Tip# 2 for wearing a short summer dress – Wear Flats

What shoes? I’ve paired this dress with flat sandals because the shorter the dress, the lower the heel if you want to look chic. Short casual summer dresses and sky-high heels don’t work and aren’t classy.


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Balloon Sleeve Swing Dress

This colorful, swingy, short summer dress is great on many levels.

It’s loose and comfy, a little bit flirty, summery and vacation-like. I love the puffy balloon sleeves, which are so on trend, and the print is fantastic. Dress it up with some low, chunky-heeled sandals, or wear it with sneakers.


red print short summer dress

Tip # 3 Avoid a Short, Tight Dress

It easier to wear a short dress when you are mature if you keep the dress loose and flowy verses body hugging tight which combined with short is not a great look.

pink tiered summer dress

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Tiered Boho Sundress

One of the most popular types of short summer dresses is this feminine tiered style. The beauty of this flowy, free-spirited dress is you can wear it as a sundress or slip it on as a beach cover-up.


hot pink tiered summer dress

Tip # 3 Wear a Short Dress in Bright Color/Playful Print

Bright colors, big prints, and loose styles make a short dress look more playful, fun and perfectly fine to wear casually at midlife and beyond.

Do you like short dresses in summer. How short is too short?

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