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How to Wear Summer Fashion Trends After 40

Black and White Duo

Black and White Duo

Simplistic color schemes are so in right now, especially neutral colors like black and white. Super chic. This is also a double-hitter because booties are one of the best shoes you can wear. All you need for this outfit is a simple sweater, black skirt, black handbag, and black booties.

If you want to add a bit of color, make sure to match your shoes and handbag. That's what all the fashion experts have said for years, and it definitely makes you look put together with little effort. The benefit of a black and white outfit is that it looks both stylish and classy.

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Cargo-a Go-Go

Cargo-a Go-Go

Cargo jeans were out for the longest time, but they’re making a comeback. Not only are they incredibly convenient (hello, pockets?!), they’re also super comfy. Skinny cargo jeans are the best way to wear this style. You can pair it with a simple shirt – either solid or patterned.

In this look, a striped shirt is ideal. Not only does this say "summer" in spades, but it will also give you tons of pockets without carrying an extra bag. Still, Julianne Moore pairs this with a brown paper bag, but that’s totally optional and up to you. 

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Casual Jeans

Casual Jeans

Just because you’re wearing jeans doesn’t mean you can’t dress them up a little. Jeans don't always mean you have to wear t-shirts with them! Feeling comfortable in jeans while looking put together is a trend we’re on board with. Octavia Spencer wears this look with flair with a uniquely designed top.

You can go solid or find a top with a design. It acts as a statement piece that draws the eyes. Pair it with a blazer, that way you can take it off when you leave a building that thinks it needs to be winter inside while it’s summer outside.

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On the Run

On the Run

During the warmer months, white sneakers are totally in. They're also a lot less painful on the feet compared to booties. Pairing plain white sneakers with boyfriend jeans, and you have a winning pair! Sandra Bullock shows us how to look comfortable when you’re running chores. She's casual but stylish. 

When you have things to do, you don’t need to wear high heels – not that you ever really have to wear them anyway! We’re all about these white sneakers because they’re great on the feet and make life easier. Nothing is easier than getting stuff done quickly without pain at the end of the day. 

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Floral Paradise

Floral Paradise

When you want to dress up, a nice floral dress and wedges are perfect. Wedges are ideal because they provide much more stability than heels do. This is due to the fact that you aren’t putting your weight on one little point that’s about the size of a dime (or smaller!).

We’ve found a nice floral dress and a lower wedge so you can still get things done while going about your day. If you want to jazz things up a little bit, add fancier jewelry. Accessories really turn any casual outfit into one that can wow anyone that sees it!

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Chic Townie

Chic Townie

These skinny jeans have a bit of a business casual look thanks to Cox’s button-up blouse. You can get the same look extremely easily. Just grab your favorite black bag, black wedges, skinny jeans, and button-down shirt. If it’s super hot outside, you can wear a lighter color like grey, white, or even green!

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This look is perfect for casual meetings throughout the day with clients or even just a run around town for some errands! You can never go wrong with black. We would advise you to stick with darker denim for this look. Light denim is great, but it’s a lot more casual than the darker denim. Try wearing gold accessories to break up the black if you like wearing jewelry.

Summer Ready

Summer Ready

Sandra Bullock back at it again! This time, she looks like she wants to head to the beach, and who can blame her? The summer is the perfect time for the beach. We couldn’t find the same top on Amazon, but that’s alright! Any navy-blue top with a white design will work – we just love the polka dots. Grab your favorite pair of white skinny jeans, and you got it going. Whether they’re distressed or not is completely up to you.

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Blue and white is a classic color combo, match it with some nice leather and you’ve got a timeless look that gives you total yachting vibes. Light colored pants with a breathable top will help keep you cool throughout the day. An outfit like this will never be out of style! If you don’t like the neckline of these two tops, you can also use a button up top and tie the ends for a more trendy feel.

Fun in the Sun

Fun in the Sun

Reese Witherspoon always knows how to look beautiful. If you don’t have enough money for her line, you can find something similar elsewhere for less. Here, we’ve paired a rockabilly polka dot skirt with a vanilla sweater. Then you can wear yellow heels and a similar-shade bag, and voila! Looking fine. 

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You never have to wear the same exact thing as any celeb, but they’re great to look at for ideas – especially since they have their own highly-paid stylists. It’s all the benefits without the money! The colors used in this look can be swapped out for any color you like. While yellow and blue are a sunny combo, pink and green also make for a cute vibrant look.

Cool and Breezy

Cool and Breezy

Kirstie Alley knows how to stay cool when the weather is warm. This boho-inspired dress keeps you cool while making you look stylish. While she’s wearing a rather tall heel or wedge, our suggestion is a shorter sandal. It’d make it a lot easier to run around and go shopping. 

(Alley image via Pinterest)

Then, throw on a chunky belt to give the dress some shape. Always give your outfits shape so it gives the illusion of a tailored outfit. For a belt this big, make sure to use one made out of nice materials. Since it's sitting right in the middle of your outfit, and taking up a lot of space, anything cheap will really distract from your look. 

Simplicity Perfected

Simplicity Perfected

Simple outfits can look stylish as long as you use the right accessories. With a plain black dress, you can don a straw hat, matching shoes, and a black bag. You can also go with a pop of color and use a statement handbag. The lack of color in the outfit allows you to do whatever you want with few constraints!

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What makes this look so chic and tied together is matching materials on the top and bottom of the outfit. Matching the shoes with the natural texture in the hat make all of these pieces intentional. So, keep that in mind when recreating this simple look! However you do it, you can never go wrong with a little black dress.

Out and About

Out and About

We may not all look like Charlize Theron, but that doesn’t mean we can’t borrow ideas. In this outfit, she threw on a cream beanie. That allows you not to worry about your hair while having a bit of flair. Distressed jeans look fantastic with this look, but our favorite part are the shoes! Oxfords. It’s been a while since we’ve seen them, and it’s time we see them everywhere.

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Wearing such a structured shoe with this look really elevates the outfit. There’s something interesting about wearing a dress shoe along with such casual elements like holey denim and a beanie. Keeping the colors and textures simple allow this to carry through. Light denim has become an American classic – it’s so versatile you could never go wrong!

Sunday Fun Day

Sunday Fun Day

For just a casual walk on a Sunday (or whatever day you want), this is the perfect outfit. It has a couple of trends that are hot right now including white skinny jeans and a statement bag. Like any other outfit, you can wear distressed jeans or not, but it adds a bit of detail that would otherwise be missing. 

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The statement bag doesn’t always have to be floral or red – it can be nearly anything you want. Just make sure that it doesn’t clash with any other colors. The buttons on the sweater bring in a timeless element that speaks to the cuteness of this overall look. If you like high-waisted jeans, they could even be used here since to accentuate the buttons on the cardigan.

Boho Casual

Boho Casual

If you like the boho look, but aren’t a huge fan of head-to-toe boho, here is a great compromise. Julia Roberts is wearing a floral top with straight leg jeans and wedges. For the boho portion, she’s wearing a bag that acts as a statement piece. It’s an outfit that can be worn while you’re just going to the store or going out with friends and want to look a little dressed up without going over the top.

(Roberts image via Pinterest)

While the denim is a nice darker denim, the leg flares at the bottom help push the boho aesthetic without it being too obvious. This outfit is a nice nod to the era without being a cliché. If you don’t like the black shirt, stick with another neutral like cream or white. Just make sure it’s flowy and not too busy.

Crisp and Clean

Crisp and Clean

Octavia Spencer has style, and no one can say otherwise. In this outfit, she’s wearing white skinny jeans and a chiffon navy top. To top it off, she has minimalistic jewelry – a trend that’s becoming more popular by the day. Sandals are best for this outfit. While you can go minimalistic, you can also wear sandals with a few rhinestones or metal embellishments.

(Spencer image via Pinterest)

If blue is not your color, try out pink, green or even red. For this look, just don’t wear a patterned blouse. Keeping the colors and jewelry simple and elegant keeps the look from being too over the top. If you’re going to be out in the sun, you could add a sun hat and beach bag. Then you’re ready for anything!

Warm Afternoon

Warm Afternoon

Whether you’re going to church or planning on getting some tasks done, this is the perfect outfit. The low, chunky heel is high enough to enhance your look, but comfortable enough to walk plenty without pain. With the white, breezy skirt, a black top looks fantastic. Don’t forget your accessories! That’s what makes the outfit. Something simple, but nice – bangles and a necklace with a single charm. Finally, grab a simple black bag, and you’re ready to go.

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This look is perfect for running errands, shopping or just spending the day out with friends. The loose breezy fabric will help keep you cool, without it being athletic wear. Athletic wear is great, but there are times where real clothes are necessary, even though you’ll be out walking in the sun.

Living Floral in Blue

Living Floral in Blue

Reese Witherspoon knows how to work it during the summer. She's wearing a wedge with a floral navy skirt and a knotted shirt—something that's very in right now. Quick hack: if you have a dress that you love, you can always throw a top on over it and knot it like Reese without having to buy a new skirt!

The cute strappy wedges and jean jacket just scream summertime. You can never go wrong with denim, it’s in year-round. Light denim is perfect for sunny days and it gives you that carefree all American feeling you get in the summer. Add a plain leather tote and you’re ready for the day, not matter what it brings!

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Black and White Simplicity

Black and White Simplicity

Who says you need a lot of color to look fashionable? Leslie Mann knows how to wear black and white. She paired it with a bold red lip, which really just puts the cherry on top of this outfit. Personally, we would wear lower shoes, but that's totally up to the fashionista. 

Who knew a simple V-neck tee could be so chic? Tucking it in the front elongates the legs and dresses up the outfit a bit. This look is just about perfect for anything. You could even pair it with a red pump if you’re going out for the night, but the black wedge is perfect for daytime errands and brunch with friends. One thing’s for sure, no matter how you accessorize, you’ve got to keep the red lip!

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Cooling Errand Run

Cooling Errand Run

Errands kind of suck, let's be honest. Jennifer Connelly is running errands in this navy outfit. Navy works a lot better than black because it has a tendency to brightening up the skin and make you look more refreshed.  Those baggy jeans definitely look comfortable for all day wear, we'd be sporting those too!

While this look is definitely leaning towards comfort, we can’t overlook how cute it is! The tank top matched with those wide-legged jeans take us back to the ‘90s. Any excuse to throw your hair up in an easy pony is welcomed. To pull this off, keep your hair, makeup and accessories simple.

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Simple Yet Elegant

Simple Yet Elegant

You don't have to throw on a million things to look fashionable during the summer. Honestly, simplicity is perfect during the hotter months of the year. Minnie Driver threw on a white dress, a sun hat, and some wedges, and that's all she needs! You can mimic this look with nearly any white dress. 

We love the small spots toward the bottom of the dress, tying in the black to the outfit. Something about this outfit really gives that Parisian market vibe. We can definitely see her hopping on a bike and exploring the town. Keep the makeup simple with this look. It’s all about comfort for easy all day wear.

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Sunny Days

Sunny Days

When it's sunny, you want to soak up the sun! Marisa Tomei paired a grey shirt with blue jean shorts, but she needed a little something else. So, she threw on a yellow cardigan, which goes so well with her grey tank. Then, her necklace really just brought the chicness up a level. 

This outfit is super cute and totally California girl! The loose top is breathable and flattering, but the cardigan provides a little structure. Matching the shoes with the necklace brings the white color up from the bottom half tying it all together. What better color to wear on a sunny day than yellow?

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Orange and Loving It

Orange and Loving It

Bright, bold colors are really in right now. Christie Brinkley wore this bright orange dress and paired it with neutral colors. Colors like this generally go well with browns, blacks, and whites. You want the dress to be the focal point, and you definitely don't want to give someone a headache with too many colors at once. 

We totally love the buttons on the front of this dress, it makes this dress something way cuter than the run of the mill summer dress. Choosing simple accessories and shoes lets the dress speak for itself and doesn’t overwhelm the look. Summer is all about easy breezy, so you don’t want to complicate your outfit with loud accessories.

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Comfortable and Chic

Comfortable and Chic

Since it's already hot outside, we want to be comfortable during the summer. That being said, we also want to look feminine and chic. Heather Locklear does this by combining a soft, white tunic with a pair of blue jeans and wedges. From there, you can add a necklace or just leave it sans jewelry. 

You can never go wrong with classic denim. Light denim in the summer is a perfect way to wear denim without it looking stuffy and hot. Pairing light washed denim with a loose white shirt is a classic summer look. This look is timeless and will work in almost any setting throughout the day.

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Soaking Up the Sun

Soaking Up the Sun

It's time to soak up the sun! Jennifer Aniston stays sun-kissed by wearing a tank top and gray-olive shorts. She carries a scarf, but that's totally up to you whether you want to lug it around all summer.  We prefer to carry a simple purse or you can be like Jen and carry nothing at all!

Jennifer has been a fashion icon since the ‘90s, so taking inspiration from her look is never a bad idea. She has a knack for taking traditionally masculine colors and materials and making them look super cute. The army green shorts with the black tank say she’s ready to drop the top in her Jeep and cruise around town.

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No Fuss Here

No Fuss Here

Just because it's hot out doesn't mean you can't wear a nice button down. Halle Berry dresses a button-up down with some distressed jeans and flip-flops. With this outfit, a nice bag really makes a difference. It adds a little something extra to the look, and is the focul point on an otherwise plain outfit. 

If you love your accessories, this is a perfect way to show them off without looking cluttered. The distressed jeans gives the look some texture and the plain top perfectly balance the fringe on the bag. For the shoes, keep it simple. This look is totally comfortable for all day wear. A button down is a great breathable choice to stay cool in the sun.

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Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

White dresses are perfect during the summer because they're bright, refreshing, and even cooling! Eva Longoria paired her button-up dress with a chunky brown belt and white sandals. With something like this, you can dress it up by adding some nice jewelry and a bag, or you could leave it casual without any of that. 

We’re not going to lie, our favorite things about this outfit are the belt and bag! The button up dress is a perfect match for a big buckle leather belt. Something about this reads a little western, so the black and white bag mixed with the brown leather works! For accessories, we would keep it pretty simple or none at all.

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Low Maintenance but Stunning

Low Maintenance but Stunning

The last thing you want to do during the summer is fuss over your outfit. This outfit worn by Jennifer Connelly shows how you can dress low maintenance without sacrificing style. T-shirt, jeans, flats, and a few nice necklaces do the trick. When you have a sense of style, you wear your clothes... they don't wear you. 

An army green tee along with a black bag and denim is another classic combination that is neutral without being white. We like the baggy, relaxed look of this outfit, but you could also wear skinny jeans and tuck in the front of the tee to provide some shape if that’s your thing. Adding a gold necklace is a simple way to feminize the look.

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Leopard Print for the Summer

Leopard Print for the Summer

Animal print is so in right now, which is why Cameron Diaz's outfit is perfect for this summer. She paired it with a pair of white jeans, cream sandals, and a cream bag. The cream breaks up the white and makes the outfit flow with the neutral shades in the leopard print. 

You know the saying pink is the new black? Well leopard is the new neutral! Pair this outfit with gold accessories to compliment the warm tones in the pattern. Don’t overdo it with the print, just keep it limited to one element of the outfit. You can also pair leopard with a pair of black pants and a black bag. We’re also seeing leopard shoes everywhere right now!

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Chiffon Heaven

Chiffon Heaven

Emmy Rossum balances simple yet delicately beautiful. In this outfit, she's wearing a maxi chiffon skirt. It moves with her, keeping things breezy during the hotter months. Then, she wears a sleeveless blouse that's tucked into the skirt. It looks like she paired this outfit with a pair of heels, but we'd suggest flats. 

A long skirt like this can quickly read “Granny” if you’re not careful. Choose a pattern that is fresh and not over the top. For something like this, let the skirt speak for itself. Pair it with solid colors, preferably black and a simple shoe. The skirt needs to be the focal point of the outfit, and since it takes up the most real estate, having pattern anywhere else would just overwhelm your look.

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Living Coral and Beautiful

Living Coral and Beautiful

Living Coral is the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year, so the shade will stick around for a few years. The only thing is that it can be a little difficult to wear since it's so in-your-face. Catherine Zeta-Jones, fashion icon, doesn't wear too much when she dons the shade. That's fantastic advice for anyone that wants to wear Living Coral—simple is best.

When wearing such a bright pink color, you run the risk of exaggerating any redness you have in your face, if your skin is fair. Just make sure to bring in some warmth in the makeup to help the skin not looked washed out. If you have a deeper tone skin, this color will pop next to your skin. Try wearing  a warm bronzer to really show it off.

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Getting It Done

Getting It Done

Long day ahead? You want to wear something that moves with you. Halle Berry has just hte outfit for that! This outfit features a knotted shirt, something that's very in, with a sun hat and blue jean shorts. Then, a good pair of comfortable shoes, and you're made in the shade. 

Jean shorts are a summer staple, but hats are definitely in right now. It’s important to keep your skin, especially your face, out of the harsh sun. A cute textured hat goes a long way in this simple look. You can even switch the color story up by choosing a khaki hat paired with brown shoes!

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