Summer Fashion Tips for SeniorsAugust 16, 2023
No matter your age, you likely feel that your fashion sense is something that helps define you. As you’ve aged, you’ve found styles of clothing that spark joy and fit your personality, but there may be certain times of the year this feels more difficult.
Summer, for many seniors, is a time of year that feels quite difficult to dress for. Fashion trends are usually tailored to the younger generations, which may not feel appropriate for your current age. While fashion knows no age and you are welcome to wear whatever you want, you may be on the hunt for options that feel more like you. So, remember these summer fashion tips for seniors as you look for ways to stay comfortable yet fashionable in the hot weather.
Staying cool and comfortable on hot days
While summer in Chicago is fairly temperate compared to much of the United States, it still gets quite warm in the summer. This is one of the primary factors why it can be so difficult to dress in the summer—it’s difficult to find clothing that is comfortable and makes you feel good. As you search for clothing to add to your wardrobe, these key factors will help you stay cool and comfortable.
Stick to light colors
Those who tend to gravitate towards darker colors may be resistant to this option, but wearing lighter clothing actually keeps you cooler. This is because colors such as black, navy, or burgundy absorb light, which makes you heat up more easily. Lighter colors refract the sun and keep you cooler.
Avoid tight clothing
Loose-fitted clothing allows air to more easily circulate between your clothing and your skin, keeping you cooler. Thankfully, this actually aligns with a current fashion trend: wide-legged pants and loose, oversized shirts. This trend keeps you stylish and comfortable—truly the best of both worlds!
Wear breathable fabrics
Not all fabrics were created equal. Certain fabrics trap heat and moisture, causing serious discomfort on the hottest days of the year. Polyester, despite being one of the most common fabrics today, is actually notorious for being rather hot. Avoid wearing denim, too, because it is heavy and hot.
For your summer wardrobe, try to stick to clothing that is 100% linen, cotton, or silk. If polyester is unavoidable, try to find a blend with other, more breathable fabrics.
Find good shoes
Your feet retain a great deal of heat in your body, however, traditional flip-flops may increase your risk of falling. Look for shoes that are comfortable and offer good support, such as flats and loafers with non-skid soles. For tennis shoes, look for mesh options that allow for easier access to air. If you’d like sandals, try Birkenstocks or espadrilles, as they are a little more secure than traditional flip-flops or sandals.
Summer fashion trends you can easily incorporate into your wardrobe
You are never too old to try a new fashion trend. If you’re curious about some of the latest fashion trends, try some of these easily incorporated trends. These options are perfect for all types of fashionistas, regardless of age.
As briefly mentioned above, oversized shirts are a fantastic way to stay cool and stay in style! They can be dressed up or down based on what you pair with it. A pair of shorts may give your summer outfit a beachy, casual feel, while a pair of trousers will give it a dressier feel. Get creative with the accessories you use to transform your look.
Monochromatic looks make creating a matching outfit simple. This style trend refers to pairing a shirt and pants (and even shoes!) that are the same shade and color for a clean, sleek look. The best way to do this is to purchase a monochromatic outfit set or to purchase two articles of clothing from the same store so they’re more likely to match.
If you’re a dress wearer, enjoy some long, flowy skirts. This type of skirt, also known as a maxi skirt, has a good amount of volume and movement, which allows for more airflow. The best part about maxi skirts is how they can be transitioned between seasons too. The same skirt you wore in the summer can be worn in fall, and when the weather warms up again, in the spring.
Don’t forget a hat!
If you’re spending a lot of time outside, you should be wearing a hat. Doing so helps protect your scalp and face from the dangerous UV rays, which are particularly powerful this time of year. This summer, in particular, a wide range of hats are popular for both men and women. Try adding a Panama hat, a baseball cap, a bucket hat, or a straw hat to add some flare and protection to your look.
Feeling your best with the help of a caregiver
Summer is a wonderful time of year for seniors to embrace their fashion sense and personal style. Finding a look that fits your style is great for your self-confidence and overall well-being, but remember that fashion is only one part of the picture. You also need to maintain your personal care responsibilities.
For some seniors, mobility issues can make this a challenge. However, seniors shouldn’t let this impact their confidence. A compassionate, professional caregiver can help you look and feel your best by assisting with bathing, grooming, and dressing.
At Home Care Powered by AUAF, our caregivers are dedicated to enhancing your clients’ quality of life. Our staff provides support with any non-medical activities of daily living—from companionship to medication reminders—so you can age comfortably at home. For more information on our services, give us a call at 773-274-9262. We would love to help you live comfortably at home.
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