I’m back today with some longer dresses that will get you through the summer in style. Not every woman loves to wear dresses, but if you do, it can be challenging to find a flattering one. Here are some below-knee summer dresses for women over 50 that don’t look like they belong on a 5-year-old.
If you’re new here, welcome. A dressing room diary is when I go into a local store for a try-on session so you can see what’s new and how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 134 lbs with broad shoulders and straight hips. I have a long torso and arms so I often wear one size larger on top.
I try on clothes in colors and shapes that may or may not flatter me so you can see what’s in the stores and get some styling ideas. I tell you what sizes I am wearing to help you understand how things run. As always, you can click the red text for more info and to shop the item at no additional cost to you.
This belted shirtdress is beautifully made of 100% cotton with a 100% cotton lining which is so smart! The fit and flare shape is super flattering. It comes in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite, sizes 2-22. The length is 43 1/4″ misses, 40 3/4″ petite, 47″ plus, and 45″ in plus petite. I am wearing a 6P. I’m not ordinarily a fan of self belts, but this one is wide enough to feel like a sash so it works.
Tip- I always cut off the little strings on the sideseam that are just meant to hold the belt in place until they sell it.
I love, love, love this 100% linen maxi dress. It’s an A-line shape that feels more streamlined than many of the tiered and ruffled dresses that are so popular this season. It comes in misses, petite, women’s, and tall, sizes XS-4X. I love the elongating look of the front embroidery and the front slit makes it easy to walk in. The center back length is – misses 50½”, petite 47½”, women’s 52″, tall 53½”. I am wearing a misses XS. I love this length for me but it’s a bit too snug so it runs TTS
I liked this dress more than I thought I would. It is 100% linen that will be super cool in the summer because it floats over the body and allows for airflow :). It comes in regular and petite sizes 4/6-22/24. I am wearing regular length in 8/10. It also comes in black but I’ve learned to be careful with black in the summer because it absorbs heat in the sun. It’s an A-line shape with a 54.5″ inseam in regular inseam, and 51.75″ in petite.
I am a huge fan of pleated fabrics for so many reasons, not the least of which is they travel beautifully, hide lumps in your figure, and present a slim silhouette without clinging. This Eileen Fisher dress is an investment piece with of-the-moment tiers, in a timeless look that will be in style forever. (I’ve still got pleated items like this in my wardrobe from 30+ years ago!) You could dress this up for a wedding or down with sandals for lunch out. This is meant to be midi length but on my 5’4″ frame, it’s almost a maxi…which suits me just fine. It’s sized 0-16W, I am wearing a 6/8.
This belted shirtdress is 100% cotton in misses, petite, and plus sizes 2-20…and is selling out fast. The pockets alone make it a winner in my book, but it’s also a fit and flare shape with a defined waist that flatters many women. The short sleeves are a dolman shape so they add width and balance for women with narrower shoulders. It’s an A-line shape with a 54.5″ regular inseam and 51.75″ petite inseam. This is not lined but totally opaque so a slip is not mandatory.
This 100% linen midi dress comes in misses, petite, and tall sizes XS-XL and is also selling out fast. It has 3/4 sleeves which help make us look taller plus a fabulous collar to pop up in the back :).
See also –How to Pop Your Collar and Keep it Up
The center back length is 48½” misses, 45½” petite, 51½” tall. It has fabulous pockets and could be belted if you like. I am wearing an XS petite which is snug through my broad shoulders so it runs true to size.
This fit and flare dress is also 100% cotton with 100% cotton lining and is very lightweight. In this photo, you can see those little belt loops I recommend you always snip off. They stick out strangely and ruin the look of the dress. If you tie the belt at your waist it will stay there.
This dress comes in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite in sizes 2-22. The length is 45 1/4″ misses, 42 1/2″ petite, 47″ plus, and 44 1/4″ in plus petite. I am wearing an 8 petite which is snug so it runs small. The ruffle sleeves are not my best look, but they add nice width and balance for women with narrow shoulders and wider hips.
This 100% cotton poplin shirtdress is slightly off-white that is neither warm nor cool. It’s sized 00-16W. The skirt is pleated at the waistband for a fit and flare shape. The buttons open all the way down so you could wear this open as a duster over other things. The length is 45 1/2″. I am wearing a small so it runs true to size. It is machine washable, and would definitely require ironing :).
This knit jersey maxi dress is a pullover style that is a cotton blend with spandex. The color is India ink (dark navy). It comes in misses, petite, and plus sizes XS-3X. I love that the shoulder straps are wide enough to hide your bra strap. It has elastic through the waist to give it some shaping. The length is 53 1/4″ misses, 49 3/4″ petite, 53″ plus, and 50 1/2″ in plus petite. I am wearing a medium petite and it runs true to size.
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Will you be wearing dresses this summer?
Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.
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