Summer Whites: Style Guide for Women Over 50

It’s officially summer! Yay, that means it’s time to lighten things up. I have tons of black in my wardrobe and rely on it to be easy, classic, and timeless. I’m happy to find white has these same characteristics…with the added bonus of looking fresh, clean, and cool. Summer whites are taking center stage for me. Here are some tricks I use to help white and lighter garments look better.

White is fresh for summer.

Carefully check your white garments from last year. Deodorant frequently yellows the underarms of white T-shirts and tops. No amount of bleach fixes this so they should be replaced. White needs to look clean and crisp. It is the least forgiving color but nothing looks quite as fresh.

Removing dark labels from light colored clothing prevents them from showing through

Labels easily show through light-colored clothing so I suggest a seam ripper to carefully remove the guilty culprit.

A nude bra is more flattering and invisible under white tops

I was recently asked how to hide your bra under a white top. The answer is to wear a nude bra, not white. It needs to be your shade of nude…not a generic beige.

I could have worn a camisole to hide my bra…but you’d have seen it’s outline…which is fine if you want to highlight your lingerie.

Style Tip – Your nude lingerie needs to match your skin tone.

Invest in nude bras and camisoles to wear under summer whites

So my style tip for the first month of summer is, wear white! It’s classic, modern looking and always stylish.

Do you wear a lot of white?


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  1. June 19, 2016 / 7:33 am

    Love this look! White fedora is the perfect finishing touch.

    • Jennifer
      June 19, 2016 / 10:19 am

      It’s quickly become my favorite hat this summer! I should have bought two for when this gets too dirty!!

  2. June 6, 2016 / 7:58 am

    NO I DONOT wear A LOT of white.Now if I lived down SOUTH I think I would wear MORE!As you stated it is hard to keep CRISP!

    • Jennifer
      June 8, 2016 / 8:33 am

      White knits are easier because they don’t have to be crisp 🙂

    • Jennifer
      June 4, 2016 / 10:04 am

      Too mature? I’ve heard it all now and I guess that makes it official, we are grown up 🙂 Some women like to play with colored lingerie showing through their tops. I’m just not one of them. Never has been.

  3. June 3, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    You wear hats well, you might want to do a blog on hats for different shape faces. Spring and summer is ideal hat weather!

    • Jennifer
      June 4, 2016 / 10:02 am

      Thanks! That’s a great idea for a blog post. I’ll do it. I love hats but am careful with my choices.

  4. June 3, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    Love the outfit. I’m not quite ready for white yet. I would probably spill something on it. However, I’m getting tired of black and need some color.

    • Jennifer
      June 4, 2016 / 10:00 am

      White is tricky, but honestly spills show on every color. Maybe switch to some navy or brown to get away from black!

  5. Karen Leggett
    June 3, 2016 / 11:14 am

    OMG! that looks great.

    • Jennifer
      June 8, 2016 / 8:31 am

      Thank you Karen:)

  6. June 3, 2016 / 10:55 am

    I’ve only recently started wearing white. When I was younger, it made me look washed out, but as my hair has taken on some silver highlights and I’ve learned to use make-up more effectively, I find that I can wear it now. Thanks for the tips!

    • Jennifer
      June 4, 2016 / 9:46 am

      Cool off-white is my most flattering white, but harder to come by so I adjust my makeup, like you:)

  7. Lesley
    June 3, 2016 / 9:13 am

    Summer = white. My MR took me out for birthday dinner this week. I wore white slacks, white tank and blue swing jacket. I now have to get a new white tank. I splashed red clam broth right in front. Memo….Wear Black when going out for Italian.

    • Jennifer
      June 4, 2016 / 9:42 am

      Lol. So true Lesley! My whites are like homing devices for red Italian sauce!

  8. June 3, 2016 / 9:10 am

    Love white and just purchased a long, lightweight cover for summer. It flows when I move. Love it.

    • Jennifer
      June 8, 2016 / 8:30 am

      I love that flowy feeling too Beth. That’s what’s so fun about this long cardigan!

  9. Canuck
    June 3, 2016 / 6:46 am

    I need to wear more white! On top only for me.

    My shade of nude under white is actually a very pale pink. I made this change and it makes all the difference.

    • Jennifer
      June 4, 2016 / 9:39 am

      My nude is pale blush too. It’s so important to find the right one!

  10. Brenda
    June 3, 2016 / 4:11 am

    These tips are sos helpful. I agree on the nude bras…..so important. I love your white hat. Can you tell me the brand or where it was purchased? Thanks!

    • Jennifer
      June 4, 2016 / 9:38 am

      Hi Brenda! The hat is from White House Black Market but I didn’t see it on their website.

  11. June 3, 2016 / 2:49 am

    Love this…I need to check out WHBM! And as always…love the hat! Lovely summer casual style.

    • Jennifer
      June 4, 2016 / 9:37 am

      WHBM does great classics. I’ve always loved their quality and style. Get a hat!! This one is from WHBM!

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