We’re in Our 40s and 50s—These Are the Top 5 Trends We’re Wearing This Summer

Your age should have absolutely nothing to do with what you “should” or “shouldn’t” wear. That said, we often gravitate toward women over 40 for style inspiration given their more experienced points of view. Influencers Erin Busbee and Melissa Meyers are two women we turn to for outfit inspo.

Busbee, 46, and Meyers, 56, consistently post looks on their blogs and Instagram feeds that are equal parts chic and easy. Therefore, we’re inclined to learn about the key pieces they’re into this season to build some of their strongest looks. They shared with us the five trends they both love due to the simple yet directional vibes.

Keep scrolling to check out more from Busbee and Meyers, including styling inspiration. There’s also a wide variety of shopping picks if you’re interested in adding one of their go-to trends to your own wardrobe.

On Meyers: Everlane shorts; Ba&Sh blazer; On Busbee: Alice+Olivia suit. “Love modern suiting for everything from lunch to a night out on the town.” — Meyers. “A matching shorts suit is such a stylish yet unexpected outfit to pull out of the closet for dressier occasions.” — Busbee

A summery style. 

Wear as a full tailored set, or add ease with a simple white tee. 

Mix sporty and stylish for the perfect combination. 

Summer calls for airy linen fabrics. 

This denim-looking French blue adds a relaxed feel to classic tailoring. 

Swap tailored trousers for tailored shorts on hot summer days. 

On Busbee: PatBo dress. “After being in quarantine for so long, I am so happy to bust out the bold colours; the brighter the better.” — Busbee

On Meyers: White House Black Market dress. “I usually wear muted tones, but this summer, I am excited to celebrate going out again and feeling festive in bolder jewel-toned shades.” — Meyers

A throw-on-and-go style. 

For full impact, style with the matching trousers. 

Wear this over swimwear or with your favourite summer shorts. 

Bold, flattering, and in my basket. 

Stand out in the sunshine in this bold red dress. 

On Busbee: Moussy jeans. “I’ve been in skinny jeans for a decade. I am beyond ready for a shift to a more relaxed fit. Baggy and flared jeans are more comfortable, too.” — Busbee

On Meyers: Oliver Logan jeans. “After spending so many months at home in comfy clothing, I finally gave up my skinny jeans and am wearing looser, more relaxed fits now—this look is fresh and modern.” — Meyers

You can always rely on Levi’s for denim. 

Trouser puddling has been big this year, so jeans puddling is right on trend.

Relaxed jeans are all about comfort and style. 

Sizes go up to 4XL. 

On Meyers: Current Air dress. “Since I am only 5’4″, the midi-dress length elongates my look and is super flattering. They are my go-to for a chic summer look.” — Meyers

On Busbee: Amanda Uprichard dress. “The longer hemline of the midi dress keeps me cool, comfortable, and chic all summer long! I love a one-and-done piece like a dress.” — Busbee

Just add sandals. 

Wear this year after year. 

This easy piece will never go out of style. 

Easily take this from day to night by swapping sandals for heels. 

On Meyers: St. Roche top. “I always love a puff sleeve, and this white blouse style is a classic must-have in any wardrobe.” — Meyers

On Busbee: Ganni blouse. “I have a boxy shape, so I love how puff shoulders create volume across the top.” — Busbee

Style with your relaxed jeans. 

Celebrate the sun with bright colours. 

It’s all about the exaggerated sleeves. 

So elegant. 

This story was originally published on Who What Wear U.S. and has since been updated.

Next, see the autumn trends we’re into.

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