Fashion Over 50s Lifestyle

Spring/Summer Fashion Trends

August 26, 2018
Spring/Summer Fashion Trends

Spring is almost here ‘down under’ in Australia and with the change of season comes change in fashion.  Christine Blundell, from My Private Stylist and Fashion Editor for Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond, has put together some looks for the Spring/Summer 2018/2019 Season.

I’m loving the ‘classic’ looks that she has put together and actually have some similar items in my wardrobe. This means I can still be in fashion without spending too much money.Spring/Summer Fashion Trends.

In the fashion industry, as we know they start 12 months ahead often with predicting and creating the coming trends. While I am the first to admit that we shouldn’t feel that we have to be a slave to fashion, because it’s more about style, I love going on little “Artist dates”* to discover what is ahead for the next season and going on fashion websites and leafing through the magazines to see the style boards that are created and how I can put my own personality on them. Wherever I look in the shops at the moment, I see lots of florals and nautical looks.

We often find that some looks are classics and are seen year after year, these are the garments that are well worth investing in quality items. They are what I would call style, whereas fashion, those looks that might only be around for a season are not worth spending a lot of money on. Notice I said- investing and spending.


One particular look that I personally regard as Classic is the wrap dress, for two reasons.

Firstly it is a style that is flattering to almost all body shapes and secondly it is always in fashion.

You will notice in my style board I have chosen 2 wrap dresses, one in floral which is very much on trend this season and the other is in a more classic pattern.

I absolutely love wrap dresses and also wrap tops as the slight gather at the side draws they eye away from the tummy, defines the waist and gives a little wriggle room. They can also be worn by all age groups and on all occasions- to work, casually with sandals or dressed up with heels for an evening out or a wedding.

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I love the nautical look as it is refreshing, casual, yet smart and again suits all ages.

When thinking nautical, think stripes both vertical and horizontal, mixing colours of navy, white and red, although you don’t need all three together. They can be in tee shirt, ¾ or long sleeves tops, capris or shorts, pants or skirts.

It’s a very versatile look. Complete the look by adding sneakers, slip ons or sandals. And don’t forget the nautical tote!

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While polka dots are not everyone’s taste, they have been popular since Mini Mouse first wore her red and white polka dot dress ! They have made a resurgence again for Spring/Summer, not only in garments but in accessories-  bags, shoes, scarves. If you would like to try it, but aren’t quite brave enough to go all out with a polka dot dress, start out with a top or scarf. Navy and white or black and white as in the image below look very classy.

The handbag, while not being polka dot, but petals, is a lovely twist on the theme.  2. Source unknown  3.  4.
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Athleisure is athletic wear that is also worn for leisure, is becoming more and more a hot trend now and one I know many of you will be rejoicing about! We love our comfort clothing!

Clothing worn for exercise is now finding its way out of the gym and onto the street and is also seen as acceptable in some work and social situations.

Fashion and style are making more of an appearance in athletic wear, which I think is a good thing. I love all these looks from I have my eye on the animal print leisure pant, love animal print!

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So there you have it, it is by no means an exhaustive list of the looks coming in, but I have chosen ones that I feel would appeal to a wide range of our readers and those that are suitable for all ages. It’s always fun to to see how you can make the look your own.

We all have different Style personalities that express who we are.

I would love to hear what you think and maybe even see some of your photos.

* The Artists Way by Julia Cameron

What is your favourite look?


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  • Reply Michele August 27, 2018 at 05:14

    Hi Sue, even though we are headed into winter, I was interested in this because after moving I realize I need to go through my wardrobe and clean out and update. My daughter will be getting married in Cancun, Mexico in December, which is winter here but warm there so I will need summer clothes! I also like classics, and I think nautical style is always fresh. I am always looking for styles that cover the upper half of my arms, no matter how much I swim I have upper arm jiggle! It is an ongoing struggle to find things that are cool and cover your arms.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 27, 2018 at 07:15

      A lovely spot for your daughter’s wedding, Michele and a happy time for everyone. I’m pleased the post was useful for you and I know when I read it, I finally cleaned out my wardrobe and found polka dots and some nautical themed tops. I’m in fashion and I don’t know it LOL:) xx

    • Reply Christine August 27, 2018 at 12:25

      Hi Michelle I hear what you are saying about the struggle to find something that covers the upper arms, but at the same time being cool. I find that the coolest fabrics to wear are linen and cotton. The sleeve needs to have a bit of “breeze room” ie a bit looser. It might also be worth trying some targeted weight exercises for the biceps and triceps ( although I am not qualified to recommend). Christine x

  • Reply Joanne Tracey August 27, 2018 at 08:03

    Love some of these. I like a wrap dress for work, but love that striped dress from Bird’s Nest – I hate shopping for clothes & these days buy heaps online from Bird’s Nest.

    • Reply Christine August 27, 2018 at 12:30

      Hi Joanne, I love Birdsnest too and am always checking out their site! Love that navy dress too. The chevron stripe is so flattering. Christine x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 27, 2018 at 13:13

      I’m like you Jo and don’t really enjoy shopping for clothes. I’ve not purchased from Bird’s Nest so thanks for the info. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Donna August 27, 2018 at 08:41

    Hi, Sue – Vancouver Island is quickly heading towards autumn and winter. I love this post as it has helped me to stay in ‘seasonal-denial’ a little longer! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 27, 2018 at 13:13

      Come visit me Donna and then you won’t have to experience winter at all 🙂

  • Reply Katherine August 27, 2018 at 08:43

    I can’t choose a favourite look, I love them all! We obviously have similar taste in clothes. And I’m totally with you on the wrap dress – they’re so flattering, I always have one in my wardrobe

    • Reply Christine August 27, 2018 at 12:33

      Hi Katherine wrap dresses are my favourite style, so flattering. Christine x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 27, 2018 at 13:14

      I love them all too, Katherine and I have found a polka dot shirt and a couple of striped nautical tops in my wardrobe – I’m a trendsetter and I didn’t know it! LOL 🙂

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee August 27, 2018 at 09:06

    Those drapey dresses would be good for my mum tum….

    • Reply Christine August 27, 2018 at 12:39

      H there Lydia yes they are great for our tummies! Christine x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 27, 2018 at 13:15

      I love a wrap dress Lydia and I think it suits most body types. Have a great week! x

  • Reply Debbie Harris August 27, 2018 at 09:47

    Thanks Sue, I had fun reading through this post and I must share that since I’ve been home (only a few weeks) I’ve bought a wrap dress and a black and white polka dot dress. I’m always a fan of the nautical look and have also bought a white denim skirt that could be used with navy stripes for just this look! I’m so on trend at the moment 🙂 Looking forward to spring (again) and the weather warming up.

    • Reply Christine August 27, 2018 at 12:36

      Hi Debbie looks like you are all set and right on trend for the new season. Well done! Christine x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 27, 2018 at 13:15

      Yes I found my polka dot shirt and a couple of navy and white striped tops, Deb in my wardrobe. I’m a fashionista and I didn’t know it LOL:) xx

  • Reply Christine August 27, 2018 at 10:31

    I do like a spot or two, and definitely have a love of stripes as well. Come one spring – looking forward to getting all those lovely spring outfits out!

    • Reply Christine August 27, 2018 at 12:42

      Hi Christine yes I’m with you, can’t wait for spring and the spots and stripes are so fresh. Christine x

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill August 27, 2018 at 13:14

    I love the wrap dress and wrap top – I need some of these in my wardrobe I’ve never heard of Birds Nest so will check them out and start thinking about Summer now it’s on its way! Thanks for the tips Christine.

    • Reply Christine August 27, 2018 at 15:09

      Hi Leanne yes the wrap dresses seem to be very popular and for good reason. Birdsnest is a great Australian site with so many choices! I’m glad you enjoyed the post, thank you for stopping by. Christine x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 27, 2018 at 16:21

      I love a wrap dress too, Leanne and I have seen Birds Nest which has lovely clothes but sometimes out of my price range. Good for ideas though or a quality long term purchase. xx

  • Reply Sue Loncaric August 27, 2018 at 16:24

    Thanks Christine for another inspiring Fashion post. I found that I am a trendsetter as I have a polka dot shirt and some nautical inspired tops – who knew? 🙂

    • Reply Christine August 27, 2018 at 16:32

      My pleasure Sue. I think you are doing better than me with the polka dots and nautical. Too busy loving animal print! I need to get with it! I do have wrap dresses, and I did buy those animal print pants in the athleisure section! Of course!

      • Reply Sue Loncaric August 27, 2018 at 16:32

        Oh I love the animal print pants – can we be twins?

        • Reply Christine August 27, 2018 at 17:22

          We sure can! X

  • Reply Johanna Castro August 27, 2018 at 19:24

    What some fabulous styles and ideas. I love wrap dresses, and probably rely on them in my wardrobe a little too much. I’m going to look out for some nautical garments instead this season. Thanks for sharing my #MLSTL post and commenting – I’ve been so busy with my Mum and her 97 year old partner in England that I’m only just keeping up.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 28, 2018 at 09:32

      I a fan of wrap dresses, Jo. How wonderful that your Mum and her partner are together and have companionship. Although you are busy, I’m sure spending time with you Mum is lovely – I haven’t had a Mum for 32 years and I still miss her. Enjoy the rest of your time together. xx

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl August 27, 2018 at 19:45

    Can’t go wrong with a nautical look!

    So excited that it’s nearly spring and then … SUMMER!

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 28, 2018 at 09:33

      I’m a nautical look fan, SSG and I don’t think it ever goes out of fashion. Yes Summer is on it’s way although in Brisbane I can’t complain as Winters are always mild. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Vanessa August 27, 2018 at 20:02

    If the athleisure comes with elastic waist them I’m sold haha.

  • Reply Candi Randolph August 28, 2018 at 06:24

    I see several looks here that I love…black and white always tops the list, a subtle nautical look is one that I enjoy, and polka dots are such fun!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 28, 2018 at 09:36

      I’m a fan of classic looks, Candi as you really can’t go wrong. I have some similar items in my wardrobe so I’m on trend without even knowing it LOL:)

  • Reply jodie filogomo August 28, 2018 at 09:06

    I love how you say we don’t have to be a slave to fashion. I totally agree (probably not what you’d expect from a fashion blogger, right?). But I do think staying contemporary is important to how we feel and how other’s treat us. Not that you should judge a book by it’s cover, but it’s human nature.
    I was just having a conversation with my mom (the 80+ model on my blog) about trying to push past the always matching idea. Because it’s more modern to add in an unexpected color or neutral. I gave the analogy that you’d think it a little strange if you saw a woman dressed like she lived in the 1950’s. Not that you didn’t like that style at the time, but it’s not modern. And you’d probably think she’s off her rocker—either that or going to a costume party!!! So dressing so we look up to date is kinda important!!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 28, 2018 at 09:37

      I love the message you and your mum send to other women Jodie. So positive and inspiring! Have a great day! xx

    • Reply Christine August 28, 2018 at 16:18

      You are so right in what you say Jodie and I love your blog! Christine x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan August 29, 2018 at 16:29

    How lovely to see your ideas and sharing the wardrobe ideas for the season ahead. I just do not want it getting too hot too soon!
    Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week’s optional prompt for 36/52 is Taking Stock. Denyse

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2018 at 06:54

      No I’m not a fan of the humidity, Denyse which we experience here in Queensland. Have a lovely day and thanks for #lifethisweek. xx

  • Reply Jean | September 2, 2018 at 03:22

    Christine and Sue, great tips here! I love wrap dresses and wrap tops, too, when I can find ones that are not too revealing. Looking forward to checking out your site, Christine. #BloggersPitStop

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2018 at 12:29

      I love wrap dresses as well, Jean as they seem to suit most body shapes, don’t they? Have a lovely week and thanks for stopping by. I’m sure you will enjoy looking at My Private Stylist and getting some ideas. 🙂

  • Reply Elise Ho September 27, 2018 at 10:47

    I love the shirt with stripes and polka dots. It is so fun.

  • Reply Haley March 27, 2019 at 00:46

    I love that polka dot shirt.

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