June 3, 2023


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We’re in Our 50s and Think These 9 Casual Dress Trends Work for Everyone

Janet Gunn is the inspiring influencer behind The Grateful Gardenia. Originally from Texas, the 58-year-old style guru is now settled in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and dog, Buster. She’s worked as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, flight attendant, actor, jewelry designer, and beyond. In other words, she has a ton of experience and an equally cool personal style. Melissa Meyers is a Los Angeles–based influencer with a focus on beauty, style, travel, and wellness. Her blog, The Glow Girl, aims to empower women to embrace the best version of themselves, age gracefully, and cultivate a glow from the inside out. Oh, and don’t forget to follow them at @janetgunngratefulgardenia and @melissameyers.

Over-50 fashion influencers Janet Gunn and Melissa Meyers know what’s up in the sartorial department. No, age should have nothing to do with your style choices, but their specific point of view is always of interest to us given their experience testing out a range of looks over the years. Today, we thought we’d tap the duo for their feedback on the chicest summer dress trends that they swear by personally and think could really work for anyone given the timeless and versatile nature of the silhouettes.

So if you’re shopping at the moment or simply want a bit of summer fashion inspiration to note for now or later, keep scrolling for the casual dress trends Gunn and Meyers rely on to create their effortless looks—complete with product recommendations as well. 

1. Floral Dresses

“Nothing says springtime like a pretty floral print. Whether out enjoying some fresh air or staying inside the home, we both live in this style.” — Gunn and Meyers

Wearing: Astr the Label dress

Who What Wear Floral Print Sleeveless Ruffle-Print Dress ($25)

H&M Linen-Blend Dress ($35)

Stella Jean One Shoulder Dress ($795)

Mango Printed Long Dress ($80)

2. White Dresses

“So versatile and so on-trend for 2020, a white dress always looks clean and fresh.” — Gunn and Meyers

Tach Clothing Capri Dress ($187)

ASOS Broderie Tiered Maxi Dress ($76)

Reformation Bronte Dress ($128)

Free People Violet Minidress ($108)

3. Breezy, Printed Dresses

“A warm-weather favorite, pair this dress with a sandal or wedge for an easy, breezy summertime style.” — Gunn and Meyers

Wearing: Natalie Martin dress

Topshop Floral Print Tiered Satin Slipdress ($75)

lemlem Tier Dress ($276)

Madewell Cami Tie-Strap Sundress ($95)

Violeta by Mango Dress ($130)

Natalie Martin Dress ($268)

4. Midi Dresses

“Wear this popular dress length that falls between a mini and maxi with a wide-brim hat and a chic pair of flats for a cool look.” — Gunn and Meyers

Wearing: Ulla Johnson dress

ASOS Curve Midi Tea Dress ($60)

Topshop Floral Print Short Sleeve Midi Dress ($38)

Treasure & Bond Asymmetrical Button Linen Blend Midi Dress ($79)

5. Wrap Dresses

“A wrap dress is so sleek, and we love how it accentuates the waistline.” — Gunn and Meyers

Wearing: Natalie Martin dress

H&M Wrap Dress ($40)

Who What Wear Sleeveless Dress ($37)

Ganni Wrap Dress ($265)

Fe Noel Wrap Dress ($548)

& Other Stories Voluminous Wrap Midi Dress ($149)

6. Slip Dresses

“The perfect dress to slip into when the temps start to climb. Throw on with sneakers or wear with cute sandals.” — Gunn and Meyers

Wearing: Hark+Hammer dress

Opt Gywenth Dress ($115)

Charlie Holiday Bassk Slip Dress ($109)

Reformation Crimini Dress ($128)

7. Kaftans

“Reminiscent of a beachside vacation in a foreign land, wear a kaftan on its own after a day of sunbathing or over a bathing suit as a cover-up.” — Gunn and Meyers

Wearing: Natalie Martin kaftans

H&M Cotton Kaftan Dress ($20)

Melissa Odabash Kaftan ($294)

Eres Kaftan ($415)

8. Short Summer Dresses

“Whether worn with a flat or a heel, a short dress always screams fun.” — Gunn and Meyers

Wearing: LoveShackFancy dress

Reformation Orangerie Dress ($218)

Eloquii Puff Sleeve Square-Neck Dress ($110)

Madewell Cami Dress ($90)

9. Maxi Dresses

“It’s easy to go with the flow when wearing this full-length style.” — Gunn and Meyers

Wearing: Banjanan dress

Astr the Label Sophronia Floral Print Maxi Dress ($128)

Eloquii Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress ($150)

Never Fully Dressed Lucia Dress ($124)

Loveshackfancy Jessie Dress ($395)

Next, check out the WFH outfits Gunn and Meyers swear by.

Please note that many of the photos featured here were taken prior to social distancing. 

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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