No matter what else is going on in the world, you’ve got to get up, get dressed and eventually get out. Months at home in laid-back sweats and leggings have us craving real clothes but reluctant to give up on comfort. No problem! Here are 10 tried, true and trendy things to wear now that are — most important of all — flattering on women age 50-plus of every size and shape

  • item 1 of Gallery image New York & Company Tie-Front Short-Sleeve Blouse Old Navy Shirred Raglan Sleeve Top for Women Gap Popver Pocket Shirt in Linen Eloquii Bow Blouse with Flutter Sleeve H&M Tie-front V-neck Blouse Banana Republic Linen Wrap-Front TopPHOTO BY: NEW YORK & COMPANY; OLD NAVY; GAP; ELOQUII; H&M; BANANA REPUBLIC(Top row from left) New York & Company Tie-Front Short-Sleeve Blouse in Sunrise Orange; Old Navy Shirred Raglan-Sleeve Top for Women in Red Print; Gap Popver Pocket Shirt in Linen in Brilliant Yellow; Eloquii Bow Blouse with Flutter Sleeve in Valiant Poppy; (Bottom row) H&M Tie-front V-neck Blouse in Yellow; Banana Republic Linen Wrap-Front Top in Party Pink1. A brightly colored topWhether you’re online or physically on a line (and social distancing), nothing looks more welcoming than a red, pink, orange or yellow top with a friendly vibe. Worn close to the face, a bright top even has a cosmetic effect that warms up our gray, ashy, dull or fatigued skin the way bright lipstick used to do in the days before masks. Choose one with long sleeves like the H&M Tie-front V-neck Blouse in Yellow ($25, hm.com/en_us), Old Navy Shirred Raglan-Sleeve Top for Women in Red Print ($30, oldnavy.gap.com) or Gap Popver Pocket Shirt in Linen in Brilliant Yellow ($60, gap.com); flutter sleeves like the Banana Republic Linen Wrap-Front Top in Party Pink ($50, bananarepublic.com) or Eloquii Bow Blouse with Flutter Sleeve in Valiant Poppy ($50, eloquii.com); or a tie-front short sleeve style like the New York & Company Tie-Front Short-Sleeve Blouse in Sunrise Orange ($40, nyandcompany.com).
  • item 2 of Gallery image Loft Riviera Pants in Crimson Fire Old Navy All New Mid Rise Pixie Straight Leg Ankle Pants for Women in Upper Crust Eloquii Kady Fit Double Weave Pant in Verdant Green Banana Republic Avery Straight Fit Linen Cotton Pant in Neon Coral PinkPHOTO BY: LOFT; OLD NAVY; ELOQUII; BANANA REPUBLIC(Left to right) Loft Riviera Pants in Crimson Fire; Old Navy All-New Mid-Rise Pixie Straight-Leg Ankle Pants for Women in Upper Crust; Eloquii Kady Fit Double-Weave Pant in Verdant Green; Banana Republic Avery Straight-Fit Linen-Cotton Pant in Neon Coral Pink2. Slim tailored ankle pantsWide legs are comfy but trim pants cropped above the ankle always deliver slimming benefits — whether you’re a size 8 or 18, S or 2X. We always think black pants are the magic shape-shifter, but it’s this fit — often in black — that really does all the work. Knowing that, consider adding color or a lighter neutral to your basic black standbys. Styles like the Loft Riviera Pants in Crimson Fire ($70, loft.com), Old Navy All-New Mid-Rise Pixie Straight-Leg Ankle Pants for Women in Upper Crust ($40, oldnavy.gap.com), Banana Republic Avery Straight-Fit Linen-Cotton Pant in Neon Coral Pink ($99, bananarepublic.com) or Eloquii Kady Fit Double-Weave Pant in Verdant Green ($80, eloquii.com) have the necessary structure and slim hip-to-ankle proportions. Pair them with any top from tee to tunic.
  • item 3 of Gallery image Old Navy Slouchy Crotchet V Neck Sweater for Women in Pretty Penny Madewell Marled Seville Pullover Sweater in Golden Plume J Crew V Neck Sweater with Side Buttons in Linen Blend Urban Outfitters U O Lilith Cozy V Neck Top Loft Stitchy V-Neck SweaterPHOTO BY: OLD NAVY; MADEWELL; J. CREW; URBAN OUTFITTERS; LOFT(Clockwise from left) Old Navy Slouchy Crotchet V-Neck Sweater for Women in Pretty Penny; Madewell Marled Seville Pullover Sweater in Golden Plume; J.Crew V-Neck Sweater with Side Buttons in Linen Blend in Sunfaded Aqua; Urban Outfitters UO Lilith Cozy V-Neck Top in Olive; Loft Stitchy V-Neck Sweater3. A relaxed V-neck sweaterSlouchy pullovers with a roomy fit and dropped shoulders look contemporary and solve a bunch of fit issues. The combination of elongating V-neckline, looser shoulder line and swingy or boxy shape drapes easily for less tension at the upper arm and bust, as well as more camouflage at the midriff. Summer versions in viscose and cotton like the Old Navy Slouchy Crotchet V-Neck Sweater for Women in Pretty Penny or Olive Stripe ($35, oldnavy.gap.com), J.Crew V-Neck Sweater with Side Buttons in Linen Blend in Sunfaded Aqua ($80, jcrew.com), Urban Outfitters UO Lilith Cozy V-Neck Top in Olive ($49, urbanoutfitters.com), Loft Stitchy V-Neck Sweater ($65, loft.com) or Madewell Marled Seville Pullover Sweater in Golden Plume ($70, madewell.com) look great over a narrow base of ankle pants and jeans or paired with a pleated or A-line skirt.
  • item 4 of Gallery image H and M Loose Knit Cardigan in Light Yellow Universal Thread Womens Open Stitch Cardigan in Pink Ann Taylor Spaced Cardigan in Foliage GreenPHOTO BY: H&M; TARGET; ANN TAYLOR(Left to right) H&M Loose-Knit Cardigan in Light Yellow; Universal Thread Women’s Open Stitch Cardigan in Pink; Ann Taylor Spacedye Open Cardigan in Foliage Green4. A long, lightweight open cardiganButton-free, knee-length cardigans in airy breathable knits are ideal when you want a little extra coverage without wearing a blazer. The open-front style frames the body to whittle extra curves and pounds at either side of your waist, hips and thighs. Choose a super-light style like the H&M Loose-Knit Cardigan in Light Yellow or Turquoise ($13, hm.com/en_us), Universal Thread Women’s Open Stitch Cardigan in Pink ($28, target.com) or Ann Taylor Spacedye Open Cardigan in Foliage Green ($98, anntaylor.com). Slip it on over a tank, sleeveless dress or tee for chic alternative to a pashmina or shawl on cool days and in air-conditioned spaces.
  • item 5 of Gallery image Sexy Dance Womens Long Sleeve Maxi Shirt Dress in Army Green Lisa Marie Fernandez for Target Womens Small Gingham Button Front Shirtdress in Black White Gap Midi Shirt dress in Linen Cotton in Navy Blue Windowpane Plaid H and M Denim Shirtdress in BlackPHOTO BY: WALMART; TARGET; GAP, H&M(Left to right) Sexy Dance Women’s Long Sleeve Maxi Shirt Dress in Army Green; Lisa Marie Fernandez for Target (Regular & Plus) Women’s Small Gingham Button-Front Shirtdress in Black/White; Gap Midi Shirtdress in Linen-Cotton in Navy Blue Windowpane Plaid; H&M Denim Shirtdress in Black5. A shirtdress
    A tie belt of a shirtdress is a great choice for women age 50-plus if you skip traditional cuts and select updated styles like the Lisa Marie Fernandez for Target (Regular & Plus) Women’s Small Gingham Button-Front Shirtdress in Black/White ($50, target.com), Gap Midi Shirtdress in Linen-Cotton in Navy Blue Windowpane Plaid ($80, gap.com), H&M Denim Shirtdress in Black ($40, hm.com/en_us) or Sexy Dance Women’s Long Sleeve Maxi Shirt Dress in Army Green ($30, walmart.com). Here’s why: Relaxed, blousy shirtdresses — both midi and maxi, with contemporary details like pockets, rollable sleeves, side vents or slits at the hem — make us look modern not stuffy, and we still get the usual benefits of a crisp silhouette and waist definition. What’s not to like?
  • item 6 of Gallery image A New Day Womens High Rise Pleated A Line Midi Skirt in White Loft Striped Pull On Midi Skirt in Burnt Amber H and M Pleated Skirt in Green Loft Stripe Shirred Midi Skirt A New Day Womens Plus Size Leopard Print Pleated Midi SkirtPHOTO BY: TARGET (2); LOFT (2); H&MA New Day Women’s High-Rise Pleated A-Line Midi Skirt in White (top left); Loft Striped Pull On Midi Skirt in Burnt Amber (bottom left); H&M Pleated Skirt in Green (left center); Loft Stripe Shirred Midi Skirt (right center); A New Day Women’s Plus Size Leopard Print Pleated Midi Skirt6. A fit-and-flare skirtMake elastic-waist skirts with a fluted or A-shape and knee-covering hemline your new go-to. Comfy as leggings, there’s no need to tug on Spanx or suck in your stomach, and the proportions work with any untucked top! Skip flimsy thin styles labeled “slip skirt” and choose an A-line style in a substantial rayon or polyester fabric — like the Loft Stripe Shirred Midi Skirt ($70, loft.com) or Loft Striped Pull On Midi Skirt in Burnt Amber ($70, loft.com); or an elegant, modern mini-pleat style like the H&M Pleated Skirt in Green or Dark Beige ($40, hm.com/en_us), A New Day Women’s High-Rise Pleated A-Line Midi Skirt ($28, target.com) or A New Day Women’s Plus Size Leopard Print Pleated Midi Skirt ($28, target.com).
  • item 7 of Gallery image Ava and Viv Womens Plus Size Sleeveless Tiered Sundress in Red Loft Striped Tiered Maxi Dress A New Day Womens Sleeveless Tiered Dress in Dark YellowPHOTO BY: TARGET (2); LOFT(Left to right) Ava & Viv Women’s Plus Size Sleeveless Tiered Sundress in Red; Loft Striped Tiered Maxi Dress; A New Day Women’s Sleeveless Tiered Dress in Dark Yellow7. A tiered print sundressThanks to the when-you-feel-good-you-look-good mode and mood of comfort dressing, along with our elevated body-positive attitude, summer sundresses in festive prints and cheerful colors are making us smile and forget our bare-arms hangups. Just leave the baby doll-trapeze styles be and head for those with wide straps and a fitted bodice for some shape definition, such as the Ava & Viv Women’s Plus Size Sleeveless Tiered Sundress in Red ($35, target.com), A New Day Women’s Sleeveless Tiered Dress in Dark Yellow or Blue ($30, target.com) or Loft Striped Tiered Maxi Dress ($100, loft.com). Then add your favorite sandals, mules, ballet flats or espadrilles. And don’t forget the sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • item 8 of Gallery image Ava and Viv Womens Plus Size Floral Print Short Sleeve Wrap Dress Gap Short Sleeve Wrap Front Dress in Linen Cotton Eva Mendes Collection Brenda Wrap Dress Old Navy Wrap Front Dolman Sleeve Midi Dress for Women Ann Taylor Tropical Toile Flutter Sleeve DrePHOTO BY: TARGET; GAP; NEW YORK & COMPANY; OLD NAVY; ANN TAYLOR(Left to right) Ava & Viv Women’s Plus-Size Floral Print Short Sleeve Wrap Dress in Red; Gap Short Sleeve Wrap-Front Dress in Linen-Cotton in Turquoise Blue; Eva Mendes Collection Brenda Wrap Dress in Orange; Old Navy Wrap-Front Dolman-Sleeve Midi Dress for Women in Bright Coral; Ann Taylor Tropical Toile Flutter Sleeve Dress in Fresh Mandarin8. A wrap dressWhether you go knee-length or midi, a wrap dress never fails us. Tie it snug or casually as you like, but that V-neckline, waist-whittling crossover bust design and wrap skirt give every woman’s body a boost. A good wrap dress can sculpt and lift a large chest or enhance a small one; define a vanishing waist or play up an existing one; and give legs room to sit, cross and move freely. Look for styles with fresh sleeve details like the Eva Mendes Collection Brenda Wrap Dress in Orange ($63, nyandcompany.com), Old Navy Wrap-Front Dolman-Sleeve Midi Dress for Women in Bright Coral ($45, oldnavy.gap.com), Ann Taylor Tropical Toile Flutter Sleeve Dress ($98, anntaylor.com), the Gap Short Sleeve Wrap-Front Dress in Linen-Cotton in Turquoise Blue ($80, gap.com) or Ava & Viv Women’s Plus-Size Floral Print Short Sleeve Wrap Dress in Red ($30, target.com). You can’t beat this for 24/7 versatility — from Zoom conference to work to dinner outdoors.
  • item 9 of Gallery image H and M Linen Blend Jumpsuit in Black Prologue Womens Plus Size Short Sleeve Ankle Length Jumpsuit in Brown Eloquii Soft Utility Jumpsuit in Rusty Brown Everlane The Linen Short Sleeve Jumpsuit in Washed Black Loft Lou and Grey Sandwashed JumpsuitPHOTO BY: H&M; TARGET; ELOQUII; EVERLANE; LOFT(Left to right) H&M Linen Blend Jumpsuit in Black; Prologue Women’s Plus Size Short Sleeve Ankle Length Jumpsuit in Brown; Eloquii Soft Utility Jumpsuit in Rusty Brown; Everlane The Linen Short Sleeve Jumpsuit in Washed Black; Loft Lou & Grey Sandwashed Jumpsuit9. A solid-color, roomy leg jumpsuitBack in 2018 I never thought we’d be jumpsuit fans, but many of us who prefer pants to dresses have made them a closet staple. Obviously there are no decisions about pairing tops and bottoms, but the real appeal is the way a one-piece unifies uneven or generously curved body proportions into one sleek silhouette. This is one instance where wide or at least wider legs — even cropped at the ankle — work well. For a tailored look, choose solid, neutral colors in a button-front style like the Everlane The Linen Short Sleeve Jumpsuit in Tomato, Tawny Brown or Washed Black ($88, everlane.com), Eloquii Soft Utility Jumpsuit in Rusty Brown ($140, eloquii.com) or H&M Linen Blend Jumpsuit in Black ($60, hm.com/en_us). For more of a soft, minimalist style choose a smooth pull-on jumpsuit like the Loft Lou & Grey Sandwashed Jumpsuit ($90, loft.com) or Prologue Women’s Plus Size Short Sleeve Ankle Length Jumpsuit in Brown ($38, target.com) — also available in sizes XS to XXL.
  • item 10 of Gallery image H and M Shawl Collar Jacket in Red Old Navy Linen Blend Blazer for Women in Navy Everlane The Easy Blazer in Cameo Pink Apt 9 Womens Open Front Long Boyfriend Blazer in Beige MauvePHOTO BY: H&M; OLD NAVY; KOHL’S; EVERLANE(Left to right) H&M Shawl Collar Jacket in Red; Old Navy Linen-Blend Blazer for Women in Navy; Everlane The Easy Blazer in Cameo Pink; Apt. 9 Women’s Open-Front Long Boyfriend Blazer in Beige Mauve10. A slouchy blazerWe throw on a blazer to add polish and structure to any outfit, and we probably always will. Count on it to give jeans and a tee a stylish look, to hide a few extra pounds or to elevate an old dress fast. A blazer — like the Everlane The Easy Blazer in Cameo Pink ($128, everlane.com), Apt. 9 Women’s Open-Front Long Boyfriend Blazer in Beige Mauve ($60, kohls.com), H&M Shawl Collar Jacket in Red ($50, hm.com/en_us) or Old Navy Linen-Blend Blazer for Women in Navy ($45, oldnavy.gap.com) — is still an indispensable item. But think a little softer now — maybe a drapey fabric, a shawl collar or 3/4 sleeves or pushed-up long ones. And while black or navy is still essential, think about a blazer in red, cream or pale pink to do all of the above and brighten your looks, too.

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