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Six New Fashion Trends for Summer & Travel

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

Just like last year, there are new spring and summer trends that will look great on most Boomer women, and there are trends that should have seen the delete button long ago.

And, just like you, I have to ask, "What can I wear that will look good on me?"

Sure, I know that Boomers are creative and fun loving, but I also know that many of us are retired or saving up for retirement. We don’t have the same resources we had in the 80s or 90s, so we need to suck it up and look for innovative, inexpensive ways to upgrade our emergence into spring. We just can't afford to blow money on outlandish fads.

Hey, even if a Boomerina is living on a fixed income, she needs to look somewhat hip. But, it’s not enough to know what trends are current; Boomerinas need to know what trends will make them look good.

Spring Trends for Women Over 40 or 50

As always, I am giving you advice based on what looks good on the average chick (or on me). However, you know your own coloring, your own body, and your own preferences better than anyone, so don’t buy something just because I like it. And, with that in mind, here are my six favorite trends for spring and summer 2012.

1. Polka Dots

In the late 60s, I shunned polka dots as being too cutesy, too cheerleadery, too Barbie. But, I’ve learned to love them again, unconditionally. Let me count the ways:

  • Polka dots are youthful, but they look apropos on women of every age.
  • Polka-dotted designs can be found in orderly patterns as well as in helter-skelter, randomized prints.
  • Polka-dotted fabric can be considered (almost as) a solid, which makes spots easy to pair up with other prints and patterns.
  • A polka dot scarf is a cheap, sneaky way to draw attention away from any “bad” areas of your body.

2. Color Blocking
There are two ways to play with the color-blocking trend. The first way is to buy a dress, top, purse, or pair of shoes that is color blocked in two or three hues. The second way is to use solid, brightly colored sweaters, skirts, jackets, tops, etc. and pair them in fiercely unique ways. However, the most important thing is to limit your color choices to three or less, so you don’t look like Bozo. Also, you should make sure that:

  • You don’t have two high-contrast colors meeting at the fattest part of your body or at any section that you don’t want as a focal point.
  • You wear your most flattering color next to your face.
  • The colors have the same intensity. Exceptions can be made for neutrals.
  • You don’t look like you are wearing your daughter’s (or granddaughter’s) outfit.

3. Peplum Accents

Peplums can be fabulous or they can be tricky, but if they hit you just right and they look balanced with the rest of the outfit, peplums can:

  • Balance broad shoulders or big bozooms.
  • Make your waist look smaller.
  • Make pencil skirts look truly feminine.

4. The Color Orange or Tangerine

I love orange, but it’s not my best color, so I keep it away from my face. What I like about orange is that it jazzes up almost any other color and brings some fizz to any outfit. However, if orange makes you look like an extra from Night of the Living Dead, try wearing an orange handbag, a pair of orange shoes, or an orange cardigan (or dress) with a pink scarf around your neck. Orange is an extra hip hue for punching up the color-block trend.

5. Diaphanous Whites

Don’t freak. Diaphanous just means sheer. Well, you know me...I love sheer cardigans and tops that float over camis and camouflage budding bulges. Who wouldn’t?

Sheer (or lacy) fabric is sexy without being revealing. So, wear your diaphanous white garments with all-white outfits or over clothing of any color. Actually, you should buy sheer over-garments of any diaphanous color that looks good on you. Who knows what they’ll try to make us buy next spring? Sheer garments might be harder to find later on.

6. Graphic Floral Fashion

When I think of graphic floral prints, an updated version of Marimekko comes to mind. And, doesn’t that sound totally rock-n-roll sixties to you? Check out Kate Spade's graphic florals. Her dots and the stripes are very cute, too, but I’m one Boomerina who might be overpowered by her wide awning stripes. However, I know a few chickadees who would look adorable in them, and I love how all the patterns mix and match. Bravo, Katie Baby.

These six spring trends are my personal favorites. And, I think that most women of any color, shape, or age can wear them. Of course, the devil is in the details…and the most important details are still: color, fabric, and fit.

More Articles for Baby Boomer Women:

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How to Wear Leggings If You're Over 40 or 50

Chic Polka Dot Clothing for Women: The New Black (and White)

Best Swimsuits for Women Over 40 & 50

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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