They’re comfortable, they’re stylish, and they make getting ready on warm, humid days a breeze — yep, were talking about the best sundresses for women over 50! We’ve rounded up 12 gorgeous dresses that you can easily slip in and out of, whether you live in a sunny climate or are packing for your next vacay.
How to Find the Best Sundress for Your Body Type
Not sure what style of sundress will flatter your particular body type? Keep reading to find out which dresses will make you look— and feel — your best.
Shift Dress: With a silhouette that falls straight from your shoulders without nipping in at the waist, the straight lines and slightly looser fit of a shift give it a flow that makes it ideal for apple-shaped body types. If you have a wide torso, broad shoulders, and a full bust, with thinner legs, arms, and hips, a shift dress will look great on you!
Sheath Dress: One of the most elegant sundress options is the sheath. Much like a shift, it features long lines to help elongate the body, but sheath dresses accentuate the midsection and are more form-fitting than a shift dress. They look best on hourglass or heart-shaped body types, as this cut highlights curves.
Wrap Dress: You can never go wrong with a good wrap dress. This iconic design first hit the market in 1974 courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg‘s innovative mind. Made to define the waist and enhance your natural curves, it’s one of the best sundresses for hourglass, boxy, heart, and pear-shaped body types. In fact, it’s widely regarded as the most flattering dress cut around, since the style works on practically everyone.
Fit-and-Flare Dress: Like its cousin, the wrap dress, fit-and-flare sundresses feature a nearly universally-flattering cut. With a cinched waist and a flared skirt to play up curvier body types, these dresses lend illusion of an hourglass shape to anyone who wears one.
Sundresses in all of the above cuts come in a vast array of different materials, colors, and fabrics, making them suitable for nearly any occasion. Whether you want to stay cool but still look professional at work, or just throw a casual summer dress over your bathing suit, we’ve got you covered. Scroll down to shop Woman’s World’s picks for the best sundresses for women over 50!
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Why we like it:
- Loose and flowy
- Available in plus and petite sizes
Grab this gorgeous sundress while you can! It’s currently on clearance at Anthropologie, and available in limited colors and sizes. We love it in yellow, but it’s also available in light blue or green, which are equally lovely choices. Plus, it’s lined — so it’s not see-through. Made from subtly tie-dyed viscose, which is machine-washable, this sundress comes in plus sizes up to 3X, as well as a full range of petite sizes. Pair it with a slouchy cardigan, as it’s styled here, and you’ll be able to wear it from spring right through till fall!
Proming review: “This dress is super refreshing. I love it! The fabric is soft, comfortable, and light, yet thick enough to not to see through. It’s a beautiful shade of yellow … perfect for spring and summer.”
Anthropologie Gathered Maxi Dress
Where to buy: $168, Anthropologie
Available in three vibrant prints, as well as classic black, this sundress is our favorite way to add a pop of cheerful color to any day. We love the hidden pockets, and the flared hem and elegant V-neck dress up the casual cotton (it's machine-washable!) just enough. We say, why not get one in every color?
Saturday/Sunday Tatum Mini Dress
Where to buy: $118, Anthropologie
If you're looking for a cool and casual white dress for summer, look no further! This one from Anthropologie is the one. With convenient front pockets and effortless pullover styling, it's easy to wear and easy to love. Floral details and a V-shaped overlap in the back give this breezy dress a sophisticated touch, and best of all, it's machine washable.
Talbots Paisley Tiered Midi Dress
Where to buy: $53.99, Talbots
With a fun paisley print, a long cut, and a flattering, belted waist, this casual everyday dress is just what you’ll need to soak up the sun in style. Its breathable cotton and modal blend fabric will also feel great against your skin.
ModCloth Instant Energy Faux-Wrap Dress
Where to buy: $69.99, ModCloth
This breathable, lightweight cotton sundress features a cheeky sunglasses print, pockets, and a faux-wrap styling that's flattering and easy to wear. With its fit-and-flare style, it's a little bit retro and a lot adorable! Machine washable and fully lined, this might become your favorite casual summer party dress.
Ellos Tie-Sleeve Dress
Where to buy: $43.90, Woman Within
If the sweet floral pattern of this modern, country-chic dress wasn't enough to make you fall in love with it, the button-down front and dainty sleeve-tie details will. It hits right at the calf, so you won't have to worry about embarrassing moments caused by strong gusts of wind. Comes in inclusive sizing that ranges from sizes 10 to 28, in navy or classic red prints.
BB Dakota Apple of My Eyelet Cotton Halter Dress
Where to buy: $119, ModCloth
Nothing says summer like a white dress, and this fit-and-flare eyelet beauty is perfect for a picnic or backyard BBQ. With a halter neckline and a sleeveless silhouette, it's flattering and just a little bit flirty. Made of 100 percent cotton, with a polyester liner for modesty, this one is dry-clean only, zips up the back, and doesn't have any stretch — so pay attention to the sizing chart to pick out the right fit! (Luckily, ModCloth offers free returns and exchanges in case you need to size up or down.)
Loveapella Knit Maxi Dress
Where to buy: $68, Nordstrom
When you're on vacation, plans can change fast. To look your best at a moment's notice, reach for this über-versatile stretch-knit dress. Designed with a deep, rounded V-neckline and a full swishy skirt, it's the ideal choice for staying comfy no matter where your vacation may lead you, be it a stroll on the beach or a romantic meal a deux.
Talbots Scattered Floral Tie Midi Dress
Where to buy: $77.99, Talbots
Between its flutter sleeves, sash-tie waist, button-down bodice, and pockets (yes, pockets!), this timeless Talbots’ flowy chiffon midi frock is perhaps the prettiest sundress of the bunch. It’s also lined for modesty, so you’re sure to feel both classy and confident while wearing it.
Michael Stars Anya Off-the-Shoulder Dress
Where to buy: $198, Nordstrom
We're head over heels for the flirty, off-the-shoulder neckline and elastic waist that pair together in this Michael Stars Anya dress. It covers up your arms and legs for a modest-yet-intriguing look, and has a 100 percent cotton fabric that make it a breeze to wash in the machine. In addition to red, it's available in white, blue, green, and light pink.
Soft Surroundings Suri Dress
Where to buy: $108.95, Soft Surroundings
You'll be a vision in ivory (or navy, or black) in this stunning lace dress. Made from a lightweight cotton, this embroidered wonder will keep you cool all evening long, no matter where the evening takes you. When you're ready to take it off, simply throw it in the wash to get it ready for your inevitable next wearing.
MICHAEL Michael Kors Chambray Belted Dress
Where to buy: $165, Michael Kors
Lighter than denim but with the same easy-going vibe, this chambray dress is just what you’ll need to head out the door in a hurry for errands. Slits at the sides and front allow for extra airflow — a key feature when seeking a great sundress — and it’s machine washable for convenient cleaning. You can also cinch the self-tie belt as tight or as loosely as you like for comfort.
Camisunny Paisley Dress