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Essential Holiday Wardrobe for Over 50’s

By Sandra Roussy August 25, 2023 Beauty

Are you preparing for your next holiday? Are you going to lounge on the beach with some drinks and a good book for a week? Are you going to explore a few cities in Europe for a month?

You need to prepare for wherever your next vacation holiday takes you. Clothing, footwear, and accessories.

I have created some outfit suggestions for you that are appropriate for each specific holiday.

Going to the Beach?

Beach vacations are very popular for young and old. There is something about having your feet in warm sand and relaxing to the sound of the waves.

Whether you are going to the south of Spain, to a trendy beach in Mexico, or hitting the cool California coast – you need some sensible pieces to pack.

I don’t know about you, but I skip the itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny bikinis and go for swimwear that covers more skin and that is also cute and trendy.

The Basic Black One-Piece

Pack a one-piece black swimsuit that will give you more options to mix and match with a variety of colorful accessories. Wear the same swimsuit, but change the accessories every day.

The Basic Black One-Piece

This ruched bodice one-piece swimsuit has soft wire-free cups, a flattering twist front V-neckline, and tummy-control front lining.

Match it with a colorful caftan cover up, light pink Croc sandals, Michael Kors sunglasses, and a cute charm bracelet.

Want More Coverage?

You can, on the other hand, pack some neutral accessories and several colorful swimsuits. Swim dresses are great if you want to cover up and be comfortable.

swim dress

This swim dress comes in several different patterns and has a lining that shapes and controls. It also is designed with an inside shelf bra and attached full-coverage anti-chafing bike shorts.

Pair it with comfortable and safe Teva sandals, a large beach bag, and trendy Ray Ban sunglasses.

Casual Daytime Exploring

Going to walk around the city and maybe hit a few museums? That means good shoes and comfortable clothing.

Holiday Blues

Shades of blue and denim are easy outfits to put together. Pack white and navy accessories and you’ll be sure that all your clothing items will match.

holiday blues

Add a fun touch to your outfit with an embroidered top, stretch cropped denim pants, and matching runners. Top your look with a large tote, hat, and coordinated scarf.

Tunics + Leggings = Winning Combo

tunic and leggings combo

This tunic top looks great with navy leggings, a soft pink bag, and comfy flats.

Casual Evening

Going out for an evening stroll? Going to a casual lounge to meet some friends? Jumpsuits are always a good item to pack when going on holiday.

casual evening outfit

Cropped printed jumpsuit paired with navy shoes and a casual navy bag.

Semi Formal Evening

Going out for dinner? Long patterned dresses are a great item to bring on holiday for those evenings out.

semi formal evening

A black & white dress paired with a white denim jacket is a perfect holiday look. Accessorize with flats, a black bag, and silver jewelry.  

Heading Out on a Cruise?

Time to spice up your cruising wardrobe.

cruise outfit

A striped top and white cropped pants are a winning combo for a cruise. Pair your ensemble with comfortable navy shoes, a small white purse, and a white sun visor.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Where do you like to go on holiday? What do you pack? What are your favorite stores to shop before you go on holiday? Let us know in the comments below.

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The Author

Sandra is the middle-aged woman you hear about who sheds everything she owns and sets out into the world to rediscover and redefine herself. After more than twenty years spent in the fashion industry designing collections for brands such as La Senza, Victoria’s Secret, and JACOB Lingerie, she shifted her path and pursued her longtime passion for writing, traveling, and photography. Sandra was published in the NY Times best selling book Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. A deeply personal essay hand-picked by Elizabeth Gilbert about loss, facing fears, and going after dreams. Visit her website:

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