Want to shake things up? It could be time to try one of summer's hot, new fashion trends. I'm thinking sheer fabrics, eye-catching colors or sexy, ankle straps ... for a start!
That's why I love these six pretty pieces. Besides being trendy, these Boomer-perfect wardrobe inspirations are surprisingly budget friendly.
Dots Sheer Stripe Maxi Dress
Bright orange (I'm still crazy about the color of the year), blue and white stripes on filmy fabric shout summer. A black lining prevents any embarrassing show-through (whew!) while adjustable straps and a self-bra make this maxi especially easy to wear. Add a fedora and you're ready for a long, holiday weekend.
$19.80 at Dots stores
Gaiam Tagua Earrings
Craving color? The Tagua Earrings deliver dazzling hues. These guaranteed head-turners are handmade by fair trade artisans in Ecuador using sustainable tagua, an all-natural seed from locally grown palm trees.
Another winning design from the folks at Gaiam, the earthy tagua accented with double-chain detail on both sides is striking. I've enjoyed pairing my sunset orange stunners with Dots Sheer Stripe Maxi Dress. In addition to upping the fun factor, they're so light I never notice them. No fear of ear tears here. Bonus!
$26 for sunset orange or midnight teal at Gaiam.com
Crocs Sexi Aliana
I got hooked on Crocs last year after trying and LOVING their 70's-influenced Leigh wedges. That's when I realized this foot-pampering brand also offered significant style.
So when I saw the Sexi Alianas' of-the-moment ankle straps, I just had to have them. The white hot Alianas with turquoise beads made a natural choice because they complement so many of my shorts, capris and sundresses.
What's more, these top-rated shoes are meant for walking. A "relaxed fit" means the flexible ankle straps go on and off easily but don't sag. And wearing them during a recent walking tour of Fairhope, AL followed by heavenly hours scouring the outlet mall in nearby Foley kept my feet feelin' fine!
$39.99 for black with purple, oyster (white) with turquoise or espresso with pink trim at Crocs.com
70s Collection Ruffle Dress
They say every room needs a little purple. I'm convinced that's especially true in the closet, where this flirty, feminine style from Luv Designs is a stand-out choice for everything from your day job to drinks with the girls.
Boasting a retro vibe, the chic ruffled, v neck and slim, fitted waist are universally flattering. And who wouldn't love the feel of that super-soft, bamboo cotton fabric? Heels and a clutch make this LPD party perfect.
$42.99 at boutiques
Stella & Dot Belle Fleur Ring
This gunmetal-toned, floral find (shown above and below) from one of my and my girlfriends' favorite jewelry brands provides the perfect finishing touch to your outfit.
The rich look includes pretty petals covered with delicate, hand-set crystals and a glass stone center. Nicely sized, it makes a striking accent even when your fingers are on the shorter side like mine.
$49 at Stelladot.com
Stella & Dot Pippa Stone Earrings
Three stunning, stones (one colorless, one cream and one hinting of aqua) surrounded by shiny 12k gold-plated brass cascade from a 12k gold-plated sterling silver wire. That means even Boomers like my sister Pam (whose ears rebel if touched by anything other than sterling) can enjoy these gorgeous gems.
$49 at Stelladot.com
We'd like to shout out a big "Thank You" to all the brands in this post for providing samples for review and testing.