2023 Spring & Summer Style Trends | What to Shop, What to Skip

Empty Nest Blessed by Suzy Mighell
woman over 50 standing by brick wall wearing avara lina top

Spring has sprung, and today I’m sharing my comprehensive guide to the 2023 Spring & Summer Style trends with you! This post is a labor of love for me (and my hunky photographer, Bob!) every year, because it takes a lot of time and research to put together! But you tell me it’s one of your favorites every year, so it’s important to me to bring my very best for you!

Accessories are also an important part of spring fashion trends this year. In 2023, colorful, statement jewelry, statement sunglasses, and pop-of-color handbags are all expected to be popular. Colored shoes are a must-have! I’ll be sharing posts on the 2023 Spring & Summer Accessories and 2023 Spring & Summer Shoe Styles you need to know in the next few days, so stay tuned!

Keep reading to find out this year’s must-haves, and this year’s styles that I’m recommending you skip! And know that it may take you a couple of readings to take it all in! That’s to be expected.πŸ˜„ Let’s jump right in, okay? 🌷🌻🌸

2023 Spring & Summer Hot Colors

Pastels are always popular for spring, but this year, we’re seeing a shift towards bolder, brighter, saturated hues. The rule this year? Pick your favorite saturated, bright color, and go for it!


woman standing on front porch wearing pink dress

Pink Flowy Tiered Skirt Dress | Pearl Embellished Sandals (Free shipping/returns) | Pearl Drop Earrings | Pearl Apple Watch Band (Only $13.99!)

The Barbiecore trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon! This joyful, powerful, girly shade is everywhere this season! But if hot pink isn’t your thing, no worries! You’ll see every single shade of pink this spring & summer.

Viva Magenta

Tiered Skirt Tie Waist Midi Dress (40% off) | Nude Sandals | Beaded Hoop Earrings

Did you see my post on Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year? As predicted, it’s everywhere! Check out Viva Magenta handbags, embellished tees, sandals, and more. The dress I’m wearing above is made from a silky fabric that skims over your curves! It’s really spectacular! (And it’s 40% off!) Want to see more of it? Check out THIS REEL on my Instagram!


Look for yellow in statement sunnies, fun sandals, sweet tees, and more!
Suzy’s Pro Tip: Treat pale yellow like a neutral. For a brighter shade of yellow πŸ’›, pair it with trending black and white polka dots to make it pop.


Blue Tiered Skirt Midi Dress | Gold Bow Sandals | Convertible Choker Necklace (25% off with code SPRING25) | PavΓ© Diamond Initial Pendant Necklace | Abbie Strand Necklace in Gold (25% off with code SPRING25) | Crystal Drop Earrings

From cobalt to pastel blue, with a pretty chambray blue in between, you’ll see a lot of blue out there this year! I love the blue sandals that are showing up! Keep an eye out for light-wash denim this spring as well!


woman over 50 wearing avara green randi sweater standing in home office showing 2023 spring & summer style trends

Ruffle Shoulder Sweater (Click HERE for other colors.) | Spanx Stretch Twill Cropped Wide Leg Pants (Darker Color) | Custom LouLou Necklace (Make your own HERE.) | “S” Diamond Initial Pendant | Tory Burch Gold Logo Earrings

Bright, vivid green is popping up as a fresh option this spring! Check out this vibrant hue in swimsuits, blazers, pants, jewelry, accessories, and more!
Suzy’s Pro Tip: When you’re wearing a color this eye-popping, keep the rest of your outfit neutral. Try one of this spring’s trending white poplin tops with a brightly colored pant. Need a good white shirt? I love Chico’s line of No-Iron shirts & tunics!


No Iron Orange Linen Tunic | cabi Button Fly Straight Jeans | cabi Romance Scarf | Similar Orange Block Heel Sandals

If you’re an orange lover, like I am, you’re in luck! You’ll find flattering orange swimsuits, tops, tunics, pants, and blazers. If not, consider adding a pop of orange to your look with a chic handbag or some jewelry.

2023 Spring & Summer Style Trends

As for silhouettes, oversized and relaxed fits are going to remain popular as we continue to prioritize comfort and versatility in our clothing. Look for flowy dresses (often with tiered skirts), wide-leg pants, and oversized blazers, and more!

Flowy Dresses

Woman wearing blue midi dress standing in a garden by a long table
Flowy Dresses are big for spring!

Smocked Top Tiered Skirt Dress | Nude Block Heel Sandals (A classic sandal from Amazon!)

Look for a continued emphasis on feminine, flowy dresses (often with tiered skirts or ruffled hems), along with loose-fitting casual dresses (some with side slits, middle front slits, or off-center front slits).

Elevated Basics

Think classic closet must-have, but with a twist that elevates their style quotient. Look for beautifully styled trench coats, shirtdresses, white poplin button-downs, loafers, Converse Chuck Taylor High Tops, and espadrilles.

Feminine Sleeve Detailing

Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Top (Also comes in black.) | Pom Pom Hem Polka Dot Pants | White Booties

Even on t-shirts, you’ll see lots of puff sleeves, eyelet sleeves, tiered sleeves, and even spring trench coats. My current fave is this puff sleeve Amazon top! It’s business in the front and a (bow) party in the back. Click HERE to see what I’m talking about!

3D Elements

3D Embroidered Poplin Stripe Shirt (Also comes in black.) | White Flare Jeans | Red Pumps

Look for 3D elements, like flowers or designs that protrude from the actual garment or handbag. Look for 3D designs on shirts like the one I’m wearing above, handbags, and more.

Wide Leg Pants

Wide leg pants are here to stay for a while, and we should be so glad. The biggest reason: those wide legs make your waist look smaller! πŸ™Œ Don’t buy any more skinnies right now! Instead, opt for wide legs or flare legs (or, at the very least, Girlfriend style or straight legs).

Polka Dots

Polka Dot Cardigan | Long Sleeve White Tee | So Slimming No Stain White Girlfriend Ankle Jeans | Navy Ruffle Back Booties | Navy Belt

Polka dots are always big in the spring, but this year, they’re everywhere! Look for flowy polka dot tops, button-downs, and cardigans, as well as darling pants, joggers, skirts, and polka dot dresses.

Pom Pom Hem Polka Dot Pants | Tiered Ruffle Sleeve Top | White Booties

Cargo Pants & Jackets

Look for large pockets on cargo style shorts and pants. Also, note that the freshest silhouette in cargo pants is jogger style. (See my look below! πŸ‘‡) Cargo jackets (aka “utility jackets”) are huge this year as a substitute for jeans jackets.

woman wearing neutral outfit from cabi's spring 2023 collection leaning against a brown barn door
Look for cargo-style pants with large pockets!

cabi Compass Pant (Large Pocket Cargo Style Pants) | cabi Duchess Tank | cabi Half Circle Sweater | cabi Utility Belt | cabi Timepiece Necklace | cabi Timepiece Earrings


Don’t panic! 😳🀣 You don’t have to wear a high slit, and it doesn’t have to be at the front! The most modest way to wear this trend is with a side slit that only goes as high up as you are comfortable with it going. πŸ˜„ You’ll find slits in dresses, skirts, jeans, and slacks.

Oversized Blazers

woman over 50 standing by a pool wearing a pink blazer, with a black shirt and pants underneath

Amazon The Drop Women’s Blake Long Blazer (8 color options. See them all HERE.) | Maeve Mock Neck Tank (4 color options. See them all HERE.) | Spanx Perfect Ankle Pants (free shipping/returns) | Sam Edelman Hazel Pointed Toe Pumps (38 color options + free shipping/returns. See them all HERE.) | Kendra Scott Emilie Gold Stud Earrings in Plum Kyocera Opal | Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Lip Gloss

 The oversized blazer trend was big this fall, and it continues this spring, with brighter or lighter shades represented.

Embellished Sleeves

Eyelet Sleeve Ribbed Henley | So Slimming No Stain White Girlfriend Ankle Jeans | Pearl Apple Watch Band | Pearl Drop Earrings (25% off right now with code SPRING25.)

Along with the 3D-embellished sleeves that I shared above, look for lots of simple tops like tees, henleys, and pullovers embellished with eyelet sleeves, puff sleeves, and more. (And check out THIS gorgeous coat with embellished sleeves!)

2023 Spring & Summer Style Must-Haves

White Platform Sneakers

If you’re an empty nester, chances are you really love your sneakers! I live in mine, and even wear them with dresses! The two hottest shoe trends of the year are espadrilles and WHITE wide-soled (platform) sneakers! (THIS pair combines both trends in one shoe!πŸ™Œ)

White Shirt

Look for white button-downs, pullovers, and knits, all with a twist! (I especially love the NO-iron styles at Chico’s this season!)

Something Pink

This year you need something pink. 🌸 And this isn’t just your pink-loving friend telling you this. 🌷 Really. πŸ’— Anything. πŸ’Ÿ Or lots of anythings. πŸŽ€ In any shade of pink. (But the brighter, the better)!

Colored Shoes

Set off your look with colored shoes this year! Whether you prefer Birkenstocks, slides, loafers, wedges, espadrilles, sneakers, or flip-flops, buy a COLOR!

2023 Spring & Summer Styles to Skip

  • Any color you don’t feel pretty wearing.
  • Leggings – I know you have a bunch of them, but yoga pants are a fresher look. (Check out THESE print yoga pants!) Want to start with a safe, black pair? Opt for the flattering high-waist V-WAIST style.
  • Cutouts – I’m not recommending them for women our age. That said, if you like this look and find a style that won’t embarrass your kids if you wear it 🀣, then go for it! πŸ™Œ

I’d love to know what you think about the 2023 Spring & Summer style trends! Drop me a comment and let me know what you’re going to shop, and what you’re going to skip, okay?

Want another look? I’ve put together all of the styles I shared in this post and more in the boutique below. Click on any item you see for details, color options, pricing, and more! And be sure to check out my 2023 Spring & Summer Accessories post and 2023 Spring & Summer Shoes post as well!

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  1. I loved your suggestions, Suzy! This post prompted me to swing into Talbot’s and Chico’s a couple days ago to purchase several new tops for the spring season. With my height and wider shoulders, I was unsure about the poufy and embellished sleeves, but I found several options that are flattering on me. Now I need to give your shoe post a serious look because those espadrilles caught my eye!

    1. Carrie,

      I’m so glad you found my post helpful! Chico’s & Talbots do a great job of translating current styles into wearable looks for women over 50! You’ll find that you can usually count on them to do it well. There are so many wearable styles (of clothing and shoes) for women our age this year!

      Happy Shopping!


  2. Suzy! This is an awesome post! Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to this tribe! I’m so excited for warmer weather and can’t wait to see (and wear) some of these new colors and style!! As always, great job!!

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