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En español | Here's the truth: Even during “normal” times most 50-plus women don't stay up nights checking runway shows on social media, or know or even care what's going on at Prada, Balenciaga or Gucci. Our spring shopping goals are more about finding a few new everyday basics than wearing leather Bermudas with square-toe python boots. While the coronavirus is top of mind right now, it's OK to give our mood and psyches a lift with some online R&R. Here are 10 things to browse that will do just that:
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1. A polka dot anything
There's something witty and retro about dots. While our spotty favorite — leopard — isn't going anywhere, dots are the new print on the block. They remind us of old-school movie candy, connect-the-dots kids’ games and lollipops. The smaller the dot the more refined the effect; the larger the dot the trendier the look.
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2. Wide-leg crops
No matter what, we always need a good pair of pants. If you love slim crops, wide-leg ankle-crops have the same practical works-with-any-wedge/flat/heel benefits. They're surprisingly flattering on every body shape and size if you pay attention to the proportions and how you wear them. Three musts: Choose a pair that sits at your natural waist and lies smooth over hips, belly and thighs; tuck in your tops for waist definition; and show enough ankle to balance width at the hem. Relax, you've got this!
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3. A sporty tailored skirt
Skirts are back and giving dresses serious competition. If you like a little structure and tailoring but prefer to dress with a casual warm weather attitude, take a look at denim and utility skirts. The best are button-front or A-line styles (the ‘70s influence is not your imagination) that pair with tucked-in lightweight tees, blouses and bodysuits. If you like the firm hold-you-in feeling of shapewear without having to actually wear any, this does it.
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4. A romantic midi skirt
If you're home flipping between news bulletins and getaway historical dramas on Netflix, check out the new batch of flowy skirts embellished with eyelet, tiers and ruffles. They look equally appealing with ballet flats or sandals and the longer length will let you go comfortably bare-legged. Add a simple T-shirt in black or white and your outfit is complete.
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5. A long breezy dress
We still love the way a dress simplifies summer dressing and some of the newest are looser and more relaxed than ever. But let's get practical: A mid-calf or above-the-ankle midi with some shape and definition at the middle is still going to look more polished than a loose A-shape dress. Leave those for weekends and hanging out with friends and family — which we hope to do again soon.
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6. A shirtdress
Do you know how throwing on a tailored blazer makes you feel slimmer and trimmer? The new batch of shirtdresses do the same thing without you having to wear a jacket, thanks to the straight lines and button-front design. Although some feature soft, fluid fabrics and prints, the sharp overall silhouette still works its magic. Just add a low chunky pump or closed-toe wedge for a sophisticated look; slip on slides or mules to take it down a notch.
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7. A boho top
There is a folk theme going on in fashion with hippie-inspired blouses featuring embroidery, smocking, eyelet trim and blouson or bell sleeves. Look for the new square necklines or a split neck with tassels that opens to a V and flatters everyone. If you live in jeans this top's the one that will nudge you to haul out your fringed hobo bag and dangly earrings this summer.
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8. A floral blouse or popover shirt
What's the next big thing after off-shoulder tops and striped boatneck tees? A crop of feminine blouses in fresh floral prints. It doesn't matter if you're a minimalist who only wears neutrals or a casual type who lives in Levi's and a biker jacket — there's a floral for everyone. Tap into your “green” side with a blue floral print.
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9. A pull-on midi skirt
A hint of nostalgia is always a good thing. The new elasticized-waist skirts (a flash from the past) have the ease of leggings but the polish of real-clothes style. Nothing is simpler to wear and these skirts provide a shot of comfort with real style in swirly, sleek A-line shapes or pleats packed with upbeat color and prints.
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10. A sleek, minimalist jumpsuit
If you don't own a jumpsuit yet what are you waiting for? A no-frills one-piece with a tie waist in a dark neutral is cool, slimming and will pivot from errands to weekends and evenings out. The season is right for a one-piece look since — let's be practical again — you won't need to remove top layers like jackets, dusters or cardigans every time you dash to the restroom. A short-sleeve, extended cap or dolman style is what to look for if you prefer a little arm coverage.
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