Top 8 Sundresses For Women Over 50

Posted on 10 August 2021

In the dog days of summer, we tend to look for no-nonsense outfits that will keep us cool despite the warm weather. How do we balance simplicity and comfort without forgetting about fashion? With a sundress, of course! So, what defines a sundress? Googling the word, one comes across a few common characteristics in the dresses that are pictured:

  • Easy to wear all day in warm weather
  • Summery prints and colors
  • Casual yet pretty


A deeper dive into the history of sundresses reveals that Palm Beach designer Lilly Pulitzer helped to popularize the trend in the 1960s. It makes sense that our South Florida neighbor saw the necessity of this effortless summer staple amid our subtropical temps. At Anthony’s, we offer a variety of sundresses in a gorgeous range of colors, silhouettes, and fabrics that you will want to wear all season long. Here, we would like to showcase eight irresistible examples of this timeless dress style for you to add to your wishlist!

1) Striped Primrose Strappy Dress

Luxology Striped Primrose Strappy Dress
Kicking off our list of must-have sundresses is the Striped Primrose Strappy Dress by Luxology. This adorable number has lingerie-style shoulder straps and a high, almost halter-like neckline. It is a breeze to care for the light polyester fabric, which features vertical black and white stripes and a sprinkling of delicate yellow flowers. This dress also has a lining for added coverage and wearability. Pair this short and sweet dress with your favorite bedazzled sandals for a lovely lunchtime ensemble. You’ll be looking prim, proper, and polished in no time!

2) Basic Jersey Dress

MSK Basic Jersey Dress
Made from breathable rayon, the Basic Jersey Dress by MSK is an ideal addition to our sundress roundup. This fashionable solid-colored basic is available in black and “goddess blue,” which are perfect foundations to add extra flair with statement accessories. If you can’t live without a little black dress, the black option is a fabulous choice to add a breezy, summer-appropriate LBD to your wardrobe. The blue-colored variety is great for channeling a Grecian goddess look, especially when coordinated with some strappy gladiator sandals. This dress has the feel of your favorite t-shirt, and it’s just as dependable- you’ll find yourself turning to its understated elegance time and time again!

3) Knotical Coral UPF50+ Sleeveless Dress

Anthony's Resort Wear Knotical Coral UPF50+ Sleeveless Dress

The Anthony’s Resort Wear Knotical Coral UPF50+ Sleeveless Dress is a charming take on the classic sundress. Not only does it offer superior sun protection in the form of UPF50+ technology, but the nautically-patterned fabric is also moisture-wicking and wrinkle-resistant. This sporty sleeveless dress has a zippered mock-neckline, and if you swap out your heeled sandals for a pair of sneakers, this dress can easily go from brunch to the tennis court. Also, if you are looking for the perfect activewear undergarment, the comfortable IBKUL Performance Slip Short is ideal for wearing with this dress for your next tennis match!

4) Circle Tie-Dye Knit Sleeveless Dress

India Boutique Circle Tie-Dye Knit Sleeveless Dress

For our next dress, we are going to India: India Boutique, that is! This brand’s Circle Tie-Dye Knit Sleeveless Dress is sublimely soft and airy, wonderful for staying cool during long, hot summer days. The dress’s bold design features concentric tie-dyed circles in contrasting blues and whites, reminiscent of outwardly rippling ocean waves. Wonderful for going out dancing or even as a beach cover-up, this affordable scoop neck dress has a classic A-line silhouette that you’ll find ever so comfy. For an extra bohemian look, this dress pairs seamlessly with woven sandals and some bangle bracelets.

5) Embroidered Damask Sleeveless Handkerchief Dress

Luxology Embroidered Damask Sleeveless Handkerchief Dress

Luxology makes another appearance on our list with the exquisitely luxe Embroidered Damask Sleeveless Handkerchief Dress. This exotic dress has many unique details, such as an embroidered neckline, intricately printed fabric, and an angular handkerchief hem. Evoking faraway destinations with its damask motif, this Luxology dress will take you places! The cut of the dress is on-trend, with a midi length that falls below the knee. Perfect with kitten heels or even ballet flats, slip this Middle Eastern-inspired sundress on for a beautiful, chic look that can transition seamlessly from day to evening wear.

6) Tide Pool Short Sleeve Casual Dress

Links Tide Pool Short Sleeve Casual Dress

Up next is the cute and practical Tide Pool Short Sleeve Casual Dress by Links that displays an adorable pattern of seashells, starfish, and bubbles. This short sleeve dress lands just above the knee and is ultra-convenient for throwing in your tote along with flip-flops for a day at the beach. Plus, it even has pockets which are great for shell collecting. In 3 bright colors, you’ll be hard-pressed to decide which one to bring for your upcoming ocean adventure. Nice for lounging both at home and the shore, this lovely little pullover dress is constructed of an easy-to-wear, easy-to-care-for cotton blend. High tide or low, you’ll love this Links dress!

7) Polka Dot Blossoms Sleeveless Dress

Tango Mango Polka Dot Blossoms Sleeveless Dress

An Anthony’s customer fave for sundresses for women over 50, Tango Mango certainly deserves a spot on our list, and the Polka Dot Blossoms Sleeveless Dress does not disappoint. In a subtle palette of pink, white, and black, this tank dress displays rosy blooms against a dotted background. With a simple, flattering cut, this floral Tango Mango dress is a wonderful choice for throwing on when you want to look instantly put together. After all, the perfect summer outfit should be as fuss-free as possible. So whether you wear it with espadrille wedges or high-heeled pumps, this sleeveless dress is fabulous for injecting your resort wear wardrobe with some botanical beauty.

8) Jelly Fish UPF50+ Ruffle Dress

Anthony's Resort Wear Jelly Fish UPF50+ Ruffle Dress

Last on our countdown, but definitely not least, the Jelly Fish UPF50+ Ruffle Dress by Anthony’s Resort Wear has the ideal balance of style and substance. With UVA and UVB blocking technology built into its machine washable, pre-shrunk fabric and a dainty triple-tiered ruffle skirt, this deep-sea delight is both stunning and hassle-free. The vibrant jellyfish pattern is truly charming, and the sleeveless design ensures maximum cooling during the hottest part of the day. Wear this dress to a picnic in the park or for a leisurely afternoon of perusing your favorite shop- perhaps even an Anthony’s store!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of some of our favorite sundress offerings. These casual summer dresses are fun to wear for many occasions or even just because! At Anthony’s Ladies Apparel, we are proud to offer a top-notch selection of clothing so you can focus on having your most fun and fancy-free summer yet. So have a blast, and whatever you do, don’t forget to bring your sundress!

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15 comments

  • Delilah: September 14, 2021

    “sundress” by definition is sleeveless and not long. Come on, folks. It’s called top 8 sundresses.

  • Donna: September 08, 2021

    Love Anthony’s brand dresses…material, prints, colors…however the length is too short for me. I am 5’ 9” so they hit above my knees. Not an attractive length for anyone over 60. Please add more length to your great brand of dresses.

  • Marilyn Jones: September 08, 2021

    Any below the knee sundresses?

  • Mary J Schmidt: September 08, 2021

    Need dresses a little longer.

  • Maureen: September 08, 2021

    Also, I LOVE the Habitat designs, especially tops.

  • Maureen: September 08, 2021

    Agree with having more longer length. I’m 71, 5’7", and prefer dresses at the knee, not several inches above. Thanks for listening.

  • Mavene Howard : September 01, 2021

    Everyone mentioned sleeves what about hem length ? None of those women look good . Sorry but ,not many of us can have them above our knees. Why don’t they give them some length .You can’t sit or bend over.
    I think of a cute story my friend and I where at a dressing room . This lady said to us is dress ok . My friend said I guess if you don’t bend over. The lady said that’s no problem I won’t be . She walked off and we just looked at each other smiling . There was no way she could walk or sit in that dress.

  • Marcia: September 01, 2021

    I’m 66 and I still get very hot. No way would I wear a long sleeve in summer!

  • Gail : September 01, 2021

    I am tall and like dresses knee length…most of the dresses are several inches above the knee. I am seventy , 5’10 and would like to see some longer styles, but not mid calf dresses either.

  • Kristin (from Anthony's Ladies Apparel): August 27, 2021

    So great to hear you love the long sleeve IBKUL tops. We just recently got in a long sleeve dress in solid from IBKUL. If you are interested you can see it here: https://www.anthonysfla.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/53000

  • Judy : August 27, 2021

    I love love ibkul long sleeve tops. I agree with women over 50 prefer 3.4 or long sleeves. Please work on bringing these designs and patterns in your next line of dresses.

  • Audrey (from Anthony's Ladies Apparel): August 24, 2021

    We are proud to offer a wide range of dresses at Anthony’s, though the examples of sundresses that we featured in this blog post were only sleeveless and short sleeve varieties. In researching this blog post, the general definition of sundresses that we came across did not typically include 3/4 sleeve or long sleeve dresses. We are always happy to receive customer input and from your comments on this post, we have learned that our customers have a desire to see sundresses with longer sleeves showcased more often. We will certainly do so in future posts on sundresses. We do indeed carry many longer sleeved dresses with UPF50+ sun protection fabric which can be found on here on our website:

    https://www.anthonysfla.com/collections/sun-protection-clothing/3-4-sleeve-dresses

    Thank you to everyone who has commented! Keep reading and keep leaving us feedback!

  • Marlene Neumark: August 24, 2021

    Need sundresses with three quarter sleeve! Covers wrinkles 😂

  • Janet : August 24, 2021

    Many women over 50 will only wear clothes with sleeves; your sun dresses are sleeveless!

  • M. Keffer: August 24, 2021

    I’d like to receive these once a month only

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