With Memorial Day long past and Father's Day looming, it's high time to switch into summer fashion mode. But whether you're concerned about "dressing your age" or just too wise to cede to the mercurial demands of current fashions, the revealing styles of the summer months can be a challenge for women over 50. So we've asked our style experts Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo from Visual Therapy to identify some classic warm-weather pieces that every woman over 50 can fall back on for elegance and function throughout the summer months.

They drew our attention to timeless accessories that serve multiple purposes, such as the bright pashima that not only lends a splash of color to an outfit but can double as a shawl in overly air-conditioned indoor spaces, as well as the staples, updated for summer, such as cropped pants. (We acknowledge there has been some debate over the cropped pants issue, but if you find the right pair...).

Check out the slideshow below for 15 pieces for summer fashion over 50.

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  • 1. Safari Jacket

    Conceptualized by Yves St Laurent for the modern woman, the pockets come in super handy for travel; tickets, smartphone, etc. Very chic in khaki or white. Image: <a href="http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=45420&vid=1&pid=462729" target="_hplink">Banana Republic Linen-Cotton Safari Blazer, $130 </a>

  • 2. Crisp White Shirt

    A fitted, crisp white shirt is a classic staple for any summer wardrobe. Roll up the sleeves and pop the collar ala Katherine Hepburn for a fresh modern look. Image: <a href="http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=78054&vid=1&pid=890013&scid=890013012" target="_hplink">The Gap Perfect Oxford Shirt</a>, $49.95

  • 3. Skinny Cropped Khaki

    A skinny, cropped and stretchy pant that will take you from run-around with flats to dinner with a high-heel sandal. Perfect in black, white and khaki. Image: <a href="http://www.theory.com/white-cropped-pant/C0404202,default,pd.html?dwvar_C0404202_color=100&start=12&cgid=womens-pants" target="_hplink">Theory Yanette Stretch Canvas Cropped Pant</a>, $225.50

  • 4. Nautical Striped Tee

    What's more classic than a navy and white nautical stripe for summer? It's still a huge trend and great on it's own or under a blazer or cardi. You can go with the sophisticated model pictured -- the Saint James® Minquiers III Tee, $75.00 -- by <a href="http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/knitstees/longsleevetees/PRDOVR~84486/84486.jsp" target="_hplink">www.jcrew.com,</a> or check out the $7.99 version at <a href="http://www.oldnavy.com/products/womens-tees-sale.jsp" target="_hplink">www.chicos.com.</a>

  • 5. Summer-Weight Scarves In Color

    A splash of color around your face brightens your complexion and lends individuality to your style. Wear around the neck or use as a shawl during the battle of the AC. Image: <a href="http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.item.A223672.desc.Solid-Wrap-Scarf-with-Detachable-Flower-Pin-by-VT-Luxe?&cookie=set" target="_hplink">QVC Solid Wrap Scarf with Detachable Flower Pin by VT Luxe</a>, $27

  • 6. Pastel Cotton Cardigan

    Wear with sleeveless tops and dresses. Completes the look and provides coverage for the arms. Pastels have made a comeback - soft and feminine and the perfect update to your summer wardrobe. Image: <a href="http://www.anntaylor.com/ann/product/AT-Apparel/AT-Sweaters/Cotton-Blend-V-Neck-Cardigan/275426?colorExplode=false&skuId=10693490&catid=cata000011&productPageType=fullPriceProducts&defaultColor=1317" target="_hplink">Ann Taylor Cotton Blend V-Neck Cardigan</a>, $68.00

  • 7. Lady Dress

    A shift dress is an easy breezy solution to one piece dressing. A must-have for summer. Image: <a href="http://www.zappos.com/product/8022278/color/8175?zfcTest=fw:1" target="_hplink">Ellen Tracy Kenya Shift Dress</a>, $98

  • 8. Straw Fedora

    From the city to the beach, hats not only make a statement but they also protect you from the sun. A straw fedora is a chic way to top off your look. Image: <a href="http://www.target.com/p/mossimo-supply-co-straw-fedora-yellow/-/A-13896088" target="_hplink">Target Mossimo Supply Co. Straw Fedora - Yellow</a>, $12.99

  • 9. Peeptoe Espadrille Wedge

    Can be worn with everything from shorts to crop pants to a dress. They are comfortable and give you height. Keep it neutral, as this will elongate your legs. Image: <a href="http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=372476&locale=en_US&kwid=1&sem=false&sdReferer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.piperlime.com%2Fproducts%2Fespadrilles.jsp" target="_hplink">Baja by Mia Limited Edition at piperlime.com</a>, $109.00

  • 10. Canvas Tote

    Everyone knows totes are a must for summer, but this summer, keep it bright. Pick your favorite color and go for it! Image: <a href="http://www.target.com/p/pink-straw-stripe-tote/-/A-13975783" target="_hplink">Target Pink Straw Striped Tote</a>, $34

  • 11. Floral Printed Blouse

    This essential is a whimsical and ethereal change from the usual basics. Try layering a sleeveless blouse under a cardigan as an alternative to a business or special occasion look. <a href="http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/us/en/zara-us-S2012/189508/825853/PRINTED%2BTOP%2BWITH%2BELASTICATED%2BWAIST" target="_hplink">Zara Printed Top With Elasticated Waist</a>, $49.90

  • 12. A Pendant Necklace

    Worn alone or layered with other necklaces, a statement pendant will give you a finished and sophisticated look. Wear with a white shirt for day, or your go-to summer cocktail dress for evening. Image: <a href="http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.CM_SCID.coll.item.J266544.desc.Faceted-Crystal-Enhancer-on-Fancy-Chain-by-VT-Luxe" target="_hplink">QVC Faceted Crystal Enhancer on Fancy Chain by VT Luxe</a>, $39.82

  • 13. The Printed Caftan

    Modern, bold, and on trend. No longer limited to the beach or poolside, this has become a must-have item. A mid-length caftan can be worn as a tunic with skinny cropped pants or as a summer dress and is perfect for special occasion or entertaining. Image: <a href="http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.CM_SCID.coll.item.A223632.desc.Abstract-Animal-Print-Caftan-by-VT-Luxe" target="_hplink">QVC Abstract Animal Print Caftan by VT Luxe</a>, $41.12

  • 14. Long, Flowy Skirt

    Effortless and chic, a long flowy skirt with a simple top is a great casual daytime look. Make this cool and easy look your summer uniform. Image: <a href="http://www.anntaylor.com/ann/product/product%3A282703/AT-Modern-Dance/Ballet-Maxi-Skirt/282703?colorExplode=false&skuId=11111511&catid=cata000016&productPageType=fullPriceProducts&defaultColor=5643" target="_hplink">Ann Taylor Ballet Maxi Skirt</a>, $178

  • 15. Crossbody Bag

    Lightweight, comfortable, and secure. When you just want to carry the essentials and need to get around hands-free. Great for travel or day-to-day running around. Image: <a href="http://www.colehaan.com/colehaan/catalog/product.jsp?catId=100&productId=566930&productGroup=396416" target="_hplink">Cole Haan Village Sheila Crossbody</a>, $198.00