Over 50 Feeling 40 in the safari fashion trend for spring 2020

Welcome to What Should I Wear Wednesday!  Today, I am wondering what I should wear to go on a few outings with my grandchildren over Spring Break, which in Texas is March 9 -23 and for me it is all about the safari trend. But,  I am sure some of you noticed immediately I am wearing a HAT!

I have been vocal for a long time about my search for a hat!  I believe long, thick hair made it a problem for so many years, but since I changed my hairstyle there have been more contenders.  But, let’s save the “hat”  talk for later.

First, the decision of what I should wear.  The challenge of spring break is that I want to look “springtime fresh” but so often this time of year is still cold. That is why I am glad to see one of my favorite trends back on the racks for spring.

Pamela Lutrell wears a Vince Camuto hat from Dillards


Harpers Bazaar reported last October that THE SAFARI TREND was on of the top 10 spring/summer 2020 fashion trends. It has hit the racks and fortunately we have many of these pieces already in our closets. 

Here is what to consider if you want to wear Safari:

  1. Safari colors are military green, khaki, cream (not really white), browns, and even black.
  2. The star piece of the safari look is the safari jacket.  It is the workhorse staple for this style in your wardrobe.  It can be worn often and is always in style. The one I am wearing today is from a 2019 collection of Christopher & Banks.  It is a great linen jacket and has the sleeve tabs so I can go up and down with the sleeves depending on the outside temps…so if Spring Break is cooler this year, I am set.  These jackets can top anything including skirts and dresses.  It is an excellent piece for transition from one season to another.
  3. The current safari trends include cargo pants, jodhpurs (have never worn a pair!), creamy jeans, mid-length culottes and khaki slim leg pants.
  4. Animal prints are a big part of 2020 Safari Styles. Many of the current safari looks include at least a hint of animal prints.

Pamela Lutrell shows accessories for Spring 2020 Safari Trend

5. Accessories can be fun as well…like my hat, and Baggallini handbag. Typically, brown leather belts, and sandals or shoes look amazing with safari styles.   I also like the safari styles with sneakers…but lately…I like almost anything with sneakers!  Also, notice I selected a bracelet with elephants on it…keeping with the theme.

Over 50 Feeling for in Vince Camuto from Dillards


When, I went to Dillard’s last week, the manager at The Shops of La Cantera location joined me in the hat department for a try-on party.  They had so many fun hats and, at first, I was leaning a different direction, but when I placed this Vince Camuto hat on my head, Sheri and I both said…That is the one!

My next problem is fear-of-hats-syndrome.  I have discovered that women who get past this fear, love and wear hats often and everywhere.  But, I am new to a hat commitment so it might take me a little while to become a regular hat lady.  The good news is that April in San Antonio is all things hats.  It is our time to celebrate Fiesta, and women of all types, shapes, sizes, ages, cultures, wear hats.  I hope by the time April gets here (I think it takes 3 weeks to create a habit) that I am best friends with my new hat.  I have this hat in the slideshow below and I really do love it.  It also comes in a lighter khaki color.

The hat inspired my safari style today.  San Antonio just may see me out and about next week at the park, or zoo, or park train…it will be great to finally have some additional sun protection from a hat.


“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. ( Maybe he was talking about wearing hats!)

Are there any fashion fears you have had in your lifetime that you actually overcame?  Anyone want to share or share why you love hats?  Please join in…and enjoy today’s slideshow with safari and hats in mind!


We have five and these three guys got haircuts and will be on their way to join the other two for our spring break outing!



By Pamela Lutrell



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