How to Be Fashionable after Sixty

If you or someone you love is a over 60…. then please read this…

Just because you are of a certain age that DOES NOT mean you can’t be stylish. Yes, our youth obsessed culture will have you think that everyone over the age of 30 should either a. dress like Miley Cyrus or b. wear horrible mommy jeans and Christmas sweaters. Yes, we know, many trends are geared for the younger generation (very few people over the age of 14 can wear neon leggings), but it’s the seasoned fashionista who can exude real style. If you’ve crossed the 60-year mark and still want to keep it poppin’, here’s some tips on how to do it.



 

Here are my tips on being fabulous regardless of your age

Please throw out the following:

  • Floor-length floral printed dresses
  • Muumuus (unless they are for lounging around the house)
  • Long (ankle length), unstructured, A-line skirts
  • Elastic-waisted pants that make everyone look like a balloon
  • Unstructured pants and suits
  • Large, oversized t-shirts
  • Khaki/mauve-colored grandma flats
  • Unstylish jumper-type dresses (usually made of khaki or jean material)
  • Sweaters with embroidery, appliques, etc (especially christmas sweaters)

Then start re-building your wardrobe. The easiest first step is to go the monochromatic (ie wearing one, simple color like blue, red, green, black, white, khaki,etc) route. which will make you look slimmer and classic. Now monochromatic doesn’t mean boring or boxy, just means keeping it simple.

Clothes for Older Women

Carolina Herrera

Take a look at fabulous women over sixty like Susan Sarandon, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, and you will notice that they keep the patterns to a minimum, tending to focus more on wearing solid colors. If you do decide to wear a pattern, keep it simple and consistent

Nothing Like a Great Accessory

One area that older women always seem to get wrong is in the accessories department. Don’t wear your entire jewelry box, but focus on one wearing one standout piece at a time. Also, don’t be afraid to wear trendy accessories. By keeping your wardrobe basic, you can add trendy accessories without looking like you’re trying to “be young”. Stores like Target, Forever 21, Mango, Zara, H&M, are all great places to find accessories without going overboard with spending.

Denim looks fabulous on older women and yes, older women can wear jeans.

I’m not taking about low rise, hootchie mama denim jeans, but a nice pair of trouser cut, straight leg or wide leg jeans look fabulous on older women. If you’re a bit larger on the bottom, try a trouser cut or boot cut jean, the flare will help draw attention away from your mid section and give you a slightly taller look, which is important as you get older. Also look for jeans with at least 2% spandex/lycra content– this will allow the jean to stretch to fit you and help to control any problem areas. Some brands to try- Gap, Banana Republic, Levi, Seven, UNIQLO, and Mossimo at Target.

old navy skinny

If you’re a bit smaller on the bottom, then yes (gasp), you’re a perfect candidate for straight leg or skinny jeans (even if you have a bit of tummy). For those of you with a bit more of a tummy, try skinnies from brands like Old Navy and New York and Co as they have a bit higher rise (which will help it sit better on your waist).

Also, if you have gray hair, the dark navy color of the jeans really set off the gray in your hair. Pair the jeans with a bright colored tee from a store like old navy or a fitted sweater. But please, for all that is fashionable and good in this world, avoid wearing denim from head to toe.

Wear Color, Lots of Color

Comments

  1. lucie blake says

    not all older women are frumpy.
    we hunger for styles that compliment a slightly thicker waist line
    other then a mumu.
    bring it on. we need role models, and Goldie Hawn fits the bill

  2. Maryanne Marttini says

    Looks like I am following your advise. I always think about dressing my generation, I am a 69 year old Baby Boomer, proud and healthy.

  3. jeanne says

    How about those of us who are over 60 and 175 lbs.? It’s almost impossible to find well fitting clothes when we have rolls. Thanks

  4. says

    There are things on that get rid of list that work for me so I have to disagree with you. I think of reaching 60’s as being liberating…no more of this dress to impress mentality. I am way beyond caring what is in style or what outfit might get me approval. I would much rather you notice my smile and headful of natural curls. And then I would love to have a great conversation with you!

  5. Marina torres says

    I like your information. I am 63 and very active and a good shape, but I want to dress up accordingly. Great ideas!

    Thanks.

  6. Ann Boyd says

    Thank you. Thank you! When working, I had no problem in choosing clothes and being stylish. BUT dressing casually at 70 has really stumped me so I am positively delighted to have discivered you and your fantastic hints! Thank you! Thank you!

  7. says

    Really interesting blog, thanks for sharing this kind amazing information about How to Be Fashionable after Sixty. I am sure this information very helpful for after sixty women.

  8. says

    What a great post. Older women could really use more advice and encouragement to always strive to be confident and love how they look no matter what age.

  9. Teri says

    Thank you for this wonderful advice! My shoulders are 1 and 1/2 size smaller that my hips. Fitted shirts are difficult to find – that aren’t too tight around the middle or too big at the top. Any suggestions on stores or brands?

  10. ShebaBarb says

    A nice article. I am 65 and trying to learn how to dress casual without looking like a worn out frumpy older woman or a older woman trying to be young. I have lost some weight but trying to gain some of it back. I actually feel better with some weight versus being the size I am now. I think wearing jeans from head to toe is okay unless it’s too tight and depends on where you are wearing it to.

  11. Arlene says

    I almost fell out of my chair! FINALLY, a website, any-kinda site, a blog. something for those of us who are over 60!!!!! I must remark before I read on…thank you, thank you and thank you. I’m 64 (turning 65 in July); 4’10 and 109 (the 9 lbs. landing in my “upper” tummy area. I have found Style&co. jeans from Macy’s work well for me; however, I’m going to try the stores/sites you have suggested too. Ha! You have just gained a brand new best friend (pest, follower, student, needy-for-your-info)! I’ll be back, for sure; now to continue reading……

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