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 Herrara against white backdropTake 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.

 

oldnavyskinny-337x450If 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.

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!

    • says

      Bravo! to Debbie!
      I also want to look like a woman, and wear flattering clothes as they did in the forties. You can’t find a decent skirt, dress, only ugly tight fitting pants. Skirts so short they are embarrassing, and if the women wearing them do not feel embar rassed, I feel it for them. Men do not like unfeminine women. The more indecent you dress the more they use you and disrespect you, they cast you aside and try to find what they are truly are looking for. They like women with soft voices, genteel, have a brain so they can carry on an intelligent conversation, with tenderness and loving in the most pure and innocent way.
      Can you find that today? No , not very many exist.
      They have lost a great deal in banishing truly flattering clothes. Women trying to be men. Also they have lost the dignity and the nobleness that God gave women.
      These styles are sickening and make me sick. Everybody wants to be a man these days, unshaven, sloppy and crude. You can have it. Wild hair cuts , some not even caring to tend to their hair, and they do not care how they look at all. Quite unbelievable that the so called modern generation can no longer think for themselves. The word for today is Slobs!
      Women modeling these clothes always look like they do not know how to stand, walk or sit in a dignified manner. They hold their legs in awkward positions as if they have some unidentifiable defect. Too bad, Class for women is gone.
      Thrift stores offer more opportunities than any of the fashions we see in today’s store. Today’s fashions are against women. They have been this way since the sixties. The sad part of all of this is that they believe everything the designers tell them. Ridiculous!

  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……

  12. Ramona says

    I also am 69. I want to dress stylish but when I look at all the magazines and web sites they seem to really address younger women more than anyone else. I wish there were more mid range priced things for older women and more accessible to the public. More advertisements so we know where to shop.

  13. Ramona says

    I agree with the last comment so much. That comment was exactly what I was trying to say. I either have to look on vintage sites or used stores. I just wish the magazines would offer more clothes for modern seniors. I don’t want a short skirt nor do I want one that goes to the floor. Just normal clothes for normal people. There is a whole market that is being over looked .

  14. Connie says

    I’m a healthy, active, 64 year-old. I’m 5’3″ so often find clothes in the petite section, but it’s a challenge. Choices are usually limited and everything “matches” or is in floral/pastels that make me feel like I belong in an Easter basket. I’ve become VERY selective about the styles I choose. My wardrobe mainstays are good fitting jeans (blue and black), slacks in neutral colors, two black skirts (one for day/business and a long one for evening), an assortment of nicely tailored shirts (in a variety of fabrics) and tops that can be layered underneath, and a grey blazer. I shopped and shopped to find slacks and jeans that looked right. Now that I know the brands that work for me, I rarely look elsewhere. With a variety of accessories it seems I have lots more clothes and feel like I”m always “put together.” Tailored shirts are available in any color you can imagine. A silk shirt tied in front and worn over a white tank looks great with jeans. Trade the jeans for a long black skirt and some funky jewelry for an evening out.

  15. says

    Wonderful article. I’m 70. Although I can afford new clothes, I sometimes shop the Goodwill Stores just to look for good “classic” styles. If the label says “Ralph Lauren” it’s even better!

  16. Bonnie Smelser says

    I need to wear skirts in my profession. Pencil skirts are great for my figure, but the problem is what to do about legs that cannot go bare due to lots of very unsightly veins.
    Boots and tights solve the problem in cold weather, but haven’t solved the problem for warm weather, since nude hose are not in style. Any ideas?

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