Top Tips For Buying Jeans Over 60

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A great pair of denim jeans may be the workhorse of every woman’s wardrobe, but finding the perfect pair is something of a holy grail. Wander into the denim section of any clothing store and the endless array of overly trendy styles from drainpipes to busted knees can be enough to break even the savviest of shoppers out into a cold sweat. But that doesn’t mean you should forgo the denim as you age. In fact, a great pair of jeans is a closet staple that will work well into your sixties and beyond. Ensure you look fab not drab with our top tips for buying jeans over sixty.

Skip the Trendy Styles

The great thing about growing older is that you’ve seen faddy trends come and go — and you don’t feel the need to buy into them! Wearing seasonal trendy styles when you’re no longer in your twenties can look incredibly ageing. Ripped, shredded or ‘mom’ style jeans will get you attention for all of the wrong reasons. Classic slim leg or slightly bootcut styles are timeless options.

Look for Jeans with Stretch

Fabric technology has come a long way in recent years and denim is no exception. Jeans with added stretch are not only more comfortable (no annoying digging in around the waist) but they’re more more flattering too. Look out for jeans with 15% added stretch to skim lumps and bumps and create a sleeker silhouette.

You Can Do Skinny

You may be forgiven for thinking skinny jeans are best left to the teenagers, but they can be flattering on all ages and figures when worn correctly. Treat skinnies like leggings and wear them under long, tunic style tops or with tailored pieces. The form fitting shape will pull you in and make your legs appear slimmer and longer. Next time you’re heading to the changing rooms, pick up a pair to try on — you might be surprised at just how great you look. Getting stuck in a style rut can make your wardrobe look dated so don’t automatically reach for the same shape every time.

Go for Dark Wash

As we grow older, we tend to get thicker around the middle. Dark washes look smarter and the great news is, they’re slimming too. Look out for dark blue and black washes for the most flattering results. Teamed with blouses, ballet flats, chunky knits or soft tailored blazers, dark jeans strike the perfect smart casual daytime balance.

Get the Rise Right

The key to looking great in your jeans, no matter what your age, is all in the fit. No matter how much you spent on your jeans, if they don’t fit well they’ll always look terrible. Avoid high rise jeans which can accentuate a round tummy and flat bottom, and stick to mid-rise jeans instead. If you’re pear shaped or you carry extra weight around the tummy area, a mid-rise design will pull you in and create a smooth shape.

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  • Great article. Can’t imagine wearing jeans w/o the stretch. Not only are they great for all ages, but essential for women who experience fluctuating weight gain/loss.

  • Jin Shower

    wear what you feel happy in. I cant say i agree with not wearing short skirts Some young girls have terrible legs, THEY shouldnt be wearing short skirts. Whereas i who has quite reasonable shapely legs can wear them. In winter with opaques no problem, and maybe just on or above knee in summer. These silly rules about what 60 yr old women can wear, annoy me. Of course we are not going to wear shorts inc city or a night out, and thigh high minis or tops showing our midriff, but personally il wear what i damm wellk like within reason, skinny jeans, heels when i go oiut, and ive grown my hair and to hell with the rules. i have younger friends who will tell me i i look ridiculous i trust their judgement. If women over 60 want to wear age appropriate clothing, ie stay press slacks, long dreary skirts, and sensible shoes and go grey gracefully thats their choice, but mine is mine.

    • Catherine Brock

      Jin,
      Thanks for stopping by! “wear what you feel happy in” is fabulous advice.
      ~Catherine

  • ankita

    fashion is the mirror of every woman.we try to wear updated fashioned dress.the dress should be comfortable too.it is difficult to find women wear which contains both qualities.

  • EJW

    I started wearing jeans again after 60 when I discovered a place that sold stretchy high waist jeans in dark colors. Before that I swore I would never wear jeans again. I really enjoy them now because they fit well and feel good. They are a staple of my wardrobe now along with white and off-white linen shirts. I just add some jewelry, a nice handbag and comfortable but stylish shoes. I seem to have finally found my after-60 style.

  • Nice and informative post. This post really help those women who want to look fashionable in their 60s.

  • James

    Very helpful post.

  • Hello .. Very helpful for those who are over 60 and wants to wear jeans. Thanks for sharing such a great information.