Editor’s note: This page was updated 12/2016 with new advice and examples of fashion for women over 60.
If you or someone you love is over 60, then please read this!
Just because you are of a certain age 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:
- Dress like Miley Cyrus OR
- Wear horrible mommy jeans and Christmas sweaters.
Yes, we know, many trends are geared for the younger generation. Example: very few people over the age of 14 can wear neon leggings. But it’s the seasoned fashionista who can exude real style, which is something very different from being ‘on-trend.’ If you’ve crossed the 60-year mark and still want to keep it poppin’, here are some tips on how to do it.
Fashion for Women over 60 : What to Do First
There are certain garments that will, more often than not, make you look frumpy dated. If you have these in your closet, toss them immediately:
- 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 route. This means wearing one simple color, like blue, red, green, black, white, khaki, at a time. Don’t worry about being boring — a monochromatic outfit is a slimming and classic look. You can always experiment with textures of the same color if you need more interest.
For inspiration, see our Pinterest board of exclusively monochrome outfits.
Clothes for Older Women
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. That’s not to say you can’t wear patterns. But when you do, keep it simple and consistent.