How to Be Fashionable after Sixty

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:

  1. Dress like Miley Cyrus OR
  2. 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 after sixty - goldie hawn wearing gold, lowcut evening gown

Goldie Hawn keeps her look young and sexy, even in her 70s.

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.

Nothing Like a Great Accessory

fashion for women after 60 — Carolina Herrera against white backdrop

Caroline Herrera looks fabulous in a basic suit paired with a statement necklace.

  • Marie Wonder

    Actresses from Hollywood are so plastic from all the plastic surgery, I would love to see one that aged naturally.

  • loosee

    Hi. I have just joined this site. I need some help. I am over 60 and have just returned to the dating scene. I am also a plus size gal and would like to dress and look great for someone of my size and age. Any ideas?

    • Catherine Brock

      Hi! Thanks for stopping by. This post has some good tips: Plus size fashion for older women. You can also see all of our over-60 fashion advice here.
      Take a look at those for general advice, and then feel free to reach out again with more specific questions. Have fun on the dating scene!

  • Carol

    budget fashionista? What a joke, you provided a link to $225 jeans, are you serious?

    • Catherine Brock

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks for dropping by. I’m sorry you didn’t like what you found. 🙁 I hope you have a good day anyway.


  • peg

    Was hoping for comments to be a little more specific that would include: height, weight, hippy, smaller bust, etc.

    • Catherine Brock

      Thanks Peg! I appreciate the feedback. I think we could tackle each one of those in their own post — I’ll definitely get them on the editorial calendar.


  • Nice article I just found here, its amazing. The dresses are very cute and can make older women also charming. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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