Can You Be Fashionable After 60?

Can you be fashionable after 60? Definitely yes. Despite the ravages of aging, your sense of style gets better and more refined as you grow older. Yes, our youth obsessed culture will have you think that everyone over the age of 30 wears horrible mommy jeans and Christmas sweaters. Yes, we know, many trends are geared for the younger generation (neon leggings), but it’s the seasoned fashionista who can exude real style.

One of the biggest myths about older women is that we no longer care about how we look. It’s almost as if society believes that women over 60 are invisible, frumpy, and uninterested in sensuality, beauty and fashion. What nonsense! Some of the most fashionable people I know are women over 60.

In fact, in some ways it is easier to be fashionable when you are a bit older. After all, in your 50s, 60s and 70s, you know who you are. You have the self-confidence to try new things and the wisdom to avoid the “trends.”. Whereas we need to be honest about the fashion challenges we all face as we get a little older, we are also respectful of our right to express our individuality.

Here are two videos on dressing for style for older women, but looking fabulous without trying to look younger.

 

If you’ve crossed the 60-year mark and still want to keep it poppin’, here’s some tips on how to do it.

Go monochromatic

bright dressWearing 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. 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.

statement necklaceGreat Accessories make a difference

You don’t need to 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 adds great style

denim jacket aline skirt Reese Witherspoon1Denim 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.

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 lots of color

As a “seasoned fashionista” there is no reason why you have to hang up your color wheel just because you’ve reached a certain age. The easiest way to add color to your wardrobe, if you have fairer skin, is start with the color of your eyes. Adding pieces in the color of your eyes is the best way to start to add color into your wardrobe. If you have a darker skin tone, you’re lucky, you can wear almost any bright vibrant color. The brighter the better.

Show Cleavage!! (Yes, at any age)

Helen MirrenRemember when women over 60 were told to cover up? Well those days are now a distance memory. If you’re got the goods, show them (within moderation of course). Showing a bit of cleavage is not only sexy, but can make you look thinner (the rule: the more skin you show the thinner you look).

Other things to include in your wardrobe
• A leather skirt, which is now considered a classic.
• A pair of tailored black pants in light fabrics like cotton and rayon. Again, look for pants will a little spandex/lycra content- this will help to control any problem areas.
• For skirts, stick to straight or A-line cuts that hit slightly below the knee.
• Wear a shoes with a slight heel. Try brands which are both comfortable and very stylish
• A couple of fitted (not tight) t-shirts and tanks to wear underneath blazers.
For inspiration, look at Vogue, More Magazine and Harpers Bazaar, which tend to have fashions for women of all ages.

Don’t shun your past

dont shun the pastYou’re a few years older, but you’re still you, so dress accordingly. If you think you need to redo your wardrobe, think again. Movie star Rita Moreno is still working the hot pink dresses and big baubles she loved in the days of West Side Story– just updated versions of them. She doesn’t shy away from color (we would really like to meet the person who said mature fashionistas can’t wear color, so not true) and trades the 4 inch heels in for a pair of 2 ½ chic sandals. At over 80 years old, Rita is showing everyone that she’s the same fun, fiery woman she was in her youth– with the same chic style.

If you’ve always loved the way you look in blue, or if your wardrobe work-horse is a tailored pair of slacks, stick with it. Love that strapless dress? Wear it, but pair it with a chich cropped blazer. You know what works for you, so don’t be swayed by others’ opinions of what you should wear. Recall your greatest fashion moments and find a modernized, mature way of recreating them.

Experiment with prints and textures

prints and texturesNo, you can’t wear every trend that comes down the runway, however on the flipside a twenty-something fashionista couldn’t get away with half the fabrics you can. So while you can’t go wild with mini skirts and cropped shirts (not that you’d want to), you can show personality in animal prints, florals and bold textures. No one does this better than 61-year-old Vogue Editor-In-Chief, Anna Wintour.

Like Anna, you can make a statement in your signature style. If you haven’t already, find out what silhouette best flatters your figure. Anna likes sheath dresses, but you may prefer an a-line skirt. Once you’ve narrowed down the shape of your clothes, anything goes when it comes to prints. Another great way to make a statement? Statement accessories, of course. Bold sunglasses, necklaces and watches look chic with a classic ensemble.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

aline skirt white blouse drop earrings_optWhen it comes to signature style, repeating a look isn’t just acceptable, it’s encouraged. Once you find a style that you look and feel great in, go ahead and buy one in every color! The best example of this is Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. She is both elegant and practical and is known for recyling her outfits for different occasions. And although she wears designer clothes, many are also bought at local department stores.

Crisp blouse, A-line skirt, drop earrings: it’s the uniform of the chic 62-year-old fashion queen. We see her in it almost every time she steps out, and are we bored? No way! She looks fabulous, and so do you in your signature look. Whether it’s a shape of dress, a style of shirt or a particular color, if it works, work it, all the time.

Embrace pantsuits

embrass pantsuits_optI’m no fan of pantsuits, but, admit it, you used to envy how chic Katherine Hepburn looked in her pantsuits. Maybe you still envy the powerful presence her ensembles conveyed, so why not steal her style? A pantsuit works for day or night, for luncheons or parties, for the office or the church, and they always, always look chic. Take a look at Exhibit A: Diahann Carroll in this gorgeous wear-anywhere outfit.

The pantsuit is the LBD of women over 60, partly because it takes a certain degree of sophistication to pull it off. Find one that fits your personal style and figure, get it tailored, and wherever you go, you’ll always have the perfect outfit.

If you’ve got it, flaunt it

And yes, you’ve still got it. Want to know what else you’ve got? Elegance and sophistication, qualities inhabited only by a seasoned fashionista. If you’re having trouble being convinced, this should give you a little inspiration:

helen mirren got it flaunt itCopyright Brenna/ Jason Fraser

That’s Helen Mirren… in a bikini. Mirren is 65 years young and as breathtaking as ever. Newsflash: so are you. Whatever your best features are, don’t be afraid to show them off. So what if fashion seems focused on the younger crowds, sometimes? When it comes to style, that’s all you.

Resource: the Budget Fashionista

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