I realized that once you reach a certain age, you don’t really become less fashion conscious. Although you may care less about what others think or say about you, you still feel that looking good is as important as ever, if not even more.
Here are some of my favorite tips from an article by Brenna/Jason Fraser of Budget Fashionista on how to rock it for women over 60.
Texts in italics are my notes. Emphasis on certain texts, usually in bold, are mine as well.
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HOW TO BE FASHIONABLE AFTER SIXTY
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 out immediately:
(Note: I have inserted sample photos so you could easily imagine what they are.)
- floor-length flora 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, applique 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 on wearing solid colors. That’s not to say you can’t wear patterns. But when you do, keep it simple and consistent.
(Like this dress. I think this will look good on any woman of a certain age.)
NOTHING LIKE A GREAT ACCESSORY
(Photo courtesy of Budget Fashionista)
One area that older women always seem to get wrong is in the accessories department. Instead of wearing your entire jewelry box everyday, focus on wearing one standout piece at a time. Also don’t be afraid to wear trendy accessories. If you keep your wardrobe basic, you can add trendy accessories without looking like you’re trying to be young. Stores like Target, Forever 21, Mango, Zara and H&M are all great places to find accessories without spending too much.
DENIM LOOKS FABULOUS ON OLDER WOMEN. AND, YES, OLDER WOMEN CAN WEAR JEANS.
To clarify, 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, as the flare will help draw attention away from your mid section and make you look slightly taller. 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.
AND ABOUT THOSE SKINNY JEANS
If you’re a bit smaller on the bottom, then yes (gasp), you’re a perfect candidate for a 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 set off the gray in your hair. Pair the jeans with a bright color 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. (LOL!)
WEAR COLOR, LOTS OF COLORS
Reader, I need you to make me a promise: that you will try to inject a bit of color into your wardrobe. 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.
If you have a darker skin tone, you’re lucky, you can wear almost any bright vibrant color. The brighter the better. If you have a fairer skin and are concerned about looking washed out, start with the color of your eyes. This is universally flattering!
TRY PRINTS & TEXTURES
Show personality in animal prints, florals and bold textures. Channel the master of prints and textures, Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour.
DEFINE YOUR GO-TO STYLE
When 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!
(Here are some fabulous women with signature styles.)
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