Over the decades, women over 60 have experimented with different fashion trends and, through process of elimination, we have found a few styles that we love. We adapted our style to the many roles that we were asked to play – student, mother, career woman and grandmother.

Now, in our 60s, we are facing new changes. Many of us are retiring, our bodies are changing and, some of us we are dealing with new financial realities.

All of these factors influence how we think about fashion for older women. We don’t want to be invisible. We want our clothes to represent our optimism and passion for live. But, with fashion designers firmly focused on the teenage market, where can women over 60 turn for inspiration?

One group that we can look to is actresses over 60. After all, these women are followed around by an army of personal shoppers and fashion consultants. As we do, it is important to remember that fashion is more than just a question of what looks good on our body. It is also a matter of finding clothes that match our personalities.

I hope that the celebrity examples in this article encourage you find a style that accentuates your best features and communicates your unique personality to the world.

Helen Mirren

In my opinion, Helen Mirren is a bit of a cultured bohemian. She experiments with fashion (and her hair color) but always does it in a way that expresses a deep self-confidence with her body and a desire to reflect her class and character.

Her clothes communicate her best traits – intelligence, vibrancy, a playful elegance and a subtle femininity. She knows which features she wants to show and which ones to hide (her arms). She also knows how to make colors work for her.

Helen is a master of accessorizing and uses her handbags, in particular, to accent her clothes. She puts things together in classic yet sensual ways. If your fashion style is elegant, classic, vibrant and expressive, Helen should be a source of inspiration.

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Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour is the epitome of femininity. Her clothes communicate her love of fashion and make her sparkle. She loves adornment and chooses clothes that accentuate her beautiful hair.

I love that she is not afraid to look “dressy” and even a little dramatic in her clothing choices. Her selection of jackets is wonderful and she has chosen exactly the right shape for her body type. If you describe your fashion style as romantic, timeless, dramatic and colorful, Jane Seymour seems to match.

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Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep’s fashion choices are as varied as the roles that she has played. She is a bit of a chameleon in this respect. Her style is bohemian and eclectic, adventurous and spirited.

Meryl is also not afraid of taking chances with her clothes. From a tunic and jeans to a white classic silk suit, she looks through her dark glasses and seems to say, “this is me, like it or not.” Without knowing her personally, I would guess that her wardrobe is a collage of bright colors. If you like to get attention and don’t mind taking a few chances, Meryl Streep may be your fashion match.

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Judi Dench

If there is one person I want to be “when I grow up,” it’s Judy Dench. Not only is she a brilliant actress, but she is also charming, approachable and real. Her authenticity is expressed in the clothes she wears, which are understated.

In her 70s, she has found her style and is sticking with it. Without being overly conservative, she is stylish, down to earth, warm and comfortable.

Judi accepts her body type and wears clothes that accentuate her coloring. For women who define their fashion style as comfortable, relaxed, and classy, Judi Dench is a great fashion role model.

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So, there we have it! Four very different women with four very different styles. What I love most about this collection of images is that it shows that there is no single “right” fashion for women over 60. We are as different as the stars and we have the right to choose clothing that makes us feel great as individuals.

These actresses over 60 (with a little help, of course) have chosen clothes that express their wonderful personalities, lifestyles and body types. I’m sure that we can all relate to at least one, and possibly several, of them. Personally, I’m going with Helen Mirren as a source of inspiration. How about you?

Which celebrity do you most identify with in terms of her fashion style? Is it elegant Helen Mirren, feminine Jane Seymour, charismatic Meryl Streep or authentic Judi Dench? Which other celebrities inspire you when it comes to fashion for women over 60? Please add your thoughts in the comments section and remember to check out our Fashion for Older Women video series.

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