Jeans for Older Women? Why Every Single One of Us Needs a Pair!
When you were growing up, I bet there was a trend or style that every girl had to have. For some women, I hear it was saddle shoes, and for others it was the Capezio shoes!
Well, in today’s day and age the item is jeans! Of course, many of us might have read the article that said after the age of 53 you shouldn’t wear jeans anymore! Really? Who of you out there believes that? Because I’m here to say that even if you’re 90+ years old, you can rock a pair of jeans! And let me tell you why.
Contemporary Style: Why Jeans Work for Any Woman
Even if you aren’t retired, our society has certainly gotten more casual compared to the standards that we grew up with. And not that I think we must wear what everyone else is wearing, but…
Let’s talk just a minute about when you were growing up. What did you consider old lady style at that time? For my mother, it was the “old lady” shoes. For me, it’s the same color pants and top worn together. And I know some of you think that brooches are only for old ladies (I read all of your comments from the Brooch article when Margaret shared it on Facebook). I’m sure we all have different takes on what constitutes old lady style!
Therefore, I do think it’s smart to dress in the contemporary styles of the decades. Not that I want each of you to look like one another. Nor do I want you to lose “yourself” in fashion trends. But I want you to embrace the time that you live in.
The other aspect of looking modern in your clothing, is the fact that you are smart women! Each and every woman I meet, has some personal trait that is amazing unto itself. And part of having that trait should be to share it with the younger generation.
But let’s be real. The younger generation doesn’t always want to learn things from “old ladies,” right? But if your clothing blended in more with the younger crowd, then they might be more open to your valuable experience. If you don’t believe me, just think about how we gravitate to others who are similar to us whether that be in ethnicity, values or neighbourhoods!
Let me Tell You About the Modern Jeans
Have you tried on many jeans lately? Because there’s some new technology in many of the jeans made now. It’s called spandex. And I know you’ve experienced it because the majority of you love your leggings. So, if you love your leggings so much, then you should love the fact that the same spandex is now in denim!
As for the wonderful selection of jeans, there is almost every option imaginable now. One of the latest fun trends is embroidered denim. This may transport you back to the 1970s, but that’s the fun aspect of style. Everything comes back around at one time or another.
If you’re not a fan of embroidery, then how about the distressed versions? Now I realize most of us look at distressed jeans and think, why would I pay extra money to have a pair of jeans with holes in them? But it’s not just about holes. There’s the detail of the raw hem at the bottom of the jeans! Coming from the perspective of someone who always needs to shorten their jeans, this is the best trend. It means I can just cut off the extra material to make them the right length without having to sew anything!
Another fun aspect of the new jeans, is the colors! There is almost every color available. If you like pink, then hey, you are in style! But grey, black, red, and print can all be found in the denim jeans right now.
However, if you like your basic blue denim jeans, you too can be happy, because there are classic jeans that look fabulous also! This is because there are many different silhouettes available. We are starting to see more flared jeans, and then, there’s the skinny jeans! If you don’t think an older woman should be wearing skinny jeans, then I have to ask how are they that much different than leggings? Maybe you try a pair of skinny jeans with a tunic over them?
My point would be to make sure the fit is good. That can make or break the entire look, so let’s talk about that!
The Right Fit
I know every stylist out there will clamor on about the fit of an item. And there’s a reason for that. Fit really can make an item better or worse!
Let’s talk about jeans that are too tight. In my experience, most older women steer away from any piece of clothing that is too tight. But just in case, if your jeans are too small, it can make you feel uncomfortable in them or look squashed.
Most women I work with end up buying their jeans too big because they worry they will otherwise be too tight. And having your jeans even just one size too big tends to make you look sloppy. Having a saggy butt in your jeans can be just as bad as leaving the house in your pyjamas. It makes it look like you don’t care about your appearance!
There are a couple of ways to figure out the correct size for your jeans. And trust me; it’s not always easy, but it’s extremely worth it!
The first aspect is to have an open mind and be in a good mood. Don’t even try to go jean shopping if you’re crabby or hungry! The best time is to take a fun friend and make it an adventure. Include wine if that makes it special for you!
Then try on a ton of different sizes and styles! I don’t care if you usually wear a size 10. Take in the size above it and size below it. And stop thinking about the size as a number that identifies you. It’s just a number and trust me, no one else even knows what size you are wearing.
After you have all of these jeans in the fitting room with you, put them on! And then don’t just stand there – get moving. Sit down, move around and see how they feel and look. If you don’t have a friend with you, it’s never bad to ask someone else their opinion.
Last but not least, look at your rear in these jeans. The placement of the pockets can really make your derriere look fabulous or not!
One consideration is that jeans can get stretched out at the end of the day, even with the spandex in them. It’s hard to figure out which jeans will do this when you’re only trying them on for five minutes. So, I would suggest when you take them home, wear them around the house for a couple of hours with the tags still on. If they get awfully saggy after a couple of hours, it’s probably best to return them. Remember that clothing that looks baggy, makes you look bigger!
And the most important piece? Do not get discouraged, although this is easier said than done. Remember, your body is wonderful! If the jeans don’t fit great, it’s the jeans’ fault, not your body!
The jeans you just tried on were made for certain measurements, and maybe your measurements are different. You just have to find the style and brand that works for your body. And don’t forget that alterations can make any piece of clothing fit you better! Is the waistband sticking out? That’s an easy fix on jeans!
What Can You Do to Change Up Your Jeans?
One of the modern ways to wear jeans lately is to cuff them. I know there will be women who say that this is silly because it makes them look shorter! And I would counter, would you rather look taller and out of date, or shorter and contemporary? But not only that, I think a cuff can work with the right jeans and shoes. So, give it a try!
Or, if you have some jeans that don’t fit perfectly, you might try taking them to a tailor and have them altered.
You can also take an older pair of jeans you still like and embellish them. I had a reader do this for me, and we posted a DIY article about it here!
How many pairs of jeans are in your closet? Are they from this decade? Are they different colors, styles or what? Tell me what you think!
Jodie Filogomo is a retired cosmetic dentist turned style consultant. After over 20 years as a successful dental practitioner, she enhanced her styling talents by taking fashion, interior decorating and design classes. Jodie loves to share with others her passion for putting together outfits for women of all ages. Visit her blog Jodie’s Touch of Style and connect with her on social media.