fashion for women over 60
I have a confession to make. I love shoes. I wouldn’t quite classify myself as a “shoe addict,” but, if I ever win the lottery, there will most definitely be a closet in my bedroom dedicated to footwear. So, you can imagine my excitement in having the opportunity to talk with fashion expert, Melanie Payge, on the topic of how to choose comfy shoes that are also fashionable.
When I visited Milan to interview fashion expert, Melanie Payge, I had the opportunity to spend some time in the amazing showroom and tailor, Atelier Sangalli. What an amazing experience! Tailoring is one of the oldest and most fascinating professions and to experience the process in the heart of Milan was an absolute treat. I came away thinking that, in a world filled with mass-produced clothing and cookie-cutter styles, it’s a shame that more women don’t take advantage of the services of these highly skilled professionals.
Before leaving for Milan to interview fashion expert, Melanie Payge, I asked the Sixty and Me community to send me their fashion questions. As I studied their emails, certain patterns emerged. For example, while the women in our community are wonderfully unique, their fashion concerns are strikingly similar.
As women over 60, we have come to accept the changes in our body and love ourselves. At the same time, we are realists. We want to choose clothes that accentuate our best assets and hide our perceived flaws. So, as a part of our fashion for women over 60 video series, I sat down with Melanie to discuss your concerns and look for simple solutions.
When I interviewed fashion expert, Melanie Payge, for our fashion for women over 60 video series, I was shocked to find out that I was committing several serious fashion faux pas. Not only was I drawing attention away from my best assets, but, I was actually making some of the challenges that us older women face even worse. Here are the top 6 fashion faux pas that women our age make and some advice on how to fix them.
I’m not a big fan of the labels that society attaches to women’s bodies and neither was fashion expert, Melanie Payge, when we met in Milan to film our series of fashion videos for older women. On the other hand, the fact is, when it comes to purchasing clothes, women really do face unique challenges based on their body types.
The first step to looking great after 60 is to accept your body type. Only then will you be able to apply Melanie’s advice and find a look that is perfect for you.
Do you have a passion for fashion? The unfortunate truth is that, the more you follow the latest trends, the more fashion mistakes you are likely to make in your 60s. Instead of focusing on timeless fashion principles, your attention is fixed on short-term fads that don’t play to your strengths as a beautiful and confident older woman.
When I interviewed fashion expert, Melanie Payge, for our fashion for women over 60 video series, she explained 5 of the most common mistakes that older women make. As always, her advice was direct, honest and extremely valuable. I hope you agree! Here’s her advice…
Be honest. How many times have you purchased something just because you “loved the color”? Other than fit, one of the first things that we look at when choosing a new item of clothing is the color. Unfortunately, as we age, our skin changes and many of the colors that looked great on us when we were younger no longer make us sparkle.
As a part of our fashion for women over 60 video series, personal stylist, Melanie Payge and I discussed several tips for choosing colors that make us look our best. Several of her recommendations surprised me and I hope you find them useful too!
When I met with fashion expert, Melanie Payge, to film our fashion for women over 60 video series, I was amazed by the number of simple, yet powerful, tips that she was able to provide. From not wearing a white bra with a white top to the importance of tailoring, Melanie was an amazing source of practical information and advice.
Throughout the course of filming our interviews, I found myself constantly ready to disagree with Melanie on a particular point, only to change my mind once I saw her examples up close and personal. This was definitely the case when it came to Melanie’s advice about belts.
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?
Summer is finally here and, like many women, I am ready to refresh my wardrobe. There’s only one problem. Most clothing for older women is just plain, well… plain.
I’m honestly not sure why designers have such a hard time creating clothing for older women. It seems like, instead of trying to understand our lifestyle goals, they create clothes based on stereotypes. They believe that all we want is comfy flat shoes, longish skirts, baggy sleeves and stretchy pants with elastic band waists.