fashion for women over 60
As women over 60, we have experienced more fashion trends than most. Some of them we are proud of – I still LOVE my 1970s hippie photos! Others, we wish we could leave behind.
Regardless of how you look at the fashions that you adopted over the years, it’s clear that things have changed a lot since we were kids!
If you believe what you see on TV and in the movies, fashion for older women is all about dull colors, covering up and “dressing your age.” What nonsense! It’s absolutely true that some shapes go better with certain body types, but, for the most part, fashion after 60 is all about choosing clothes that express your personality and make you feel great.
Fashion trends have never been a huge priority for me. I am really a bit of a beatnik, having lived in black clothes, berets and signature pearls most of my life. Style is a different matter altogether. Like many women, over the decades, I have been seduced by hats and scarves and have always enjoyed putting things together in a way that communicated my personal style.
For decades, or centuries even, fashion has been a young person’s game. In a way, this makes sense. Not only were young people the ones with the most disposable income, but, retirement, was seen as a time of aging gracefully, not dressing fabulously.
Oh how the tables are turning! For starters, older women are now one of the most desirable consumer groups. In addition, far from fading quietly into the night, women in their 50s and 60s are embracing fashion and makeup and living life to the full.
Today, I came across a quote by Dale Carnegie that reminded me of all of the fabulous women that have surprised me over the years. The quote was, “The expression a woman wears on her face is far more important than the clothes she wears on her back.”
When it comes to fashion after 60, the members of our community have strong opinions. In fact, every time I ask a question about style, beauty or fashion for older women, I hold my breath, hoping that the conversation will stay civil and polite.
One of the best things about being 60 is that you don’t need to worry about what people think any more. You can wear clothes that make you feel great, change your hair as much as you want and pursue your passions, no matter how unique or impractical. One of my favorite things is meeting women who refuse to be put in a box – women who break the mold, without “trying too hard.”
“Creative and Bold” or “Classic and Romantic”? Which Two Words Describe Your Personal Style? (Video)March 27, 2015 | Margaret Manning
Style and personality are unique to every woman and, over the years, we unconsciously establish preferences that reflect the essence of who we are. We choose certain colours, gravitate to certain people and develop interests that match our personality. Some of our clothing makes it into our wardrobe by chance. Other times, we are influenced by our family, education, experiences or places that we travel to.
If you could describe your style in just a couple of words, what would you say? In my case, I’ve always thought of myself as a “cultured bohemian.” Actually, now that I think about it, a surprising number of women in the Sixty and Me community also use the word “bohemian” to describe their style after 60.
When it comes to fashion for older women, what are the fashion essentials that everyone should have in their wardrobe? Judith Boyd (a.k.a “The Style Crone”) has the answer!
Join Judith and I as we discuss how to build a solid base of wardrobe essentials after 60. Judith is a fabulous woman and I always have so much fun when we talk. I hope that you enjoy the show!