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Fashion for Women Over 60 – Look Fabulous Without Trying to Look Younger

By Margaret Manning January 08, 2024 Beauty

Let’s talk about fashion for women over 60. One of the biggest myths about older women is that we are no longer interested in looking stylish.

There is a big misconception in our culture that women over 60 are invisible, frumpy, and uninterested in sensuality and beauty – that we’re all matronly and sexless and no longer part of the world of fashion, art, and creative life force.

Exploring the Secrets of Fashion for Women Over 60

And yet, so many of the most fashionable people I know are women over 60! Women over 60 are often more fashionable than we used to be when we were younger, because we have better self-confidence and a stronger sense of self – we know how to dress to show who we are.

When it comes to fashion for women over 60 here are a few things to consider:

Embrace Your Age

There was a popular TV show in America (based on a British show of the same name) called What Not to Wear. It was hosted by fashion experts, who, in each episode, did a makeover of a person who was making horrible choices about their personal style and wardrobe.

One of the interesting truths this show revealed about the participants, especially women, is that many women try to dress “younger” than they actually are – but this is a mistake. 

When people try to dress in styles that would be more appropriate for someone much younger, they paradoxically make themselves look much older.

If you are wearing short skirts or high heels or gaudy fashions that might work on a woman half your age, chances are you are making yourself look “older” (in a bad way) than you actually are.

If you “dress age appropriately,” it often has the effect of making you look younger – because people are not distracted by age-inappropriate clothing, and instead can appreciate what great shape you’re in, or how healthy your skin is, or what a stylish haircut you have.

Read 60 BEST HAIRCUTS AND HAIRSTYLES FOR WOMEN OVER 60.

In this video, we look at how to get a creative and casual look after 60.

Go for Classic Looks

One of the advantages of being women over 60 is that “we’ve seen it all” – we’ve been through every kind of fashion fad and short-lived trend imaginable during our lives.

Now that we’re in our 60s (and beyond), we have the simple elegance and freedom that comes from being able to choose the classic styles that truly endure and work for us at any age.

Don’t feel like you have to succumb to the latest fashion trend. After all, most “trends” are designed with younger audiences in mind. If something looks silly to you, feel free to say so.

Read our article where we curated a list of some of the best clothing stores for older women.

You will look more stylish if you focus on technical dressing rather than going for the “total look” that you see in your favorite fashion magazine. This is one of the biggest keys to mastering fashion for women over 60.

Read “NEW” OLD FASHION TRENDS.

There are many ways to convey style and health and status other than clothes – and sometimes you will exude more confidence and class if your clothing choices are more conservative and “classic.”

Here’s a quick fashion for women over 60 tutorial on how to pick the best accessories.

When It Comes to Fashion After 60, Dress the Part

There’s an old saying in the career world, “dress for the job you want.” This means that in the workplace, it helps to dress in a way that commands respect and conveys credibility, so that you will be a natural choice for promotion. But choosing classic styles doesn’t mean you only have to dress conservatively.

When discussing fashion for women over 60, there is a related idea: dress for the role in life that you want to have. Do you consider yourself an adventurous spirit? Do you love to travel? Choose accessories or complementary pieces from other cultures in countries you’ve visited.

If you love outdoor sports and activities, find a way for your wardrobe to reflect these interests – it doesn’t mean your fashion choices have to be “all sports, all the time,” but it’s possible to dress “sporty” while still being stylish.

Fashion for Women over 60 - Dress the Part with Melanie Page
Fashion for Women Over 60 - Dress the Part with Melanie Page Stylish Jackets

Look to Icons of Style

One of the great things about being women over 60 today is that we have more fashion role models than ever before. Women over 60 are still too often marginalized and made invisible by the media and by our culture, but there are some prominent women over 60 who are fashion icons.

A word of warning: never forget that celebrities are often asked to wear outfits, not because the clothes suit them, but because advertisers and sponsors want to make a statement. So, enjoy watching the “stars,” but always evaluate their outfits by the rules of technical dressing.

Here are a few of the many older women that I find inspiring:

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren on a L’Oréal Photo Shoot. Photo: Instagram
Jane Seymour
Jane Seymour looking as good as ever. Photo: Instagram
Judi Dench at Philomena Premier. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Judi Dench at Philomena Premier. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Meryl Streep
Glamorous and always natural Meryl Streep. Photo: Instagram

Women over 60 are reinventing the world in many ways. We are often embarking on new careers (either in retirement or semi-retirement), we are caring for family members, we are creating new concepts of what it means to be “older adults.”

Part of this reinvention relates to fashion. After all, fashion is a process of constant reinvention – finding ideas that work, recombining them in new ways, updating a classic style with modern touches.

Perhaps soon the fashion industry will start to cater more to women over 60 – after all, fashion is not just for 22-year-old models on fashion show runways. And women over 60 tend to have more disposable income than young people. Does this sound like a business opportunity to anyone?

Fabulous Outfits for Women Over 60

Sandra Roussy, a Sixty and Me fashion and beauty contributor, put together a few outfits that she feels are ideal for women over 60, and I thought I’d share them with you.

Fun Colorful Dresses

Twill Floral Print Shirt Dress at Chico’s

Twill Floral Print Shirt Dress at Chico’s

Fun printed dresses that are not too loud (and not too boring) are perfect for women over 60.. Accessorize as much or as little as you want.

TOMMY HILFIGER Montreux Floral-Print Midi Dress

TOMMY HILFIGER Montreux Floral-Print Midi Dress

Timeless Black and White

Timeless Black and White

Classic black and white never gets old. A pair of well-fitting black trousers and a white top are a must in every woman’s closet. Accessorize with refined silver jewelry to keep your look monochrome and elegant.

Casual Natural Day

Casual Natural Day

Natural fabrics like cotton, linen, and cashmere feel comfortable and are simply better for the skin. A pair of white linen pants is easy to mix and match with colored or printed tops. A staple in my wardrobe!

Top it with a wrap or poncho to finish the look.

Read 10 TRENDY PONCHOS, STYLISH SHAWLS, AND FASHIONABLE WRAPS.

Blue Mood

Blue Mood

We’re never too old to wear denim. Make sure that you choose straight-leg and high waisted jeans for a good fit. For a more put-together look, we can skip the trendy holes and worn-out looks that younger people wear.

Go for the clean, darker shades of jeans because they tend to look better on mature women. Also, look for jeans that specialize in tummy control. Pair them with a white ballerina shoe and a printed top and you’re ready to go.

Night Out

Night Out

We all need a little black dress in our wardrobe that we can dress up or dress down for every occasion. Choose a dress that is knee-length or mid-calf (tea-length) and is also classic and structured. You can keep your little black dress for years and dress it up with your latest accessories to give it a different look every time.

A Day at the Beach

A Day at The Beach

We are over 60 and should definitely not shy away from the beach or the pool. One-piece swimsuits are excellent for our over 60 bodies (and are making a trendy comeback). Look for swimsuits that provide support and coverage.

Plus, if you’re a tad daring, a long, printed cover-up and a large sun hat are sure to make you feel like a million bucks. Look for sandals that are sturdy and comfortable.

Elegant Day to Night

Elegant Day to Night

Jumpsuits are very trendy and are not limited to younger women. This jumpsuit can be dressed down or dressed up to take you from day to night in no time. The cute little silk scarf can be tied around your neck or on your purse handle for a splash of color.

Read 10 BEST JUMPSUITS FOR WOMEN OVER 50.

Finally, I’d like to close with a fashion for women over 60 video that Melanie and I recorded. In it, Melanie helps me to get a professional look.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What is your definition of fashion for women over 60? Who is the most fashionable woman you know – whether it’s a celebrity or friend – and what do you like about her sense of style? Let’s have a chat!

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Candace Renschen

Is the puffy sleeve trend geared toward younger women?

Heidi

Hi,
I think so ~ maybe even geared toward children. I know they’ve made a comeback but they make me think of little Shirley Temple. Lol

Cavallo Collections

Great post!!

Lorenda Altenbern

I had read an article that contradicts some of your suggestions: 1. No floral prints; 2. No scarves; 3. No “high-water” pants or capris; 4. Don’t wear one color too and pant; 5. Stay away from pastels; and 6. Open up your neck. I just thought I’d share. I’m more confused than ever. I’ll just wear what’s comfortable for me and quit worrying about what’s appropriate!

Maureen

I’ve read the same things, and agree with it

Natasha

Simple elegance for me pencil skirt on or a little above knee tops normal v neck sleeves cap and fitted properly not floppy which imo flatters no one just end up looking like a box steer clear of pants ending between kneee and angle cut off our height. boots or pointy toe flats. jeans straight leg high rise or mid rise to cover ankle. winter cardigans but not floppy fit body but not skin tight more flattering imo skin care and make up important i am a size 10-12 and go to gym a 1 to 3 times a week and try to walk 10,000 steps every day

Lorenda Altenbern

What is imo? Why do people assume we all know what you mean?

Jools

Imo- in my opinion

Ann

A quick Google search will keep you up to date on all abbreviations.

Jane

Great ideas and sound advice but one gripe? Your gorgeous models are all -SLENDER!!!! Not a bulging tum or flabby arm in site , no ski jump boobs dominating the above waist landscape! Please diversify and be inclusive of reality in mature ladies’ physiques.otherwise? Fab!

Vanya Drumchiyska

Thank you for the comment and feedback, Jane. Despite the difficulty we have in finding models of all ages, shapes and sizes, we always try to be as inclusive as possible. One way you can help us find such models is by writing to your favorite clothes stores and let them know you feel misrepresented. When more women reach out to designers, the latter will likely get the idea that they need to comply, which will help us tremendously when hunting for proper images! Cheers!
Vanya, 60 & Me Editor

Ann

So are you saying you can’t find clothing for real women? I am 64 and none of my friends look like the women in the video.
, and we all dress well.

Vanya Drumchiyska

Hi Ann,
Thank you for commenting.

No, that’s not what I wrote at all. Clothes are versatile and can be worn by women of all ages, depending on personal taste and style. For instance, many of my clothes are from the teenagers’ department.

What I wrote is that it’s difficult to find images of models in the 60+ age group to use as illustrations in our articles. Apparently, stores use mainly younger models, and naturally, our readers feel misrepresented.

I hope our readers can ignore the age of the models and just look at the clothes; that’s what I do anyway.

Or, if you want to be proactive, you can follow my suggestion and reach out to retailers to let them know you’d like to see more models over 60. After all, women 60+ are a large portion of the buying population.

Does this make sense?

The Author

Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at margaret@sixtyandme.com

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