When I interviewed fashion expert, Melanie Payge, 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 kill your style after 60 and some advice on how to fix them.

Wearing the Wrong Kind of Bra

There’s no denying it. Beautiful underwear can be a confidence booster. There’s something about a beautiful bra that makes us feel poised and ready to take on the world. Unfortunately, wearing the wrong kind of bra can actually take away from your look. As Melanie mentioned during our discussion, “A bra is underwear because you don’t want it to be seen.”

Melanie recommends that you choose a flat bra with plenty of support. In most cases, beige is the best color choice, but, depending on your outfit, you can consider black as well. This will help to ensure that the people you meet are focused on your beautiful clothing and not on your lacy underwear. Contrary to popular belief, white underwear actually shows through white clothing, so, it’s better to match your bra to your skin color.

We all love to wear beautiful underwear, but, it’s probably best to leave it for those special times when only we, and the people that we love, can see it.

Style Over 60 - Avoid Lacy Underwear

Wearing Underwear with a Seam

Speaking of undergarments, another mistake that women over 60 make is wearing underwear with a seam. This is a fashion faux pas for women of any age, but, since us older women are often dealing with a loss of definition around our bottoms, it can be especially damaging to our look.

Melanie recommends that we look for seamless underwear that fits us perfectly. If our underwear is too tight, it has a tendency to separate and draw attention to our “rolls.” As with your bra, beige typically works best because it blends with our skin. But, in certain cases, you may consider black as well.

Style Over 60 - Avoid wearing underwear with a seam

Letting Your Liners Show with Your Summer Shoes

Flats are fabulous! Just don’t make the mistake of letting your liners show with your summer shoes. If you can’t find an exact match for a particular pair of shoes, consider using a toe-piece instead. This will give your feet a level of protection without drawing attention to your feet in the wrong way. Also, it sounds obvious, but, you would be surprised how many women wear liners that are a different color than their shoes.

Don’t fall into this trap. You invested time and money in your favorite footwear. Now it’s time to let your feet sparkle.

Using a Belt to Hold Up Your Pants

Once upon a time, we needed belts to hold up our pants. No longer! Modern clothes should fit us correctly without assistance. And, if your pants are too big for you, then it’s much better to invest in having them tailored than in buying a belt. This will leave you free to see your accessories as just that… accessories.

Wearing a Massive Scarf

Women our age seem to be addicted to scarves. Perhaps we love the beautiful colors. Or, maybe we think that scarves are an eloquent way to hide any perceived imperfections around our necks.

Whatever the reason, if you’re wearing massive scarves, you’re committing a fashion faux pas. Don’t take your neck away. If you love scarves, consider simple cuts with lighter fabrics. This will help you to add a bit of color to your outfit without taking away from your most valuable asset – your beautiful face.

Style Over 60 - Avoid massive scarves that take your neck away

Wearing Leggings

I know that many of you will disagree with this section. In fact, I can almost imagine groups of pitch-fork wielding older women, lining up to defend their leggings. But, I have to tell you, once Melanie explained the reasons, I threw all of mine away.

The unfortunate truth is that, while leggings are undeniably comfy, they don’t do anything to enhance the beauty of our legs. In fact, unless your ankle is half the width of your thigh, they will do exactly the opposite; they will draw attention to every small imperfection in your legs and draw attention away from your assets.

Bringing out your unique style after 60 is a challenge. Let’s not make it any harder by committing fashion faux pas that draw attention away from our assets. As in medicine, the first rule of fashion should be “first do no harm” and the tips in this article are a great place to start!

Do you agree with the fashion faux pas mentioned in this article? What do you think is the essence of style over 60? Are there any that you completely disagree with? Please let me know why in the comments section below.

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