Do you have a passion for fashion? The more you follow the latest trends, the more mistakes you’ll make with regards to fashion for women over 60. 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!

Fashion for Women Over 60: Fashion vs. Trends

Following fashion trends may be fun, but, it won’t help you to look your best. In fact, since most fashion trends are conceived with younger women in mind, they may send you in completely the wrong direction.

For example, short boots might be in vogue, but, they almost certainly won’t bring out the best in your legs after 60.

Melanie recommends that we focus on technical dressing rather than trends. She says that it is much more important to find clothes that fit you well and that match your personal style.

Don’t Let Your Friends Decide Your Fashion for You

Unless your friend happens to be a personal stylist, take her advice with a grain of salt. Most of the time, our friends’ opinions are based on what they like, not necessarily what looks great on us.

In our other videos, Melanie and I discussed several principles that you can apply to get the look that you want. It’s ok to take your friends shopping, but, make sure that you have a comfortable understanding of what goes with your body type and skin tone first.

Avoid “The Total Looks” in Magazines

There are several reasons that older women should be cautious when reading fashion magazines.

First, these publications don’t really care making you look great. They care about selling advertising and supporting their sponsors.

When a magazine puts together a “total look,” they don’t necessarily think that everything goes well together. They are trying to showcase individual pieces in the best light possible.

Second, while some magazines are starting to feature older models, the vast majority are still focused on body-types and demographics that show their clothes off in a certain way. As a result, spending too much time reading fashion magazines can push you towards short-term trends instead of timeless principles.

Fashion for Women Over 60 – 5 Mistakes

Clean Out Your Old Favorites from Your Wardrobe

Do you have an old sweater in your wardrobe that is so comfy that you can’t bring yourself to throw it away? Or, perhaps you have a pair of leather shoes that have molded to your feet over the years. As we age, we tend to become attached to items that have sentimental value.

There’s nothing wrong with this. By all means, keep photos of yourself wearing the clothes that you love. But, if your clothes are so worn in that they are starting to look raggedy, it’s probably time to let them go.

Adapt to the Ways that Your Body is Changing

No matter what the beauty companies tell you in their advertising, there is no such thing as an “anti-aging” cream. As my friend, and makeup artist, Ariane Poole, once said “There’s only one way to stop aging and that’s not a place that we want to go any time soon!”

We can’t stop the aging process, but, we can adapt our makeup and fashion approach to accentuate our best features and adapt to the changes that are happening in our bodies.

Just because a look worked for you when you were younger doesn’t mean that it is putting you in the best light today.

In our fashion video series, Melanie and I discussed specific tips for dealing with flabby arms, wrinkly knees and turkey necks and many of the other challenges that women our age face.

The important thing is to find a balance between being confident and proud of our bodies, while at the same time recognizing the opportunity that we have to accentuate our best features.

I hope that you found these tips useful! Our fashion principles video has plenty of examples and is available in our fashion for women over 60 video series. Plus, the series includes dozens more videos on topics ranging from fashion faux pas and clothing essentials to body types and accessorizing.

Do you relate to any of the “mistakes” in this article? What other advice would you give to the other women in our community to help them get the look that they want? Please add your thoughts in the comments section below.


Feel free to contact Melanie Payge to organize a personal style consultation.

Special thanks to Atelier Gianluca Saitto for letting us use their fabulous space.


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