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How to Update Your Plus Size Wardrobe to Match Your Changing Style After 60

By Stephen Hadley August 06, 2022 Makeup and Fashion

Life is always throwing some new challenge at you. Fortunately, the older you get, the better you become at adapting to changing circumstances.

Women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s face a unique set of challenges for sure. You may be entering a new career – or transitioning out of the workplace into retirement. Or you may be in your 70s and beyond and thinking about volunteering, or doing nothing for a change.

As you get older, health problems – some brief and manageable, others chronic and life-changing – become a reality. Your body may go through significant changes, forcing you to confront new issues.

But you’re a confident, successful woman. There’s no doubt you will navigate these and many more changes like a pro.

Part of that is about knowing yourself and adapting your personal style to fit your changing circumstances. If you’re dealing with a major change now or just want to be prepared for the future, these tips are sure to help.

Know Yourself

Being confident with your personal style and fashion choices all comes down to knowing yourself – what you like, what matters to you, and what kind of image you want to present to the world. But doing so can be hard when you’re dealing with changing circumstances.

For example, what happens if you face a serious health problem that alters your physical appearance? What if the aging process leads to a change in your body shape? You may find that the outfits that you once loved are no longer flattering. Or that the styles that once appealed to you no longer do.

Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of your changing circumstances, focus on the things about yourself that haven’t changed. Keep expressing that gorgeous inner you in all your style choices.

If you’re wearing a different size in clothing than you once did, you can still find items that express your true inner self. Here are three ways to do it.

Start with Classics in Neutral Colors

A basic wardrobe in classic styles and neutral colors is essential for every woman. Maybe it’s time to update your essentials – with simple button-up blouses, camisoles, skirts, and cover-ups. If so, make sure you go with styles that flatter your figure and fit comfortably.

Plus size women often struggle with finding quality basics that fit their bodies properly. It’s a shame, because no one – not of any age or shape – deserves to feel less than gorgeous in everything she wears.

If you are struggling to find classic plus size attire in your local area, try shopping online. Use sizing charts to find the right fit – and keep in mind that not all designers use the same sizing guides.

Add Color and Fun

If you find that many of your old favorites don’t fit anymore, it’s time to update your wardrobe. If a change in your size or body shape has been a discouraging process for you, this can be an opportunity to find a positive side to that change. Why?

There are more options than ever before for larger women who want to express themselves with colorful, artful, fun plus size clothing.

You don’t have to hide behind dark colors and poorly fitting garments. Instead, look for artistic batik cardigans, kimono sleeve cover-ups in fun colors, and other items that express your personal style.

Don’t Be Afraid to Try Something New

Whatever change has led you to updating or changing your wardrobe, keep a positive outlook. This is an opportunity for you to enhance your personal style!

That may include trying out some new looks. Don’t be afraid! You don’t have to totally revamp your wardrobe. Instead, start with an outfit you already love. Now, swap out just once piece for a more stylish option.

For example, you might replace a black jacket with an artistic plus size jacket. Or a simple metal bracelet with a chunky, colorful option.

Major changes can be daunting. But they can become powerful moments when you embrace your ability to take control and transform in a positive way.

Use these tips to choose items that will have you dressing in striking, flattering, expressive outfits. That way, you’ll always announce your beauty and confidence to the world around you, no matter what changes you experience.

How has your body changed with age? How has your style changed? How do you adapt your wardrobe to those changes? Please share in the comments below.

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Karin L Bendel

Great article which made me think out of my box of LEGGINGS! Which are my daily go to but there is more in fashion or I can pair it with something eye catching and sophisticated. Good ideas right here.




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The Author

Stephen Hadley, founder of Generous Fashions, has been exclusively creating plus size clothing for women (XL to 4X) since 2002. He designs fabric and garments for and his Etsy shop, which offers Sixty and Me readers a 10% discount here Sign up for the Generous Fashions newsletter for new arrivals and member discounts.

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