Dressing fashionably at 70 – There’s no getting away from it, 70 is an awfully big number.
But it’s a number we Boomers are having to come to terms with, as we hurtle towards 70. Or have already passed that landmark birthday.
We think it’s easier to come to terms with 70 when so many super-glam women such as Elaine Paige, Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon and, of course, Dame Helen Mirren, are looking fabulous in their 70s proving it’s possible. And providing a template for the rest of us for looking good at 70 years old.
Dressing fashionably at 70
Trends are definitely a little tougher to follow as we reach the Big Seven-O, but certainly not impossible. Here are some suggestions for looking sensational and dressing fashionably at 70:
Structure is our friend in our 70s. We can impose structure with good underwear, starting with a well-fitting bra that keeps our boobs where they should be.
Also, shapewear of all kinds, helps hold everything in and provides a smooth silhouette under our clothing.
A Shaper Slip, which is slightly easier to wear as there is less wrestling when you go to the loo, helps to ensure that filmier fabrics hang properly.
GIVE CLASSICS A TWIST
Classics are Classics for good reasons – because they look good, flatter most body shapes, and carry on for season after season. But we need to give our Classics a twist and a regular shake-up, to avoid sliding into too-safe territory. Fashion for the older woman means cherishing a classic cut, but buying the Classic in a very non-Classic colour or print, such as this ‘classic’ blazer in yellow from Marks & Spencer, or a ‘classic’ monochrome trench from La Redoute.
BUYING HIGH STREET
At 70, it’s perfectly possible to shop on the High Street and to look elegant (and to appear as if you bought designer/premium). But there are some tricks to it.
One trick is to mix it up. If you have designer/premium pieces, mix them with High Street pieces. Also, when shopping on the High Street at 70 it’s good to consider buying up a size as volume usually looks pricier! If a garment looks ‘skimpy,’ that can sometimes let us down.
When shopping on the High Street at 70 it is important to consider colour. An inexpensive item will often look more elegant (and pricier) in a neutral or classic colour. For instance, we love these linen trousers from Boden. They could be paired with a simple long-sleeve tee or top for everyday. But teamed with a cami and a blazer they are perfect for dinner out.
A denim skirt is a great High Street buy at 70. Denim is not only perfectly on trend but is a clever alternative to jeans. We love this one from Kin Denim at John Lewis & Partners the midi length makes it super elegant.
Statement pieces look good at any age, but it is often not until we’ve had a few big birthdays that we really appreciate the value of a bold statement piece. A statement piece could be almost anything, but, whatever it is, when dressing fashionably at 70, make it the focus of the outfit. We’d have no problem declaring either of these stunning blue dresses, one from Hobbs and one from Ted Baker, to be our Statement frock of the season.
Jan and Cyndy represent the two ends of the colour-loving spectrum. Cyndy adores colour, the brighter and bolder the better; Jan not so much. Jan prefers neutrals but acknowledges that as we get older, colour is vital. It has the ability to lift our skin-tone, to make our eyes shine and our hair gleam.
And as we said earlier, colour is a clever way to jolt ‘safe’ into sensational. Gorgeous colour abounds for this season. For a bold splash of paintbox-bright colour we love this embroidered jacket from Boden while our favourite pastels include this stunning pink trouser suit from Marks & Spencer.
You may have some much-loved heritage and vintage pieces. Give them an airing as a unique way to upgrade and complement your contemporary wardrobe, especially High Street pieces.
Only you know what’s in your wardrobe, but have a rummage and see if there’s a dress or a brooch or shoes that a fashionable 16-year-old would kill for. If so, why not give it an airing…
Volume is your friend as you get older. That definitely doesn’t mean baggy, but a bit slouchy… Consider wearing something more fitted (like a tee or cami) under a slouchy shirt…