Dressing when you are over 60 has never been as chic or as stylish
Style icons such as Twiggy, Diane Keaton, Carole Middleton, Brigitte Macron and Goldie Hawn all prove you can look sensationally stylish in your 60s and beyond.
At 60 and over, it is time to embrace fashion, as these icons have rather than to shy away from key trends this season or any season.
A statement jacket (or coat) is the perfect wardrobe staple and the first piece any stylish woman turns to as the leaves start to fall signalling the end of summer. This season’s hottest jacket is, again a blazer, either double- or single-breasted; choose whichever works for your shape. Wear your blazer with a neutral palette and let the jacket shine. This statement blazer in a stunning shade of pink by Stella McCartney is the perfect addition to any wardrobe this season. Throw it on over a crisp shirt and jeans or tailored trousers for an androgynous but sensual and perfectly on-trend look. When the temps cool, just add a fake-fur scarf or stole.
A white shirt is timeless and is an essential in any wardrobe. We have fallen in love with this near-classic white shirt from Baukjen. The beauty of this piece is its wearability; the soft shirting style makes for a relaxed and wonderfully flattering fit. It is perfect for achieving a luxe look this season styled with wide-legged trousers or jeans, and for layering.
A great day dress is the perfect addition to the over 60 wardrobe. Go for a neutral colour and a basic cut then style it up with some statement accessories. We love this 3/4 sleeve dress from Boden. The wrap style and clever ruching make this dress ultra flattering as well as perfect for the current season.
Be daring with trouser cuts. This season there’s the option of wide-leg or skinny – pick what works for you. Team these beautifully tailored wide-leg trousers from Marks & Spencer with a crisp shirt or a jumper or a statement blazer to create a superb look for work or weekends. In darkest navy, they are sensational for the party season as well as for daytimes. For a play on silhouettes, pair them with a fitted top or with a slouchy top tucked in.
The perfect “party” dress is a must at any age. Sometimes, we want the safe option with a black dress, sometimes we want colour. Maybe we resist colour because we feel that it is too difficult to wear. But colour adds a stylish youthfulness and shows that fashion can be daring at every age. Goldie Hawn is a great inspiration for a big event look. She loves colour, and she pairs it with perfect accessories – a good lesson for all over-60 women.
But black is soooo tempting…
We love this black off-the-shoulder lace sheath dress with its long fluted sleeves. By Adrianna Papell, it would be perfect for a party or glamorous event this season.
And if you want colour, and you are seeking the perfect full-length gown, we think this ankle-length dress in rich Bordeaux from Coast fits the bill to perfection. We think it is perfect for a chic over-60 woman. Just style it with courts or pumps and a clutch or mini cross-body bag – oh, and, naturally, some statement jewels!
So, when dressing over 60 the rules are simple: don’t back away from colour; embrace structure and stick to classic shapes and cuts (though not necessarily classics as they can be ageing); try to update with statement accessories and a few well-chosen current pieces; and ignore what you don’t feel comfortable in.
Are you over 60 and still feeling fabulous? Tell us your favourite styles to wear! Or even send us in a photo!