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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.

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A white shirt is timeless and is an essential in any wardrobe. We have fallen in love with this near-classic white shirt from BaukjenThe 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.


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Are you over 60 and still feeling fabulous? Tell us your favourite styles to wear! Or even send us in a photo!


10 thoughts on “Dressing when you are over 60 has never been as chic or as stylish

  1. I so agree, and at 85 I still think I am stylish….5ft 8ins tall, size 12, and love my Phase 8 jump suit, Calvin Klein Jeans, and Peruvian Connection casuals….probably embarrassed my son when I wore a Flappers dress at his Veterinary Practice Christmas party….I felt OK and it was a laugh! Would enjoy this cruise!

    • Thank you so much for commenting, Hazel. As it says on our site, ‘Style doesn’t Stop After 50’, nor after 60, 70 or 80. We would bet you looked not just okay but totally fabulous in that Flapper dress – sounds gorgeous; you keep flying the flag for fabulous 50-plus women.

  2. They all look B….y awful,really, please they look stupid. Who are you trying to kid. I am that age and I would not want to dress like any of them!!!! MUTTON springs to mind.

    • Thanks for commenting, Mary. Naturally, you are entitled to your opinion, and, naturally, we disagree with you. Cyndy and I are also ‘that age’ and we love fashion and think a lot of women over 60 embrace fashion too. If you like to be more classic, that is your choice, and a very valid one, but our raison d’etre at SoSensational is to find fashion that a woman over 50 or over 60 can wear to look fabulous…

  3. Do you ever check out Margaret Howell, Agnes b or for those needing a bit of give Oska
    I find the store Fenwicks is always inspiring. Although Hobbs has become rather boring they do have the odd jacket that becomes a classic. Also Jigsaw is always worth a visit. My crowd is mainly architects and designers of buildings, interiors, gardens, jewellery etc who always look designed and have an amazing colour sense. I wish you would broaden your horizon a little – I think you have a great idea here and enjoy all your hard work.

    Just came across this – much more my style of images

    I recently saw a very smart older woman wearing a long shirt dress and grey leggings. I want the leggings ! Have looked everywhere. They were soft fabric more like T shirt material – not stretch – in soft grey. Any ideas ?

    • Hi Julie, Thank you so much for your comments. We love hearing from our site visitors. We are always on the lookout for new brands to feature, but unfortunately, there are a few brands who keep themselves to themselves. Margaret Howell and Agnes B are two of them. We quite understand why you love them though, especially in your world of arthitects and designers. We’d love to have them on board so maybe they’ll get in touch! We will take a look at Oska, but can confirm that Jigsaw is one of our favourites too; really beautiful clothes. As for the leggings, we’ve found these Hope you like them! Thanks for your nice words Julie.

  4. I am 85, still love my clothes and style, shop well and have retained the shape I have had all my life, keep up to date with fashion, prefer a classic look and do not think I am Mutton dressed as lamb! So much enjoy sosensational, a breath of fresh air, thank you!

    • Thank you Hazel – what a lovely and inspiring comment. Obviously we love fashion, and are truly delighted that a woman with a few extra candles on her birthday-cake is still loving fashion, too. We’ll keep trying to find you things to love…

  5. I am youthful middle aged 60 year old and have a total different style to the rich ladies in your article. I love stylish, classic,youthful clothes so much that I have entered and in the Ms Galaxy UK 2018 final . I would have loved to send you a photo of myself; however there is no means to do so: I’m quite sure there are many readers who look just as good as those rich ladies on a fraction of their money.

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