How to continue dressing youthfully in your 60’s 191



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When we are in our 60s, it can feel like we are being judged by society at every turn, especially about the way we present ourselves. But how do we look youthful and younger without feeling ridiculous? It’s a difficult balancing act but there are plenty of over 60 women doing it well and so can you!

As long as you want to accentuate what you have instead of being obvious about it, then you’ll be on to a winner. There’s nothing worse than a 60-year-old in a tight leather skirt with cleavage spilling out of a too-tight top!

Here’s our tips for staying stylish in your 60s without overdoing it.

Donate or throw out the following items:

  • Muumuus
  • Floral cotton shirts
  • Three-quarter unfitted white pants
  • ‘Jesus’ sandals
  • Plain elastic-waisted pants
  • Polo shirts
  • Plain, oversized t-shirts
  • Knitted, unflattering jumpers
  • Anything with embroidery


Don’t fall victim to the over 60 women’s attitude of wearing all your jewellery at once. Instead, focus on one statement piece with a few smaller accessories. Sounding like a rattle is not flattering or making you look younger.

Shop in places you never have before

One of the biggest mistakes mature women make is excluding themselves from stores that have a younger feel. No, the shop assistant won’t look at you strangely, and no she won’t judge you! Have a browse, you might be surprised what you find. Some of the cheaper clothing stores such as Valley Girl, Temt and Dotti have great clothes to suit any body shape or age, such as cardigans, flowy skirts, basic tops, pretty dresses and chic three-quarter capri pants.

Wear jeans

Jeans are always in fashion, and they can look great at any age – just make sure you get the right type for your shape. Trouser cut or flared jeans look better on larger women, but if you have a small waist, you can pull off thinner, darker types.

Try prints, colours and textures

A simple black and white outfit can transform into a youthful look with some well-placed colour. Try to add leopard print shoes to an all-black outfit, or a coloured necklace and accessories to a white top and jeans.

Dress up an outfit with a scarf

A beautiful silk or cotton scarf can do wonders for a plain outfit. You’ll look youthful and chic while looking effortless. Team it with a simple grey top and black pants for an evening look.

Avoid high heels

Sky-high heels are not making you look younger, they are doing the opposite. All you need is a kitten heel (i.e. a short heel) or a nice flat to make any outfit look classy and young.

Pay attention to your hair

An outfit can go from fab to drab if your hair isn’t looking great. If you have long hair, give it a blow dry with some soft curls, or wear it in a bun with a bit of fringe. If you have short hair, texture it with some hair product. Simple hair accessories also work well, but stay away from bows, headbands and anything floral.

And above all:


  • Don’t worry what other people think – as long as you feel comfortable
  • You don’t have to spend a lot to look good, you just have to be smart about it
  • Keep your long hair as long as you want!
  • Stay away from baggy clothes– instead wear shapewear or tummy-tucking underwear to hide any lumps or bumps
  • Go shopping online to find great looks and browse what’s out there – especially if you’re put off by pushy sales assistants
  • Wear leggings if you can get away with it!
  • Match old with new – don’t shy away from your vintage clothing…simply mix it with new purchases for a stylish, youthful look
  • Have a core wardrobe of neutral basics that you can liven up with over shirts, jackets and accessories
  • Skirts should be on the knee or lower, never higher
  • Go for sleeves, or sleeveless items you can cover up
  • Keep a book of your favourite looks from magazines
  • Less is more

Our favourite looks for over 60s

Source: Pinterest
Source: Pinterest
Source: Budget Fashionista
Source: Woman and Home
Source: Woman and Home
Source: Woman and Home

How do you dress yourself in your 60s? Who is your style inspiration? What’s your number one style tip? Tell us below!

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  1. A little contradictory this time I feel….I refuse to part with my Jesus sandals….comfiest I own n does not hurt my bunions! A comment u made was to not worry about what others think….

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  2. I dress what I am comfortable in, as long as it is clean and not worn out and suits the occasion …..

  3. I don’t know if I am dressing right or wrong but I wasn’t going to put this out here but ..there you go..this was my New Years Eves dress, it is casual and light and comfortable because I only went for drinks with the girls.I hate this pic lol

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  4. I don’t wear black EVER ( well one jacket for a funerael) or brown ,navy ,maroon , all are very ageing – I like lots of white ,creak ,beautiful blues ,aqua ,red ,etc ,and very important I think is don’t have long hair – that’s DEFINATELY ” mutton dressed up as lamb look” ,always light tan make up ,No red lipstick EVER ,a lovely coral is very flattering ,don’t let your hair go grey ,that is the ultimate “ageing look”. A soft light brown ,ash blonde highlights ,not the peroxcide look !! And if you have dead straight hair ,well a few rollers give a soft look Anyone agree with my thoughts ?????

  5. Forgot to say – a black and white striped shirt ,looks very smart

  6. My style could be called lazy casual. I wear what I feel comfortable in. I was told recently that women of a certain age should always wear sleeves. Well I must not be of a certain age because I have a lot of tops that are sleeveless.

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    • This sounds exactly like me. I only have to impress me now and if no one likes it then so be it. Mind you I don’t dress like an “old” person and believe if you look good you feel great. But casual it is. I wish I had the heart to get rid of all the formal type dresses that I “might wear one day” I know I won’t. lol

    • I love to see women who have worked out what style and colours suit them and wear their clothes with confidence . Have a friend who colours her hair bright red and loves colours and although her style is not mine I love the way she looks.

  7. As long as you are comfortable in your clothes and not being a ‘tryhard’ then wear what you like.

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