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“Age appropriate” has long been a term used to describe fashion. And while it has a place in teaching young girls to dress like young girls and not the pop stars they see on TV, it is becoming far too commonplace when referring to “mature” fashion.

There is no pleasure in seeing someone wearing something wrong for their body shape or personality, but this doesn’t mean that their age should have anything to do with it. Unfortunately, there are far too many clothing brands that target over 60 women with very unstructured, dull, unexciting clothes that quite simply don’t make us feel fabulous one bit.

But there are some women out there staying away from the age appropriate stereotypes and wearing fabulous clothes that look great on them – irrespective of age. Age and style should be able to be mutually exclusive, and these women are doing just that.

And what is most interesting is that there is a clear theme in what makes these women look fabulous… they aren’t afraid to be daring. They all indulge in bright clothes and bold prints. They use big jewellery but wear it elegantly. They are proving that bold and bright looks fantastic no matter what your age – so why aren’t you doing it too?



1. Iris Apfel

She is the interior designer turned business woman turned fashion icon and at 92 she fills her wardrobe with bold prints. Her trademark glasses might appear old to some but she has always worn them with outrageously fun clothes that make her look like the life of the party. You wouldn’t know she’s in her 90s!



2. Diane Von Furstenberg

The 67-year-old fashion designer is a name known by almost every girl worldwide. Her style is admired and for good reason: she’s not afraid to mix things up. Wearing all sorts of textures and colours, she mixes it together well and looks fantastic.



3. Beatrix Ost

Beatrix is a 74-year-old woman who has been a designer, visual artist, theatre producer and an author. She makes fashion look fun as she is always elegant in gentle colours and a striking headpiece.



4. Pat Cleveland

Pat is a 62 year old model and fitness advocate – and she has been since the 60s! She looks after her body and health well exercising regularly and trying to eat raw as often as possible, but it is her style that is incredibly eye catching. She loves wearing colour and she dresses in beautiful tailored clothes to suit her slender figure.


Who is your over 60s style icon? Why? What do you love about their style? What is your favourite thing to wear? Tell us below.

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  1. Glad to see you mention women well-over 60 – there’s a lot of us and a lot of us that don’t believe your age is two digits on a piece of paper – – no, I’m not meaning we like being mutton dressed up as lamb, but still like to appear attractively dressed.

  2. Larger women in their 60s want cottons and linen not all this synthetic material in hideous patterns.

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    • I don’t want linen, it can look awful at the end of the day & I love all the bright modern colours.

    • These women look fantastic and have a great sense of style! I found that I lost my sense of style when I put on weight but would love to get my mojo back!

    • I agree with you Suzanne. These fabrics are too hot. However I do tend to look like a crumpled old rag after ten minutes in linen and cotton 🙁

    • Love crushed linen! Hate bright colours .Love pastels but mainly white and beige together. Synthetic makes you smell pretty bad .

    • Linen is very hot as well, so as much as I lijke it, not good for our northern climate I am like you Trish Simpson…hard to find what I like to wear now.

  3. Heaven forbid if you are over 60, more generously proportioned, on a tight budget and NOT into black.

  4. Helen Mirren always looks fabulous – I’ve seen some pictures of her wearing a beautiful, bright red outfit which looks fabulous with her white hair! My favourite clothes are jeggings with bright tops – wear them everywhere!

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    • Tights with long tops were my uniform in winter but what do you wear in summer? I thought about getting some white jeggings but thought I might look like “chooky legs” 🙂

  5. Patricia Holmes. Why can’t older people wear jeans and look good? That’s only your opinion, if it’s a casual outing, don’t see why the can’t look good in them. Of course , if they fit properly.

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    • when I hit 40 I decided I was too old for jeans and gave them to to Saint Vinnies.. less than 6 months down the line I realized women much much older than me were wearing jeans!! So I bought more.. I still wear them but not tight ones anymore, I feel comfortable in them, and these days I am all about comfort

    • I wear jeans too..I would not wear them to anything formal but to a bbq or worn casually they are great. Team them with a nice top ..and why not?

    • I wear skinny jeans all the time,with nice tops in summer & nice jumpers in the winter you have to know how to wear them,sometimes I can’t believe what some women wear & make themselves look so much older, you can get away with a lot more if you know to wear them,style has got nothing to do with price but quality & cut go a long way,I’m 75!!

    • I’m 80 and wear skinny jeans all the time. If you love them, wear them ladies! Jeans look great on everyone, it’s just a matter of finding a cut that suits your shape. Since I have a bit of a flat bum, I go for brands with a bit of stretch and a tapered leg so I can wear them with ankle boots and heels.

  6. I agree with Patricia, jeans do not look good on older people even with a fab figure. We have to realise there is a time for everything.

    2 REPLY
    • it is a matter of personal choice. I am sure some of the clothing you wear we would not like but that is your choice and wearing jeans is ours

    • not meaning to be rude but I would not wear that ourfit your wearing in that pic, I realize your older than many of us, but to me that outfit looks dowdy and aging..just my opinion

  7. Well, I plan to wear jeans for as long as I can get in and out of them! Dress in what suits you and what you feel good in,..that’s the only rule surely?

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