Style tips for dressing youthfully without going over the top 52



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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.

Avoid black

You may have heard that black is slimming and appropriate for almost every occasion, but as women get older, their skin becomes paler and wearing black can do the opposite of flatter. It can actually emphasise wrinkles and dark shadows under the chin and around the eyes. If you do love your black, consider adding a bright scarf or statement necklace for a pop of colour. Even earthy colours like olive, grey and brown can be that neutral base instead of black.

Wear more shape-fitting tops and dresses

Older women tend to want to hide their bodies but if you wear a box-y dress or big shirt, it can be hiding that slim waist or trim legs. By covering the parts that can be accentuated, you can look heavier. A tailored jacket, a shorter dress or a cinching belt could be all you need to get a different look.

Dare to bare

Just because your age is increasing doesn’t mean your hemline has to as well! You might be trying to hide veins or lumps but a long skirt can make women look wider and frumpier. To find the most flattering skirt length for your shape, look in the mirror and note the slimmest part of the area around your knee – it could be right above, right below or in the middle. This is where your hemline should hit.

Wear shapewear

A lot of ladies keep their shape wear for a special occasion but the fact is these can be worn under everyday outfits – if they’re not too tight. This could make all the difference at that dinner party or important day at work.

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

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.

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.

Freshen your wardrobe

  • Inject some colour into your wardrobe – change it up!
  • Buy some more scarves and statement necklaces
  • Ditch cardigans and look for structured jackets
  • Look for tops that are clingy in the right places i.e. around the breasts but not around the tummy.
  • Find some outfits you can layer
  • Take photos of clothes arranged in different looks
  • Take a look at magazines to see what the styles are and try to emulate your favourites – you can have fun experimenting with less expensive alternatives.

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!
  • 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
  • The three no-nos of dressing youthfully. Consider before leaving the house:
  1. Am I showing too much flesh/cleavage?
  2. Are these clothes obviously too tight?
  3. Is my underwear showing through my clothes?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may need to reconsider your outfit so that you can look your best.

Here’s some of our favourite youthful looks:

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via Southern Hospitality


via 50isnotold


via Style Savvy DFW


via 50 not frumpy


via Messy Nessy Chic


via Style Savvy DFW



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  1. What this does ignore is that many of us are over living in shapewear and tight clothes. Looking nice is important but you are not going to look good if your clothes are uncomfortable.

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    • I agree …… and cover that tummy, I hate seeing women with large stomachs wearing tight clothes. There are many shops now for larger sized women but many of them don’t seem to shop there 🙁

  2. I am very happy to look the age I am… It’s taken me a long time to get here….

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    • Hear hear Kerry. Someone said yesterday “who wants to look old?” Well I for one am happy to look the age I am. The lines on my face have been well earned. My body has born children, my hair has faced the sun for decades. All of these badges of honour I wear with pride. I have a friend who, in her late 90’s won’t go out without a wig and about an hours worth of make up application. I support her right to chose but my goodness I feel sad that to her, at her age, how she looks more important that what is in her heart. And for her that is exactly how it is.

    • I agree Robyn, I think your friend is a little sad but I have friends who are the same. Nothing is more aging than a old lady with too much make up on..

  3. All the sites and photos you showed were all from American stores. Surely there would be some Australian sites and stores you could have shown.

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    • Try this Heather –
      Great layering looks that don’t follow ‘trends’, easy to screw up in a suitcase (I never take more than hand luggage even for long trips!) and it never dates; Made in Melbourne so it lasts and lasts too. 👍

    • Joanne Saunders Thanks I will take a look. I lived in the States for 7 years and have shopped at those stores and loved them. Clothes were reasonably priced and good quality, having trouble finding clothes here at a reasonable price.

  4. Who cares if you go over the top? My close friend does and she looks amazing because she has great style. She has bright cherry-red hair and always wears lots of bling. You have no idea how many women stop us to tell her that they admire her or she looks great.
    I also believe I have style but prefer not to be noticed quiet that much.
    We are all differen’t and goodness gracious! Wear what we bloody well like!

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