The 20 best style tips for women over 60 41



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There’s a lot of style advice out there, but it can be difficult to sort through it all!

So we’ve done the hard work for you and found these great 20 tips and tricks of fashion for older women.

Which do you like?

1. Remove makeup (foundation especially) from clothing

Your favourite shirt isn’t ruined because it has makeup on it – all you need to do is apply shaving cream and rub. Rinse off and wash as normal.

2. Define your waist

This might sound crazy but it is true. One of the best ways to do this is to wear something that nips in at the waist, skimming the body or to wear a wide belt with some stretch. Do not wear a thin belt as it will make you look bigger and it can emphasise any bulges that might start to poke out over the top of a thin belt.

3. Emphasis your assets

Draw attention to what makes you look beautiful. It might be your hair, eyes, legs, your cleavage – whatever it may be, keep the focus of your look on these features and that is what everyone else will focus on too! That way they won’t even notice the rest!

But just to ensure they don’t, make sure you disguise the parts of your body that you feel uncomfortable with so you don’t draw attention to it.

4. Fasten a stubborn zipper

If your pants zipper has a mind of its own, attach a keyring to the zipper hole and slip over the button once zipped.

5. Stop runs in your tights from getting worse

If you see a run starting to form, you can stop it by dabbing some clear nail polish over it to prevent from stretching into a rip. Apply before wearing and let dry.

6. Wear a small/kitten heel

Wearing heels lengthen the legs and completely change the way a woman walks and holds herself. Pay careful attention to the type of heels you choose. Sometimes very thin heels, like a stiletto, can make an already plump woman look clumsy. Choose a wedge or a good solid heel. Nude shoes are ideal to give the impression of endlessly long legs.

7. Put your hair up

Yes, ladies – get it up off your neck and shoulders! This is instantly slimming. Remember to keep the look soft i.e. nothing harsh scraped off the face.

8. Know your lines

There are so many ways to create vertical lines in a look: a v-neck line, an open jacket, a waterfall cardie, a long pendant necklace. Remember: stripes should go up and down the body – not across.

9. Wear the correct undergarments

If your undergarments are ill-fitting, whatever you put over the top will never look good. Get these basics right with a professionally fitted bra and full briefs. Shapewear can work wonders by smoothing out any undesirable lumps and bumps creating the illusion of a fit and toned torso.

Also, remember if you’re wearing white pants, don’t wear black or white underwear because it will still be visible through your pants. Instead, buy nude underwear – it doesn’t have to be a g-string, but instead try to opt for seamless briefs.

10. Know your measurements

Know your measurements before you shop as it will not only will it cut down the time you spend trying on clothes, it will help you choose outfits that fit your body perfectly. Among the most important body parts to measure are your bust, chest, hips and waist.

11. Go peplum

If you’re worried about your waist or hips, try peplum for an instant slimming effect. It flatters every figure and does wonders at hiding bulges or bigger tummies.

12. Try on more than one size

Shoe sizes vary among designers and brands. Start by trying on your usual shoe size, then try on one pair that’s a half-size smaller and a second pair that’s a half-size larger. This goes for clothes too – it can help to take another size to the change room to avoid a second trip.

13. Avoid tangled jewellery

If you’re travelling and want to take several necklaces, you can organise them easily by putting one half of the chain through the straw and fastening the clasp once it comes out the other end.

14. Get rid of red wine stains

Accidentally spilt red wine on your clothes? You can get it out… by pouring white wine on top. Dab the area with a cloth to lift off the stain to neutralise the red colour. But be careful not to rub it because that will force the red wine into the clothing.

15. Know your colours

Know which colours will flatter you the most by figuring out if the undertones in your skin are either warm or cold. Women with cool undertones look best in white, black, grey, silver, and shades of blue. Women with warm undertones will be dazzling in shades of yellow, gold, brown, green and red.

16. Organise your wardrobe

This way you’ll be able to see what you own (and actually wear it)! Make piles of what you want to keep, donate or throw out and be merciless.

17. Use double-sided tape

Keep plunging necklines in place and prevent any fashion mishaps with this tape!

18. Limit your accessories

All women love accessories, but there’s a line. Stick to statement pieces and avoid an arm full of bracelets or a hand full of rings. Less is more!

19. Make up some ready-to-wear ensembles

Have ready-to-wear ensembles hanging in your closet! They will come in handy when you either have absolutely nothing to wear or when you’re in a rush to pull an outfit together.

20. And finally… dress how you feel, not your age

“Dress your age” – you’ve heard it a thousand times, but actually, you shouldn’t have to dress like a nanna. Be bold and don’t be afraid to shop in clothes stores that aren’t specifically targeted to older women. They often have some great buys that aren’t necessarily age-specific. Just wear what you feel comfortable in!

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  1. Wear clothing that “nips in at the waist” What waist? Has anybody see my waist? It’s gone off with my memory I’m guessing.

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  2. Oh dear . . . . . . What?!? 😳😖😂 Some very old ideas & tips there!! Not impressed! 😠

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    • I’m really Sorry! No, agree – of course not.
      Only joined this today, was hoping for a little more to be honest. (Don’t mean to sound nasty!)
      I mean – come on, ‘clear nail varnish on runs in tights’?!? That was in ‘Jackie’ – eons ago – we All surely would know that?! 😉 😊

  3. Anything goes these days. Just wear what you feel best suits your figure and pocket. If wearing these awful skinny pants, then please wear a longish top to cover up any “little problems…or big ones”!!! I prefer straight legs myself.

  4. Never, ever will I wear something with a peplum. They are horrible and in my opinion make you look fatter.

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    • It’s a gathered frill usually about five or six inches wide on the bottom of a blouse, it attaches at the waistline. They were in in the 70s and have come back again.

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      • Thanks for that explanation, I’d no idea either and how do you work out if you’ve warm or cold undertones?!

  5. I wish that eighties fashion with long waisted to the hips and balanced shoulders was back in fashion most comfortable and elegant.

  6. Some great fashions at Autograph or My Size for the bigger figure.
    Started to use more colours and break away from the black ( though I think black is very slimming)
    Leggings are my favourite

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  7. If you have reached ‘over 60’ & you still don’t know what you should wear……there is no hope for you..

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