There used to be articles showing what to wear in your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Then I saw articles showing what to wear in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Then, once in awhile, I began to see a couple of articles showing what to wear in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond. When I was in my 50’s, though, I didn’t necessarily want to wear what was shown for my age category. For instance, I like a more laid-back, bohemian look than “a suit or fitted blazer.”
Now you can google articles that tell you all sorts of things that you cannot wear in your 60’s, and some things that you can…mostly, there are lists of what you cannot wear anymore. I’m sorry, I disagree. I have found that age doesn’t matter.
When I thought about starting a blog with infinite outfit possibilities, I thought of those articles that ended with the fifth decade. That is not the end of a woman’s life or even her looks. I thought I could go beyond that to show what you can wear in your 60’s. But I have found that it depends…
It depends on who you are (your true self), what you do each day, what you love, what you like and don’t like about your body. It depends on what the latest styles are and which ones you like, love or want to try. And the older you get, the more you know about yourself.
I like this quote by Annabel Hodin: “Don’t ever try and compete with a younger woman on the age proposition,” she says. “Why would you want to when you can outrun them by looking sleeker, more stylish, and generally better dressed?” — from a very good article you might like at harpersbazaar.com: “How to Dress Your Age….”
When I was at local designer Cheryl Zemke‘s Holiday Fashion Show 2017, I went to her pop-up shop and was talking with some women who were trying on some of her creations. I encouraged one of them to go ahead and get something she loved, because she was afraid it wouldn’t be okay for a woman her age to wear it. She told me about an orange polka-dot skirt she saw in a store that she fell in love with. She thought, “but I would feel so conspicuous in it!” She bought it anyway and every time she wore it she got compliments. She’s glad she bought it. She laughed and said, “but I always feel so conspicuous in it!”
Here’s what image consultant Brenda Kinsel said in her blog post “Fashion Advice for 60-Year-Olds”:
Fashion advice for the woman over 60: Do not be afraid!
Don’t be afraid to be noticed.
Don’t be afraid to stand out in a crowd.
Don’t be afraid to dress like you’re heading to a party even when you’re not.
Don’t be afraid to be inspired by what a 20-year-old is wearing. Steal her color combo idea, the way she stacks her bracelets, her choice of socks with shoes. Your version will be right, right now.
As I get older, I feel more free; free to wear what I love, do what I love, express myself, be my true self…and let it show. Your true self – who you are, have been and always will be – is ageless.
So, I say go ahead and shop at stores aimed at younger people if they have your size and have interesting clothes and accessories that you might love and want to try for yourself. Go ahead and wear whatever people say you can no longer wear at your age…if it fits, looks good on you, and makes you happy. Go ahead and do your hair the way you want that you think looks good on you and feels comfortable for you. And you can also go ahead and NOT wear what makes you uncomfortable or what you don’t like and doesn’t express who you are. Trends or classics, you can choose both in any combination you like…whatever makes you be you.
Do you feel free to wear what you love, or do you want to know what’s best on a woman in your age group? Let us know in the comments below!
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