Easy Ways to Wear Trends Over 60
At our age, uncomfortable fashion has no place in our wardrobe. We know that life is too short to tolerate pinched toes, pants that bind in the midsection, or clothes we have to adjust constantly. We’ve gotten to a place where we know what we want and need fashion to work for, not against us. Many women enjoy adding some current trends to their wardrobe each year because it keeps their look fresh and modern. Most trends are aimed at the young, but women over 60 can certainly wear them with some tweaking. The goal isn’t to look younger but to look more youthful, so here’s how to wear trends over 60 and not feel (or look) silly.
How To Wear Trends over 60 – Use Fewer
Sprinkling a trend or two into your outfit is youthful looking. Diving in head first, with multiple trends in a single outfit, can end up looking like you’re trying too hard. No one wants to look like a fashion victim, which runs the risk of making you look older than you actually are. Aim for one or two tiny touches of trend per outfit.
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How To Wear Trends Over 60 – Dial It Back
Dial back the intensity of a trend. The ripped, heavily distressed, and ragged jeans we’ve seen in recent years are hard to pull off over 60. Frayed hems and mild distressing on jeans are a better option over 60. Skater jeans with enormous legs are trending this fall. They can look and be overwhelming at our age. A simple wide leg looks just as modern and is easier to wear. The trending chain necklaces have grown to epic proportions. It’s easier to wear that trend over 60 when you dial the size down from ones that are reminiscent of Mr. T.
How To Wear Trends Over 60 – Updated Footwear
Modern footwear instantly levels up your entire outfit. The problem is most of us have funky feet by this age, and comfortable shoes are mandatory. Retro sneakers, lug sole loafers, and over-the-knee flat boots are on trend this season. They’re great options to try and way more comfortable than the backless clogs, pointed toes, and higher heels we’re seeing.
How To Wear Trends Over 60 – Updated Colors
Colors also go in and out of trend and are an easy way to update your look in the styles and shapes you know to be flattering. Even a totally classic shape in a trending color will change the whole feel of your outfit. Unless a trending color is one of your very best that you’ll wear for many years, add small bits.
How To Wear Trends over 60- Accessories
Lastly, pull out your accessories. We’ve usually amassed quite a collection of interesting pieces by this age, so adding trendy pieces should be done judiciously. Why spend money on this year’s heart details when they’ll feel out of date before we know it? Trending accessories are not where you want to invest big bucks and who wants to wear tacky ones? Add interest and a unique perspective to your outfits by wearing those special pieces you’re saving for a special occasion. You may also discover that you own pieces whose popularity has come back around, and yours will be unique.
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Thanks for reading, and remember to wear what makes you feel confident. Confidence is really the best thing we can wear.
Super tips Jennifer as one of my current challenges at the moment is; at age 75 not to look as though I’m competing with my daughters or pre ‘n teenage grandchildren. That being said; on the subject of footwear I find one still has to be selective in what one chooses and in my case due to a back problem certain styles can be a challenge to even get them on or off so I’ll be passing on ‘over-the knee’ boots for sure…. lol! Also, since our temps are somewhat cool at the moment yesterday in lieu of my loafers while running some errands I opted for a pair of four -eyelet leather style ‘desert’ boots (also known as chukka boots …. old as the hills but in perfect condition and identical in colour to a recently purchased cross-body bag) and managed to get a compliment on them by a young sales clerk who inquired where I got them.
I remember Chukka boots well. They’re super comfy.
How do you determine a “trend” versus a “fad”? I don’t want to invest much in something that will be gone soon.
A fad usually lasts a year, and trends tend to last anywhere from 3-7 years. I see most trends last five years on average.
P.S. to my earlier comment. I love your hair! You look amazing in all the pics but your hair in the pic with the blazer and corduroy slacks…fabulous!
Thank you 🙂
Your suggestions are spot on, Jennifer. I, too, am definitely a more classic dresser but I do like a little edginess now and then. Some of the trends are fun and your suggestions are great. Thanks!
A very helpful article. Your pointers are easy to understand and underpin confidence. Thank you.
Confidence is so important! Glad you liked this.
Love your suggestions and your view of our choices at this time when we want to be stylist but sensible as well. Also, Love your classic outfit. You look so comfortable.
I enjoyed reading this post very much – thank you Jennifer! Come to think of it, I have always been a more “classic” dresser, rather than one to follow trends slavishly. Even as a young woman. At very-close-to 70, I still like to feel au courant though and agree with almost all your suggestions. Because of my body type, I cannot even think of how much those wide legged pants would swallow me up! (Insert horrified giggle here.). With long slender limbs, and a short torso, and overall short (5’3.5″ now, down from 5’4+”, bell bottomed – unless it’s a “baby” bell – and anything too wide, overwhelms me. I love how you look in the white shirt and leather pants: very elegant!
100% on the importance of comfortable shoes!
Love how you added small trends to your outfits but still look very classy. Being petite I’ve learned over the years that I can’t go over the top with trends. Just looks like I’m trying too hard. I’m trying to find some comfortable winter shoes that are on trend.
Love your advice on not over extending trends.
Shoes are better designed with a better look and still comfort.
Everything in moderation is a good way to think.
I agree about the moderation
Do you wear some kind of sock with the new loafers? I bought some of these loafers and wonder how they feel with no socks?
Love these suggestions! You do look stylish, and “on trend”, in each of these photos. I think finding shoes that are trendy and fit “funky feet” is a bit easier this year with the lug sole and ballet flat trends? And I love the idea of shopping my jewelry box for on trend accessories!
Still laughing at Mr. T image! 🤣
Yup! Just said to my husband re: some jewelry trend.. “ oh, I’ve got that!” It doesn’t pay to get rid of anything I guess! 😉 Love your blog
I find footwear most challenging to find, since local places don’t carry my size, and you can’t predict comfort level online. Even tried and tru brands aren’t consistent.
I like to wear trends in tops/blouses and sweaters.
Thank you for keeping us posted!
You look great in each one of these photos, Jennifer – stylish and sophisticated. I especially like the angles of the double breasted jacket lapels over the V-neck sweater.
Love the outfits and what great advice! Couldn’t agree more especially about the shoes.
Footwear has become my biggest challenge.
Footwear has been a challenge for me being on my feet in a classroom for years. Now that I’m retired, I have more choices. Have you tried Margaux shoes? I bought a pair of heels for wedding this summer and they were so comfortable — plenty of padding. Just got in a pair of ballet flats for winter and I love them!
I love Margaux and have two pairs of their ballet flats and one pair of their sandals. I’ve been curious to try the heels; thanks for sharing.