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What to Wear Over 60

Fashion rules tend to multiply, the older we get. Always wear this, or never wear that lists for older women are everywhere! Do you follow them? Most are just other people’s ideas of what we should wear but some have tools we can use or discard based on our personal style. Today I’m sharing six things I’ve chosen to wear over 60 because they help me look and feel my best. No rules involved! You may find some of these work for you too.

This post always gets a lot of visitors from Pinterest so I thought I would update it for 2021.

 

Six ideas for what to wear over 60

A Supportive Bra

Few of us escape menopause without changes to the shape of our bodies. Things shift and usually drop. I’m looking at you, droopy knees…but of the other biggest drops usually happen to our bustline.

 

beige bra on leopard print stool

 

We know that many women wear the wrong size bra, but over 60, it’s even more common.

Do yourself a favor and get a professional bra fitting (when we can safely go out), to ensure you’re wearing the proper bra for your current body. Breast tissue loses firmness as we age so opt for supportive bra’s that keep those girls in place. You also might want to include several in your skin tone which will be invisible under clothes. Remember, everyone’s “nude” is different.

Related –The One Bra You’ll Never Need

 

Updated Haircut

Whether you’ve chosen to go gray or not, your hairstyle has a huge impact on your appearance. A stale haircut that dates you isn’t serving you well. If your hair texture performs best in a bob, tweak it to look more modern. Have the back stacked to a graduated bob or try adding some wisps in front or side-swept bangs.

Always wear your hair short? Use some gel to add texture for a piecey look and/or get a lift on top. Small changes can make your hairstyle look more current so investigate your options and experiment with new products.

Good Housekeeping has a new article here with some fresh hair cuts to try over 60. And of course, my all-time favorite source for inspiration is Pinterest.

 

Body Moisturizer For Mature Skin

By 60, our skin isn’t producing the same amount of collagen and natural oils as our younger skin. To counteract that, I’ve found it invaluable to slather a good quality moisturizer all over my body when I’m fresh out of the shower.

I find formulas that contain squalane, hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, and lactic acid are some of the best for moisturizing aging skin. I also reapply to my legs and arms each night. It may seem like overkill, but the extra effort makes a world of difference.

Related –How to Treat Crepey Skin

 

SOME EFFECTIVE MOISTURIZERS

Wear What Fits Your Current Body

Buy and wear clothes that fit you right now. You deserve better than to squeeze yourself into things that fit 15, 10, or even 5 pounds ago. They won’t hang properly and are uncomfortable…both physically and mentally. Tight clothes also make you look larger than you are and who wants that?

If you plan or hope to lose weight in the near future, buy a few quality basics that fit, which will restore your confidence and help motivate you on your journey to healthy eating and weight. If you adore clothes that don’t fit you right now, move them to another closet so you don’t see them each morning.

 

Updated Jewelry In Midlife

Good costume jewelry has the ability to change the look of an outfit and add attitude to your look. Cheap, tacky stuff looks just the way it sounds so don’t go there. Most of us have that classic strand of pearls and tiny gold hoops we love. But when worn ala Grace Kelly, they can age you faster than lipstick wicking up the lines around your mouth.

jennifer connolly of a well styled life walking down stairs wearing denim jacket and white jeans

 

Try layering them with other beads or costume jewelry to make them look more modern. Supersize your earrings to draw attention to your face. Fun bracelets or brooches update your outfits with little financial investment. Here is where you can play with trends and for a small investment, get lots of bang for your buck.

Wear Sunscreen Over 60

a row of mineral sunscreens on railing by water
FAVORITE MINERAL SUNSCREENS – ATHELIOS 50SPF  – AUSTRALIAN GOLD 50SPF BODYCOLORSCIENCE PRIMERAUSTRALIAN GOLD TINTED FACE 50SPFJOSIE MARAN 47SPF

 

It’s never too late to protect your skin. Yes, most of the damage and skin cancer we’re dealing with now was caused by a lack of care in our youth. That doesn’t mean we should expose it to more assault now. Our skin is thinner and more fragile over 60, so it needs even more protection from the sun. Age spots on the back of our hands are from sun damage so remember to protect them as well.

 

What do you wear over 60?

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

 

 

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  1. Why, oh why must brasierres ALWAYS fasten at the back? I’m almost 76 and no longer as nimble as at 30. And the other thing that bothers me is that they are always too short and not firm enough… that bit below will roll up! I live in a very hot summer country on the Med where jackets and sleeves will kill you in July and August. It can be quite nauseating to see all the overweight batwings, especially the tourists who come for the sun! But that’s another story…

    1. I remember my mother saying the same thing about the bra fastening in the back. I taught her how to fasten the bra in front if her & then to move to her back, then slip her arms through the straps. She loved it and alway put her bra on this new way.

      1. I have been putting my bra on that way since I fractured my shoulder 20 years ago, much easier and all you have to do is slide it around . What could be easier than that!!😂😂😂

    2. SOMA has front closure bras with support and stripes that don’t fall down. Check them out. I have been wearing them for years now.

  2. Hello , just browsing and read your blog and comments from readers. I’m 63 tomorrow, wearing English size 6 – 8 clothes, growing my natural silver vixen hair as long as I want it to be, do yoga 5 times a week, it keeps me slim, energised, and engaged with everything, I like a drink most nights, not so into food other than protein. I’m maintaining a better figure than I had when I was much younger, I feel fitter and healthier than those previous days, and I in all honesty can say I’m in better shape than many women 35 years my junior. I have no answers, but it isn’t just lucky genes, no such thing!!
    Annesandra from England.

  3. All the comments was very helpful, Thanks im 69 will be 70 this year, Now every time i look in the mirror I’ll be reminded of what i read.Thanks again.

  4. Not everyone over six he has 1 foot in the grave. It would be great to see fashion and beauty for the elegant slim well maintained and active woman over 60.

  5. Recently I stood in the elevator with one of my neighbors. She had her halting gait with her. We were talking about aging. She told me she was 78 and was sure I would be 10 years younger than she was. I doubted it and told her I was 83. She asked my what my secret was. I have no secret, I just do my exercises every morning, watch my diet and stay interested in the world. But then I realized I have something I am very happy about: 5 grandchildren in the age of 31 to 2 years. They all ask my attention according to their age. It can be very exhausting , shopping and going for lunch with the oldest and playing on the floor with the youngest of 5 and 2 years! But it keeps me fit and young.
    By the way, spring is coming, don’t forget to use a sun-protector nr. 50 for your face and hands.
    Advice of my dermatologist !
    Elly

    1. That’s so good to hear you say that, I’m 83 not particularly slim!😆but I love clothes and makeup, but most of all I love my family .I have nine grandchildren and two great granddaughters. They help to keep me young.
      I dress in bright colours to please me and make me feel cheerful.
      My grandchildren are Mostly grown up now, the youngest is ten years old. But they give me lots of joy, granddaughters keep me on my toes clothes and makeup wise.

      Anne

  6. Mostly great advice! On shorter hair, yes in a more stylish way. Gel and hair products do help. But not all women look best in short. I tend to a longish short style now. I think for me, a bit longer is better. It does not hit my shoulders!

      1. I will soon be seventy five, trying to dress my age and yet stylish. I am 5’2” and weigh 106, I just got a pixie haircut and have finally went from blond to gray! I am signing up to receive your post..

  7. I love everything about this post! I’m 69 and currently do most of my shopping at Old Navy! Love their sales and the way the clothes fit me. I feel cute, up to date, but not like I’m trying to look too young. Signed up to get your newsletter, hoping to connect more. ~Kathy

  8. if I had a dollar for every time my mother said ” shoulders back, head straight ” I’d not be wondering about myself and appearances .I’m 81 and now saying those same words to my husband with PD. Appearance is so important for so many reasons. Keep on marching girls!!

      1. You are right MIMI. My mom told me the same things for years. She threatened me with wearing a leather strap around my neck attached to a stick. It never got to that.
        I’m am 84 now with back problems, so it’s more difficult to walk straight, but I am trying.
        Mimi.

      2. Poor Queen Victoria was CD required to wear a flower with thorns under her chin to remind her to sit up straight as she did her schoolwork, some 8-10 hours of it!

  9. These tips hit the nail on the head … especially the fourth one. I just invested in a few pieces that make me feel pretty with my more “round” figure, but they will still look great and hang well even if I hopefully manage to drop a few of these menopause pounds. In the meantime, I am also taking up your advice on putting those smaller-sized clothing items away until I can fit in them again. It is nothing but depressing to stare at them everyday!

  10. Excellent tips. I’d add comfortable but stylish footwear to the list. It’s much easier to be and stay active if you can walk without your feet being pinched or aching. A halting gait can be unnecessarily aging and preventable with quality and well fitting shoes.

    Rena

  11. I’m 68 and I’ve noticed two things that absolutely age me 10 years, no matter what clothes, make up or hairstyle I’m wearing , and that is my facial expression and my posture.
    I have auto immune conditions that cause constant fatigue and body aches. I find myself stopping and grimacing a lot. Looking really haggard and old!! Yuck!! So I’m making a concerted effort to stand and move more gracefully and be aware of my face. I have found I actually feel better doing this. Not to mention that small children don’t run from me crying as much. ?

      1. Thank you for reminding us to watch our posture and to pull ourselves up tall! As I watch same-age people move, the ones who look most vibrant are the ones who are NOT hunched over the grocery cart, but rather the ones who stand tall with shoulders back and who move with as much grace as the sometimes achy body permits. I have had the good fortune of having a fitness instructor at my YMCA who reminds us of this. Now I hear her voice in my head every time I find myself slumping.

      2. So do I!! I have been told by former work friends that I glide when I walk..such aa great compliment!

    1. Oh I’m so glad u said that. I’m 59 and high spirited. Quite work 7 yrs ago bad back. I still try to do some things thru pain. It’s hard and I feel the look of pain on my face. So I made an effort to not let it show. Still in pain but I look good. Thanks for hearing me.

  12. I have noticed that women with ‘patterned skin’ i.e., wrinkles, spots, non-clear complexion, look great in clothing that is more delicately patterned, like a heather weave. Think of the tiny delicate pattern of a lightweight Chanel style woven jacket, or a heather wool sweater. A satin weave, on the other hand, shines a bright light on non-smooth skin. So I’d choose a silk crepe blouse over a silk satin one, for example, especially near the face.

    Props to Imogen Lamport at Inside Out Style blog for this insight.

  13. If you wear glasses it’s important to keep them in an up to date style. It’s amazing how confident and stylish that can make you feel.

  14. I am not sure Jennifer meant we should have really short hair. My hair is a little longer bob now – an inch below my ears – and I got so many compliments lately from people who have known me for years. Also so many well dressed women have that “I slept on the back of my head” scrubby part in their hair. We really have to check the back of our head! Perhaps wet it a little and brush it out or blow dry that section. Maybe a hair stylist can speak up.
    And I love my pearls so much! It’ll be hard to jazz them up.

    1. Totally agree that a little longer bob is actually more flattering on some of us and, sometimes, really short can be aging. Everyone is different! Moisturizer, sunscreen and a bra that perks you up are all necessary. I can’t emphasize enough, though, that exercise and proper eating can allow you to maintain your figure and mobility. Too many people “cover-up” their “assumed” older woman weight gain or distribution when actually losing those extra pounds makes you look younger than ever. I think that’s important for everyone’s health including young people.

      1. True! I always use my standing mirror to check the back of my hair before I am ready to go! This is important if you have a shorter layered cut.

    2. I love pearls and truly believe that they DO NOT age women. If anything, they
      provide us with a touch of class no matter what outfits we might wear. In addition, this beautiful whiteness of pearls brings much needed life and light to our complexion.

    1. Michele, I found a miracle product about 10 years ago! It is DuWop Reverse Lipliner, a clear pencil yourself to line outside your lips. I literally put it on once in the morning and my lipstick never bleeds the rest of the day…even red. You can order it from Sephora, Amazon, etc. One pencil lasts me about 8 months, and I literally do use it every day. I’m 66 and have lines from drinking through straws!

    2. I line and fill my lips with a pencil then cover with Jane Iredale stay on Lipfixation. Then I add lipstick but not all the way to the edges. No gloss for me…ever.

  15. Yes to the new bras! It is said that the bust should sit midway between your elbow and shoulder. Mine were headed south! I am average in bust size, but did go with an underwire for the first time. It is a little more uncomfortable at first, but after a bit you do get used to it. It really does improve the shape of things! Macy’s did offer a helpful bra fitting.

  16. Okay, so I’m not yet in my sixties, but I am a “mature” woman 🙂 and all of your tips are absolutely on point — especially never too late to start taking care of your skin! But I gotta say I think women need to kick to the curb that whole “mutton dressed as lamb” thing. If a garment is flattering to you (i.e. fits right and suits your body). is appropriate for the occasion, and (most importantly) is your style, you should feel free to wear it. I expect to wear thigh-high boots, skinnies and dusters into my 70s — not because I’m trying to look like a lamb, but because it’s my style.

    1. I agree! That “rule” is someone else idea of what works for women. We need to wear what makes us happy that we feel confident wearing.

    2. Now this comment rite here! I guess some of u all would gasp at my clothes and shoes then. Whatever I can find to fit my extra long legs is what I wear. It can be hard finding pants long enough. I wear whatever I want as long as I’m not showing too much. I got my leggings and my long gray weave and my thigh high 👢. Lol. Wear what u want!!!

      1. It is really hard to find cloths especially pants long enough. I wear 38 and 40 length pants, my jeans are mostly mens pants the only ones who have that length. Usually womaens extra long pants are 34 length and looks like i am waiting for a flood.

  17. I so agree with you Jennifer on the hair cut short! The older we get our hair should be shorter! Yes, we need a good bra (usually spending more to get) that fits properly, it makes all the difference in the way you look.

    Thank you for this “reminder” post!

      1. Absolutely! I love my shoulder length hair. It’s still full and makes me feel amazing. That’s the key…feeling amazing whatever your style!

  18. Thank goodness I can say yes, I do all of those! My local department store had a Wacoal Fit for the Cure. My fitter was excellent and brought me at least 15 different Wacoal styles to try before we found the perfect fit. It definitely made my figure look younger and thinner! Sometimes I think about if Princess Diana were still alive, what a fashion icon we would have had to emulate since she’d be almost 60 now.

    1. Roxanne… I too wear Wacoal bras….after trying so many over the years, I finally found the one bra that’s comfy, it brings the girls right where they belong., straps stay put. I wear underwire….. I LOVE these!

  19. I wear jeans a lot and button down shirts. It’s hard because I live in a small town where a trip to Wal-Mart is a big deal. I play racquetball 2 to 3 x a week so I wear shorts and gym shirt and then come home and clean up to either sweats or shorts.

  20. Very simple and great suggestions. I am amazed at how many ladies have never had a “professional” bra fitting. I’m not talking about a salesperson working at a store that takes 2 measurements and dictates a size, but someone who understands the female body and how breasts change during life and how different body shapes need different means of support. After years of having fittings in a department store or a famous all pink looking “lingerie” store, I made an appointment with a professional bra fitter. The difference was absolutely amazing. I see mature women all around me with no support. I understand comfort, but a poorly fitting bra is very uncomfortable and unflattering as well. Thanks for your realistic posts.

  21. Good tips, but I have questions about the jewelry tip. Might it depend on the type of look you want? If my style icon is Audrey Hepburn, might that understated classic jewelry be exactly the ticket? True, it’s not contemporary, but does it really make me dated? If it matters, I’m not quite petite (5’5″, size 6) and I sometimes I feel like bolder jewelry is wearing ME, not the other way around.

    1. Yes, it absolutely depends on your style goals. Audrey had a clean aesthetic with tiny classics. She often paired them with dramatic hats, gloves and head scarves which elevated her style to something trendier and eye catching.

      1. Thanks for the input, Jennifer! I’ll have to think more about adding pops of the dramatic!

  22. Good tips. Thanks. I want to see the cute outfit you had on in the opening picture but it’s covered wit a large white caption. That’s a tease.

  23. My first thought was that after 60 you really must wear clothes but hey, we’re all different! Just started using daily moisturizer and I sure agree about the hair cut and the bra. Your advice is timely and on point. Thanks, Jennifer and have a lovely weekend!

  24. Your advice is so right on all six counts! A professional bra fitting is on my to do list. Thanks so much!!!

  25. The best advice! Thank you. -and I had a recent bra fitting analysis and ordered that size in a bra specialty store. The bras fit fine! While at a department store I saw a cute lacy bra in another brand but same size and it didn’t fit! Not close. I checked and re-checked the size label to see that it matched the paper tag. It did. So different fit in different manufacturers even with a professional fitting. And it was recent! Be careful…..

  26. Great post, Jennifer — full of such timely and true information! I need to jump on that moisturizer train, pronto!