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Six Things to Wear Over 60

Six Things to Wear Over 60

Fashion rules seem to multiply the older we get. Don’t wear this or you risk looking like mutton dressed as lamb. Always wear this or you’ll look older than you are. Rules are someone else’s idea of what we should wear over 60. By the time we reach this milestone we should wear what makes us feel happy and confident.

Last year I shared 5 things to wear over fifty, that I’ve embraced and found invaluable. They’re all perfect to wear over 60 and today I’m adding to that list. These are not rules. They’re things I’ve embraced over 60 that you may find a good idea.

A Well Fitting Bra

Few of us escape menopause without some changes to the shape of our body. Things move around and often drop. Who knew I was going to get droopy knees? Not me. Small changes in our weight impact how our bras fit and our breasts are often sitting lower than they used to. Women of all ages wear the wrong size bra, but over 60, it can make or break the look of your sweater, dress or blouse. Get a professional bra fitting to ensure you’re wearing the correct bra for your current body and while you’re at it, get a pretty one that makes you feel happy every time you put it on.

 

A Great Haircut

Whether you’ve chosen to go gray or not, your hairstyle makes a big statement in your appearance. A stale hairstyle that dates your look is not serving you well. If your hair performs best in a bob, tweak it to look more modern. Have the back stacked to a graduated bob.  Add some wisps in front or cut 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.

 

Body Moisturizer

By 60, our skin isn’t producing the collagen or natural oils we need to maintain supple, smooth skin. If you don’t constantly replace that moisture in the form of oils, creams or lotions you end up with lizard-like skin. Especially on your legs and arms. You apply moisturizer to your face, so be sure to give the rest of your skin the same help. Slather lotion all over when you’re fresh out of the shower to trap moisture against your skin. Then reapply to legs and arms at night. It makes the world of difference.

 

Clothes That Fit 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 don’t hang properly on your current shape and are uncomfortable…both physically and mentally. Tight clothes add visual pounds too which make you appear larger than you are. Who wants that? If you plan or hope to lose weight in the near future, buy a few quality basics that will restore or maintain your confidence so you feel motivated to care for yourself and eat properly. If you adore clothes that don’t fit you right now, move them to another closet so you don’t see them each morning.

 

Costume Jewelry

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. Worn ala Grace Kelly, they can age you faster that lipstick bleeding outside the lines in your lips. Step out of your comfort zone and experiment with costume jewelry. Try layering some faux strands or other beads with your classic pearls to make it look more modern. Supersize your earrings to draw attention to your face. Fun bracelets or brooches update your outfits with little financial investment.

 

Sunscreen

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 lack of care in our youth. But that doesn’t mean we should expose it to more assault now. Our skin is thinner and more fragile over 60, so needs extra protection from the sun. Age spots on the back of our hands are from sun damage so remember to protect them as well.

 

What are you wearing over 60?

What would you like to try?

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

 

 

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34 Comments

  1. Beth M.
    May 10, 2019 / 4:35 am

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

  2. May 10, 2019 / 4:44 am

    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…..

  3. Barbara
    May 10, 2019 / 5:14 am

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

  4. Susan Gowan
    May 10, 2019 / 5:20 am

    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!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 10, 2019 / 7:17 pm

      Lol! Have a great weekend Susan

  5. Bethy
    May 10, 2019 / 5:25 am

    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.

  6. Judith
    May 10, 2019 / 5:30 am

    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.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 10, 2019 / 12:17 pm

      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.

      • Judith
        May 11, 2019 / 5:16 am

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

  7. Kathy
    May 10, 2019 / 5:31 am

    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.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 10, 2019 / 7:19 pm

      Support is critical!

  8. Nancy
    May 10, 2019 / 5:34 am

    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.

  9. Roxanne
    May 10, 2019 / 5:41 am

    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.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 10, 2019 / 7:20 pm

      Princess Diana was very chic and stylish. I’m fairly certain she’d still be that way at 60.

  10. Holly
    May 10, 2019 / 5:45 am

    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!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 10, 2019 / 12:12 pm

      I’m not recommending short hair. I’m suggesting that if you do wear yours short, you wear it in a modern style.

  11. Linda
    May 10, 2019 / 5:49 am

    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.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 10, 2019 / 7:22 pm

      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.

  12. LS
    May 10, 2019 / 6:20 am

    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.

  13. Michele Hall
    May 10, 2019 / 7:06 am

    What do you recommend for those bleeding lipstick lines?

    • Roxanne
      May 10, 2019 / 2:20 pm

      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!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 10, 2019 / 7:24 pm

      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.

  14. Nancy
    May 10, 2019 / 7:07 am

    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.

    • Janie
      May 10, 2019 / 9:35 am

      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.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 10, 2019 / 7:25 pm

      I see that slept on my back look everywhere! You’re so right…a quick spray of water and blow dry freshens that whole look up.

  15. Deborah
    May 10, 2019 / 9:22 am

    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.

  16. Sharon Heritch
    May 10, 2019 / 12:19 pm

    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.

  17. Penelope
    May 10, 2019 / 3:42 pm

    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. 😬

    • Jennifer
      Author
      May 10, 2019 / 6:58 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear about your pain. You’re a brave lady and so right…our facial expressions make a huge difference.

      • Judith
        May 11, 2019 / 5:26 am

        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.

        • Janie
          May 11, 2019 / 10:02 am

          I hear my mom’s!!!!

  18. May 10, 2019 / 9:35 pm

    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

  19. May 19, 2019 / 2:03 pm

    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!

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