5 Tips For Dressing in Your 60s
1. Big patterns, bold colors
By the time you’ve reached your 60s, your outlook is refreshing—you’ve learned not to take yourself or life too seriously. The smaller and safer the pattern, the more “granny” it can become. Love florals? Go for a print with big, bright blooms. A fan of pink? Skip the safe pastels and live a little in bright magenta.
2. Breathable Fabrics Reign Supreme
On every level, breathable fabrics always win out. The lightweight comfort. The breezy sophistication. For summer wedding season or outdoor lunches, pair with more structured items—like a blazer or jacket—to balance a more generous fit.
3. Embrace the unexpected
Dressing in your 60s is all about the details. Like a gorgeous stand-up ruffled collar. Contrast piping on the sleeve of a jacket. A pair of loafers with metallic embellishment. Look for pieces that feature a whimsical twist on a classic style.
4. Balance timeless with trends
Don’t let anyone tell you that you should ignore trends in your 60s! Seasonal color palettes and fabrics are your oysters, and the perfect way to keep your wardrobe feeling current. By now, you know what styles and cuts fit you best, so start there and see what comes down the runway.
5. Mix textures and metals
Elevate an everyday look with artful layering. Pair soft knits with tweeds or raw silk with wool. Layer long necklaces or stack bangles in different metallics. The more limited your color story, the more experimental you can get with your layers.
Items to Buy in Your 60s
Your personal style is about attitude as much as anything. With family pressures and daily responsibilities beginning to lift, this is the perfect time to have some fun and treat yourself.
Accessories like scarves, bags, and jewelry are your secret weapon. They offer an instant update to any outfit and can be a fun way to experiment with colors and patterns you don’t typically wear.
Denim that fits like a dream
When it comes to wearing jeans in your 60s, it’s all about rinse and fit. Choose a slightly higher rise to flatter your midsection and elongate your legs. A classic straight leg goes with everything, so steer clear of any style that’s too fitted or to flared. Generally speaking, the darker the rinse, the dressier the denim. Give yourself some options with medium and dark blues.
Basic items like white tops, layering tanks, cardigans, and flats are easy but important items to keep current. Do an audit of these hardworking pieces and see what feels dated or just too worn. Replace them with elevated fabrics like washable silk, soft woven cottons, and figure-flattering details like ruching.
Whether you’re headed out for a night on the town, a wedding, or just around the corner, nothing says sophistication like an incredible coat. Over the years, you’ve purchased outerwear that does the job and keep you warm. Now, it’s time to indulge with luxurious fabrics like brocade or cashmere, fur (or faux fur) trim, or a standout color that can’t be missed in a crowd.
Donate These Items Before Your 70s
As you dial in your wardrobe, lighten your load by losing some pieces that aren’t working hard enough for your style and body type.
- Hemlines that hit above the knees: Age appropriate can still be sexy (see: pencil skirt), and there’s no more flattering length than knee or upper calf.
- Shimmer and shine: All that glitters is not gold after a certain point. Let your metal accessories do the talking, and avoid age-advancing embellishments like sequins.
- Theme-y looks: Keep details like fringe, studs, or embroidery to a serious minimum to avoid the costume effect.
- Animal prints: As a general rule of thumb, animal prints should also be worn sparingly — think: flats or eyewear.
Have tips of your own for dressing in your 60s? Be sure to share with us and your fellow style lovers in the comments below!