Figuring out how to dress at any age can be challenging, but for women over 60 it can be especially fraught. You want to be fashionable, but many of the styles you see advertised are clearly designed more with younger women (of a very specific body type) in mind. The fashion world may be focused on the young, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your fashion goals.

Fashion Tips for Women over 60

To start, there are a few tips and ideas that can help you shape your fashion style at this point in your life.

Know yourself.

You’ve probably tried out different styles over the years so you’re in a strong position to have a pretty good idea of which ones felt the most like you. Your fashion shouldn’t be based on what anyone else wears or likes. Think carefully about what you like to wear and what you think you look best in.

Be willing to take risks (but know your own limits).

Sometimes an item that looks a bit too adventurous in the store can end up becoming one of your favorite things in your closet. If you’re intrigued but unsure about an outfit, go for it. That said, if you know wearing something would make you uncomfortable (say, you hate the feel of heels or don’t really like showing too much leg), don’t try to force something that doesn’t feel right.

Value comfort.

Now that you’re over 60, you’ve earned the right to value comfort over fashion. If you never want to wear heels again, don’t. If tight pants make you squirm uncomfortably all day long, switch to dresses.

Collect examples of clothes you like for inspiration.

One of the best ways to figure out what you like is to collect examples of styles that work for you as you see them. That could mean putting together a scrapbook with clippings from magazines or saving images on Pinterest. When you need inspiration before your next shopping trip, go browse the items you love.

Find a good tailor.

Finding clothes that fit just right in the store is an amazing feeling but, for many women, it’s an extremely rare one. Instead of settling for clothes that just kind of fit, find a good tailor in your town that can make the clothes you love fit your body perfectly.

Don’t worry about trends (but take advantage of the ones you like).

Every year, there will be new style trends. If you like them, great. Go get yourself some clothes in the new style. If you don’t care for them or are unsure, stick with buying things you know you like. Those trendy fashions will go out of style at some point anyway.

Try out new stores, or venture online.

If you’re having a hard time finding clothes that are in your size or that feel right to you at your current age in the stores you’re used to going to, go try somewhere new. Look up stores in your area that you haven’t gone to yet. Do some browsing of stores online. Your clothing options go far beyond the one or two stores you’ve traditionally shopped at the most.

The Fashion Staples to Have In Your Closet

A few elegant, yet basic essentials that you can slip on and feel comfortable in can make a big difference in your wardrobe. You’ll get more out of your closet if you invest in a few key items that can be mixed and matched into different outfits.

Go for a few good pairs of jeans.

Jeans are appropriate for so many occasions and can be matched with many other items. There are a few styles it’s worth considering:

  • Dark denim, midrise boot cut jeans. Ideally, the hem should be about 1/8 inch off the floor and the jeans should have a good fit.
  • Dark denim midrise, straight-leg jeans. You can wear…

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