Dating Over 60? Dressing Tips for ladies


Posted on: 25 May 2015 by lyndon ogden

Over sixty and not sure what suits you anymore? You may be wondering what type of clothes are appropriate for your age group. Gone are the cardigans, twin sets and pears of yesteryear.

One of the questions we get asked most at the over sixty dating site is what to wear on a first date. Here is our take and advice on the subject. Gone are the cardigans, twin sets and pearls of yesteryear. The secret to looking stylish in your 60’s is really the same as looking good at any age. Good grooming, including hair, makeup, and wearing clothes that suit you.

Don't forget the wrinkles!

One of the biggest fashion mistakes at this age is to ignore the fact that you have wrinkles. Skin is less elastic, which means that revealing outfits may not look as good as they did when you were in your fifties. Wearing a gorgeous scarf around your neck, (as long as it goes with the rest of your outfit), is a way to draw less attention to the neck.

The amazing, Helen Mirren







Short sleeves a no-no

Dresses with straps and short sleeves aren’t quite as flattering as ones with three quarter sleeves, however, that said, if you work out and look toned, short sleeves/cap sleeves may be the answer. It is such a shame that designers and magazines styles are shown on really youthful thin models, in reality most of us do not look like that. Any fashion trend however, can be adapted if you know some general guidelines. Helen Mirren, Joanna Lumley, and Anna Ford are perfect examples of glam over 60…

Yes to luxury fabrics

Luxury fabrics like silk, cashmere, and leather, in rich colours – chocolate, plum, deep reds and purples, look great on mature ladies, they add colour whilst not draining the complexion. Shoes used to be all about the size of the heel, wearable fashionable shoes are now in vogue, allowing you comfort and ease. Flattering styles that look fab, are skirts cut just below the knee, especially if you have good legs and slim calves. Trouser suits are smart and can look stunning with colourful blouses. As mentioned comfortable shoes and heeled shoes/boots can really dress up any outfit.

The wow factor of great jewellery

Costume jewellery/accessories, use them to create maximum impact. Pay as much attention to accessories as you do to the clothing you wear, use both to work together to create a style that expresses who you are. Take a very basic outfit, a pair of jeans and a white shirt. Dress this up with bold statement jewellery and a pair of boots, top this off with red lipstick and a pair of sunglasses, presto, you have a look that shouts style and finesse. Use accessories to complete every look, try not to overcook it however, as it may look to fussy.

Watch the media for ideas

Watching what other people in your age group wear, (television, magazines, movies), and of course friends, makes for interesting viewing; women in this age group are reinventing the world in many ways. Polka dots, hounds tooth and nautical stripes appear to making a comeback, they are classic patterns that never really went out of style. Black and white looks really good especially when textures are mixed. Classic styles are perfect for the over 60’s.

What not to wear

There is a long list of not what to wear, for example wearing overdone, fussy styles with lots of detail can be really aging and tend to look frumpy. Don’t wear your skirts too short, even if you have fantastic legs, (just on, or below the knee, as mentioned above). Avoid age related stereotypes, fussy prints, big cardigans, remember we are the late baby boomers.

The foundations are important!

One really important tip is to get measured for a bra. Make sure that what’s underneath is as attractive and comfortable as the clothes you wear on top. Core wardrobe items include, pants, jackets, skirts and coats, go for the best brands, good materials etc. These are the foundation on which you can build the rest of your wardrobe.

Go with the pro's

Finding a good makeup artist and hairdresser will help you on the way to a great look for your 60’s, it may seem like an extravagant indulgence, however, it will hold you in good stead for another fantastic decade. Knowing what suits you is key to looking good at any age, wearing well-made clothing that’s a good fit, makes a huge difference to how you feel about yourself. Wear them with confidence and a smile. 

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