15 Sep

Stylish Clothing After 60!

Brenda Ferguson Hodges has provided some great tips for my readers! Brenda is an entrepreneur, speaker and author. She is a former Fortune 500 HR Director and Certified Image Consultant. Brenda helps women dress for the job they want, at any age. Her mission is to help women create a fabulous first impression by tapping into their own authentic style. You can visit her website here.

5 Stylish Clothes you can Wear over 60, Even if you Think you Can’t!

As a woman over 60 interested in looking and feeling good, you’ve probably asked these questions at one point: “Can I wear that?” Will I look good in that?” “Am I too old to wear that?” “Do I have the right body type to wear that?”

Designers are creating the same stylish trends for mature women as they do for the younger generation. The difference is that the mature women have a more grown up look and appeal. The clothes are not as tight, but still fitted to the body and the fabric is quality, and provides more coverage. The clothes may also be loser in the waist and hide particular flaws on a woman’s body that may not need to be hidden on a younger body.
Here are 5 stylish clothes you will love when you find the right look and fit for your body type.


Recently Women’s Wear Daily reported that leggings sales have officially outpaced denim sales online in the US. Legging orders have increased by 41 percent in the last year-by comparism, denim orders rose three percent in the same time frame.

Why do you think this happened? It’s because leggings are so comfortable and versitle to wear. You can wear them in the winter or in cooler weather, and they give you good coverage for your legs.
I have suggested to my clients to wear leggings as a supportive element for the rest of your clothes, rather than the main garment. For instance; wear tunics and long blouses that fall below the waist. This will make you look long and lean. Add a long necklace and you are good too go.

All body types are able to wear leggings and depend on what type of tops and tunics you wear with them. The ponte knit fabic is thicker and hide dimples in the tighs and overal provide nice coverage. Your long tunic or top covers your belly and the leggings show off your fantastic legs. You will be able to hide any tummy flaws.

In the winter, any body types can wear leggings with boots, or uggs. In the spring and summer, wear sneakers or sandals. You will feel stylish and comfortable along with looking great.

Capris or Crop Pants

Capris are cropped pants that stop above the ankle but usually well below the knee. This trend is hard to wear and you have to be very careful. Depending on your height, the length can be different for everyone. Once you find the length that works for you, you will be all set. I’ve had to ask myself, why this trend has been around for so long. Especially since they can be so unflattering for lots of women. Capris shorten the legs and they highlight chunky calves.

They are popular and so on trend due to the following reasons:
• They can be sexy with revealing the ankle bone.
• They look great with booties, which are much on trend.
• They also highlight another shoe trend: shoes with straps and lace ups.
• They are associated with fun.
• They keep you cooler in the summer.

Here are some suggestions for successfully wearing capris and looking great at the same time:

• Choose capris with a higher waist if you have short legs. The high waist will draw the eye up and make your legs appear longer.
• Wear capris with a tapered or stright leg to create the longest and sleekest look.
The capri or crop pant is a comfortable summer option. Just make sure to create your look to maintain a long leg and sleek silhouette.

Skinny Jeans

It’s not about age; it’s all about the fit when it comes to wearing skinny jeans.

You just need to adjust the style to your changing body shape. As you get older your body is constantly changing.

To get the correct fit, look at the waist rise, the upper leg and the lower leg. Use this combination and you will get the perfect pair of jeans every time. Things have changed since we started wearing jeans. The waist height or rise as it is called now, uses to have one height, but now there are many. The waist rise can now start from the naval to the low rise, below the waist and almost at the hip area.

Skinny jeans do not make you look skinny but can make you look leaner depending on how you wear them. It also depends on how they are cut and fit your body type. You can find specific designers who cater to the more mature woman. For instance, Diane Gilman, AKA, The Jean Queen, makes jeans specifically for mature women. I have tried her jeans and they are an excellent fit. The jeans are not tight and concentrate on hiding flaws like the tummy area.

Cold Shoulder Tops

If you haven’t noticed, cold shoulder tops have been around for a few years now. The reason is that the cold shoulder shows the best focal point of the body. And is easier to wear than the off the shoulder top.
This trend is for everyone and versitile for day or evening wear. They can be femine, have attractive sleeves, and the bonus is they are very comfortable and cool when the weather is hot. Wear the tops with almost anything, especially jeans when the top is loose and flowing. All you need to do is find the right style and fit for you.



Jumpsuits are all the trend this season. They are not for everybody but if you feel you can pull it off, then why not. The body fit makes all the difference. Try to make sure to look long and lean is the trick and you will know if you have the right body type for it. Choosing darker shades helps. Blacks and navys are chic and versatile and they immediately slim down curves. If you find you have tummy flaws, a jumpsuit that has material in the middle instead of being fitted is ideal.

You should also find a style that is somewhat tailored but not tight. Most of all stay away from clingy fabrics. Sometimes they tend to rise up at the front and back if they are too tight, creating a “wedgie” effect – so try on a few styles to find the most flattering fit for your figure. The big thing about the Jumpsuit trend is that you most feel really good and confident about yourself. If you are unsure if you should wear it, then don’t. The unsureness will show on your face and nonverbal communication.
If you aren’t wearing one of these pieces of clothing and you’ve always wanted to, try something new. Go to the store and try them on and find out if it is for you. You might be surprised and love the new you!

To Your Beauty,

This is a recent photo of Brenda that we did in my studio while she was visiting her daughter. Doesn’t she have quite the classic look?!

Brenda Ferguson Hodges

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