Style tips for your 60s and beyond

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Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal,” and as you grow older, these are words to live by when it comes to your wardrobe. Here are five fashion guidelines to help ensure your sixties are your most successful style decade yet.

1. Dress appropriately
There are some things (think leggings and short skirts) that may have been suitable in your forties and perhaps even your fifties, but which are no longer recommended in your sixties and beyond. So, if they’re a staple in your wardrobe, and you’re still swayed by the latest fashion trends, it’s probably a good time to consider moving in a more classic direction. Remember that classic doesn’t need to be dull or dreary or make you feel old. It simply refers to items that are always in fashion, like a beautiful cashmere jersey, a stylish blazer or coat, and a pair of nicely tailored pants.

2. Stay stylish
Your days of wearing heels may be over, but just because you’ve earned the right to dress comfortably doesn’t make your next move tracksuits and takkies. By all means, wear whatever you like at home, but keep it stylish when you’re out and about. So, if shapeless jerseys, oversized tees and loose-fitting elasticated trousers have become a staple in your cupboard, donate some to charity and make space for a few stylish substitutes.

3. Accessorise
While it’s advisable to steer away from the latest trends as you grow older, there’s no reason you can’t still play with them a little. And an excellent way to do this is in your choice of accessories. For example, if metallics are in fashion, add a pair of shimmery sandals or earrings to your outfit, or have a little fun with a handbag that may otherwise be slightly out of your fashion comfort zone.

4. Embrace colour
Decided to go grey? Then it’s the perfect time to add more colour to your wardrobe. And if you’re not sure whether to begin with blue or burgundy, get a friend or family member to join you and spend an hour or two trying on different shades until you find the palette that suits you best.

Pro tips

  • Always wear those colours that complement your complexion closest to your face.
  • If you feel most comfortable wearing neutral colours, bring in bolder ones with your accessories.

5. Make cosmetic changes
Colour is also key when it comes to your cosmetics. Here are a few helpful hints to bear in mind next time you’re applying make-up.

  • Opt for a slightly darker shade of your favourite foundation – your skin gets paler as you grow older and this will prevent you looking washed out.
  • Steer away from more neutral shades of eye shadow and go for jewel colours like blues, greens and purples instead.
  • Apply your blush to the apples of your cheeks to give them a lift.
  • Use an eyelash curler – it helps to open up your eyes.