Last Updated on February 21, 2023

When it comes to fashion tips for the over 50s, there are plenty of tips that can help you look your best while still age-appropriately stylish.

Whatever your age, be it in your 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s, you have a right to feel great and you can be fashionable!

Fashion tips for the over 50s

With these 20 tips, it’s time to get those clothes and shoes out and develop your own look.

1. Consider Wearing Shapewear

If you have not heard of ‘Shapewear’ before, then you are missing out on a popular evolving trend.

With shapewear, you can bring out the best features of your figure.

For example, a pair of waist-cinching panties or control-top pantyhose can help to smooth over any areas you want to de-emphasize.

In essence, shapewear helps you to show off your body by helping you sculpt your look to best show your features.

You can learn more about shapewear here.

Shapewear in fashion

2. Find Age-Related Reviews

When you are buying clothing online, make sure that you seek out reviews from people who are in your own age range.

There is no point in reading reviews from a 20-year-old on clothing that you as a 55 or 65-year-old will wear.

Reading reviews from your own age group will help you better understand how the clothing will look on you and fit.

3. Show Your Personality in Your Clothing with Colors

Don’t be afraid to show off your personality with bold prints and bright colors!

Bold patterns add interest to any outfit and can be used to create a unique look that expresses who you are.

Personally, I am a huge fan of the color red and I wear it whenever I can and it makes me feel youthful and alive.

Dressed in an orange dress
I just love orange and red and feel that it is a color that spreads joy
Over 50 and wearing red tshirt
As a lady in her 50s, red makes me feel youthful and happy 🙂
I love wearing red
I love wearing red

4. Choose Something with a Great Cut

Being an Italian I am admittedly probably a little biased toward Italian clothing and styles but I think you will agree that well-cut clothing looks classy and chic.

You might also have heard of terms such as ‘spalla camicia‘ (translates as shirt sleeve) and ‘con rollino‘ (sleeve top) that are a part of the different unique Italian style cuts that come with Italian-designed clothing.

In your 50s+, this classic Italian style I think can look great with this casual, yet chic-looking style that fits well.

Italian cut design clothing

5. Consider Classic Pieces

Incorporate classic pieces into your wardrobe, such as trench coats, blazers, and brogues.

These classic and unique items can help you create a polished look that will never go out of style.

When choosing accessories such as watches, purses, and jewelry, opt for classic pieces instead of bold statement pieces.

6. Accessorize Appropriately

Accessorize with age-appropriate items such as scarves, hats, and jewelry that match your individual style.

Don’t shy away from trendy accessories such as fedoras and statement necklaces to add an extra bit of flair to your look.

Trendy accessories for any age

7. Don’t Be Afraid to Visit Charity Shops

It is really quite amazing what stunning outfits you can sometimes find in charity shops, especially in a major city such as London, NYC, Vienna, or Paris.

Take a look around the charity shops (especially in high-end locations) and you might be taken aback by some of the expensive and stylish clothing donated. Try charity shops, for example, in and around Kensington High Street, London.

In a world where we are looking to recycle, reuse, re-purpose, and upcycle clothing more, charity shops are always worth supporting and you can find some great outfits.

You can find great clothing in charity shops

8. Be Experimental and Brave

Don’t be afraid to experiment with trends, but always keep your age in mind.

Make sure that any trendy pieces you purchase look and feel flattering on you before investing in them.

Don’t be afraid to take risks with style – go for bold colors, patterns, and silhouettes to show off your personality.

Stylish blue dress and over 50 years old

9. Select Clothes That Fit Your Body Type

The temptation in one’s twenties can be to wear body suit sportswear or other tight clothing and it can of course look good.

In our 50s, most of us do not quite have the figure we have in our younger years and there is of course nothing wrong with that.

Still, I would suggest choosing clothes that fit your body shape and that flatter your figure, especially when it comes to jackets and coats.

Look for items that skim the body instead of clinging tightly.

10. Textures and Materials

Don’t be afraid to mix different textures and materials.

Combining different fabrics can create an interesting look that is both comfortable and effortless looking to wear.

Consider using breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen, and silk to keep you comfortable all day long.

Here’s a great post on Textures and materials for being fashionable.

Experiment with fabrics in fashion

11. Hemlines and Lengths

Experiment with different hemlines and lengths to find what looks best on you.

12. Makeup and the Natural Look

Keep your makeup looking natural and age-appropriate by using neutral tones and avoiding any harsh lines.

Embrace your natural beauty and focus on showcasing the real you but with some subtle make-up.

13. Shoe Comfort v Trendiness

When selecting shoes, opt for comfort over trendiness.

Shoes with a low heel and cushioned sole will provide extra support and comfort and are perfect for busy lifestyles.

When you are walking comfortably, rather than awkwardly, you will look more graceful.

14. Glasses and Face Shape

Wear a pair of glasses that match your face shape and make sure they are the right size for your head.

You don’t want them to be too big or small as this can affect how fashionable you look.

15. Layering

Layer clothing strategically to create a stylish look, such as wearing a cardigan over a dress or tucking a shirt into high-waisted pants for an hourglass shape.

16. Quality vs Quantity

Go for quality over quantity when it comes to your wardrobe.

It’s better to have a few well-made pieces that can be worn time and time again than a closet full of cheap, disposable items.

17. Hair Style

Consider getting your hair cut in a style that is easy to manage and maintain, such as a bob or lob.

18. Tailer-Made

If you are in your 50s or 60s or older and money is less of a concern these days, then it is certainly worth considering tailor-made clothes.

Invest in a tailor who can make sure your clothes fit you perfectly – this will help you look your best every time.

If you love to travel, then getting clothes tailor-made whilst abroad (such as in Thailand, India, or Vietnam) can be extremely affordable.

19. Wear Sexy Underwear

Even though people will not see your underwear, by feeling sexy you are far more likely to project a confident manner to others.

Whoever you are, you have a right to feel good!

20. Enjoy Fashion in Your 50s Plus Years

Fashion can always be enjoyable and fun and should always look and feel great!

Fashion does not have to be too serious but it can be great fun.

Final Thoughts

What tips do you have to stay fashionable in your 50s and beyond?