4 tips for dressing for a party over 60, according to stylists – Best Life

Dressing up for a party is an exciting way to show off your personal style and have a little fun. Depending on the type of party you’re attending, you can choose anything from an LBD with standout accessories to polished denim with an unexpected blouse. This is especially true after the age of 60. Gone are the days when entering your seventh decade meant sticking to boring basics. Now you can play with modern and exciting styles that suit you. But if you need an extra boost, never fear. Ahead, the stylists offer their top tips for dressing for a 60+ party. Cool outfits that make you feel confident and sophisticated are coming.

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When you’re dressing for a party that calls for anything from cocktails to evening wear, a little black dress is always a hit.

“Choosing the perfect style for your body type is key to looking and feeling fantastic,” says Amy Salinger, chief stylist and owner of Style Method NYC. “Pulling is always flattering in the middle because it can hide ‘imperfections’.” Other details, like a v-neck, off-the-shoulder neckline, or high hemline, can bring out your favorite features.

If you’re attending a classic or formal event, accessorize your LBD with sheer black stockings and stiletto heels, suggests Salinger. For added effect, try knee-high boots. “Comfort first, fashion second,” says Salinger. “Be realistic about how your feet will feel after wearing them for hours.”

The best thing about this look is that you can wear it and wear it again and any of its components over and over again.

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Another cool and sophisticated option for a cocktail party is a pantsuit. “The color is entirely up to the individual – ivory is so chic – but the silhouette is sexy and mature, perfect for any woman over 60,” says Salinger.

“The best part is that you can customize it to suit your personality by choosing personalized accessories,” she adds. A small heel, a stiletto heel, a moccasin or a ballerina can complete the look of the bottom. Add a statement necklace or earrings and you’re ready to make a statement.

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A well-dressed elderly couple clinking glasses in a fancy bar.

Not ready to go full tuxedo? Try a blazer and pants instead. “These days I love chic wide palazzo pants with a blouse and maybe a blazer – something to add a bit of tailoring to balance out the flowing pants,” says Sahra Schukraftfounder and stylist of Shop the City.

For something super on-trend, pair an oversized blazer silhouette with high-rise skinny jeans and a silky tucked-in blouse, Salinger says. “You look incredibly chic without ‘trying too hard’.”

A bag or sparkling jewelry will make the whole thing even more festive. And you can pair either of these outfits with an ankle boot that goes under your pants, a low heel, or a ballerina.

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Whether you’re dressing for a holiday party or a more lingering event, sparkly accessories can take your look from basic to bold.

“No matter how old the woman is, everyone loves a little sparkle,” Salinger says. Try a clutch covered in rhinestones, heels with a crystal buckle or diamond earrings.

If you prefer to stay more discreet, this is also a trendy option. “I love a layered necklace look and accessible earrings like a little hoop or ear hugger or even a basic but luxurious-looking stud style,” says Schukraft. “If you love belts, go for a stylish chain belt.”

When you look and feel your best, you can sit back, relax and enjoy your evening’s cocktails, food and company.

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