One of the greatest things about being a member of the over 60’s club, is that we have a whole host of fashionable icons to take inspiration from. It’s no secret that younger models, teens and influencers are monopolising social media with on-trend looks, but, when done right, fashionable women over 60 can be just as influential.
The likes of Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Twiggy and Helen Mirren are reinventing the way older women dress, and never fall short from looking a million dollars - even on off-duty days. Keep reading our blog post, as we discuss our favourite fashionable icons over 60 and show you ways you can mimic their signature styles effortlessly with a helping hand from Lily Ella.
Let's take a closer look at one of Lily Ella’s favourite style icons - Ms Mirren. The ever-cool, always fabulous Helen Mirren knows how to dress for both age and shape, and whilst she appears beautifully put together at the age of 75 - the reality is, it’s far easier to mimic her style than you may think.
On a casual day, Helen tends to keep her clothing cuts classic and reserved but pushes the boat out with key styling accessories to elevate her look. Ms Mirren is regularly spotted pairing casual, refined outfits with bold, colourful jackets and handbags with a number of complementing accessories and here at Lily Ella, we have a whole host of luxurious scarves, handbags and exclusive jewellery lines across our cleverly curated collection, so you can create an eye-catching look inspired by Ms Mirren with minimal effort required. Our personal favourites at Lily Ella would be the Michelle Bag, crafted in a timeless pop of pink from a high-quality faux leather fabric. Featuring a simple cinched design, pair the ever-popular Michelle bag with our Claire Shawl, a sophisticated cotton-cashmere blend scarf, in an eye-catching check print made up of pastel pink and grey hues.
Helen’s approach to formal occasion wear is not too dissimilar to her casual styling habits, as she is never far from a dazzling pair of earrings or necklace atop of her designer garments. Aside from jewellery, the radiant Ms Mirren always opts for fashionable, flattering fabrics and for formal wear, a simple yet sophisticated lace gown appears to be her favourite fabric of choice. At Lily Ella, we have a number of show-stopping, opulent lace dresses fit for any formal occasion. Designed in-house with more mature women at the forefront of our inspiration, each Lily Ella gown, such as the Margot Lace Dress, is designed to both flatter and flaunt the figure, with princess seams and a concealed body liner.
There are very few things that Meryl Streep hasn’t received worldwide recognition for, but one of her most overlooked achievements has to be her impeccable sense of style. Girl boss, actress and a natural at ageing gracefully, stylish Streep has had a lifetime of glamorous events to attend and plenty of red carpets to walk, so she’s had a number of occasions to find what works well for her over the years, and it appears monochrome styling is her favourite colour-contrasting combination of choice that helps her to steal the limelight, time and time again. Simple, understated and utterly chic, when styled right, monochrome can be just as striking as wearing a bold pattern or vivid colour.
The best way to work a monochrome outfit is to add a number of contrasting layers. Black and white monochrome tones and layers add depth and dimension to an outfit, which also allows us to highlight and accentuate our favourite parts of our body, as well as downplaying areas that aren’t so favourable. Ms Streep regularly sticks to this rule and proves that black can always be stylish, especially on casual days. Whether it be a simple black jersey trouser, a white blouse and a black jacket, her fashionable layering approach allows Meryl to keep it simple, whilst looking polished and posed regardless of the occasion. Mimic Meryl’s monochrome style with the Regina dress at Lily Ella. This figure-flattering gown, features an elegant cut designed to elongate your silhouette, whilst the exquisite beading detail provides all you need to achieve this utterly timeless trend.
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What style guide for women over 60 would be complete without the most powerful, yet exceptionally glamorous lady in the fashion industry? Always elegant and poised, Anna Wintour at the age of 69 rarely puts a foot wrong when it comes to fashion and exquisite styling. Miss Wintour, armed with a rumoured clothing allowance from Vogue magazine, owes her styling reputation to her love for bold colours, striking prints and sophisticated patterns. Anna’s signature style sees her stepping out almost every day in beautiful bold garments, whether it be a floral applique or an animal print ensemble - her personal style encapsulates colour and confidence which is something we admire at Lily Ella, so much so, that we have a complete dress collection devoted to vibrant prints and striking colours.
Whether you opt to add a dash of romance to your wardrobe with our darling Alberta Dress, made up of a wonderfully sophisticated chanel-esque chain pattern woven with beautiful flower motifs we’re sure Miss Wintour would favour, or our popular Dorothea Dress, which features a colour-blocking pattern of bold turquoise, navy and lilac hues, our collection of glamorous dresses are built to complement, flatter and bring new-found confidence to older women.
Whilst we can only imagine how complex Miss Wintour’s wardrobe actually is, regardless of her chosen colourways - her day to day garments almost always consist of one significant styling aspect - and that is a cinched waist. Anna’s slender frame is an undeniable part of her youthful, stylish look, but Miss Wintour almost always cinches her waist with a belt, regardless of which occasion she is dressing for. Following this styling step helps to define Anna’s waistline, so she doesn’t get lost in her oversized prints. If you’re slimmer around the waist, we would recommend following Miss Wintour’s regime to help elongate your look. For those of us ladies who flaunt a bigger frame, Lily Ella’s cleverly crafted garments are designed to help flatter your figure, with concealed body lining, front and back pintucks and a clever shaping and supporting back yoke.