The Right Way to Dress For Every Age
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By Kelly Mickle
Getting older means no more wearing dresses above the knee or shopping the latest trends, right? Not so! The rules of age-appropriate dressing have changed, and while we're not encouraging 60-somethings to wear neon minis, you can still look fun, modern and stylish well into your golden years. Steal these wardrobe tips from ten fashionable celebrities in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond.
Cut It Out2 of 11
Your 20s are a great time to flaunt your figure and experiment with fashion-forward silhouettes. Take a cue from Taylor Swift, who wears a subtly sexy cutout dress that shows just the right amount of skin.
Body of Work3 of 11
We're not saying you can't rock a skintight leather dress a la Blake Lively at any other age, but if you're in the 20-something range, now's the time to figure out what works best on your body.
True Colors4 of 11
Start building a timeless wardrobe in your 30s with pieces you'll wear every day. Reese Witherspoon hits all the right style notes in classic essentials—a polished button-down, dark jeans and a great handbag—while keeping her look playful with hot pink heels.
Dress Up5 of 11
No, you don't have to completely swear off the hottest trends now that you're all grown up. Just look at Kerry Washington—the actress pulls off cheeky embellishments and a shorter hemline thanks to the classic, not-too-snug cut of the dress.
Seeing Red6 of 11
The older you get, the more confident you are embracing color. Follow 41-year-old Sofia Vergara's lead and keep the silhouette conservative, adding a top-handle bag and opaque tights for extra sophistication.
Suit Up7 of 11
In your 40s, stylish and practical clothes are key. A menswear-inspired suit, like Vanessa Paradis' version, is versatile enough for day and night. But we love how the actress keeps hers from looking frumpy with fun, edgy pieces, like a sheer, keyhole blouse.
Basic Instincts8 of 11
In your 50s, you can afford to invest in quality over quantity. Update your tried-and-true basics for perfectly tailored pieces you'll cherish, like Julianne Moore's sharp blazer and ladylike midi skirt.
Trending Now9 of 11
You know what works for you at this age and what doesn't. Feel free to wear a few choice trends—like a bow-tie blouse or pointy-toe heels—with smart pieces, like French model Ines de la Fressange’s cropped pants. The result? Fresh, not old-fashioned.
Purple Haze10 of 11
Jessica Lange proves you're never too old for jewel tones, even in your 60s, thanks to the demure shape of her eggplant dress. But it might be wise to skip the flashy accessories, as Lange cleverly does with a pair of nude heels.
In Print11 of 11
Who says you can't wear prints and metallics in your 70s? It's possible when you stick to classic pieces, as Jane Fonda does in a button-down shirt and maxi skirt. The silhouette also happens to highlight the narrowest part of her waist—a bonus no matter what age you are.
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