Dresses for older women that are as flattering as they are fun

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  • The festive season is the perfect time to put on your glad rags and make the most of those flurry of party invitations.

    And when it comes to which outfit you choose to celebrate in style, remember – it’s all about attitude not age.

    It’s an exciting and liberating time for women in their sixties. For many, family duties and demands are beginning to ease a little – so make the most of it, we say!

    If you’ve never discovered your ‘signature style’, now’s the time. We think it’s time to start indulging in a little bit of what you fancy – so why not start with your wardrobe?

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    Dressing to flatter your body and express your personal style can make you feel young and confident, whatever your age.

    Too old for trends? Never! One thing style in your sixties should never be is boring! Who’s to say you shouldn’t enjoy experimenting? It’s all about making it work for you, your body and your personal style.

    And of course, the one thing that suits all of us at any age, is dresses. Whether you wear them to work, at dinners with friends, running to family engagements, or simply on holiday, a dress will never let you down, and there’s always one out there to flatter any figure.

    Dresses for older women

    Reiss knitted midi dress

    Credit: Reiss

    No matter what your age, you should always have a knitted, knee-length dress in your wardrobe – it’s the ultimate winter staple! While a knitted dress might not be your first thought when you go dressing shopping, you certainly shouldn’t ignore it. It’s a super cosy option, and the material will look lovely on any body type. It’s worn by generations of women too – you’re just as likely to see a knit dress on a 20-something as you are an 80-something! So it’s ideal if you’re looking to try something new in your 60s. We love this classy and demure pick from Reiss – simply pop it on with a pair of black boots and you’re good to go.

    SHOP NOW: £165, Reiss.com

    Marks & Spencer floral midi dress

    Credit: Marks & Spencer

    Every woman should have a versatile midi dress in her wardrobe, and Marks & Spencer do some of the best around. We love this muted black option, which is a sophisticated option for the older woman, but still manages to stay fun with the red floral pattern. It’s the ultimate year-round dress, and would work just as well bare-legged in summer as it would with tights, boots and a coat in winter.

    SHOP NOW: £65, marksandspencer.com

    Boden Ottoman dress

    Every women needs a sensible work dress that she can throw on of a morning without thinking about it too much – and this Boden shift dress is just that! It’s appropriate and professional, with chic quarter-length sleeves and being knee-length, but certainly isn’t boring, with a fun v-neck and contoured seam details at the front for added definition and texture. Just add a pair of heels and some fun accessories and off you go.

    SHOP NOW: £46.80, Boden Ottoman dress, johnlewis.co.uk

    Hobbs Lainey shirt dress

    A shirt dress is one of this season’s biggest fashion trends, and we reckon this one would be ideal for women in their 60s. Super, sophisticated, the shirt dress is a universally flattering fit, and this Hobbs one is perfect for work or play. The subtle dot pattern against the muted burgundy means the dress will go with almost anything – be it heels, knee-high boots, flats, a leather jacket or an over-sized coat.

    SHOP NOW: £149, Hobbs Lainey shirt dress, johnlewis.co.uk

    So which option will you choose?

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