Real talk: Women over a certain age often are basically invisible, as far as the fashion industry is concerned. But we’re here to prove that’s a load of crap. Take, for instance, these 14 fashion influencers, all of whom solidified their style way before the word “influencer” even existed.
These 14 Fashionable Celebs Over 60 Prove That True Style Only Gets Better with Age
Was there ever a more fashionable couple than Iman and the late, great David Bowie? We never would have thought that burgundy, hot pink and cobalt blue could work so well together, and yet there she stands…and here we are loving it.
We love how Iman can take a seemingly matronly caftan and make it look like sexy evening wear. (Hint: It’s all about the subtle shimmer and black accessories.)
Get the look: Zizanie caftan ($222); Ettika necklace ($63)
Sure, she’s a philanthropic icon. But we think it’s high time to recognize her as a fashion icon as well. Take this elegant ensemble: The open neckline shows just enough of her clavicle to be sexy while the wide knotted belt nips her at the waist.
Tina Knowles, 64
Back in the day, Mama Knowles designed and created Destiny’s Child’s looks and even had her own brand, House of Deréon. So it’s no surprise she knows a thing or two about dressing well. A body-con dress, for instance, runs the risk of looking too young. But the long sleeves, midi length and ruching details give it sophisticated appeal.
Pat Cleveland, 68
She was one of the world’s first true supermodels as well as one of the first African-American models to find success on a global scale. And while she isn’t walking the runway as often as she used to, Cleveland is still a fan of pieces that look beautiful in motion.
Just because you’re over 6o doesn’t mean you can’t show a little skin. Pick whatever body part you like best—your shoulders, your calves, your décolletage and show it off with a one-shoulder top, knee-length hem or sweetheart neckline.
Anna Wintour, 68
We know, we know, of course the editor in chief of Vogue magazine would have a wildly enviable wardrobe. But we’ve long appreciated her love of prints and refusal to give in to the all-black uniform of her peers.
Not a fan of showing much skin? Follow Wintour’s lead and try a simple midi dress with fitted boots that go up past the hemline. And of course, a fabulous coat to top it all off.
Meryl Streep, 69
Streep has definitely gotten kookier as she ages, but it totally works. This feather-trimmed Prada coat comes across as funky yet polished, thanks to crisp trousers and conservative hair and makeup.
Linda Rodin, 70
After a long and illustrious career as a stylist, Linda Rodin started her very own beauty line, Rodin Olio Lusso, when she was 59 years old. And while she’s found as much success in the beauty world as she did in fashion, Rodin didn’t exactly ditch all her styling knowledge at the door.
Rodin creates interest in her outfits with print, texture and color. Even something as simple as jeans and a turtleneck can look chic when you go for contrasting separates like a dark, busy top and light-wash denim.
Get the look: Joie turtleneck ($134); Unpublished jeans ($70); Axel Arigato sneakers ($235)
On the other hand, Sarandan shows that a little maturity grants you the freedom to do whatever the hell you want. A fitted suit looks just as good (and still feminine) with lace-up brogues as it does with a pair of stilettos.
Diane Keaton, 72
We know Keaton’s style is often referred to as “borrowed from the boys” but really, we’d rather borrow straight from the actress. (Plus, you tell us, what man would look half as good in that bowler hat and oversize suit, hmm?)
She’s no one-suit pony, either. Keaton loves to pair masculine with feminine, as she does here with a high-collar shirt, structured blazer, fitted pencil skirt and the girlish combo of socks with heels.
Use accessories to inject your own sense of style into an otherwise elementary look. Keaton’s lace-up boots and fingerless gloves give this white jacket and LBD a whole new quirky vibe.
Tina Turner, 78
Big wheel keep on turnin’, Tina Turner’s style keep on burnin’. The music legend wears mostly black these days, but don’t assume that translates to boring. Metallic threads and a touch of sequins keep her from fading into the crowd.
Get the look: Temperly London jumpsuit ($1,895); Nina heels ($50)
Jane Fonda, 80
The woman may have invented athlesiure, but it’s her recent red carpet looks that really grabbed our attention. We love how this gown fits her like a glove and shows off her figure without actually baring any skin.
Carmen Dell’orefice, 87
She appeared on the cover of Vogue at the ripe old age of 15 and has been consistently booking jobs for the past 72 years, making her the oldest working model in the biz. And while her numerous campaigns and runway appearances can speak for themselves, Dell’Orefice also never fails to look the part of a supermodel.
Iris Apfel, 96
The fashion set has been obsessed with Apfel and her work as an interior designer and textile creator for a very long time, but it wasn’t until the release of her 2014 documentary Iris that the rest of the world caught on to her sartorial genius.
Get the look: Rara Avis glasses ($90); F.R.S. For Restless Sleepers coat ($1,940); Charlotte Simone faux fur stole ($243); Amazon necklace ($19); BaubleBar necklace ($24); J.Crew necklace ($98); Kenneth Jay Lane bracelets ($50 for set of 4); Alexis Bittar bracelet ($85); Børn shoes ($90)
Seriously, Apfel doesn’t just stop at piling on color after color. She goes all in and adds a stack of chunky bangles, feathered brooches, printed socks, a fuzzy stole and a bright red lip to almost every outfit.
A great way to ease into Apfel's "more is more" approach: Start with one colorful printed piece, like her geometric tunic here, and then add as many black "extras" as you'd like.
Get the look: ASOS coat ($119); Urbancode faux fur stole ($51); BaubleBar necklace ($38); Free People bracelet ($20); Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet ($35); Soko bracelet ($50); House of Harlow 1960 bracelet ($80); Naturalizer shoes ($110)