It’s mystifying to me why there aren’t more dresses for older women. I don’t mean to say that women need to dress one way after a certain age – but as I’ve learnt from experience, after a few years you want to dress differently. You feel like throwing out those short miniskirts and minidresses, and wearing clothes that are a bit more refined – that scream elegance, subtlety and sophistication, rather than being garish and over-the-top. Once in a while you see those women in their late fifties wearing tight, skimpy clothes – and while I do admire their confidence, some of use would rather dress differently!
Dresses for older women are generally a bit more modest. After a certain point you no longer feel like baring much skin.
If you consider yourself a bit older, you might be looking for clothes with sleeves, and dresses that are a bit longer.
In general, dresses for older women can be described as ladylike.
Although there’s a dearth of this kind of fashion in many stores, I’ve been able to come across some fabulous dresses online.
In addition, you can always wear a cropped cardigan over a sleeveless dress (like Michelle Obama did at the inauguration) to give it a more conservative and ladylike feel. You can also wear a bandeau or tank top under a plunging neckline.
Here are some great dresses I’ve found that suit older women:
You can wear shift dresses with a belt to emphasize your figure, and you can dress them up with jewelery and heels.
These dresses can also be worn casually if you like, with lower heels and even flats.
I especially like the blue one in the middle – it manages to be bold, feminine and elegant, all at the same time.
You can click any of the images to read more about the dress, or browse more shift dresses at Amazon.com.
In addition to shift dresses, you might like to wear dresses with short sleeves.
These dresses are great options for women who don’t want to wear something that’s sleeveless. I like the metallic grey dress and jacket combination on the left as something more dressy- this is perfect to wear to parties and dinners. You’ll look stylish and glamorous.
The black dress with sleeves is a great option for work or daytime. Paired with a colorful belt it can look more playful. You can also accessorize this with jewelery.
The blue long-sleeved dress on the right is the perfect choice for women who want a colorful, young dress that is also elegant and ladylike at the same time.
This is a great choice for wearing to “fun” events – it’s bold and stylish, but it’s modest enough for you to feel comfortable at all times.
The blue peekaboo dress is feminine without being revealing. This peekaboo style allows you to wear a shorter skirt more comfortably.
The brown spotted dress is right on trend, with the clustering of dots making it more fashionable than a plain polka-dot design. The wrap style of these dresses is flattering for women of all figures, especially those who have pear-shaped figures and are looking for dresses for pear-shaped women.
Both these dresses are however sleeveless.
I know many women don’t like to wear sleeveless dresses, and a cardigan or shrug can be a great option to wear over a sleeveless dress.
The bolero is a stylish option to wear over a sleeveless dress. A cropped cardigan will look more stylish than a regular cardigan.
You can also get patterned or colorful boleros.
Most of the time a black bolero will be more practical since you can wear it with more dresses.