Style icons Keaton, Mirren provide fashion inspiration

Monday, February 20, 2012

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Actress Helen Mirren, 66, often wears neutrals like this champagne-colored dress.

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Some staples of actress Diane Keaton's wardrobe include funky glasses and a white button-down shirt. She is 66.

It’s almost cliché at this point to talk about how difficult it is for a mature woman to find fashionable clothing.

When my mother, who’s in her late 50s, and I go shopping, she looks for blouses and nearly always walks out of the store empty-handed. For women in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond, shopping trips can become dreaded endeavors and instead, these seasoned women hunt through their closets and end up grabbing the same sweater they wore to their daughter’s junior high bake sale.

Part of the problem in mature women’s fashion is to blame on the stores that carry ill-fitting, age-inappropriate clothing. But on the consumer’s end, be sure not to fall into the trap of trying to look like a younger version of yourself.

The most elegant and young-looking woman in Hollywood isn’t Joan Rivers, who is, at this point, more plastic than flesh. No, it’s the woman who has embraced her age and ushered it in with grace. It’s women like Diane Keaton or Helen Mirren, both 66. These ladies showcase that it’s not about looking young; it’s about looking good. For this special edition of Go!, we’ll look at Keaton and Mirren’s styles to determine how to dress as a senior woman.

Neutrals

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Diane Keaton in an actual color. She’s always looking absolutely amazing in either in a stunning black dress or a white button up shirt. Mirren, too, is often found in champagnes and muted silvers. Neutral colors are perfect for mature women, because they proclaim a certain understated confidence, a undeniable elegance that younger women just can’t pull off. The best thing a woman can wear is a crisp, white button-up shirt.

Funky glasses

Eclectic eyeglasses juxtaposed against an elegant ensemble make for a sophisticated yet youthful look. Keaton switches between round, silver wire-framed glasses and thick, square plastic-framed glasses. This simple change in accessories can make a big impact in your appearance.

If you don’t know already, Wink, 806 Mass., is Lawrence’s funky eyeglass haven.

Tailoring/fit

I’ve stressed this point in almost every column I’ve written about women who are older than 20. For mature women, fit is the most important aspect to consider when purchasing clothes. You’ll save money and stretch your wardrobe by investing in a tailor to fix clothes that don’t quite fit.

Sensible haircut

Gone are the days of throwing your mane back in a messy bun or letting it fall down over your shoulders. However, it’s still possible to have a fun and beautiful haircut.

Hairstyles for women over 60 should follow these three simple rules:

— Ali Edwards can be reached at go@ljworld.com.