The 60s mark new beginnings in multiple ways, none of which gives you an excuse to slack off on your duties towards your wardrobe, no sir.

With any luck, your professional and family commitments have lightened, giving you all the time in the world to find a fashion wingman to tide you over the coming decade. If you’re looking for takers, we recommend you make fast friends with bold colours.

Celebrities who wear bold colours

The most elegant 60-somethings in showbiz have been flawlessly working this vivid trend. There’s no denying Rekha’s flair for drama, and she regularly indulges her wild side with a head-to-toe tangerine sari. The ever-graceful Shabana Azmi looked resplendent at a fashion show held for her charity, Mijwan, earlier this year in a vibrant pink sari that made heads turn. Of course, there’s no telling Meryl Streep when it comes to acing trends, and setting a couple of her own. The Devil Wears Prada boss woman turned up at the Costume Designer Guild Awards this year in a lust-worthy colour-blocked Valentino number. Fuss-free, attention-grabbing and minimalist: check, check and check.

How to wear bold colours in your 60s

If done tastefully, everything from a plunging neckline to your favourite sequinned top from your 30s can make the cut. We aren’t asking you to dig through your high school relics for neon extensions and glitter heels, but with the right amount of homework, you can give your favourite trends an age-appropriate update. Bold colours are for everyone, and if you’re scared to dip your toe in the water, start out with some elegant colour-blocked separates and take it from there.

What not to do

Rule of thumb: if it hurts your eyes to stare at it for more than two minutes, it doesn’t work. But there are plenty of bold hues on the colour wheel, and there’s definitely something out there for you. Skip the neon shades so that you don’t end up twinning with your niece at her graduation party, and instead look for wardrobe-saviours in the form of peppy tangerine or sunshine yellow.

If you’ve always been happy to try new trends and push the envelope, by all means, experiment with the very best of what the world of match-y fashion has to offer. If you’ve been a card-carrying minimalist all your life and are looking to shake things up a little, start out small. Add one bold-hued accessory to your monochrome ensemble in the form of a bag or gloves, and watch those heads turn. Once you’ve gained your footing, upgrade to a vivid jacket or trousers. If you like what you see, play around with multi-tasking separates until you find your rhythm.

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