• See this update on Huffington Post July 2016   7 Reasons Helen Mirren is Better Than Ever on Her 71st Birthday.  (We’ve also updated ages in our original article below.)

    Dame Helen Mirren is the top style icon for women over 50 – now over 60 and over 70.

    The fashionable actress, now 71, claimed the accolade after clothing brand CC quizzed 1,000 women for the poll.

    A spokesperson said: “These results show that age really isn’t a barrier to style or confidence. In fact, it can be quite the opposite.

    ‘It’s inspiring to see that many women over fifty are comfortable in their self, confident in their style and brave enough to explore new clothing options.

    ‘Dame Helen Mirren has as much style, grace and elegance off screen as she does on it and is a fitting icon for the women of her generation.

    ‘All too often we are bombarded with images of youth and temporary trends, so it’s great to see such a varied list filled with women of real class.”

    A host of famously fashionable veterans completed the top five including model Twiggy, now 67, ‘Absolutely Fabulous‘ star Joanna Lumley, 70,  67-year-old singer Lulu and Dame Judi Dench, 81.

    Fashion designer Victoria Beckham, now 41, was a surprising inclusion on the list, just outside the top five.

    The spokesperson added: ‘Victoria Beckham has proven she carries universal appeal and her image over the past few years has altered from high glamour to a more classic look which appeals to women of all ages.

    ‘The results show women in their fifties aren’t afraid to embrace younger styles when they’re done the right way.’

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    Article by: Dianne Morris

    As a designer and entrepreneur, products for women have always been my focus. In my first company DianneSullivan Designs, I designed and made fun jewelry for young women to buy in boutiques and department stores. That company transitioned into Miraflores Designs which designed and supplied custom designed soap, shampoo and other toiletries for hotel chains including Hyatt, Sheraton and many others. After selling that company, my next company, Bay Linens, Inc, designed decorative bedding which was sold through Bloomingdales, Bed, Bath & Beyond and other retailers. Our home decor products, with the brand, China Seas, was sold at Isetan Department stores in Japan. At this stage of life I'm connecting with other women over 50 who want to examine their interests and to connect with each other. At ZestNow.com I want to gather useful information and inspiration for this new phase of life.

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