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Dame Helen Mirren is hailed as the ultimate style icon – for women over 50.

Article by Fabafterfifty

When 1,000 women all over 50 were asked  to name their style icons, Helen Mirren came out on top!

The Oscar-winning actress, most famous for her portrayal of Elizabeth II in The Queen, was lauded for her classic, elegant and understated look.

Mirren, who also graced our screens with roles in Calendar Girls and Gosford Park, beat world-renowned model and face of the swinging sixties, Twiggy, to claim the title.

Actress turned activist Joanna Lumley was third.

Rounding off the top five were sixties pop sensation Lulu and first lady of British cinema, Dame Judi Dench.

A spokeswoman for clothing brand Viyella, who carried out the poll, said:

”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.”

Victoria Beckham was also named as one of the biggest style icons for women over 50.
The glamorous mum-of-four made a surprise appearance just outside the top five in the poll of 1,000 women.
The former Spice Girl was the youngest woman to feature in the top 20, showing she still has the pulling power to appeal to those with more refined tastes.

Kylie Minogue is hitting the note with our British ladies at number 12, while showbiz judge Amanda Holden has the talent to take 14th.

While another surprise appearance was that of Samantha Cameron – the Prime Minister’s wife bringing her to the foreground at 15th.

Creeping into the top 20 and never far from any style debate was supermodel Kate Moss.Additionally, 85 per cent of the over 50s who were polled said they had their own style.

Dressing appropriately for age

Nine out of ten women said they took pride in their appearance and more than half said they never worry about dressing inappropriately for their age.

In fact, nine out of ten women said they dress for themselves, with the majority admitting they have enjoyed shopping more the older they have got.

A Viyella spokeswoman added: ”Victoria Beckham has proven once again that she carries universal appeal.
As the youngest woman in the results, she shows that women in their fifties aren’t afraid to embrace younger styles when they’re done the right way.”

”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 more comfortable in their self, confident in their style and brave enough to explore new clothing options.”


1. Helen Mirren

2. Twiggy

3. Joanna Lumley

4. Lulu

5. Judi Dench

6. Victoria Beckham

7. Elle Macpherson

8. Carol Vorderman

9. Carole Middleton

10. Nigella Lawson

11. Jane Seymour

12. Kylie Minogue

13. Susan Sarandon

14. Amanda Holden

15. Samantha Cameron

16. Demi Moore

17. Tess Daly

18. Elizabeth Hurley

19.Sarah Ferguson

20. Kate Moss

Who are your style icons – do you agree or disagree with the ‘top 20’ list?


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  1. Marie Fraser

    November 25, 2011

    Interesting list Here are my style icons, purely for their originality and most important of all, for me, their individuality. In no particular order

    Coco Chanel
    Audrey Hepburn
    Marilyn Monroe
    Diane Keaton
    Catherine Deneuve
    Katherine Hepburn
    Ines de la Fressange
    Kirsten Scott Thomas
    Cate Blanchette
    Marion Cotillard
    Tilda Swinton
    Helen Mirren
    Kate Moss
    Helena Christensen
    Lauren Bacall
    Debbie Harry
    Jackie Kennedy
    Lady GaGa


    • Ceri Wheeldon

      November 26, 2011

      Marie, I much prefer your list- far more imaginative! How can anyone have a list of style icons without Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn! I think I would add Grace Kelly to your list too 🙂

  2. Christina

    January 4, 2012

    Honestly! Why do women over 50 have to be put into a list with women who are in their 70s (no offence to Judy Dench as I think she is fab)?

    You get the 20s, the 30s and then the 40s and after 50 we are in a great big bunch!!! Give us women at the end of the 40s something to look forward to 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s….. come on!!!

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