Have you ever seen this video of Rachel Comey on the New York Times website? You need to watch it. I saw it a while ago and I keep remembering how, when she was a kid growing up in Connecticut, she looked up to the teenagers that lived next store. In a funny way I feel like I am doing something similar. I’m looking up to older women for style inspiration.
If you do a search for style for women over 40 in Pinterest you get some pretty boring stuff. I wasn’t finding anything that resonated with me so I kept searching. I started finding older women that were really having fun with fashion. Your mind is probably going directly to Iris Apfel and Advanced Style, but I have to say that isn’t what is inspiring me. I appreciate that over-the-top style, but it isn’t me. Also, I’m a working mom. I need a somewhat sensible wardrobe.
No, lately, I’m inspired by one woman in particular, and I’ve been stalking her on the internet ever since I first learned about her.
Meet Lucinda Chambers. She is the fashion director at British Vogue. What I love about her style is that she looks chic, confident, and comfortable. She looks like she is having fun with fashion in her own unique way. And she is aging with style and grace.
From her ensembles above I am inspired to:
- look for pencil skirts that have a bold pattern
- wear a belt over a long cardigan
- remember that buttoned-down shirts always look good
- attempt to wear statement heels but if I can’t, then just wear statement sneakers or slides
- don’t worry about my hair, it’s fine
- add a giant bag as an accessory
- have fun mixing and not-matching
P.S. After you have absorbed this style inspo for the day you need go and watch this other Rachel Comey video. It is beyond. It features Dan Stevens (that handsome blond actor that left Downton Abbey in like season 4) as a cross-dressing-stay-at-home-dad. It is a #mustsee. The cultural references are hysterical and on point.
The images above (and more) are on my Advanced Style Pinterest Board.
The women on your Pinterest board are stylish and they are not just over 40 but also over 60!
Yeah I know. Isn’t it awesome! That was my point. I’m in my late 40s and I’m looking to older women for style inspiration.
I think it’s great that you are seeking role models. I’ve just turned 60 and am looking for older women not looking for ‘age appropriateness’ but for age attitude. We baby-boomers are rewriting the narrative for living longer. I’ll read your blog with much interest.