Strike a Pose! How 5 Over 50 Style Icons are Challenging Stereotypes
When it comes to fashion for the mature woman, the question should not be “What’s in style?” or even “What should I wear?” Rather, ask yourself “Who am I?” So says Andrea Pflaumer, author and blogger on fashion, style, and art. Shopping For the Real You, her blog and book of the same name, is helping women worldwide discover and embrace what best evokes their own personal style.
While speaking with Margaret Manning, Andrea discussed five style icons, all over 60, each of whom defies the conventional rules in order to express who they truly are. She wants you to take a look at these women and ask yourself how much of their spirit you also embody.
Sarah Jane Adams
This famed Australian jewelry designer has an unmistakable, whimsical, Bohemian style. High spirited and artistic, her look is playful, light, natural, and gives off a colorful, fun vibe. It’s who she is!
Sarah Jane reminds us that we’re not monolithic in terms of our style. Rather, fashion can and should be used to express different facets of our own personality.
Andrea describes Iris Apfel as a truly amazing woman, one whose style and attitude towards aging makes her a true icon. Iris likes to incorporate ethnic jewelry and textiles from third world countries into her wardrobe, and she does it in style.
Her personality, zest for life, and fashion sense have led to her being the oldest person to ever have a Barbie doll made in her image. What’s more, this year, at 97 years old, she even signed a modeling contract with a major modeling agency!
This blogger and founder of Senior Style Bible is frequently stopped by strangers in her hometown of Las Vegas, wanting to know about her fabulous outfits! A former Playboy bunny, she likes to shop at stores like H&M and Zara and emphasizes you don’t have to spend a lot to look amazing.
Her style is dramatic and classic, and even at 84 years old she still loves to wear her high heels! One of the biggest tips Andrea learned from Dori is to always wear a good handbag and good shoes. If you do, you can look great in almost anything.
Lynn loves to wear couture. To keep her expensive taste from breaking the bank, about 97% of her wardrobe comes from vintage stores. Her style is high-spirited, full of drama, and elegant.
She almost exclusively wears black and white. While most of us enjoy some color in our wardrobe, if you really think about it, it’s not a bad idea. Once you find your style and get everything in a similar color, you can make outfits out of a seemingly infinite number of combinations.
Lynn embodies shibui, a Japanese aesthetic that’s refined and classic, yet artistic and even a bit dramatic. A professor at Fordham University, students frequently stop her while walking on campus to ask how she achieves her fabulous look. She loves having such an impact on young people.
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The mother of famed entrepreneur Elon Musk has made a name for herself in her own right, both as a model and as a dietitian. She loves to wear black and white, and has a knack for combining very bright colors with very dark colors to forge a dramatic look. With her short white hair and dynamic personality, she’s continuing the modeling career she started at age 15.
So, when it comes to your own style, it’s really about your personality, your bone structure, and your emotional qualities. Andrea suggests you look for fashion role models who best reflect who you are and what you want to project, and go from there.
Just remember, it’s not about the trends or what other people say you should wear. It’s about you!
Which of these five fashion icons most reflects your own style? Are there any aspects each you want to emulate? Do they make you want to try something different? Lets have a chat!