In celebration of senior style


While everyone is raving about fashion blogs and teen blogs, I’ve been getting interested in blogs that explore ‘senior style’. As usual, the Americans are streets ahead of us in this blog category. The Sartorialist frequently posts pictures of dapper gents while I’ve recently discovered Advanced Style which is a kind of street-style blog for golden oldies and has charming narratives to accompany the pictures. The blog owner, Ari Cohen works in the bookshop at the New Museum in NYC and is friends with model and actress Mimi Weddell, a true fashion original who is still going strong at the age of 95.

My friend ‘A’ managed to style spot none other than Julie Christie for her blog, That’s Not My Age, although criminally, she didn’t realise it was the Julie Christie when she spotted her. “I just thought she looked cool,” she admitted in the sheepish tone of one who realises the error of her ways. Hmmm, nil points.

This celebration of style for fashion lovers of a certain age is part of a bigger shift going on in fashion. This year has seen the successful relaunch of Whistles which has achieved its goal of producing trend-focussed fashion for grown-up women at an affordable price-point. Ditto the wonderful COS which is ageless dressing personified.

Last week I previewed YLB for Wallis, a collection designed by Yasmin le Bon aimed at the over-thirties of which the highlights were the high-neck silky dresses and blouses. Long-sleeve dresses seem to be something of an ongoing trend this year which is good news for not-young fashionistas. I don’t have an issue with my arms but lots of women do. YLB’s long-sleeve cocktail dresses and tops are flatteringly cut and some have peekaboo slits for an occasional flash of skin.


Meanwhile, launching on 30th September is GIVe, the new collection from George Davies whose previous successes include Next, George at Asda and Per Una. I admit, I have never *got* Per Una – too much fussy detailing and patchwork for my taste but it sells in spades so what do I know? I will be watching GIVe like a hawk to see if it can be added to my select list of High Street Brands That I Would Actually Buy.

Until then, I leave you with this picture of 52 year old Ines de la Fressange from last week’s The Selby. Now if she isn’t the poster-girl for elegance at any age, I don’t know who is.

[PICS – top to bottom:
Advanced Style
Me
Me
Me
The Selby]

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4 Responses to In celebration of senior style

  1. enc says:

    Media, manufacturers, designers, and bloggers are all wise to pay attention to this growing demographic. Lots of seniors enjoy looking good, but until now have had few options. I'm glad this is changing.

  2. Intrinsically Florrie says:

    Ines de la Fressange looks gorgeous there.
    'Senior style' should be celebrated more often!

    Florrie x

  3. Mr. Gentry says:

    loving the senior style Ms DRG- its a way forward for all style hunters out there needing a refresh!

  4. Coco says:

    Brilliant!

    There was an article in the New York Times the other day that was all about young bloggers (you can read it here http://tinyurl.com/okxf4g)- and, while it's great that so many young people are succeeding, I really felt that there was no need to make such an open and accessible platform as blogging favoured towards a younger market.

    I'm also sick of reading about all the clothes I supposedly can't wear because I've passed the 20-25 age bracket (I'm more than aware that I sound like my mum right now…) Little rant on that here: http://iwouldcoco.wordpress.com/2009/08/28/26-one-foot-in-the-grave/

    Anyway – nuff ranting, great post!

    Coco

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