Advanced Style may have opened the door to the over-60 sartorial world, but it’s equally true that these chameleonic, vibrant women have been daring individuals long before this age of @ everything. And as their lively Instagram feeds suggest, they’re entirely up to speed.
Here, five women you don’t know yet, and the style lessons we’ve learned from each.
The pace of Lyn Slater’s life only revs up as time passes. She’s balancing a career as a law professor at Fordham with extracurricular classes in design at FIT, and running her two-year-old blog Accidental Icon. Her brain is a Rolodex for unique shops and Japanese designers, and, yes, we want to be her when we grow up.
After fleeing her hometown of Bondi, Australia, at 18, Jenny Kee grew up—and into a total fashion icon—in London in the mid-‘60s. She eventually moved to New York, where she crossed paths with Bill Cunningham, who didn’t miss anyone worth photographing; he snapped the designer in 1991. Her shop, Flamingo Park, may not be operating, but her buoyant and bold designs are still for sale, and they are something. else.
Jean and Valerie may be fixtures on New York’s East Side streets, but they are, by their own admission, “setting a bad example for older women everywhere.” And clearly having the best time doing it. Who doesn’t want a partner in crime who supports your exuberant style evolution throughout the years?
Style advice: Choose fabrics that feel right for you. (You’ll rarely see the pair in heavy leather, for instance.)
We enjoyed reading the Yelp reviews of Colleen’s store, Re-Deux, almost as much as we enjoy her opulence and grace. (That hair!) We especially loved this quote of hers: “[Dressing up] allows me my very first ‘hello’ of the day, one which I would hope might be accepting, welcoming, and comfortable. I really do try to make an effort on behalf of myself as well as others. This, for me is a sign of civility and respect toward those I will see or encounter.” (Thanks to Beautiful Savage for the interview.)
Style advice: Surround yourself with friends who appreciate your you-ness. And document the impeccably stylish get-togethers.