Age is no obstacle to being a fashion icon, and there’s no reason it should be seen as an impediment for any senior who cares about looking your best each time you leave the house. Keeping up with fashion trends and finding the ones that are the right fit for you can be difficult. Seeing self-possessed seniors who have managed to find their unique style can often serve as an inspiration.
For any senior who could use some fashion tips and ideas, these senior fashion influencers and resources can give you the kick you need to get your wardrobe and style back into gear.
Advanced Style is a blog run by photographer Ari Seth Cohen devoted to showing the savvy and unique style of a wide array of seniors. The blog is regularly updated with pictures of seniors looking fabulous in styles all their own. The people pictured aren’t generally famous models or actors, so their looks are often within reasonable reach for seniors who choose to visit the blog for inspiration.
The Senior Style Bible is a website run by Dorrie Jacobson that’s devoted to providing style tips and recommendations to senior women. The website hopes to encourage women not to shy away from youthful styles in spite of their age. You should keep wearing whatever clothes make you feel the most “you” no matter your age.
Iris Apfel, called the “muse of New York” by the guardian, is turning heads with her designs years into her 90s. Apfel is the frequent focus of New York fashion bloggers and has inspired collections by big name designers like Ralph Lauren. Her own designs are vibrant, colorful, and clearly not the work of anyone hoping to fade into the background. Her fashion signals that she’s a senior happy to claim all the attention in the room – a bold move in a society that too often treats older women as invisible.
Lyn Slater created Accidental Icon for women who live what she describes as “interesting but ordinary lives” in cities. It’s not for celebrities or icons, but for the many women who are comfortable in their own style (or seek to be) whether or not the world is paying attention.
Linda Rodin started modeling in the 1960s and over time branched into offering her own beauty products. In her 60s now, she’s still widely regarded as a fashion icon that many people look to for inspiration.
Robert Boyd’s unique style has helped him gain a following on social media. He shares photos of his outfits on Facebook, and hosts a talk show on YouTube where he shares his fashion tips. He’s long valued looking good and shares his love of fashion with others with the help of the web.
Melanie Kobayashi uses her platform at Bag and a Beret to share her experiences in style, comedy, and art. In addition to photos showing her unique fashion, there are blog posts full of personality and interesting experiences.
Isabella Rossellini has been turning heads with her look for decades, but age hasn’t stopped her from claiming beauty campaigns and magazine covers. In her 60s, she’s still the face of Lancome and regularly walks the red carpet for various acting projects.
A fashion writer who spent years writing for publications like the Village Voice and Vogue, Lynne Yaeger has become a fashion icon in her own right. Her eccentric style inspires designers and models, while still managing to clearly be 100% her own.
Tziporah Salamon is a designer and model with a flair for combining just the right clothes and accessories to make her outfits into a work of art. Fittingly, she’s written a book called The Art of Dressing to help others gain the skills to do the same.
Daphne Selfe has been working as a model since 1949. Now in her late 80s, she shows no signs of slowing down. She’s been a style icon for decades and continues to showcase a variety of fashions in her work, showing women of all ages that there’s no age that’s too old to be fashionable.
Susan B. writes a lifestyle blog where she shares great fashion finds, beauty recommendations and stories of world travel. While fashion isn’t the only focus, it’s one part of an all-around inspiring blog about living a good life as you age.
Carmen Dell’Orefice is considered by some to be the world’s oldest working model. She’s been gracing magazine covers for decades and has continued to work steadily and wow audiences on the runways.
Style Crone is a fashion blog run by a woman in her 70s named Judith. She embraces bold styles and encourages her readers to do the same. A trademark of her style is unique, fashionable hats of the sort that guarantee you’d stand out.
Bethann Hardison is not only a model, but also a fashion activist who’s been working for decades to make fashion more inclusive to people of color. Concerned about the lack of diversity in the fashion world, she even started her own agency in the 80’s to help bring more models of color onto the runways. She continues to show up at fashion events today, looking fabulous and advocating for better opportunities for underrepresented models.
Patti, who runs Not Dead Yet Style, devotes her blog to helping people be “authentic and beautiful in our middle years.” In addition to sharing fashion finds and pictures of outfits she wears, she also shares experiences and posts of encouragement.
Jenny Kee is an Australian artist and designer who opened her first clothing shop in the 1970’s and quickly became a famous fashion icon in Australia. She’s been making her mark on fashion in her own country and around the world ever since.
Michelle Lamy is known for her eccentric style and the label she co-founded. Her look is often described as gothic and includes tattoos, gold teeth, and an overall style that’s like nobody else’s.
A former opera singer, Joyce Carpati’s current claim to fame is providing fashion advice. After being featured prominently by Advanced Style, she caught the attention of a number of publications so her advice has been in high demand, and she’s happy to offer it.
Rounding our list out, Diane von Furstenberg first started her fashion line in 1970 and continues to serve as its Chairman and Founder today. Decades into her career, she remains a recognizable name and influential force in the fashion world.
These seniors all show us that age should never be a limitation in how you choose what to wear or how to present yourself to the world. Whether it’s bold colors, unique hats, or colorful suits, figure out the style that feels right for you and be comfortable walking out the door looking your best.