I was lucky enough to be on Twitter a couple weekends back when Garth tweeted a link to this beautiful piece on CNN’s Living blog, about women in their 60′s and beyond who enjoy being stylish in a very creative, self-defined way.
What’s especially cool about these ladies? Some of them maintain fashion blogs! I couldn’t add them to my RSS reader fast enough.
So, my vote for “Freaking Geniuses” of the month goes to:
Valerie and Jean of Idiosyncratic Fashionistas
These two ladies go to fabulous events, dressed fabulously, and then take lots of photos of what everyone’s wearing. Their commentary is fun, with not a trace of the snobbery that often turns me off with fashion press in general. This bit from their About Me statement is worthy of a tattoo: “We embrace our gray hair, while sharing the playground nicely with our younger siblings. Bette Davis was right when she said ‘growing old is not for sissies’, but it’s also not one of Dante’s circles of hell.”
Judith Boyd of Style Crone
Judith’s blog isn’t just about style, but also a chronicle of the role fashion her played in her journey though her husband’s battle with cancer. I’m so deeply inspired by her determined affirmations of life a year after his death, and by the way her style helps her express the emotional landscape she’s traversing.
All of the beautiful ladies in Advanced Style
This blog is actually the work of 30 year-old photojournalist Ari Seth Cohen. In it, he documents gracious and gorgeous people over 50 – people who are taking care of themselves and enjoying their place in the world. It’s delightful and inspiring, and the women are so, so beautiful.
Image by Joel Abroad, via Flickr
I’m 45 now, and I’ll tell you… this seems to be the age where tiny, subtly dismaying changes start showing up in your face and body. It’s not anything to get insane over, but it’s something that starts blipping in the back of your mind, like a tiny signal from your future. Especially in the grossly youth-obsessed culture we inhabit, it’s all too easy to get convinced that your prime is passing.
I love how these blogs make me think, “Oh, to hell with that!”