When we think of fashion for grandmas and older people, we may think of comfy cardis, house slippers, and sensible trousers. While there’s nothing wrong with that, these stylish ladies have taken a different approach and are rewriting the fashion rules for older people.

Covering the whole rainbow of colours, every kind of texture, and always expertly accessorised, these ladies sure know how to grow old stylishly.

Jean & Valerie

@idiosyncraticfashionistas

Jean and Valerie describe themselves as “NYC style bloggers for “women of a certain age” setting a bad, bad example for older women everywhere!” and we couldn’t agree more. Between the two of them, they’ve amassed a collection of hats, jewellery pieces and sunglasses that are the envy of all.

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Time sure flies when you’re having fun: 7 years ago today (9/4/2013) we posted our very first Instagram photo, thanks to @rollyrobinson! (We’d been blogging since 2009.) Portrait of us is by Arturo Holmes @gettyimages at Mark Bozek’s private screening 8/31/20 of “The Times of Bill Cunningham” @liverocket @pier17ny, with @maopr, @rogersuperstar & @rollier9972. . . .#idiosyncraticfashionistas #advancedbffs @bcunninghamfilm #pier17 #maopr #rogersuperstar #rollier9972 #billcunningham #advancedstyle #advancedstyleolderandwiser #esenshel #jianhuilondon #gettyimages #arturoholmes @nostrasantissima @esenshel @shopjianhuilondon @jianhuilondon @hm @sigersonmorrison #graceheung @zara #ageisjustanumber #ageisnotavariable #60plusstyle #60plusandfabulous #sustainablefashion

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Posing their way through the streets of New York City, Jean and Valerie give us another lesson in colour and pattern clashing every time they post.

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We chose a wonderful @scooterlaforge mural on Bowery & E 4th for a cheerful, graphic background to show off @shopjianhuilondon necklaces and bracelets. Check out @jianhuilondon’s designs: Valerie wore red squares on her wrists & ears & layered long necklaces of them. Jean combined strings of white beads, black beads and white squares. Heed the advice of #scooterlaforge mural in our closing shot: “Always be kind to animals” and enjoy his raccoon, cat, rats, bats, spiders and butterfly. . . .Valerie is wearing black & white polka dot @zara top, @hm bustier, @uniqlousa pants, @jjillstyle sandals, @irinarapaport mask. .Jean is wearing black polka dot @mesh_wear_nyc tunic, @henrikvibskov_boutique straw bowler, @uniqlousa slacks, @flylondonnyc sandals, @mdcoutureny mask. . .#idiosyncraticfashionistas #advancedbffs #advancedstyle #advancedstyleolderandwiser #wearwhatyoulove #ageisjustanumber #ageisnotavariable #wearwhatyouwant #iwillwearwhatilike #hatattack #hm #zara #meshwearnyc #mdcoutureny #uniqlo #flylondonshoes #jjill #irinarapaportdesign #jewelry #bowery #bowerymural #henrikvibskovboutique #sustainablefashion

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Judith Boyd

@stylecrone

Judith Boyd is the face at the front of the Style Crone Instagram and website. At 76 years old, she describes her blog as “dedicated to the older woman, in her most creative, outrageous, authentic, powerful, adventurous, funny, and proud era.” Featured in big name publications around the world, Judith has become an expert in hat wearing and taste making.

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Supporting #sustainablefashion is important to me as a #climateactivist The creations by @sabinewagner93 not only meet this criteria! Her designs are exquisite and timeless. I’m thrilled to be featuring her knotted skirt, turquoise silk collar and sash, and wrist cuff. All pieces are handmade, elegant, dramatic, and bold. They can be worn in a variety of shapes and silhouettes. Check stories for more photos of versatility. Also, @sabinewagner93 is offering 10% off all items in her online shop (link in her profile) with the code JUDITH10. #handmade #artisanmade #sabinewagner93 #clothingdesigner #arttowear #wearableart Photos and out takes by @daniel_a_nolan #gifted #stylecrone . . . #sabinewagner #highfashion #madeingermany #artdesign #fashionover70 #fashionover60 #fashionover50 #advancedstyle #advancedstyleolderandwiser #iwillwearwhatilike #ageismisneverinstyle #stylenotage #agelessstyle #styleblogger #vintagehat #vintageearrings

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Having spent most of her career as an emergency psychiatric nurse she says that she used fashion as a way to express herself creatively, and as a form of meditation in preparation for her days speaking to people who have experienced major life trauma. With her passion lying in vintage fashion and an extensive collection of beloved hats, Judith’s wish is to inspire people to “channel, celebrate and cherish your inner crone.”

 

Lyn Slater

@iconaccidental

Lyn Slater is an ex-professor and current trend maker. In 2014, Lyn was photographed by fashion photographers, tourists and received requests from Japanese media for interviews when she was walking near New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Centre. Impeccably dressed, as always, she was mistaken for someone in the industry, and so Accidental Icon was born.

Her blog filled a hole in the market. Unable to find a fashion magazine that suited her needs, one that “offered an urban, modern, intellectual aesthetic but also spoke to women who live what I call “interesting but ordinary lives” in cities,” Lyn decided to start one herself. Now with over 700,000 followers on Instagram, her icon status is not so accidental anymore.

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Baby (blue)steps. For many weeks I could only shoot inside my house. A blank white wall could serve the purpose. A blank wall I had hoped would be full of possibility for change. Now I’ve moved out of the apartment and back into the street. Actually right across the street. There’s something about this urban background. The gate and lock are like the limitations that are still restricting what I can do and where I can go. A neighborhood kid giving it a nice pop of pink tho. Optimism. I’ve been wearing a great deal of the color blue this summer. All hues from this pale baby to a bold cobalt. Blue is said to have a calming effect on the mind and body. It invokes rest, coolness and is thought to help with balance. Things I must do to get through the long hot summer and early fall of living on hold. Things I must do to manage what I read each day in the news. I think I love Blue right now because it invokes a wide open sky, imagination and possibility. It makes me look up. It promises expansion after a long contraction. That’s what I like about this suit, it let’s me move and stretch however I want or need to. I’m ready to take off when I wear it. So I’ll probably keep doing blue until my world opens up again. What’s your hopeful color?

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Jenny Kee

@jennykeeoz

Iconic Australian artist and designer, Jenny Kee is just as fashion forward now as she always has been. At 73, Jenny uses the full colour spectrum in every design she makes, and further reflects that in her fashion choices. From full rainbow gowns, to architectural hats, and of course including her quintessential style in her COVID masks, Jenny Kee remains at the forefront of Australian fashion.

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Colour for Covid 🌈🥰

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Growing up in Sydney’s iconic beachside suburb of Bondi, Jenny’s inspirations of growing up by the “sparkling blue sea and… the day-glo colours of the 1960’s” still ring through in all her creations 40 years on in her career.

 

Iris Apfel 

@iris.apfel

It wouldn’t be a list of fashionable older women without Iris Apfel. From her iconic thick rimmed round glasses, to her ever present (and always perfect) quaff of white hair, Iris is a fashion staple and taste maker of the over 60s crowd. Still getting invited to all the coolest parties and featuring in fashion magazine spreads around the world, Iris shows no signs of settling down in her 99 years.

With a current fashion and accessories line, Iris is still teaching us all how it’s done. And her Instagram is a joyful spread of colours, textures and all around ageless and timeless style. Even young ones are looking to get in on what Iris is putting out, with stylish recreations of iconic Iris Apfel looks being worn by those as young as three.

Do you know your own Glam-Ma? Is there a particularly stylish older lady in your life? We’d love to see! Tag us on Instagram or Facebook and let’s show the world how it’s done!

Lead image: Judith Boyd via Instagram @stylecrone

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