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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Recently, one of my blogger friends — I can’t remember who! Confess in the comments, if you like! — remarked that as inspiring as the wimmins of the Advanced Style blog are, many of them are over-the-top in a way that is intimidating to the less fashion-involved lady. I took another look at the blog to see if that’s the case, and decided that while it is true that the Advanced Style subjects who go for the full-on costume effect are most memorable, there are others who are totally relatable. This week, for instance, something about Ruth Kobin — wearing a slim-fitting camel-colored sweater with an open neck, chunky jewelry and lipstick — caught my eye. Any “woman of a certain age” can wear this look, don’t you think?


Photo by Ari Seth Cohen for Advanced Style. Click for more.

I should point out that Ruth is 102 years old. For real. And I think I’m in love with her because at one-hundred-and-fucking-two years old, Ruth is not having an Nora Eprhon-esque “I Feel Bad About My Neck” turtleneck moment.

I’ve noticed that a lot of women much younger than 102 feel bad about their arms long before they feel bad about their necks. Because of that, bare arms tend to attract my attention. Back in August, I was impressed by, first, the dazzling smile and, secondly, the bare arms of 62-year-old bride Gay Cioffi in the New York Times wedding section.


Photo by Gordon M. Grant for the New York Times. Click for another photo and the full story.

Today, I spotted 60-year-old Sonic Youth rocker and artist Kim Gordon exercising her right to bare arms (and neck!) in the Wall Street Journal. I like that she has kept her rock ‘n’ roll haircut too.


Photo by Annabel Mehran for the Wall Street Journal. Click for source.

Tell me those ladies don’t look amazing. I dare you. So there are your fashion role models for the day. And, because everything reminds me of Family Guy, I now need to share this clip explaining the Second Amendment.

It all makes more sense now, doesn’t it?

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13 Responses to “The Stylish Sixties (and Way Beyond)”

  1. Alice Olive says:

    Bloody right!

    I’ll be in sleeveless… everything until I reach my version of 102 years old!

  2. Suzanne says:

    That family guy bit was hilarious.

    I love that women are getting over showing off their bodies as they age. Men do it all the time.


  3. I am telling you – they look amazing! I hope I am wearing lipstick – on my lips – at 102 and looking half as good as Ruth. Great pics.

  4. Faux Fuchsia says:

    Ruth looks DIVINE x

  5. Suz says:

    Kim Gordon was probably a cool baby.

    Laurie Anderson and Cindy Sherman dress well and low key as far as style. They haven’t really changed how they look. And of course Diane Keaton who always looks great dressed up or casual.

    Somewhere I made a list of older women with style I admired. I like the style of older women – they know who they are, and they do what they want. What’s not to like? They give me something to aim for.

    • WendyB says:

      You know, I’ve never been into Diane’s look. It’s costume-y in a way that doesn’t appeal to me. So covered up too! It is very consistent though. I give her props for that!

  6. Go Ruth at 102, I hope I make it that long & look as fab! The family guy bit cracked me up, I always said it meant we were allowed to have bear arms if we wanted! XXX