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?
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.
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.
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?
Alice Olive says
I’ll be in sleeveless… everything until I reach my version of 102 years old!
If it’s hot, I’m in sleeveless whenever possible!
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.
That Family Guy bit slays me.
Patti @ NotDeadYet Style says
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.
Ruth is an inspiration — they all are!
Faux Fuchsia says
Ruth looks DIVINE x
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.
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!
Jet aka Punk Glam Queen says
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
How could anyone possibly misconstrue that?!
Jet aka Punk Glam Queen says
Can you imagine people walking around with bear arms instead of people arms? Now that would be pretty funny!