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Thursday, 1 March 2012

Lynn Dell on Advanced Style: A blog post to inspire us all

Much was made of Raquel Welch's "youthful" look - but is style more important than defying your years?

In between the day jobs (there are many of them), the blog and being a wife/mother, I rarely get time to read other bloggers' musings, but occasionally a blog pings into my consciousness that I simply cannot ignore.

This morning, the status update of a friend on Facebook (that's you Lisa Clark) pointed me in the direction of Advanced Style, a New York-based blog by Ari Seth Cohen dedicated to older people with lashings of sartorial style. Now, this is quite a timely discovery for me because, I don't mind telling you, the build-up to turning 38 (!!) has had me caught-up in an age-related crisis... 

I am 38. It still shocks me to the core. As far as I was concerned, I would never get to anything resembling my late thirties - how could that possibly happen to me? I'm a girl not a woman. I've always had a baby face. People have always been shocked when I tell them my real age...

Lately, not so much. And that's what I've been coming to terms with. Of course, I have to start looking a bit older - I'm nearly forty ffs, and (sadly) not an age-proof alien. People (my mum, mostly) keep telling me off for stressing out about it, but I can't stop thinking about the episode in Sex and the City (Catch, ahem, 38) where The Russian says to Carrie, "38 is young" and she says, "depends who you talk to". It's not the line itself as much as the fact that I have now caught up to Ms Bradshaw in the very final series of the show. Next comes the embarrassing movie length versions and being laughed at for wearing knee-high socks *wails and beats chest*

Well, I think she looks fabulous. I just need to get my own middle-aged mojo working...

Because people have always been keen to tell me how much younger than my age I look, I did become obsessed with it. 

Perhaps I do still look slightly younger than my birth certificate states, but the problem is that even shaving three or four years off now doesn't mean I look "young". But why should that matter?? Most of my friends (because they are beautiful creatures with infinitely more commonsense than me and a lot less vanity) are welcoming the big 4-0 with open arms. They are throwing huge parties and brandishing a bolshy "bring it on" attitude that I absolutely respect. There is even talk (mostly from me) about going to Ibiza for a long weekend of joint, joyful celebration. But my motives are probably more about pretending I'm 25 again than owning up to the fact that I'm (officially, unless I live to 125) middle-aged.

You know, it's pretty easy, working in the fashion industry (and particularly coming into it at a relatively "mature" stage of life) to become obsessed with looking "good for your age". It's also easy to forget how important it is to just look good, regardless of what's on the clock.

And that's why Advanced Style has captivated me. So many fantastically inspirational people, dressed to the hilt in uncompromising clothes, all looking fabulous - all "getting on a bit". 

In his latest post, Ari interviews one of his muses, Lynn Dell, owner of the Off Broadway Boutique and all round fashionista. I just love her attitude "I'm not out to look younger, I'm out to look wonderful." Now this is a mantra I need to adopt. Right now.

Check out Lynn's interview, and I dare you to tell me she ain't inspiring...



Raquel Welch photographed in February 2012 (John Shearer/Getty Images For Montblanc)

Sarah Jessica Parker photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

Lynn Dell interview by Ari Seth Cohen for advancedstyle.blogspot.com

5 comments:

Hazel said...

Lynn Dell, gotta love her and her attitude!

Lisa said...

LOVE this blogginz SO much, Miss J!

Fashion Detective said...

I think we should all be like Lynn when we grow up...

The Countess of Glamour said...

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Fashion Detective said...

Thank you Lynn! I will pop a link to your gorgeous blog on my blog roll right now - and be checking it regularly for style tips. I love your glam approach to life - you're such an inspiration xx P.S. Definitely see you when I'm next in NYC.