While I was in New York this weekend, I was struck by how many women I saw who remained chic and stylish well into their 70s and probably even beyond. Who can tell? These women all knew the secret of ageless style: a classic haircut, a trim figure, immaculately pressed clothes, a scarf, and a knowing expression. I’m impressed by these women; you definitely see them very rarely in Georgia. I respect them and I admire them because I know that no matter how hard I try I probably won’t ever be like them. Somehow, though, I don’t love them.
The woman I love are the women who wear turbans. The women who date much younger men. The women who drink too much at parties and tell stories of the time they dated Henry Kissenger. I won’t ever be one those women either; I’m too shy and I can’t pull off a turban, but I love that they are in the world and I want to spend a lot of time getting to know them. If I can’t pull off a turban, maybe I can pull off red skinny jeans or a maxi dress, two things I feel I am too old to wear now but which I have seen women older than me looking amazing in.
I follow these women on Instagram where I enthusiastically double-tap all their outfits and boyfriends. Let me introduce you to five of my favorites so you can love them too.
Dorrie Jacobson is 80 years old? No way. She looks amazing in everything she wears. In addition to her Instagram, her blog is a total delight. I just like look looking at her and thinking about how I’m too old to wear the things she wears and how she looks amazing in them. And wondering just how is that?
Jean and Vaerie, the idiosyncratic fashinionistas, are setting a bad example for older women everywhere. I have never seen women with a better ability to wear hats. My hat is off to these women’s ability to wear hats.
Beatrix Ost wears turbans. And she wears them beautifully. She’s an artist and you need to know that in advance because she’s not going to trouble herself to educate you about her life via her Instagram bio. She’ll just give you little snippets into her fabulous world and we’ll all be a little richer for it.
Sara Jane Adams doesn’t belong in this list. She just turned 60 this year, so she’s really a contemporary of mine, not an inspirational elder stateswoman. But a year ago, a photo of her looking badass in an Addidas jacket went viral and her Instagram feed is full of inspirational photos showing that we all could look badass right now if we wanted. As someone who plays it safe all too often, that’s something I need in my face every day.
I don’t know how many women on my list were inspired by Ari Seth Cohen’s blog, Advanced Style, but I suspect it was more than one. It’s a celebration of all the fashionable older women he meets and his Instagram feed features the highlights. Seeing so many people looking so amazing with so variety makes me want to get a turban. Maybe if I start practicing wearing it at home now, I’ll be confident enough to wear it outside the house when I’m seventy.
By the way, if you should feel so inclined, why not follow me on Instagram at @katykozee? I’ll definitely follow back — I love making new friends and would love seeing what’s going on in your life.