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I’ve been on the trail of thought of old biddies since the most interesting dressed people I saw over the weekend were all over 50.  So when I came across Advanced Style, a streetstyle blog that is "proof from the wizened and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age", I thought to myself that I had found my OAP style fix. 

Every time I see someone elderly rocking a barmy/beautiful outfit I do think that most people would disregard them as funny farm material.  But then put the same outfit on a skinnier, twenty something with long heavy-fringed hair and a pair of Boots reading glasses and people would be swooning.  Put them on Facehunter riding a bicycle and there’d be cries for them to start a personal style blog.   Alas, there’s almost never any point in asking them where  they got their wonderful garms from as  they’d either be out of production or they might not remember. 

I’m hoping a Londoner will follow in Advanced Style’s footsteps.  There are tons of mixed patterns, loud earrings, terribly smart shoes and plenty of hats to be found on the elderly here, seen wandering up and down the aisles of Tescos.

Advancestyle

Comments (52)

  1. tanya says:

    i love the way oldies dress, particularly old men and their fabulous array of hats.
    this man is one of my favourites:
    http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com/2008/09/feather-in-cap.html

  2. i also love the way some oldies dress, but I prefer old ladies hehe some are so stylish and classic :)

  3. Alexis says:

    I love the advanced style blog, I have been following it for a while. There’s an other cool blog that I found through him, it’s http://www.lola.no/index.asp?id=26711 she apparently cooperates with advanced style once in a while, I adore her style as I adore yours.

  4. steph-o says:

    I honestly want to be that cool when i grow up…

  5. Ari says:

    Hey feel free to send some Engisl pics my way
    Advancedstyleinfo@gmail.com. I’d love to see them.

  6. Ari Cohen says:

    I’d love some submissions from England. Feel free to send some pics my way at advancedstyleinfo@gmail.com .
    Cool
    Ari

  7. Fajr says:

    I aspire to be a fashion-busting, swearing, wear what I want, say how I feel old lady someday. I guess gals like us (you too Susie) are practicing now for our Advanced Style moments!

  8. ivoreece says:

    So funny blog entry! But I like the way how they wearing their clothes.

  9. Fajr says:

    I aspire to be a fashion-busting, swearing, wear what I want, say how I feel old lady someday. I guess gals like us (you too Susie) are practicing now for our Advanced Style moments!

  10. diane says:

    those pics are fun, fabulous, and hilarious! love it!

  11. floraposte says:

    I will really have to step up if I’m ever to be that stylish when I get old! Fabulous!

  12. Romeika says:

    I always wonder if I’ll start dressing boring when I get really old. These ladies are such an inspiration!

  13. juliet says:

    I can’t wait to be old and able to dress in a truly weird way.
    juliet xxx

  14. Gata says:

    Thank you! I can’t stand when someone makes fun of an elderly woman dressing a bit flashy or however they like. Shouldn’t this be the time of their lives when they could wear what they want? Especially the retired ones, who survived workplace dress codes for decades and now just want to have fun. This was gorgeous.

  15. Amazing!
    This comes to show that fashion is not always centered on the young ones…

  16. Katie says:

    Love the pink one! :)

  17. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a guy from across the street/far away/the back and though “ooh, that guy has great style!” only to get closer and realize the guy is like 70. It happens to me ALL the time, a lot of stylish old canadian guys I guess.
    Another quick story, I was in line for a changing room at a local Montreal department store. I was holding a totally over the top patterned dress. Then this wackily/fabulously dressed older lady with huge heavy framed glasses and an amazing hat comes up to wait beside me. I look down and notice we’re holding the same dress. I look up and notice that EVERYONE in the area is staring at us. So of course I started chatting with her about the dress, she complimented me on my top, I complimented her on her hat, and everyone else in the area who was trying on boring blue sweaters looked confused.

  18. MHBass says:

    this is so wonderful, thank you for pointing this blog out! i’ve always thought there should be something like this, the old ladies who draw me at life modelling are always so elegantly and characterfully dressed and i always wish i could document it.

  19. lady coveted says:

    i so love this blog…it’s really great. i mean as much as the young are beautiful, sometimes when they’re just wearing cut off shorts and a tank, i’m like wtf? is this supposed to be style? where’s the beef?
    i like the over the topness of age. brilliant.

  20. winnie says:

    There is no way I will ever resort to the boxy suit wearing old lady (The likes that shop at Windsmoor, Planet and Elvi)
    These ladies look awesome.

  21. Brigadeiro says:

    OOh, this inspires me to stop ‘toning it down’ as I get older, I love walking past a ‘mature’ person with a wicked or great dress sense :)

  22. This is super stuff, because it seems old people are either expected to fade into the background or be very eccentric and thus branded ‘mad’. We’re all getting older so we should embrace the idea that old people can have fun dressing too. Even when magazines occasionally do ‘outfits for 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s..’ the models always look about 10-20 years younger than the age group they’re representing.
    Thanks for sharing it :)

  23. KD says:

    I, too, love this blog! I see so many fabulously dressed senior citizens where I live.

  24. I’m so glad that older people are being recognised in the style stakes. I am forever seeing superstylin’ older people (generally women) and always want to stop and talk to them but don’t in case I get beat over the head with a superstylin’ handbag and maced.

  25. SOS! says:

    the lady on the top left looks absolutely amazing! I also can’t get enough of the red cane that matches the outfit. Loving it.

  26. Janavi says:

    The woman on the top left is Iris Apfel, quite well known for her style. About 2 yrs ago the Met Museum in NY did a show about her in the Costume Institute.
    I think as u get older u don’t care so much about what others think.

  27. Marianne says:

    That’s so funny – just last week I wrote on my blog how I’m looking at old ladies’ wardrobe with envy! Haven’t yet figuered out whats so appealing about their clothes, I just know I want them =)

  28. Victoria says:

    I love seeing oldies with amazing style, today I saw a lady with the lovliest over the knee flat boots, and a cape kind of thing, I wish I could have took a picture!

  29. Shen-Shen says:

    I found that streetstyle blog recently and ahh, I love it! It reminds me of my adorable grandparents, first of all, and second of all, the stuff they wear is AMAZING!

  30. m says:

    i loveeeeeee old asian lady style. so inspiring. so comfy looking — always!

  31. evie says:

    check out the post in the 1st and 4th photos! fierce! lol

  32. Casey says:

    Style never leaves your soul. if you are fabulous when you are young, you can’t help but stay fabulous forever.
    These ladies and Gent. are killer. LOVE THEM!

  33. Claire says:

    Yup, the irrepressible Iris Apfel: “I mean, I think whimsy and fancy are so wonderful, everything is so grey outside. So you might as well have a little fun with what you can”

  34. older woman have the best style and they are my favorites to take pictures of.
    i almost regret not going up to ask to take iris’s picture when i saw her at palm beach 3, but then she had security around her, and i probably would have gotten my camera confiscated as i had to smuggle it in…

  35. Mrs Gorman says:

    That’s Iris Barrel Apfel on the top left!!!
    One of my all-time style icons: the crop, the signature specs… the fabrics!!

  36. jean says:

    I love your blog, but since when is someone over 50 elderly??! Come on, I’m 56 and am the most fit/slender I’ve ever been–and stylish, too, I might add :) Jean

  37. Natty says:

    Bottom left looks just like Bette Davies in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane – just a lot more polished and nicer! Oh and I love the old Chinese lady too – someone very similar to her in look and style lives near me.

  38. GlamaRuth says:

    Susie, I can at least enlighten you on the label worn by the lady you have pictured at top right, in the graphic print, button placket dress. It is a cotton number from Penthouse by Katherine Ogust, late 60s-mid 70s – I know because I have a black, tan, brown and white version that was my grandmother’s. I always get compliments from all ages when I wear it (and it is great belted, although I lost the self belt when I lent the dress to a friend. Works with tights, but nothing better on a hot day than loose, crisp cotton. You can find them pretty regularly on Ebay for quite reasonable prices.

  39. Janavi says:

    I do agree with Jean- 50 is a little young to be considered an old biddie. But I love your blog & think u r doing a great job with it.
    Thames & Hudson published a book about Iris Apfel called “Rare Bird of Fashion”. It’s a beautiful & inspiring book.

  40. T. Setterbo says:

    Oh my goodness. These ladies are my idols! How wonderful that they dress up for themselves and stay so happy!

  41. a dreamer says:

    Thanks you for posting this! I’ve always thought the same. There are millions of smartly dressed older folk who aren’t apprectiated.

  42. alessandra says:

    they’re faboulous!

  43. Becca says:

    these photos are awesome! So great! There should definitely be more of these types of style blogs!

  44. susie_bubble says:

    Jean: Apologies…. over 50 most certainly isn’t old biddie age….but I don’t think elderly is a derogatory term though…
    I hate using age bracket terms like ‘over-50s’ and ‘middle age’ is too broad… didn’t mean to cause offense though!
    Anyhow, I like the way ‘elderly’ sounds… don’t ask me why!
    I will def check out the Iris Apfel book….

  45. Janavi says:

    Susie- u will love the book- it was published a few years ago to coincide I believe with the Met show. Amazon should have it.

  46. Jael says:

    I’ve noticed the same thing about clothing and age. When I am old, I will be a bright, feathered site.

  47. beatrice says:

    Nice!
    I just find you in while i was trying to guet some info about this stylist your picture a dress Catherine ogust anybody could tell me more about her is she American? I just purchase a lovely caftan dress white and blue Thanks

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