Monday, September 19, 2016

8 Of The Coolest Outfits Worn by 40+ Bloggers This Month

If you subscribe to the blogs you like via Bloglovin' you also find your feed bombarded with posts from Bloglovin' Fashion and Bloglovin' Lifestyle with titles like "How To Pull Off Pink Like a Fashion Blogger" and "How to Wear Ruffles Like a Minimalist".   I ignore most of these, but the one I find most annoying is the "The 7 Best Fashion Blogger Outfits of last Week".  As a 50-something blogger, I NEVER see anyone of my age demographic represented here.  I have even commented on one of the posts to point out there are much more interestingly dressed bloggers over 40 out there, but to no avail.  I assume the people who run Bloglovin' are most likely in their 20's and the blogs that get their attention are those authored by fresh young things who wear their designer duds with panache and the the right amount of insouciance.  But seriously, with all the attention being given to older women via blogs like Advanced Style, and Iris Apfel, Joan Didion, and Joni Mitchell appearing in ad campaigns for designer clothing and bags, Bloglovin needs to get with the program.

I realize the the word "Best" is in itself problematic - what criteria is being used to decide whose outfit is worthy of being included in a list of the "Best of"?  When I see outfits I love on other bloggers, words like "Creative", "Inspirational", and "Visually Engaging" come to mind.  So I decided to do my own list (because we know the way to get things done right is to do it yourself).  I chose outfits that had been posted on blogs I follow this month, and I acknowledge there are countless other bloggers over 40 out there who are beautifully dressed but I don't have the time to follow them all.   I can't help it if my friends are some of the most creatively-dressed and exuberant dames on the Internet.

The women below are not wearing expensive designer clothing (or if they are, they bought it secondhand), but they show a style and creativity in their outfits and accessories that comes from years of trial and error to discover what makes them feel confident in their own skin.  The outfits below say something about the people wearing them, and whether you like what they are saying or not, surely you will agree that they are not boring.  This isn't to say that there aren't young bloggers out there who wear eclectic, imaginative outfits, but they aren't getting the attention they should, and neither are the women featured below.


Yep, that's my pal Mel, from Vancouver.  She has some serious style-balls, that woman.  An avid thrift-shopper, she can figure out a way to wear absolutely anything, and make it look like a million bucks, and she is a talented artist with a a twisted sense of humour.  Of course, all this makes her a Star in my book.


Suzanne is also a regular thrift shopper (so much so that she is selling stuff on Etsy).  She's a talented graphic designer who loves pugs (that's Zoe in the bottom left of the photo), and she has a wicked sense of humour which makes her posts a delight to read.  Her gorgeous hair colour means she looks freaking awesome in the colour green.


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Judith, aka The Style Crone, is consistently one of the most eleganty dressed women I know.  She is never without a hat, and not just any hat, but THE PERFECT hat for every outfit.  She writes eloquently about ageing in a way that makes you feel inspired and look forward to the years to come.

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Pao's blog, Project Minima, is a showcase for her stellar sewing skills and excellent eye for shape and pattern.  She alters patterns to suit her mood and has the best collection of funky shoes, most from Ebay, I've ever seen.  

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I've followed Vix's blog for many years, and she never ceases to entertain me with her colourful thrifted and handmade 1970's inspired wardrobe and tales of her adventures as a roving vintage seller.  She and her partner Jon are on the road selling at Vintage Fairs in England all summer, and she still finds time to whip up a ruffled, off-the-shoulder top from a sari, or a maxi skirt from a tablecloth.  


I've had the pleasure of knowing these two stylish dames (Jean on the left, Valerie on the right) for about 5 years now, and I look forward to reading about their adventures in fashion, art, and cocktails every week on their blog, The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas.  They hang out with the coolest people, have spectacular hat collections, and speaking from personal experience, they know how to show a visitor from out of town a great time.  They are definitely the poster girls for "Growing Old With Verve".

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Sheila, whose blog, Ephemera, is a showcase for her eclectic wardrobe and jaw-dropping collection of Fluevogs, is also a fellow Canadian.  She makes office wear fun with the pieces she finds in local consignment and thrift stores, and her husband, L, who also loves Fluevog shoes, is a very stylish guy in his own right.  Along with great outfits, you can find photos of their mischievous cat companion, Vizzini on her blog.

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Desiree disappeared from the blogging world for a while and has recently returned, better than ever.  She's an outspoken Aussie whose outfits often incorporate at least one piece of vintage lingerie as outer-wear, and we share a love of the series, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and it's delightful main character, Miss Phryne Fisher, who inspired her outfit in the photo above.

*UPDATE!*
I am pleased (and surprised) to see that Bloglovin' saw this post, and featured it in their weekly roundup post of "inspiring stories" last night.  Thanks to Mel for the heads up.  Maybe there's hope for you yet, Bloglovin'!

 

  

33 comments:

  1. I am a huuuge fan of all of these women, as you know. And of YOU and your incredible style, Shelley. I look so much better here in this stellar company than I do alone on my own blog.

    As you say, surely there is a place for people who dress to their own standards. Those Bloglovin' lists usually give me a laugh - such a mammoth marketing machine for brand names. Sometimes they piss me off and you know how I get when I'm pissed off - nothing like a little pinch to push me into action mode. That's partly why I click them in the first place. Heh.

    This could be a thing - your monthly list of dames. Or not. But I enjoy seeing so many women I adore in one place. I must go polish my style balls now. Heh.

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  2. Oh, big fans of all of these fabulous women! Shelley, you forgot to add yourself - you definitely deserve to be in there! I am honoured to be in such fine company, thank you very much for featuring me. :)

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  3. Some of my fave bloggers are on here and a few who are new to me. And Shelley, you should definitely be on this list, too!

    When I first began perusing fashion blogs, I couldn't believe the number of (mostly young) bloggers who were showcasing very straightforward and trendy fashion looks that it appeared they'd pulled right off the rack of a mall store like Forever 21 or Urban Outfitters. (Granted, I also didn't know about the behind-the-scenes stuff like sponsored posts, all the free stuff retailers send, monetizing a blog with Adwords and paid ads, etc.) I guess some readers are interested in such mass market, ready-to-purchase looks but I seek out the interesting, funky and unique bloggers like the ones in your list.

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  4. What an honour to be included with so many of my piers that I admire! Zoe is pretty chuffed about being included too ; P

    I agree that you needed to be here as well. Your style always invokes interest and conversation.

    My greatest fear is to be considered boring. I think that thrifting and vintage shopping has helped me avoid that.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one dead tired of seeing all the same stuff on all the same young women week in and week out on Bloglovin.

    bisous
    Suzanne & Zoe

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  5. Yay for this list! I'm also annoyed at the Bloglovin posts--but generally whiz right past them to see the wonderful bloggers closer to my age. You are definitely all inspirations for me--who never has found the time and energy to start a blog myself!

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  6. Fantastic to see my beautiful and clever friend Vix in your top lot. Don't she will mind me telling you she will be 50 soon. She's a real gorgeous person inside and out
    Lynn x

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    1. Most of the bloggers in this list are over 50, but for the couple that aren't, I stuck with the "40+"

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  7. gasp! I'm on the list! With all my favs. But you need to be on here too, Shelley. Please add an addendum, news flash, ed. note, to include you. Something like this comes around just when you're feeling a bit down, you know. Jeepers, it's so cool. Thanks a million for making my day.

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  8. great group of fab woman. I amused by fashion blogs ( and magazines) that live to tell us older ladies how to dress. I don't see the challenge of having $$$ to spend on an outfit. And if you have that kind of money, you damned well better look great. The challenge is looking amazing no matter what your bank account/income is.

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  9. What a lovely post to come back to after my break - such stylish women, yourself included, Shelley! xx

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    1. How lovely to see your comment - looking forward to reading a post from you!

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  10. I'm so honoured to be included amongst such greats, Shelley. thank you! I have to agree with Pao, you should have included yourself in the list and your amazing style and kick ass attitude have inspired me for years.
    Urgh, those Bloglovin' clones - same poses, same clothes. I despair for the future of humanity with such blandness. We had the likes of Debbie Harry, Siouxie Sioux and Patti Smith to aspire to. xxx

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  11. Shelley! Hey Shelley! Why aren't you in the mix?? You certainly deserve to be! And, yeah, what's up Bloglovin'? I think that as we age we get a bit more available style-wise. So many of those young bloggers are so self-conscious. It is really off-putting. I love someone with style of any age that just says, "Here I am. I like what I'm wearing godammit!" These over 40 girls can knock about 90% of those youngsters out of the water.

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  12. I follow nearly all of them.
    Melanie is my muse. I so wish I could post as often as she does and with such Verve! But I lose my nerve and it takes 80 takes to get one good photograph.
    Desiree did pop on IG for awhile. Has she returned to blogging? I hope so.

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  13. Gorgeous choices. Your eye is always acute.
    Aging with verve, creativity and individuality!
    Definitely the way to go...much more fun. Poof to those lists.
    xo Jazzy Jack

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  14. Hear, hear!

    I loved your choices too!

    Veronica
    vronni60s.blogspot.com

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing these kick-ass ladies and their blogs with us. What inspirations! Wish I had to guts to rock that purple hair :)

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  16. I'm absolutely honored and delighted that we're included in this post with this fabulous bunch o' women, but even if we weren't, this is a GREAT POST. As always, your insistence on calling it as you see it is much appreciated, as is your ability to parse, analyze and draw a well crafted conclusion. While it's perfectly okay with me if I'm never anyone's perfect example of this or that, I really am often quite stunned by editors' choices of the perfect example of this or that. Worse, how many times is one even interested in the showcased thises and thats? But why am I even writing this? Talk about preaching to the choir!

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  17. Great post and thank you for the intro to these fashionable ladies of a fabulous age. Are there any suggestions for any over 40 fashionable women of color bloggers

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    1. It's strange that I haven't found any blogs by 40+ women of colour as I would assume they exist. Perhaps if anyone has any recommendations they can leave them in the comments?

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    2. So What to Twenty is a good one, as is thechiccjitygirl.wordpress.com. Birabiro is a jewelry designer in NY who has wonderful style. Her style is more visible on Instagram, however. I know lots more on IG. Of course you're welcome to visit me, but I haven't been blogging as regularly. :-)

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  18. I loved the style of your selected bloggers, and I "know" Suzanne for some time and simply looove her style and you are right, her sense of humor! She is also very sweet and supportive, I am very glad that you picked her! Hope you have a very nice week!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  19. Wow these ladies are SOOO stylish!
    Jabeen x
    http://www.spilling-the-beans.co.uk/

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  20. Great collection of amazing blogs. Thanks for sharing.

    http://misspippisstyle.blogspot.hu/

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  21. Yes Shelley! I am a great fan of these fabulous women too (and are also happy to meet another Aussie in Desiree). And a fan of yours! Thank you for a great post, recognising what others need to take notice of. xx

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  22. Yup, these ladies are it!!! Each one so different, yet totally authentic. I love them all, and agree with the other comments that you are part of the tribe. :-) I don't know anything about Bloglovin, but from the sound of it, they NEED YOU!! Congrats on making them stand up and notice. xoxoxo

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  23. I feel like I struck gold when I found your blog! I totally agree about what you said about the concentration of youth on Bloglovin, unfortunately it seems to not only be when it comes to fashion but most other areas as well!
    And if you as women find it hard, imagine being a guy/man in his 50:s to find blogs about fashion that is as colourful and inventive as the ones shown in this post. If you are not in to the suit style or the surviving rocker then it's unfortunately quite empty in the area for people like me!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, and commenting. I can imagine it is difficult to find blogs for older men interested in style and fashion. There are so few men where I live that dress well or are interested in creative style I can't even ask any for recommendations! I have found a few on Instagram though.

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  24. Shelley, I am extremely honored to be included in your list of "coolest outfits" of the month. I'm thrilled to amidst such wildly wonderful talent and style.

    Bloglovin' should hire you! And I agree with all of the comments above. You should be included in this list, with your wonderfully stunning style. Your writing skills and ability to describe and analyze (as the IF's so eloquently state) need to be recognized. xoxo

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  25. Well, you nailed it!. It's wonderful to see something "Creative", "Inspirational", and "Visually Engaging"! and this is a fabulous recap which anybody could enjoy!!!
    besos

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  26. This is a good list. All these women are a medicine against boredom. Thanks to your initiative Bloglovin noticed this. Yay. To the barricades.
    Greetje

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