Fierce Over 50

  • By Loretta Lilly
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Let's be clear—age has nothing to do with style. I'm not into trends for people of any age, really. Everyone should be timeless, chic, and sophisticated. Great style is possible no matter how old you are—the key is knowing how to flaunt your body and sensibility in a way that works for you. Each one of us has our very own style personality. It's a mirror of our true identity and it reflects what we truly love to wear. Whatever your size, shape or age you can dress with style and confidence. However most of the time, we are not true to our own style personalities. We just wear what everybody is wearing—the look in a catalog or what's on a hanger in a department store. Once you find your signature look, hold onto it throughout your life, adjusting and updating it ever so slightly to suit the changing times and trends. It is forever chic to see mature women with style sense.

Lyn Slater was 63 when a modeling career fell into her lap.  She was a career educator that became an accidental icon breaking fashion barriers. Her contemporary and eclectic style is heavily influenced by Japanese designers. But she always had real style with substance. She was discovered during New York City Fashion Week as she waited to meet a friend for lunch outside Lincoln Center wearing a Yohji Yamamoto suit and carrying a Chanel bag. Without warning, photographers began to take her photo, believing her to be part of the fashion industry.

Another fashion icon and businesswoman, Iris Apfel, landed her first-ever modeling contract at age 97. She has become known for her avant-garde style and one of the most vivacious personalities in the worlds of fashion, textiles, and interior design. Her originality is typically revealed in her mixing of high and low fashions—Dior haute couture with flea market finds.

After all, it is not what you wear, but how you wear it. So, style yourself happier than you've ever been before—I dare you!

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