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November 4, 2009 at 7:32 pm
They are so dignified and graceful. It is so refreshing to see presumably wealthy women of a certain age who has not had a facelift. Love it!
November 4, 2009 at 7:34 pm
These women have such a classy look. I love to see older women (and men for that matter) so well dressed. It really proves that fashion is ageless.
November 4, 2009 at 7:35 pm
So chic and preppy.
November 4, 2009 at 7:36 pm
I love how simple and classy they both look. I love the color of the woman on the left's skirt, and the woman on the right… LBD and pearls (refreshing) :]
November 4, 2009 at 7:40 pm
sooo effortlessly chic! i love it!
November 4, 2009 at 7:41 pm
Their looks say "money", and they wear it well.
November 4, 2009 at 7:45 pm
wow. couldn't be more Italian.
November 4, 2009 at 7:46 pm
there's much to be said for understated elegance & discretion. no gimmicks necessary…
I know some people thnk that when you get older you loose your sense of style, mostly because you start to dress practically. These two women are proof that practical can be stylish, and how I envy them for looking that good!
I love the look of the old lady!!! With the white shirt and the Hermès belt. She's great.
PD. We're counting down the days to you're arrive to Spain.
kitty Curcio designs
November 4, 2009 at 7:48 pm
Having Lived in both, France, and Italy, this is the classic LADY LOOK of all european ladies. Simple, tasteful, and not over the top, The jewelry, and shoes are expensive, funny, as opposed, to american women on the streets, no handbags?Kitty Curcio Los Angeles Ca.
November 4, 2009 at 7:49 pm
The left lady doesn't seem amused!?But both of them look really chic – and that's the only thing that counts. At least when you get shot for a fashion blog…
Such classy ladies. I'd love to have a white blazer like that.
November 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm
this is me & my baby sister in 30 years…
November 4, 2009 at 7:57 pm
Simply: PERFECT at all age with this style!
November 4, 2009 at 8:04 pm
It's good to see what catches your eye in women over a certain age … I like to use it as a sort of sign-post to the future for my own personal style as it evolves to a more mature phase. These women are very conservative, to me. I would call the one on the right more sexy feminine (longer hair, v-neck collar, big jewelry). The other woman I would see as more sporty (Izod style collar up on blouse, the flats). Colors and textures seem very spring-like to me, especially with the bare leg, the white on the shoe. I like to see people using spring fabrics, colors and cuts in the fall if weather permits – it gives us all so many more options. Mostly, I admire women of a certain age who take care of themselves – and these two women appear to be the picture of that. Thanks for sharing!
November 4, 2009 at 8:05 pm
November 4, 2009 at 8:07 pm
Very classy. Hope I dress like that when I'm their age :)
November 4, 2009 at 8:10 pm
These are wonderful work-appropriate outfits, very tasteful, not at all stodgy. I love the formal pearls, worn with casual panache. Hopefully when I am the boss, I will look like this. These ladies look utterly comfortable.
November 4, 2009 at 8:11 pm
these women look soo chic!
November 4, 2009 at 8:17 pm
November 4, 2009 at 8:19 pm
so stylish. i hope i look as good as these ladies when i'm their age!
Old School Classy and elegant. Never goes out of style. Love the outfits of both women.
November 4, 2009 at 8:27 pm
I love the simplicity, the grace and the elegance of these women.
Though Hermes belt spoils the overall look to me: it's so unoriginal, everyone seems to have one.
Let's grow up Later
November 4, 2009 at 8:39 pm
So chic and so elegant! It proved that women could be glamorous at any age.
November 4, 2009 at 8:40 pm
So chic! I like this photo.
How chic and sexy they are, all the while exuding that Milanese aesthetic! I want to be them when I grow up!
graceful…I like that brown tasseled pump.
November 4, 2009 at 8:41 pm
graceful…I love a brown tasseled pump.
November 4, 2009 at 8:51 pm
I hope to look like that at that age.
November 4, 2009 at 8:52 pm
Fashion sexy old ladys!
November 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm
I'd love to look that fantastic NOW…!
November 4, 2009 at 8:58 pm
Fabulous, real stylish women.
The woman on the left is a classic Italian woman. Effortless, chic, powerful.
The woman on the right is a bit too girlish.
An interesting contrast in owning / not owning your age. It makes you powerful if you do.
November 4, 2009 at 9:28 pm
They're obviously wearing quality. Why ruin it with a giant "H" Hermes belt? I'll never understand the appeal of those belts.
November 4, 2009 at 9:32 pm
So beautiful and classy!
November 4, 2009 at 9:34 pm
quintessential italiane..che belle!
November 4, 2009 at 9:38 pm
its all about grace…
November 4, 2009 at 9:47 pm
Simplicity at its best!! Classic!!!
i cant decide if this wreaks of class and elegance, or downright stuffiness….
November 4, 2009 at 9:56 pm
Very different from each other! But the conservative chic is right there for both! I find their details just fabulous. That popped collar and hermes belt and those bloused puff sleeves with delicate scalloped edges. Tasseled loafer heels and a pearl set. Very nice shopping on that street, eh?
November 4, 2009 at 10:14 pm
have a look, kitty, they both have handbags…
November 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm
These are the type of women who make me feel a little better about aging gracefully.
November 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm
I love that both of these ladies are not wearing stockings or pantyhose. How refreshing.
November 4, 2009 at 11:06 pm
Classic. Just in case the shoe lovers are interested, I believe they're Gucci, from the past year or two.
November 4, 2009 at 11:09 pm
i find this SO italian
November 4, 2009 at 11:29 pm
Hermes belts (and other designer belts for that matter) with conspicuous emblem placement are nothing short of tacky.
November 4, 2009 at 11:59 pm
Everyone is commenting on how well these older women dress, but I am pretty sure the woman on the right is not that old – she just looks it because of the clothes. So interesting how the older lady on the left carries it off much better, the same loafer type shoes, but much less prissy when they are flat, the pencil skirt as opposed to the mumsy dress. Maybe they are mother and daughter – I say the daughter still has a lot to learn….
November 5, 2009 at 12:32 am
great looks. Elegant and wearable.Love this on the left because white/cream is the mix of the color moment plus the belt it's perfect.
November 5, 2009 at 1:24 am
classy, you cnt buy that
November 5, 2009 at 1:58 am
i want to look just like that one day,very chic and classichttp://www.therichhomeless.blogspot.com
November 5, 2009 at 2:21 am
I love this conservative yet fashionable look!
November 5, 2009 at 2:39 am
Class and style at any age!
November 5, 2009 at 2:42 am
Thank you for posting these! I love seeing mature women with a sense of effortless confidence in their style.. something that comes only with age. These women are my source of inspiration.
November 5, 2009 at 2:55 am
Both manage to look quite unrumpled and seasonless in linen. And the luggage brown in each outfit adds to the overall rich look. I am trying hard to perceive the age difference between them, and it might not be all that much. Different styles of dress and different styles of aging. Thank you, Sartorialist, for showing all your fans there are many possibilities for us as we mature.
November 5, 2009 at 3:55 am
I like it…
November 5, 2009 at 3:57 am
Great to see some older women appearing on the Sartorialist!
November 5, 2009 at 4:06 am
NO, sorry.Too bourgeoise, too boring, too "Italian women over forty".When Italian bourgeoise women turn 40 it's like if they decided to wear a uniform just to remind you of their status. Pearls, classic mocassins, Hermes belt, safe colors…They don't show style or creativity, they simply show money.
November 5, 2009 at 4:34 am
And that's class right there, ladies and germs. Note their shoes, ladies. Those are the types of shoes real men wish you would wear.
November 5, 2009 at 4:43 am
Your first shot was on my Birthday, back on 2005. Where I still lived in my tiny Spanish hometown, when I still studied, when I wasn't an expatriate working and living on Sweden, when I didn't have an idea of how tough life can be, when I didn't need to write or take photographies to feel alive.
Thanks for spreading the message, that beauty (as happiness) lives in tiny details we might loose in a blink.
November 5, 2009 at 4:44 am
A great example of Milanese (grown up) women and the way they dress: elegant, chic and very classic. Che bello!
November 5, 2009 at 4:59 am
Quintessential italian women. The one in the right send off that strong matriarch look. It's such a characteristic look. Practical, not fussy a chic. Utilitarian in a way (we're obsessing over it and they've been doing it for years!).And, for the belt, she pulls it off. Some great accessories get tired because of the bad use people make of them. All it takes, tough, is one good example and we remember why they're great. Louis Vuitton bags, Hermès belts and bags, Chanel…They're fabulous, if you know what you're doing.
November 5, 2009 at 5:12 am
effortless chic, does not get any better than that.
November 5, 2009 at 5:24 am
Very very chic!
November 5, 2009 at 5:25 am
an easy explanation: wealthy, healthy and bright.
The attaire looks good. ladies look good and their way of potraying is well.
November 5, 2009 at 5:27 am
As opposed to American women, it is so refreshing to see women who have done nothing but age gracefully. No plastic surgery, no need to be 60, 70 and try to look 20 & 30… these women are beautiful and dress beautifully. I am betting that they have lived and live very full lives. They have confidence.
November 5, 2009 at 5:36 am
Now, this is what I mean by timeless elegance!! Classic and relaxed.
November 5, 2009 at 5:57 am
The lady on the left looks exactly like my Roman landlady…
November 5, 2009 at 6:43 am
Love this pic.. The italian atmosphere is evident! Two woman from Milan that seem not to care about their look, the style is in their blood!
November 5, 2009 at 7:49 am
Just discovered your blog via Red magazine. Count me in as a new fan. Nice to see older women on a style blog for a change. A very subtle take on the whole beauty and age discussion.
November 5, 2009 at 7:57 am
I don't like the blonde. She looks thrown-together and cheap. The brunette is very familiar to me – my mother was this kind of woman, a sharp, bright, no-nonsense, practical and classy woman. Not crazy about the puffy sleeves, however – too girly, but the stone linen skirt and Hermes belt are just perfect. I like her air of slightly amused tolerance, and the fact that she's not trying too hard. This look is natural to her. Her friend is a wannabe.
November 5, 2009 at 8:31 am
November 5, 2009 at 8:33 am
Thank you Hendrika and those others who commented on the clothes/style instead of being patronizing about their age.
Lord, young people (many of whom are probably not all that young) are so conceited about something they have had no hand it.
I like the white bluse with the beige skirt – always liked those two colors together.Regarding the belt I second Anonymous 4:59
November 5, 2009 at 8:38 am
November 5, 2009 at 8:39 am
Milanese style is so defined that you don't even have to look at the headline to know where this was shot…
November 5, 2009 at 8:40 am
This is how i want to look when I grow up. End. Of
November 5, 2009 at 8:45 am
Perfect, timeless, and elegant. This look suits any age, any time.
November 5, 2009 at 8:58 am
yipee!!! i have been waiting for such a photo. please do more for women over 50, 60+ who care about fashion as much as anyone else…. we have no outlet!!! our men think we are beautiful at any age.
November 5, 2009 at 9:12 am
Italian women never go out of style!
November 5, 2009 at 9:15 am
elegant and classy is always the best.
November 5, 2009 at 10:14 am
i think these women look perfect, and age does not matter,, there are times one one just needs to be pure and simple,, as far as the H belt, it ties in the whole look,, if you have it enjoy,,,,
November 5, 2009 at 11:06 am
they remind me of the women version of the italian mafia. well dressed, powerful and stunning!
November 5, 2009 at 11:25 am
Love the clean look on the left; love even more the tassled pump on the right. Any one out there who can ID the pump? Charlie
November 5, 2009 at 11:29 am
What a beautiful pic…
I like the shoes with bits on the left. I have an affectation for Italian shoes with bits. I have noticed that Sart never publishes photos of men with these types of shoes. Now, I see how to do it! Be an Italian lady of a certain age… Maybe in my next life.
November 5, 2009 at 11:59 am
I'm annoyed by all the chatter about women of a certain age. I'll have to check and see those same comments are made about men of a certain age. And is everyone a baby reading this blog? I thought the Baby Boomers outnumbered everyone else.in real life. Most commenters seem to aspire to "look this good when they are that age". Sooooo are we to interpret that as saying all young people look as good as this? Ha! And as I peruse this blog I notice a distinct absense of people in their 40s. Remember that decade? It's between youth and old age. And a tough one to dress for.
November 5, 2009 at 1:33 pm
Classy and elegant! love this! it reminds to my grandma..she was such an elegant lady!
November 5, 2009 at 1:34 pm
Wonderful – thank you! Look forward to more 40+ shots in the future.
November 5, 2009 at 1:37 pm
Simple but elegant, totally Fendi women
November 5, 2009 at 1:45 pm
Bourgeoises to perfection! Love 'em. But I adore the ladies below.
November 5, 2009 at 2:11 pm
Beautiful..Both are very well dressed, chic and dignified.
November 5, 2009 at 2:41 pm
Conservative go-anywhere style.
November 5, 2009 at 3:14 pm
Something to aspire to in the future!
November 5, 2009 at 3:39 pm
Wow! Natural elegance and natural, graceful maturing. Very inspiring.
November 5, 2009 at 4:01 pm
It is great to see women not in their early 20s represented here. I find that many people are saying women over 40 fail to dress creatively but when the same women do that they are criticized for trying to "look young" as if creativity is the sole realm of youth. It's a lose-lose
November 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm
Wow, they exudes such elegance
November 5, 2009 at 5:02 pm
re: lack of handbags: you will note the shoulder bag UNDER the jacket. obviously a nod to the high theft occurrences there (or she wanted to be able to take off and put on the jacket more easily). though she does not hide her awesome gold bracelet! the other lady has hers on her arm, not very visible. love the classic look, though at their age roughly, i still do not dress like that. it reminds me of my very classic and tasteful grandmother and her st. john suits. thanks, sart, for the age diversification – some of my very favorite subjects of yours are older people.
November 5, 2009 at 5:32 pm
Simple and classic. Beautiful!
November 5, 2009 at 6:37 pm
this is what i call "age gracefully". They are both so classy and gorgeous.
November 5, 2009 at 9:04 pm
This is exactly what I want to look like when I'm older! They look fantastic. Almost a little bit of a Mrs. Robinson vibe to them.
November 5, 2009 at 9:48 pm
Isn't it wonderful to see women who are comfortable in their skin. Elegance is so much more than clothes. It is self-confidence, experience, and self-knowledge.
November 5, 2009 at 10:20 pm
That lady's jacket is fantastico!
November 6, 2009 at 3:18 am
How Milanese! Absolutely stunning with effortless style. An Hermes belt doesn't hurt, either.
November 6, 2009 at 4:16 am
reminds me of the books i read a couple of decades ago about quality over quantity – having a small wardrobe where every piece and accessory is an investment – a timeless classic.
November 6, 2009 at 5:24 am
i hate it when ppl comment on a person's age, the more fawningly patronizing the worse, but damn these ladies have amazing legs. i want to be just like them when i grow up.
November 6, 2009 at 8:08 am
I guess because I'm approaching the "certain age" category I too get sick of hearing it. Why is that mentioned all the time here? Sart seems to put people of all ages in this blog, kids to seniors…
At any rate I love the woman on the left. I love her feminine blouse. I love the skirt and I think the belt is the exact right color for it. About the "H", its funny how many people have said having a designers emblem on any of your pieces is tacky.
Even when there is no emblem most of us can tell you who the piece is by, so what is the difference? I see Chanel and Vuitton bags all over and I'm fine with them. For me its how you use a piece and this woman used it perfectly in my view.
Classic, simple, tasteful at any age.
November 6, 2009 at 8:12 am
THEY ARE VERY CHIC IN A VERY TRADITIONAL WAY BUT NOT FRUMPY. THEY LOOK AUTHENTIC AND NATURAL AND OBVIOULY WANT TO FEEL CONFORTABLE AND A LA MODE BUT NOT OSTENTATIOUS. i LIKE TO SEE PEOPLE WHO KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND LIVE ACCORDINGLY
November 6, 2009 at 8:16 am
I love to see woman over the age of 40 looking fabulous! I would love to see more older women in your blog, as I am one of them!
November 6, 2009 at 10:13 pm
The shoes really save the look from being too boring.
Mike and Erica
November 6, 2009 at 11:01 pm
November 6, 2009 at 11:23 pm
Classy older women. They know how to put it altogether. Please let us see more of them.
November 7, 2009 at 7:44 am
now i'd really like to get older..
November 7, 2009 at 10:06 am
I especially like the brown haired woman's loafers incorporating the colors of the skirt, blouse and belt…so pulled together, yet casual.
November 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm
This is what a lady SHOULD look like when and as they age.
November 8, 2009 at 10:23 am
Grown and owning it. I love the looks on the ladies, including the H belt. To me, Hermes logos aren't as overexposed as some others I've seen.
November 8, 2009 at 9:40 pm
Thank you for the photographs of these charming women. Kudos to you for photographing them both looking so effortlessly chic.We women of a certain age watch your blog for just this sort of image of our age group. Your photographs help so much more than magazines and saunters through chic boutiques. Brava to them and Bravo to you for photographing the effortless style of these two donnas.
November 11, 2009 at 4:52 am
A Hermes belt, so what. Boring.
November 12, 2009 at 6:48 pm
What all women should strive for. I'm just waiting for the era of chic street dressing to come back. I'm done with the 80's pop and the 90's grunge.
November 14, 2009 at 2:11 pm
Looks rarely seen in southern California – and sorely missed. Please include more mature men and women who are appropriate and witty!
November 18, 2009 at 3:42 pm
November 18, 2009 at 6:46 pm
When I grow up I want to look like that! Chic,classy and no effort.LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!
Durango Center for Conscious Living
December 13, 2009 at 12:54 am
Love the woman on the left! Perfectly comfortable, no frippery; able to move with ease.
January 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm
posh "older" people in Italy dress like in Spain
August 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm
Beautiful ladies. I will want to look like them. :)
May 28, 2014 at 2:29 pm
The lady on the left is unbelievably striking. I love her blouse, which gives a feminine and
youthful touch to an otherwise tailored outfit. Wish we could find blouses like that in the US.
The linen skirt, Hermes belt and the loafers that pull it all together: perfection. Deserving of