Strange things happening here. I like the idea of the white jeans with the browns and rich warm textures. Her jacket is gorgeous. But it looks like she had to hurry up and get going: she walked out in her long johns, didn't have time to stuff everything in her bag or finish putting on her make-up. That said, the photo itself is beautiful and the white gravel plays up the white pants.
Lovely! I actually wore my white jeans a couple of week ago and posted it on my blog too. While white pants and say, a gauzy turquoise top look out of place in fall, there is nothing wrong with a weather appropriate pain of white jeans!
i haven't seen so many white pants in paris, but i've noticed LOTS of white pants in rome. it looks really fresh. i do wonder how this could possibly work in new york or for those of us who tend to drip gelato all over ourselves. :)
If the pic came from NYC, I'd say cool, downtown rocker chick. Love the man's watch and the dusty harness boots. The jeans-cut leather jacket is sweet. Too many rings, though. Not to be age-ist, is this outfit age appropriate?
I'm good with the white jeans, love the yellow print, and her leather is gorgeous. What kills the look is the darn cell phone attached to her ear. Is she coordinating emergency life support? Is something on fire? She's in friggin Paris, for goodness sake. Get off the phone and join the rest of humanity.
I love most of this look, but her hair is too long and her ponytail too sloppy for a woman her age. She looks like she's been camping for several days, with no access to a shower. Also, she's accessorized herself to within an inch of her death. Rings on top of rings, large watch, bracelet, two scarves on her bag–it's just too much. With an age-appropriate hairstyle and 10% of the accessories, this would be a winner.
She looks great – minus a few of the rings! I think it is only inappropriate in the States to wear white jeans in fall and winter – my sister in Denmark wears her white jeans year round. And to a previous comment: who decides if it is age-appropriate? Wear what you like I say!
And why, pray tell, wouldn't her outfit be "age appropriate"? What age are we talking about, really? I'm going to be 60 in a week, and I would wear everything she's wearing – except the jeans wouldn't be white for long, I do tend to drip gelato over myself. Are women over 30 supposed to wear a burqua? Sheesh!
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Those same boots have been around for centuries. I was 13, about 30 years ago in Italy and could not scrape the quaranta mila lire (about 40 dollars) necessary to obtain a pair via legal means. Every kid on my street had a pair thanks to their mummies and daddies but I gave up on the idea and moved on with my life.
Goddamn I nearly lost a lung laughing when they became fashionable in Sydney – 15 years later!
Great photo – the flying hair, scarves, intensity! I think white jeans are great but a slippery slope depending on your size and the cut of them. Hope I can find some one of these days that work like these!
Don't start a comment with "not to be ageist" and then make a comment that's ageist. No one's commenting that the dandy man under this pic is too old for his colors. Please. No one is too old for anything, it's all in the attitude and the panache. Very insulting how all of the ageists (who aren't ageists, of course….) come out in full force when it's a woman in the photos. She is brilliant and beautiful.
So beautiful, one of your best photos this year! Wonderful colors and textures, and the white works so well with the brown, especially since the pieces seem to be of high quality. The splashes of yellow and purple are perfect! This woman knows. This is what I come here for.
This picture reminds me myself, I am from Europe, and there, we drive less, and sometimes we go all day long, from one place to another, lunch with a friend, school, movies with boyfriend, she is having a great time,
She looks cool as usual, however, wasn't this photo taken during the last fashion week about a month ago? About a month ago it was still summery pretty much everywhere in the northern hemisphere- more or less-so still arguably white jeans and old leather weather! Now I think we are all bundling up in tweeds- even if it's still cafe weather.
I love that she has accessorized her accessories to the hilt and that she has some sort of watch fobbish looking thing hanging from the controversial jeans. Her hair struck me the most. WOW. And I am scared of the idea of age appropriate hair.
I don't know how is it your sense of style but her clothes are very good looking for any age. I think there are many other outfits you could say that about, but this one is perfectly ageless. I see women from every ages wearing these colors and wearing jeans/leather jackets and these kind of boots.
Love most of the look but to be honest, there are too many flowing things for me The image/picture is great and I like the idea of white jeans but something about the yellow and scarves trailing…she looks like a vagabond. Definitely original though
This is urban cowboy with a twist. I love it-People's personal style always fascinates me. Beautiful woman though I think the make up is a little harsh or maybe that's deliberate as otherwise it would be quite a Summer look, S x.
Although I would not wear this outfit personally, what is the comment about age appropriate? That sounds like my mother who once told me:
No white anything after labor day. And hair above the shoulders after 40. And so on. BTW, she came of age in 1942! So those rules, ANY rules are not for today.
I am an "older" woman and I wear shorter skirts (I have lean and have fabulous legs), have had longer hair, white jeans, etc. Break rules.
I think the brown leather in this look are perfect with the white jeans. But I have never been a fan of that sort of tunic top look, or dress over pants. To me unless your 6 feet tall it cuts you off and makes your legs look short.
Too much going on with her rings, phone, watch, scarves.
She has a very strong signature look with her wine-tinted lips. beringed fingers and heavy brown boots. I've seen her in similar outfits before. She does look years younger and much prettier with her hair loose around her face rather than pulled back so tightly.
Well done ladies. Keep on making our world worth living.
In a society which wishes to have mature ladies either at home wrapped in flannelet and pink sweat pants rotting before talk shows or wasting their bank accounts on poker machines surrounded by senile old gits, I take my hat off to the ones that are still turning heads on the street and daring to stay young.
The idea of dressing in an "age-appropriate" way is nettlesome. I think the key is, you have to know what works for you, period, no matter what age you are. And often, what works for you at 50 is a version of what worked for you at 25 — only in nicer fabric, with a better fit, more coverage in areas where you need it. For evening, less glitter and more glow — that sort of thing. It's a matter of tweaking and refining, not just saying, "I just turned 40, time to cut my hair chin-length and wear Barbara Bush-style pearls." Ugh! Who needs it? So while some people may say this woman looks "wrong" for her age, I'd argue that she looks "right" for who she is (whoever she is!). And each of us has to decide that for her/himself.
She is wonderful, I woudn't change anything although I may not agree about every detail.Which brings me to ask:why is this the only blog that features older women?It is as if women "of a certain age" became invisible. Your blog, Scot, proves the contrary.If only I could take pictures half as good as yours, I'd start one for all of us 40+'ers myself!
So tantalising: of course it's worth the wonder for such a beautiful image, but the wonder is what is going on at the neck? There seems to be a flash of yellow – how to solve the problem of clahing collars?
I always look forward to the pix you post of this woman. She is completely unique and has style, not a blind devotion to fashion. White jeans and brown leather are my favorite combo… I wear it year round in foggy San Francisco!
This is SO working for me! I Love everything about it not to mention it's a great photo. But I don't get all the age inappropriate comments – very disturbing. Who decides this and when ?! What is the cut off age? When/why must hair be short ? I don't see anything inappropriate here. Just someone who looks completely comfortable in their own skin and expresses their style really well. Apparently , if it were up to some of the readers here, Talbots should be the next stop for you Sister !
I love my favorite pair of white jeans…I don't wear them in winter because of the old fashioned rule of my moma…so thanks to all of my Satorialist blogging friends I'm going for it this winter! My mind is racing with ideas of how to stlye them for the colder months. Thank you all for your unconditional attitudes…you make my world brighter!
To MayKay who posted at 2.44pm, check out the Advanced Style blog it has some great posts of older women (and men). I'm not a fan of white jeans for myself but I like all of this, she's having fun and if she likes how she looks, that's the most important thing…
Hi Princess of Mars, I made a comment about the lenght of the hair for a woman her age. Again, I'm 63 and I have a very nice haircut, slightly wild and not too short. Otherwise I think your comments were Ă propos.As for pearls, they look GOOD at 15, 35,45,55, 65 and so on. One doesn't have to look Barbara Bushist after a certain age nor look as an ancient. Must one thank the hippies for that?I love all the rings this woman wears I just don't like the hair!
White pants in late fall…ballsy move! I think her look works though. The boots are killer, I would love a pair of those bad boys. I think her lipstick and jewelery help "de-summer" the look because they are darker and more edgy, and helps to bring an autumnal vibe.
Regarding comments about breaking age rules: I believe some rules are good. With rules, even those who are not interested in clothing have some guidelines to look appropriate. If you know the rules and feel confident about breaking them with style, that's fine with me.
On paper, this doesn't seem to work: The Frye boots, the distressed leather bag, the multiple rings… BUT, she MAKES this work so seamlessly and elegantly. The heaviness and lightness balance out so perfectly. She's fantastic.
Your composition is killer! Love the energy and movement (even the tired mobile pose looks natural on her– so candid this time).
She is awesome. I love her. She's got her own thing going and frankly seems like an interesting gal.
I'm 40 and I am going to wear whatever I please but of course that going to be what I think looks good on me. … I'm going to cover certain things (no mini skirts please) and lots of ruffles seem silly. You don't want to see a 40 year old dressed up like a doll. But there are always exceptions! Betsy Johnson rules.
She obviously owns her look and is not trying too hard to be fashion-y. Whenever I see 'older' (older than what?) women with the nerve to have longer hair and I-don't-give-a-damn-what-you-think accessories and make up I get happy for the changes that we've made as a global fashion culture. Rules are made to be broken. Now the issue of whether one's choices are actually flattering…
She looks like Grace Coddington. I'm around 50 and people constantly think I'm 10-15 years younger. My hair is long, but no longer as shiny and thick as before. When I go light on makeup, I look sick or faded away, but if I go even a little too heavy, it looks harsh. I think being more age-appropriate would make me look my calendar age, rather than my spiritual age. I wish I could turn back time, but I don't regret all those eventful years. The young and beautiful can wear rags and look great. It is so much more challenging to look good as one gets older. I see here a woman of action, a woman with a life, with a sense of playfulness and confidence. Bravo!
As soon as I saw this photo I thought "here come all of the age-related comments". I predicted correctly. I also suspect they were made mostly by Americans, who seem to have the most unfortunate view of age, especially as it relates to women. Get over it! I think this woman looks great. (By the way, I am a 49-year-old American woman, for those keeping score).
I'm with Anonymous 3.22pm. We older women know how much more calculation now goes into looking well. Thank goodness, though, that we have been thinking for so long about what to wear that we have become very good at it! Example: this wonderful woman in your magnificent photograph!
The boots look like Fryes: beautiful, comfortable, cool as hell, and, from what I've experienced & heard, darn near indestructable. (Mine have seen 9 years of heavy wear and still look great.) Doesn't surprise me at all that a woman this dynamic, confident, and stylish would have a well-worn pair of 'em.
Michela Gattermeyer is one of the most visionary editors around. I had the pleasure of meeting her in Rome and she is an intelligent, youthful, open minded and hard working woman who loves what she does. Her style reflects just that – she knows who she is and she can wear what she pleases, at least in my books!
I am 45, and what is appriopriate for her it may not be for me, but please don't forget that we are alive and different, just like the very young. We still would like to have fun with clothes. She looks to me like she is an independent spirit, and yest you can still be that when you 50!
this is an actual cool woman, not a contrived "I'm trying to look cool and take fashion so seriously" woman. love the white jeans on her. love that she doesn't give a hoot about anyone's contrived notion of fashion. YES MORE PICS LIKE THIS PLEASE!!
love white jeans…..just bought two pair of 501's last month in anticipation of my winter in northern california….with a simple unlinied 3 button long light black cashmere coat big boots & a thin sweater…..i plan to paint them silver when i'm thew with them……..
She look eager, Vibrant and just so cool. I say wear what you like at whatever age. I can't imagine being restricted by a number when the mind energy is saying something else. It's the way you wear it, your mindset, your lifestyle and your attitude that makes it. So a twin set, knee length pleated skirt and pearls can look great on an 18 year old if that's in her soul. In any case this look of good jeans and worn quality leather is style eternal. And I think white with rich chocolate –2 basic natural colours–will nearly always work but still be a little different. The splash of colour and bold jewellery here adds interest and zest. Her hair makes her look practical and a go-getter which from reports seems what she is.
Love her style, ease and confidence, the bright yellow and the battered browns. The white jeans are ok with this look. I wouldn't have had the fashion intelligence that she has used in this look by choosing white jeans to blank her canvas.
As a woman of a certain age, I applaud her sense of style and vitality – she doesn't CARE what you think, and that is what sets her free. I wanted to kill my roommate when she accidently threw out my 15yr. loved Frye low engineers, it was like losing part of myself – if they could talk…My 26 yr red lizard handmade cowgrrrrls were in the same bag. The Horror.