Iris Apfel / image source
A little while ago my friend Brittany wrote about Iris Apfel on her blog. I had seen pictures of the well-dressed, older, fashion icon (pictured above) but I didn’t know her name. After learning more about her, I’ve became OBSESSED with her. I scoured the Internet looking for round sunglasses that mimic her signature specs. I finally bought these.
Then I stumbled upon the blog Advanced Style (which is also a documentary and a book, obviously I’m late to the party) and I’m like head-over-heels in love. I’m SO EXCITED TO GET OLDER! No, seriously.
I think the reason these older fashion plates are really resonating with me right now is because pregnancy and post-pregnancy body image issues have been really getting me down. I seriously don’t care to be the thinnest girl in the room. I never have been. But it’s hard not to feel like a freak or a failure when I’m surrounded by women who gained half as much weight as I did when pregnant, and then seem to lose it in weeks.
Reality check, if this is one of my biggest problems after having a baby I know I’m very blessed. But Provo (and Instagram) is CRAWLING with young moms, and it’s hard not to get sucked into the comparison game.
But back to the old ladies. Look how AWESOME they are. They are old in a world where everyone is dying to be young. And they don’t seem to give a damn. They’re piling on the accessoires and busting out the red lipstick and I love it. I’ve always been a LOUD dresser. I’ve been picking out my own ensembles since I was 4. I wore red pants in high school when no girl would be caught DEAD in them and we all remember the Great Jumpsuit Experiment.
But age and body-image have started backing me into an “all black” and “only wear what’s flattering” corner. But not anymore! I’m wearing whatever I want from here on out. And I can’t wait. Even if I’m up 30, cough 40, cough, maybe even 50 lbs! Yeah that’s right. I don’t plan on staying that way, but I’m gonna party on my way down.
Here are some images from Advanced Style that are getting me really excited about my extravagant dressing renaissance.
Are you pumped?!
I know I am!