Out of all the Fashion Bloggers You Should Know posts I've published this year, this is the one I've been looking forward to the most: Over 40 fashion bloggers are where it's at (I have to say that, being one myself)! Some of these ladies I've featured before, but not in as much detail.
I promised in yesterday's post - The Ultimate Resource Guide for the Over 40 Blogger (and Over 40 Woman) - that I would publish this today, and here it is. There were so many I had to leave out (I'm really sorry I couldn't add everyone) but I decided to stick to my usual number of 8 bloggers for this post. If you want to see a comprehensive list of over 40 blogs visit Sylvia's 40+ Style Blogger Community page. And don't forget when we say "over 40" we (I) mean exactly that - it's not the same as "in their forties". Some of these ladies are in their fifties, but it doesn't matter who is and who isn't: being fabulous is what made me feature them.
What struck me when compiling this post was not only how inspiring these women are, but how extraordinarily varied their style is. They prove that we get to know what suits us more and more as we get older, and boy do they wear what they like - and wear it with gusto. Remember my only rule:
THERE ARE NO RULES.
(I do have a thing for being occasion appropriate rather than age appropriate, but that's just common sense and good manners.)
If you were worried you might fade into the background as you get older then take a look at these gorgeous, stylish women - and prepare to be inspired!
Mama in Heels
Deciding to feature Janise made my job of choosing just three of her outfits very, very difficult - she's incredibly well put together and achingly stylish. She's very on trend but knows what suits her small frame and doesn't wear fashionable pieces for the sake of it. She always has at least one "wow" piece in her arsenal; whether that be a marabou feather-trimmed dress or a statement clutch, I love her effortless style.
You Look Fab
Another blogger making it look easy is Angie - she's got the funkiest blond crop ever and wears even funkier glasses. She favours very bold, graphic pieces, and for someone who doesn't have a long girly mane of hair I've noticed she wears a lot of pink, making it edgy rather than sickly sweet. At first her choices seem quite classic, but they're beautifully tailored and always modern.
Lady of Style
I am in awe of Annette every time I visit her blog: she makes me regularly call the husband to "come and see how amazing Annette looks today". The leather trousers and poncho outfit says it all - I can't even begin to describe how cool it is. She always remains utterly ladylike but takes risks which pay off every time. Plus she has the most awesome, gorgeous glint in her eye... Visit her blog and you'll see exactly what I mean.
What Lizzy Loves
Liz, or "Lovely Liz" as I always call her, could easily pass for under 30 (how is she in her 40s?). She and I have met several times (first at the Fever London shoot); she is statuesque, naturally beautiful and the nicest person you could hope to meet. Contrary to what the the outfits above suggest she does also wear trousers and jeans, but she's got such an amazing pair of legs and suits a shift-style mini dress so well that I found myself drawn to these three for the feature. A perfect example of knowing what suits her and having a signature style.
The Rich Life on a Budget
Another statuesque beauty, Adrienne knows her to dress her tall frame with just a little bit of edge, a nod to the odd current trend and an awful lot of style. She can wear culottes without looking like she's been cut in two and knows how to keep the rest of the outfit chic and simple. But her best accessories are her hair and her smile - those two things are always a winner for me, whoever the blogger is.
I've said it before but I'll say it again - Sylvia makes getting dressed stylishly look easy. She seems to have a knack for putting together simple, easy-to-wear outfits in a bold palette with subtle but modern accessories. She's Dutch but lives in the heat of Singapore, so she's often in bright white with punches of colour. No earthy autumnal tones here, it's perpetually summer in her wardrobe so her style is fun and cheerful as well as sleek.
As her blog name suggests, Kristin lives in the Scottish Highlands, but unlike Sylvia she has crazy cold, wet weather to cope with for much of the year. Her ballsy wardrobe choices are both eclectic and designed to show off her amazingly athletic legs - and quite rightly too. Kristin is a rare 40-something woman: one who has bravely decided to stop dyeing her hair and let her beautiful, natural silver colour come through. When paired with funky graphic t-shirts and wild prints it's anything but ageing on her.
One of the best known (and most loved) over 40 bloggers, Sacramento is one of the most sociable, friendly and fabulously-dressed bloggers out there. She is always (without fail) in a dress or skirt, and she never holds back on the pattern mixing or accessories, either making her own or sourcing them from vintage or thrift shops. Her creativity knows no bounds, and if you get a chance to see her sans sunglasses, check out her lovely eyes... they are beautiful.
So that's my Top 8 Over 40 style bloggers - I still have many more categories to go through so my list of different groups of bloggers is far from exhausted... You never know, male bloggers may make an appearance soon!
P.S. Don't forget to check out my Ultimate Resource Guide for the Over 40 Blogger (and Over 40 Woman) post published yesterday...!
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