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!
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. The Rich Life in Wine Country
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.
6. 40+ Style
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.
7. Highland Fashionista
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.
8. Mis Papelicos
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…!
Could you have a size 14 woman over 40?
Or is that 90% of American women just supposed to go to Walmart mumus!
Hi Ann, if you meant that I should have included a blogger who is a size 14 (or above?), do remember that I wrote this post nearly four years ago, and at the time these were the over 40 bloggers I knew. Also Liz of What Lizzy Loves was a size 12 at the time (I only know this because she’s since become a good friend of mine), so I think sometimes it’s easy to assume people are a certain size when they’re not… you could argue that a couple of the other bloggers featured have more curves than Liz so might be a different size? But analysing specific women’s actual sizes is not something I want to get into…!
Since then I’ve written five more posts featuring over 40 bloggers of all shapes and sizes (you’ll find them in Featured Bloggers under the Categories menu):
I also wrote a post dedicated to mid-size bloggers (which includes some older bloggers but to be honest I don’t think age has anything to do with whether you can take inspiration from their style!):
Hope that helps! x
P.S. Don’t know what Walmart Mumus (Mums?) is and I don’t really get what you were suggesting… I didn’t dictate where anyone should shop in relation to their size in this post! I’m British and have a larger British following than American so my suggestions (in my personal style posts) for where to shop the things I wear are mostly UK-based. As always they’re suggestions only, but I don’t believe that where you shop bears any relation to how well you dress anyway. Money can’t buy you style remember! 😉
Lots of fab ideas for a newbie blogger – thank you. I've got a lot to conquer! but it's exciting learning.Jacqui
Lots of fab ideas for a newbie blogger – thank you. I've got a lot to conquer! but it's exciting learning.Jacqui
Sorry I’m late to comment, Catherine. (I’ve been away for 2.5 weeks with a less than stellar internet connection). Thanks for the awfully kind words and fabulous list of bloggers. I know most of them, and like you, their styles are an inspiration at any age – just like yours. It’s never too late to have fun with fashion. Help me shout that from every roof top. xo
No problem Angie – it was my pleasure to feature you. I agree with you 100%… and thank you!!
Dearest Catherine, you have to stop with this "Bloggers You Should Know" series…my reading list is getting out of control!! ;D Seriously though, I cannot thank you enough for connecting us with so many amazingly stylish women from all around the world!! They are truly an inspiration…I guess I will just have to resign myself to fewer hours of sleep each night!! XOXO
Hehe I've got quite a few "categories" to get through yet, Monika… you'll just have to suck it up!!! Thank you sweetie, I'm so glad you love them all x
I love this post Catherine! You've introduced me to a bunch of new contemporaries that I am so happy to follow. It's funny: I never really think of myself as an over 40 blogger, but I totally am! I think it's my day job working as a high school librarian that keeps me youthful. For example, I wore knee highs and a pleather skater skirt just this week. Op! Did I just write that!!?
I'd love to make this list some day. I'm so happy for these new women to follow. Great post. Thank you!
Ann of Kremb de la Kremb
I know what you mean about forgetting your age, Ann… I totally do that too! So glad you've found some new lovelies to follow :))
There are so many great over 40 bloggers – lovely list here to start people off! As one of the many 40+ women who write blogs, who no longer relate to the 20 year olds so well these days or many fashion magazines, it's great to see others in the same boat who their fabulous style.
Thanks, Imogen! Glad you liked the post x
A few new ones to add to the list. 🙂
Good to hear, Lotty, you will love them!!
Thanks for including me in your great list Catherine. It's an honor to be listed among such fabulous women!
My pleasure, Sylvia – you deserve your place! x
Excellent selection Catherine. I already follow most of them and agree with your descriptions.
I am going to check out Mama in Heels, as I love her taste.
I'm surprised that you didn't already know Janise, Greetje… but it's fantastic that you do now! I think you'll really, really love her style… xxxxx
Awesome group of women ! I know Annette and Sacramento better, will be checking out all those blogs =)
Fashion and Cookies
Great to hear… you'll really love them, Vale x
Definitely some of my favorites listed 🙂
They're so great, aren't they Monica?! Hope you found some new lovelies to follow 🙂
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Thanks, Rebecca! x
I am over the moon, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Hehe I knew you would be, Sacramento – it wouldn't be the same without you 😉
Found 4 new bloggers! Thanks so much for sharing!
Yay!! My work is done! Thank you sweetie x
Thank you for this! You've introduced me to all new faces – I subscribed to all of them (or am about to, anyway) – I especially like that Lizzie!
You'll love Liz (well, you'll love all of them) Jeanne! It goes to show that I think there are some that *everyone* has heard of and are following already, but that's it goes to prove that's not always the case. You'll love them, I guarantee it x
I already follow some of these amazing bloggers and will check out the others.
P.S. Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.
Glad I've introduced some new ones to you, Alice!! x
Thanks for sharing these amazing over 40 bloggers. I will be bookmarking their blogs for sure!
You're most welcome, Darlene – I'm sure you'll enjoy them 🙂
A great post Catherine! Thank you for sharing these stylish ladies with us all, I look forward to checking out their blogs 🙂
That's so nice to hear from a 20-something, Daniella – thank you so much!! x
Thank you so much for including me, Catherine! Besides great style of my fellow bloggers, I love the worldwide 40+ community and its network. Thank you ever so much for your great support!
Annette | Lady of Style
Aww you are so very, very welcome, Annette… and I agree with you 100%. We're the best ;)))
Thanks Suzanne x
Some of my favorites are here! I will check out the others!
I'm glad there are some you don't already know, Pam – you'll love them 🙂
Catherine,my hank you so much for including me in this line up. I feel very honoured. Lots of love, Liz xxx
It was my absolute pleasure, Lovely Liz!!! Glad it finally came around so I could feature you x