Best of the Best: There are 6 Over-Forty Fashion Blogs that I Can't Live Without. Helga Von Trollop Tops the List."It is better to be looked over than over-looked." -Mae West
Being over forty doesn't mean you have to give up fashion. The Citizen's +40 blog roll is now well over one hundred blogs strong, and this +40 blogs aren't just being read by the over forty crowd. People of all ages seem to be waking up to the fact that age ain't nothing but a number and, and women of all ages can, and are, rockin' original style. Women of all shapes, sizes and color, from all over the world are united in one common factor: THEY LIKE TO DRESS UP. And we, like to watch.
The following is a list of some of my personal favorite blogs showcasing +40 fashion. These six blogs are some of the best +40 blogs on the web, they are my daily go-to's, and are, in my humble opinion, hands down some of the best fashion/personal style blogs (for any age) out there. The list is in no particular order, and are, in their own individual way, all my favorite. -Bella Q
PULL UP YOUR SOCKS!Pull Up Your Socks is the spirited style blog from the fabulous Desiree, of Down Under. A journalist, a newlywed, a mother and monster hotty, this bright bleached babe intends to "grow old disgracefully." Turning heads while having fun, Desiree equally pulls off wearing prim and proper vintage suits to Black Milk swimsuits + leggings. She's never met vintage lingerie she didn't like, or was afraid to wear out in public, for that matter. Desiree infuses joie de vivre in her way of dressing, usually sporting her signature Doc Martins or Vivienne Westwood winged platforms. By dressing how she pleases, Desiree encourages our own personal style to take flight.
STYLE CRONEOne of the most soulful blogs on my blogroll, the Style Crone is as sensitive, introspective and wise as she is outlandishly stylish. Judith, a svelte beauty who hails from Denver, Colorado dedicates the Style Crone to "the older woman, in her most creative, outrageous, authentic, powerful, adventurous, funny, and proud era." Now in her late '60's, the SC (as she likes to call herself) is not mere model for her wonderful wardrobe, but living proof of beauty shining brightly from the inside out. Her posts, heartfelt and honest, are as are as much about the art of living as they are about the outfits. Her taste is impeccable as is her extensive vintage collection, but more exquisite is the dignified and graceful way she wears it.
MIS PAPELICOSSacramento is the enchanting force behind Mis Papelicos, a plus forty personal style blog from Spain. She is enthusiastic about people, bright colors, bold prints and secondhand shopping. Writing in both English and Spanish to an international readership, Sacramento shares her love of pattern mixing and colorful outfits, her style inspirations and projects, as well as sharing kindly worded blogging tips to an enthralled and vast audience of women in every age bracket.
VINTAGE VIXENThis Brit comes with heat. A self described "jumble sale-ing, car-booting, skip-diving, charity shopping, hedonistic hippy chick in love with life, India and vintage clothes" can and will single-handedly bring back the maxi. She chafes at bland admonishments to "dress your age," and is a great example of the enduring cool of sixties vintage style. Part hippie, part goddess, The Vintage Vixen, or Vix as she is known to her devotees was recently voted as one of the top 10 best vintage blogs by Cison, and after a few visits to her blog, you'll see why.
HELGA VON TROLLOPI confess: I have a serious blogger crush on the vintage soaked Kiwi experience known as Helga Von Trollop. It really was crush at first sight. . Helga lives loud, dresses loud, and is so unabashed and unapologetic with her style, you can't help but gain a little courage from the way SHE wears her clothes. Her persona is big, bold, beautiful and larger than life. This gal reeks rock-n-roll, and is somebody you just know you'd get on with in real life. She just looks like a "fecking" good time. And is someone who can rock a vintage 50's frock like nobody's business. SQEEEEEE!
ADVANCED STYLEAdvanced Style is a street style blog. It's a street style blog about stylish folks over 50 by a man under 30. Ari Seth Cohen started taking photos of the "sterling set" around 4 years ago, and his pictures have captured the hearts of all ages. Filling a neglected niche, Ari shows that fashion is alive and kicking on stylish folks well into their 80's, and even beyond. "I just photographed 100 year-old Elise on Madison Avenue," Ari recently tweeted. Readers often comment about how the blog gets them to re-assess their own style of dress. A friend of mine in her 40's, commented that the women of Advanced Style dressed much, much more stylishly than her, and she was now inspired to step it up, and stop giving up.
Advanced Style features a stable of regulars, mostly fabulously over-the-top mavens who live in New York, many of them inspiring young girls to boldly express themselves, including the tween blogging prodigy, Tavi of Style Rookie. "I love when young girls email me saying they can't wait to get old after seeing the Advanced Style ladies," quips Cohen. Advanced Style definitely gives us all something to look forward to.
The gorgeous Desiree is "Growing Old Disgracefully"
For a more extensive list of fabulous over forty bloggers, please check out my +40 Blog Roll by clicking HERE.
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