Ever since I was a little girl fashion has always played an important role in my life. Not fashion as in”what’s in for Spring” but fashion as an expression of me shining brightly in this world. I found out thanks to a brilliant documentary on Netflix called Advanced Style it doesn’t have to fade away as you get older.
What started as a blog, Advanced Style revolves around women in their 60’s, 70’s, and even 80’s New York City who dress up every day and feel good no matter what age they are. Not only are these women fashionable, they are filled with wisdom for living vibrantly.
These are grandmothers and great grand mothers who refused to buy into the fact that they are beyond their prime. They remind me of watching my grandmother get dressed for entertaining in her platinum up-do and bright orange chiffon. I remember the smell of Ciara perfume follow her around the house as she served her guests cocktails. I distinctly remember thinking, “my grandmother is a human flower.”
At 93 years old, I’m blessed to say she’s still alive but she lost that vibrant expression of herself long ago and along with it a zest for her life. I made a silent vow to myself that no matter how old I am I would not let that happen.
I was told on a film set years ago by the costumer that as I got older people would think of me as eccentric. At the time I wasn’t sure how to interpret it. I was 33. After seeing the women in this documentary so full of lifeliciouness and unabashedly expressing themselves through their clothes and their life, I would be proud to be in their ranks. Wouldn’t you?