At some pint in our lives, we all decide how we’re going to age. Are we the ‘nip-tuck’ variety or the ‘au-naturel’ type? Do we prize the experience that comes with age while maintaining good health, good relationships and a positive outlook, or do we feel betrayed by every wrinkle, every ache and every rotation of the clock’s tireless hands as youth slips through our fingers?
The subject of aging has been very much on my mind lately. With the recent passing of a dear aunt and three of my most beloved relatives now in their 90s, the inevitability of time has been made very apparent to me. Even my parents – both now in their 60s – don’t have the stamina they once had.
I’ve turned to some very inspiring literature and photography lately that celebrates the process of aging and that’s what this week’s post is all about: growing old with vitality, individualism and personality. One of the sources I love most is a blog called Advanced Style. Created by Ari Seth Cohen, a thirtysomething New Yorker, the blog is an archive of the most stylish older women the city showcases on its streets on a daily basis. From socialites to former models, from writers to editors, as well as ordinary women on their way to the flower market, the women here possess a truly individualistic joie-de-vivre that comes through in their fashion choices and, by extension, their confidence. Below are five photos of some exceptionally well-aged beauties. From top to bottom they are Iris Apfel, former model Carmen Dell’orefice, Rita Marcus (an 81 year-old blogger), Anna Piaggi (the recently deceased fashion writer for Italian Vogue) and former model Tziporah Salamon. In a culture obsessed with youth, it is deeply gratifying to know that life doesn’t end after 50. The glint of sharp awareness in the eyes of these women and their uncompromising style prove it.
As a side note, I would also like to recommend the latest book by Martha Stewart. It is called Living The Good Long Life and Dr. Brent was instrumental in its production. (He is featured several times in the book.) I have read the book cover to cover and have taken its timeless advice to heart. Martha has been one of my role models for decades and at age 71 she is even more inspiring to me. You can order the book here.