Monday, March 15, 2010

Advanced Style

You know what totally makes my day? Catching sight of an individual of a certain age decked to the nines at say, 11:30am on a Monday at the post office. You know the sort. Silver haired, in a tailored outfit replete with matching accessories and spiffy footwear. I don't know if these folks are merely products of their time (when kid gloves were required in town) or just super stylie all on their own. Either way, I am simultaneously awed and chastened by this artistry as I cast a clandestine look at my dirty jeans and duck boots.

The watchful eye of New York's Ari Seth Cohen has compiled a fabulous blog capturing this very subject, Advanced Style — "Proof ... that personal style advances with age. Respect your elders and let these ladies and gents teach you a thing or two about living life to the fullest." Yes, sir! This is what fashion is all about. Personal pride, flair, flamboyance, character, and having fun. While so many keep a skittish eye on the style blogs and sweat over next season's colors, these folks have found what works for them, and they are not afraid. In an era when obnoxious emphasis is put on youth and prescribed glamour, I find Cohen's collection aspirational. Lead the way, silver set!

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