In the fast-paced fashion industry, it can often feel like there's a glaring lens always refocusing on what's youthful and new. But here at Who What Wear, we're inspired by women of every age, which is why we figured it was high time to give a few of our favorite over-50 trendsetters a little love. These bloggers and Instagram stars have carved their own niches by staying true to their unique senses of style and by mixing trends with styles they've kept in their arsenals over time.
While these eight style makers are by no means the only older women who can teach us a thing or two about style (hello, Iris Apfel), following along in their fashion journeys has taught us a thing or two about our own fashion inclinations. Just take one peek at these eight awesome trendsetters, and you'll see what we mean. Read on for a look at eight inspiring real women and then shop pieces for women of every age.
Bold, unapologetic fashion is what you can expect from jewelry designer, model, and Instagram icon Sarah Jane Adams. She never shies away from eye-catching colors or prints, and it's clear that she has fun with fashion.
Never say no to a statement bag.
Loafers are a classic that works with even the simplest of outfits.
Lyn Slater has a knack for showing off eye-catching, quirky pieces, but her styling never feels over the top. The 63-year-old's sleek, fashion-forward sense of style is an inspiration for any age, and she proves that comfort with your personal style is the chicest thing of all.
Your new pair of everyday sunglasses.
This dress will seamlessly transition you from season to season.
Available in sizes 10 to 20.
She's racked up close to three million Instagram followers for both her unexpected, youthful sense of style and her no-holds-barred personality. At 88 years old, the trendsetter has no plans of slowing down (or toning down her style), and we're ever so grateful.
Tie-dye works for every age.
Available in size L.
Gold hoops are timeless.
Melanie Kobayashi is the Vancouver-based blogger behind Bag and a Beret. The 53-year-old mixes vintage, fun prints, and plenty of colors to create an overall look that's all her own.
This button-down top is so classic.
Available in sizes 00 to 12.
Pair these pants with a cool pair of loafers.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
Wendy Packer started her blog, Fashion Over Fifty, as a place to showcase aging in a positive way, and she shares tips and ideas in addition to her outfits.
A plaid blazer works for work or a polished weekend look.
Available in sizes X to 3X.
These straight-leg jeans look good on everyone.
Available in sizes 0 to 10.
Mixing vintage and modern, Patti Gibbons puts her own creative take on style as a 60-something.
Consider polka dots a neutral.
Available in sizes FR34 to FR44.
These sleek mules are perfect for the office.
It's hard to believe that Dorrie Jacobson is 82 years old, but the stylish blogger and Instagrammer is full of interesting tips and wise style advice.
A classic jacket adds to any look.
Available in sizes S to L.
A midi skirt for the win.
Available in sizes 0 to 10.
Dallas-based Cathy Williamson has nailed the art of casual, sophisticated style. Turn to her blog for outfit ideas you can easily dress up or down.
An updated version of your favorite white button-down.
This purse is a classic.
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This post was updated by Aemilia Madden.