Renia Jazdzyk, aka Vens Wife Style, is the Newcastle-based self-styled 50+ fashion blogger who has conquered social media with her age-is-only-a-number approach to dressing. A constant source of style inspiration for the Who What Wear team, we've enjoyed following Renia's journey to Insta-fame and never bore of her unfailing ability to tackle the latest trends in a way that sticks two fingers up at the notion of age-appropriateness. "My blog was born out of my love for fashion, but it is also a kind of a manifesto that fashion can inspire and fascinate us regardless of our age," explains Renia. "I wanted to show my peers that women over 50 enter a particular stage of life that can still be interesting. In my opinion, it is easier to convince ourselves to try trends when we see them on a woman of the same or similar age."
Although diversity is on the move, fashion has long had an age problem (you need only glance at the catwalk to see that the average model is under the age of 25), and it's a reality that inevitably leads to the alienation of a large swathe of the general public—including women who, ironically, are more likely to invest in designer pieces than their younger counterparts.
Renia is living proof that some brands, to their detriment, have got it woefully wrong. "I belong to the type of women who likes experimenting with fashion. I'm always curious about new fashion trends, and I like testing them on myself," says Renia who will be spotted in Self-Portrait one day, Tibi the next and Rixo the day after. "I believe that in order to develop our fashion sense and style, we need to experiment with clothes and learn what style works for us, what makes us feel good about ourselves."
Renia's sartorial passion is nowhere more evident than on her Instagram profile. Browse her feed and you'll come across a menagerie of pieces: from polka dots and leopard prints to cowboy boots and denim jumpsuits. "I would describe my style as timeless, classic with masculine elements combined with the newest, hottest trends," she explains. "I think I'm at the point when I know what my needs are, what clothes I like and what looks good on me. I have confidence in my own intuition. You may be wearing the most beautiful clothes but if you don't feel comfortable, it can easily affect your confidence. You have to find the compromise between what looks best on you and what's going to give you the most confidence." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
If you want to get a piece of Renia's style (and you will), we've picked out some of our favourite outfits from her Instagram account. Scroll down to get inspired and shop the looks now.