Old Lady Style

It’s no secret that I love old people and that I kind of wish I was one. My closet is a menagerie of patterns, mumus and old lady loafers. Most of all, I love the audacity and gumption it takes to nail down a style the way these old ladies do. The word eccentric doesn’t even begin to explain it.

I also have it bad for classic styles, oxfords, a button up and some tortoise shell glasses. Must be the Yankee in me, but I love a classy, put together lady. It’s not my personal style but that doesn’t stop me from loving it.

For example:

Bobbi Brown

So, as much as I love highly decorated, layered style, I love Bobbi’s for the opposite reason. She knows what she likes and sticks with it. Black or white structured tops, jeans and flat sneakers. Hair parted in the middle, heavy black glasses and dangly earrings and necklaces. Simple, clean and reliable. How easy must it be to get dressed in the morning when you know exactly what looks great and you just go with it? I feel like I need to channel more of this in my life!

Joan Didion

First of all, she is an amazing author. She writes in such an honest way about tough subjects. I really appreciate how she lays it out there. Anyway, get a load of that big glasses + sweater action. Simple, classic and comfy. When you’re getting up there (and also in your late 20s) comfort is key. Lookin’ right and feelin’ right!

Iris Apfel

Okay, you knew this one was coming. Last year I was thisclose to being her for Halloween. From my perspective, she is everything I love about aging. Have fun, put it all out there. Yes, you should wear every necklace you own at once. Yes, matching your shoes to your bracelet to your belt to your earrings is a fabulous idea.

She legitimizes all of my collector notions. She’s a legit badass old lady. I mean, look at that blue eyeshadow and red lipstick. She’s got a documentary on Netflix, a makeup collection with Mac, she is all over the place. If you haven’t heard of her, check this out.

Anyway, just had to get that out. Stylist, I am not, but I’ll accept the role of admirer!


  1. Ashley Paige
    October 16, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    I would kill to be able to part my hair down the middle like Ms. Bobbi! I just can't do it. I look ridiculous! In my head I'm all SJP with a middle part but in reality I'm less her and more Pippi Longstocking. Womp Womp. I sort of can't wait to be an old lady and give zero f**&s. Wouldn't that be grand?! Haha! Have a wonderful weekend, TGIF! (Stopping by from the Blog Fun FB page to say hello!)

    • Anna Elliott
      October 29, 2015 / 10:30 pm

      YES! The Zero f***ks will be the best part!

  2. Courtney Masters
    October 16, 2015 / 8:11 pm

    Girl, I totally appreciate the old lady style.

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