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Advanced Style's 10 Best

Which of these women are you going to become? (It's a tie between #4 and #10.)

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raised amongst catalogs

On my very best day, #3 is how I feel inside.

meetapossum

@raised amongst catalogs I was going to say that #10 is awesome, but #3 is how I feel I want to be.

NeverOddOrEven

@raised amongst catalogs
Yes! #3 all the way.

NiceDress

@raised amongst catalogs Me too! Right now I usually look most like #3 and #10 on my more stylish days, but I also have some #2 inside on many of my good days, so I hope that relaxed fierceness will come out as I age.

Scandyhoovian

I'm torn. Either it's "be super classy like out of a movie" with #9, or it's "that looks easy and doable on a more-than-once scale," with #10.

Scandyhoovian

I mean lets be honest I aspire to look exactly like my late grandmother when I am old and that means traditional Russian babushka time for me, minus the Russian bit.

smidge

#7--Tweedy and layered!

wee_ramekin

@smidge Yes. I covet #7's outfit right now. Nuts to waiting 'til I'm older!

Heat Signature

Blue turban lady, obviously.

hallelujah

@Heat Signature She looks like a big purple gumdrop! I love her.

EpWs

@Heat Signature CLEARLY. It's Minerva McGonagall in her sassy retirement.

anachronistique

@Heat Signature I am so ready to rock that turban and cloak ensemble.

Amphora

@Heat Signature I hope she and red boa lady get together for mimosas and finger sandwiches every Sunday.

New Hoarder

@Heat Signature YES. Pretty sure I already am her. Half my wardrobe is giant baggy blue sparkly sweaters (that I will now wear on my head).

fondue with cheddar

@Amphora Red boa lady is Ilona Smithkin and she is THE BEST!

They are all fabulous but I see #10 as the most likely future me. More so if you made the skirt into pants.

editrickster

@Heat Signature Is... is that Felicity Merriman/Davidson's party dress under that cape?

EpWs

@editrickster

!!!

laurel

Dayum, No. 10. Doing it right. But I see more of No. 1 in my future. I can't help but love a bold geometric Miyaki kind of a deal.

PomPom

@laurel Yeah number one forever

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

No. 2 forever!!!

mynamebackwards

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose I'm essentially #2 already, so where will I have to go? (my leopard print caftan is the greatest thing in my entire wardrobe. I just need to work on the lion rug)

laserbeams

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose Me too.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@mynamebackwards The lion rug seems to be the biggest obstacle for many of us, but we've got a few decades to figure it out. I don't even own any leopard print, but I'll work on that too.

dtowngirl

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose
Yes! She is the best. Did she kill that lion herself? I would like to imagine she did.

professionalmess

@dtowngirl I like to think the lion just laid down and died at how fierce she was.

hallelujah

Ohhhhh #2. Lounging about in full leopard print. You are my future (also kind of my present, minus the lion head).

tea sonata

Number One or Number Five... because that is how I want to be dressing right now.

Kristen

Reading that blog, I always go through a roller coaster of emotions on which, first, I am thrilled to see these amazing ladies, then heartened to imagine that maybe I, too, will be fabulous and incredible in my old age, and then brought down to earth when I think, I am not remotely fashionable now, so why do I suddenly think that I will become fashionable when I'm old, and then I feel ambitious about trying to actually think about fashion in a serious way, because it seems so much awesomer and less objectionable when performed by old ladies instead of skinny people with mean faces, but then I get distracted by other blogs and wind up getting bagel and cream-cheese all over my unfashionable old sweaters and nothing ever changes.

Also I really liked the "The only way to be radical is to be old" article that went up on the The Awl over the break.

teaandcakeordeath

@Kristen
Im terribly unfashionable now but I like to think in 40 years we can all nail it. Turbans for everyone!

iceberg

@Kristen I think the trick is in 40 years you (I) won't give a fuck, and you(I)'ll just be like, "so the fuck what if I get cream cheese on my fabulous cape?"

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@iceberg "so the fuck what if I get cream cheese on my fabulous cape?" is my new catchphrase. For everything.

New Hoarder

@iceberg Oh. I believe that should have been my catchphrase this morning: this morning I accidentally spilled some vanilla yogurt on my giant royal blue military-style cape (I get called "Blue Riding Hood") while creating the perfect yogurt parfait (vanilla yogurt, mango, blueberries, chocolate chips... and pound cake chunks). Eccentric 'vintage' lady, right here!

EpWs

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose Cross-stitched on a throw pillow.

fondue with cheddar

@Kristen When I was a kid I wanted to be Mrs. Roper when I got old. All flowy caftans and chunky jewelry.

teaandcakeordeath

@iceberg
Maybe cream cheese was the look I was going for ...

Though it's more like me now. At a recent wedding I managed to spill no less than 4 seperate food items on my frock.

iceberg

@teaandcakeordeath come sit by me, in this pile of crumbs.

teaandcakeordeath

@iceberg
*snuggles in whilst snacking*

RK Fire

I'm still struggling with how to transition out of my 20s with style and grace, let alone my golden years! This year I may actually try leggings and skinny jeans.. small steps for me.

angermonkey

@RK Fire Don't let anybody scare you off of real, actual fabric leggings. They are pants. Rock them with high boots. Slim but heavy pants are a godsend.

wee_ramekin

@angermonkey ({[leggings are NOT pants!]})

RK Fire

@wee_ramekin I am actually agnostic on this question and will probably sidestep it by wearing leggings with tunics and dresses that cover my ass.

angermonkey

@wee_ramekin We shall have to agree to disagree. Leggings in twill or wool that are opaque and heavy ARE pants. I wouldnt' wear them with a tshirt, but with longer sweaters? short dresses? PANTS. Leggings that are tights with no feet are tights with no feet and are NOT pants. THE ANGRY MONKEY HAS SPOKEN.

wee_ramekin

@angermonkey I...may agree to agree with your specific definition of leggings-as-pants.

I SAID "GOOD DAY"!

MoxyCrimeFighter

This is exactly the sort of confusing abomination Leviticus was warning against.

MoxyCrimeFighter

But really, I feel like the answer is, if you were wearing bikini underwear and would see a pantyline, then your top should be long enough to cover your butt - and no being sneaky with a thong.

RK Fire

@all: So, uh.. any suggestions on a good place to get legitimate leggings? Old Navy, Target and Forever 21 come to mind but I'm also trying to be mindful of things like "quality" and the ability of my clothes to last more than a season.

angermonkey

@wee_ramekin Oh, those poor girls I have seen wearing footless tights and pretending they are pants. NO, CHILD. NO. Also, your underpants have palm trees on them, I AM JUST SAYING I SHOULD NOT EVER KNOW THIS.

frumious bandersnatch

@angermonkey I agree with the appropriateness (and cuteness!) of such outfits, but would not term the article in question there as pants. But I think this is a question of semantics rather than fashion.

angermonkey

@RK Fire There are some good twill ones I've seen at Kohl's in the Vera Wang line (also some lighter ones, so really feel the fabric/try on before buying.) I have also had good luck with Target (in the CLOTHES section, not the TIGHTS section), but the one's I like seem to have gone already. This is a pool I have only recently dived (dove? diven?) into, so I am also on the lookout for recommendations.

wee_ramekin

@angermonkey I think the word you're looking for is "dwiven".

frumious bandersnatch

@angermonkey "into which I have dived" SORRY

Kulojam

@RK Fire Expensive but last forever (mine are more than 4 years old and still look good as new): lululemon's wunder unders. thick, heavyweight fabric puts them in angermonkey's category. expensive, but price per wear (at least for me) is down in the pennies at this point.

Kulojam

@Kulojam It won't let me edit my comment, but I wanted to add that they have lasted 4 years despite me wearing them as long johns while camping, yoga pants, running tights, pajamas and legitimate pants. I feel bad about recommending something so pricey, but they are really durable - I'd say i average wearing them about once a week. OK, guilty edit over.

RK Fire

@angermonkey, Kulojam: Ah, all of these suggestions are extremely helpful! And Kulojam, I totally hear you on the "price per wear" front... I know I'm capable of wearing something for years on end so I should start getting decent quality things as a result. Thanks for the suggestion because I don't know if I would've looked at lululemon otherwise!

angermonkey

@Kulojam Servicey! Thanks!

EngNaturalBeauty@twitter

@RK Fire I get ALL my leggings at Old Navy and Target. I also agree that anytime you are in a department store you should get leggings in the clothes section. I will be honest depending on how much you wear/wash the Old Navy legging will last about a year. But on the other hand they only cost $10 each. Also stores like Marshall's and TJ Maxx can have good quality leggings, but you definitely have to look.

Hopefully this helps.

NiceDress

@RK Fire After resisting leggings and skinny jeans for ages, I've also cautiously gotten on board. I agree with what others have said about getting ones that aren't overly Spandex-y, and that they are best worn with tunics, longer sweaters, mini dresses, i.e. things that cover your bum. I pretty much always wear knee-high boots with them too, though maybe I'll branch out on the shoe front when the weather gets warmer. Given my status as a novice wearer I'm no expert, but so far the ones I like best are about $10 from Target, and are 95% cotton/5% Spandex. The cotton looks more pants-like, and of course is breathable. I got them about two months ago and they are doing spendidly so far, though honestly with the frequency at which I currently wear them I expect 1-2 years max out of them. I never put them in the dryer, which I think helps prevent pilling and generally keeps them in better shape.

I had gotten some fleece-lined ones about which I was really excited and enjoyed wearing about five times before they started pilling irreparably and generally getting crappy looking (oh well, they got me through Hurricane Sandy). I think the ones that are made from primarily stretchy fabric tend to show wear faster.

area@twitter

Somewhere in between numbers 9 and 10. Look at that swirly hat, girl! And look at you with your poodle and your cute teal shoes!

EpWs

@area@twitter The poodle is so fluffy! I want to pet its little dog socks!

Also I want her shoes and her bag and her sunglasses, for reals.

fabel

I had this fanciful idea as a child that, when I was old, I'd have my hair grown out to my feet & only wear robes. Why? I don't know. I think #7 is a classy compromise with my aesthetic now & my whimsical childhood fantasies, though.

stonefruit

The thing is, I want the dress that #10 is wearing now, and not later. So either #10 or (close second) #3, but I also think I might already be doing #3?

P.J. Morse

@stonefruit Want #10's hair, too. It's the perfect outfit, regardless of age.

New Hoarder

@stonefruit Is it a dress? Or separates? It looks like a skirt and shirt to me. I have been trying to figure it out so I can start Googling the outfit to buy for meeeeeeee.

Olea

@stonefruit: I wish I was #10 or #3 now. Maybe in 50 years, I'll have gathered enough actual stylish clothes to pull off something like that. At this point, it isn't even about courage, I just have no eye for "this is a complete outfit" until someone else puts things together.

NiceDress

@stonefruit Me too! On my more stylish days I tend to look like either 3 or 10 (though there's some of 2 inside that I hope will seep out as I age).

iceberg

Leopard Print, if my husband goes first, or Feather Boa if not. Fahhhhbulous.

iceberg

@iceberg because he hates leopard print, and so I have to wait for him to die before going full leopard all over the house and my person I GUESS. *narrows eyes*

RubeksCube

...I want to be #10 right now, just younger.

Megasus

MOST DEFINITELY 1 and 5. OK no, basically ALL OF THE ONES WITH THE HATS. I actually have a hat that's pretty similar to 9's.

empathicalist

@Megano! I really like 5, as well! And, yes to 10.

OhMyGoshYouGuys

I was scrolling through the blog and noticed they were selling an Advanced Style COLORING BOOK! Of course it's sold out.

Oh, squiggles

I feel like the right answer is all of them? So...all of them?

City_Dater

@Absurd Bird

YES! The right is answer is "any and all of them, because people who think aging means becoming a sexless drab frump need to be taught all the lessons."

rallisaurus

I wish I could look like #10 right now! Also, the PUPPY!

quimby

I want to be #10, but will be closer to #6 with just enough self delusion to think I am really pulling it off.

fondue with cheddar

@quimby I think the way it works is this: if you think you're pulling it off, you're actually pulling it off. :)

quimby

@fondue with cheddar

I meant that I will be dressed as 6 and thinking I am dressed as 10... =)..either way I will be strutting my stuff so, tomato/tomato..

fondue with cheddar

@quimby You really can't lose with any of these. :)

quimby

@fondue with cheddar too true!

Jinxie

NUMBER 6 CLEARLY HOW IS THIS EVEN A QUESTION?!

khaleesi

Considering the weather in NYC today, has to be #7 for me. First NY winter means I'm regretting ever complaining about it being cold at home, sup London where it rarely ever drops below freezing.

Jane Marie

wait, i think i'm changing my answer to #7 as long as i can borrow that necklace from #4. (we're all friends, in my imagination.)

angermonkey

This list is IRRELEVANT as is does not include my own advanced age style icon, Polly Lou Livingston. Google her. And if you watch Adventure Time, you've already heard her voice. I mean, COME ON. Look at this lady: http://www2.sacurrent.com/news/story.asp?id=70213

BoozinSusan

@angermonkey Well THAT was a lovely read and makes me want to suddenly invest in crazy fashions!

ColdFinger

Oh! I love #8!!! Why didn't anyone else pick her? (I ask because I'm curious what people read off these pictures... I love #8's girlishness, but it almost seems unattainable to me. So lovely!)

iceberg

@ColdFinger if I'm counting right, that's Feather Boa? She's my 2nd choice, after Leopard Print. I have an unhealthy thing for leopard print.

ColdFinger

@iceberg Yes, Feather Boa (aka Fake Red Eyelashes)! She reminds me of my actress great-aunt, who was a Renowned Russian (Jewish... shhhh!) Beauty.

professionalmess

@ColdFinger I love her. She reminds me of a more flashy version of my grandma.

Miss Maszkerádi

When I'm old I'm going to have hair down to my butt and dress every day like I'm a time traveler from at least two centuries ago. I would do that already but, ya know, employability and social life and stuff.

wee_ramekin

I cannot believe that I am the first one to point out that #10 looks exactly like Sarah Jessica Parker, only older!

aphrabean

@wee_ramekin I mean, for reals.

Verity

@wee_ramekin I know!

Verity

@wee_ramekin I know!

frumious bandersnatch

I want to be the woman in the banner with the giant hat + hat pin and raised eyebrow.

frigwiggin

Of course you want to be #4, Iris Apfel is awesome!

aphrabean

I love all of these, but who am I kidding? I'll wear the same black clothes every single day, just about - same as it ever was. Either that or I'll go totally David Eicke and dress head-to-toe in turquoise. That is also a distinct possibility.

Barbara Shade@facebook

I got the coloring book.

Verity

I really want to become 9 (as soon as possible, I think).

PistolPackinMama

I am going to be every goddamn last one of them. YES.

mistakeshavebeenmade

#9 inspires me to bring it out in the style that was popular when I was young and trendy. So in 30 years I am going to turn it out in the STYLE OF THE 80S. I will turn the heads of all the little hipsters who aren't even born yet.

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