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There are many ways to be FAB (Fifty and Beyond). Many style choices. Whether that’s letting grey hair show through or sticking with the colour that you’ve always loved (or, as in my case, experimenting with a bit of both), embracing wrinkles or having treatments to reduce the lines, baring arms or covering up, adopting a more relaxed way of dressing or going full-on Advanced Style. These are personal decisions, and the main conclusion I came to when writing Style Forever was that it’s important to wear what you feel happy in. Style is individual and ageless and confidence comes from doing your own thing and feeling comfortable with that.

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Hope Fashion’s Nayna McIntosh photo: Mark Harrison.

I was asked by the Daily Telegraph in Australia for a quote on ‘How to look fabulous at 50 and the years beyond,’ and this is what I said:

“Fifty isn’t old but the fashion industry sort of ignores you. It is changing now, but largely the photos in magazines are of young, thin people.

“But one of the things I think is important as we get older is to continue looking modern and this requires regular updates.

“Great style is also about confidence and not caring what others think.”

Read the full feature HERE.

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The Lauren Hutton photos are from a J.Crew ‘ Locals Only’ blog post, where she highlights her favourite New York spots. And just so you know, the  72-year-old is wearing: J.Crew’s washed cotton trench, classic merino cardigan sweater, striped t-shirt and matchstick jean in white.

On returning to modelling, Hutton says, “In my 40s, I realized I’d stopped looking at fashion magazines because no model shown in them was over 30 and most were way under. So I called up every editor I’d ever worked with and said, ‘Who is representing women in their 30s, 40s, 50s and on?’ I said, ‘You don’t have to use me, but it’s important you use someone my age.’ German Vogue called me first and J.Crew followed.”

We’ve moved on from there, these are FABulous times.

Having said that, That’s Not My Age is for everyone, all ages, and I will be including younger women. As ace makeup artist Kay Montano said when I interviewed her for Style Forever, ‘We have to be careful this doesn’t turn into a ghetto of naffness. We focus too much on the difference between people – black/white, old/young – when we should be looking at the similarities.’

13 thoughts on “Style at Fifty and the years beyond

  1. I love Hutton and have for years. To me, she personifies the laid-back, casual, pragmatic style of EVERYWOMAN. It’s funny because my “style”, if you will, is a lot like hers. I have a dupe of the outfit she is pictured in except I wear either Bass Weejun loafers or Repettos and sans hat. She is freakin’ amazing, incredible and one of the most beautiful women on earth. She’s like a fine wine–she improves with age!

  2. I totally agree with Patti and Catherine. Lauren Hutton is amazing. She’s beautiful, witty and stylishly casual.

  3. I see there’s a pic of Robin Wright above – now she’s gorgeous and quite a role model for me. I think her clothes, or should I say Claire Underwood’s clothes (!) are to die for. I completely agree with you that first and foremost there is fashion, and age should be immaterial, and I agree also with Hutton that you must keep doing the updates – great post!

  4. I’m looking forward to seeing even younger women in your blog – elegant & stylish in the That’s Not My Age way

  5. Just a minute, Lauren Hutton is 72? Wow, she’s got good genes! But I think it’s her smile that is ageless, and smiles are always in style.

  6. Oooh Robin Wright is just so gorgeous. She’s what I aspire to but will never get to – super cool, classy, looks her age but looks just amazing on it! Why wouldn’t 20 somethings want to be her too?

  7. Thank you for this! I got THE BIG CHOP months ago and the compliments are endless… I’m a sucker for simplicity, yet adore the big bold colors and outrageous statement accessories– Ornamented flats have become a mainstay on my feet! And simple, yet stunning silhouettes are my choice for dresses♡ Let’s just say I am thoroughly embracing this stage and age (mid 50’s) of my life and truly look forward to seeing what comes next in every aspect of the innumerable choices in enhancing and updating my wardrobe

  8. Some of this is just too depressing. For goodness sake are you seriously going to make value judgements ( some people clearly are) based on whether someone colours their grey or not grey hair or not? ………# firstworldfeministproblems

  9. when i lived in nyc during the 80’s i’d see lauren hutton around town, she was always the epitome of laid back chic.
    now i see her out here in new mexico quite often, most recently at a local hot spring spa last fall. she is still gorgeous and has maintained her own distince style despite age and trends. the dayi saw her at the spa, she wore olive cargo pants, a grey sweatshirt and a pair of sneakers. her still honey blonde (streaked with grey) hair, tumbled in waves to her collarbone and her makeup was minimal. she did however wear a little makeup, some blush, lipstick and perhaps mascara. very light but enough to ensure her features woulds not fade away. she’s a great inspiration to nall of us attempting to age with grace and style, while remaining authentically ourselves.

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