A lot of my inspiration comes from style blogs, like Park & Cube and Cupcakes and Cashmere just to name a few. However, as much as I love looking at their photography and outfit ideas, I no longer feel part of those communities. I’m 40, I’ve transitioned into my second career and gotten divorced. I have a teenage son. My style has changed tremendously throughout the years and I feel more confident than I did in my 20s. I also have the challenge of trying to balance out my life, while not succumbing to the temptation of sweatpants and a hair bun. Throwing on a beautiful scarf or an accessory really can make a difference in your day, which is what I love most about fashion.
When I look for blogs, I love to see stylish women who have lived life and exude the kind of confidence that comes with experience. I did a search and found several personal style blogs written by women who are 40 and up.
After checking out my personal top picks below, make sure you stop by 40 Plus Style for an extensive list of bloggers over 40.
Not Dress As Lamb
Catherine Summers of Not Dressed As Lamb opposes the term “age appropriate dressing.” She believes we should wear what we like and what suits us. I agree! I love how she mixes patterns, colors, and textures so effortlessly.
Grit and Glamour
Reading Grit and Glamour is kind of like an afternoon of shopping with your girlfriend. Sure, you’re looking at clothes and shoes but you’re also talking about life, your past, and your goals. This blog is a great read and will certainly inspire you to have fun with fashion.
Kim Mitchell Stokes of J’adore Couture has impeccable style, and her blog is a great place to visit when you want to know about the latest collections from a designer’s perspective.
This list wouldn’t be complete without Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style. I love the blog, and who can forget the quote in the documentary’s trailer — “Young women, you’re going to be an old woman someday. Don’t worry about it. Don’t sweat it.”
Mrs. American Made
Ana Bogusky of Mrs. American Made wears and photographs apparel made in the United States. According to her, she’s just a mom in Boulder, Colorado, trying to look cute on an everyday basis. Well, I say she looks stunning and has great taste. She knows a good fit, and I love to see all of her winter looks!
The Age of Grace
Eugenia of The Age of the Grace simply makes me happy. She love fashion, history, and museums… what more do you need to know?
A Key to the Armoire
Susana Fernandez of A Key to the Armoire knows how to coordinate a great look and provides her readers with the colors she used to coordinate her outfit. I think that’s such a genius idea, and perfect for anyone who wants to play around with colors, patterns, and textures, but is not really sure where to begin.
Amid Privilege does not have a lot of personal style pictures, but I like the collages and shopping ideas, which tend to stick to more classic looks. And it really doesn’t get any more classic than Audrey Hepburn, does it?
Lady of Style
So I pretty much want to go shopping with Annette, the blogger behind Lady of Style. Her looks are elegant and feminine with a bit of edge, and I adore her site.
And why not throw myself into the mix! I just turned 40 in July and I feel like I’ve graduated into the world of owning my style, knowing my body, and not caring what anyone thinks. I blog about art, style, and all the things that inspire me over on theArtMuse.