When you hit midlife, you’ve reached the equivalent of life’s little black dress. You’re confident and comfortable in your own skin – no matter what you wear. Without a doubt, midlife is the new black dress.
The blog world is full of women in midlife and beyond. The blogs often explore how they got to where they are now, and especially that inner transformation that seems to happen in midlife.
Here’s a look at some of my favorite fashion blogs written by and/or featuring women in midlife and beyond.
Ari Seth Cohen’s blog was a true internet sensation when it first launched.
His blog focuses on seniors who “…live full creative lives. They live life to the fullest, age gracefully and continue to grow and change themselves.”
Advanced Style has launched some seniors into the internet famous world, and even spawned books and a documentary movie.
To say the photos and stories are inspirational is an understatement. They’re a testament to the enduring nature of the human spirit and the power of transformation through fashion at any age.
Want some inspiration? Have a look at the movie trailer:
WhenThe Girls Rule
At When The Girls Rule, Julia got into fashion blogging because she didn’t see any bloggers that looked like her.
And she couldn’t find consistent clothing advice for someone with her apple-shaped body and big breasts. So she started her own blog.
“I did not feel joy when shopping and usually came out of the store feeling pretty bad about my midlife body,” she wrote in a post that explained exactly why she started When The Girls Rule.
Starting a blog was a big step for someone who had spent about twenty years as a stay-at-home mom.
She hadn’t paid attention to styles, and mostly bought outfits based on what mannequins were wearing.
Here’s a post from Julia about a little black dress that works for her in midlife:
Bound and determined to change how she felt about herself and to celebrate her uniqueness, she threw herself into learning fashion.
Along the way she also earned a degree from a prestigious university. Now, Julia blogs and offers creative services.
How’s that for a midlife transformation?
Judith at Style Crone started blogging in 2010 as a way to celebrate her love of fashion. Every Monday she demonstrates amazing style and personal fortitude through challenging life circumstances.
“Let’s take back the word crone to its original meaning,” wrote Judith, “signifying a woman of a “certain age’ who embodies all her life’s wisdom, knowledge, experience, and love. ”
Judith worked for many years a a psychiatric nurse working in an emergency setting; she also managed the care of head and spinal injuries.
But she’s always had a passion for fashion and at one time co-owned a hat shop, and sold vintage clothing.
One of her earliest entries was about finding a Versace black dress at a garage sale for $3.
Fashion blogging isn’t always about sharing cute clothes, and Judith demonstrates this in every post. She shared the pain of watching a loved one suffer through chemotherapy, and the pain of being left alone after that loved one’s death.
On the more lighter side, she shared her decision to stop coloring her hair and “go grey.”
Baring her soul this way and sharing stories, Judith is a compelling blogger – and an amazing icon for anyone in midlife.
In a December 2017 post titled The Silver Gown and the Habit of Style she writes, “I never underestimate the power of style to alter the neurons in my brain, and flip my mood from melancholy to a state of playful amusement.”
I couldn’t agree more, how about you?
Midlife Is The New Black Dress
No doubt, you’ve got one or two pieces of clothing that make you feel like a million bucks.
Maybe it’s a well-worn pair of jeans that fit just so, or the perfect pair of heels; it might be a skirt that hugs your curves just so, or a hat that adds a quirky touch.
And that feeling when you know the piece of clothing is just right?
You know who you are, what you want, and you know what you need to do to get to that goal. There’s no nonsense, no messing around.
Midlife is the new black dress: it’s the perfect thing to wear.
It’s the freedom to be exactly who you are right now, as you are, without all of the nonsense you did as a younger woman.
It’s classic, contemporary, and it’s 100% you.