Iris, The Ageless


Nothing makes a woman look old

as trying desperately 

to look young.




How do you get 750,000 Instagram followers without owning an email account? Iris Apfel explains that it’s really quite simple: have a devoted fan who knows how.

At 96, Iris makes no secret of her age, stays relevant to the times modeling for ads in fashion magazines, saying, “Young people today need direction. They have to learn to be themselves, to develop a sense of curiosity, and not to live vicariously through characters with no personality on social media.”

Like Iris, I believe that we owe it to our fellow (wo)men to dress better and look as pleasant as possible. None of this sweat pants and athleisure stuff! Let us feast our eyes on beauty and make the effort to look our best. She puts it succinctly, “If you want to lounge around, then don’t go out.” I can’t agree more! But before you think we sound like style tyrants, consider the democracy in her wisdom:

Express your individuality, don’t be a fashion victim and allow brands with their marketing power dictate your style sense. To make this world a better place, be as self-respecting and interesting as you can be. Cultivate potential from your own interests and talents by trial and error. Find out who you are, what works best for you and what to avoid. Nothing takes the place of experience.

Look out for her book Iris Apfel; Accidental Icon this March on Amazon and at Bergdorf Goodman NYC.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mountain
    Mar 06, 2018 @ 22:31:42

    A week ago on Sunday I was out and about and made an early trip to Walmart and was so fortunate to actually witness a “Walmart moment”. A man in sweats also wearing women’s style high Uggs! I laughed to myself. Later in the day I saw one of my most hated looks on a young man, pants almost completely falling of his butt. That one just makes me mad! To top it off I walked into a sit down fast food restaurant only to witness a man come in wearing his pajamas and terrycloth bathrobe. Ya just gotta wonder! When I got home later I logged on and saw that you had added to your blog and had a good laugh at the comments after the day of classy dressers I witnessed.

    A few days ago I could have sworn that I saw this colorfully dressed Goddess in a TV commercial?? Love the wild specs!



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