Wardrobe planning #17: Fashion and style blogs #01

Now that I have retired, and also because I spend so much time resting, I have time to read all kinds of subjects. In the past, I would have been reading professional material about school libraries, literacy and the wider world of education. Now, I have had to leave all that behind to protect my mental health. One of the subjects I now read is fashion, particularly for the older woman.

I don’t read fashion blogs and then immediately start buying the clothing and accessories I see. Instead, I tend to treat them as guidelines and suggestions as to how I might put together outfits from my existing wardrobe and accessories. I have always enjoyed style and colour and these sites give me ideas!

This post sets out some of the blogs and websites I like to read, together with some new ones that I am going to explore. I have mentioned some of them already, but I am adding some new ones today. These have also been included in the sidebar.

Accidental Icon

Lynn Slater is in her 60s, like me, but was spotted by photographers during New York Fashion Week, which would never happen to me! On her “About” page she says:

I started Accidental Icon because I was having trouble finding a fashion blog or magazine that offered an urban, modern, intellectual aesthetic but also spoke to women who live what I call “interesting but ordinary lives” in cities. Women (like me) who are not famous or celebrities but are smart, creative, fashion forward, fit, thoughtful, engaged, related and most importantly clear and comfortable with who they are…

Accidental Icon screenshot

Accidental Icon screenshot

DB Lenck’s Mutinous Musings

DB talks about glamorous living in the UK and France whilst showing her Hermes scarf collection and other beautiful fashion and art items.

DB Lenck's Mutinous Musings screenshot

DB Lenck’s Mutinous Musings screenshot

Fashionista Over 40

Evelyn’s site is for “women of style and elegance”. I am certain that I don’t hit those heady heights, but I do enjoy this blog for the images of bold and bright outfits.

Fashionista Over 40 screenshot

Fashionista Over 40 screenshot

Look for the Woman

The following quotation tells us about this blog:

“A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.”

― Vera Wang

Look for the Woman screenshot

Look for the Woman screenshot

MaiTai’s Picture Book

I have mentioned MaiTai’s blog many times here for the good reason that this blog introduced me to H scarves. I love the way that she uses the clothes already in here wardrobe to show us how to style scarves, and these clothes are not necessarily expensive. She also posts about her life in France and has helpful videos demonstrating scarf ties. Her online shop has a range of stylish items.

MaiTai's Picture Book screenshot

MaiTai’s Picture Book screenshot

Not Dressed As Lamb

Catherine Summers has been awarded British Over 40 Style Blogger – Individual Fashion and Beauty Winner, 2017 UK Blog Awards.

As she says:
I write this blog to encourage women of all ages to ditch those crazy notions of “age appropriate” dressing – you’ll find me covering my personal style and high street picks as well as ageing issues and health, beauty and fitness. Read on to find out more…!

Not Dressed as Lamb screenshot

Not Dressed as Lamb screenshot

Passion for Elegance

I “met” Irina on the Hermes scarf threads on The Purse Forum and then found her lovely blog where she shares gorgeous modelling photos of her scarves. Well worth a look!

Passion for Elegance screenshot

Passion for Elegance screenshot

Putting Me Together

A very practical blog to help with wardrobe planning. It does have affiliate links. Audrey, the blogger, says:

While Putting Me Together started out as a fun outlet to grow my style, along the way it has grown into a resource for other women to do the same.  I’ve seen a lot of women overwhelmed and distressed about clothes and disheartened about their bodies, and my hope is that this blog relieves some of that.  I believe every person deserves to feel great about themselves.  Whether you already think style is fun or whether you feel “style challenged,” this blog aims to make style accessible to everyone.

Putting Me Together screenshot

Putting Me Together screenshot


An interesting and stylish woman, Sara Jane is a jewellery designer, blogger and Instragrammer.

Saramaijewels screenshot

Saramaijewels screenshot

Senior Style Bible

The site is run by 80 year-old Dorrie Jacobson who says:

Senior Style Bible was created to celebrate the unmistakable allure of the mature woman and inspire a more modern approach to fashion.

Our goal is to inspire “women of a certain age” to embrace an ageless attitude and adopt a more youthful outlook on life.

Times have changed, mature fashionistas are now refusing to sink from sight in a sea of blue rinse and fluffy slippers. Recently, we have noticed a growing movement that is shifting to embrace older beauty.

Senior Style Bible screenshot

Senior Style Bible screenshot

That’s Not My Age

Alyson Walsh is a freelance journalist and former fashion magazine editor, who is now an author and blogger. She says”

It’s not about age, it’s about style. And this is for every woman who refuses to be invisible.

I read this blog regularly because it speaks to me about women around my age who don’t care about so-called fashion rules and who still want to dress in an interesting way.

That's Not My Age screenshot

That’s Not My Age screenshot

The Vivienne Files

My favourite fashion and style blog which I have mentioned over and over again on here. I like Janice’s practical ideas for building a wardrobe of clothing and accessories that work together in all kinds of situations. Her tips have really helped me to change my wardrobe over from work-based clothing to styles more suitable for retirement.

Vivienne Files screenshot

Vivienne Files screenshot

If I find any more interesting blogs for this series, I will add them here. Please feel free to suggest more.

About The Librain

Retired School Librarian
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3 Responses to Wardrobe planning #17: Fashion and style blogs #01

  1. Pudfish says:

    This is great! Some of these blogs I know but lots are new to me. So generous of you to share.


    • The Librain says:

      It is the Librarian in me! I love searching for information and then putting it out there for people to use. My school library website was full of researched information. I will add more to this post if I find more interesting blogs.


  2. Pingback: Wardrobe planning #18: Fashion and style blogs #02 | The Librain……retired

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