The Top Ten Ways to Stay Stylish and Look Great at 98

The other day I had the wonderful opportunity to interview an amazingly stylish 98 year old woman by the name of Rose . I met her a few weeks ago when I stopped to take her photo off of Madison Ave. She told me that she never allows anyone to take her picture, and she is not quite sure why she decided to say yes to me that fateful day. After appearing on Advanced Style, her grandchildren emailed me telling me that Rose loved her picture and that I could come by her place and ask a few questions about her life and style! Even more inspiring than Roses’ fantastic fashion sense is positive outlook on life; Enjoy every moment and be happy with what you have.At 98, she has more vitality and spirit than most people half her age. Check below for some of her cherished fashion secrets.
Here are Rose’s top ten beauty and lifestyle secrets on how to look and feel great at 98
  1. Find your perfect perfume, people will remember you by your scent. Rose is known for her Pauline Trigere fragrance.She tells her granddaughter “I’ll give you anything in the world, but I won’t give you my perfume.”
  2. Belts and Beads. Rose believes that a belt or unique strand of beads can really make an outfit and they don’t have to cost a fortune.
  3. Take care of your feet and wear good shoes, but when you are going out for a night on the town “Fashion comes before comfort” At 98, Rose goes out every single night!
  4. “Walking is a must, its better than doctors or medicine”
  5. No need to use expensive moisturizers, Rose swears by Oil of Olay which she has been using for decades.
  6. “Inexspensive lipstick is as good as expensive, only better!” Rose has tried every brand from Chanel to Lauder and has recently been turned on to Revlon.
  7. Be Unique: “If Everyone is wearing it, then its not for me”
  8. “Be smart enough to know what you don’t know”
  9. If you have trouble reading the dinner menu, Lorgnettes are a fashionable and elegant alternative to reading glasses(see example above)
  10. “Be Happy, enjoy what you have at every moment!”
  • I love this woman.

  • What a wonderful lady !:) Thank you Rose for sharing your tips! 🙂

  • Fantastic. Wish I had the energy to go out every night, I obviously need to follow Rose's tips!

  • I want those shoes!

  • Anonymous

    She is so cute and love her 'secrets'! I am finding that 'seniors' have a way better social life than most younger people do!

  • Number 7 is SO true.

  • She's my hero!
    I just discovered your blog yesterday and now I am a convert. Thanks for bringing us these wonderful people, they are not only a style inspiration but also a life one!

  • Rose rocks! Yes, those shoes are fantastic!

  • This is stupendous. I love the one about the perfume, the one about the going out every night… the lady is magic. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous

    Rose is a perfect name for this beautiful lady — what an inspiration!

  • Evalyn

    The Wisdom of the Ages. Not just wise, but effortlessly hip, stylish, graceful and fun. Thank you Rose.

  • She looks great for 98! Good for her!

  • She is fantastic! The ostrich bag, shoes, and lorgnette are all exquisite. And her ten tips should be inscribed on a stone tablet!

  • Annie

    This lady really is a class act! I loved the first photo of her too. And all of a sudden 98 feels so _young_. 🙂

    Thank you so much for this blog Ari – it is so inspiring to see all these gorgeous seniors and read their advice.

  • I want a lorgnette!

  • what an amazing lady and she's got some great advice there!

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  • barbara

    An A-Class Lady!!!
    Thanks for sharing your secrets, Rose.

  • Wow, and wow! She is amazing. I am lost for words.

  • Mami V.

    A real winner!

  • Amazing…love Rose's top ten, ESPECIALLY the perfume-totally get that!
    Jade of

  • Anonymous

    great interview!!! and i'm loving the blog and the youtube channel too:)

  • I wanna be just like Rose when I grow up!

  • What an inspiration!!! She is reason to never fear of aging.

  • sigh..
    thank you.
    (also send the link to my mom.:))

  • What an inspiring lady! She is so lovely and stylish.

  • I love Rose. I love her style and spunk. Go, Rose!

  • How inspiring!
    Lovely tips.

  • Big time role model! Love this woman.

  • Could I please adopt Rose as my grandma. I just feell head over heels in love with her. Thanks for sharing this.

  • How wonderful! I love that she's still so active at 98.

  • Wow. Dig those shoes and that purse. Some outfit voted my 85 y.o. mother as one of the most stylish women in the Cleveland area. She's quite a piece of work with a to-die for wardrobe mostly of clothing and jewelry made by local artists. I'll introduce you if you ever make it this way. Again – the lady above – what a great find!

    Susie Sharp
    Shaker Heights OH

  • 3, 4, 7, & 8!

    thank you and thank you Rose for a great post with wonderful information. especially – keep on truckin'!! steph

  • How very refreshing, loved Rose.
    Thank you for sharing !

  • renee

    That ostrich clutch is to die for!! Thanks, Rose for your top ten beauty and lifestyle secrets. Much appreciated.

  • Lovely and wise! God bless you, Rose and your kin! 🙂

  • llwvrt

    So very classy. A delight. Thank you for sharing. Style is not just clothing and accessories, it is a state of mind.

  • I am so inspired….This is a very great thing you are doing Ari!
    Hats off to you!
    Better yet, let's go ahead and put some on…along with our other accessories and silvering hair….and don't forget that perfume!
    Just make sure its subtle….!

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  • Anonymous

    Aww, that lady is awesome. that purse, those shoes…
    I like her advice on pearls + belts.

    Your blog is a delight Ari!

  • Crazy good.