“I Don’t Want to Stand Out,I Just Want to Dress Better Than Anyone Else”

Today I posted two shots of hair bows worn by ladies uptown.The second shot is of Mrs. Anne Marie Bullen. I asked Anne Marie a few questions about age and style. I hope you enjoy our short interview below.

Do you mind me asking your age?
Up until 80 you lie about your age,after 80 you tend to brag. I am 85 years old.”

Where do you get you style inspiration?
I follow my mother’s advice. She only had three outfits, but they were all very lovely.The best advice she gave me is that the shoulders have to fit just right.”

How would you describe your style?
I wear simple, formal clothes. I never wear pants. I don’t dress up to impress anyone I just feel better. I don’t want to stand out, I just want to dress better than anyone else.”

  • I couldn´t agree more with Anne marie:Up until 80 you lie about your age,after 80 you tend to brag.
    I know ladies and gents, who even add years to brag amongst their friends.
    isn´t that fantastic.

  • I couldn't agree more! "I don't want to stand out, I just want to dress better than anyone else." That is some of the best style advice I've ever heard. This site is such an inspiration. I'm so glad I found it!!

  • Each of her statements makes for a great quote!! She is precious!

  • What a splendid lady!! I love her outfit here,so classy and quite funky!I so love that last statement,I feel the same,only I didn't quite realise how to put it!!!x

  • She is great and I love the fact that she doesn't want to stand out but just dress up. It makes me feel that she dresses for herself rather than others, which is fantastic.

  • Anonymous

    All of these women are spectacular, filled with so much beauty and poise. They are very inspirational to me.

  • What impeccable style! Such class and elegance is admirable! And talk about wisdom! If I can look half as good when I'm in my mid eighties, I will be a very happy woman! 🙂

  • I like her answers. She's a very elegant woman.

  • chic, classy and elegant lady- impeccably dressed! i like how she describes her style.

  • Darling! xxx

  • I die for that houndstooth skirt suit! Adorable!

  • I so agree with this lady conerning the importance of well fitted shoulders

  • true lady 🙂

  • The title – What a wonderful quote!

  • Just found your blog – love it! Very inspiring, and I love the respect you show everyone you photograph and interview. A quote from a friend: You're never over-dressed, you're just well-dressed.

  • She's right about the shoulders!!!


    I was just talking to Shana H about this! I wish I would happen!:)

  • A beautiful woman, inside and out. Great read. Thanks.


  • What an exquisite quote and truly elegant woman.

  • I love her point of view….(and her purse)! Classic all around.

  • Sally

    Mrs. Bullen is my mother in law's best friend and there she is on Advanced Style! She looks stunning. What fun!

  • Anonymous

    Just wish I could follow that advice.

  • Anonymous

    i think she looks so great! nicely dressed!

  • Dolley Carlson

    Love the elegance of this lady and whimsey of her daily hair bows.Her lovely appearance is a gift to all of us.
    Imagine, if you will, that this classy lady was wearing sweat pants, etc. . . .quite a difference!
    Thank you, thank you Anne Marie Bullen for taking the time to "dress."
    New Year Blessings to all,
    Dolley Carlson

  • I absolute love her style =and gracious attitude.. Your ladies bring such joy and smiles..Filled with Gratitude at you sharing your passion too.