90 year old Ilona calls it creative dressing, Debra believes style is healing, and Marliyn Sokol(above) thinks dressing up is just plain fun. Whatever your style philosophy is remember to take pleasure in dressing up. Put on something that makes you smile, wear it with confidence, and you will have a beautiful day.
One of best lessons I have learned from the ladies I photograph is to dress for myself, rather than trying to impress others. There is a freedom that accompanies not having to worry about impressing other people. Here’s a style tip from a young man with an old soul, Dress to Impress Yourself! I hope you enjoy Marilyn Sokol’s inspired words. She is a wonderful lady with a great spirit.
The other day Advanced Style was featured in one of Vienna’s largest newspapers derStandard. My photos, including a great cover shot of the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas are displayed throughout the issue . Jean, Valerie, Lina and I got together for brunch to catch up and look at their wonderful faces on the newspaper cover. Its great to see older ladies with great style getting the attention they deserve.
On another note Valerie broke her right wrist, but she doesn’t let that stop her from looking as stylish as always. In the video below she shows how you can even add some style to your cast, proving that style really can be healing. If you are in need of a stylish cane and other helpful products check out this great company OMHU .
Lubi is one of my favorite Advanced Style Fahionistas. Not only does she live in my hometown of San Diego, but she has such a great perspective on life and style. I try and feature a variety of points of view with the shared philosophy that if you feel beautiful on the inside you will look beautiful on the outside. For Lubi style is a form of art and simplicity is her school of choice. She sent me a few words about the art of simplicity which I have included below. What is your style philosophy?
SIMPLICITY, SIMPLICITY, SIMPLICTY…
Many art forms recognize simplicity as the final achievement. Simplicity is an expression, a style, a statement. Leonardo da Vinci said,” Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. Simplicity has many creative powers.
White gloves in combination with a boring, dull gray sweater and white pants. Gloves shift the everyday comfortable outfit into a chic outfit
Red Cap and Red Shoes, with everything else ordinary and plain, gray, monotonous, make the outfit alive and exciting. Details give the fine-tuning to the casual outfit.
White by itself has its won incredible powers. No Need for adjustments
Red is the ultimate statement on its own. “ YOUTH HAS NO AGE” (Pablo Picasso)
“A good pair of sunglasses is better than a face lift.” Mary (70)
“Rise Above It, it’s what one does. We’re not supposed to be happy happy happy and jumping for joy every second”
“Doesn’t time go really fast its moment by moment by moment, and you’ve got to grab it”
“I don’t know, maybe life is a fairytale”
“Grace, is what it is, you dance as you sail through life, and furthermore it heightens your living as of the moment”
“Like Piaf I have no regrets, Oh mercy you have to have the downers and the uppers to be a complete person.” Mimi Weddell
“Be a fighter, challenge yourself, when you decide to do something do it well, give all of yourself”
“If you try to imitate too much, then you look like nothing. Never compare yourself, YOU are YOU.”
”Feel beautiful inside and you will be beautiful outside.” Ilona Royce Smithkin (90)
“Don’t take your self too seriously.”
“Dress for the theatre of your life.” Lynn Dell 78.
“People need to get less stressed about fashion and get into the enjoyment of it”
“Take what is available and contour it towards what your needs are.”
Over the last two years I have learned so much about life and style from the wonderful people I have met and photographed for Advanced Style.They have taught me that it is important to embrace life’s up and downs, continue to learn and challenge myself,and take the opportunities that come my way. Above are some of my my favorite quotes from some of these fabulous women.