Every time I get my haircut on Astor Place I see this lady walking by. She always wears the most charming outfits and accessories and I love her blue tinted frames.
Just a few days ago I joked about leaving the house in nothing but a swimsuit, then it occurred to me that perhaps I should be consulting the woman I most admire, the incredible Jenny.
She carries herself in such a way that she could be wearing a paper bag and make it feel appropriate just because it’s paired with the right shoe and scarf around her hair.
Today we decided to make an impromptu visit with Jenny to take some snapshots of her relaxing on her rooftop in her favorite swimsuit and silk sarong. She’s been wearing this same suit for decades and swears by it’s simple and durable design. She also wears it to swim laps in the pool, which we at Advanced Style ENCOURAGE… it’s excellent exercise and will help you feel great!
For many city people we often hop on the train or get in the car and go to the nearest beach when it gets to be too much. How do you pack a bag for the beach?
In Jenny’s beach bag:
- Sandals (Jenny loves her original Havaiana’s)
- Sunglasses: her favorite prescription lenses from Paris
- Summer hat (her favorite today is one she got in a vintage shop in Woodstock, NY)
- Neutral bra (a glamorous detail I witnessed with Jenny…to carry the swimsuit look into evening, she’ll wear a bra underneath and wrap a sarong over the suit, and she’s ready for dinner!)
- Lightweight trench-dress (throw it over the swimsuit and she has a perfect outfit for the beach-reveal!)
Of course the other givens: sunscreen, iphone, and great reading material!
Our biggest question is how to look chic while covered up. I’m always two shakes away from leaving the house in a swimsuit, and then think twice when I imagine what Ilona, Carol, or Tracy might say to that.
As we strolled along Madison Avenue after dinner time, Ari and I had the pleasure of meeting this enchanting couple who answered our prayers with solutions to the temperature issue. With such infectious smiles we realized that with their attitude you don’t even notice the heat!
We first noticed George Mann, retired Broadway actor, because of his crisp charcoal linen suit and pressed white shirt. We love the playful floral pattern of his handkerchief that plays off the retro look of his wife’s silk jersey dress. They said “we dress down all day but always dress up to go to dinner, no matter the season.”
Both husband and wife have impeccable taste when it comes to eyewear. Lots of you ask us how to choose frames that are vintage but not too costume-y… well, here’s a perfect example. We also love George’s aviators, we’re guessing they are old frames but updated with his current prescription. We think more men should try this!
One of the top items on Ari’s “Kvetch List” yesterday was what sort of shoes he should wear for the summer and what shoes to pack for the humidity in Europe (for the Advanced Style Tour!)…
I say George has the right idea with his matte ivory-polished wing-tipped oxfords. His wife told us he asked if he could wear them to dinner this night, and we’re glad they decided it was a good idea! She says “They’re over 50 years old!”… to which he mutters “You know I don’t like when you say that…”
“Oh well”, she says,” they’re vintage, and so are we!”
Now that’s how to keep it cool.
One of the reasons I started Advanced Style is because I felt that there was a lack of positive and inspiring images of older people in media and advertising. In the last two years I have seen a growing awareness and coverage of seniors in campaigns, on the runway, and on TV. The folks that I meet while walking around New York inspire me to live life to the fullest and carry myself with dignity and pride. What I find so amazing about the Advanced Style set is that they are so comfortable in their own skin and so willing to share their stories and tips with others. By showing these images we can shift our perspective and realize that age does not have to limit our sense of creativity and vitality. The people above all lean on their canes and stand proudly with confidence allowing their strength and style to shine through. Where as canes have oftentimes been regarded as unfashionable and made to fade into the background(with their metal and grey tones) the men and women above use theirs to enhance their sense of independence and look all the more stylish and graceful it.
I met artist Sue Kreitzman outside the New Museum over a year ago and was struck by her original style and colorful palette. She splits her time traveling between New York and London and I had the wonderful opportunity to visit her studio and home and see her vast collection of jewelry and clothes and artwork.
Sue started off as a cook but unexpectedly became an artist. She makes colorful and delightful objects and paintings out of a combination of acrylics and nail polish, embellished with buttons, broken jewellery and found objects. She is a walking piece of art herself taking great care in putting together outfits that mix and match pieces that she has specially created for herself. When I asked Sue to describe her style she said,
“Art and colour are my life. My apartment is painted in vivid (you might say vulgar) colours, and festooned with fascinating objects. Well, so am I. My good friend, London fabric artist Lauren Shanley, makes my clothes. I am something of an obsessive collector, and – among other things – gather ethnic and vintage fabrics from all over the world. Lauren collages these fragments into miraculous garments. Often, they tell a story,. Anothai Hansen, in Brooklyn, and Amanda Caines, in London, make my jewellery; again, they are made from found objects I have gathered, and again, each piece usually tells a story. “
Check more of Sue’s artwork on her website: