Lessons Learned from Ageless Fabulous Women

Lessons learned from the women that prove age is a trivial matter, indeed. There is no copyright on style, and as long as it suits you, I say go for it. To get you on your way, these ageless fabulous women have given us their list of the  most helpful, universal styling tricks you can steal that will work for just about every body. Guilt-free thievery, that’s what I’m talking about.

Carmen Dell’Orefice

Who: Model, booked her first cover at age 15.

The Lesson: Looking pulled-together is an art form.

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L-Carmen Dell’Orefice R-Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin

Who: Singer and Philanthropist

The Lesson: A slip dress lends perfect insouciance.

Charlotte Rampling

Who: British Actress

The Lesson: Menswear inspired looks can be the sexier than the littlest dress.

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L-Charlotte Rampling R-Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

Who: Designer and philanthropist.

The Lesson: A signature button-down is an evening staple.


Who: Beauty company founder, model, philanthropist.

The Lesson: Opt for looks that are powerful yet feminine.

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L – Iman R – Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren

Who: British actress and philanthropist.

The Lesson: Show off your shape in form-fitting gowns.

Christy Brinkley

Who: Model, beauty company founder.

The Lesson: Flaunt your best feature—sheer tights and an LBD are a perfect pair for killer legs.

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L – Christy Brinkley R – Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton

Who: Actress and philanthropist.

The Lesson: Black and white is always right.

Debbie Harry

Who: Lead singer of Blondie, punk icon, philanthropist.

The Lesson: Don’t be afraid to take chances and if you find a style that works, hold onto it.

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L – Debbie Harry R – Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg

Who: Designer, philanthropist.

The Lesson: Create your own signature piece and always look elegant in it.

Iris Apfel

Who: Interior designer, philanthropist, style influencer.

The Lesson: Find a trademark accessory and hold onto it.

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L – Iris Apfel R – Pat Cleveland

Pat Cleveland

Who: Model, philanthropist

The Lesson: Maintain your flare for drama.

Ines de la Fressange

Who: Model, writer, speaker, Uniqlo collaborator, philanthropist

The Lesson: Help define what French style means, and then embody it.


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L – Ines de la Fressange R -Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz

Who: Writer, columnist, philanthropist

The Lesson: If a uniform suits you, stick with it.

Jane Fonda

Who: Actress, activist, philanthropist

The Lesson: Be the incarnate of, “if you got it, flaunt it.”

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L – Jane Fonda R – Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon

Who: Former lead singer, Sonic Youth, author, singer, Boy/Head

The Lesson: Maintain rockstar cool in all that you do.

Linda Rodin

Who: Philanthropist, currently runs RODIN Olio Lusso

The Lesson: Choose accessories wisely and stick with the ones that work.

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L – Linda Rodin R – Jan de Villeneuve

Jan de Villeneuve   

Who: Model

The Lesson:  Things don’t always have hanger appeal- you need to try them on.

There are even more lessons to be learned so if you enjoyed this article, check out Advanced Style, Older and Wiser on TG Forum (to be published on April 3rd). , And for more lessons from the stars, these photographic tips from WHOWHATWEAR are quite amazing too as are these Fashion tips to take from the 50 most stylish women over 50

Reprinted from Harper’s Bazaar.

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