In the fast-paced fashion industry, it can often feel like there's a glaring lens always refocusing on what's youthful and new. But here at Who What Wear UK, we're inspired by women of every age, which is why we figured it was high time to give a few of our favourite over-50 trendsetters a little love.
These style stars, such as the likes of former Vogue Paris editor in chief Carine Roitfeld, have carved their own niches by staying true to their own unique senses of style and by mixing trends with styles they have kept in their arsenals over time. While these 15 tastemakers are by no means the only older women who can teach us a thing or two about style (hello, Iris Apfel), following along in their fashion journeys has taught us about our own wardrobe inclinations too. Just take one peek at these awesome trendsetters, and you'll see what we mean. Read on for a look at 15 inspiring real women.
Senior vice president of the fashion office and the director of women's fashion and store presentation of New York's iconic Bergdorf Goodman, Linda is often spotted wearing leopard print. She also has a love of Dior's red lipstick Holiday. Speaking to the FT, she revealed that she's a fan of timeless classics "with a bit of bite."
Former fashion director of British Vogue, Lucinda Chambers has spent over three decades at the forefront of the fashion industry. It's no surprise then that she's managed to hone her look. From bold prints to chunky necklaces, as well as Marni shoes, this is easy sophistication to wear at any age.
Actress Isabelle Huppert is the very definition of chic. Of course, it helps that she's French (and you know how much we love their style), but she always looks effortless, whether that's wearing a couture gown at Cannes or a more androgynous suit with an overcoat at fashion week.
Monica Bellucci is often considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. The actress started off modelling for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and Dior, but then made her mark in film such as The Matrix Reloaded. Her style is often very ladylike with figure-flattering dresses.
Lyn Slater has a knack for showing off eye-catching, quirky pieces, but her styling never feels over the top. The 63-year-old's sleek, fashion-forward sense of style is an inspiration for any age, and she proves that comfort with your personal style is the chicest thing of all.
The mother of Space X and Tesla founder Elon Musk, Maye has been a model for five decades. Her style is sleek and minimal. While you can't see much from this shot, you just need to know that she has great taste in earrings, lipstick, roll-necks and dogs.
Bold, unapologetic fashion is what you can expect from the jewellery designer, model and Instagram icon Sarah Jane Adams. She never shies away from eye-catching colours or prints, and it's clear that more than anything she has fun with fashion.
One of those ultra-glam people, Colleen Heidemann cites the likes of Jackie O., Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn as her style icons. This all shows in her personal style, which is sophisticated but fun.
She's racked up close to three million Instagram followers for both her unexpected, youthful sense of style and her no-holds-barred personality. At 88 years old, the trendsetter has no plans of slowing down (or toning down her style), and we're all ever so grateful.
For top Parisian wardrobe inspo, look to former Vogue Paris editor in chief and legendary stylist Carine Roitfeld.
Wendy Packer started her blog, Fashion Over Fifty, as a place to showcase aging in a positive way, and she shares tips and ideas in addition to her outfits.
Mixing vintage and modern, Patti Gibbons puts her own creative take on style as a 60-something.
As the founder of Net-a-Porter, former fashion editor Natalie Massenet is a queen of fashion. The impeccably dressed entrepreneur artfully combines new-season prints with classic wardrobe staples for an ultra-elegant finish.