How Not to Dress Like an Old Lady…

July 6, 2011 in Fashion, Personalities, Style by alliemcc

…even if you are one.

Here is interior decorator and NYC social fixture Iris Apfel, photographed by Roger Davies for the June 2011 issue of Architectural Digest.

“…Someone for whom dress is just one form of creative expression.”

She says: “I don’t do run-of-the-mill stuff, and I don’t do minimal.”

How to:


Iris Apfel 1


There is not a thing you couldn’t do in this outfit– casual enough for shopping and errands, pizzazz enough for work or an evening out.

: A sweater dress, or a tunic over jeans or leggings

: Tall black boots, or whatever color you have– the gray top will work fine with brown or black

And pile on the accessories. Create your signature look, the thing you always wear and own 800 of– like, Iris is “the lady with the round glasses”. You can be “the lady with the bright chunky bangles”, or fill in the blank…

For extra style points, in lieu of accessories, wear some really unexpected shoes.


Here is your permission slip to being individual again.

How to:


Iris Apfel 2


Again, a pretty versatile outfit.

: grey dress with interesting details, or quirky gray blouse and a skirt

: black boots would work here as well, or something more colorful

Go nuts with jewelry, but keep it monochromatic to look polished, rather than too bohemian.

I highly recommend Etsy for unique, handmade, agate jewelry.


Grey (or gray) is a great alternative to black, or any neutral. It’s flattering on almost everyone, and is a very unexpected, chic color for any garment.

Give it a try – mix it with other neutrals to look devastatingly stylish, or pair it with brights for something different.


More Iris here.

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