My New Girl Crush: Linda Rodin

As my 58th birthday approaches, is it shallow that I look for style inspiration to the women just a bit ahead of me in life? I can appreciate the exquisite beauty of January Jones and Jessica Chastain, but they don’t always inspire me, style-wise. Young colts!

Of course women of all ages inspire me with their wit, humor, deep thinking, accomplishments, and smarts. I have learned about poetry and philosophy from Megan Mae, who’s in her early 20’s. Sandra Fluke is one of my heroes at age 31. But for that vulnerable area of appearance, I find comfort in looking up the age chart.

My latest swoon is former model, former fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, stylist, and skin-care guru Linda Rodin. She’s 64, and lives in my dream city, New York (tweet me, Linda! We’ll do coffee). She rocks fabulous silvery hair, long and pony-tailed. She dresses in simple, chic pieces and wears really great lipstick. (She says it’s the only makeup she wears: “My eyeglasses are now my mascara”).

I like her style, her confidence, and her comfort-in-her-skin:

Fabulous in a denim dress and flats. Source.

The glasses, the pony tail, the lipstick – all suit her beautifully. Source.

Monochromatic is a chic, classic look. With totally modern rolled jeans, of course. Source.

Do you like Linda’s style? (Lots of great pictures here). Do you look up the age ladder for inspiration, or is that not an issue for you?

Have a glorious Thursday and be well,

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  1. I'm 67 but have to wear my hair short–Linda is fabulous! I think the lipstick and glasses are good color/makeup additions for those of us with white skin and white hair! I love that Linda's made a beautiful line of natural facial/body oils for folks. She has great style.

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  7. Hi Patti, I really really like Linda's style. I could steal all those outfits, pretty much. I tend to look up the age range, rather than down, as down seems to be including claw-type heels, leggings worn as trousers etc, which is just not my thing. I find the 'Advanced Style' book very inspiring.

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  9. I think that getting our inspiration from anywhere is just fine! You've made a wonderful choice in Linda Rodin…she's the perfect role model with her simplicity, class, and grace!

  10. I think this is the same woman who is often featured on Advanced Style (and is in the Karen Walker ad campaign).

    I LOVE HER! These pictures only further justify my girl crush.

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  12. Who says you can't wear denim when you get older – look how fab she looks !! Shan't ever listen to that argument ever again. XXXX

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  13. Without any sunshine up your skirt, I have to note that you could be her younger sister. Just sayin' .

    And, just wanted to also send CONGRATS to you for your considerable mention in the IFB article "8 Fashion Bloggers over 40 You Should Know". You so deserve this.

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  15. At 33, I look both up and out. Most women my age and younger in the public eye are styled to death by market-tested dullness, either as sexpots or glamor girls. I don't see much of a voice in their clothes. When a woman becomes less of a public sexual commodity, it seems they become more comfortable using their clothes to express who they are, and not what they think other people want to see them in. That being said, I'm always more interested in women who are real characters and dress a bit more dangerously (Diana Vreeland for one, Isabella Blow for another) instead of women who just follow the regular fashion rules and age into them gracefully. That's what I mean by looking out as well as up.

  16. She is a very beautiful and stylish woman. So are you! It's not about age, inspiration comes from everywhere. xxxx

  17. Love "My eyeglasses are now my mascara" I can relate!
    Wow, she IS a style icon. I think I mostly look up "the age ladder" too — Carrie Donovan sparked my interest in big rounded glasses.

    Is it Linda featured in American Apparel ads?

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  19. She looks flexible and lively which reads as youthful – lots of yoga, I bet. I must get into yoga again – I intend to keep doing it as I get older to help keep me able to move freely.

  20. What a wonderful, confident lady! she looks fantastic.

  21. I've been considering new glasses and I'm undecided about the "big" glasses trend. I have photos from the 80 & 90s with great big glasses and I'm not sure I'm ready to go there again.

  22. I just don't understand the fascination with Carine Roitfield. She's important in the industry and has her picture taken a lot, but sometimes it seems like she's trying to look un-kept, particularly her hair! I'm not talking about groomed curls (like one well-kept blogger we know) that sometimes do what they want no matter what's been done to them, but uncombed hair. Perhaps it's a French thing.

  23. OK, I'd never heard of her until now, but she's very impressive. I am experimenting with ditching the lower-eye makeup, and more bright lipsticks, so learning of her is pretty timely.

    And, yes, I do look up the age ladder a bit in terms of style. Marks & Spencer has been working with Twiggy for a few years now, and she's looks as amazing as ever. The actual clothes are pretty hit-or-miss, as is always the case with M&S, but it's nice to see her on the posters.

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  24. Yes I think she and many others are fabulous role models. It is great more brands are using older women in their campaigns

  25. Her confidence is so chic. Yes, I look up the ladder for inspiration. I'm not sure I would do the no-makeup look, but she pulls it off beautifully.

  26. I've always looked up the age ladder for inspiration, all my life. At 42, I still do. Advanced Style is one of my favourite style blogs. I love vintage jewelry in particular, and love it especially if I know it was much loved by someone into her old age. Of course, my own grandmothers' jewelry is the most precious.

  27. Isn't she awesome? Nice choice Patti. I just turned *gulp* 59. I totally get it. Happy almost Birthday, you gorgeous thing!

  28. She's gorgeous! Once a model, always a model… At least, it's true in her case! So chic– love the ponytail and glasses and lipstick <3

  29. I absolutely look to my "big sisters" for inspiration, Patti. I am keen on her thoughts about mascara–and I never thought I'd consider going without it. Now days, I think it just complicates things and if it isn't PERfect, it looks messy. It sounds like she's suggesting that a really strong style of eyewear will substitute for mascara, don't you think?

  30. Wow…she is stunning. She obviously has amazing genes to look like that at 64.

    For style inspiration I look everywhere, and I don't worry about the age. Sometimes the way a person uses a scarf or puts on a brooch is unique and can be inspiring. I think we can acquire fashion inspiration from everyone, no matter the age. The one thing I know though is that when doing so I cannot be swayed to then compare myself with every other detail of that person that may or may not be 20-30 years younger than me.


  31. She's so beautiful! Nearly every single person on my blog roll is older than me. But it's because I look up to everyone and their experiences and try to learn from everyone in my life. Thank you for the shout-out Patti! I learn so much form your blog.

  32. Oh, she is amazing. I can be inspired by people younger than me, but I more often look for people around my own age because their style is easier for me to translate into my own life.

  33. She looks like a very hip 64! At the moment I look both ways on the age ladder as I think the lines have blurred considerably. I think what this lady is wearing here could be worn equally well by women in thier 20's upwards. But having said all that yes I do check out women five to ten years older than me as a kind of guage of where I'd like to be. For me I always like seeing what Carine Roitfield wears.

  34. Oh wow… she looks fabulous! That last photo is really a tribute to what 64 can and should look like for any woman who truly takes care of herself. Great post!

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