Each month, The Fine Line features a special guest — a woman who thoroughly embraces her age and lives her life to the fullest. Our first guest for 2017: Dorrie Jacobson, an 82-year-old fashion blogger who gets up each morning and puts on a full face of makeup and a traffic-stopping outfit, whether she has a reason to go out or not. This lady runs circles around many of us — and she does it in designer stilettos. We are truly inspired.
In 2014, Dorrie Jacobson launched Senior Style Bible as a fashion and beauty blog. In just two short years, this 82-year-old Internet dynamo has earned 14,600 followers on Instagram. Women of all ages look to the former actress and spokesmodel for insight and inspiration in areas that now reach beyond what to wear.
And though she enjoys giving dating advice, fashion is her true love, and founding the site gave Jacboson the platform for her crusade against the idea that mature women need to dress in an age-appropriate way. “It’s ageist nonsense,” she writes on her blog, “and something that we really no longer need to adhere to.
“As mature women, we have earned the right to make our own rules. Why should we follow someone else’s idea about what we should and should not be wearing? Fashion has changed. There used to be a very specific rule book that outlined which styles were in and out each season. That has disappeared to a great extent. Trends still come and go, but they have ceased to be the fashion gospel that they once were.
“The rules outlined every season by Vogue no longer dictate what everyone is wearing. We incorporate trends into our wardrobes, or we don’t, but the rise of individualism has changed fashion and opened the door for a more individual form of self-expression. I think it’s fantastic, and mature fashionistas should embrace that change.”
We couldn’t agree more!
Jacobson describes her personal style as modern, edgy, and dramatic. And though the colorful backdrops of the photos on her website and social channels can trick you into believing that her wardrobe is flashier than it is, she says, “I tend to gravitate toward neutral colors. If you peek inside my closet, you’ll find a sea of black, white, camel, and gray.”
You will also find a wonderful mix of high and low — pieces from Chanel nestle against those from Zara; she pairs Jimmy Choo with H&M — classics and trends, and a smattering of vintage.
While we wait on her to reveal her first collection (we’ve got dibs on something that doesn’t even exist yet!), let’s have a look at some of this spunky Las Vegas lady’s favorite outfits and hear what she has to say about always looking your best.
A good tailor is the best fashion accessory you can have. You can have an inexpensive outfit tailored, and it will look like a million. Don’t hesitate to do this; very few of us are a perfect size.
Most of my wardrobe is black. My investment pieces are black. Black is universally flattering and slenderizing. You can do so much with a little black dress or a pair of wide-leg black pants.
I love hats. I have lots, and I love them all equally.
I am a shoe nut. I probably have 60 pairs of shoes and boots and sandals. My favorites are a couple of pairs of Chanel boots that I have had about 18 years that I can’t let go of. Those classics are worth the investment.
I tend to stick to one color palette because it elongates the body and gives the illusion of height, which at a mere 5-foot-2, I need, especially when wearing flats.
Fashion over 50 can be tricky when trying to incorporate trends. We need to adapt them in a modern and sophisticated way that suits a more mature style.
When you get to a certain age, it’s best to steer clear of pieces that resemble pajamas when venturing out into the world.
At some point, most of us became concerned with dressing in a more “age-appropriate” way and stopped having fun with fashion. Every once in a while it’s a good idea for older women to step outside of their comfort zone and take a fashion risk.
I still like to feel sexy. I don’t think it’s something that’s reserved exclusively for the young. It’s something that resides within. I personally love anything that flashes a bit of shoulder. Regardless of body type, all women have gorgeous shoulders.
Style is in the details. A fabulous shoe. A great piece of jewelry. A gorgeous pair of vintage sunglasses. A quirky handbag. These are things that give an outfit that unmistakable flair.
I’ve been wearing heels all of my life. I think many women are told they are too old to wear heels, and so they get into sneakers and sweatsuits — and that’s when they kind of disappear.
I hope that women start to realize that you don’t just dress for special occasions, you dress for yourself, so that you feel good. It boosts your confidence when you look the best you can every day.