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: octogenarian Dorrie Jacobson, 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 heels. We are truly inspired by her and think you will be too.
One way to stay young? Never get old. Dorrie Jacobson knows just what we mean by that. Throughout her life, the 82-year-old sprite has worked to stay relevant, continually and relentlessly reinventing herself. Her most recent persona: fashion blogger and inspiration to women of all ages.
Decade to decade, city to city, job to job, relationship to relationship, Jacobson, who was born in 1934 — the year before the U.S. Social Security Act was signed into law — has maintained an uncommon level of curiosity, energy, and willingness to live boldly. Spend an hour in her presence and you’ll want to reaccessorize your outfit, freshen your lipstick, and get out and strut your stuff.
Jacobson, who was recruited to work as a Playboy Bunny at the original Chicago Playboy Club when she was 24, now lives in Las Vegas and runs Senior Style Bible, a website with 33,000 social media followers. In between, she represented Polaroid as a spokesmodel, taught students at a modeling school, became a makeup artist, did theater, and worked as the director of marketing at her husband’s architecture firm. Along the way, she raised a daughter, who now helps manage her mother’s burgeoning brand.
“Every couple of years, I do something new,” she says. “You can’t stop growing. That’s when you start getting old.”
Jacobson founded Senior Style Bible at the urging of her friends, family, and strangers, who could see that she has a great look and a lifetime of wisdom to share. As she thought about it, she recognized that “a lot of women are scared of aging, so I wanted to present images of women who continue to look and feel beautiful as they age.”
Since launching two years ago, “the blog has turned into a crusade. We are starting a revolution against ageism,” she says, “and trying to get through to designers that older women are a major market. Clothes are not currently designed for a mature woman who is fashion conscious and wants to be trendy.”
Jacobson has been talking with some fashion designers about collaborations and consulting, and she’s even thinking of doing her own clothing line (no sleeveless tops or strapless party dresses!). When she first started blogging, footwear brand Steve Madden featured her on its site.
Jacobson loves shoes and often wears stilettos. Her outfits turn heads, and it’s a rare day when she’s not stopped by an admirer who wants to know where she bought something. “It is incredibly flattering to be noticed by complete strangers, male and female, of all ages,” Jacboson says. “It reinforces my belief that style is much more than just what we wear, it’s an attitude.”
Her attitude about life itself has remained the same as she’s grown older, Jacobson says. “I don’t feel any different than I felt in my 30s. You expect to feel a change, and I never did. I think what happens is that so many women buy into this ‘age appropriate’ nonsense, and they think they have to change their manner of dress and their attitude about things, but that’s false.”
What she wants women of all ages to know more than anything else, is that they should throw away the rule book and be true to themselves. “Take risks,” she says, “fashion and otherwise.”