We all know 90-year old street style starlet Iris Apfel, queen of the over-sized sunny and the one-too-many accessory. And for the longest time in my mind Iris was a lone crusader, the first and the only fashionista over the age of 50. Boy was I wrong! I’m happy to say there are plenty of fierce women out there, and many of them can be found on the inspiring blog Advanced Style. Isn’t that the perfect name?

We’re all thinking it… “old,” but Advanced is so much more accurate! (I feel guilty now for my old lady pantyhose comment earlier). We have SO much to learn from these women, there were about 27 quotes just in this film clip that could change the way I dress forever! Here are just a few..

The Top 10 Advanced Style Quotes

1. I just like to feel better dressed than other people.

2. On the one hand everybody wants to look like everybody else, and on the other hand everybody thinks they are individuals.
3. Young women, you’re gonna be an old woman some day, don’t worry about it. Don’t sweat it. Every era builds character.

4. Too many people are too afraid and they just want to do what everybody else does and look like every body else.

5.  I am dressed up for the theater of my life every day.

6. You get treated nicer if you’re well dressed.

7. You don’t want to look crazy, the object is to look as chic as you can but your average person in the street would never wear this.

8. It’s fun to dress up. It’s an exercise in creativity and it makes you feel better.

9. I’d walk into a store and they would say “everybody’s wearing this dress” .. put it away then don’t show it to me.

10. There is no substitute for life experience.

I just hope to have one ounce of their style when I’m 90!



Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

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  1. ABSOLUTELY inspiring post Cristina!!! I love it!!!! And Advanced Style? Advanced is definitely a much better/accurate word than old.

    These women have so much character and love for fashion that i couldn’t help but fall for their passion. Such dedication and at 90?!!? Must salute these ladies;)

    Now if only i live to 90 or can look like that when i get older.


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Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.