These Over-60s Show Style Has No Expiration Date

By Kristin Hohenadel

We live longer than ever, yet we still expect the old to fade quietly into the inevitable twilight, leaving the dressing up, and the living, to the young. But thanks to notable exceptions such as the ubiquitous 94-year-old style icon Iris Apfel and a growing trend to feature older women such as Joan Didion, Helen Mirren, Jessica Lange, and Charlotte Rampling as the faces of major beauty and fashion brand campaigns, the notion that personal style has an expiration date is losing its edge.

Photographer Ari Seth Cohen has spent more than eight years chronicling the personal styles of the geriatric set. His blog Advanced Style is an ongoing love letter to old people who almost make aging look like fun. Cohen’s new book Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, out later this month, a follow-up to his 2012 Advanced Style, features photos and commentary from style-conscious over-60 men and women in more than a dozen cities across the world.