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‘How to Be Old’ offers lessons to redefine your style at any age

One day in 2019, Lyn Slater looked at the racks and racks of beautiful clothes in her New York City apartment — and despaired.

Slater was 66, a former social worker turned social media star. She had begun documenting her style on the blog Accidental Icon at age 61. Her sleek gray bob, omnipresent shades and slouchy, twisted Yohji Yamamoto suits gave her a funky hauteur — and hordes of admirers. Her Instagram (@iconaccidental) boasts some 770,000 followers. Designers flew her to Paris and London to attend their runway shows and fragrance launches. Brands showered her with gifts: purses, jackets and so many dresses, in every color of the rainbow. She starred in campaigns for Valentino and Kate Spade.

Yet, at that moment, Slater had an overwhelming desire to go to her sewing kit, take out her seam ripper and “take all those garments apart, piece by piece.”

“I was lost,” Slater, now 70, told The Washington Post.

It’s a feeling that many women have experienced: the anxiety that comes with the realization that your clothes no longer serve you — or the person you’ve become.

“I see my clothes as materials that I use to convey a certain identity, to convey a certain role,” Slater said. Her ensembles communicate her desires, her thoughts and her very soul. “Having what I wear be coherent with who I am makes me feel like a whole person,” she said. When she began letting brands dictate the items she would put on her body, she no longer felt fully herself.

That has changed. Today, Slater calls herself a “reformed influencer.” She has culled her wardrobe, moved from Manhattan to an old house upstate — in Peekskill, N.Y. — and traded her designer duds for vintage Gap overalls and silk pajama

I’m 70 years old — why shouldn’t my clothes convey my sexuality, and sense of style?

Editor’s Note: This piece is excerpted from Lyn Slater’s “How to Be Old: Lessons in Living Boldly from the Accidental Icon” with permission from Plume, imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC. © 2024 by Lyn Slater.

(CNN) — In the fall of 2019, I received an e-mail from a group of Parsons Fashion Design and Society MFA students who had been given the assignment to make a collection of clothes for “seniors,” as part of a course that involves creating designs that focus on disabled, plus-size, transgender and aging people. The students were divided into four teams, with each team charge to find a muse/collaborator within their respective category — to ensure primary research and a meaningful outcome. The students asked me for an interview, hoping that I might become their muse.

The students had gone around to senior centers, asking what older people want in their clothing. The answers — focused more on issues of fit, comfort and disguising signs of age — had discouraged them. Though these elements are important, the students seemed to want an aesthetic of age that could inspire them; they want to make old age high fashion, something beyond just function. (I think to myself that these fashionable young people want to design clothes they can see themselves in when they grow old.) But as we speak together, the fluid internal experience of aging, the memories held, and the desire to evoke them in what we wear are topics they become animated and excited about. Along with their tutors, these students and I begin our work together.

In her memoir, Lyn Slater addresses

The process starts with me bringing in pieces from my wardrobe that hold meaning for me: There is the sleeveless A-line dress with pastel green and purple flowers that I wore under my doctoral gown the day

Style isn’t as simple across the pond: Differences in college fashion culture

Fashion is universally known as the gateway to the heavens of creativity. Every culture, nation and city has its own spin on what is considered “stylish.” The casual comfort Americans prioritize in fashion vastly contrasts the elegant class displayed in European outfit choices. 

In particular, Europeans and Americans each claim superiority in style. Since I started studying abroad in London this past semester, I’ve found the real place where fashion matters: on their university campuses.

Since the rise of the fashion industry in the 19th century, Europeans are credited as the creators of a multitude of luxury brands such as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and Prada. Their reputation embodies sophistication and elegance, no matter where their destination is. Many European universities and student common areas are filled with blazers, sweaters, trousers and a plethora of accessories to complete each look. Europeans take their outfit choices seriously, and first impressions matter most. 

In the United Kingdom, the way people dress often has to do with the British class system. Inherited and generational wealth is a sign of social status and often comes with many perks, such as a cultivated wardrobe. Furthermore, it’s uncommon to see many British students on campus stand out with their outfit choices, as most don’t enjoy standing out in crowds. However, in areas such as Camden Town or Brick Lane — where vintage sourcing, punk rock and street art are abundant — campuses are often filled with funky outfit choices, colored hair and chunky jewelry. These areas have been my most frequented since I landed in the UK due to their variety of people, fashion and food. There is so much life in these two neighborhoods, and I am constantly inspired by the culture surrounding them. 

American students highly value statement pieces and embrace fashion as

Old cloth, new clothes: six designers creating beautiful upcycled garments | Life and style

Making something new out of old clothing is a technically complex process. Sourcing, cutting and re-sewing textile waste requires more time, creativity and skill than constructing a garment from a bolt of new fabric.

Though the process is more expensive, upcycling has significant environmental benefits. It also gives people who struggle to find vintage – due to size or accessibility – a chance to shop secondhand.

But not all garments are upcycled equally. One of the most important pillars of circularity is keeping materials in circulation at their highest value – in other words: not ruining a perfectly functional garment by being too scissors-happy.

When upcycling clothing at scale, it is also important the materials being used are actually waste that otherwise be destined for landfill.

Despite these challenges, a growing number of designers are tackling fashion’s excessive waste problem head on, and creating genuinely beautiful garments from unwanted clothes.

Dresses from T-shirts and scarves: Conner Ives

(L to R) Tish Weinstock, Camille Charriere and Ella Richards attend a Conner Ives dinner and afterparty wearing his upcycled dresses, during 2023 London fashion week. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty Images for Conner Ives

Conner Ives made his first dress from upcycled T-shirts when he was 20 years old. Now the garment is one of the signature pieces in every collection he releases under his eponymous London-based label. T-shirts aren’t the only waste textiles he reuses. “Scarves, piano shawls, vintage sequin, denim and military blankets are categories we will revisit with a new shape season after season,” he says. Most of the Ives range is made from secondhand or deadstock pieces he sources through vintage wholesalers in the UK who import from the US.

Old jeans made new: ELV Denim

ELV Denim was founded on the principles of upcycling. In 2018, the brand’s

Why ditching fast fashion never goes out of style, and can save money in the long run

Danielle Cosentino used to give bags of unwanted clothes to her cousin every year.

While her cousin loved the free stuff, Cosentino grew tired of buying so much and wearing so little. She had become caught up in acquiring trends through fast fashion retailers only to realize she was locked in a loop of buying cheap clothes, having them degrade quickly, then having to buy more.

“I’ve always been told if you haven’t worn it in two years, then it should go,” says Cosentino, a massage therapist and nutritionist. “And I felt like that would be half my closet.”

A variety of studies and sources go even further than that, estimating that most of us don’t wear 70 to 80 per cent of our clothes.

Averaging out census data over several years, Canadian households spend roughly $300 a month on clothing, according to Statistics Canada. If most of that will be barely worn, our closets are essentially graveyards of disposable income.

Cosentino wanted to change. She hired Jaclyn Patterson, a personal wardrobe stylist and founder of  Shopwise, an online sustainable fashion retailer that focuses on “slow fashion.”

Cosentino began evolving her shopping habits and treating her wardrobe like a long-term investment, which she describes as a “psychological shift.” Even packing for vacations is easier now, as she’s learned how to build outfits and re-wear classic pieces in different ways.

“Yes, you will spend more on sustainable brands, for obvious reasons, but they’re timeless pieces and they really take you the distance,” Cosentino says. “In the long run, you actually spend less. Now I see the value in spending on quality, well-made pieces that aren’t going to make it into a garbage bag.”

As a stylist seeing clients in Toronto and remotely, Patterson has worked with celebrities, Olympians and executives, analyzing

Ball State students and members of the local community have brought vintage style into their lives.

Long mirror? Check. Phone? Check. Outfit of the day? Check. Everything was ready to go. 

Patrick Phillips posed in front of the mirror, snapped a photo and uploaded the day’s “fit check” with its signature swirl and star emojis to their social media. These emojis are Phillips’ favorites. They said that the swirl reminds them of the ’80s and ’90s, and the star is a representation of aesthetics and good fortune.

They first started posting “fit checks” for personal enjoyment, saying they like to show people what they’re wearing, but Phillips also wants to encourage others to embrace being different and express themselves. 

“I like helping people and motivating people,” Phillips said. “I remember one time I was in North [Dining], and somebody came up to me and was like, ‘Yo, look at this shirt. You’re the reason why I’m wearing this. You gave me the confidence to wear this shirt.’ And I felt really good. I’m like, ‘That’s what my intentions are. I want you to feel comfortable being yourself.’”

Phillips, a second-year fashion major, first got into vintage fashion back in their senior year of high school after dressing up for Throwback Thursday with their friend in ’80s outfits.

“I remember that day, I looked in the mirror, and I was like, ‘I’m really digging this style,’” Phillips said.


Second year fashion major Patrick Phillips, poses wearing vintage baggy jeans with an 80s era Mickey Mouse crewneck for a photo Nov. 27 at Park Hall. Andrew Berger, DN

Beginning to wear vintage clothing was a gradual process for them, and it wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic hit that they began to do a lot of research on the style. After that, Phillips began wearing ’80s and ’90s outfits all the time, thrifting the majority of their clothes.


How to Find Your Personal Style, Once and For All

For years, I felt like I never had anything to wear. Every time I went shopping, I came home convinced, thinking to myself, “This is it. This is the piece of clothing that will make my wardrobe complete and cohesive and show I’ve mastered my personal style.” 

But the truth was, no single shirt, pair of shorts, or skirt could magically solve my problems—and that’s because my wardrobe was all over the place. Sure, I loved variety, and we all do. But from my lime green sweater to my flowy lace maxi skirt to my bedazzled denim shorts, there was too much variety. Finding my own personal style took a lot of trial and error—mostly errors—and years to figure out what I actually liked. Now that I’m on the other side though, I can confidently say: I have a closet full of clothes that match and that I actually love. 

You, too, can find your own personal style—just try these 10 insider tips to mastering it.

1. Spend a day looking at clothes—but don’t buy anything yet

Hear us out: While a day shopping is always fun, it isn’t always productive to finding your style. There are crowds and long lines for dressing rooms, and sometimes the chaos can make you pick up things you don’t actually love.

Instead, spend a day looking at clothes, not buying clothes. Set a day aside and commit yourself to not swiping your credit card, but instead spending a no-pressure day getting a better grasp of what you like. Make a list of what you felt best in, then go home, think on it, and strategize what pieces you want to actually add to your closet.

2. Use Pinterest as a mood board

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Shoppers are paying for personalized ‘style boxes’

Personal stylists aren’t just for the rich and famous anymore. Gen Zers and young millennials are paying amateur stylists on TikTok and Instagram hundreds of dollars to put together personalized secondhand clothing collections, also known as “style boxes.”

Secondhand fashion is becoming increasingly popular among teenagers and twentysomethings, but thrift store shopping, or “thrifting,” isn’t always easy. Finding clothes that are the right size, style, and quality can be time consuming, and many people don’t have the knack for it. That’s why secondhand fashion stylists are marketing their services on social media to handle the job. In the era of overnight deliveries and immediate gratification, this trend emphasizes young consumers’ desire for more personalized services and highlights a shift away from fast fashion brands and towards sustainable fashion. 

The concept of style boxes is going viral on social media, and the demand for the service is increasing with it. The hashtag #stylebox has over 9.1 million views on TikTok, for example. 

KG Lillian, a stylist who has over 776,000 TikTok followers, started selling style boxes less than a year ago and has since had to shutter her inbox due to the overwhelming number of inquiries from potential customers.

“I was getting over a thousand inquiries a day, and that’s just on email. I was also getting more in the comments and in DMs on TikTok and Instagram,” Lillian told Fortune. “So thousands daily were reaching out to me. I shut it down to rework with the team how I can move forward better equipped for the volume of interest.”

The process for hiring a stylist varies. A customer buying a box from Lillian starts by filling out a lengthy form describing their style and personality, answering questions about their preferred colors and patterns, favorite music bands and seasons, as

26 Best Men’s Clothing Brands 2023, According to Style Editors

26 Best Men’s Clothing Brands 2023, According to Style Editors

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