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50 Women Who Prove Personal Style Gets Better With Age

50 Women Who Prove Personal Style Gets Better With Age

December 17th, 2013
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    Click through to see 50 of the most stylish women between the ages of 42 and 92!
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  • Evening Sherri Hill - Front Row - Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    Who: Model Carmen Dell'Orefice
    Age: 82

    Photo: Getty Images / Taylor Hill/Getty Images
  • 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards - Cocktails

    Who: Iris Apfel, former interior designer and fashion icon
    Age: 92

    Photo: Getty Images / Larry Busacca/Getty Images
  • 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Premiere - The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival

    Who: Actress Tilda Swinton
    Age: 52

    Photo: Getty Images / Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
  • The Ninth Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards - Inside Arrivals

    Who: J.Crew President Jenna Lyons
    Age: 42 

    Photo: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
  • Pre-Met Ball Special Screening Of "The Great Gatsby" - Arrivals

    Who: Kylie Minogue, pop star 
    Age: 45

    Photo: Getty Images / Rob Kim/Getty Images
  • Christian Dior- Arrivals - Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture F/W 2011/2012

    Who: Emmanuelle Alt, Editor-in-Chief of French Vogue
    Age: 46

    Photo: Getty Images / Francois Durand/Getty Images
  • Christian Dior: Front Row - Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture F/W 2013-2014

    Who: Carine Roitfeld, Former French Vogue editor in chief and current editor CR Fashion Book 
    Age: 58

    Photo: Getty Images / Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
  • "Blue Jasmine" New York Premiere

    Who: Cate Blanchett, actress
    Age: 44

    Photo: Getty Images / Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images
  • 4th Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala New York - Inside

    Who: Iman, model and businesswoman
    Age: 58

    Photo: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
  • Public Theater 50th Anniversary Gala - Arrivals

    Who: Journalist Diane Sawyer
    Age: 67

    Photo: Getty Images / Theo Wargo/WireImage
  • The Vogue Festival In Association With Vertu - Opening Party - Arrivals

    Who: Anna Dello Russo, fashion editor and consultant  
    Age: 51

    Photo: Getty Images / Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images
  • "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala

    Who: Designer Miuccia Prada
    Age: 64

    Photo: Getty Images / Larry Busacca/Getty Images
  • "Richard Hambleton: A Retrospective" Art Opening

    Who: Lauren Hutton
    Age: 69

    Photo: Getty Images / Bennett Raglin/Getty Images
  • "Morning Glory" New York Premiere

    Who: Actress Diane Keaton
    Age: 67

    Photo: Getty Images / Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
  • President And Mrs. Obama Receive South Korean President For Official State Visit

    Who: First lady Michelle Obama
    Age: 49

    Photo: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • HBO & Vogue host a screening of "In Vogue: The Editor's Eye"

    Who: Legendary Stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele
    Age: 63

    Photo: Stylecaster Pictures / CLINT SPAULDING/PatrickMcMullan./CLINT SPAULDING/PatrickMcMullan.
  • Louis Vuitton New Boutique Opening - Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture F/W 2012/13

    Who: Sofia Coppola
    Age: 42

    Photo: Getty Images / Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
  • PUNK: Chaos To Couture Press Preview

    Who: Bergdorf Goodman executive Linda Fargo
    Age: 53

    Photo: Getty Images / Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images
  • EE British Academy Film Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

    Who: Actress Helen Mirren
    Age: 68

    Photo: Getty Images / Ian Gavan/Getty Images
  • 2013 Tribeca Ball - Arrivals

    Who: Designer Diane von Furstenberg
    Age: 66

    Photo: Getty Images / Jemal Countess/Getty Images
  • Ceremony - Cesar Film Awards 2013

    Who: Actress, singer and French style muse Charlotte Gainsbourg
    Age: 42

    Photo: Getty Images / Dominique Charriau/Getty Images
  • 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala - Arrivals

    Who: Co-Founder of Moda Opernadi Aslaug Magnusdottir 
    Age: 46

    Photo: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
  • Isabel Marant Dinner

    Who: Designer Isabel Marant
    Age: 46

    Photo: Stylecaster Pictures / WWD/WWD
  • "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" World Premiere -2013 Tribeca Film Festival

    Who: Actress Elaine Stritch
    Age: 88

    Photo: Getty Images / Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival
  • "The English Teacher" World Premiere - 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

    Who: Actress Julianne Moore
    Age: 52

    Photo: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival
  • EIF Women's Cancer Research Fund's 16th Annual "An Unforgettable Evening" Presented By Saks Fifth Avenue - Arrivals

    Who: Designer Carolina Herrera
    Age: 74

    Photo: Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
  • Chopard Lunch - The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival

    Who: Producer and environmentalist (and Colin Firth's wife)
    Livia Firth Age: 43

    Photo: Getty Images / Samir Hussein/Getty Images
  • 2013 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala - Arrivals

    Who: Singer Mary J. Blige
    Age: 42

    Photo: Getty Images / Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
  • 2012 New York City Ballet Fall Gala

    Who: Fashion icon Daphne Guinness
    Age: 45

    Photo: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
  • Kinky Liqueur Partners on April 4th Media Opening for Kinky Boots on Broadway, Music by Cyndi Lauper - Arrivals

    Who: Legendary comedian Joan Rivers
    Age: 80

    Photo: Getty Images / Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Kinky Liqueur
  • FRANCE-ENTERTAINMENT-US-TELEVISION-MIPTV

    Who: Supermodel and designer Elle Macpherson
    Age: 49

    Photo: Getty Images / VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
  • United Nations Foundation "Mom + Social" Event

    Who: Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns
    Age: 44

    Photo: Getty Images / Rob Kim/Getty Images
  • Moet & Chandon Celebrates Its 270th Anniversary With New Global Brand Ambassador, International Tennis Champion, Roger Federer - Arrivals

    Who: Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour
    Age: 63

    Photo: Getty Images / Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon
  • Novak Djokovic Foundation - London Gala Dinner

    Who: Supermodel Naomi Campbell
    Age: 43

    Photo: Getty Images / Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Novak Djokovic Foundation
  • 2011 Doha Tribeca Film Festival - Day 1

    Who: Actress Robin Wright
    Age: 47

    Photo: Getty Images / Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Doha Film Institute
  • The Vogue Festival In Association With Vertu - Opening Party - Arrivals

    Who: Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon
    Age: 46

    Photo: Getty Images / Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images
  • "PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala

    Name: Sarah Jessica Parker Age: 48

    Photo: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
  • Yesssss! MOCA Gala 2013, Celebrating the Opening of the Exhibition Urs Fischer - Red Carpet

    Who: Supermodel Stephanie Seymour
    Age: 45

    Photo: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for MOCA
  • Marrakech International Film Festival - Dior Dinner Arrivals

    Who: Italian Actress Monica Bellucci
    Age: 48

    Photo: Getty Images / Dominique Charriau/Getty Images
  • WIRED Business Conference: Think Bigger

    Who: Designer Tory Burch 
    Age: 47

    Photo: Getty Images / Brad Barket/Getty Images for WIRED
  • COVET Fashion Launch Event

    Who: Stylist  Rachel Zoe
    Age: 42

    Photo: Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
  • GERMANY-MUSIC-ECHO2013

    Who: Former French first lady and singer Carla Bruni 
    Age: 45

    Photo: Getty Images / JOERG CARSTENSEN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Geffen Playhouse's Annual "Backstage At The Geffen" Gala - Arrivals

    Who: Actress Annette Bening
    Age: 55

    Photo: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
  • 85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

    Who: Actress Naomi Watts
    Age: 44

    Photo: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
  • Roger Vivier & Rizzoli New York Book Launch

    Who: Artist, actress, and woman-about-town Anh Duong
    Age: 52

    Photo: Getty Images / Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Roger Vivier
  • Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences' Performers Peer Group Cocktail Reception To Celebrate The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

    Who: Actress Jane Fonda
    Age: 75

    Photo: Getty Images / Mark Davis/Getty Images
  • The 40th American Music Awards - Show

    Who: Singer Gwen Stefani
    Age: 43

    Photo: Getty Images / Kevin Winter/Getty Images
  • Actress Sophia Loren arrives at the Acad

    Who: Actress Sophia Loren
    Age: 78

    Photo: Getty Images / AFP/AFP/Getty Images
  • Giorgio Armani Hosts 'One Night Only' Roma

    Who: Tina Turner
    Age: 73

    Photo: Getty Images / Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images
  • 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

    Who: Actress Jessica Lange
    Age: 64

    Photo: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

To be honest, we find the idea of age-appropriate dressing quite boring. Indeed, we agree that most women past the age of 16 probably shouldn’t wear certain things (One Direction T-Shirts, for example), but to tell a women she shouldn’t wear a miniskirt or a pair of leggings because she’s over 40 is ludicrous.

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That’s why we find a recent British survey released by MyVoucherCodes.co.uk a little distressing. It asked 1,711 women between the ages of 18-65 about their fashion spending habits, and found that that 53% felt they’d lost their confidence in their personal style at the average age of 42, partly due to having difficulty finding “age-appropriate” clothes.

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Well, instead of going on a long preachy rant about what age-appropriate clothing really means, and ways to embrace personal style at any age, we’ve decided to show you the 50 most stylish older women we can think of—from 42 to 92—who are rocking the world with their fashion choices. Funnily enough, several women on our list including Jenna Lyons, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Sofia Coppola—are exactly 42 and we think their style is only getting better.

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Read on for some serious inspiration, and proof that when it comes to personal style, age really is just a number.

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