I have to start by saying that I’m not a huge fan of the blog on which this film is based. Advanced Style was started several years ago by a young man, Ari Seth Cohen, as a street style blog featuring stylish older people. The blog became successful, partly due to some of the characters that Cohen featured. Somewhere along the way the emphasis turned from individual style to style eccentrics, and at that point I pretty much lost interest in Advanced Style.
Cohen and his featured ladies have gone on to become media stars, with an Advanced Style book and documentary. I wasn’t really interested in watching the film, but I’ve had a recent unfortunate encounter with a nasty cold germ, and so Netflix has become my best friend. After two days of Miss Fisher, Poiret, and Miss Marple, I was ready for something other than murder, so when I noticed that Netflix was now streaming Advanced Style, I decided to just watch it. The worst that could happen was that it would put me to sleep.
I’m happy to say that I did not go to sleep and that I found the film to be very enjoyable. Yes, it did feature older women dressed in a way that most of us would have no desire of dressing, but the point made by the women themselves was not that it was important for them to look “kooky” but it was important that they dress to satisfy themselves.
For most of us, that would not mean putting on bright red eyelashes every day, or wearing a hat that could in no way be over-looked by other people on the street. What it means is that older women (and men too, of course) should feel free to base their clothing choices on what makes them feel happy.
For many of us I suspect that it might be that we want to be a bit more “put together” in this dress-down casual world of ours. An Advanced Style attitude would say to wear the dress, even though everyone else at the event will be wearing slacks. Wear the skirt and sweater though all the other women will be in capris and tee shirts.
After watching the film I decided to give the blog a new look, and was happy to see that some of the old format has returned. There were photos of stylish people found on the street, not just Cohen’s “superstars”. It’s great seeing older people with all kinds of personal style again being given the Advanced Style spotlight.