In a time when comfort has become more important than style, and anything goes, even if it’s in poor taste, it’s refreshing to see an elegant approach to fashion. Refinement and class are exactly what I discovered when I came across the blog, The Age of Grace.
40+ plus blogger Eugenia works in the pharmaceutical industry by day and blogs about fashion, health, fitness, and anti-aging in her spare time. Whether she’s wearing casual jeans or a fancy dress, Eugenia always looks polished and chic. Oh, and I did mention, she has a killer smile too!
Eugenia pairs a plaid dress with a denim jacket and a statement necklace.
Eugenia’s style is classic and feminine and includes lots of timeless pieces. Take one look at her blog, and you’ll see that she has a deep love of dresses because she finds them easy to wear. One of her favorite styling tricks is to add simply a great pair of shoes and some stand-out accessories.
I was curious to know more about Eugenia, her style, and the inspiration behind her blog. Here’s what she had to say.
Deb: Eugenia, Your style is impeccable. Who were the role models who helped shape your look?
Eugenia: I would consider my mother and grandmother my role models. When I started building my wardrobe, my mother suggested building it on classic basic pieces and colors. You can add accessories or colors to update your look.
She also recommended that I always have something to wear to a wedding or a funeral. She cautioned me not to buy one fabulous piece without first being sure it would seamlessly blend into my wardrobe. Now over 30 years, I have built a wardrobe of classic pieces and continue to build it every season. The real challenge is to stay the same size so I can wear these great items.
Eugenia adds subtle pops of color with her accessories.
Deb: What inspired you to start your blog, The Age of Grace?
Eugenia: I ultimately want to create a voice for women of a certain age, mature, aging gracefully, healthy, and chic. Your blog, Fabulous after 40, does a “fabulous” (pun intended) job highlighting style and fashion women for real women over 40. I admire how younger women, moms, and curvy girls have a voice. I saw a void for mature voices in fashion, style, and fun.
I have been in the pharmaceutical industry for seventeen years. I wanted to blend my work life with my passion, creating health awareness information that I provide on my blog. I also want to share age-appropriate style and the importance of taking care of one’s body, exercising, and eating healthy.
Channeling Hollywood starlets of the 1920s, Eugenia attended a black-tie event in a black lace dress.
In addition to being influenced by her mother and grandmother, Eugenia is also inspired by regal old Hollywood glamor. She loves watching old black and white movies and reveling in vintage Hollywood fashions and icons.
Eugenia looks youthful and age-appropriate in a zebra print coat.
Deb: What is the biggest mistake you see women over 40 make when it comes to dressing?
Eugenia: I think many women make the mistake of dressing like their daughters or as if they are 20-something. The simplest thing women can do to show they have style and grace is to dress for you, your body type, and develop your own personal style.
Eugenia’s reversible cape offers a splash of color when she’s in the mood or a toned-down plaid print when she’s not.
Deb: Do you think there is such a thing as age-appropriate?
Eugenia: I do believe there is such thing as age-appropriate. Let’s take this zebra coat as an example. My daughter and I may buy the same coat or skirt, but she will wear it differently than I do. I believe it’s all about dressing for your lifestyle and body type.
Eugenia changes it up with a pair of tailored black pants.
Eugenia takes a break from a dress to pair a classic, tailored black trouser with a peplum top and a moto-style jacket. This is a trademark pairing for Eugenia, mixing classic pieces with trendy ones for a modern look.
Eugenia is stunning in monochromatic shades of cream.
Some great style lessons from Eugenia! Be sure to check out her blog, The Age of Grace, to see more Eugenia modeling her lovely outfits.