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Meet this Modern Nana Who Says 50 Is Not Old!

Today I want to introduce you to a lovely blogger friend, Tania Stephens, from  50 is Not Old. 

I interviewed Tania when she started blogging a few years ago for my Styleblazers series. Since then, this beautiful gal who describes herself as “real, genuine, and never serious” has taken off! So, I have decided to repost that interview here to get to know her better and add her to your list of 50+ bloggers to follow. Meet Tania! 

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The 50+ fashionista from Grundy, Virginia, has attracted a strong following who love her colorful outfits and energetic, youthful style.   

Tania is open and friendly, a modern Nana who reminds readers that style in midlife starts with the right mindset. As she says, “Age is an attitude; keep yours young.”

I recently had the chance to chat with Tania about her love of fashion and energetic style. Here’s my interview with this Fabulous After 40 Styleblazer.

Deb: How would you describe the way you like to dress? Has it changed much over the years?

Tania: I describe my style as eclectic; I mix classic, trendy, and vintage pieces. My husband describes my style as “Classy with a little Trashy.” He said that means a classical look with sex appeal. He told me to think of Marilyn Monroe. I’ll take that! 

I’m sure I’ve changed over the years; I’ve even changed from last year to this year. That is one way to keep from looking older; you do not want to become too set in your ways.

 

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Deb: Do you think it is important to follow trends?

Tania: I love trends! It would be best to try mixing trends with your contemporary look; it helps you appear relevant and youthful. Going head-to-toe trendy might make you seem like you’re trying too hard.

Deb: What current trends do you love, and which trends would you never touch? Why?

Tania: I love the plaids and stripes that have been so big this season. I also like red lipstick and distressed jeans, even though some say a woman my Age shouldn’t wear distressed jeans. I’ve learned never to say “never.” Since no “actual” fashion police will come and haul me away, I will wear what I choose. Haha

 

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Deb: Why do you think many women over 40 give up on fashion and beauty?

Tania: When you are a teenager in your 20s, you think mainly about yourself. But as you age and start a family, your focus can turn to the husband, children, and even the house. We, as women, tend to put ourselves on the back burner and forget how to put ourselves first. Remember, even on a plane; they will tell you to put the mask on first and care for those around you. So wear makeup and fashionable clothing, then tend to others; at least, you’ll look good.

Deb: Your tagline is “Age is an attitude. Keep yours young.” How can women over 40 achieve this without looking like they are trying too hard to look young? 

Tania: I think we need to quit taking ourselves so seriously. Try new looks. Go for that pattern you felt was not for you. Wear color, and don’t fade into the background! Laugh at your mistakes and celebrate when someone younger compliments you on how nice you look.

over 50 blogger wearing red pearl tam

Deb: There’s a lot of buzz on the age-appropriate dressing. What’s your take on it?

Tania: Phooey! What one person, or even an expert, considers appropriate may not be the same as another. I think you should dress in what makes you happy. Deb,  that is how you feel if you wear dowdy or frumpy clothing. I feel young; therefore, I am going to dress young.

Deb: Looking through your blog, it’s evident that you love color! I do too! Any advice for women on wearing color at midlife and beyond?

Tania: My sister is a prime example of this. Even though she is five years younger than me, she tends only to wear black, gray, and navy. These are classic colors, and there is nothing wrong with them. However, you need a little color to brighten you up. Start small, maybe a scarf or pin. Then you can build up to a solid color top or cardigan, and when you feel ready, go for a print.

over 50 blogger wearing red poncho

Deb: You’re very open about your size, weight, etc. Tell us about your body type and the tricks you use to highlight your figure.

Tania: I am straight as a stick. No natural curves and no defined waist. Since that doesn’t change soon, I can camouflage the problem areas. A blazer or jacket is terrific for creating a core, and a V-neck on a top is one of my best friends. Also, I try not to wear my clothes too tight; I have bumps and rolls, but you don’t need to see them.

Deb: You are Nana to four grandchildren. What do they think about Nana being a style star on the Internet? Also, What advice would you give your granddaughters about developing their style as they grow up?

Tania: Style star? LOL!!! That’s downright funny. The grandbabies see the blog occasionally, but they think it is just like FaceBook. My two granddaughters, 7 ½ and almost three, have started developing their style. It is funny how you can see their little personalities starting to show in their clothing and accessories. One is very prim, and the other, not so much. I think younger girls need to experiment and see what works for them.

Tania Stephens wearing brown cardigan

 

Deb: You unapologetically love to shop. How does living in a small, rural town present shopping challenges for you? 

Tania: I love to shop, and I buy a LOT of things. But, I bargain shop and don’t pay that much for my items. I don’t get that many shopping opportunities, so I shop the whole trip when I travel. But, since I live in a small town, I have learned to shop my wardrobe and supplement it with what is available in my area. The Internet is open 24/7, so I can shop whenever the feeling strikes.

Deb: What are some of your favorite stores, whether you are shopping in person or online?

Tania: I love Talbots, Ann Taylor, Express, Old Navy, Stein Mart, TJ Maxx, GAP, and several online boutiques, to name a few. My mother says I have never found a store I didn’t like. Haha!

Deb: You love vintage. Any particular era that you like? 

Tania: It depends. I love the 20s for their Art Deco and Bakelite and Lucite jewelry. In the clothing I can’t fit into, I love the 40s and 50’s dresses. Women look so feminine in that era. I can wear the coats, and I have a Leopard print coat with a Lucite buckle, one of my favorite pieces. My mother and her friend host Vintage Fashion Shows several times a year, so I find most of my items there.

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Deb: I see you like to experiment with your hair color. How important is hair to a woman’s look at 40+?

Tania: Hair is essential to women of any age. That is the one part of our bodies that we cannot hide. I don’t get bent out of shape about my hair. If I cut it too short, then it will grow. If I don’t like the color, then I can change that. I recommend that you go to a stylist that looks modern and has an updated hairstyle. If she doesn’t look current, the chances are that you won’t either.

Deb: Anything else to add? Thanks!!

Tania: Yes, I want to say how thrilled I am that you asked me to participate in your Styleblazer Series. I am still in the newbie phase, so I appreciate you taking a chance on me. I am honored to be among the other fabulous ladies who have gone before me.

Deb: The pleasure is all mine, Tania. Ladies, visit @50 Is Not Old, on IG where she shares her everyday style and tips on fashion, beauty, shopping, and more.

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21 thoughts on “Meet this Modern Nana Who Says 50 Is Not Old!

    1. I love every look on Tania! I am 55 and still trying to find “my style.” I want every outfit she has! I can’t wait to read more of her blog!

  1. I love almost every look here and feel to add color! I just turned 50 and am feeling so ‘fashion-challenged’ that I can use all the help I can get! Thank you for sharing so many great looks to copy.

  2. I think she looks fantastic. She doesn’t look like she’s trying too hard. The styles are pretty casual, but that’s what fits her life. I’m inspired by her use of color and her joie de vivre.

  3. I love that Tania is not afraid of color. So many over 50 women get in the black, gray, and white rut. It is refreshing to see color.

  4. Sorry but I feel like she’s trying too hard. My co-workers here with me (they’re a lot younger, so I love their opinion!) said the same thing. Too m ch going on with her looks. You d don’t know where to look first. There s something to be said for the understated look (think Coco, Audrey, Victoria Beckham). Not being judged, just my 2 cents worth. :-)

    1. Hey Kit,
      Agree with you. I, too, thought a little dose of elegance was missing here. It looks fun, though. And she enjoys it, so that in itself – well done!
      Haniya

  5. I love Tania’s spirit and style – she’s a great cheerleader and encourager for her fellow sojourners!

  6. I love Tanya’s style and her use of color!!! I’m almost fifty but feel and look younger and want to stay that way! Her blog has given me many ideas to work with. I also love that she doesn’t have to spend much money on her clothes!

  7. Hello ladies,
    What a beautiful lady! I did not care for the choice of clothes here, find it all too casual. I believe a bit of elegance would be good.

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