You might recognize Las Vegas-based Dorrie Jacobson (80) from her recent feature on The Huffington Post. She has also received plenty of well-deserved praise for her inspiring blog. Dorrie created Senior Style Bible to showcase mature beauty and inspire a more youthful approach to life. Her style is polished, unique and on trend. She is a jeans gal at heart who likes to sport graphic black and white looks as much as she loves to play with colour. Our 5″3″ blogger has an amazing footwear collection and practically lives in sky-high heels. Dorrie also amps up her style factor with an array of fun sunnies and unique statement jewellery pieces. Her sassy short ‘do completes the stylish picture.
“I think my style is sophisticated, but also a bit edgy. It has definitely become trendier over the last five years. I think I take more risks now than I did before. I love skinny jeans and have given myself permission to shop in stores like H&M, Topshop and Forever 21, which all design for a much younger consumer. Once I decided to ignore the styles that magazines were touting as ‘age appropriate’ for women of a certain age, my style immediately became a lot more modern. It seems the older I get, the younger I dress. I now have more fun with fashion.”
A Summer-y all-white outfit becomes extra fresh thanks to the addition of a pair of neon yellow sandals. Dorrie is sporting an oversized knit pullover with dramatic high-low hemline. The asymmetrical hemline provides structure to the oversized silhouette. Pairing the sweater with sleek straight-legged jeans further streamlines the look. The slub knit and scrunched jeans add textural interest, while the column of white creates a long lean line. Dorrie is all about spicing up her outfits with statement accessories and footwear. The bold, ’80s-influenced block-heeled sandals do exactly that. Chunky chandelier earrings, and white and gold framed sunnies complement the look to perfection.
Dorrie’s bright striped batwing-sleeved blouse is the star of the show. The breezy woven fabric collapses back onto the body, which reins in the volume of the wide sleeves with dropped shoulder seams. The open neckline and sheer material add subtle allure. The dark blue jeans pick up the darkest blue in the blouse. The relaxed skinny jean silhouette works well with the volume up top. And just look at Dorrie’s white wedge slides: the colour blocked sides echo her striped top. Such a clever and playful detail! Large silver hoop earrings and a sleek choker necklace with simple lines are the accessories of choice. Coral nail polish and lippie finish off this elegant casual look.
“I love dramatic clothes and tend to go for great big batwing sleeves, capes, and wide-legged pants. Even though I’m quite petite, I gravitate towards styles that are designed for much taller women. I think I’ve been able to carry off those looks by simply ‘thinking tall’ and wearing them with confidence. In my opinion, you can wear anything as long as you wear it with attitude. I’m also a big fan of statement pieces, so I try to incorporate an interesting element into every outfit; that could be a unique piece of jewelry, a hat, or an unusual shoe. I do follow the trends, but I’m not really into the ‘must-have’ pieces of the moment. I prefer to find designs that I know flatter me and make me feel pretty.”
Our blogger is no wallflower, and this vibrant colour combo fits her fun-loving personality to a T. She’s tucked a voluminous popover blouse into tomato red straight-legged jeans. The flowy, silky fabric, wide collar and batwing sleeves add dandy flair, while the white makes the outfit look extra crisp. The wide cuff on the jeans showcases Dorrie’s fab suede sandal booties. I also love how the belt and floral clutch don’t match, but each pick up different colours in her outfit. Eye-catching and modern. Thin gold hoop earrings, a single ring and oversized cobalt sunnies are all that’s needed to finish off the outfit.
An arty and elegant cape look with a clean graphic vibe. Opting for a solid colour and fine-gauge knit does wonders to streamline an unstructured cape on a shorter lass. Keeping the shoulder fairly fitted works well on a narrower shoulder line. The distinct asymmetrical hemline paired with sleek bottoms also helps to keep the volume in check. The combination of tall cream boots that fit nicely on the calf with a form-fitting stretchy midi pencil skirt looks sassy and feminine. A boxy crossbody bag in the same shade of cream adds an extra touch of lightness. Dark brown sunnies echo the colour of Dorrie’s spunky short ‘do.
Now here’s a different take on the maritime look. Stripes are always fun, but it’s the white harem pants that add bucketloads of pizzazz. They’re unusual in that they are more fitted up top and become more voluminous from the thigh down. Daring and cheeky. Tying the blouse at the waist has a camouflaging effect. Wearing a white cami under the see-through top prevents the grinning effect. Pairing the ankle-length trousers with white, high-vamped wedges lengthens the leg line. Neon orange nail polish amps up the fun factor. A big cocktail ring, double hoop earrings and oversized retro sunnies complement the stylish picture.
This knee-length colour blocked coat is one of Dorrie’s wardrobe staples. When you see it up close, it seems to have a woven texture reminiscent of wicker baskets. The big collar and black tipping make it a real statement piece. Here, she’s wearing it over a column of black consisting of a simple tank top tucked into skinny jeans. The gold belt breaks up the expanse of black, and works beautifully with the tan coat. High-heeled black ankle boots with gold zippers add a touch of hard edge. Tucking the jeans into the boots creates a long lean line. The oversized clutch echoes the colour blocked coat and adds more textural interest. An arty gold ring, dangly earrings, and another pair of fun sunnies from Dorrie’s vast collection pull everything together.
I can’t wait to hear what you think of Dorrie’s brilliant outfits and inspiring outlook on life. Let us know in the comments, and have fun browsing the rest of her outfits over at Senior Style Bible. You can also follow her on Pinterest for more visual inspiration.