Preview: Advanced Style

Having been an occasional reader of Ari Seth Cohen’s blog, Advanced Style, I have been looking forward to the documentary Advanced Style since I first heard that it was being filmed, way back in 2012 or so. Turns out, it’s finally got a release date: September 26, 2014. Ari found an untapped well of inspiration in the look-good-feel-good-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude of older women, a demographic typically overlooked in all areas of our culture. Which is actually kind of a wonderful thing… When no one is paying attention to you, you can do whatever the hell you please with yourself. It’s a liberation I’m fully planning on embracing if I should be so lucky to make it to “a certain age.”

Hell, it’s got it’s appeal even now, though I am fully cognizant of the pressures on a woman in her thirties to conform to some kind of mainstream baseline in terms of fashion. What I wear is a personal marketing campaign. I have to be aware of who I’m portraying myself as when I’m out in the world if I want to be taken seriously. It’s not just a matter of throwing off the expectations of a culture and saying “I’ll wear what I want!” Because, honestly, I need to maintain some kind of professionalism in my clothing or else I run the risk of being blown off.

Also, if I were allowed to wear what I want, I would probably just live in pajamas and a tank top. Not exactly the rallying cry of rebellious fashion, I’ll admit.



About the author

Sarah Lorraine

Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Clothing & Textile Design and a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture, with an emphasis on fashion history. When she’s not caught in paralyzing existential dread, she's drinking craft cocktails and writing about historical costume in film and television. She's been pissing people off on the internet since 1995.