Nov 6

Vintage Jewels

Jewelry can often make or break an outfit. You simply can’t go wrong with a vintage piece! Just like our swaggin seniors, vintage jewels get even better with age!


1840: English Victorian 18-karat gold ear pendants with turquoise stones,  $10,000


1860: French Napoleon III 18-karat gold bracelet with 20 old mine-cut diamonds and 168 natural freshwater pearls, $25,000


1890: Art Nouveau 18-karat gold pendant necklace features 140 old European-cut diamonds, 25 round-cut rubies, 5 round-cut emeralds, and a freshwater pearl drop for $25,000


1895: Art Nouveau 18-karat gold ring with two heart-shaped opals, joined by a garnet between each of the peach enamel wings, and rose-cut diamond accents, $10,000


1900: Art Nouveau 18-karat gold ring depicts two bears walking side by side in relief, $5,000


1900: Marcus & Co., American Art Nouveau 18-karat gold ring features a cushion-cut sapphire and 27 old European-cut diamonds, $100,000 


1916: English, Edwardian, 18-karat gold link necklace, $10,000


1920: Art Deco pendant earrings feature 4 round and 2 teardrop coral beads and 62 rose-cut diamonds, which are accented with black enamel, $25,000


1920: Cartier, French Art Deco platinum, diamond, and natural pearl sautoir signed Cartier Paris with an emerald and diamond pendant marked Mauboussin, $150,000 


1950: Mid Century Tiffany & Co. 18-karat bracelet features rubies and diamonds for $100,000


1950: Cartier, French Mid-Century platinum ear pendants feature 20 pear-shape blue sapphires, 20 round-cut diamonds, and 112 baguette diamonds, $150,000


1960: Bailey Banks & Biddle, American Mid-Century 18 karat gold bracelet-watch with 36 round-cut diamonds and 35 turquoise cabochon, $25,000


1970: Tiffany & Co., American 18 karat gold earrings featuring a positive/negative black enamel oval motif, $5,000

I hope we all get the opportunity to collect some of these amazing jewels!

Antique and vintage jewelry can be found at: The Vintage Frames Company and Dope Couture, both of these carry a ton of vintage designer jewelry—celebrities shop here! You can also shop on Ebay . There are reputable sellers here, you just need to do your research and check their feedback before making a purchase!

Before you buy: Do your research! Know your brands, their signature markings, and look for a manufacturing location or certificate of authentication.

Pay attention to the condition of what you are buying. Worn plating, missing parts, and chipped or scratched enamel lower the value of the piece (even if its Chanel!)

-Wendy A.

Older Styles of the Young Stars

The detailed styles displayed by the the younger generation of stars nowadays are very inspired by older trends from past generations more now than ever. Take a look at some of the stars that reflect the styles of fashion history and recreate them with modern looks. In fashion, we are constantly reminded of the amazing styles from the past, here is a look of younger celebrities of how they are inspired by older looks and reinvent them with modern touches. 

Bruno Mars:

The American pop singer Bruno Mars has reinvented the look of the 1950’s with his slick, big hair style. Mars recreates the classic, dark and edgy 1950’s men’s look by adding cool accents like ray ban sunglasses and top hats. His hair style reflects the looks of James Dean and Elvis Pressley. 

Bruno Mars 2012

James Dean 1954 

Bruno Mars 2012

Elvis Presley 1957

The American female  stars of today are especially influenced by the retro and rockabilly styles of the 1950’s. Actresss from Lucielle Ball, Betty Paige and to Betty Garble, these women of the 1950’s still have a huge effect on the styles of today. The classic make-up styles, such as the thick black cat eye, red sultry lips, and exaggerated beauty marks are what classify the gorgeous style of the pin up doll fashion. The short, thick bangs, slick up-do’s, victory rolls and curly hair styles were and still are a major go to for hair styles, especially in high fashion. 

Dita Von Teese 2012

Bette Paige 1959

Katy Perry 2012

Lucielle Ball 1957

Christina Aguilera 2010

Betty Grable 1950

by: Stacy Robinson 

We’re Mixing and Mashing Silhouettes from the Past



Flora Nikrooz Fall 2012

The old Hollywood films and their femme-fatale stars never dimmed, and nor does its current awe-inspiring lingerie. We learned from the last post that at this point in fashion, the silhouette included a dropped waistline and the liberation and risk for women at this time to want to show a little bit more skin, and the vamps of the 1920s really capitalized on that.

1940’s and 1950’s

Calvin Klein Fall 2012

Haider Ackermann Spring 2013

These images resemble the late 1940’s and 1950s’ famous cinched waists. At this point in fashion, a woman’s real waist was emphasized.


Moschino Spring 2013

Anna Sui Fall 2012

Next up is 1960’s mod, with bold, graphic patterns and retro shapes. None can help but to remember Twiggy as the poster model for this period.


10 Crosby Derek Lam Fall 2012

The 1970’s involved the tail end of the hippie era and a greater influence of disco within fashion.


Balenciaga Fall 2012

Mugler Fall 2012

The 1980’s are very well known for having produced dramatic shoulders and waistlines along with eccentric colors and patterns.

The current trends on the runway from this season and the last have incorporated the silhouettes and various elements from the past century. It is interesting to see that the current trends on the runways are that there is no one style or silhouette favored from any specific decade but that all decades are represented within the current seasons.

 by: Sarah Andrade


Who’s up for a small dose of nostalgia?

This week we’re going to take a look back at the fashions that today’s swaggin seniors donned through the years! From the rising hemline of the 20s, to the full skirt of the 50s, and the shoulder pads of the 80s, its always fun to see how fashion continuously evolves!

Today’s seniors fall into one of three generations: the GI Generation, the Silent Generation, or the Baby Boomer generation! Each generation has unique characteristics that shaped their attitudes, values, and form of dress. So ladies put on your brightest red lip and gentlemen don’t forget your Member’s Only jacket for our stroll down memory lane! 

GI Generation (born 1901-1926)

            Children of the WWI generation,  fought in WWII (1939-1945)

                Lived through the Great Depression

            Mentality: Avoid debt! Save and buy with cash.

Ages 22-42 between 1925 & 1942

20s: Flapper Era

Women began to liberate themselves from constricting clothes. Dresses were made to fit close to the body in order to emphasize youthful elegance. Hems were cut to the knee and waistlines disappeared almost entirely. Red lips, boucle hats, and bobbed hair completed a woman’s look.

30s: Great Depression [WWII (1939-1945)]

Skirts became longer and the natural waistline became more important.


Silent Generation (born 1927- 1945)

            Saw the end of WWII, lived in postwar America

Korean War (1950-1953) and Vietnam War (1960-1975)

            Described as disciplined, self-sacrificing, & cautious.

Ages 22-42 between 1943 & 1960

40s: WWII (1939-1945)

During the war material for clothing was severely rationed; drabness and uniformity in clothing were accepted embraced.

Late 40s

Women grew tired of the limitations in clothing, they longed for elegance and luxury that had been suppressed because of the war. Clothing styles emphasized rounded shoulders, full skirts, and narrow waists. Garments were often lined with luxurious, expensive fabrics, and ornate accessories became necessary items. 

Christian Dior!

50s: The New Look

Baby Boomers: Leading-Edge Baby Boomers (born 1946-1955)

Came of age during civil rights, the Vietnam War, and Watergate.

Values include environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and making a difference or creating a legacy.

 Ages 22-42 between 1961 & 1983

Youth throughout the Western world began to rebel against traditional clothing styles and began to create their own trends; this resulted in a very diverse selection of clothing.






Experimentation dominated style in the 80’s. This was a time when clothing became daring, bold, and fun! Heavy influence came from the explosion in television, movies, and music. From Madonna, Michael Jackson, to Flashdance and Miami Vice, 80’s fashion left no stone unturned!

As you can probably tell, there are some amazing photos out there! It was difficult to choose which ones to show you (there are tons more styles that I didn’t touch on!) But I hope you all enjoyed the photos as much as I did!

By: Wendy

Oct 9

Scene-ior Stealers of Fashion Week

Monday, Oct 8, 2012

Tis the end of another fabulous fashion week! Although the Spring 2013 runways were full vibrant color, detailed embellishments and one-of-a-kind looks, it was the guests in the front rows, backstage, and streets that stole the scene. From the juniors of the fashion world to the seniors, everyone came with their swagger, especially the seniors. Fashionable actors, designers, and editors such as Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone and Anna Dello Russo were spotted at the fashion weeks of New York, Milan and Paris. I was inspired by particular looks from each city where fashions weeks occurred; from New York to Paris, each metropolis displayed original styles brought by the senior community.  Here are some of the looks from the best fashions from all over the world that I found to be inspirational and swaagin. 

Joan Burstein

Joan is sitting front row at the Spring 2013 Dries Van Norten fashion show in Paris. Burstein is the owner of the London based store called Browns. Browns has been a famous store since its’ opening in 1970. 

Michael Douglas (left), Catherine-Zeta Jones (right)

The American actor Michael Douglas, here with his fashionable wife, Catherine-Zeta Jones, sit front row at Michael Kors Spring 2013 fashion show in New York. 

Sharon Stone (middle)

Here is Sharon Stone backstage at the Fendi Spring 2013 fashion how in Milan. At the age of 54, Stone flaunts her impeccable style. I love her gorgeous shoes and I admire her confidence. 

Anna Dello Russo

Backstage at the Balenciaga Spring 2013 fashion show in Paris, editor Anna Dello Russo looks admiringly polished with her Balenciaga ensemble and color blocking attributes. 

George Cortina 

The street styles of the attendees of Paris fashion week were my favorite styles. Here, fashion editor/stylist George Cortina poses before attending the Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 fashion show is Paris. 

Robert Rabensteiner

Front row at the Paris Dries Van Norten Spring 2013 fashion show, sits fashion editor Robert Rabensteiner. His retro glasses and striped jacket were one of my favorite pieces scene at Paris fashion week. 

Franca Sozzani 

Franca Sozanni, editor-in-chief of Italian Vogue, sits front row at the Paris Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 fashion show. I love her combination of long, natural blonde locks, color blocking top and chic leopard flats.

Here are some amazing street styles of fashion week from the New York, Milan and Paris that I found to be inspirational and one of a kind styles. 

by: Stacy Robinson 

Oct 2

The Earliest Most Fashionable Films


This was Paramount Pictures’ 1930 silent film, Morocco. What made this film so unique was the fact that it was Marlene Dietrich’s first American film and the first time on the big screen in menswear. Which was big in the 1930s when women were going for a more softer, feminine style replacing the boyish flapper look of the 1920s.

The Awful Truth

This 1937 film included Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, and Ralph Bellamy. The Awful Truth was a screwball comedy where Irene Dunne was in a class on her own when it came to comedy and fashion. Robert Mero Kalloch, who was the chief dress designer for Columbia Pictures in the 1930s as well as a trendsetter in the world of fashion at that time, designed Dunne’s gowns. His work was credited as, ‘Gowns by Kalloch’ and a few of the films he designed the wardrobe for were: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), For Me and My Gal (1942) to name a few. He also specially designed the wardrobe for Look Magazine’s “Best Dressed Girl in Hollywood” of the 1940s, Rita Hayworth.

The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story in 1940 involved Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart. This film was about a wealthy socialite (Hepburn) and the three men that love her, yet only one wins her hand in marriage. But the real story of this film was the remarkable costume designing of Gilbert Adrian, other wise known as ‘Adrian’. At just 25 years old, Adrian was head fashion designer for MGM on over 200 films as well as helping transform Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Judy Garland and Greta Garbo into Hollywood Legends.

Rebel Without a Cause

Rebel Without a Cause was a 1955 film with James Dean and Natalie Wood about a boy with a troubled past who moves to a new city and meets new friends and enemies. The fashion and iconic wardrobe presented in this film is what makes it so notable. Nothing embodies the rebellion and defiance of the teenagers of the 1950s than the wardrobe of James Dean in this film. 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

When you think of Audrey Hepburn as a style icon her role in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s is what comes to mind. Hepburn in the little black dress, with the oversized shades, the amazing jewelry, her coffee, and pastry at dawn, staring into the Tiffany’s window.

The Godfather

This film is one of the most infamous mob movies of all time. It’s The Godfather (1972) with Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and James Caan. Costume designer Anna Hill Johnstone did an astounding job with Michael Corleone’s (Pacino) transformation from the youngest son, clean of the family’s business into the underworld lord and his dramatic change in wardrobe.

The Great Gatsby

Theoni V. Aldredge won an Oscar for her costuming in this film The Great Gatsby (1974). Ralph Lauren also won acclaim for all the suits he fashioned for the actors. Colors played a very big role in this film, white cable knits, beaded sheaths, crisp oxfords and that pale pink suit worn by Robert Redford.

Five Over Fifty

          This week I decided to go on a search for local stylish seniors. I arrived at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA and sat near what I coined: “The Watering Hole.”

A perfect place to scope out seniors!

A perfect place to scope out seniors!

It is located in front of Macy’s, at the entrance of the Nordstrom’s wing, a place where people are likely to pass on their way to Louis Vuitton, Hermes, or the third level.

At first I was spotting a lot of the usual attire:



And then…



The Doors tee is what caught my eye and then I realized how old he probably was —I had to snap a photo! Christopher Nguyen will be 64 next month.

Style: Comfortable/casual. He usually shops at GAP for basic bottoms and looks to his personal collection of band tee shirts for the rest. To top of his outfit he wears a fedora or newsboy cap. His style was refreshing!


Ok, I couldn’t decide if I her style was fab or bad —you decide:



Her tee could stand to be a couple sizes smaller but you have to love her for not being afraid of color!

I loved her daring blonde hair, bright pink lipstick, and her tee shirt. She declined to give her age but apparently she loves Louis Vuitton because later on I spotted her as she made her way out with a few bags!


And now, my absolute favorite find of the day:


Leaving Louis Vuitton & on their way to Brooks Brothers


Aren’t they unbelievably adorable?

Meet Georg and Ada Kiefer. Ada keeps herself in-the-know by chatting about fashion with her granddaughters! Her staple item is a neutral designer handbag, because it is durable and will match most any outfit.


I had several people decline to have their picture taken. (I know —I was shocked too!)

One of these people was a man with amazing style. After searching long and hard for a photo similar to what he wore, I found it!



He was daring enough to wear white denim! He wore a burgundy bow tie instead of a scarf, a printed pocket square, and his shoes looked like this:

When I caught him he was on his way to Bloomingdale’s. He described his style as classic. He confessed that his wife deserves most of the credit for how much his style has evolved. Hats off to her! 


Something else I noticed while senior-watching:

Stylish canes!



This woman declined but I managed to snap a photo as she made her getaway. You can’t tell but her cane has a blue floral pattern that matches the color in her top.

More examples:



Next time you make your way through Nordstrom’s beauty counters, look around, there are a lot of seniors in the crowd!



I asked one of the consultants what brands were most popular with older women:

Chanel for their anti-aging foundations and skincare, Bobbi Brown for their SPF foundation, and Chantecallie for their creams & serum!

I had such a great time searching for stylish seniors and I hope you enjoyed what I found!

By: Wendy Ayala

A Look Back Into Time: Mad Men Style

Sept. 17, 2012

This past weekend, I was invited to a “Mad Men” themed party. Everyone was to dress as if we were in 1960, the era in which the hit show Mad Men takes place. As I did my research,I attempted to master the look of characters in the show; either Betty Francis or Joan Harris. By watching the show and doing my research, I noticed characteristics of women’s dress in 1960. Glamourous dresses, big hair, figure flattering attire, bright lipstick,  voluptuous figures, cigarette smoking, modesty, and feminine etiquette. As for the men, their business attire was ALWAYS consisted of a suit, slick back hair, clean shaved face, masculine etiquette, considered the bread winner of the family. I must say, dressing like a 1960’s woman was quite an experience; I was kind of uncomfortable in my tight fitting clothing and high heels, although it was a very fun affair. I can’t imagine having to look this way all the time, like women did back then. but I admire the style and innocence it brought to women’s style. I was immediately inspired to write about this party for our Senior Swag blog; which represents our old fashioned style, how the older generation came from this era, that we consider swaggin’ seniors of today! Can’t have senior swag without a little history.  

1960 Women’s Up-do. Exaggerated curls are popular in the show. I attempted to master the retro curl on the side of my head to master her look below.


Big, voluminous hair was very stylish. My friend Kathy, mastered the similar “beehive” look for the Mad Men party below. 

Men’s 1960 Business Attire. The Men of the show all wear business suits, for they work at a large advertising agency in Manhattan. Their is slicked back or to one side. They never usually had facial hair, if they did it was minimal. The three piece suit was required in the work place: jacket, trousers, and a tie. My friend John mastered the look and added black frames. 

Mad Men = 1960’s

By: Stacy Robinson 

Fashion’s 50+ Style Icons

At 50, Anna Dello Russo is the fashion director and editor-at-large for Japanese Vogue. She recently collaborated with H&M and her pieces will hit their stores October 4th of this year.

At 57, Carine Roitfeld is the editor-in-chief of her own magazine, CR Fashion-Book. She resigned in January of 2011 as editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris to concentrate on this personal project.

At 63, Anna Wintour is the editor-in-chief of the US edition of Vogue, and was the focus of the documentary, The September Issue.

At 71, Patricia Field is a New York stylist who worked on shows such as Sex and the City, Ugly Betty, and The Devil Wears Prada to name a few. She is an Emmy Award winning film and costume designer as well as owning her own boutique and label.

At 81, Carmen Dell’ Orefice is a New York native model and actress. She is the world’s oldest working model and has been modeling ever since she was on the cover of Vogue when she was 15.

At 90, Iris Apfel is a businesswoman and interior designer. She is an unusually busy woman for her age with many new careers involving a makeup collection with MAC, collaborating on an eyewear collection with Eye-Bobs, and also a collection on the Home Shopping Network to name a few of her recent endeavors.

More inspiration:

by Sarah Andrade

Sep 4

Welcome to the World of Swaggin’ Seniors! 

Here is a preview of a totally unique, fun, and inspiring blog! 

We will cover many topics related to trendy senior citizens’ wardrobe, outlook on fashion, and personal style advise. Follow Sarah, Stacy, and Wendy as we explore the lifestyle and fashion world of swaggin’ seniors.