More is more and less is bore – Iris Apfel
Iris Apfel has become my spiritual animal since I saw her documentary Iris on Netflix. I’ve always knew about her but this documentary gave me a better insight of who she truly is: fierce, fun, and ninety something years old that has not stopped for one second.
Just look at her. Talk about inspiration.
Iris, for those of you who don’t know, is an American icon. First starting off at WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) as an interior designer for Elinor Johnson and working her way through the fashion industry.
Broaches, bangles, fur, prints, colors– that’s all she’s about. With her iconic oversized round glasses and red lipstick, she always ceases to amaze me with her looks and go-to pieces.
Why can’t I be more like Iris?
The answer is, I can. You can. But most of us chooses to go “unseen” and opt for basic pieces. Try to blend with the crowd. Can’t go wrong with black and look chic. But also, it’s easy to go with black and look like just another face amongst the multitude.
In her documentary (I really recommend watching it), she talks about shopping at Loehmann’s, where the owner, who used to watch customers shop, once came up to her and said: “You’re not pretty, and you’ll never be pretty. But, it doesn’t matter. You have something much better. You have style“.
Hell no. That’s basically the 1920’s version of You can try Sears.
But Iris was never bothered by it. She once said she never wants to wake up in the morning with the mindset of dressing to look pretty. She’s expressing herself through her clothes and her style just comes naturally.
So how can we incorporate Iris Apfel’s style everyday?
Think outside the box. Don’t be afraid to wear colors, prints, furs and accessories. If you’re like me and have a bit of struggle to detach from basic colors, start off small. Use key pieces like big necklaces, and earrings.
Have fun with different styles. You won’t be turning heads while wearing a beige cardigan.
I think being interesting is more important than being beautiful – I.A.