75-year-old model shares style tips for staying fashionable at any age

When it comes to staying stylish, age is just a number.

When it comes to staying stylish, age is just a number.

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With age comes wisdom, and—in Carolyn Doelling’s case—a savvy sense of style. The 75-year-old model launched her fashion career after retiring from a career that spanned from banking to philanthropy, and now appears in campaigns for CVS, Athleta and more. Her newfound passion has changed the course of her life—and now she’s on a mission to change the industry.

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“I just want to make sure that after the age of 70, women still have their swagger,” she says. We sat down with Doelling to talk runway-ready style, representation and how to find clothes you love at any age.

Reject societal beauty standards

Despite societal pressures, there’s no fashion rulebook for style after 70. After retiring, Doelling realized that “people have a different outlook on what you can accomplish [after a certain age].” When a boutique in Oakland, California asked her to appear in a social media campaign, she found her next chapter and an opportunity to challenge those preconceived notions. Now, in addition to being in front of the camera, she hopes to bring more representation to runways. “A model should represent the real thing, and I think it’s important that the market at large can see that,” says Doelling, whose next goal is to walk in a show at New York Fashion Week. “I think it would do a lot to defy ageism and to encourage older women to feel more included.”

Pick styles in colors that pop

Brighten up any look with a bold splash of color.

Brighten up any look with a bold splash of color.

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