Lyn Slater: Accidental Icon

There are many stereotypes about the world of fashion and age. For example, that fashion is only for young and skinny girls. Does this mean that fashionable older women are a myth? Lyn Slater can prove otherwise.

She is a professor of sociology and a style icon with a popular Instagram account. By the way, Lyn has nearly a million subscribers. She wears corsets, leather dresses, and sees no reason why she shouldn’t.

Lyn Slater: Accidental Icon

Lyn proves that even in your 60s you can become a popular model. She has always loved to dress unusually and stylishly. However, Lyn never even thought that she could become an example for others until she once visited a fashion show.

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Coming back. I know I’ve been MIA the past couple of weeks. It seems since my birthday my body has been giving me major wake-up calls. I’ve taken it for granted as it’s always been so reliable. At times I’ve been quite careless about what I put in it and what I put on it. Right now it’s saying I need to pay way more attention to its need for nourishment and care. It’s brought me to this good life despite my neglect and now I need to take care of it. My body, the earth and so many people right now are needing nourishment and care. For me the three are interconnected. So I’m slowing down even more.Today I made homemade applesauce and yesterday vegetable barley soup. I wasted not a speck. I had intentional conversations and am thinking of ways to be of use. So I’m coming back but I will never be the same. That’s ok. What are you leaving behind these days? #oldasfuk #goodtrouble #slowliving

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The professor was just passing by, but the photographers thought she was taking part in the event. “They surrounded me, mistaking me for a person from the world of fashion. However, it was a true coincidence, ” — admitted Lyn.

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Loose Woman One of the ways I’ve been moving towards a life that puts people and planet first is writing new “stories” for the clothes I already have. I’ve been having a love affair with slowness. Moving slow heightens my sensuality. I want a soft and gentle touch while also feeling no constraints. Moving slow from home to the outside world calls for transitional clothes. Those that occupy an in-between space. Suitable for your bedroom as well as the street. All the activities that can occur in both spaces. The large open sleeves of a kimono type garment allow movement and feel like you’re taking a deep breath of air. A loose tie is a light touch at the waist. The risk of breasts tumbling out is like a dare. A modern print means you’re here in the present, not nostalgic for the past. So today I feel like a loose woman, one that is no longer firmly in her place. She is ready to be set free. Do you have a garment that makes you feel like a loose woman? #wearnothingnew #oldasfukk

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After this story, the fashionista decided to create an Instagram account about street style, fashion news, and various designers. Now Lyn has more than 700 thousand followers from all over the world who regularly read her fashion blog.

The professor admits that she doesn’t think about her age when choosing outfits. “I think it’s great that there are fewer restrictions in fashion now,” — says Lyn.

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How to survive a heat wave. I must confess I do not do well in hot weather. When it’s hot and we’re out Calvin always has to suffer my complaints. There are frequent stops for cold drinks, we must always cross streets to the shady side and I’m much slower than usual. Give me spring and fall anytime, weather in which I thrive. I actually prefer rainy days to hot ones. Must be my Northern European roots. No matter how well I think I’ve put on sunscreen the tip of my nose always has a sunburn. My makeup even when minimally applied melts. My hair style follows suit and looks as limp as I feel. Now that my hair is longer I am much more open to the idea of hats. I never before now wore hats, not even at the beach. I simply don’t like the look of a hat on me with short hair. This is yet another way my longer hair is offering me more possibilities. I’m willing to entertain wearing a hat in the sun. This one is like having a canopy over your head. It is hand painted fabric on the outside and a lovely blue sky silk inside. I finally relented and put it on when my nose began to burn. I must admit it makes quite a statement. Calvin is eternally grateful to it because while still not enjoying the heat it made me stop complaining for the rest of the day. How do you use clothes to survive a heat wave? #clothingtales #oldasfuk

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After Lyn Slater started blogging, her life changed drastically. Today she finds time not only to teach at the university but also to collaborate with popular fashion brands.


Like many people nowadays, I love to explore new places. My favorite type is slow travelling, when you can really blend in with locals and learn about new cultures and languages. But I think there are also perfect times for enjoying freshly baked pastry, a cup of fragrant coffee, and a good movie in the comfort of your own home. I guess I'm kind of a cultural omnivore, and I watch different types of movies, but the ones about art and food inspire me the most!

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