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Dressing for your age – yes or no? Reinvention for every age as told by Iris Apfel.

1 September 2016

We've all heard people say - dress for your age. But what does that really mean?

Of course wearing really short shorts may not be what you'd do in your 40's but there is also the school of thought around throwing it all out the window and being happy.

If there is one woman who really dresses for herself, it's Iris Apfel. Now in her 90's she is the talk of the town and is being featured all over in print ads from Target to Lily Pulitzer - the list goes on and on.

With one of the most impressive (if not the largest) collections of costume jewelry in the world, this is a woman of style and total reinvention. She's even had a documentary done of her .

What do you say about a woman that looks this good (yes, this is recent look with the team at INC)?!!

Let's be honest, Apfel has earned every right to say what she wants, when she wants — and we wouldn't have it any other way. So more power to the reluctant fashion icon for being frank about a burning topic when it comes to the industry: ageism and that oft-used expression, "dressing for your age."

"I think that's stupid," Apfel says about the phrase. "I think [designers are] all entirely too youth-oriented. I think a lot of designers create very expensive clothes for women [in their] 60s and 70s — people who wear them — and they create them for 16- and 18-year-old bodies. The kids can't afford to buy them and the women look like a horse's ass if they put it on. So it's all out of whack."

While she does have a few rules for older women she states in a recent Fashionista interview, "I want you to be happy. I always say it's better to be happy than well dressed. Do your own thing. I don't sit and judge anybody. I don't like rules and regulations"

We feel you Iris! Dress and be happy!

Photo & Make up :Israel Escareño Chong

Hair & Style :Erika Camacho Segura