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Beth Djalali


Beth Djalali, the style blogger behind “Style at a Certain Age,” inspires us with her great outfits on a daily basis. We were eager to know what motivates her and where she gets her style ideas. We think you’ll love what she has to say. 

Beth is wearing Chico’s Black Label Crop Overlay Jumpsuit. Click product name to shop.

Tell us your story

I’m Beth Djalali, and I’m 57 years old. There are so many chapters to my story; the most recent is my style blog. I woke up one day about two years ago and decided “Aha, I’m going to post an outfit of the day, everyday.” I realized there weren’t a lot of women in my age group posting pictures, or sharing their fashion sense, and style tips. My blog is called “Style at a Certain Age.”  The name is a take on the French saying, “Une Femme D’Un Certain Age.”

Q: Where are you from originally?

I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, a city and state that’s smack dab in the middle of the country. And even though I’ve been fortunate enough to have lived all over the world, I’m still a Midwest girl at heart through-and-through. I guess the old saying is true. “You can take the girl out of the Midwest, but you can’t take the Midwest out of the girl.”

Q: What’s your personal style philosophy?

My personal style has always been very simple. For me, simple is better. I love clean, crisp lines that are often borrowed from the boys. I’m never happier than when I’m bopping around town wearing a blazer and a pair of broken-in jeans. If I want to jazz things up, I love to add a pop of color. But I know what types of clothes make me happy, and I reach for them time and again. Because at the end of the day fashion should be FUN.

Q: What inspires your style?

One of the reasons I started the blog was to share what inspires me and find other women my age that were sharing their take on fashion as well. Iron sharpens iron. But my mother and her personal style has certainly inspired me through the years. Growing up, I vividly remember my mom and her sisters regaling us with stories of their childhood and teenage years. They always recounted what they wore in vivid detail. It made such an impression on me—that clothes were more than something that you wore. They conjure up memories.

Beth wears Chico’s Effortless Linen Sina Shirt, and Brigitte Shorts. Click product name to shop.

Q: Why is style ageless?

Style is so much different than fashion. Style is about who you are as an individual and how you present yourself to the world. Fashion is dictated by trends, which are great and have their moment. But then they disappear as quickly as they came. Style remains forever because that’s who you are. It’s an expression of your individuality.

Q: What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would say, “Hey kiddo, life’s a journey, so buckle up and enjoy the ride. And even though you may think you’ve taken a wrong turn now and then, it’s only a detour. Quit worrying about mistakes you might have made. It’s such a waste of time. Instead, embrace life, love it, and enjoy it! Life is the destination.”

Q: What would your younger self think of you now?

She’d probably say, “Hey, aren’t you happy that I listened to Mom and moisturized every day?”

Q: What are you looking forward to?

Family is everything to me. So I’m looking forward to the next chapter with my three boys and my husband by my side. Don’t tell my children, but I’m secretly hoping they’ll get married soon, and our family will begin to expand. I loved being their mom and I know I’ll love having scads of grandchildren all around me. I’m also looking forward to where the blog’s going to take me. And I’ve definitely got another book or two in me—I’d love to write a children’s book.

Q: What else are you working on?

Now that I have more or less a handle on the blog, I’m devoting more time to finishing my second book finally! It’s been on hiatus these past two years, as the blog just came in and took over every spare minute. It’s a mystery. The concept came to me after reading that the black market for art is somewhere in the neighborhood of $6 billion dollars a year. Now that’s a lot of stolen art exchanging hands.

Q: Wow- was it hard to write the book?

Gosh, writing my first book was pretty much the same as starting my blog. I knew absolutely nothing about it! So I signed up for a writers’ workshop. I learned very quickly that if you really want to say something in this world, if you really want to have your original voice, then you have to get beyond what other people think of you. One of the best pieces of advice I received from another writer was: “You’re not a $100 dollar bill. Not everyone is going to like you.” And that’s okay, isn’t it? I think this advice has translated to my style blog, and enabled me to put myself out there without worrying about negative opinions.

It sounds like a real story of perseverance.

If I’ve learned anything these past 57 years, it’s been to persevere. Nothing in life comes easily. You have to roll up your sleeves and work. And if you run into a roadblock try another route. Just because one way didn’t work doesn’t mean another one won’t. Do not give up! Ever.

For more of Beth’s great style, find her at her blog, Style At A Certain Age, and on instagram.

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