In an age where fashion influencers are a dime a dozen, 64-year-old Lyn Slater stands out from the crowd. Not just because she’s older than most influencers out there, but also for her avant-garde style and devil-may-care attitude.
The Fordham University professor started her blog, Accidental Icon in 2014 to delve into her interests in fashion and as a way to escape the conformity of academic writing that comes with her day job. In her own words, she says, “I started Accidental Icon because I was having trouble finding a fashion blog or magazine that offered an urban, modern, intellectual aesthetic but also spoke to women who live what I call ‘interesting but ordinary lives’ in cities.
“Women (like me) who are not famous or celebrities but are smart, creative, fashion-forward, fit, thoughtful, engaged, related and most importantly clear and comfortable with who they are,” she says on the about page on her blog. If there’s anything that we can take from Slater’s philosophy on life, it’s definitely that age shouldn’t be a barrier to showcase your personality or your fantastic sense of style, regardless of age: