Why Iris Apfel Thinks This 'Whole Fashion Business is Wacky'

The indomitable Iris Apfel, who just revealed that she was donating a huge chunk of her wardrobe to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, was out and about at a Sotheby's event earlier this week. As she is wont to do, she regaled her audience with some opinions about being fashionable as you get older. And as usual, they are true gems of wisdom.
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The indomitable Iris Apfel, who just revealed that she was donating a huge chunk of her wardrobe to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, was out and about at a Sotheby's event earlier this week. As she is wont to do, she regaled her audience with some opinions about being fashionable as you get older. And as usual, they are true gems of wisdom.
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The indomitable Iris Apfel, who just revealed that she was donating a huge chunk of her wardrobe to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, was out and about at a Sotheby's event earlier this week. As she is wont to do, she regaled her audience with some opinions about being fashionable as you get older. And as usual, they are true gems of wisdom.

According to Page Six, she told the crowd it's tough to shop at her age:

“The whole fashion business is wacky because this age group of women between 65 and 80 control so much money, they have all this expendable income. You go shopping and there is nothing to buy. You’re not supposed to buy widow’s weeds when you get older and you don’t want to look like a silly young chippy. It’s difficult.”

And what's the most challenging item to find? Sleeves. According to the nonagenarian, it's a real problem finding clothes that cover your arms. “This year, fortunately, I’m told there are a few dresses on the market with sleeves," Apfel said. "I used to say, if I had the time I would open a shop on Madison Avenue called Sleeves.”

But surely there must be some good things about getting older, right?

“You don’t have to worry about how you look in a bikini.”