It may seem like the world of fashion bloggers is made up of precocious teenagers, trust-funded ingenues, or obsessive layer-ers who dress to prevent dating. Not that we don’t adore Tavi, Jane and Leandra…we just don’t necessarily identify with their sense of style. Perhaps it’s not helpful that we’re not teenagers anymore?
Back when we were just becoming women, there was Sassy Magazine. It was the first glossy for girls looking to be more than just a mini-skirt wearing flirt, and we figured the writers we knew and loved would be just about our age, so we’ve tracked down some old Sassy staffers who’ve started blogging about fashion, function, and other topics that fit us just a little better.
Girls of a Certain Age is written by Kim France, who was a staff writer at Sassy back in the day and went on to launch Lucky magazine and work as its Editor-in-Chief for ten years. She writes “Girls of a certain age wanted to be Tatum O’Neal in Bad News Bears. Or Brooke Shields in Endless Love…Girls of a Certain Age don’t mind calling themselves feminists. They think the whole idea that people are still fighting over whether a woman can be smart and obsess over cute little tops at the same time is as boring as watching a clock tick.”
Articles include tips on dressing for dates in your forties (with suggestions for “skinny-but-not-suffocating” jeans), the best in backpacks and shopping inspiration from abroad.She also posts links to articles and videos that will make you seem more clever at cocktail parties. I won’t tell if you won’t.
Kims’s Sassy compatriot, Christina Kelly, writes more of a blog blog than fashion blog in Fallen Princess, but you’ll feel more en vogue after scrolling through the pages. Well, at the very least, you’ll find life just a little funnier. Just like she did on the pages of Sassy, Miss Kelly would still like you to shut up about dieting and she’ll still give up the goods on celebs, as she does in her recollection of a non-interview with Johnny Depp. We just wish she’d write more often (and include more celebrity tell-alls…this IS the woman who famously interviewed Kurt Cobain and Coutney Love while they were very, very high.
But if the one you miss the most is Ms. Jane Pratt (Editor-in-Chief of Sassy), herself, look no further than XOJane where you’ll find all of the things you loved most about Sassy, slightly re-defined for an older audience…like Makeunders! And Do this Don’ts! And the shamelessly named Fatshion, highlighting amazing fashion finds for plus-size ladies. Perhaps most importantly, you get to catch up with Jane Pratt, the woman who changed the face of women’s magazines and now writes about it from the other side.