Grace From Grace and Frankie Is My Straight-Up Style Icon
You know how fashion magazines do those style edits of what you "should" be wearing for your age? I'm a total sucker for them. I love how the page for your 20s generally looks something like leopard print hot pants with pink fur paired with a cape, band tee and entirely impractical six-inch spiked heels. How in your 30s it's all athleisure and swish bags for your jammed mum/career/pilates lifestyle, and in your 40s it's things like a "well-cut blazer that will take you anywhere" and investing in a fancy watch (circle of life!). But the page for 60s plus? That's where it's at. Bring on the matching sets, the comfy yet chic shoes and the well-tied scarf. Honestly, that page has always been my happy place.
Because the truth is, I'm a 31 year old with the aesthetic leanings of a 70-something. I thoroughly appreciate the following: a crisp white shirt/wine, adhering to a dress code and the power of a pantsuit (a special big up our chief patron, Hillary Clinton!). So when Grace and Frankie arrived on Netflix, starring the equally indomitable Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (who are 78 and 76 respectively) I was basically in style icon nirvana.
I also know how I want to grow old (surrounded by friends who'll tell me as it is, pouring vodka straight into a watermelon and generally not living how society expects me too . . . and with strong neck scarf game). The show follows two former foes, the impeccably-dressed, tightly-wound Grace and the free-spirited, yam-lube (yes, really) making artist, Frankie, who are thrown together after an unusual happening (no spoilers) and realise that they actually are quite a good friendship match. It celebrates older women and female friendship in a way rarely seen on screen.
As Hilary Weaver wrote of the show in The Cut, "We need to see vibrant older women taking charge of their bodies, refusing to be cast aside and invisible — and leaning on each other along the way."
It's also super stylish. Grace is the kind of woman who never musses her hair, makes the perfect dirty martini and never makes a regrettable wardrobe decision. While I'm definitely more of a Frankie in that I'm kind of free-floating, very messy and faintly afraid of the Grace's of the world, I have long admired the jibe of a well-cut suit and killer pearls. And while I also dig Frankie's collection of colourful caftans and clanking beads, I'll always aspire, perhaps fruitlessly, to be more like Grace — sartorially speaking, anyway.
Here are 10 reasons why.