Inspired By: Iris Apfel & A Nordstrom Giveaway!

March 17, 2020

For the second post in my “Inspired By:” series in honor of Women’s History Month, I’m I’m sharing a post inspired by Iris Apfel. Check out my first post if you missed it; Inspired By: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!

Have you heard of Iris Apfel? Iris is a 98 year old fashion icon. Yes, you read that right, ninety-eight. Iris began her career working for Women’s Wear Daily before transitioning into interior design and running a design company with her late husband. Their textile company became hugely successful – so much so that she oversaw design renovation projects for the White House under nine, yes 9, different US Presidents!

fashion blogger legallee blonde inspired by iris apfel

floral blouse // tie waist pants // crystal headpiece // heels

Iris Apfel was known in the design world (and socialite world from what I understand!) but that was it until 2016. In 2016 she was in a commercial and things in the media really took off for her from there. Last year, at the age of 97 years old, she signed a contract with one of the world’s biggest modelling agencies; IMG. This makes her one of the oldest fashion models out there.

I find this so inspiring for a couple of reasons. First, I LOVE that she is the perfect example of the idiom “you’re never too old!” She began her modelling career in her 90’s for crying out old. Whenever I feel like my best is behind me or feel like I’ve  settled into my life, I remind myself of this. You may find yourself getting older or feeling like new adventures are behind you, but Iris Apfel is an excellent reminder that you can do new things, you can have crazy new experiences, at literally any age.

Second, I find Iris Apfel and her late-blooming career inspiring because it is a true reminder that beauty is not defined by youth.

Finally, I find Iris inspiring because she owns her sense of style. She has a bold sense of fashion and she is not afraid to love that and rock it daily. Which brings me to the next part of my Inspired By series – how my outfit is inspired by the woman I’m talking about!

fashion bloger inspired by iris apfel

outfit inspired by iris apfel

Iris Apfel’s style can only be described as bold. She loves color and texture ( so. many. feather. pieces) and she loves bold accessories. Her signature item is her bold round glasses (she has a ton of colors) but she loves other accessories like scarves and boas almost as much. This crystal jewel headpiece, therefore, seemed like something she would totally love! I love this unique piece too and think it would be perfect for a summer outfit – especially for a festival / concert look! It would also be a really cool piece to wear for a bachelorette!

As far as the rest of my look, I feel like Iris would love the floral print of this blouse – given that she is the queen of prints! I can’t recommend this blouse enough for spring/summer. I’ll be wearing it a ton! My dramatic tie waist pants are one of my favorite spring purchases. I have them from last season in camel but just love this slate blue shade for spring. I’ll be wearing these to the office and on the weekends.

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I hope you find some inspiration in the one and only Iris Apfel and I hope you love this bold spring outfit!! Be sure to come back on Thursday for the next post in my Inspired By series!

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32 comments so far.

32 responses to “Inspired By: Iris Apfel & A Nordstrom Giveaway!”

  1. jenniferpickering22gmailcom says:

    I love your top!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  2. Maureen says:

    You nailed this look! You look beautiful and I truly love how every detail came together.

    Maureen |

  3. Lizzie says:

    That top is so pretty! I love how you styled this entire outfit. So pretty!


  4. Rachel says:

    This series is SO fun! I am absolutely smitten with this outfit, too. The floral top is gorgeous.


    • Lee says:

      Thank you so much Rachel, it’s been really fun to come up with a list of women I want to talk about! And thank you! The top also comes in a dress and t-shirt style – i highly recommend any of them, the print is just too good!!

  5. ahhh Iris Apfel is definitely an ICON! I love the tribute here, especially the headpiece. it looks amazing.

    xx rebecca //

    • Lee says:

      She’s so cool right!! And isn’t the headpiece so fun?! I saw it and KNEW i needed to have it, even though I had no idea where I would wear it haha. I’ve now worn it three times (for this, while on vacay in Mexico, and at a bachelorette!)

  6. That floral top and pant combo is everything! Love it! xoxo, Sarah

  7. You look amazing! This top was 100% made for you! I love how you styled it!

    xo Laura Leigh

  8. Stephanie says:

    All you’re missing is her signature thick-rimmed glasses hehe! I love this look and the ode to Iris. She’s a force to be reckoned with and she’s got such a bold sense of style. I love the whimsy and fun creativity of your look and how you dedicated this post to her!

  9. Rach says:

    This look is so cute! How fun is that headpiece!

  10. darleenmeier says:

    Oh Yes! Love Iris! I read her biography. Also, I mean… she made round black glasses SO fashionable. Love the top and that headpiece!

  11. Em says:

    such a fun, colorful outfit

  12. Greta says:

    I love this floral top! H&M’s spring collection is so fun. I also am so inspired by Iris Apfel!

  13. Carolsue says:

    Can you correct this for me? I followed Danielle Gervino on Facebook, but I put the wrong name. It should be Carolsue Anderson and not @Cezovski9
    digicats @

  14. Ritz says:

    Fabulous! I love the whole look!

  15. I love everything about this outfit! The headpiece is beautiful and unique. The cut of the top is so feminine and such a pretty print to boot. And the pants are such a lovely shade of blue. Now I need to go read more about Iris Apfel!


    • Lee says:

      Thank you so much Michelle! The headpiece is such a cool statement eh! I love how unique it is. She is such an inspiring woman, you can check out her instagram account which is amazing!

  16. Jamaria says:

    You look so pretty! I love your top! Xo

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