Meet Joyce Carpati, The Most Stylish Octogenarian In The World

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JoyceCarpatiJoyce Carpati, Opera Singer and Model

When we're older, we can only hope to look as chic as Advanced Style star Joyce Carpati. Seriously.

The fabulous octogenarian takes a "less is more" approach to personal style, though her butterfly-printed blazer begs to differ. She studied opera in Milan in the late '40s, and then came back to New York and took a position as beauty marketing manager at Cosmopolitan. So, she knows a thing or two about beauty — and then some.

We can't help but wonder if we'd look nearly as good as Carpati in a multicolored top, wide-legged pants, long pearl necklace, and statement red shoes — but we've definitely got our fingers crossed. Read on to see why she's our newest style crush.

My style in six words or less:
"Simple elegance — less is more!"

The greatest style lesson I've ever learned: 
"At 16, I studied opera scores in Milan, Italy — year 1949, war-torn Europe — but the Italian women were dressed beautifully in spite of the difficult economic situation. A well-cut, wool-tweed suit; low-heeled oxfords with laces in suede/leather; gloves; simple sweater; and pearls. I will never forget this look, which had never been in NYC. I came home with this and turned heads immediately."

My boldest, summer-style move:
"Lightweight, wide-legged slacks; bright, bright-colored blouse."

My constant source of style inspiration:
"I find inspiration from the young people in fashion. Their experiments in color, shapes, style, lengths, shoes, socks, and hair styles. I watch them everywhere. I love it!!"

The dressing difficulties I've had to overcome:
"I have problems in finding shoes in the colors and shapes I admire that are also comfortable!"

My first major, big-ticket style purchase:
"YSL wool coat dress — billowing sleeves and a huge, flowing skirt."

My style theme song:
"All of Cole Porter’s songs and lyrics are my theme songs. Especially 'Begin the Beguine.'”

My three favorite places to shop:
"Vintage, vintage, vintage in Paris, and Fendi."

If I were 20 years old today:
"I would not dress differently at 80 than at 20, because that is the beauty and meaning of simple elegance – and it works!"

Styled by Laura Pritchard, Hair by Bethany Brill, Makeup by Tiffany Patton

Look 1: Alberto Makali multicolored shirt; Chloé black pants; Thierry Rabotin red shoes; Tag Heuer watch; Samurai necklace; Vintage jewelry.
Look 2: Victor Costa yellow, graphic jacket with black piping; Chloé black pants; Arche black shoes; Vintage jewelry.



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