UPDATE: Judd Apatow's This Is 40 officially makes its debut today, and in honor of the movie we're
pretty very excited about, we're revisiting our own homage to the new 40. These four women — as well as the movie's lead, Leslie Mann — are loyal friends, enterprising businesswomen, cool moms, and — yep! — all over 40. This story was originally published on May 8, 2011.
There's no question, getting older can be a little disconcerting. We all remember turning 18, turning 26, turning 30 and feeling super excited, but also kind of freaked out about not only how far we'd come, but also how much more we needed to accomplish in our lives. Milestones are major moments for reflection, and turning 40 is probably one of the biggies in a woman's life. But these days, the 40-year-old woman sure doesn't look like she used to. Inspired by my best-friend Eden, who's in her mid-40s and seriously eternally ravishing, I began to pay closer attention to what 40 looks like of late. Having recently turned that big corner myself, we decided to go in search of other cool 40-something women to find out what amazing style really means as you get older, how it changes, and, ultimately, how it comes to define you. So, even if you've got a LONG way to go before you reach this pretty awesome precipice, read on to get a look at all the coolness you have to look forward to. Because when it comes to amazing, audacious style, age is nothing but a number.
Introduction by Christene Barberich; Interviews by Connie Wang; Photography by Kava Gorna