Week of requests guest post by Andrea Linett: rocker chic, gracefully

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A commenter named EBC makes the following request: “Clothing and accessories for ROACA (Rockers Of A Certain Age). Or those who fantasize about being one.” There is only one person I’d trust to cover this topic, and that is my  friend and sometime collaborator Andrea Linett, whose look has has always had a slight rock chick edge, though in recent years it has become more streamlined and grown-up. And speaking of Ms. Linett, I think it’s pretty damn exciting that she is now, due to popular demand, offering personal styling and shopping services, because she has such an excellent eye, and can size up what makes an outfit work—or just miss—faster and more accurately than anyone I’ve ever met. She’s also a genius at figuring out the most flattering silhouettes for your body. If you’re interested, write to her at [email protected], and prepare to have your wardrobe transformed. OK, I’ll let Andrea take it from here.

Madewell’s biker jacket is completely classic and can be worn (and worn-in) for years.

A boot like this is simple enough for every day, yet has a slight edge to give you a bit of a rock ‘n roll feel.

A vintage rock tee can work if every thing else you’re wearing is put-together—i.e. throw it under a blazer with some nice dark jeans – and don’t go for the new “fake vintage” versions – leave those for the kids!

One stellar neck piece like this provides just enough of a tough edge to a plain tee or white button-down, and has more of an Hermes vibe, which is always good.

Skinny black pants will always work with everything – just go for a super dark twill pair. This one with a slight flare and crop feels more modern than a super skinny pair.

 

A smudgy eye always feels sexy and slightly irreverent  Just keep everything else clean! Guerlain’s also comes in a chic little vial.

I think a studded or biker bag can read young and it’s a little overkill. But I have a soft spot for a motorcycle wallet. Here’s one that’s grown-up and sleek.

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21 Thoughts on Week of requests guest post by Andrea Linett: rocker chic, gracefully
    Jen
    7 Mar 2019
    4:27pm

    Such a great post. Andrea has definitely been a source of style inspiration for me since way back in my early teen, Sassy reading days. And my god, those boots! Can anyone recommend a similar, more affordable pair?

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    Anon
    6 Mar 2019
    2:46pm

    The Ramones. Of course.

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    DDP
    6 Mar 2019
    3:39pm

    Jill Platner bracelets/ necklaces are always rockchicks of a certain age perfect!

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    c.w.
    6 Mar 2019
    4:18pm

    That Madewell jacket is pretty perfect even if you aren’t a rocker. And LOVE Ms. Linett’s blog. (also love this photo of her because she looks so put together and so chic-casual all at the same time)

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    Michele Serchuk
    6 Mar 2019
    9:28pm

    Graceful rocker chic, be still my black & red, downtown heart!

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    Jane
    6 Mar 2019
    10:44pm

    Love Andrea! I think I channel her every morning as I get dressed. Like a cool little sister that can pull it all off effortlessly.

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    sunny
    6 Mar 2019
    11:25pm

    This might be my fave post ever. I’d love to see much more about ROACA — haircuts (I too have a long shag), shoes, more polished versions, accessories, the list is endless!

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      melsybelsy
      7 Mar 2019
      6:46am

      Yes – one thing about getting older for me is hair – dying it (very dark – almost black of course 😉 – but the cut – I want to be hip/rocker ish – not newscaster polished as I get older KWIM?

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    Kate
    6 Mar 2019
    11:22am

    GAAAAAH! My two favorite bloggers collaborating! I think I just wet my pants!

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      D.Morgendorffer
      6 Mar 2019
      2:44pm

      When I saw this, I truly thought this phrase: “They’re crossing the streams!” Then, I remembered Ghostbusters is not actually science. So, I was able to enjoy the post without fears of an exploding marshmallow man.

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        Viajera
        7 Mar 2019
        11:29am

        Daria, is tht you?? la la la la laaaaaa

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      Kathi
      6 Mar 2019
      11:42am

      Me too!!!!!

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        D.Morgendorffer
        6 Mar 2019
        2:52pm

        I’m sorry! I meant to reply below your reply, not above it; I hate disjointing someone’s thread, feels visually rude. I was responding during a needed coffee break, and clearly, the caffeine had not yet entered my system.

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    Liz
    6 Mar 2019
    12:52pm

    Ooh, this is the topic for me. I’m in my mid-40’s and basically live in cut-off band tees and faded black Levi’s with cool green boots and a good, long shaggy hair cut. Vintage band tees are ridiculously expensive, but I still go to shows and buy shirts at them all the time (I just got an awesome Coathangers one). The cut off band tee is a pretty common look for the older LA rocker, so I don’t feel too old for it.

    Also, there are a lot of new and indie designers who do great odes to vintage bands. Rotter and Friends is a good one, though they don’t seem to be making new designs. And Desert Daze, the psych/punk festival in Joshua Tree, has artists that sell classic looking tees you’d swear were vintage for around $20.

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    Sherry Mulhall
    6 Mar 2019
    1:34pm

    Andrea is my idol – and has been forever! Love her blog, and IMHO, this is your best post ever. I guess there are more than a few wanna/be rock stars out there. I collect East/West Musical Instruments Co. jackets from the 70’s and may want to part with 1 or 2 – if anyone is interested..

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    Mary
    6 Mar 2019
    10:33am

    Love Andrea’s picks today – and her blog!

    I’ll be checking out those jeans for sure.

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    Elle
    6 Mar 2019
    10:45am

    I love Andrea’s blog so much and adore the outfit she’s wearing in the pick. But I found these to fall a little flat. She’s done fantastic takes on this very topic on her own blog, though. At any rate, I’d love more ROACA. And – Isabel Marant – adore, can’t afford. What about a look inspired by IM?

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    Sherry Mulhall
    6 Mar 2019
    1:35pm

    Andrea is my idol – and has been forever! Love her blog, and IMHO, this is your best post ever. I guess there are more than a few wanna/be rock stars out there. I collect East/West Musical Instruments Co. jackets from the 70’s

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    Erin
    7 Mar 2019
    8:06am

    Andrea’s styling service is the only thing on my birthday wish list. 🤞❤️

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    EBC
    8 Mar 2019
    10:46pm

    Thanks, Kim! I’m so excited you answered my request and with such excellent choices. What a nice present to receive on International Women’s Day 🙂 Even cooler, that there are other ROACA who have some great suggestions. Wondering if you’ve ever thought of message board for readers to share ideas? xo

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