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The Short Version: Dorrie Jacobson is proof that life doesn’t end at 50. When she turned 80 years old, she started a blog called Senior Style Bible to give styling, dating, and general tips to mature women. In her eyes, a woman’s golden years is a time to shine, and she leads by example, often turning heads with her modern fashion choices. With a down-to-earth tone (and just a hint of spunk), she writes weekly articles about beauty, fashion, lifestyle, and sex from a senior woman’s perspective. Hers is a unique voice on the web advocating on behalf of women who are sometimes overlooked by youth-driven culture. On her blog, Dorrie challenges ageist stereotypes and misconceptions about senior women. From makeovers to safe sex, Senior Style Bible inspires women to live openly, boldly, and beautifully.
At age 80, Dorrie Jacobson found herself starting a new chapter in her life. She had lost her partner to Alzheimer’s in 2014, and she knew she had to make a change, but she didn’t know what to do next. The answer came from her daughter, Jodi, who pointed out that people were always stopping Dorrie to compliment her outfits and sense of style, so why not share those tips with senior women in a blog?
“At that point, I didn’t even know what a blog was,” Dorrie said in our chat with her. But she took her daughter’s suggestion and ran with it. Dorrie supplied the content, Jodi supplied the social media savvy, and now they have nearly 30,000 followers on Senior Style Bible, a blog offering a mature woman’s perspective on modern fashion.
Dorrie, a retired Playboy Bunny, model, and makeup artist, has become a fashion icon for the women reading her blog. She’s used to turning heads in her everyday life and loves showing others how to stay trendy, even as they grow older. For Dorrie, style means more than simply the clothes you wear — it’s the attitude you bring to life.
Senior Style Bible celebrates women over 60, encouraging them to reclaim the fashion and dating world. “With the blog, what started out to be a fun thing has pretty much taken over my life,” Dorrie said. “When you retire, people expect you to put on sneakers and disappear from life, but, of course, that isn’t true.”
Dorrie tackles a wide range of issues important to today’s senior women, including natural sexual desires. With provocatively titled articles like “Senior Sex: When to Say Yes” and “Seniors and Sexuality,” Dorrie explores a topic often ignored by popular culture. Yes, seniors have sex, too. Her candor lets seniors know they aren’t alone and it’s OK to pursue an active dating life.
“There’s no age limit to intimacy and wanting to be loved.” — Dorrie Jacobson, Founder of Senior Style Bible
“A very daring piece,” writes in Grettje, a regular commenter on Senior Style Bible. “You are such a liberal fighter who dares to speak her mind. I admire you.”
Whether you’re interested in playing the field or in finding a companion for life, Senior Style Bible has a fabulous library of dating advice catering to the needs of mature women. To give her readers a nudge in the right direction, Dorrie highlights online dating as an easy way to meet new people and form connections.
“There’s no age limit to intimacy and wanting to be loved,” she said. “Everyone wants to be loved and has sexual needs, whether they admit it or not. So, the dating articles are very popular and get a lot of feedback from readers.”
Her original intent was to be an inspirational voice for senior women, but Dorrie told us she ended up capturing the attention of a diverse audience both young and old. The message of Senior Style Bible seems to strike a chord with women of all ages.
“We do have a lot of young people on our social media,” she said. “Young people often fear growing old, and they find it inspiring to see that it’s not so terrible. I’m out there doing things and dating, so life doesn’t come to an end once you reach 50 or 70 or whatever!”
Senior Style Bible’s Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook channels are full of admirers who enjoy watching Dorrie glamming it up in Las Vegas. Women often comment asking for advice or thanking her for the positive voice of her articles.
“It’s important to feel good about yourself and your looks because then you project confidence,”she told us.
Dorrie is a proud fashionista. “I’ve always been involved in fashion in some way for most of my life,” she explained. Senior Style Bible gives her an outlet to share what she’s learned from her experiences.
We asked her to give us some quick tips to help women, of all ages, put together stunning looks. She’s spent her life mastering the art of fashion and offered three basic recommendations for improving anyone’s closet.
First of all, Dorrie suggested starting off with basic pieces in a solid color and building a wardrobe from there. She favors black clothing: “It’s easy to find pieces that are of good quality in black,” she said.
A good pair of pants, boots, and pumps, plus tank tops and jackets, form the foundation in any fashionable wardrobe, so Dorrie encourages women to make sure they have the basics covered before adding more color and flair.
In her fashion articles, she often points out designers and clothing styles that fit the needs of women over 50.
“Fashion poses a big problem for seniors,” Dorrie said. “The industry simply doesn’t look at us as a market, and they don’t make a lot of clothes that are flattering, current, and modern for senior women, so that’s something I address in my blog.”
Women of a certain age have specific needs in terms of clothing. They need an outfit that showcases their best features, like a slim figure, while providing adequate coverage for less flattering areas. Some women simply aren’t comfortable flashing their arms, and Dorrie said that’s perfectly fine.
“For senior women whose bodies have changed, they might prefer a long sleeve or a little more fullness to their clothing,” she said. “Many of us are no longer a size two, so you have to know your own body and know what flatters you.”
This is Dorrie’s own style. She enjoys adding a bit of a color or an eye-catching accessory to make her outfit more memorable. She calls this final flourish a “wow item” because that’s the reaction it draws from onlookers.
“I like to see heads turn,” she said. “Whether I’m wearing casual clothes or I’m all dressed up, I always add a statement piece to attract attention.”
Dorrie is a proud advocate for stylish seniors around the world. On Senior Style Bible, she speaks openly and knowledgeably about her take on the fashion industry, the dating landscape, and lifestyle issues impacting women over 60. Thousands of readers draw insight and inspiration from her sense of style.
“Style really reflects a lot about you. It shows who you are,” she said. “The way you look and how you carry yourself is all about what you’re wearing.”
For senior women, this can present a challenge, but Dorrie’s expert guidance shows the way to put together trendsetting looks, no matter your age. Senior Style Bible’s beauty tips and dating advice empower women to feel more attractive in their everyday lives.
“Beauty is ageless when worn with an air of confidence,” she writes in her blog. “I’m happy to grow old, as long as I can do it looking great.”