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A Week of Outfits: Gay Cioffi

Week of Outfits: Gay Cioffi

This year, early childhood educator Gay Cioffi, 66, is retiring from the preschool she has run for the past 38 years in Washington, D.C. “Kids have become my world,” she says. “My style depends on practicality and being able to move, but I still love dressing up.” Here, Gay shows us five outfits she wore in a week…

Week of Outfits: Gay Cioffi

Blouse: Theory. Pants: Theory. Shoes: Nisolo. Watch: Swatch. Fedora: similar. Sunglasses: similar.

“There’s no question that spending my life with children — doing art and music, getting on the floor with them, and dancing — has informed my look. For more than 30 years, I’ve worn a uniform of jeans or leggings with tunics or button-downs, and I tend to wear solid colors so I can throw anything together. And I really love OxiClean. There have been so many times when kids have run up to me and gotten paint all over my clothes.”

Week of Outfits: Gay Cioffi

Dress: Porto, similar. Shoes: Robert Clergerie, similar. Clutch: similar.

“When I was in my twenties, I spent a summer working in New York, and I fell in love with a guy named Mark. When fall came around, we went our separate ways, eventually marrying other people. Decades later, we both found ourselves single again. We became friends on Facebook and the rest is history. Now we’re married. Mark still lives in New York, so we see each other on weekends. Because I’m casual at work, this is my time to wear what I call my ‘weekend clothes.’ When we have friends over for dinner, I will put on jewelry, lipstick and heels — I’m okay with being the most dressed up person at the party.”

Week of Outfits: Gay Cioffi

“Because my clothing tends to be simple, I like to add fun accessories. I always, always wear bracelets and a watch. Ten years ago, my friend mailed me this soda tab clutch because she thought I would like it. Every time I go out with it, someone will say, ‘Oh, I love your bag,’ and then get closer and realize it’s made of soda tabs! It’s a good conversation starter.”

Week of Outfits: Gay Cioffi

Dress: Steven Alan, similar. Jeans: Gap. Loafers: M. Gemi. Purse: Cole Haan.

“I bought this yellow bag from Cole Haan and used it so much that I bought the exact same one in black. The bag is expensive, but I’m okay with spending my money on durable pieces I know I’ll use constantly. I like to do my shopping like I do my cooking — you keep all the basic ingredients in your kitchen forever and then you add some gourmet things every once in a while.”

Week of Outfits: Gay Cioffi

Jacket: Everlane. Blouse: Hope, similar. Pants: Hope. Boots: Nine West, similar.

“Right now I love the stores Porto, Steven Alan and Theory. A lot of my friends shop for pleasure but I don’t. When I find stores that I like, I’ll shop there over and over. I have a closet full of black dresses, and I also love red shoes! They’re a little surprise. Red clothing doesn’t look good with my skin tone, but it doesn’t matter with shoes.”

Week of Outfits: Gay Cioffi

Jumpsuit: Vince, similar. Shoes: Gentle Souls, similar.

“A couple of years ago, we were having a school dance with all the kids. The theme was School of Rock, where people were supposed to come dressed as rock stars. So, I had this idea that a black jumpsuit and a wig would be perfect. Although the jumpsuit started as a costume, I now wear it to parties, out to dinner and sometimes to meetings. I can dress it up or dress it down — it’s incredibly versatile. With maturity, I grew to understand what complements my body. There are lots of things that are hard about getting older, but that’s one of the good things: you really know yourself.”

Thank you so much, Gay!

P.S. More women share their week of outfits.

(Photos by Kate Headley for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Jenn says...

    OMG, their Times story!

  2. Stephanie Moreno says...

    UGHH!!!! I absolutely love this post! I’m 26 but reading about women in different phases of their lives and just how much beauty exists at every stage is so refreshing and exciting. Gay you’re gorgeous and I adore your style.

  3. molly says...

    I loooove her simple, classic, beautiful style!! And so sweet to see an older woman featured. xo

  4. Kim says...

    As a teacher, I absolutely love this woman. You can see the passion in her eyes! Thank you for highlighting such an exuberant woman over 50! We need more of this kind of beautiful. I love her comfy, flexible style. I can see her playing with and teaching children in almost every outfit.

  5. Nicole Brant says...

    Love this! Happy that CoJ shows women of all age ranges, backgrounds & ethnicities.

  6. Loving her confidence when it comes to herself and her style.

  7. Melanie says...

    Great post!! Love the into see features on women over 30. What wonderful, beautiful style

  8. Jasna says...

    Fantastic, loved this! Since first becoming a mother almost six years ago, I noticed that I totally love being in the company of older women (I am 38 and I am talking about women 50+). I’m so interested in what they have to say, how they look, what they eat, how their life was up to that point. Generally, I am interested in their experiences and learning some life lessons.

    I am often joking with my husband that I wouldn’t care if he would leave me for a younger woman, but I would be devastated if he would go with a woman older then me – because I am sure she would be more awesome :-)

  9. Meredith says...

    I love Gay’s style. She is so classy. As an early childhood educator myself, I totally get how she wants to dress up at the weekends when everyone else is dressing down! I do that too.

  10. Maria says...

    Yay! An older woman!! Thank you!!

  11. danielle claudet says...

    I don’t normally comment but I just had to today. LOVE this feature. She looks amazing and I love her style!

  12. I love seeing a teacher for the week of outfits! I’m an elementary school teacher (but currently taking a few years off to stay home with my babies!) and I love seeing stylish yet practical outfits that work when working with young kids. I taught kindergarten and every outfit had to work for sitting on the floor, playing on the playground and paint spills! Also, I love seeing a beautiful woman 40 years older than me whose style I would copy in a heartbeat!

  13. Love this! Would also love to see what a week of outfits would have looked like for her 10, 20, and 30 years ago!

  14. Lisa says...

    She is beautiful, chic, and such an inspiration! Love her!

  15. Marie says...

    Thank you SO MUCH for featuring a beautiful woman past her 30s!!!!! I feel like women become invisible after 40. Gay is beautiful and stylish, and I loved her love story — what an inspiration. Please, please, please, feature more women like her!!!

    • Emily says...

      I agree, Marie! You said everything I wanted to say.

  16. Melody says...

    can i be her when i grow up? she. is. amazing. <3

  17. Betsy Stewart says...

    I loved this post and how it highlighted how her career/stage of life influences her fashion. What about featuring some women living abroad (and how their work or context impacts their outfits)? Like a mix of these posts and the motherhood around the world series.

  18. Lynn says...

    I have such a crush. Can I be Gay when I grow up?

  19. Christina says...

    So incredibly chic!

  20. Liz says...

    yes. dying for a blog featuring women of varying ages or at least 50s, maybe your mother can run one or you can shift yours to women of all ages? i always feel like I’m trying to hard to be young or cool by reading your blog as it feels mostly directed to younger women. i would love to see women aging gracefully and proudly and esp reading their stories. I’ve googled for these and none exist that are for this aesthetic it seems to me.

    • Judy says...

      Kim France’s blog “Girls of a Certain Age” . Love it.

    • jill says...

      @ Judy
      Also check out the blog, That’s Not My Age…

    • Judy says...

      @jill
      Thanks!

  21. Ashlee says...

    I want to be her!

  22. Chelsey says...

    Love this post. I just sent it to my mom who’s the same age as Gay. She has beautiful style!

  23. Sasha says...

    She looks amazing in a jumpsuit! And I loved the article about her wedding.
    Your mom should do a week of outfits, Joanna! I loved her beauty uniform and she always looks so chic in the photos you post of her once in a while.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great idea! i’ll ask her! she’s actually visiting right now :)

  24. Thank you, Gay, for sharing your looks and life. You are an inspiration! And kudos to Jo for knowing just what we need and bringing it again and again.

  25. Lindsey says...

    This may be my favorite week of outfits post yet!! Very inspired by Gay’s style and her outlook on life.

  26. Jennifer Smith says...

    Can I adopt her as my mom, style icon, advice-giver, and more? Please tell me she is taking applications. I need more women mentors in my life, stat. She looks like she would fit the bill and could teach me a thing or two about life!

  27. Cindy Fried says...

    Loved this. I’m 61 and find some websites full of beauty advice and skincare recs from 22 year old models laughable – it’s not the cream darlin’ it’s your 22 year old skin.

    Also loved what she said about spending money on durable pieces. *logs on to Celine website*

    • Erin says...

      Truly laughed out loud at your comment. Even at 30 I already feel my skin changing.

    • E says...

      Also this reminds me of a comment a friend’s dad made. He is warm and loving but also extremely pragmatic and blunt. A coworker of his saw a framed picture of his daughter (my friend) and mentioned how pretty she was. His response? “Well of course she’s attractive, she’s in her 20s.”

    • Angela says...

      Your comment made my day.

  28. JMB says...

    She’s so modern! I love her smart shoe choices. AND…she has a really cool apartment. I agree with the red. I always get a red purse every few years and for some reason it goes with everything. XO

  29. Kelsey says...

    I identify with Gay’s wardrobe perhaps more than any other ‘Week of Outfits’ you’ve posted. I’m 29. Love her!

  30. Michelle says...

    Nothing is more beautiful than knowing yourself. This woman radiates confidence and ease. These are the women we should look up to and admire. Brava!

  31. Alex Messina-Schultheis says...

    What a badass! I love this post so much.

  32. Lauren says...

    This woman is goals. LOVED her story.

  33. Tina says...

    None of the “week of outfit” features has captured my heart as Gay’s. The jumpsuit, the red shoes, the watch and the bracelet, and she works in the same profession…I feel so connected! No more fear of getting older…

  34. Tash says...

    Total style. Loved this one!

  35. Lauren E. says...

    Um, sweetest meet cute ever.

  36. Sharon says...

    Wowowowowoow we need more amazing woman in their 40s 50s and 60s and 70s and 80s…you get my drift. Yay! In my 30s but I think this is so much more rare and therefore more interesting. Thank you Gay!

    • Linsey says...

      Ditto. I’m 32, but LOVED this one!

    • Lauren says...

      same here – 32 but loved this too!

  37. Sally says...

    Love this and kudos to featuring women at any age. She’s very stylish.

  38. Tori says...

    As a young twenty-something, this was my favorite week of outfits yet. She is gorgeous and stylish! And wow, what an interesting life and love story (Via the link to the NYT article). Thanks for sharing!

  39. Ellen says...

    Love everything single thing about this post (including the story – oh, my heart!). I’m in my 30s and aspire to have a grey bob (maybe with bangs!) when I’m older. I’d love to see a post about how to get there…I currently highlight my brown hair and I can’t imagine just letting it go grey without doing any upkeep (it seems like it would take YEARS of looking terrible before it finally got better). I’d love to know how to ease into it with the help of a stylist. Tips, please!

    • Barbara says...

      Yes! I’m also in my 30s and have always admired women with grey bobs (they always seem to be so graceful, confident, and chic), but wonder how that transition happens!

    • I loved this story and her wedding story is also very romantic. I just turned 39 and stopped dyeing my brown hair a few years ago. My stylist helped me transition with carefully placed highlights, and now I just get an allover clear glaze to add shine. I’m not completely grey, but definitely have grey streaks in front. I’ve found it very liberating. Hair color is more fun and creative than when I was in my teens and 20s, and I didn’t want to get caught in the trap of dyeing my hair every few weeks until I literally die.

    • Alli says...

      My mother-in-law recently decided to let her hair transition to her natural grey color, and I just saw it for the first time after about six months of not seeing each other (we live on opposite coasts). It looks GREAT, and here is how she did it: she transitioned from getting it professionally dyed or highlighted (not sure which she was doing), to dying it from a box, at home, that slowly washed out. So… over a few years the “roots” totally grew out but she was still dying them with temporary dye, which, a few months ago, she stopped using. The color slowly faded away/washed out, and she didn’t have any awkward roots. It totally worked for her and made sense after she explained her process to me!

    • Adding my two cents about giving up color to cover your grey. Talk to a stylist who can help you ease away via highlights. I gave up color when I was 44 and I am now 49…..I have some pretty good Cruella deVille streaks and won’t mind more. No regrets!

  40. Maria says...

    What an inspirational woman!!! <3

  41. Lisa says...

    So love her style! And the soda pull handbag, and the love story … what a great post

  42. Melissa says...

    Well isn’t she just the cutest!

  43. Sonja says...

    Goals! The style is inspiring but so is the continued zest for life.

  44. Oh my gosh, what a dame! She seems so lovely. Her style is incredible. It feels, at once, effortless and polished!

  45. Kathy says...

    Nailed it on this one! Beautiful!

  46. Morgan says...

    Classy and graceful. Refreshing.

  47. Sarah says...

    What a gorgeous piece! It’s clear this beautiful woman has a vibrant, artistic inside to match her stunning outside! You’re rockin’ it, Gay!

  48. Elisabeth says...

    Style goals, life goals! Gay, you’re an inspiration!

  49. Allison says...

    Love this! Thank you for continuing to spotlight women of varying sizes, backgrounds, and ages. Gay’s style is fantastic, too.

  50. Lou says...

    I swear sometimes you read my mind! We have just moved house this week (back to NY after 5 years in the UK) and as I unpack my clothes I just don’t relate to a lot of them, the body can change so much mid 40’s and I’m struggling to adjust. I logged on to search for some inspiration and this has definitely helped. Love her graceful yet modern style.

  51. lydia says...

    beauty regime please!

  52. Kate says...

    I can’t WAIT to be in my 60’s. She is magnificent.

  53. Melanie says...

    This is my most FAVORITE from this series. Please continue to feature women of wisdom!!!

    • Sabrina Izaguirre says...

      So true!!! Always an awesome job with these post. Love the variety of women.

    • Nicole says...

      If you’re not already, you should follow Advanced Style. I love the variation CoJ has with this series. Advanced Style gives you all the wisdom and authenticity you can handle. It also leaves you aspiring to live that authenticity your entire life.

  54. LOVE this! Especially as a former preschool teacher and now a mom, I go for function + style too! Also, the story of her marriage is so sweet. I love the diversity of women that are popping up here.

  55. Melody says...

    Is it weird that at 27 I want to dress like a 66 year old?
    Ha,
    I love this woman and her wardrobe. Definitely taking some styling tips :)
    P.S. I also love red shoes. They are so fun.

    • jen says...

      I still mourn the loss of a pair of red suede heels in the 90s; they were beautiful and comfortable and four inches high! (dog chewed one of them up.)

    • Lauren E. says...

      I think the appeal here (at least for me) is that her style is classic! You wouldn’t look out of place in any of these outfits at 27, 37, 47, 57…

    • Angela says...

      I agree with Lauren E.- the key to looking fabulous your whole life is to selectively follow trends…classic is classic for a reason.

  56. Emme says...

    I adore her style. Best Week of Outfits yet!

  57. Bethany says...

    This is amazing. I love her. I want to dress like her.

    You guys need to feature my mom. Her style is amazing (but very different from my style, and Gay’s). I thought of her quite a few times reading this!

  58. Liz says...

    More older women like Gay, please!

    I’m 39 right now, but I find myself desperate for women to look up to as I think about what I want my life to be like 10, 20, 30 years down the road. It’s as if aspirational stories of women disappear from the media once we get past a certain age – and as a result, I find real women’s lives in their 50s/60s/70s a bit of a mystery.

    She’s so inspiring – and I love that she and her husband live apart. I hope to feel that free in my life choices someday.

    • lydia says...

      i agree 100% i turned 41 this year and i feel like we’re in the strange flux with clothes, our bodies, haircuts everything. i wish more 50-70 year olds would talk about life a little more freely.

    • Gen says...

      Hear hear. 42 and really just tapping into what it means to age as a woman. I don’t live near my extended family so I don’t get all that aunt-widsom I should be getting. Also in general women “of a certain age” are stifled/forgotten/looked past. We are turning into them! We need to know how to do it! I always enjoy when a comment pops up here among the “I just had a baby”s that’s like, hey my kids are 30 and here’s my take. More please!

    • Amy says...

      Yes – more older perspectives please!! I have a lovely mother-in-law and mom and the older I get, the more curious I get about their lives and thoughts on things. Luckily I get to see them both quite often, but the more perspectives the better!

  59. so much to love about this post.

  60. So chic!

  61. Liz says...

    love! she’s so hip!

  62. April says...

    Thanks for featuring a lovely, mature woman. Older women are so infrequently represented in our media and culture, especially in a positive, affirming light. I’m 35 and I found Gay’s style totally relatable and interesting to read about. What a cool lady!

  63. Colleen K says...

    LOVE this!

  64. Samantha says...

    She’s stunning! I love her. Goals, for sure.

  65. Em says...

    She is so awesome.

  66. ark says...

    Gorgeous! I especially love her grey bob- so chic!

    • Sonja says...

      Totally agree! I like to say, while in my 20s…that I will gray when the time comes. Congrats Gay, I’m totally sold.

  67. Laura says...

    I looove the swingy style of that shirt dress!

  68. Caitlin says...

    One of the most stunning, stylish, smart woman to date!

  69. Love this one! Thanks so much for doing it!

  70. Gemma says...

    Oh my goodness, what a beautiful post. I’m only 34 but found Gay’s outfits more inspiring than any others featured in this series – so chic!! And the story of her and Mark’s wedding, sigh!!

  71. Tiia says...

    Love!!

  72. Sydni Jackson says...

    I love her!! What a fabulous lady.

  73. Jaclyn says...

    BEST. POST. YET. on week of outfits!!

  74. Wow! Loved that you featured someone a little older than usual on here! And I loved the NYT piece about their romance. And oh my goodness, that jumpsuit!!

  75. Audrey says...

    She is THE cutest!

  76. Denise says...

    Her love stories are so wonderful. I wonder what my first love is up to…. maybe I should finally get a facebook account.

  77. sarah says...

    Officially my new favorite Cup of Jo post — THANK YOU for featuring Gay.

  78. Sonya says...

    I’m in awe of anyone who works with young children all day, and to do it with such style — Gay is an inspiration!

  79. Maria says...

    love this one! What a gorgeous woman of style!

  80. Laura says...

    SO HAPPY TO SEE THIS! I love that you have featured an older woman, and I can only hope to age so gracefully and with such style!

  81. Laura says...

    This is so funny–she was my husband’s preschool teacher! (He just turned 41.) great sense of style & great love story.

  82. jill c. says...

    LOVE this post! She has amazing style!

  83. jennifer says...

    Finally! A post about an older woman. As a 46 year old woman, I would like to see more of a diverse age representation on your site. She is beautiful and this was refreshing to read. I have a suggestion for more mature women in your “my beauty uniform” column. That intrigues me more as I would love to hear how women have discovered their style and what works best for their bodies over the years. Thanks.

    • cgw says...

      Ditto what she said ^
      -says this 47 year old teacher

    • Sarah says...

      Amen to that says 52 year old devotee

    • Maureen says...

      I am in this club as well! ^

    • Jeanne says...

      Another vote on this demographic, especially on the beauty uniform. If a product works great on someone with older skin, you can put more weight on the results.

    • Bevin says...

      Could not agree more! I’m 52 and would love to see more of a variety of ages in these posts. It can be difficult to find style inspiration at this “middle” age — you know, not in the early 30s, but not 70 either…

    • Rossana says...

      agree and agree says this 46 soon to be 47 year old woman that has a strong affinity for style looking good in clothing.

  84. Jules says...

    wow, Gay rules! and love Politics & Prose as a backdrop – such a great DC landmark :)

  85. Grace says...

    I love this post so much! As a former early childhood educator and current stay-at-home mom, it’s challenging to find stylish clothing that’s functional for getting up and down off of the floor 200x per day.

    Also, it’s been refreshing to see you branch out into other fields with this series. I feel like previously everyone featured had a “cool girl” job. Bravo!

  86. Love her style! I love that about getting to know your body better so that you know what looks good on you. I struggle with that so much. There’s an idea for a post I would love to read. ;)

  87. Laura C. says...

    What a lovely story! And she is so stunning!

  88. Farah Sanders says...

    She’s got fabulous style!

  89. Beth says...

    Just read her incredible love story in the NY Times, and this line from her wedding vows made me smile: “I offer you not the summer of my life but the autumn, brisk and vibrant.” Beautiful.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, so so beautiful.

    • Jill T. M. says...

      That is the most romantic thing I’ve read in ages.

    • Heather says...

      I want to see the polaroids. PLEASE can we see the polaroids?

  90. Carolyn M says...

    she reminds me of my mom, the most stylish 70 year woman I know <3

  91. A says...

    Thank you so much for featuring this wonderful woman who has lived a few more seasons — it is so inspiring to see women who are a bit older featured. As a 28 year old I am so inspired to see women who have lived, and are living, a full and rich live in style! It gives me something to look up to!

  92. Mandy Winter says...

    Beautiful. What a lady, what a story, what a life! Please never change I will never ever get sick of cup of jo!

  93. Alyssa says...

    She is so fabulous!

  94. Nan says...

    Great style and such a classically pretty woman. I love her haircut too, it’s so versatile and flattering. I was hoping Cup of Jo would do more range, age-wise and otherwise, in this beauty feature. The more diversity, the better, in every way – the whole world can be an inspiration.

  95. Heather says...

    yay for diversity of all kinds, including age! such great style – thanks for sharing! and that NYT article on their wedding – gosh that was lovely to read!!!

  96. alison says...

    What a BEAUTIFUL woman! she seems lovely inside and out!

  97. Colleen says...

    I am training to teach and this is a woman I’d love to be. Congratulations on your retirement!

  98. Kimberley says...

    Oh this was such a bright spot in my day. Love that you feature women in all ages and stages in life! Her style is so on point and that love story!!!

  99. Love her style, so effortless and chic! Am pinning her as inspiration for when this bump is a baby xxx

  100. Lauren says...

    I enjoyed this SO much! She is so elegant and lovely. I’m a preschool teacher also, so it’s fun to hear about how she balances practicality and style. I too like to dress up on weekends when others dress down, since my day-to-day is so basic and kid-proof! Thanks for another great Week of Outfits post! Love these!

  101. Nancy says...

    Oh my gosh!!! THANK YOU for this post!!! I made a career switch at 50 years old to professional nanny. I’m 60 now and still loving what I do. A practical, yet stylish wardrobe is a little hard to pull off when your work days are spent with small children.
    I love Gay and her style!!!

  102. Noelle says...

    Oh my goodness. Taking notes on her style as well. I just read the NYT piece, and given that Nora Ephron was a small thread in their story, it sounded like she could have written it herself. What a fun, romantic read!

  103. Catherine says...

    I LOVE everything about this post. <3

  104. RT says...

    What a stylish and cool woman! Love the story of her and her husband.

  105. Louisa says...

    I love this. Love love love.

  106. Kristin says...

    She looks amazing! I really love her style.

  107. Heather says...

    “Neither describes what happened from there as particularly torrid. It was relaxed and easy and supremely enjoyable, a natural fit with no end to the conversation.”

    This NYT piece is gorgeous. And this description of their initial joining – so impulsive and wild and yet completely comfortable and relaxed – fits in with the style that I am seeing in these photos. That’s the same person who buys bright red loafers.

    This is what I want in my wardrobe – and in my life, really: to be the woman who sinks unabashedly into myself; to be radiantly my true self in the work that I do, and even in the way I get dressed; to ask for what I want, and wear what I want.

    Thank you, COJ team, for bringing this woman’s aesthetic and wisdom into my life today. And thank you, Gay, for sharing with us!

    • Jessica says...

      Oh Heather, I loved this so much: “This is what I want in my wardrobe – and in my life, really: to be the woman who sinks unabashedly into myself; to be radiantly my true self in the work that I do, and even in the way I get dressed; to ask for what I want, and wear what I want.” What a beautiful way to put it.

      And thanks, CoJ for this amazing outfit post that is, as usual, about much more than outfits. (though it’s about that too!)

  108. Easily one of my favorite of this series!

  109. Love it. Love her style, love her attitude, this lady gets it. There is something so appealing about a person who embraces who they are and exudes that confidence. When I have the occasional stressed moment about aging, I try to remember that with the fine lines and gray hairs comes a deeper knowledge of who I am.

  110. Hillary F. says...

    Killing it.

  111. Tara says...

    this is life goals right here.

  112. Bobbekay says...

    You show such a diverse group of women in this style column. Thank you.

    • Anneliese says...

      Totally agree!

  113. sarah ahj says...

    amazing style. so much inspiration here!

  114. Tricia says...

    Gorgeous. And that love story, GAH! Ready for the movie version! Loved this so much.

  115. LB says...

    Tearing up at my desk. Best love story ever! And great style, too.

  116. aga says...

    Wow, i love this! What a cool and gorgeous woman. Love her confidence and her words. And style, of course! I want be like you when I grow up, Gay!

    PS. #theInternetNeedsMoreCupofJo

  117. Em says...

    I love her! What a cool lady with amazing style. I’ll be sending this article to my mom — who is the same age — for style inspiration, but also keeping her in mind for myself. I think it’s so important to remember that there is no expiration date when it comes to taking care of yourself, looking great, or doing something new.

  118. Carolyn says...

    Oh, I just love this so very much. A bonus to get some DC style!

  119. Sarah says...

    Love Gays style.

  120. Charli says...

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. She’s such a vibrant soul!

    This is totally where my style is headed in the future. I can feel it.

  121. gillian says...

    I love the story of Gay and Mark! Amazing!

  122. Suzanne says...

    Gay- you are fantastic!!! I love the story behind the jumpsuit. :)

  123. Liz says...

    That NYT article is my favorite thing I’ve ever read. What a stunning, vibrant, intelligent woman! Thank you for featuring her!

  124. Lia says...

    Love her style and the nytimes article gave me goosebumps…what an amazing life.

  125. ECH says...

    I love her style philosophy: basic ingredients. Two thumbs up!

  126. Sharon in Scotland says...

    More posts on mature women, I aspire to look that good, put together yet understated now, never mind about in my mid 60’s. Favourite one so far x

  127. Amy says...

    What! I’m in lovvvve with her marriage story, her look, her outlook, all of it.

  128. Lucy says...

    Love this! I immediately sent it to my 66 year old mom who will be THRILLED to see such a hip blog featuring someone from her generation. It’s so refreshing, thank you for featuring Gay!

  129. I wish most of my other teacher colleagues were as stylish as Gay! She looks like an amazing woman!!!

  130. N says...

    Great backdrop – Politics and Prose!

  131. Elise says...

    Oh, I just read the nytimes wedding announcement that was linked and it’s such a beautiful love story, brought happy tears to my eyes. And the Nora Ephron link couldn’t be more appropriate!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, such a beautiful story!!!!

  132. Ashley says...

    In love with her style!!

  133. A beautiful woman. Love her name and spirit and style . Also, I really appreciate simple. Love the black pants/jumpsuit/dress.

    Would be interested to know more about where her life takes her after retirement as I am also at that place in my life.

    How great is A Cup Of Jo gathering and sharing the stories/ beauty/wisdom/style of many generations.

    Kind of but not really off topic since Gay mentioned she bought her jumpsuit for a School of Rock themed dance and anyway when is music ever off topic. Here is a link to NPR: Turning the Tables project: The 150 greatest albums by women!
    http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2017/08/09/542067973/new-mix-turning-the-tables-takes-over-all-songs-considered

    YAY!

  134. Just beautiful! Love her style.

  135. Maggie says...

    This is BEYOND. I love this feature so much. She is one chic, smart, stunning lady. And their story….sigh.

  136. Christine says...

    Stylish, timeless, and comfortable. Gay fits right in with the CoJ style continuum!

  137. megan says...

    Love this profile. One of my favs.

  138. Sarah says...

    Just read the New York Times article on their wedding– incredible!

  139. Katherine says...

    This is my style uniform, 100%! Gay, you exude confidence and I love your timeless, classic pieces! What a beauty. I’m also a teacher and agree with Oxiclean being an ally: my first year of teaching, I was wearing white jeans and one of my third graders turned towards me with a purple marker and gave me a nice purple stripe across my thighs. ? Teaching (and life) is messy so comfortable, easy to wear and wash clothes are a must! Comfy shoes (Converse all the way!) and running shorts under dresses and skirts also make life around little more manageable. Thanks CoJ for this wonderful feature!

    • jen says...

      Remember Hawaiian Punch? A kid spilled some on my silk pants–switched to jeans and leggings quickly.

  140. Kait says...

    She’s so stylish! Love how she knows what works & plays up her staple items! Very chic.

  141. Lesley says...

    Loved this. Her theory of fashion being like cooking is right on. Thank you for featuring her!

  142. Julie says...

    “I like to do my shopping like I do my cooking — you keep all the basic ingredients in your kitchen forever and then you add some gourmet things every once in a while.”

    I wanna hang that quote in my closet. Such good advice.

    • Heather says...

      Yes. I actually just copied that down into my journal. Smart.

  143. Slaying in that jumpsuit! Get it lady!

  144. Kelsey says...

    This is in my neighborhood in DC! I got a little rush seeing spots that were so familiar, lol. And Gay is so lovely!

  145. Anne says...

    Gay, you are amazing! So happy to see your beautiful style!

  146. Marki says...

    She is stunning and chic! Going to buy those sneakers right now!

  147. Desiree says...

    What a great profile!! I love her style and clothing, but mostly I’m kinda in love with her!! I read the NYT’s profile of their meeting again and wedding and am in tears! Love this!

  148. shashi says...

    so great – love her style

  149. jd says...

    love it. **taking notes on her style**

  150. Aly says...

    Beautiful!