This is the first in a series of interviews with diverse style influencers. We are thrilled to have the inaugural post feature the divine blogger Style Crone, Ms. Judith Boyd!
I started Style Crone during the last nine months of my husband’s life: I had a regular series called What to Wear to Chemo and Nelson, my husband, would take a photo in the exam room of me. And when he was receiving chemo I would sit with my laptop and blog; I was blogging about what was going on in my life through style, and Nelson was my photographer.
I don’t think there will ever be anything as intense as watching your most beloved person die; there was a great deal of intensity and urgency when I was writing at the time. Nobody was blogging about death so it was kind of unique. And I continued blogging through death and through grief and through transformation. It was a way for me to express myself and build the muscle of writing. That was seven years ago. And when I blog now I seldom don’t talk about what is going on in my life, how I feel about it, and how I express myself through style--which I see as art. Some people sculpt, some people paint, some people garden and I just happen to love to compose outfits.
I think it’s important to be true to yourself, to be authentic: whatever one’s style is, is self-expression. I don’t feel--especially when it comes to women--that there should be judgement. I feel that we should appreciate each other and support each other, whatever one’s style is. I guess I feel that if you are passionate about style—which is different than fashion—style is how you express fashion—you must follow your heart. And most of all have fun!
I feel it’s an act of resistance to get dressed every day and just be as expressive as I want to be and not care very much what anybody else thinks. Sometimes I say I’m going to continue to blog until I wear my last hat. But who knows what the future holds, I certainly don’t. I feel that what I am doing is a legacy (I started this with my husband). And my plan is to continue.