Judith Boyd the Style Crone is a global style influencer: she has over 32k Instagram followers and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Mail, Elle Magazine, CNN, Buzz Feed, Huff Post, and AARP. I had the chance to talk with her about her work over a cup of coffee on Colfax.
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. Nelson, my husband, would take a photo of me in the exam room 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. And nobody was writing fashion blogs about death so it was kind of unique.
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’s 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 what’s important about composing outfits is being true to yourself, being 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. 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 find 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. And I feel that what I am doing is a legacy. I started this with my husband and my plan is to continue.