Liz Smith Has Turned Retirement Into Her Most Stylish Stage of Life

Her look is largely inspired by the contemporary designers and vintage stores in Japan, her favourite place to travel and to shop.

Grey suit by Umit Unal (Turkey); shirt by Angela Mara; sandals are Prada; silver necklaces by Bitchin Beads, ring and medallion necklace by French Kande; lock necklace by Charming Chaos; bracelets by Mya Lambrecht; eyewear purchased online. Photograph by Colin Way; Self-styled by honourees with consultation by Kim Flanagan; Makeup by Joanne Black; Hair by Sue Thompson.

One of Liz Smith’s favourite outfits is a suit purposefully designed with the seams and tags exposed. She loves wearing it even though she inevitably has to deal with strangers informing her that her jacket is on inside out. But as you might expect, someone who started modelling at the age of 71 doesn’t tend to dwell on commonly held perceptions of how things should be done.

The inside-out suit is just one of many strong statement pieces in Smith’s closet that play with asymmetry, androgyny and architecture. Her look is largely inspired by the contemporary designers and vintage stores in Japan, her favourite place to travel and to shop. “I like unique pieces that I can discover,” Smith says. “It’s like a hunting trip for me.”

This retiree is also not afraid to go punk, ripping her skirts to make them fit the way she wants and topping ensembles with a black leather jacket with the words “I am what I am” on the back in sequins. “Style is an attitude thing, it’s a confidence thing,” Smith says. “And you get that confidence as you get older.”

Fringe jacket by Laura Siegel; Rolling Stones T-shirt is vintage; jeans from Zara; socks purchased on Amazon; shoes are Prada; bracelets by Mya Lambrecht; ring by Sublime Couture. Photograph by Colin Way; Self-styled by honourees with consultation by Kim Flanagan; Makeup by Joanne Black; Hair by Sue Thompson.
Jacket by Heydari; T-shirt by Sympli; necklace is her personal collection; bracelets by Bitchin Beads; cross ring by Virgins Saints & Angels; glass ring is vintage; eyewear is personal collection. Photograph by Colin Way; Self-styled by honourees with consultation by Kim Flanagan; Makeup by Joanne Black; Hair by Sue Thompson.
White jeans by Liverpool Jeans; silver sandals are Prada. Photograph by Colin Way; Self-styled by honourees with consultation by Kim Flanagan; Makeup by Joanne Black; Hair by Sue Thompson.

This article appears in the April 2020 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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