What to pack for a beach holiday

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Joan Didion had her packing list taped inside her wardrobe door for years, I keep mine inside my head. Having worked as a magazine fashion editor, I like to think that I’ve got holiday packing sorted. Two bikinis, two kaftans, two pairs of sandals, one pair of flip flops, two pairs of sunglasses, two t-shirts, one jersey dress,Read more

Ageless beauty: 72-year-old Loulou Van Damme

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I’m not one for experimenting with/wearing much make-up but I do like these photos of 72-year-old Loulou Van Damme. ‘You’re never too old to try daring beauty trends’ is a feature for ELLE India . Born in India of Belgium parentage, designer/stylist Van Damme spent time in London and Brussels before moving back to India for good at theRead more

How body confidence gets better with age

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  I blame M&S and their horrible, rubber ‘roll ons’, the girdles not the ferries, for my lack of body confidence, writes Elaine Kingett. Forced into them at 13, by a mother who told me my stomach was fat. I was a girl who even at 16, had a photo of her bikini-enhanced chest notedRead more

Going to Port Eliot festival


I’m very excited to be talking and signing books at Port Eliot festival, this year. Set in the beautiful Cornish countryside, I’ve been invited by the lovely people at Hush  who will be holding a pyjama amnesty  as well as a series of style talks. Catch me in the Hush tent at 1pm on Saturday 30 July, wearing my Hush  Harem pantsRead more

Linda Rodin talks lipstick


  ‘I’m sure it’s osmosis from my mother,’ says Linda Rodin when I ask where her love of a strong lipstick comes from, ‘I never saw her without, it was the 1950s and women wore lipstick. I have pictures of her looking very glamorous in bed, wearing a pink bed jacket and lipstick.’ Rodin isRead more

How to wear off-the-shoulder when you are older

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When I wrote about off-the-shoulder tops for the Guardian, I promised to put my money where my mouth is and buy one. Just needed to sort out the bra situation first. But then I saw one of my friends wearing the Whistles Lila Bardot dress the other day and she looked fantastic. Bra situation still unresolved, I nipped into Zara for thisRead more

Grace Coddington is cool in her Calvins


In the interest of balance, it only seems right that as well as featuring gorgeous grey-haired older models , That’s Not My Age includes women who prefer to carry on colouring. And I include myself in that category, despite on-going attempts to grow in the grey. The Calvin Klein fall 2016 campaign was released this week and 75-year-old Grace Coddington is one of theRead more

Time to wave goodbye to Arm Paranoia

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My triceps are saggy, I loathe the gym and the strappy vest tops were ditched about a decade ago. But when it’s hot (and I’m feeling even hotter), why should I feel uncomfortable and unhappy because I’m deemed ‘too old’ to go sleeveless? Why the Arm Paranoia? In a feature written for the Telegraph, I spoke to Dr CarolynRead more

Older models: Maye Musk for James Perse

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This is just perfect. Ace Californian t-shirt brand James Perse has used 68-year-old model Maye Musk in its autumn 2016 campaign.  A stunning silver haired model dressed in lovely clothes on a beautiful country ranch. Bring it on. Brand photographer Noah Stone confirms that James Perse has been aiming to increase versatility and diversity for a while,Read more

Get Sporty: the grown-up way to wear track pants

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The relaxation of modern dress codes suits me right down to a T by Alexander Wang . I’ve never felt comfortable in formal wear – that’s probably why I chose a career in the fashion/media industry where I’ve never really had to do corporate dressing. That’s not to say I don’t have to look smart, professional and pulled-together. AsRead more