How to wear pattern and print without looking frumpy

Alyson Walsh; That's Not My Age;

I like pattern and print when I see it on other things, like art gallery walls, soft furnishings and ceramics, but not so much on me. On a  scale of surface decoration (a pie chart of pattern?), I definitely gravitate towards the plain end; but I love a good Liberty print, a vintage paisley, aRead more

How to be a Modern Gentlewoman – a new book by Navaz Batliwalla

Navaz b-w hires Photographer credit Emma Miranda Moore

Put on your favourite Margaret Howell shirt, polish your Church’s brogues, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman is out today. Written by freelance fashion editor and founder of the Disneyrollergirl blog Navaz Batliwalla, and published by Laurence King, this is the definitive guide for the grown-up tomboy . There’s a history of garconne style, a usefulRead more

Creative Women at Work: Ally Capellino

allycapellino at lfw

I bumped into one of my favourite ‘ chic not shouty’ bag designers at London Fashion Week. Up bright and early on Sunday morning, Ally Capellino was outside the Margaret Howell show and so we had a quick coffee and I managed to squeeze in an impromptu Creative Women at Work interview. Always working, the pair of us… TNMA: IRead more

Statement earrings without the sagging lobes


The statement earring is one of my signature pieces and the easiest way to perk up a Gentlewomanly outfit . There are some wonderful, shoulder-scraping styles around for autumn, but recently I’ve noticed that wearing big heavy diamanté statement earrings (and my favourite J.Crew chandeliers ) is starting to take its toll. Sagging lobes; it’s an issue. To preventRead more

Salut Sonia – and Lancome’s wearable tribute


The current 70s revival has been a tad bittersweet for those of us alive and rocking in that craziest of all decades, says Vicci Bentley. First we lost Bowie, the poster-person for glam rock androgyny, then that other redhead rebel, Sonia Rykiel who died last month, aged 86, from Parkinson’s. As one of the designersRead more

How to make casual look chic

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06:  Jeny Howorth attends the Bella Freud Fragrance Launch at Fenwick Of Bond Street on September 6, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Darren Gerrish/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jeny Howorth

Sometimes you just spot someone who nails it. Their style just feels so effortless, and so right for them (and possibly for you; but not in a Single White Female way). That was the case at the Bella Freud perfume launch, last week, where this amazing woman caught my eye. Her low-key, relaxed approach is quite a simple formulaRead more

The new way to wear a shirtdress (part two)

Alyson Walsh; That's Not My Age;

Result. I found a Lovely Blue Shirtdress. It’s pinstripe cotton and available for a bargain price at Muji; £39.95, I think (I bought this a couple of weeks ago). Because fashion is not available online at Muji (only socks), I’d recommend getting yourself in-store, pronto. The Shirtdress of Dreams comes in a couple of differentRead more

Chic not shouty shoulder bags – and a question for you


At a recent meeting when my book editor asked if I was going to write about bags, I said no. I’ve never really been interested in fancy, look-at-me designer handbags. Paying silly money for leather accessories, to dangle from my elbow, is just not my thing. (And this is obviously why the ‘£300 handbag’ hasRead more

The summer adventures of a solo female traveller aged 66


After almost a month in Crete, writer and journalist Elaine Kingett reports back on the latest phase of her summer adventure: Did I discover a swarthy Cretan shepherd, complete with hairnet, Mitsubishi pick-up and gun to sweep me off my feet? Or an Albanian lothario-builder interested in showing me his tattoos, gold tooth and halfRead more

Expert advice on finding a new signature perfume (mine is Bella Freud’s Close to my Heart)

Close to my heart knit £300 and fragrance £95

Eureka. I have a new signature perfume. It’s Bella Freud’s Close to my Heart  which launched last night, at Fenwick of Bond Street. Created by the award-winning perfume designer Azzi Glasser, who works closely with Bella Freud on her fragrance line and manages to capture what’s hot right now, in a very Bella way. CloseRead more