When the Guardian asked me for some grown-up style resolutions for 2016, these were informed by old rather than new pledges. Go on, as you mean to go on. Things I’ve been saying for quite some time, like the importance of Casual Glamour, fabulous flat shoes and silk shirts. As we get older it is important to be aware of the fashion zeitgeist, know what’s going on and then assess and refine our wardrobes. The aim is to look fresh and modern, not frumpy. I also believe it’s important to be a considerate, savvy consumer and not buy loads of shit clothes, and unnecessary stuff.
One thing I have been planning to do, is to overcome my Decluttering Plateau. I’m pretty good up to a point but now I think I might need help and I keep reading about Marie “KonMari” Kondo’s new book Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying. This could be just what That’s Not My Age Mansions needs.
Which brings me onto the Scandinavian concept of Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga); of feeling cozy and snug, and being kind to yourself. There comes a point when staying in is preferable to going out, particularly on a Scandi Saturday night with a couple of episodes of Nordic drama to keep you company (I’m missing The Bridge, but not to worry, Follow the Money and Blue Eyes are coming soon). Forget fad diets and Dry January, now is the time to say yoo-hoo to Hygge. Your clothes can contribute to this cosy feeling, too – think luxury loungewear, cashmere jumpers and socks, sheepskin slippers. Uniqlo and M&S are brilliant for reasonably priced colourful cashmere tops; just add chunky socks, a pair of luxe leggings or jogging bottoms from Hush, Winser London or Boden, light a few candles, grab a glass of red wine and some posh chocolate, and revel in the Hygge factor.
Read the full Guardian feature HERE.