The best style advice I’ve ever been given

Not wanting to blow my own trumpet, but I’d say that I’m more stylish now than I’ve ever been. 1980s bodycon – been there, done that, bought the tight Lycra T-shirt dress. Grunge-tastic jumpers with holes in – I pity the moth that tries to chew on my Bella Freud . Bad hairstyles, I’ve had a few. MainlyRead more

How to wear colour in winter (bring on the cashmere)

Do you have a personal colour scheme? I’m definitely at home in chic-not-shouty blues and khaki greens ; often with a backdrop of stormy charcoal. These are the colours of the British seaside, and I wonder if hailing from Blackpool is the reason for the attraction? Hours of staring at my Instagram feed have confirmed my affinity for coastalRead more

New Year, New Jumpsuit

Journalism, jumpsuits and an enthusiasm for  faff-free dressing , Daisy Bridgewater the founder of Spry Workwear and former Saturday Telegraph Magazine columnist, and I, have a lot in common. After 20 years ‘peering into other people’s domestic lives’, Daisy set up her own company in order to simplify her own – and sort out certain sartorial issues. In aRead more

Expert wardrobe decluttering tips

As part of the research for Know Your Style , I embarked on a decluttering exercise with a wardrobe expert. Although I’m quite ruthless about old/unworn clothes, it was high time I sorted my shit out and an impartial judge really can make a difference (read more about my decluttering exercise HERE and HERE ). Most of wardrobe expert Anna Berkeley’s adviceRead more

Christmas party dressing and not overdressing

Velvet jackets are a bit like buses, you wait an eternity for one to come along and then two arrive at the same time. Following my New York purchase , I subsequently received a gift voucher from Jigsaw to spend before our stylish Christmas event.  Given my proclivity for Gentlewoman Style , the  navy tuxedo jacket  was always going to catch my eye. And it’s an absolute winnerRead more

Keeping it chic: Jodie Foster in Harper’s Bazaar

Jodie Foster is one of the Women of the Year in the December 2017 issue of Harper’s Bazaar . And this feminine take on masculine tailoring is a fine example of Chic not Shouty style. The tuxedo jackets are  Ralph Lauren Collection . The coat is Max Mara , of course. On ageing Foster tells Harper’s Bazaar, ‘I’ve learnt how much joy comes from passing on whatRead more

Casual Glamour at Christmas: partywear without the performance

When Christmas comes calling, I prefer to dial down the sparkle. Don’t get me wrong it’s not all bah-humbug at That’s Not My Age Mansions, I love sequins and shimmer. It’s just that I’d rather look chic and simple, than seasonally overwrapped. My ideal outfit is a combination of day and eveningwear, effortless with a little embellishment. It’sRead more

Multiple midlife ear piercings and a special offer

The sparkly chandelier earrings are taking a sabbatical. My multiple midlife ear piercings require a reboot. Now that there are three holes (again) in my left ear and one in the right, I’ve had to rethink my earring arrangement. Playing around with a line-up of more delicate silver styles, I have single studs from Astley Clark and hoops from Melissa Joy ManningRead more

How to wear the basics and not look basic: the Showbiz Boot

Style is about confidence and individuality; about wearing it well. Here Stella Greenspan (a stylist and former assistant to Grace Coddington) looks comfortable and at ease, while expertly demonstrating the significance of the Showbiz Boot. And I realise as I type this that I own a version of the outfit above; funny that. Remember the tweedy jacket and velvet boot combo ?Read more

The versatile velvet jacket

Velvet for daywear. Like leopard print and Lurex, it’s an essential in the Casual Glamourpuss’ armoire. Looking for a non-black alternative to  The Once in a Lifetime Tuxedo  jacket for book-signing events (more details coming soon), the versatile velvet jacket has been top of my list for a while . And juxtaposed with denim, velvet adds a sprinkling of decadent luxury to an everyday outfit. I’ve tried on several styles –Read more