The best way to wear flat lace-ups and brogues

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Introducing the best flat shoe-wearer on the planet: Ana Gimeno Brugada. The Milan-based, Spanish-born stylist and fashion consultant (and regular on my best-dressed Pinterest board ) is never out of Gentlewoman Style footwear and Gucci flats .  Ana GB is fairly elusive and has said of the fashion week circus, ‘Sometimes they are just trying to get shots of people inRead more

Casual Glamour at Christmas

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Now that’s what I call Casual Glamour. Maye Musk at the British Fashion Awards, this week, in a silver bomber jacket and evening frock. As a Casual Glamourpuss, myself, I’m a huge fan of using a combination of day and eveningwear to create an outfit with go-anywhere appeal. Just mix easy-to-wear, everyday basics with a look-at-me standout piece, like an amazing, metallicRead more

Breton stripes: not just for summer

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I love a good stripe. And at this time of year, the long-sleeved Breton top comes into it’s own. Wrapped up warm for outdoors, I go for the striped t-shirt under jumper, under coat arrangement. Sometimes a jumpsuit is involved. And a jacket. Depending on the coat . Step indoors and the layers come straight off; and rather than stand around in aRead more

The party season doesn’t have to be all sequins and glitter

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My wardrobe has its fair share of fancy: I love Lurex, am a sucker for sequins and have enough silk shirts to rival the Grand National. But when it comes to Christmas, I tend to shy away from too much sparkle and shine. As a fan of Casual Glamour – an easy, everyday combination of day and eveningwearRead more

It’s about style not age

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If you’ve spent this week employing a much-needed digital detox you might just have missed a rather uplifting online sensation. When the New York Times published a feature entitled ‘Don’t Dress Your Age ’, urging women to ignore ‘mutton-shaming’ style advice about what you can and can’t wear over-40, hundreds of women took to social media in solidarity. PostingRead more

The Outstanding Coat

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And now for an exercise in practicing what I preach. In Style Forever , one of the essential items in the Wardrobe Glue chapter is an outstanding coat. Look around at the train station in winter and you will notice two things: everyone’s on their smart phones (they’ll get Tech Neck ) and everyone’s wearing black winter coats. AsRead more

Perfect weather for a neckerchief

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  Like a cowboy (or Garance Doré) I’m partial to wearing a scarf neckerchief-style. Having the point at the front and the knot at the back is a neat way to get round the windchill factor. And knitwear designer  Jo Gordon’s  woolly neckerchief is my new favourite thing; here it is ‘boy scout’ style… And featured in Italian VogueRead more

Belts are back!

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  As a fan of Casual Glamour with a predominantly pared-down wardrobe, I’m always looking for an accessory or eye-catching detail to boost the basics. Perk things up a bit. My everyday (meaning I wear it practically everyday)  khaki jumpsuit is big, baggy and a bit breezy now we’ve finally moved into autumn. I’ve been meaning to have aRead more

How to wear pattern and print without looking frumpy

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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

Statement earrings without the sagging lobes

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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