Forever in black jeans

Recovery, repair, recuperation. I’ve been mending clothes and mending myself over the last week. Just like a teacher falling ill at the end of term, now that the draft copy of Book Number Two is with my editor, I’ve come down with a horrible virus. Prior to this, my favourite pair of ancient, black Acne jeans splitRead more

What to wear right now: a cashmere roll neck

It’s jumper weather right now and as there are only a couple of weeks of the year when a woman of my age can wear a roll neck, (without descending into a hot menopausal mess ) I’m making the most of it. Michelle Williams looks the business in jeans and a jumper in the latest issue of WSJ magazine .Read more

Whooping up your wardrobe basics

Had to engage in a spot of Frayed Hem Management last week. After a couple of washes, the DIY cropped kick-flare jeans had got themselves into a bit of a tangle. Time for a trim. Neat and even fraying is fine but no one wants Incredible Hulk Hems. Looking for ways to perk up my vintage coat/old clothes IRead more

The best way to wear flat lace-ups and brogues

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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