It’s time to welcome back the slingback

After my Big Wardrobe Workout , I donated a pile of 1990s ‘Fashion Editor’ clothes and shoes to the local charity shop. Mainly wide leg trousers that felt a bit corporate and a pile of trashed kitten heels. The shoes were all quite worn out and tragic-looking and with a style consultant in the house, I wondered why I’dRead more

Where to find a sleeveless summer dress with the Waft Factor

  ‘Every year it’s the same. I’m going somewhere really hot and the only thing it’s comfortable to wear is sleeveless,’ acclaimed author Maggie Alderson  says to me, ‘Loads and loads of women feel the same frustration. It doesn’t matter if you hate your upper arms, when it’s properly hot, you have to go sleeveless. Please can youRead more

Summer plans – and some lovely holiday shoes

Someone asked me yesterday what my plans are for summer. I thought I didn’t have any – I’ve had very little headspace for anything other than the book, for the last few months  – but then I mumbled on about having a two-week holiday for the first time in years. Dredging the depths of myRead more

Statement shirts – letting it all hang out

‘You’ll never be a scout with your shirt hanging out,’ that’s what my mum used to say when the Walsh kids arrived home from school looking a bit dishevelled.  But that was then, and 40-years later it’s chic to look a little undone. Blimey, there are even YouTube videos showing how to achieve an artfullyRead more

Age is not a fashion fad

My Grey-dar is always on high alert and this week it went, ‘Peep, peep, peep,’ on the appearance of  Hunger magazine’s ‘Through the ages’ fashion shoot. I like the tone of the editorial, too, ‘Fashion stands as a universal form of communication that has the ability to welcome all ethnicities, shapes and ages. Our attitudes need toRead more

Grenson’s limited edition shoe with a literary twist

  There’s lots of information on fabulous flat shoes and how to wear them in Book Number Two (final proofread arriving this week) and one of the experts I spoke to for that chapter was from Grenson . This week the British shoe brand launches a wonderful collaboration with Persephone Books, I’ve written about it forRead more

Fashion wakes up to the older woman

  Wrestling with the final edit of Book Number Two and a monster hangover, I was standing in the middle of a Manchester street when asked for a quote by the Observer. So, I am dead chuffed to be included in the ‘Fashion wakes up to the older woman’ article by Karen Kay in today’sRead more

Maye Musk in sports luxe, what’s not to like?

Founded by two former-American Vogue editors Valerie Macaulay and Meredith Melling, and rag & bone’s  ex-head of business development Molly Howard; American brand La Ligne  has worked with 68-year-old model Maye Musk. Athleisure has got to be one of the ugliest portmanteau’s, ever (after meggings), but it’s a trend that’s picking up speed. In fact, this is one of theRead more

Slogan t-shirts: getting it off your chest/on your chest

My policy on wearing logo T-shirts has been reviewed. With everything that’s going on in the world right now, no one is beyond a spot of sloganeering. Just ask the first female artistic director at Dior , Maria Grazia Chiuri, who grabbed the headlines when she sent “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirts down the spring/summer 2017 runway.Read more

It’s jacket weather!

A sharp, kick-ass jacket slipped insouciantly over jeans, a shirt, a pair of Fancy Ankle Boots (FAB boots for FABsters ?) – this is the kind of everyday-style that I love. My kind of modern, uniform dressing. Whether it’s black, red, bright pink or tweed, the mannish blazer is a steadfast component of this look. At first, I wasRead more