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 best way to wear velvet

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Continuing the Casual Glamour conversation, the best way to wear velvet is 1970’s style; as dressed-up daywear. Giovanna Battaglia sets the tone with her velvet blazer , bright accessories and kick-flare jeans. And I’ve recently rediscovered one of my poshest, posh sweatshirts , again. Blimey, this photo is four-years-old, wish my face had retained the same, lush quality as the velvet:Read more

Jeans and jumpers and Thanksgiving in New York

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A snap shot from New York. Where the pound is worth nothing and what felt like a mild autumn day when we went into a pizza restaurant had turned into The Day After Tomorrow by the time we came out. The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism is in town and my Bella Freud jumper is the perfect accompaniment to the Stars ‘n’ Stripes logo (andRead 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

Style Inspiration: Walking with Peter Lindbergh

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Big coats, flat shoes and beautiful black and white photography. Finally got my hands on a copy of the latest issue of Italian Vogue and am trying to Fika things up today; plenty of coffee and this gorgeous Peter Lindbergh photoshoot should help (you can also see this story on Peter Lindbergh’s website HERE ). In theRead more

Denim has no age limit, M&S closures, shoes, coats and other stuff

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One of the best things about denim is that it gets better with age – and we all know how we feel about that phenomenon . Research last week suggested that jeans shouldn’t be worn by anyone over-53: what a load of bollocks. More mutton-shaming . Let’s move on… and talk about my new Gucci loafers . Had some royalties come through forRead more

The brogue is always in vogue

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Miss Marples, lady golfer or Gentlewoman Style? To me, the brogue is always in vogue. Church’s fancy, tasseled Derby shoe is currently shouting my name (available HERE) . I wore orthotics for a while but eventually gave up trying to wedge them into shoes and boots, and decided to spend more on decent shoes instead. My feet have been absolutely fine andRead 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