Pleats Please Me (at last)

  Sometimes an item of clothing has strong associations: Don’t Look Now might have put you off red coats forever, one waft of a nemesis’ signature perfume can make you shiver. For me, Issey Miyake Pleats Please has powerful links to my fashion editor days (in the 1990s power dressing involved Pleats not shoulder pads). Let’s just say The Devil WearsRead more

How to wear a kaftan all summer long

Apart from chic, holiday markets in Ibiza, where do you find a good kaftan? Pippa Holt’s luxury cotton kaftans are lovely but pricey  – the equivalent of two return Easyjet flights to Athens (still no sign of Mr TNMA’s reading glasses). Ditto Dosa . For something more reasonably priced try  Boden and East . This full-length linen number is by Cyprus-based label YUMEworld available via Etsy .Read more

What to wear right now: a shirt dress

I’ve worn this shirt dress to a meeting, to a cocktail party and to travel in. It’s a go-anywhere, do-everything style that is both wafty and smart and doesn’t wilt in a heatwave. Result. The DKNY cotton poplin shirt dress cost more than I would normally spend on a frock but it’s incredibly versatile, the longer hemline at the backRead 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

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

Ernestine Stollberg the 95-year-old Instagram star

Another week, another senior Instagram star worth celebrating. Having made friends with her local fashion boutique owners, it wasn’t long before Ernestine ‘Erni’ Stollberg began modelling for them. The 95-year-old started popping into Park concept store in Vienna after the owners acquired a new dog – and has since become a regular fixture on theirRead 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

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