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 chic and simple summer sandals

There are three things I want from a pair of summer sandals: pared-down design, bunion coverage and a flat-but-not-too-flat sole. Yep, I like my footwear strong and stable. Not fluffy and frivolous. Never furry. Chic, simple summer sandals – the kind of thing you find at  ATP Atelier , Ancient Greek Sandals and Toast  are perfect in the city and onRead more

Made with love: Cotton Conscious

This is possibly the waftiest of wafty dresses I’ve seen all summer. Spotted at a local market in south London, it belongs to a small fairtrade company called Cotton Conscious . The co-founders are husband and wife team Lisa Galibardy and Blue Philpotts who spend half the year in London and half the year in India. Rishikesh is onRead more

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

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