Stealth Style

Life isn’t all La La Land as we know (hooray for Emma Stone at the BAFTAs ); the sunny yellow, summer dress is all very well but often style is about being stealth-y . The pared-down, easy to wear pieces that dance down the street, everyday. For me, that includes jeans – sometimes blue, sometimes black (these are MiH Phoebe ) and shoesRead more

The emotional power of clothing

An old acquaintance sent me a message a while ago, says Elaine Kingett. A photo of my ex’s jacket, draped on the back of a chair. ‘Is this blah-blah’s? Did he leave it here after dinner last night?’ She’d made a mistake. Got the wrong Elaine. My ex had subsequently married a woman with theRead more

Lauren Hutton for Bottega Veneta

What a glorious image. Lauren Hutton in shades of raspberry and red in the spring/summer 2017 campaign for Bottega Veneta. The 73-year-old model appeared in the Italian brand’s spring catwalk show last year, sporting a classic trench and holding the bag she carried in American Gigolo. Colour has been a hot topic on That’s Not My Age thisRead more

Getting organised & going green for 2017 (sort of)

In a fit of avoidance behaviour, I decided to leave the book editing, get organised and buy a diary. That was after I’d finished unpacking and been to the dry cleaners, yesterday. I always prefer an actual pocket notebook to a smartphone and yeah, I know that three-days-in is hardly organised but I had implementedRead more

Let’s talk about sparkly socks – and switching off

Happy New Year! Current status: lolling around in a Berlin apartment after a brisk New Year’s Day walk through the city. Marvellous. Having had a few days offline, I am going to try to embrace the Right To Disconnect a bit more this year. As of today, a bill comes into practise ensuring that French companies with overRead 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 best way to wear velvet

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

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

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

Pattern, print and older model Pam Lucas

How to wear pattern and print is something I’ve been playing around with recently ( HERE and HERE ). While there are patterns that make perfect sense: paisley,  leopard print , camo , all kinds of  stripes ; I find others set my Frump Alarm off. Show me a blooming, great floral print and I’ll show you a woman filled with chintzyRead more