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

Pattern, print and older model Pam Lucas

Photography by Brighton and London photographer Emma Gutteridge

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

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

Creatives at Work: Mr Jason Jules

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A couple of week’s ago, I was a guest speaker on a panel for the charity organisation The Age of No Retirement (a new-ish charity who I hope to be working with again in the future). It was a great event with a dream team of FABulous people: hosted by Caryn Franklin, with Dr Carolyn Mair a chartered psychologist whoRead 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

Old news and old friends….

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For the last few weeks the exterior of That’s Not My Age Mansions has been having a facelift. Painters on the scaffolding outside the windows at 8am, dressing gown at the ready at all times. And I have literally been all over the place. Dislodged. Not conducive to book-writing but nothing really when you considerRead 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