The art of coordination by Japanese Instagram stars Bon and Pon

Sometimes matchy-matchy does work. This week’s style discovery is the Japanese couple Bon and Pon on Instagram. The tag ( @bonpon511 ) is a combination of their names and wedding date. Bon and Pon have been married for 37 years, wear complimentary rather than identical outfits and look incredibly chic. Stripes, gingham and tartan are carefully coordinated,Read more

The best way to accessorize

There’s a lovely feature over on Advanced Style at the minute. Writer and artist Sandy Badash is talking about confidence and body image, concluding with *spoiler alert* ‘Hey, I’ve come a long way, and I realize I’m not a perfect being and while I put myself out there clothing-wise, and certainly don’t mind being seen,Read more

This week’s style inspiration: grey hair on the catwalk, Oxfam at fashion week and Kristin Scott Thomas

London Fashion Week has started. While I don’t do the whole shebang, I do a few bits and pieces and after being holed up for months writing a book, I’m actually looking forward to getting out there and being inspired. And it feels like there’s a whole lot of noteworthy stuff going on, right now.Read more

Easy summer style: the kimono jacket

  First off, let’s get the back end of a bus jokes out of the way. Spot the difference: That’s Not My Age or the rear end of the number 68? Why did the middle-aged fashion journalist cross the road? Right. Now. Enough already, time to move on. Here’s a patterned kimono jacket, I haven’tRead more

Creative women at work: designer Charlene Mullen

Textile and home accessories designer Charlene Mullen has a shop in Shoreditch and a new ceramics collection for Royal Doulton to go with her beautiful hand-embroidered cushions (we have a couple bought at sample sales, at That’s Not My Age Mansions). After training in illustration and print at Middlesex and the Royal College of Art and spendingRead more

How to wear a midi dress

The Jaeger dress I wore in the Style Tribes photo shoot (now available HERE) has opinion-dividing credentials – the midi length, the funnel neck, the sack-shaped silhouette – but I’m a fan. And sometimes it pays to play around with proportions. Look at Balenciaga in the 1950s. Made in the UK, the dress is from the Jaeger’s newRead more

In praise of the pointed flat

One of my Birkenstocks has died. After limping around sadly for a while, it’s now decomposing somewhere behind the sofa. Instagram followers will be relieved to know that they won’t be seeing another ‘view from the top’ post of my black leather two-strap Arizonas, anytime soon. In a way this is good news, I’ve been concernedRead more

Win £200 to spend at East

Bohemian fashion brand East is offering one lucky That’s Not My Age reader the chance to win a voucher worth £200 to spend. I know, I’m spoiling you. Thank me later. I popped into East’s Covent Garden store on a recce yesterday and there are loads of lovely things. Hand embroidered cottons and silks, kaftans, kimonos, dresses,Read more

Finding the perfect pair of jeans

Not too skinny, not too baggy-saggy-boyfriend-style, with a comfy mid-rise and a slightly cropped leg – I think I’ve found the perfect pair of summer jeans. As J Brand are one of the top everyday denim brands listed in my book Style Forever , I was pleased to discover the Ellis Crop. On sale (now half priceRead more

Cool summer linen

One of my old editors had a list of ‘banned substances.’ Snake print was not allowed on the fashion pages (largely based on a fear of snakes, fortunately we don’t have many of those in London) and neither was linen. Particularly the lovely crumpled, typically English variety. Shame, that. I know this is all beginningRead more