How to dress for summer as an older woman

I’ve written two features this week on dressing for summer as an older woman (one for the Guardian and one for the Good Housekeeping website) and this reminded me of a point in my mid-40s when I chucked out all my shoestring strap vests. That’s not to say I never go sleeveless, I do. MainlyRead more

Everyday Embellishment

Dries Van Noten A/W 2014 photo: style.com My latest post for the FT’s How To Spend It website covers one of my favorite topics: Everyday Embellishment (or what I usually call Casual Glamour). Coming from Blackpool, I love to liven up a simple outfit with a little end-of-the-pier glitz. Let’s call it my Northern Accent…Read more

Style Inspiration: Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Honourable Woman

    My gorgeous friend Edward K. Gibbon was the costume designer on BBC series The Honourable Woman; Maggie Gyllenhaal is brilliant as the Anglo-Israeli businesswoman Nessa Stein, and is currently being hailed as ‘the best-dressed woman on TV’. I’m a Gyllenhaal Family fan and so when I bumped into Edward filming his latest projectRead more

Style inspiration: Thelma Speirs

  Milliners Bernstock and Speirs have relaunched their website . There’s a lovely video to mark the event (you can see it on their home page), it’s a schoolgirl story but my favourite bit is when 55-year-old when Thelma Speirs pops up in the hat shop wearing a vintage Chanel suit. And here she is againRead more

Simple chic: white shirt and black trousers

Photo: Redbook Whenever I blog about the Advanced Stylistas (which is quite a lot at the moment with the film coming out, and all), I receive comments saying yes, they’re fabulous women and good that they’re doing their own thing, but isn’t it a bit theatrical for everyday? And, my favourite recent remark: ‘There’s a thick lineRead more

The chic collarless coat

I’ve been thinking about collarless coats. And this has nothing to do with the Kate Effect, more the  Grace Effect (Coddington, I mean). From the Golden Age of Couture to Céline, pointy courts to skate shoes, the collarless cover-up looks perenially chic. LK Bennett Daytona cocoon coat, £345, available HERE . Elise coat, £269, from Hobbs. Available HERE .Read more

Quote of the week: Grace Coddington

Photo: Gawker After the eye-popping flamboyance of the Advanced Stylistas, let’s take it down a notch or ten. Grace Coddington is a woman who sticks to a minimal uniform. Mostly black with the occasional flash of colour, her wardrobe essentials include ankle-skimming trousers, a white shirt, a simple tunic dress, cocoon coat and a pairRead more

This week’s most wanted: metallic sandals

Now that I’ve seen The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition at the V&A (slightly disappointed at the lack of Liz Taylor jewellery, just the one Bulgari set on show) I’ve remembered my vow to make 2014 The Year of Grown-Up Glamour. I think my allure might have slipped somewhat over the Easter weekend but with a pair of fabulous Tods metallic sandals in my armouryRead more

Forever Fabulous: Jean Woods

Photo: Telegraph Friend of That’s Not My Age and Fabulous Fashionista Jean Woods is the subject of a painting shortlisted for the BP portrait award at the National Portrait Gallery . Aside from running 50 minutes, three times a week, and working in a local lifestyle store, the 76-year-old with the statement haircut and penchant for Doc Marten’s has beenRead more

Ines de la Fressange collaborates with Uniqlo for autumn 2014

Good news, for those of us who missed out the first time round , Ines de la Fressange and Uniqlo are collaborating again for autumn 2014. Prepare to be charmed by another wave of Parisian Tomboy Chic, one that comes in a jaunty flat tweed cap. Parisian launch. Photo via Twitter. There are slim trousers and tweeds and layered-up patterned shirts.Read more