Why there are no rules on what to do, say and wear over-40

What connects Julianne, Moore, Vera Wang, Jane Campion, Wendy Dagworthy  and me? We’ve all failed the Saturday Times’ Age Limit Test: what not to do, say and wear over-40. Unless you’re Patti Smith, the age limit for long hair is 50, ‘You will tend to look a bit witchy if you have shoulder-length hair or longer in you’reRead more

Wrinkly lips and what to do about them

  Tomorrow, July 29th is National Lipstick Day says Vicci Bentley . It’s also my 66th birthday  – a curious coincidence, since I’m having a bit of a lipstick issue. Throughout most of my lippie-loving career, I’ve enjoyed a relatively smooth ride. Lately though, I’ve noticed a worrying migration from lip central to suburbs – little tributaries ofRead more

The V&A collection for People Tree

Maybe it’s because I’m a northerner that I find the V&A’s vintage prints appealing. Originally produced by the Calico Printer’s Association in Manchester, the People Tree’s V&A collection  uses 1930s prints from the museum’s archive. Manchester was home to the textile industry and centre of cotton trade in the 19th century. And where I studied for my degree (not in the 19thRead more

Not long till publication! Know Your Style: Mix It, Match It, Love it

I can’t quite believe I’ve written one book, let alone two. And yet a package arrived last week that confirmed it. There was Know Your Style, the follow-up to Style Forever . My publisher Hardie Grant was so pleased with the first book they asked me to write another one. This time around the aim was to talk lessRead more

Less is more: making the most of a minimal travel wardrobe

This week I have astounded myself with my sartorial flexibility says Elaine Kingett. I popped down to Brighton from London for a quick overnighter, my 32-year-old son Will was coming out of hospital after a tonsillectomy. Due to complications with his recuperation, it’s turned into a six-night stay for me, with no change of clothing.Read more

Hot weather dressing: cropped pants can look chic

The image of middle-aged dads on mini-scooters in cropped cargo pants almost ruined it for me. Off-putting though this crisis-laden combo maybe, the rise and rise of culottes and kick-flare jeans has taken the edge off cropped pants. Thanks then to the numerous women I’ve spotted lately looking cool in a crop (the silhouette I’ve been seeing isRead more

How to wear a kaftan all summer long

Apart from chic, holiday markets in Ibiza, where do you find a good kaftan? Pippa Holt’s luxury cotton kaftans are lovely but pricey  – the equivalent of two return Easyjet flights to Athens (still no sign of Mr TNMA’s reading glasses). Ditto Dosa . For something more reasonably priced try  Boden and East . This full-length linen number is by Cyprus-based label YUMEworld available via Etsy .Read more

Camille Walala’s colourful exhibition at the Now Gallery

Bold geometric graphics are the trademark of designer Camille Walala . And this weekend I’ll be popping to see her new interactive, Instagram-friendly exhibition at the Now Gallery in Greenwich. Born in the south of France, Walala studied Textile Design at Brighton University and has been based in London for the past 19 years. In a recent interview the artistRead more

Agnes b: a celebration of 40 years of style

David Bowie wore her leather trousers, she counts Patti Smith and David Lynch as friends, and at 75 she is the president of hip-hop centre La Place in Paris’ Les Halles. How cool is Agnès B? The French designer, real name Agnès Troublé, has been writing her own fashion rules for four decades, and now is theRead more

The light not bright summer pedicure

  I’ve moved on, people. This summer’s pedicure is light not bright. The default coral colour I’ve been relying on for the last five years has been ditched for OPI’s ‘It’s in the Cloud’. This shade of white-not-quite looks fresh and works with white Birkenstock Arizonas , tan leather sandals and everything really. And did you know that the Queen only ever wears one shade ofRead more