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Talking politics and wearing leopard print, oh hang on a minute…. I know this is a place where women come to read about style but like many others I am deeply concerned about what’s going on in the world right now. I think we can all agree that these are extraordinary times.

A couple of weeks ago I went on the Women’s March, with a home-made placard. This might be the first time I’ve made a placard but it’s not the first time I’ve been on a protest march  – and I am proud of that. Yet, I haven’t mentioned it here. After a few negative comments on social media, I feel like I am inadvertently engaged in an act of self-censorship. Over-thinking what I’m going to post on Instagram or write on That’s Not My Age. Politics and fashion, or feminism and fashion aren’t mutually exclusive. I’m interested in both and they often work in tandem; look at Vivienne Westwood and punk in the seventies and Katherine Hamnett’s Downing Street sloganeering, almost a decade later. I’m not a hard news journalist and I’m not going to bang on about Brexit (follow me on Twitter for more of that) – but fashion is an important industry and both Sarah Mower journalist, MBE and ambassador for the British Fashion Council and acclaimed photographer Nick Knight have spoken out about how leaving the EU could be devastating for young designers. And let’s not get started on Trumpageddon…

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Women’s March on Washington

One of the reasons That’s Not My Age is so  popular is because it’s authentic and honest (or so I’ve been told). No fake news here. And one of the things I have been struggling with recently is simply carrying on as if the world has not turned into a scary and unpredictable place.

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Finally, as I’m doing a bit of a Hot Shoe Shuffle in the top photo, here’s a close-up. The bucket bag is an old one from Jaeger. Black jeans and ankle boots, that’s what the stylish protester about town is wearing right now.

118 thoughts on “Fashion and politics do mix

  1. Never been a big fan of animal prints, I suppose I never will. The coat looks great on you though. What I don’t like so much is the rolled up trousers, make the outfit look a little unfinished and shoddy.

  2. That’s the beauty of Blogging though isn’t it? It’s your personal opinion. Sure it’s a fashion blog but you’re writing from your perspective on a personal level so you can say whatever the hell you like!
    Readers on the whole are here because of you. If they’re offended by what you have to say or how you behave let them go somewhere else.
    To be perfectly blunt I’m all out of tolerance at the moment. I’m certainly not going to be upset if someone stops reading my blog because I believe Women should be treated equal to Men or that I think Trump is a sociopath who has no business running the US & should be in gaol for crimes against human rights, tax evasion & hair!
    Wait I’ve said too much 😉

    1. Yes to every single thing you said, @retrochicmama. (except the last line – you definitely didn’t say too much!)

  3. Thank you so much Alyson for posting this. Of course you should be able to express your views – it’s your blog! I’ve always felt that the most stylish women, indeed the most stylish people, are those who are aware of the world around them and take an intelligent interest in it. Please don’t let anyone dissuade you from speaking out when it’s important.

    Although my demographic group (white, English, female, 72) largely voted for Brexit, many of us did not. We should be aware that as we die off, all the young people who voted Remain will be saddled with this economically illiterate policy for years to come. It will have a huge effect on everything, including fashion.

    And as for the attacks on women in the US: I’m knitting pink pussy hats for all my grand daughters (don’t have grandsons) I’m sure there will soon be plenty of opportunities to wear them.

    Bless your heart!

    1. Love your sentiments…and your haircut.
      New York City Woman here….wish I could knit a pink pussy hat…I can’t even sew a button on a shirt…
      Theresa

      1. Theresa, I bought a pink knit beanie at Zumiez and twisted the top corners into ears. Then I stuck a NOT MY PRESIDENT pin over the logo. I got many compliments!

      2. Theresa, I understand that many were in the situation of being able to knit hats but weren’t able to attend a protest, and they donated hats for those who were marching. If you go to a yarn store, preferably an independent one, they may be able to put you in touch with someone who would make you an hand-knit pussy hat for the cost of the yarn or for a donation to the cause.

  4. I wish I could carry off leopard print – ah well…

    Authentic and honest – yes – carry on as you are! I get the feeling that people are feeling really uncertain at the moment just how to respond to everything going on but what I do find heartbreaking is the language that people use when commenting online with people they disagree with – we’re not all the same, we don’t all agree but at least lets be kind! (one of my favourite signs at the Womens March was a small beautifully painted one that said ‘lets all just be a little bit kinder than is necessary’)

  5. It’s hard to avoid thinking about it all, and feels shallow to mention it, as though it isn’t happening. Fashion, like everything else, is a reflection of people’s attitudes and the zeitgeist of the times. And what we wear can be a way to express ourselves.

  6. Went to D.C. Women’s March in leopard coat, Vivienne Westwood ‘Chaos’ armband and pink pussy hat. I think I will be having many more opportunities to combine fashion and politics. What’s going on?

  7. I certainly believe that fashion and politics mix! Being concerned about the provenance of our clothes (who makes them? where? for how much? under what conditions?), how they are made (environmentally damaging or not?) and choosing what slogans (if any) we wear are the perfect fusion of politics and fashion. We all have to wake up and think about how our actions impact others.

    I’ve just ordered some sequin letters so I can DIY my own #RESIST sweatshirt (organic cotton of course). 🙂

    1. I’m having a very fitted t-shirt embriodered with #jamaistrump for my upcoming visit back to France. I want my French friends and family to know that I truly detest the orange pig that is now #notmypresident of my beautiful America!

  8. My son, an emerging singer/songwriter, is wrestling with the same conundrum. It’s incredibly difficult to process when you have a public and personal profile as some eejits can be so vindictive online. Where do you draw the line? The easy answer is to be plain vanilla, but is that why we value your blog? I think not!

  9. Keep it up. We owe it to the world to keep protesting when we see injustice and not sink into outrage fatigue. Your honest voice is why people read you and keep coming back for more.

  10. Hi Alison, I follow your blog and love it. Women fought tirelessly to gain political autonomy and freedom of speech in the last century so it is our legacy to keep fighting bigotry and misogyny. Trump is a symptom of uncertain times , hopefully he won’t manage four years and we can fight becoming another American state. Keep up the good work. Love your style and book.

  11. I wholly support you speaking out, and doing so fashionably in that coat. Recall the bumper sticker slogan: if you aren’t outraged, you aren’t paying attention.

  12. Well, you are over 50. It is your blog. If people don’t like your comments, they can unsubscribe and if they send you a snippy comment you can block them. It’s called Freedom.

    1. I frequently get upset at the sheer nastiness shown out there in ‘Comments’ of a certain newspaper I read online. A well reasoned and polite argument yes, but sometimes the vitriol and hate would make you weep. It is even worse when it is aimed at an individual blogger like Alyson. I can only conclude there are some very sad and inadequate individuals out there who get their kicks that way, but who wouldn’t dare say similar stuff face to face.

  13. Excellent post, and what a fantastic photo of the protestor in Washington. I used to say I didn’t like swearing, particularly on social media, but these unhappy times make it very difficult to resist!

  14. Thank you, Alyson, and everyone who reports caring and being concerned about the horrors going on in the US and around the world, and the fear of what Tiny Fingers might do next…..without all the mudslinging that is going on in social media. As one who grew up in the 60s, with “the personal is political”, I also believe “the political is personal”. I write this wearing my newly-acquired (at Friday’s concert in Perth, Western Australia) Bruce Springsteen T-shirt, with my black jeans and aspiring Rock Chick (in my dreams!) sass. Yes, we’re angry, and yes, we care, and yes, we still want to look…cool? Stylish? Stand-out? Keep it up, Alyson! You’re an inspiration. I can’t quite see myself in a leopard coat but love it on you. I am looking for a leopard bag, but unfortunately the Boden bag was out of stock. Will now look around, I’m inspired!

  15. A group of us ( including my husband) participated in the Women’s March. That experience changed our perspective on standing up and speaking out. As a result, we are educating ourselves and getting involved. It feels better than feeling helpless watching our country be ruined.

  16. I wholly agree with feeling alarmed about the state of the world , what is happening in Britain, Europe and USA right now and still being able to dress well with style. As a student I went on many demonstrations while wearing make-up and nice clothing. This is consistent with who I am and has continued to be so. I’ve not been in the right location to join recent protests but have been there in spirit. Many friends in USA were on the Washington and LA Women’s marches. So I heard about them. Last night on television I was heartened to see large protests in London against travel bans. It may not change anything but disapproval is being voiced and will be seen in other countries. And leopard print clothing why not ?! I have and wear leopard print, with Vuiton style differing colourways, knitwear, shirts, scarves, belt, and several silk dresses, blue and purple/turquoise silk Gerard Darel ones. Fun, individual looking clothing to wear on any occasion in my opinion. I even wore the latter with a black Whistles blazer and purple suede shoes to a very formal Oxford university garden party and felt well dressed. Anything goes right now.

  17. Just post what you want to! It’s impossible to not be affected by what is going on politically. I’m in the US, so believe me -fashion, perfume, my weaving and more keep me sane, but ignoring what’s going on seems irresponsible. Ignore people posting negative, mean spirited comments. My guess is that they are just jeoulous you look great and keep working to improve yourself!

  18. Taking out my passport and leaving for London on Thursday, it`s impossible not to think what if I had a different nationality and were banned from entering the UK? Unthinkable, unbearable. It`s like history is repeating itself and we should not shout and yell? Oh, yes Allyson we should. All the way, until yesterday, today and tomorrow are just a fading bad memory.

  19. I’d never wear leopard print myself but I think you look great, Alyson. I’d never be as flamboyant as wonderful Iris, either but I love her panache and spirit. My style is much more low-key but it suits me; style is being true to yourself.

    I won’t comment on the world situation, though I’m as concerned as most thinking people; but can I make a minor point about the constant criticism of Theresa May for her love of clothes, including that from other women (I’m looking at you, Nikki Morgan.) If the Prime Minister spent her money on first edition books or modern art nobody would turn a hair. As for me, I’m delighted we’ve got a PM who enjoys clothes and gives a boost to our multi-billion pound fashion industry by promoting British designers. She works phenomenally hard for her money, has published her tax returns – all taxes dutifully paid – and gave £9000 to charity last year. Leave the woman alone to enjoy her over-the-knee boots. (I wouldn’t wear those either but I’m glad Theresa is having fun with them.)

  20. Well said, Alyson. Your blog is great – just like that leopard print coat! Keep it real, and yours- whatever that means to you.

  21. There’s a saying (Russian?) that the greatest acts of censorship take place between the brain and the hand. We are so conditioned to be polite, to stay friends, and that’s just in real life, it must be much harder when communicating is your business too. I guess the most we can try to do is to be kind to everyone, even if we disagree with their views. If someone isn’t kind back, that’s telling.

    As to the fashion/politics debate -what could be more significant than the items we choose to put next to our skin, next to the skin of our loved ones. Of course it matters!

  22. You carry on just as you are Alyson – love your blog, love your style and love that you make me feel I’m not over the hill.

  23. Well done for coming out on this Alyson. In the face of what is happening worldwide we are going to need to do a lot more protesting, speaking out and getting our views heard, and thickening our skin against the abusers – for this is what they are – is one part of the process. I’ve got strong views but am often afraid to speak them – reading your blog and the comments so far is going to help me to be braver.

  24. Thank you gor this post. I was beginning to wonder if bloggers care at all about what’s going on, or if everybody is just too keen to play the popularity game to risk losing a few followers. So, please, do continue to discuss politics, let’s just chuck it under ‘lifestyle’. Politics does affect all aspects of our lives, after all…
    I have discussed both Brexit and right-wing populism in general on my blog, and will continue to do so, and I’m not holding anything back…

  25. We love you and your blog because you combine fashion with so many other topics. Right now we have to speak out in whatever way we can. People are always going to disagree but it’s your blog and your instagram feed so you can post and talk about what you like. You might loose some people but I bet you gain a whole lot more.

    And I’m going to steel Lisa’s idea above and make my own resist sweatshirt.

  26. When you work in an industry which contributes so much to our GDP, and to other nations sense of who we are, I’d be more worried if you were not engaged politically. Fashion and style are not something separate from identity – individual, national or global. As others have said – it is your blog, your voice – and it is what we come here to hear. And I love the coat with the turned up jeans btw…;-)

  27. “The world has turned into a scary and uncertain place”?

    Perhaps I’m focusing on a throwaway remark, but it seems so shortsighted to talk this way. Three days after Holocaust Memorial day, do people not recognise that less than 100 years ago the world was engulfed in the two bloodiest wars in recorded history? Do they not remember that genocide has been a recurring motif of the 20th C? Do they not factor in the development of the atomic bomb, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the cyclical global economic downturns, or the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, or (closer to home) the IRA’s reign of terror, the Thatcherite dismantling of British industry, the long-running systematic marginalisation of African Americans in 21st C US society, or the long-term death penalty enforced against gay people in Nigeria? A thousand other examples come to mind.

    Middle class left-leaning British people are unsettled by Trump and Brexit, and seem to spiral into an imagined notion that these are the most apocalyptic events in living memory.

    I’m not trying to criticise fashion bloggers for engaging in political and economic discourse. Trumpism and Brexit are both worrying events, and anyone with a platform has the right to discuss these topics alongside Leopard print coats. But surely in any discussion it’s only rational and responsible to keep a sense of perspective.

    1. It is because we remember the war and the Holocaust that we do not want it to happen again. When people are stopped from entering US because they were born in a country and despite the fact that they may not have lived there since they were children, not being religious and in fact having dual passports – THAT brings back memories! Theresa May will not like to be remembered as the Chamberlain of her era, I´m sure?
      And because people are now in fear of hate crimes because of their sexual orientation, religion, race or gender – we are reacting.
      I have recently seen the same arguments from far-left radicals in my own country (Sweden), but the fact that people are finally going out into the streets and protesting is no reason to not take their protests seriously. Too many have for too long argued that “Trump will come to his senses when he enters the Office” or “Britain will not leave because it will cost too much” – ans so what did they say about mr H in Germany in the 30´s?
      If we have learned from history, now is the time to show the world we care.

    2. Yes I agree. We must start caring more about the global society and how our own actions impact the lives of others. Yes Trump is causing chaos, but it’s wrong to blame him, as if the reasons for his success have nothing to do with us. They do! It’s easy to cast blame on others, not saying we shouldn’t do this. But it’s sometimes less comfortable to hold a mirror up to our own action/inactions. Every choice we make, what we buy, where we choose holiday, what we eat, has consequences. We have to be much more mindful and take individual responsibility for the what is happening in the world today.

  28. The reason I love your blog Alyson is because of your take on not only fashion but also politics and current affairs! Wholeheartedly agree with everything you say – we are living in scary times. We all need others who speak for us and make us feel that we are not alone in our condemnation of what is happening in the world. And just because we love fashion doesn’t mean we’re not interested in all the other stuff! Pleaase keep doing what you do and ignore the trolls.

  29. It’s almost too much – the policial unrest, the fear and the apparent shift to far right of centre.

    I wonder how politics and fashion trends intersect in ways not so obvious. I have a 13 year old son, who, a few days ago, ended up with a sharp-looking, trendy haircut. Oddly, it reminds me of a style popular in 1930’s Germany… very short everywhere but on top. I was thinking what’s up with that? I hope the “patriot” look, à la Kellyanne Conway, won’t become mainstream (joking). Meanwhile, I’ve noticed that some young women continue to wear their pink “pussy” hats.

    Anyway, the focus of your blog is understandable. I don’t want to dwell on the bad stuff 24/7.

  30. Tell it like you see and feel it. This is where the idea of a “brand” and sticking to it is dangerous. We’re human beings and women after all. Garance Dore sent her crew to DC for the march and they wrote several posts about it. Perhaps you could quibble about those gawd awful pink vagina hats, but, oh well (who let the crafty crafters decide that one!) But I have one (I see it as historic). I had a dream the other night where I pushed Trump out of an airplane, so I can’t even escape my feelings when I sleep. It is dead serious what’s happening and those who ignore it don’t help any of us. Ignore the trolls and haters and people who would shut you down. You have a platform. This is YOUR blog. Use it as you see fit. If people don’t like it or disagree, tough. If anything, now’s the time to speak freely. I wish all of you peace of mind and grit and fire so that we can get through these times and protest like Hell so that we all come out ok if not better. Please consider supporting those organizations that protect those who are made so vulnerable right now. Love the leopard coat, entire look, BTW.

  31. The great thing about the Internet is that we can connect with like minded, right minded souls. I think by admitting your concerns you help us to draw closer to one another , and to be so heartened by the experience of scrolling through the comments here . I have just finished knitting a purple pussy hat….more flattering for my silver hair and late 50s skin tones.

  32. It is your blog, you can do what you like. Not mentioning the current events would be like living in a vacuum and I find myself squirming inside when commenters get all huffy, saying that they don’t want to see unpleasant or difficult topics when they pop along. Pop off, then. I will admit to always turning off when there are posts about make-up or anything menopausal since I don’t find either riveting. But I come back later. As for leopard skin, one item at a time. The coat is great and I wouldn’t mind a pair of leopard print boots. Head to toe and you look like you charge by the hour.

  33. Thank you so much for this post! Your blog has always been a respite for me, and now it is even more so. Compassion and fashion makes the world a better place.

  34. I think you look wonderful, and thank you for addressing the chaos that has unfolded in the world. Freedom of speech, press and other media are already under attack, and this is the first step toward Fascism. If this seems overly dramatic, rewind to what Steve Bannon said about the media needing to “shut up”. What is happening in the US is terrifying, and we need to stand strong for our rights.

  35. The woman on the Washington march is my favourite image of all the marches. That coat is wonderful (anyone can wear leopard print, it’s a neutral) and so appropriate on the day pussy grabbed back. With the state the world’s in right now it’s almost impossible not to be involved in politics. The only way for us to get our world back is to show how much we hate and despise the new order.

  36. Thank you for having the courage to speak out, in spite of the fact that it might lose you some followers. It’s too big a crisis to just ignore and I applaud you…loudly.

  37. I agree with RETROCHICMAMA. It’s not the time for hiding passionately held opinions. The only good thing that has come out of the chaos is people’s motivation to organize, protest and voice their objections. It seems to me that this extreme and uncomfortable situation has woken everyone up and it’s wonderful to see how motivated my American friends are now. (I’m English but have lived in NYC for 10 years).

  38. It’s your blog and I think you should say whatever you want to say – readers can either continue to follow you or choose not to – that’s their choice.
    As a Canadian I don’t have quite as much at stake as far as Brexit or Trump are concerned (although the man appals me)! What I have found interesting however, and again, this is from someone outside both votes – is the reaction of the “Left” in both countries. Up front I would describe myself as conservative financially but liberal socially and, as many Canadians do – tend to vote for the candidate that will best help my riding – not necessarily by party lines (constituencies will often tend to vote for one party provincially and another federally). But what has truly shocked me is the notion that somehow the Liberal Left has been cheated – that somehow both these votes were “stolen” by people who should have left these decisions to their “betters”. Isn’t this the very definition of autocratic and elitist? I have to admit to being truly shocked at some of the speeches being made and that it speaks volumes as to why voters in both countries voted the way that they did. Please understand, I don’t necessarily agree with the outcomes – I’m just standing back and looking at the results and the reactions as an interested observer and it has certainly been enlightening. I think the “Left” should perhaps look more to what they can do to once more become relevant and representative rather than talking about chavs or rednecks and bigots and insulting people en masse who simply exercised their right to vote in a legal manner. Just an observation….

  39. Alyson, I really welcome you addressing the issues around Trump. Over the last week I have found myself alienated from those bloggers who just carry on as normal when normal has been trampled on by Trump and his sinister executive orders. I’ve always had conflicted views about fashion blogging because it does seem to take us back to a time when a woman’s role was about looks, family and the internal life. Part of me wants to scream at those bloggers `how can you obsess over a handbag when Trump is changing the US into an authoritarian state and our PM is colluding’. Suddenly shopping and what you wear really does seem too frivolous when our freedoms are being challenged. So thanks again Alyson because you’re striking a balance between continue to live your life but not burying your head in the sand.

  40. I love the coat, the jeans, and the boots. Top to toe, great look! I agree about whether to carry on as though all were dandy, on either side of the Atlantic. When I get a bit anxious, I think about my grandmother who lived through the Depression, WWII, McCarthyism, 9/11 and a lot more unrest. Her advice would be to soldier on, keep a stiff upper lip, and never lose faith that good will triumph. Alyson, always be yourself, that’s why we keep coming back.

  41. Thank you for this post Alyson, I’m glad you wrote it. Two things: 1. I agree with Angelin; yes, bad things have happened all through the last years, but just because some people are only now protesting doesn’t detract from their message and the seriousness of it (I went on one of the women’s marches, first time marcher and I’m 56). And 2. I disagree with Margie in Toronto – I’m Canadian too (also British) and I think that we do have a lot at stake here – some of the ugliness that has accompanied the rise of Trump is surfacing here too. (A motivation for the Quebec attack is not yet known, but it’s hard not to join the dots.)

  42. thank you for talking about the elephant in the room! These are extraordinary times. There is vitriol on Facebook and I may leave it b/c of that. I love your blog both for the fashion and your artist’s eye and now, also, your politics. Your outfit is fabulous BTW and I love this week’s fashion choices. I have a March wedding to go to and am STILL scratching my head as to what to wear–I’m a California girl and this wedding is in Baltimore. Cheers!

  43. I love dropping in here! Times are too precarious to just stick our heads in the sand and stay quiet. When I visit your blog, various Instagram accounts in other parts of the world, and see women marching together… well… it gives me a feeling of connection and solidarity. I also so enjoy seeing what everyone is wearing! I marched and wore my pink pussy hat with my hand woven pink plaid scarf, jeans, and my very favorite “marching” boots! It’s important to stay connected and and top of things, but also to back away and have fun. Mixing politics and fashion is nothing new. I’m sure I lost visitors to my blog and Insta accounts. So be it. I feel, more than ever, that it’s time to be vocal. Now where did I but my black beret?

  44. I believe that to remain silent, at this time, would actually be unethical. If we don’t stand up for what we believe in now, when? When things get “a little bit worse?” I marvel at those bloggers who are choosing to remain “on brand” at a time like this. None of us looks good with her head in the sand…

  45. This is your blog and you should never feel muzzled by those that would leave mean spirited comments. It is a time of turmoil and we should all feel disturbed by the turn of events. IF I DIDN’T agree, I would pass on that post, shut my mouth and come back tomorrow.
    I’m Canadian but I’m well aware of what happens in the states effects us greatly, as they are our major trading partners and closest neighbours. My husband is a transplanted Brit and has family back home so we feel your pain, too. Bring it on, Allyson!
    Love your leopard coat. I’m not sure I could pull it off. But, I do have a leopard belt that I wear often and I’m on the hunt for the perfect pair of leopard boot. I’ll be rockin’ those!

  46. We had a very stlylish turnout of about 1000 in Exeter last night but I didn’t spot anything in the same league as your coat Alyson. Carry on being honest, you might say goodbye a few readers who want to pretend nothing’s happening out there and think style is in a nice pristine bubble but hey if you go down the road of self censorship the rest of us will go!!
    To the lady who thinks we are in danger of conflating what is going on now with the holocaust, of course not that would be foolish. However if you don’t defend the victims of prejudice and stand up to bigots we can start to take the little steps that lead down that road. . No more wilful blindness!!

  47. I love your coat here, it goes beautifully with your hair. I love your boots, too (I have some that are similar, only without heels, I find myself wearing them a lot this winter).

    The photo of the protester made me smile 🙂

    I don’t think you should hold your opinions back here. It’s your blog!

  48. Fashion and politics DO mix, like everything in our society. Glad to hear we’reon the same wave-length. Adore your blog. Thank you.

  49. Kudos to you, Alyson, for bringing up the elephant in the room. It’s a sad world indeed when we must question whether we can voice our opinions for fear of upsetting anyone or getting ourselves marked for reprisal. Some of us who are aghast at what is going on in the United States (and the whole world for that matter) have let frustration get the better of them, thus being accused of being “poor losers” by the real losers— those who allowed this new “regime” to exist. Many voices in the media have been thoughtful and thought-provoking in their opposition. I hope to take a cue from them and put forth my opinions based on truth and not “alternative facts”. I won’t bash those that disagree, but I won’t allow them to make me afraid to express myself.

  50. I think we need to bring back the slogan on T-shirt item of clothing. You look fab as ever and of course we should be shouting from the rooftops, marching with placards and venting our dismay and anger in any way we can. That’s the beauty of living in a democracy. Fashion, feminism, furore and frustration make a heady cocktail. See you on the next protest xxx

  51. SO, HAPPY YOU EUROPEANS see through it!
    WHAT HAPPENED OVER HERE IN THE USA?
    HE DOES NOT HAVE ALL HIS MARBLES………..
    HE IS AN EMBARRASSMENT to MANY OF US!!!
    NO MANNERS………NO CLASS………cannot even SPEAK!
    WHO THE HELL CARES HOW MANY PEOPLE ATTENDED HIS INAUGURATION………WHY ON EARTH WOULD HE BRING THAT UP ON DAY ONE?!!!!!
    EVERY DAY there is a NEW BOMB to read about……………..I have NEVER been AFFECTED by POLITICS before.
    I may STAY over THERE come SPRING if the SITUATION HERE does not GET BETTER.
    PS.I wrote about HIM TOO………LOST 54 SUBSCRIBERS……………I HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT HIM.I would be interested to know if any who did support HIM have changed their MINDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HE MUST GO……..and SOON!

  52. Thank you so much for this, we are living in very uncertain times and we need as many voices as possible to speak up, as many have said you have struck the perfect balance , fashion and politics do indeed mix.

  53. What a wonderful response from a whole gang of women who clearly care what they look like but also have a brain in their heads. Your brilliant and inspirational post Alyson has made me feel even more a part of that gang. Please keep on saying what you believe and talking about what matters to you. You’ll have that gang of loyal followers behind you…

  54. What a welcome post! And what wonderful followers you have collected from so many places – true feminists – women who think, listen, speak up and are aesthetically aware!

  55. Full of admiration for you, Alyson, and all your writings. Never mind the self-censoring: keep writing from your heart and you’ll NEVER go wrong! You know what they say: “here’s to us who wish us well, and those that don’t can go to H….!”
    In good times and bad, I find living well is the best defence- and that includes, of course, dressing as well as one can.Problems created by Mankind can be “cured” by Man[and woman]kind!!
    Keep your head up, Girl-this is no time to be disheartened. We as a people[men AND women]shall overcome!!

    Which brings me to that coat: can I have it if/when you’re finished with it………?!

  56. Alyson, I agree with all your terrific readers who urge you to keep on speaking up about the odious goings on today — we just have to. And I too marched in the 1960s wearing “nice” clothes. Now my preference leans more to the urban guerrilla!

  57. As an American, I can’t tell you how comforting it feels to know people all over the world are dismayed by Trump and his rhetoric. We are so divided and many of us feeling so sad and embarrassed. Yes, this is a fashion blog – and we love it for being such a classy one. But given the extreme attitudes and policies being carried out, I think it would be vapid not to comment on them. And I very much appreciate the civil discourse. Even if some do not agree with the issues being discussed, I am hopeful comments will stick to the issues and not resort to name calling as Trump so often does. From across the pond – thank you for your support.

  58. You can do what you like on your own blog Alyson. It’s interesting though that the only views expressed in the comments are supportive of your political views as expressed . You may be afraid of self censoring, which you shouldn’t do, but the effect of politicising your blog is to actually censor your audience. What’s the point of making a political point, in what’s presented to the world simply as a style blog, if all it is doing is preaching to the converted and sending a not so subtle message that you can’t be in my gang unless you think like this. Unpleasant as it may be to many of us , Brexit is going to happen because the majority of the U.K. Population, who I know are neither stupid nor bigots, voted for it for good reason, Also Trump is the legally elected US President. Legally, elected, I’ll repeat that because it’s still a bit unreal. Being offended , appalled, whatever, while very worthy, won’t change either reality. Be more angry at the failure of politics to serve the people. That’s the issue that got us in the mess. Trump is just the end result of a bigger failure. I am very immersed in politics every day, and I visit this blog to escape the crap of the world , so for me, a politics free zone is a relief, not a sign you’re unengaged with it. For that reason I’ve stopped following your Instagram, which is more personal and so political. I’d be sad to ditch this blog too if this is to become more than an occasional feature. BTW love the leopard.

    1. Hillary received over 2 million more votes than that shitbird Trump. He was elected because of the outdated electoral college. And along with Trump hopefully being put out to pasture at some point, so will that horrific electoral college. It proves that America really isn’t such a democracy. #nevermypresident #jamaistrump #nevertrump.

        1. Aud, you are spot on. Grotesque inequality is the root cause of right-wing nationalism, because desperate people want certainty and the promise of a better life. Extremism flourishes wherever there is poverty and ignorance. We lucky people will have to give up some of our wealth so that others can have more. Or adopt the bunker mentality, and hope all the nastiness will go away. In my opinion, it won’t.

  59. Alyson, your blog, your choice of topic; fair enough. But, you promote TNMA as a fashion forum and that is what I would expect to read about on such a blog. I don’t doubt your sincerity or depth of feeling, but think it a little disingenuous to conflate fashion and politics. But full marks to your photographer! That is a very canny composition showing you weighed down with the worries of the world, yet putting on a brave face by wearing a leopardskin coat – your own personal political message of defiance.

    Like Aud, I think you are indeed censoring your readers. It is noticeable that so far, no one apart from Aud, Margie in Toronto and now me, has really disagreed with you. Perhaps no one else does disagree or could be bothered to write in, but I think I would have written anyway, because what did bother me was seeing on a supposedly uplifting blog about ‘dressing up’, was the crude placard carried by a protester in Washington. I would not like to infer from its inclusion that you condone the rhetoric of some of the protesters at those rallies. Personally, I was very impressed by the quiet insistence of a young woman, also carrying a placard, nicely worded this time, stylishly dressed and beautifully made up who, in a well spoken, moderate tone said that she planned on protesting every day President Trump was in power. She was making her point without any offensive wording or screeching, foul-mouthed ranting. A class act.

    From reading Aud’s comment it seems that you use Twitter and Instagram as your political platforms and again, fair enough. Presumably you have your followers there to exchange views with. (Sorry, not being rude, I don’t follow anyone on either so have little idea what’s entailed.) All I’m asking is does this pleasant blog here dedicated to some of the nicer pleasures in life here have to follow the same route?

    1. Boadicea/Aud/Margie, just to be clear, I am not censoring my comments. Only one pro-Donald post has been removed (see above). I am happy to host different viewpoints, so thank you for your contribution. I believe in democracy and accept that people have voted but it doesn’t mean I have to agree with them – though I certainly wouldn’t insult anyone over this (I’m referring to the name-calling highlighted by Aud and Margie) . This was more of a think piece, on how I feel right now and how the fashion industry, the industry I work in, will be affected. Off to read the Business of Fashion link that Holly has posted below.

      1. Struggling to see why you removed the pro Donald comment. You can’t say you welcome different views on the one hand then delete the ones that are different.

  60. I realize that we don’t have to agree with each other.I don’t mind mixing politics and fashion. If I don’t want to read the message.I can log off and come back another day. I have spent most of my life being the lady my mom raised,but I believe that sometimes you have to change your approach to get things done. I am more vocal and contacting my Senators letting them know my thoughts about the Cabinet nominees etc. I have been too busy in the past but not anymore. So, bring on politics and fashion. Game on.

  61. First of all Ms. Alyson. That outfit is so fetching. I really would like to be a thief and steal the entire look from you. That outfit is speaking to me. It is saying “Steal me”. “Now”.

    Secondly, do NOT, and I repeat. Do NOT, Not Now. Not Ever. NEVER. Start to self-censor. On here or on IG. This is YOUR blog and dammit. You have the right to say what you want. If some don’t like what you have to say about any given topic. They don’t have to comment or they don’t have to read. I would say you are a pretty diplomatic woman and you are pretty pragmatic with your choice of words.

    The things I say about Trump would make a hard-nosed sailor blush. I despise that man with every cell of my body. I’m not kidding either. I don’t hold back. He comes off as a bully but he’s a whiny little bitch. And that is me being respectful to you because you really do NOT want me to write what I really think of him. He is the dry-drunk of politicians. I know this. His personality is just like my alcoholic ex-husband’s.

    I need to stop because I will be wound up all evening. Basically, I just wanna say, write what you want! Stand true to your politics! You will always have readers and followers who think the same!!! Peace out sista!

  62. BOADICEA, certainly you are entitled to have and express your opinions just like everyone else. However, your objection to conflating fashion and politics is more than a little ridiculous. It’s not your blog, not your call. Also, for the last eight years, my friends, acquaintances and even total strangers have felt a supreme sense of entitlement to conflate politics with book club, bridge club, when to safely plant tomatoes and just about any other topic that came to mind. They have accused the former President and Mrs Obama of the most outrageous, untruthful nonsense, and happily cast ballots for an unbalanced, unqualified, narcissistic bully whose wife posed for pornographic photos. Perhaps this post struck a chord with people who needed a safe space to express their anger and disbelief of the world’s new horrific reality.

  63. By far that protest sign really communicated how I was feeling at the March here in Cleveland. Thank you for sharing!

  64. Gorgeous coat 🙂 so sixties and mod, I love your outfit xxx
    Thank you for being honest and protesting for what you believe in, it gives me hope that the small people can make a change.

  65. Bravo Alyson. The comments are overwhelmingly in your favour, it’s your blog, your forum, your space. No one is forced to read.

  66. Hi Alyson and thanks so much for saying what you did in your post – hey, it’s your blog, you write what you feel you can, must and, critically, should write. And definitely you should be writing your ‘political’ thoughts on the impact of Brexit on the fashion industry – that’s relevant and important, and interesting. I look forward to hearing more and will go on the link in the comment above

    I’ve been through and had that dilemma – how much politics should be in my blog. In the past I’ve written about fashion, ageing and ageism – it’s all political. And I’ve written about the ethics of fashion on my blog. Along with loving fashion, style and charity shop shopping I’m a political animal so about a year ago I started another blog which can be accessed from my http://frugalfashionshopper.co.uk
    and in this blog (called My Other Blog) I’ve written about the refugee crisis, Trump and Brexit – yes, a lot about Brexit. I’m not putting link to it here as for a number of reasons I’ve not written a post for several weeks (one coming soon). So there you are, I’ve separated the ‘fashion’ from the political – but hey nothing is separate from politics. You continue to write what you damn well please in your own blog. And I totally love that leopard skin coat x

  67. I’ve never understood the position, that because you work in fashion or the creative industries or are an actor, that you have no right to articulate publicly your views on anything. First and foremost we are all citizens and in the West have the precious freedom to say what the hell we want. We have broad interests that aren’t mutually exclusive and not always reconcilable either. It’s what makes humans fascinating.
    This is your wonderful blog Alyson; you made it and if people don’t like something on it, they can tell you (respectfully, we hope!) and vote with their feet if they feel like it.
    I started following TNMA because it’s grown up, candid, interesting and pressed all the right buttons for me. I’m 61, always worked, always loved fashion and style and always voted to the left. I will be marching as stylishly as I can in March against Brexit and if the Trumpton does come on a state visit I shall be on the streets then too.
    Love leopard print but not sure it loves me. Too short I think.

  68. Re removing comments/letting them stay: you are entitled, as the blog writer, to do exactly as you please. I have pondered this myself when receiving a comment that, while perfectly correct in correcting my error, was patronising, rude and missed the point I had made. I did what I had seen done on another blog I follow – I left it there for people to see, with a note to accompany and then, a day or so later, removed it.
    PS crude poster. Nowhere near as vile as the pussy-grabber who treats women as moving targets.
    PPS shitbird. Thanks for this: I must find a way to use it.

  69. Well said, Alyson. I am no longer following anyone who has not engaged with what is going on in the world at present.
    It seems wrong to stand by and say nothing.

  70. I have been reading your blog for a few months, but have never commented before. So, I just want to say that I support you in writing about politics or anything you want to on *your* blog. How can we avoid talking about politics? It is fundamental to everything that we do. I feel that the world has gone mad in the last year or so and what we write cannot help reflecting that. If we say nothing, then we are colluding with evil acts.

    Yes, and I too love your coat!

  71. Still looking for my safe place, pacifier, puppy, ice cream, padded room….not as lucky as some of you. Thought a blog about aging well, style and common sense was here, but no you are just like the rest…intolerant! I tolerated Obama for 8 years, no protests, no vagina hats, no busting windows, no riots, no blocking streets…just thinking every day that he was going to bring our country together, but no he divided our great nation worse that the 50’s & 60’s…didn’t even begin to help his own people. So please don’t criticize President Trump until you clean up around your own doorsteps. I have really enjoyed reading your blog and stepping out of my comfort zone on makeup and style…you gave me strength and courage to be in my 70’s and LOVE IT! Adios Amigo!

    1. The Far Right was not silent and tolerant during the Obama years. Or did I dream up the Tea Party and Sarah Palin? Now there’s a woman whose style I won’t be chaneling soon!

  72. It’s your blog. You get to say what YOU think. 🙂

    Certainly, politics and fashion go together. Humans have always altered, emphasized and invented fashion to express themselves and their beliefs. From bikinis to hijabs to long hair on men to short hair on women, we decorate ourselves in accordance with our self-images. And when self-images are changing rapidly, fashion becomes an emblem of revolution.

    Power to the Pussy!

  73. Thanks for the style tips. They’ve been great and I’ve learned lots. Have enjoyed it all until recently when it has started to feel like I’m reading the Guardian ( which I’ll read when I want to read the Guardian, but isn’t what I’m here for). Deleting the one pro Trump comment did it for me. Don’t invite comment if you only want people who agree with you. Anyway, thanks and so long!

  74. Yes, to everything. Fashion/style etc. is madly fascinating and interesting to all of us and ‘gilding the lily’ gives us our individuality and sense of identity in our safe and untroubled fantasy world. However, all of us are intelligent, thinking women who function above these ‘trifles’ even when we can enjoy them so much. There is a huge degree of uncertainty and potential danger in the world at the moment – perhaps there always has been in different ways. Our generation never had to endure world wars and losing people whom we love through those wars. The majority of people in the UK don’t know TRUE poverty, oppression, fear etc. and we live in our ivory towers until the world wobbles on it’s axis and we forget the frocks for a while and think, properly think. Surely part of ‘style’ is an intelligent, rational and intellectual mind – one with the confidence and skills to speak out our opinions and protest, if necessary. I truly believe that if we are unable to do this we would be no wiser and more vacuous than the Melania’s and Kardashian’s in their expensively attired, fake cartoon world. Alyson, I think you will gain more followers by going with your flow……………..

  75. I do not see this piece as proclaiming that you are going to infuse all of your style blogs with your political opinions. In fact, it seems to me it is a musing on your part about contextualizing fashion. I still expect that your blog will continue to be about style in its many incarnations, as it has always been. As Maudie mentions eloquently above, style includes the mind and the heart. Whatever your political opinions, style also includes conversations that are conducted respectfully. In broaching this subject, you have revealed the depth of your character. This is part of what has made you a style icon for me. I have shared you with my community and you now have a new group of devoted followers. I cannot wait to see what is next………..

  76. Alyson, I appreciate your polite, considered reply and that you took no offence at, according to Elizabeth, my “ridiculous” objection to your conflating fashon/style and politics. However, like the just-departed Aud, I do wonder why you deleted the one pro-Trump comment. I can’t believe you really only want sycophantic support. If only you’d left it up…

    Elizabeth: You think I’ve missed the point and I think maybe you’ve missed mine! From the start I acknowledged that this is Alyson’s blog and therefore it’s her call, not mine, to write what she likes. I was only pointing out a certain disappointment on opening up and finding politics on the agenda instead of say, where to buy that lovely leopardskin coat! Have a look at Penny’s blog (see above). She’a very much a political animal but mostly keeps fasion/style to her ‘frugal’ blog and politics to her other blog. Thus, readers know what to expect: Vogue or The Guardian!

    I’m wondering if there’s a part of your reply missing, as after putting me in my place (!) you go on to mention your friends etc and then continue, “They have accused the former President…”. I don’t think you meant your friends, but I get your drift.

    And Maudie, my generation is one that does remember a world war and all that entailed….

  77. Boadicea – I nearly 60 and remember the late fifties and the ‘aftermath’ of WWII and how it affected my parents and family (who served in the Navy) and siblings (my would-be cousins) who didn’t come home. The frugality of post-war rationing, the fear of it happening again, my uncle who lived in Deptford slums before they were demolished, the lack of employment, me – a small child playing on bombsites – I could go on. All I am saying is that I did not ‘personally’ experience the Blitz!

    1. Maudie – My mis-reading, it seems. I’m much older than you and although my family didn’t live in London I do remember the Blitz and the aftermath and indeed, all that you mentioned was sad and frightening, especially when the telegraph boy appeared in the street. The sailors in your family were very brave.

  78. I believe that these are unprecedented times and, for some of us in the US, the next four years loom long and ugly and feel downright frightening. I had been blogging too until I simply lost my sense of humor and had to stop. I became a news junkie instead. Whatever helps to get us through the days without going crazy feels right – and fashion (or cooking, or exercise, or whatever) is going to be that thing for some of us. But I think you – Alyson – have a gift for making fashion feel relevant and personal for women of a certain age, for whom the outside world is fundamentally very real. I appreciate it very much, and love a good animal print!

  79. To Bodicea, I DID mean friends, specifically the ones I value as treasured gifts in my life but whose political views are diametrically opposed to mine. They have been in attack mode for the last eight years, because their political party was not in complete power. Now I am exercising my right to do the same. And while you state that it is, indeed Alyson’s blog, you criticize her decision to conflate fashion with politics. It felt like a contradiction to me. I guess you and I will just have to ageee to disagree.

  80. I’m 71, and the photograph Alyson included in her blog post of an older woman holding a sign emblazoned with her clearly expressed opinion could be me, since it expresses exactly how I feel about the current political situation in the US and the current President’s attacks on women’s reproductive rights. Yes, I love fashion. But I love my civil rights a hell of a lot more.

  81. Loved your blogpost . Loving these comments . Loving these outspoken women who are not content to be ‘ Stepford ‘ i.e. Melania wives . This is what women have fought for in my lifetime & it seems the fight goes on .

  82. Back again…this is what blogging is about. It can be hard to be criticised but once you put your head above a parapet, expect to do some dodging. And also to stand tall. Pleased that the majority are supportive and that those who are not have decided to take their leave, as is their choice, rather than stay around and troll. Civilised behaviour.

  83. This blog is your space Alyson, your “salon” and we are guests in it. Your political views cannot be surprising to any one who has read your blog for the last few years and those who don’t like your views can “jog on”.
    I’m having less patience nowadays for supporters of Trump, it’s no longer a difference of politics but what it means to be a human.

  84. Wow, I am late to this party–too many comments for me to read through at this moment, so I may be totally redundant when I say BRAVO. Thank you for expressing–carefully, IMHO–your opinions on what is going on right now in the world, particularly your country and mine. One of the ways I am learning to cope with the stress, rage and anxiety of living in Trumpland is to dress even more carefully than usual, trying to bring a bit of joy to myself and those around me every day by the combination of things I wear. So far, that has helped, in a tiny but tangible way.

    For my local Women’s March a few weeks ago, I didn’t have time (or pink yarn on hand) to knit a pussy hat–and as a knitter, that made me sad. However, I pulled out a beanie I made a few years ago that I had festooned with white buttons–which I had inherited years before from my grandmothers. It felt like I was carrying their strength with me on that march! Our clothing really can carry meaning.

    Thank you for this wonderful post. By the way, I also loved your outfit. Keep it going. . .

  85. I responded early, and forgot to mention how great the leopard skin coat looked!

    Been following all these responses with great interest, and am concerned that some US readers have conflated the Trump presidency with Brexit. Sure, the underlying causes are similar, but hey – you get another vote in four years time! We don’t.

    Our children and grandchildren will be lumbered with this appalling, xenophobic and economically illiterate decision for decades. I do believe that, long after I’m dead, a good trading relationship with Europe will be restored though. In the short term, as so often happens, it’s the poor who will suffer. Prices will rise, government spending will fall. People like me – I flinchingly own up to liberal elite – will be fine. But I despair of the growing inequality, its no good for any of us. Yes, Margie in Toronto, the Left is wrong to feel it has been robbed. We should have seen it coming, our bad. Hillary was a bad choice for the Democrats, and we have elected a dismal Labour leader (lovely man, my MP for over 30 years, I know and admire him personally, but he’s simply not a leader) and now we seem to be stuck. For the moment.

    Even so, I don’t think we deserve to be described as the “Left” in inverted commas. I’m a Leftie, proud of it and I’m not going anywhere.

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