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 for Style Forever, not loadsamoney but enough to treat myself to some posh, new shoes. What a decision, though: gold metallic, red leather, fuchsia suede? I went for timeless black leather, in the end. Perfect with jeans and as comfy as a pair of old slippers.
Meanwhile. What’s happening on the British high street? M&S is closing 60 stores and I was invited onto Sky News, at the weekend, to comment. Here’s what I said: I’m not surprised by the announcement, M&S need to rationalise – there are too many collections, too much stuff and it’s too confusing. They need a sharper edit. More good quality basics, more items made in the UK and why don’t they have stand-alone stores for basics, or for tights and undies? The quality of the clothes should be as good as the quality of the food.
The coat I’m wearing in the photograph was a gift from Jaeger (I know; available HERE). Another brand that’s lost it’s way a bit, lately. The flagship store on Regent Street closed last year and a new smaller store opened last week on Marylebone High Street – which is always a good, grown-up place to shop. The Jaeger store is bright and welcoming and definitely worth a look-in. The coats and jackets are popular and this lightweight boiled wool number is easy to wear and excellent for layering up. It’ll be accompanying me on a trip to New York, next week. And I’m not going to say anything else about the USA, right now…
Let’s distract ourselves with some splendid shoes, coats and jeans: