Whooping up your wardrobe basics

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Had to engage in a spot of Frayed Hem Management last week. After a couple of washes, the DIY cropped kick-flare jeans had got themselves into a bit of a tangle. Time for a trim. Neat and even fraying is fine but no one wants Incredible Hulk Hems. Looking for ways to perk up my vintage coat/old clothes IRead more

The brogue is always in vogue

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Miss Marples, lady golfer or Gentlewoman Style? To me, the brogue is always in vogue. Church’s fancy, tasseled Derby shoe is currently shouting my name (available HERE) . I wore orthotics for a while but eventually gave up trying to wedge them into shoes and boots, and decided to spend more on decent shoes instead. My feet have been absolutely fine andRead more

It’s about style not age

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If you’ve spent this week employing a much-needed digital detox you might just have missed a rather uplifting online sensation. When the New York Times published a feature entitled ‘Don’t Dress Your Age ’, urging women to ignore ‘mutton-shaming’ style advice about what you can and can’t wear over-40, hundreds of women took to social media in solidarity. PostingRead more

Cut the Crop: long hair forever

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  I had my hair cut properly yesterday, in a very cool salon, in central London; a rare occurrence but it was a birthday present from my son, says Elaine Kingett.  I hate all that faffing around with products and implements. It’s one of the reasons my hair is long – I’m a low-maintenance womanRead more

How to wear pattern and print without looking frumpy

Alyson Walsh; That's Not My Age;

I like pattern and print when I see it on other things, like art gallery walls, soft furnishings and ceramics, but not so much on me. On a  scale of surface decoration (a pie chart of pattern?), I definitely gravitate towards the plain end; but I love a good Liberty print, a vintage paisley, aRead more

The new way to wear a shirtdress (part two)

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Result. I found a Lovely Blue Shirtdress. It’s pinstripe cotton and available for a bargain price at Muji; £39.95, I think (I bought this a couple of weeks ago). Because fashion is not available online at Muji (only socks), I’d recommend getting yourself in-store, pronto. The Shirtdress of Dreams comes in a couple of differentRead more

Hands that have lived: Karen Walker & Advanced Style collaborate

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My 52-year-old hands have their fair share of wrinkles, veins and age spots. I know I probably should have taken more care of them (years of cycling without sun screen hasn’t helped) but they are my hands and they work. And that’s what they look like. And the latest Karen Walker jewellery campaign shot byRead more

Easy summer style: the kimono jacket

Alyson Walsh; That's Not My Age;

  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

You’re never too old to wear a bikini

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This week I have been mostly walking around in public in my bra and pants, says Elaine Kingett. You might call it a bikini but it felt like underwear to me and, what exactly is the difference in reality? Plus, I could do with some of lingerie’s construction values these days. Arriving in the heatRead more

Creative women at work: designer Charlene Mullen

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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