Easy summer style: the kimono jacket

  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

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

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

40 over 40: meet the women shaping the internet

Brace yourselves for some first class trumpet-blowing…I’m delighted to be named as one of ’40 women over 40′ shaping the internet, in The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine. The 40 over 40 list has sections on fashion and beauty, technology, politics and activism and media/entertainment – and there I am alongside other digitally engaged women including: Linda Rodin, SherylRead more

Style Inspiration: Ellen von Unwerth in the Marina Rinaldi campaign

Ace photographer Ellen von Unwerth has leapt into the new Marina Rinaldi campaign alongside model Alessandra Garcia Lorido. Jumping around on set was a technique first used by Richard Avedon in the 1960s and then recreated by Grace Coddington in The September Issue (after a brief tussle over photoshopping with Anna Wintour). I’m a huge fan ofRead more

Hot Flush Fashion – are we supposed to dress a certain way during menopause?

I hate all those style rules. That’s what I told the Telegraph when they asked me for advice on ‘navigating fashion through the menopause.’ Style is an individual thing. It’s not about dressing your age, it’s about dressing for your body shape. And being comfortable. Yes, body shape changes around the menopause – mine has,Read more

Moving on from the ubiquitous skinny jean – and some new denim brands to look out for

After more than a decade of the ubiquitous skinny jean, the shift to a relaxed silhouette is more than welcome. Quite frankly, the, er, new status quo has a much more interesting aesthetic – think frayed, hand-painted, high-waisted, patchwork denim. This sartorial swing has had me wearing my old Levi’s 501s again and engaging inRead more

The Queen on the cover of Vanity Fair

To celebrate her 90th birthday, the Queen is on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine . Photographed by Annie Liebowitz, Her Majesty appears with her favourite corgis and dorgis (no, me neither – it’s a cross between dachshund and a corgi). Wearing Gucci loafers . There’s been talk of a Sloane Ranger revival with pie crust collars, navy blazers andRead more

What’s Your Bag with Ally Capellino

Ace designer Ally Capellino asked if I’d like to be involved in her ‘What’s My Bag’ project. This basically involved Ally and the photographer Sophie Green coming round to That’s Not My Age Mansions for a cuppa and a chat – it was so relaxed, I didn’t even bother to tidy up. What’s My BagRead more

M&S get it right

Feels like M&S is finally getting its act together. The British brand surprised the fashion world this week by launching its autumn 2016 collection with an immediately available, chic capsule range ‘The Big Easy’. I had a good look at the collection yesterday: I wouldn’t buy the Alexa Chung stuff, but I would buy this.Read more