The Outstanding Coat

And now for an exercise in practicing what I preach. In Style Forever , one of the essential items in the Wardrobe Glue chapter is an outstanding coat. Look around at the train station in winter and you will notice two things: everyone’s on their smart phones (they’ll get Tech Neck ) and everyone’s wearing black winter coats. AsRead more

The new way to wear a shirt dress

I’m always looking for new ways to wear things, new ways to layer. And this gorgeous striped cotton shirt dress could be THE style inspiration for summer. Perfect for swanning around in, the shirt dress looks ace over gold jeans or cigarette pants – though white makes an excellent alternative. Such an easy-breezy modern look.Read more

How to wear cropped flare jeans

Not a Charlie Perfume ad minus the vitality but an excuse to show off my kick flare jeans. Engaging in a little DIY action over the Bank Holiday weekend, I took a pair of scissors and lopped a couple of inches off a pair of old Gap flared jeans. Et voila. Instant update. To beRead more

Bring on the clip-on earrings

Once dismissed as pain-inducing lobe-squeezers, I’ve recently come round to clip-on earrings. Over Easter, we spent a few days in the Cotswolds and found a fantastic vintage store, in Cirencester, with an array of wonderful vintage earrings. I had already selected a couple of pairs, when the owner told me that a friend of Shirley Bassey’s used toRead more

How to wear flat shoes and boots right now

Cropped kick-flares and culottes are terribly au courant but in winter I like to draught-proof my legs. Eliminate a northwesterly up the nether regions, by opting for a straighter leg style. Now the decluttering has begun (one bagful of stuff to charity and counting), I’m finally going to have a go at getting rid ofRead more

Scarf tutorial: four ways to get knotted

How about that for scarf action? I’m stupidly excited about this GIF, simple things and all that. Fenwick asked me to run through my four favourite scarf styles for summer, you can see the others HERE.

Finding the perfect pair of jeans

Not too skinny, not too baggy-saggy-boyfriend-style, with a comfy mid-rise and a slightly cropped leg – I think I’ve found the perfect pair of summer jeans. As J Brand are one of the top everyday denim brands listed in my book Style Forever , I was pleased to discover the Ellis Crop. On sale (now half priceRead more

It’s Style Forever Day!

  Kay Montano illustration by Leo Greenfield Today is the BIG day. The day Style Forever launches in the UK, and I’m excited, at last. Exhausted, but excited too. As it says on the back cover, this book is for any woman who refuses to be invisible. Women of style and substance like Kay MontanoRead more

Style Forever: the grown-up guide to looking fabulous

That Is My Book. Writing Style Forever was such a whirlwind last summer (polite phrase), I still can’t quite believe it happened. I’ve been asked several times recently if I’m excited, and the honest answer is, ‘No. Not at the minute’. The Waterstones website has just told me there are 36 days to publication, so maybe it’sRead more

What to wear in January

  Who doesn’t want a roll neck now that they’ve seen the St Joan of Céline ad ? This navy cotton version is from Winser London , a great one-stop online shop for basics. My latest post for the Guardian discusses what to wear right now in order to stay chic, cosy and cheerful. For me, that means Casual Glamour: modern uniform dressing with aRead more