How to wear the basics and not look basic: the Showbiz Boot

Style is about confidence and individuality; about wearing it well. Here Stella Greenspan (a stylist and former assistant to Grace Coddington) looks comfortable and at ease, while expertly demonstrating the significance of the Showbiz Boot. And I realise as I type this that I own a version of the outfit above; funny that. Remember the tweedy jacket and velvet boot combo ?Read more

Navy blue is the grown-up hue

Navy blue is the most elegant neutral, right? If my teens and twenties were an interlude in black, then midlife and beyond is all about navy. The best way to wear this grown-up hue is to combine different textures: try dark denim and cashmere with a fabulous faux shearling over the top. For the next fewRead more

Ali MacGraw looks magnificent in Porter magazine

I bloody LOVE this. Ali MacGraw photographed in Santa Fe by Pamela Hanson for Porter magazine . The 78-year-old looks stunning in her Gentlewoman Style meets Georgia O’Keefe outfits, set against the desert landscape. More of this, please.  

We are Generation Jumpsuit

Call me The Pied Piper of Jumpsuits – but over the last few weeks several women have told me that, on my recommendation, they’ve been converted to the joys of the wonderful one-piece. Do not underestimate this garment’s pull-on-and-go properties, the versatility, ease of wear (look mum, no gaps) and handy pockets. For me, the time-savedRead more

Street Style Forever at London Fashion Week

Showing women of all ages doing their own thing is what I want to do more of on That’s Not My Age. And with this in mind I popped along to London Fashion Week, over the weekend. Walking past a group of street style photographers desperately taking pictures of a badly dressed teenager by aRead more

Pleats Please Me (at last)

  Sometimes an item of clothing has strong associations: Don’t Look Now might have put you off red coats forever, one waft of a nemesis’ signature perfume can make you shiver. For me, Issey Miyake Pleats Please has powerful links to my fashion editor days (in the 1990s power dressing involved Pleats not shoulder pads). Let’s just say The Devil WearsRead more

What the grown-ups were wearing at Graduate Fashion Week

Over at Graduate Fashion Week, my research was firmly focused on the academics. With ace photographer Lucy Fitter  in tow, the aim was not to find out what we should all be wearing next season but to discover what the lecturers could teach us. What I noticed in the style stakes was that while the students were makingRead more

Wafty summer dresses with sleeves

This is definitely a week for wafting. I don’t wear dresses very often but it’s sweltering in London and I am in need of a breeze. Hence, I’ve been looking at frocks in natural fabrics, with the Waft Factor AND with sleeves. Michele Oka Doner is an American artist and these uber-chic photos are fromRead more

It’s time to welcome back the slingback

After my Big Wardrobe Workout , I donated a pile of 1990s ‘Fashion Editor’ clothes and shoes to the local charity shop. Mainly wide leg trousers that felt a bit corporate and a pile of trashed kitten heels. The shoes were all quite worn out and tragic-looking and with a style consultant in the house, I wondered why I’dRead more

Where to find a sleeveless summer dress with the Waft Factor

  ‘Every year it’s the same. I’m going somewhere really hot and the only thing it’s comfortable to wear is sleeveless,’ acclaimed author Maggie Alderson  says to me, ‘Loads and loads of women feel the same frustration. It doesn’t matter if you hate your upper arms, when it’s properly hot, you have to go sleeveless. Please can youRead more