Casual Glamour at Christmas

Now that’s what I call Casual Glamour. Maye Musk at the British Fashion Awards, this week, in a silver bomber jacket and evening frock. As a Casual Glamourpuss, myself, I’m a huge fan of using a combination of day and eveningwear to create an outfit with go-anywhere appeal. Just mix easy-to-wear, everyday basics with a look-at-me standout piece, like an amazing, metallicRead more

Pattern, print and older model Pam Lucas

How to wear pattern and print is something I’ve been playing around with recently ( HERE and HERE ). While there are patterns that make perfect sense: paisley,  leopard print , camo , all kinds of  stripes ; I find others set my Frump Alarm off. Show me a blooming, great floral print and I’ll show you a woman filled with chintzyRead more

Style Inspiration: Walking with Peter Lindbergh

Big coats, flat shoes and beautiful black and white photography. Finally got my hands on a copy of the latest issue of Italian Vogue and am trying to Fika things up today; plenty of coffee and this gorgeous Peter Lindbergh photoshoot should help (you can also see this story on Peter Lindbergh’s website HERE ). In theRead more

The brogue is always in vogue

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

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

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

More thoughts on Chic Not Shouty bags

I did get excited about a designer handbag once. It was six years ago, when I met Jane Birkin . This was at Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, where we chatted for 15-minutes – and she didn’t call security. We talked mainly about her work as a campaigner on social issues and Aung San Suu Kyi, who was still underRead more

How to wear pattern and print without looking frumpy

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

How to be a Modern Gentlewoman – a new book by Navaz Batliwalla

Put on your favourite Margaret Howell shirt, polish your Church’s brogues, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman is out today. Written by freelance fashion editor and founder of the Disneyrollergirl blog Navaz Batliwalla, and published by Laurence King, this is the definitive guide for the grown-up tomboy . There’s a history of garconne style, a usefulRead more

How to make casual look chic

Sometimes you just spot someone who nails it. Their style just feels so effortless, and so right for them (and possibly for you; but not in a Single White Female way). That was the case at the Bella Freud perfume launch, last week, where this amazing woman caught my eye. Her low-key, relaxed approach is quite a simple formulaRead more