What to wear right now: a cashmere roll neck

It’s jumper weather right now and as there are only a couple of weeks of the year when a woman of my age can wear a roll neck, (without descending into a hot menopausal mess ) I’m making the most of it. Michelle Williams looks the business in jeans and a jumper in the latest issue of WSJ magazine .Read more

Whooping up your wardrobe basics

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

Statement Shirts worth splashing out on

Apart from the Palmer//Harding shirts, I wasn’t sure about Modern Rarity ( John Lewis’ collection of luxury basics), at first. The name was a bit of a mouthful, the colour palette a bit beige, the overall effect a bit underwhelming. But for spring/summer this premium collection feels stronger – more navy blue and more shirty-ness from Palmer//Harding helps. There’s aRead more

Getting organised & going green for 2017 (sort of)

In a fit of avoidance behaviour, I decided to leave the book editing, get organised and buy a diary. That was after I’d finished unpacking and been to the dry cleaners, yesterday. I always prefer an actual pocket notebook to a smartphone and yeah, I know that three-days-in is hardly organised but I had implementedRead more

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