The best way to wear velvet

Continuing the Casual Glamour conversation, the best way to wear velvet is 1970’s style; as dressed-up daywear. Giovanna Battaglia sets the tone with her velvet blazer , bright accessories and kick-flare jeans. And I’ve recently rediscovered one of my poshest, posh sweatshirts , again. Blimey, this photo is four-years-old, wish my face had retained the same, lush quality as the velvet:Read 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

Belts are back!

  As a fan of Casual Glamour with a predominantly pared-down wardrobe, I’m always looking for an accessory or eye-catching detail to boost the basics. Perk things up a bit. My everyday (meaning I wear it practically everyday)  khaki jumpsuit is big, baggy and a bit breezy now we’ve finally moved into autumn. I’ve been meaning to have aRead more

Statement earrings without the sagging lobes

The statement earring is one of my signature pieces and the easiest way to perk up a Gentlewomanly outfit . There are some wonderful, shoulder-scraping styles around for autumn, but recently I’ve noticed that wearing big heavy diamanté statement earrings (and my favourite J.Crew chandeliers ) is starting to take its toll. Sagging lobes; it’s an issue. To preventRead more

Grace Coddington is cool in her Calvins

In the interest of balance, it only seems right that as well as featuring gorgeous grey-haired older models , That’s Not My Age includes women who prefer to carry on colouring. And I include myself in that category, despite on-going attempts to grow in the grey. The Calvin Klein fall 2016 campaign was released this week and 75-year-old Grace Coddington is one of theRead more

Older models: Maye Musk for James Perse

This is just perfect. Ace Californian t-shirt brand James Perse has used 68-year-old model Maye Musk in its autumn 2016 campaign.  A stunning silver haired model dressed in lovely clothes on a beautiful country ranch. Bring it on. Brand photographer Noah Stone confirms that James Perse has been aiming to increase versatility and diversity for a while,Read more

Sophie Fontanel a new French Style Heroine and over-40 Instagrammers in Vogue

Women over-40 on Instagram, it’s ‘a thing’. First I get a mention in the Telegraph’s The grown-up Instagram style stars you need to know , then the Ageless Style issue of British Vogue (July 2016) runs a feature called Second Post, on creative women in their 40s and 50s (including the wonderful photographer Kristin Perers ) and now 9 Steps to superstardom by a 54-year-old French Instagram Sensation. Sophie Fontanel is a French fashion journalist and author who lovesRead more

Missoni stripes and a lovely exhibition

Zig-a-zag-ah, there’s a lovely Missoni retrospective on at the Fashion & Textiles Museum in London. Missoni Art Colour is quite small but neatly combines 20th century artwork from the Italian family’s collection  – paintings by Sonia Delaunay, Lucio Fontana and Gino Severini  – with a wonderful display of the signature zigzag crochet knits. I’m a sucker for aRead more

How to wear a white shirt and not look basic

I’ve never been able to get excited about the white shirt. It was part of my school uniform and frankly looked best after the class had signed their names all over it, on the last day of term. Remember that? Then as a fashion editor, the white shirt became one of the items ‘every womanRead 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.