Hot weather dressing: cropped pants can look chic

The image of middle-aged dads on mini-scooters in cropped cargo pants almost ruined it for me. Off-putting though this crisis-laden combo maybe, the rise and rise of culottes and kick-flare jeans has taken the edge off cropped pants. Thanks then to the numerous women I’ve spotted lately looking cool in a crop (the silhouette I’ve been seeing isRead more

You’re never too old for another ear piercing…

The only problem with midlife multiple ear piercing is fastening the bloody sleepers (small hoop earrings). Think threading a needle at twilight without your glasses on, and then some. I can’t remember it being this fiddly 40-years ago but I guess I had more time on my hands then. Anyhow, having another piercing is something  I’ve been considering for a whileRead more

What to wear right now: a shirt dress

I’ve worn this shirt dress to a meeting, to a cocktail party and to travel in. It’s a go-anywhere, do-everything style that is both wafty and smart and doesn’t wilt in a heatwave. Result. The DKNY cotton poplin shirt dress cost more than I would normally spend on a frock but it’s incredibly versatile, the longer hemline at the backRead more

Where to find chic and simple summer sandals

There are three things I want from a pair of summer sandals: pared-down design, bunion coverage and a flat-but-not-too-flat sole. Yep, I like my footwear strong and stable. Not fluffy and frivolous. Never furry. Chic, simple summer sandals – the kind of thing you find at  ATP Atelier , Ancient Greek Sandals and Toast  are perfect in the city and onRead more

How to wear Harem pants

Partial to a posh jogger or  Harem pant , I was beginning to worry that I’d reached the age of the elasticated waist till I noticed that Barney’s has a category specifically for this type of ‘ slouchy pant .’ That’s all right, then. (Check out the Frame voluminous drawstring linen pair).  My new favourite version of ‘Pyjama Dressing without looking like you’ve given up’ isRead 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

Made with love: Cotton Conscious

This is possibly the waftiest of wafty dresses I’ve seen all summer. Spotted at a local market in south London, it belongs to a small fairtrade company called Cotton Conscious . The co-founders are husband and wife team Lisa Galibardy and Blue Philpotts who spend half the year in London and half the year in India. Rishikesh is onRead 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

Statement shirts – letting it all hang out

‘You’ll never be a scout with your shirt hanging out,’ that’s what my mum used to say when the Walsh kids arrived home from school looking a bit dishevelled.  But that was then, and 40-years later it’s chic to look a little undone. Blimey, there are even YouTube videos showing how to achieve an artfullyRead more