Perfect weather for a neckerchief

  Like a cowboy (or Garance Doré) I’m partial to wearing a scarf neckerchief-style. Having the point at the front and the knot at the back is a neat way to get round the windchill factor. And knitwear designer  Jo Gordon’s  woolly neckerchief is my new favourite thing; here it is ‘boy scout’ style… And featured in Italian VogueRead more

The new way to wear a shirtdress (part two)

Result. I found a Lovely Blue Shirtdress. It’s pinstripe cotton and available for a bargain price at Muji; £39.95, I think (I bought this a couple of weeks ago). Because fashion is not available online at Muji (only socks), I’d recommend getting yourself in-store, pronto. The Shirtdress of Dreams comes in a couple of differentRead more

Ageless Style: Daphne Selfe for Me+Em

Daphne Selfe is a darling. Whenever we meet she’s warm, charming and full of life. Oh and busy. Did I mention that? What with a book to promote , and all. As a model, Daphne has been more successful in her ninth decade, than ever before. No wonder Me +Em have signed her up to showcase their autumn knitwearRead more

Biker jacket inspiration for autumn (and none of them is black)

Are you revving things up for autumn? Me neither. I’m feeling very Last Days of Summer: all beach hair, rooftop bars and Book Brain. One thing I do feel certain of is, that if Rei Kawakubo is wearing a red leather biker jacket, then it’s a sign. The Comme des Garcons designer/founder once said that she worksRead more

You’re never too old to wear a bikini

This week I have been mostly walking around in public in my bra and pants, says Elaine Kingett. You might call it a bikini but it felt like underwear to me and, what exactly is the difference in reality? Plus, I could do with some of lingerie’s construction values these days. Arriving in the heatRead more

Sling on a pendant necklace this summer

The combination of seeing Team GB adorned with Olympic medals (so proud!) and a mini-heatwave has got me thinking about summer accessorizing. Long beaded necklaces with tassels and pendants are everywhere, and this kind of thing looks fab over a dress, vest, tunic top or cotton open-necked shirt. Make like an Olympic champion and slingRead more

Hot Flush Fashion – are we supposed to dress a certain way during menopause?

I hate all those style rules. That’s what I told the Telegraph when they asked me for advice on ‘navigating fashion through the menopause.’ Style is an individual thing. It’s not about dressing your age, it’s about dressing for your body shape. And being comfortable. Yes, body shape changes around the menopause – mine has,Read more

What to pack for a beach holiday

Joan Didion had her packing list taped inside her wardrobe door for years, I keep mine inside my head. Having worked as a magazine fashion editor, I like to think that I’ve got holiday packing sorted. Two bikinis, two kaftans, two pairs of sandals, one pair of flip flops, two pairs of sunglasses, two t-shirts, one jersey dress,Read more

How to wear off-the-shoulder when you are older

When I wrote about off-the-shoulder tops for the Guardian, I promised to put my money where my mouth is and buy one. Just needed to sort out the bra situation first. But then I saw one of my friends wearing the Whistles Lila Bardot dress the other day and she looked fantastic. Bra situation still unresolved, I nipped into Zara for thisRead 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