Christmas party dressing and not overdressing

Velvet jackets are a bit like buses, you wait an eternity for one to come along and then two arrive at the same time. Following my New York purchase , I subsequently received a gift voucher from Jigsaw to spend before our stylish Christmas event.  Given my proclivity for Gentlewoman Style , the  navy tuxedo jacket  was always going to catch my eye. And it’s an absolute winnerRead more

Multiple midlife ear piercings and a special offer

The sparkly chandelier earrings are taking a sabbatical. My multiple midlife ear piercings require a reboot. Now that there are three holes (again) in my left ear and one in the right, I’ve had to rethink my earring arrangement. Playing around with a line-up of more delicate silver styles, I have single studs from Astley Clark and hoops from Melissa Joy ManningRead more

How to wear the basics and not look basic: the Showbiz Boot

Style is about confidence and individuality; about wearing it well. Here Stella Greenspan (a stylist and former assistant to Grace Coddington) looks comfortable and at ease, while expertly demonstrating the significance of the Showbiz Boot. And I realise as I type this that I own a version of the outfit above; funny that. Remember the tweedy jacket and velvet boot combo ?Read more

The versatile velvet jacket

Velvet for daywear. Like leopard print and Lurex, it’s an essential in the Casual Glamourpuss’ armoire. Looking for a non-black alternative to  The Once in a Lifetime Tuxedo  jacket for book-signing events (more details coming soon), the versatile velvet jacket has been top of my list for a while . And juxtaposed with denim, velvet adds a sprinkling of decadent luxury to an everyday outfit. I’ve tried on several styles –Read more

Going doolally over Toolally jewellery

Looking for bold jewellery at an affordable price and uninspired by what was on offer, Mags Walker decided to have a go herself. ‘I didn’t want to offer the same as everyone else, I wanted something unique,’ says the Yorkshire-born founder of Toolally jewellery. ‘I’ve always been obsessed with dressing up and the history ofRead more

Street Style Forever at London Fashion Week

Showing women of all ages doing their own thing is what I want to do more of on That’s Not My Age. And with this in mind I popped along to London Fashion Week, over the weekend. Walking past a group of street style photographers desperately taking pictures of a badly dressed teenager by aRead more

Loving Diane von Furstenberg’s leopard print

Wenda Parkinson in a leopard print coat and cloche hat, American Vogue 1949. Keith Richards in a women’s leopard print jacket, striped t-shirt and bow tie, after a gig in 1974. Giovanna Battaglia Englebert in a Diane von Furstenberg leopard print wrap dress , New York Fashion Week 2017. These are my top three leopard-loving moments. Last year, Jonathan Saunders was hired by Diane von FurstenbergRead more

Pleats Please Me (at last)

  Sometimes an item of clothing has strong associations: Don’t Look Now might have put you off red coats forever, one waft of a nemesis’ signature perfume can make you shiver. For me, Issey Miyake Pleats Please has powerful links to my fashion editor days (in the 1990s power dressing involved Pleats not shoulder pads). Let’s just say The Devil WearsRead more

The V&A collection for People Tree

Maybe it’s because I’m a northerner that I find the V&A’s vintage prints appealing. Originally produced by the Calico Printer’s Association in Manchester, the People Tree’s V&A collection  uses 1930s prints from the museum’s archive. Manchester was home to the textile industry and centre of cotton trade in the 19th century. And where I studied for my degree (not in the 19thRead more

How to wear a kaftan all summer long

Apart from chic, holiday markets in Ibiza, where do you find a good kaftan? Pippa Holt’s luxury cotton kaftans are lovely but pricey  – the equivalent of two return Easyjet flights to Athens (still no sign of Mr TNMA’s reading glasses). Ditto Dosa . For something more reasonably priced try  Boden and East . This full-length linen number is by Cyprus-based label YUMEworld available via Etsy .Read more