Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Instagram

A lifelong lover of dressing up, the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie admits to changing her appearance and pretending not to care about clothes when she wanted to be taken seriously as a writer. Now that she is taken seriously, the award-winning author has reverted to wearing what she likes: vibrant colourful dresses, full skirts andRead more

The Corduroy Comeback

Despite its nerdy, librarian-chic connotations, corduroy is a fabric that has an enduring capacity for cool. For every buttoned-up Wes Anderson star there’s an insouciant Jane Birkin. This autumn, both geeky and relaxed versions of the cut-pile fabric appeared on the catwalk at Prada , Lemaire and Marc Jacobs , leaving me incredibly pleased with the mint-condition, second-hand Margaret Howell corduroy blazerRead 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

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

Bringing bright nails back

After a couple of years of nail polish-free living, I’m embracing fancy fingertips for spring. This is an easy way to let colour in without giving yourself a fright every time you look in the mirror; and an opportunity to step away from the smartphone and switch off. When it comes to decorating nails, IRead more

Intelligent Style: Lyn Slater Accidental Icon

  It is wonderful to see Lyn Slater in the latest Mango advert. Lyn is a professor of social studies at Fordham University who I’ve  met a couple of times in New York  (most recently when I interviewed her for my new book). The founder of the Accidental Icon blog has a cool, minimalist aesthetic, with a penchant for vintage 1980s Japanese designer clothes and show-stopping sunglasses. Balancing aRead more

How to wear colour and a bit more makeup

This slightly ‘off’ khaki green and burnt orange colour combination is a little bit 1970s, a little bit Vanessa Bell. Must’ve been inspired by the exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery . Bell was part of the Bloomsbury set and Virginia Woolf’s sister and she created some quite extraordinary paintings and textile designs  in the early 20th century. I’ve always preferred natural, not-much-makeup-makeup.Read more

Street Style Forever at London Fashion Week

What were the grown-ups wearing at London Fashion Week? The all-important, run-around shoe ranged from statement flats and sneakers to au courant kitten-heels . Wardrobe Glue was livened up by a floral print or a flash of gingham – the everyday basics always look better when they’re whooped up . And outerwear came down to colourful jackets , coats and practical macs . All key whenRead more

The best way to accessorize

There’s a lovely feature over on Advanced Style at the minute. Writer and artist Sandy Badash is talking about confidence and body image, concluding with *spoiler alert* ‘Hey, I’ve come a long way, and I realize I’m not a perfect being and while I put myself out there clothing-wise, and certainly don’t mind being seen,Read more