Cool colour combinations: navy and mustard

Still thinking about navy – and how a splash of mustard adds warmth to a deep blue winter outfit. To prove it I’m reissuing a photo of my COS swing coat. This winning colour combination has timelessness and travels well (I’m also thinking about my New York trip this week). My  Outstanding Coat is a couple of years old, and aRead 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 to wear right now: a cashmere roll neck

It’s jumper weather right now and as there are only a couple of weeks of the year when a woman of my age can wear a roll neck, (without descending into a hot menopausal mess ) I’m making the most of it. Michelle Williams looks the business in jeans and a jumper in the latest issue of WSJ magazine .Read more

Whooping up your wardrobe basics

Had to engage in a spot of Frayed Hem Management last week. After a couple of washes, the DIY cropped kick-flare jeans had got themselves into a bit of a tangle. Time for a trim. Neat and even fraying is fine but no one wants Incredible Hulk Hems. Looking for ways to perk up my vintage coat/old clothes IRead more

Denim has no age limit, M&S closures, shoes, coats and other stuff

One of the best things about denim is that it gets better with age – and we all know how we feel about that phenomenon . Research last week suggested that jeans shouldn’t be worn by anyone over-53: what a load of bollocks. More mutton-shaming . Let’s move on… and talk about my new Gucci loafers . Had some royalties come through forRead 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

The elasticated waist trousers you will want to wear

  It’s happened. I’m contemplating elasticated waist trousers. Next stop velcro slippers. But these are not the crimplene ‘nan slacks’ my mum wears, these are sporty and stretchy, with a go-faster striped elastic waistband. They’re for speeding up, not slowing down. Let’s call them e-waisters (elasticated wasters), now doesn’t that feel better? I spotted theRead more