Where to find a good kaftan

Every summer, I operate a two-tier kaftan system: cotton versions that go over a wet bikini on the beach (try Boden and Zara for these), which get softer and better with age, and the posher kaftan dress for an easy, elegant everyday outfit. Think wafting around holiday markets, putting one on for a passeggiata and wearingRead more

Beach-ready holiday sandals

I’ve added to my holiday sandal wardrobe. Last year, Tevas for climbing the rocks in Greece, this summer  waterproof Birkenstocks . A couple of my friends have the Eva plastic, water-friendly (so long as you don’t let one drop into the ocean) Birkenstocks. One has the coral colour which looks cool with camo print and the otherRead more

Things you never knew you wanted: a superior hair towel

Faff-free hair and a low-maintenance beauty regime, that’s what I want. Even so, when contacted about a special hair towel with superior drying properties, I have to admit I was sceptical. More damp towels in the bathroom, more stuff that I really don’t need…But then someone trolled my hair on Instagram. Yes, really. This wasRead more

Women over-50 are visible, at last!

When I started That’s Not My Age, 10 years ago, I wanted to start a conversation about age and style and the visibility of older women. In my mid-40s at the time, I was not going to buy into any of that over-the-hill and no longer relevant nonsense. Invisible? Bollocks to that. I felt theRead more

What to wear in a heatwave: it’s the summer of the shirtdress

What’s hot right now? We all are. But hasn’t this summer been brilliant? I went up north to visit family and friends in Manchester and Blackpool and we had four days of glorious sunshine – a scenario not experienced since the legendary heatwave of 1976. As for the World Cup final, well, that’s been evenRead more

Georgina Goodman’s elegant new sneakers

‘Do platforms look elegant now? I’d say not,’ footwear designer Georgina Goodman asserts of the fashion world’s move from skyscraper heels to stylish flats, ‘they no longer feel exclusive. Even though I love my collection of high heels, I’m gravitating towards sneakers now as an everyday shoe.’ Having consulted for Alexander McQueen on headline-grabbing shoes for theRead more

When it’s time to find a grownup not groundbreaking haircut

I used to be a haircut junkie – happy to spend hours in the chair at the Vidal Sassoon Academy being given crazy haircuts and colours every six weeks, says Harriet (Hat) Margolies. That morphed into a long standing (10-year plus) relationship with the first hairdresser I’d met who understood my hair and what madeRead more

Casual Glamour: what to wear for a relaxed summer event

“The ticket says ‘dress glamorous,’” came the text message from my friend about a red carpet event in London. At the last-minute, I’d been drafted in to take her twin teenage daughters to the premiere of Oceans 8 (terrible film, don’t bother). I know what you’re thinking – a red carpet event is hardly relaxedRead more

My six favourite pieces of sportswear: activewear that works hard during a workout (sponsored)

My plan to return to running has reached a standstill. Too long spent in one position at the computer screen, and not enough time moving around, stretching and generally having a life – and the recurring back injury has returned. It’s time to address the problem. The plan is to go to machine-based Pilates onceRead more

Summer dresses to suit every occasion

Work, weekend, wherever; when maximum Waft Factor is required there’s only one thing for it. Get your frock on. Swishing around in a summer dress is the way to go. At the All Points East Festival a couple of weeks ago,  The Vampire’s Wife  was trending. Festival-goers had opted for high-necked Victoriana dresses with attitude and slipped their Susie Cave  frocks on. AroundRead more