Faff-Free Summer Style

Summer is a time when faff-free dressing comes into its own. No-one wants to be hitching, hoicking and overheating. This evening, I’m going to a cocktail party, so in a last-minute shirt swap I ditched a plain black silk number for an old patterned kimono top. Mistake. On revisiting the kimono top I’ve discovered it’s a bit neat around the armhole.Read more

Fifty-something models: Caroline Labouchere for The Modist

Only a few months ago, I was wondering where all the fifty-something models  were, and questioning why we’re still seeing such an age gap, so it’s great to see Caroline Labouchere acing The Modist’s latest magazine shoot. The luxury site dedicated to dressing modestly features 53-year-old Labouchere in gorgeous, grown-up clothes from the likes of Ellery , Joseph and Simone Rocha , setRead more

What Women Wear: Snowden Flood

In another new feature for That’s Not My Age, I’ll be talking to a range of women about their personal style and what they wear. First up, is fabulous Snowden Flood (real name) who designs homewares and stationery and answers to the title of creative director (or artist, or designer). Snowden Flood has a wonderful retro-tastic image.Read more

Why sunglasses are more than just a fashion accessory

Golden Age Hollywood movie stars initially wore sunglasses to protect their eyes from the bright lights on set, and this inadvertently gave them an air of mysterious cool. Wearing shades equated with being a superstar. Today’s A-listers have taken to wearing Matrix-inspired frames . Which is fine, if you like fashion fads, but I would suggest sunglassesRead more

Caryn Franklin on experimenting with style

One thing I believe we all should do more of is experiment with the clothes we already have, rather than endlessly buying into fast fashion. There’s an interview with Caryn Franklin on Who What Wear, where the esteemed professor/journalist/author/activist talks about her career and what’s in her wardrobe. Franklin discusses taking a more considered approachRead more

Doubling-up in dark indigo denim

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been channeling my inner ‘Child of the 70s’. Going to festivals, rocking out to The Rolling Stones and swinging my flared pants. There’s always one failsafe fabric in my wardrobe: denim. Black, white,  dark indigo; denim is timeless, functional and durable. To me, it’s the perfect year-round staple. I’ve hadRead more

The joy of Jeff Goldblum

Everybody loves Jeff Goldblum. Always offbeat – and occasionally a bit bonkers – the 65-year-old actor is trending, right now. Named the coolest man in Hollywood by British GQ, Goldblum is gussied up in designer gear for his starring role in the magazine’s July fashion story. The good thing about Goldblum is he doesn’t takeRead more

Help! I’m at risk of becoming an ‘elder orphan’

Having to suddenly re-patriate to Canada to take care of my severely ill mother, I’ve been working on Finding Joy in the Meantime , says Alexia Economou. But I was taken aback recently, when I came across the cringe-worthy term ‘ elder orphan ’. As an only child, with no partner or children (I live in hope), it is quite likely IRead more

Summer sandals you can walk in

  I had the same conversation with two completely different women yesterday. Not one of us could remember the last time we wore heels.  Whether at work, rest or play, women of all ages appreciate  faff-free  dressing  – meaning, clothes that behave themselves throughout the day and shoes we can walk in. Now that I’ve finallyRead more

How to wear clashing prints

For a lesson in print-clashing to perfection, look to Chioma Nnadi, the fashion news director of Vogue.com (photographed in London earlier this year). I didn’t think I wore much pattern until as part of the research for Know Your Style  a wardrobe expert helped me to  declutter . As well as freeing me of the clothes of a former life (that ofRead more