Age-appropriate is inappropriate

When digital media website Mashable asked for my comments on age-appropriate style, I told them it was dead. That today, the boundaries between different generations are blurred and so this kind of terminology is out-of-date and inappropriate. Age is irrelevant, we wear what we like. Obviously, Dorrie Jacobson from Senior Style Bible , an 80-year-old fashion lover andRead more

Going Grey for the Guardian

  This is what real #grannyhair looks like at 7.30pm on a grey Friday evening, after a long week at work. With no makeup and no daylight. The ironic hashtag used by young celebs and models isn’t the same when you’re over-50 and contemplating the change (of hair colour). And I thought my new passportRead more

Best film of the summer: 45 Years

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay are both superb in 45 Years. Another great film about grown-ups – one of the best I’ve seen for a long time – with two of the finest British actors. The film depicts a week in the life of married couple, Kate and Geoff, about to celebrate their 45th weddingRead more

A fabulously fashionable new range of greetings cards

Fashion illustrator Niki Groom who goes under the name of Miss Magpie Fashion Spy has recently launched a set of greetings cards. ‘My Mum was very involved with the Senior Moments card,’ Niki told me, ‘ We brainstormed for ages to get the right wording so she’d be happy to send it to all herRead more

The oldest PhD student in the world (aged 102)

I heard the most incredible story on the radio, yesterday. At 102, Ingeborg Rapoport is the oldest person in the world to be awarded a PhD  – she was talking about her experience to one of my favourite broadcast journalists, Eddie Mair. As a student in Nazi Germany, Rapoport (née Syllm) submitted her thesis inRead more

Why I’m loving (and acting) my age this week

‘“Ageless” is a key word that identifies the women of today,’ says Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani, ‘Together they compose the mosaic of the new femininity, a way of being beyond appearances. Women who are strong, sure of themselves, talented, enterprising. On their faces, the glow of youth is replaced by the splendour of maturity,Read more

Don’t call me a gran bod

I was hoping if I ignored the term ‘gran bod’ it might go away. But no. The dad bod bandwagon-jumping label keeps pinging into my inbox. This weekend: The Top 10 Gran Bods starring Helen Mirren, Madonna and Elle (The Gran Body) Macpherson. Basically, a list of women over-50, rated on how they look in swimwear. HowRead more

Helen Mirren at 70

‘Your 40s are good. Your 50s are great. Your 60s are fab. And 70 is fucking awesome.’ So says Helen Mirren, who will be 70 on Sunday. We all know growing old is not for cissies but at least Mirren makes it look like fun. The Guardian asked me to write a piece on whatRead more

Major report into how mature women feel about fashion

Photo: Sartorialist The British retailer JD Williams has carried out the first major survey into ‘fashion for women over-50’. A YouGov report questioned 2000 women on areas including: body confidence, shopping, style and the sense of ageing. The conclusion is that mature women feel more secure about their own style but have problems finding clothesRead more

Looking at Lauren Hutton

  I’ve spent months thinking (and writing) about women of style and substance; including Fashion VIP Lauren Hutton. This week she’s interviewed by Anjelica Huston on the beauty website Violet Grey and there’s a lovely photo shoot by Pamela Hanson. I’d rather look at this than Kim Kardashian’s oily bum any day of the week.   ThoughRead more