Things you never knew you wanted: white ankle boots

Boundary-pushing to the max today with new boots and pant silhouette. Better that than be stuck in a style rut, I say. Playing around with new shapes, patterns, shoes and accessories is something I recommend in Know Your Style . This can be the perfect way to whoop up your wardrobe and add mileage to existing clothes – and it’s always brilliantRead more

The rise and rise of ageless style: an interview with Kim Winser

Time flies and all that. This month, online retailer Winser London celebrates its fifth anniversary. I can clearly remember meeting founder, CEO and fashion industry doyenne Kim Winser at the label’s launch , where we discussed what grown-up women really want – and I eulogized over her range of wonderful faff-free clothing . Since then we’ve kept in regular contact, Kim pops upRead more

Older women on their personal style

From writing as a freelance journalist to blogging as That’s Not My Age, I’m often asked for my thoughts on style and age, what we wear and how it makes us feel. The latest feature on this issue is for Refinery 29, ‘ 7 Older Women on their Personal Style.’ Where I underlined a pointRead more

Lawn: a fresh new perfume with a family history

Not only is Kate Evans a talented fashion buyer and owner of Precious boutique (you may remember her from the This IS My Style shoot last year), she’s also the daughter of the late perfumer Angela Flanders. The first day of spring sees the launch of Lawn Kate’s first solo fragrance since inheriting the perfumery after her mother’s death, inRead more

Seaside entertainment, sinuses and other stuff

This week’s unexpected intermission was due to the unfortunate combination of a WiFi malfunction and a viral infection. Once my sinuses had joined the party, I was scuppered. We’d gone down to Ramsgate to stay with friends for a couple of days while the damp in our bathroom was being treated. When will I learnRead more

The Lovely Blue Shirt

Some people swear by classic white but I much prefer the Lovely Blue Shirt (LBS). Its complexion-enhancing properties are second to none and  – as someone who is never going rush headlong into a floral frenzy  – a beautiful blue cotton top is the perfect way to bring a little spring into the style equation. One of myRead more

Jacqui Getz New York high school principal and mystery woman from the Know Your Style book launch

  When Know Your Style launched in New York City a super-stylish woman caught my eye. Keeping her in my peripheral vision, I drank champagne, worked the room and planned to make my way over to say hello. But it was busy and I was book-signing and before I could introduce myself, she was gone. BookRead more

Alexander McQueen’s legacy lives on

Anyone who visited the record-breaking Savage Beauty exhibition will recognise the familiar emblems incorporated into the work of Gary James McQueen. In a tribute to his late uncle Alexander (Lee) McQueen, the 3D graphics expert (and former head of menswear textiles at his uncle’s eponymous fashion label) has created Life, Death and Rebirth, a series of silk-twill evening scarves (£250) andRead more

Paying more attention to skincare

  I’ll always be low-maintenance when it comes to make-up but the older I get, the more interested I’ve become in skincare. At 54, I’m growing-in my grey hair, wearing what I please and embracing my wrinkles – these days I’m much more interested in having radiant, healthy-looking skin. I know I don’t look 35,Read more

Digital Detox: going off-grid for the weekend

I was half-way up a hill in the wooded, wilds of North Devon on Sunday when my phone leapt into life, bombarding my pocket with a string of family Whatsapp messages from my three adult offspring. It was all kicking off in London, says Elaine Kingett. ‘Anyone heard from Mum?’ ‘Nope.’ ‘Did she get there?Read more