New research shows women over-50 don’t want to be defined by age (no shit, Sherlock)

In a survey of 50-plus women published this week by J. Walter Thompson London, 86% agreed that style should not be defined by age. But we knew that anyway (see mantra in sidebar). The report entitled ‘The Elastic Generation’  reveals how older women are doing their own thing, are engaged, active and anti-anti-ageing –   we want to look good, not young . It’s just that theRead more

How a big birthday can concentrate the mind

I’ve never had a bucket list, says Elaine Kingett , but I’m 70 next year and that concentrates the mind wonderfully, as Samuel Johnson reputedly said. All those ‘regrets of the dying as told to nurses’ lists that pop-up on Facebook have been creeping into my head. Regrets, I’ve had a few but none I can doRead more

Inspired by the 80-something Superagers

  Two things have made me want to start running properly, again. One was the travel journalist I met in New York who began entering marathons in her 50s (we cheered her on at around the halfway mark) and the other is Superager Irene Obera, 84. ‘You have to move it or you’re going toRead more

Over-50, owning it and on the cover of a magazine

It’s incredibly empowering to see a chic, grey-haired woman on the cover of a magazine. Saar is a Dutch website for women over-50 or what I like to refer to as Generation FAB (Fifty And Beyond). Saar means ‘Sarah’ in Dutch  – apparently in the Netherlands when someone is over-50 they’re ‘seeing Sarah’ or ‘seeing Abraham’. Me neither.Read more

Problems sleeping?

I have problems sleeping. Do you? Asks Elaine Kingett. These days it seems we all have problems sleeping. These days, they even offer ‘satisfaction guaranteed or your money back’ 100-day trials on new-gen mattresses, (but who on earth could be bothered to send one back?). When my children were babies, I would shoot daggers at normalRead more

The rise of ageless style: why women over 40 want to look good not young

After making the shift from fashion magazines to freelance and the burgeoning online world in the early noughties, I started blogging as That’s Not My Age nine years ago. Before long, I was networking with lots of brilliant, like-minded women of a similar age and one thing has become abundantly clear: the common wisdom on what is appropriate to do, say and wear over-40 is no longer wise – orRead more

Ali MacGraw looks magnificent in Porter magazine

I bloody LOVE this. Ali MacGraw photographed in Santa Fe by Pamela Hanson for Porter magazine . The 78-year-old looks stunning in her Gentlewoman Style meets Georgia O’Keefe outfits, set against the desert landscape. More of this, please.  

Welcome back, Katharine Hamnett

  One of my favourite designers from the 1980s, Katharine Hamnett, is back and the timing couldn’t be any more apt. All protest t-shirts and parachute silks, the political, social and environmental activist championed sustainable fashion when it really was unheard of and famously wore a ‘58% don’t want Pershing’ slogan t-shirt to meet Margaret Thatcher, in 1984 . Today’s unpredictableRead more

Time to ditch the term ‘anti-ageing’

This week, Allure – the US’s best-known beauty magazine – announced it was to stop using the expression anti-ageing. “Whether we know it or not, we’re subtly reinforcing the message that ageing is a condition we need to battle” explained Michelle Lee in her editor’s letter. “Changing the way we think about ageing starts withRead more

Grey hairspiration in Harper’s Bazaar

More grey hairspiration (#greyspiration) from Jan de Villeneuve in the July issue of Harper’s Bazaar. After my last post, several readers commented on making adjustments to makeup, accessories and colours worn, when growing in the grey – and JdV’s red lips , drop earrings and beautiful Simone Rocha jacket look FAB. Harper’s Bazaar’s ‘celebration of sisterhood’ has Ashley Graham on the cover and aRead more