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

Love your age: fashion’s greynaissance

  There have been a couple of articles recently on fashion’s ‘greynaissance’. I know. The Business of Fashion’s  ‘Meet fashion’s next generation: Over 60s’  discusses the proliferation of companies using older models such as Lyn Slater and Maye Musk  in order to entice customers and ‘serve as storytellers, rather than just faces who sell a garment’. And a similar feature in the  New Statesman  entitled, ‘Meet theRead more

Get your priorities right (why spending time and money on yourself is essential)

I’m at my favourite hairdresser’s , in charity-shop top and jeans, spending a ridiculous amount on a cut and colour, says Elaine Kingett. The guaranteed boost to my fragile self-confidence will be well worth it. Tomorrow I will pay to have my toe nails painted, even though my bathroom needs re-grouting and the tap has a terribleRead more

Caring for an elderly parent and finding joy in the meantime

One of my friends recently had to pack up her London flat, pack in her job and move back to Canada to care for her elderly mother. I’ve been chatting to Alexia a lot recently via email and suggested she write down her experience for That’s Not My Age; as caring for parents and lovedRead 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

This Is My Style: fashion & beauty ideas for all ages

Tired of seeing older models in unflattering, myxomatosis pink eyeshadow and clothes that no one wants to wear (think couture prices or cheap crap), beauty writer  Vicci Bentley and I decided to get off our backsides and do something about it. Welcome to the inaugural That’s Not My Age: This Is My Style fashion and beauty fandango.Read more

That IS My Age: wearing hearing aids

I wear hearing aids. I have noise damage in both ears, says Elaine Kingett. The result of standing too close to the speakers at too many gigs with my blues-playing late husband, following Roxy Music around, a particularly loud night at Bains Douche in Paris in the 70s and the fact that I’m 67.  DoubleRead more

Use my body while it’s still young

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Making a song and dance about ageing isn’t, er, strictly my business. Use My Body While It’s Still Young is a show by Norwegian choreographer Hege Haagenrud featuring four experienced dancers aged between 65 and 79-years-old and live music by singer songwriter Rebekka Karijord. Tickets for Use My Body While It’s Still Young are availableRead more

At what age can women look the age they are? Quote of the week from Suzanne Moore

In a fantastic piece for the Guardian, journalist Suzanne Moore talks about the pressure to look a certain way and how this affects women and men of all ages and is ‘no longer confined to youth.’ Moore is a brilliant, no-bullshit, award-winning writer and she emphasizes the celebrity-driven focus on appearance rather than talent, abilityRead more

Grace Coddington is cool in her Calvins

In the interest of balance, it only seems right that as well as featuring gorgeous grey-haired older models , That’s Not My Age includes women who prefer to carry on colouring. And I include myself in that category, despite on-going attempts to grow in the grey. The Calvin Klein fall 2016 campaign was released this week and 75-year-old Grace Coddington is one of theRead more