Women over-50 are visible, at last!

When I started That’s Not My Age, 10 years ago, I wanted to start a conversation about age and style and the visibility of older women. In my mid-40s at the time, I was not going to buy into any of that over-the-hill and no longer relevant nonsense. Invisible? Bollocks to that. I felt theRead more

What to wear in a heatwave: it’s the summer of the shirtdress

What’s hot right now? We all are. But hasn’t this summer been brilliant? I went up north to visit family and friends in Manchester and Blackpool and we had four days of glorious sunshine – a scenario not experienced since the legendary heatwave of 1976. As for the World Cup final, well, that’s been evenRead more

Summer dresses to suit every occasion

Work, weekend, wherever; when maximum Waft Factor is required there’s only one thing for it. Get your frock on. Swishing around in a summer dress is the way to go. At the All Points East Festival a couple of weeks ago,  The Vampire’s Wife  was trending. Festival-goers had opted for high-necked Victoriana dresses with attitude and slipped their Susie Cave  frocks on. AroundRead 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

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

Know Your Seasonal Style: The Trouser Suit

  Being an advocate of Gentlewoman Style and faff-free dressing , the trouser suit’s on-going popularity doesn’t half please me. From Dietrich to Denueve, Hepburn to Huston (Katherine and Anjelica), some of my favourite women of style and substance just happen to be trouser suit enthusiasts, too. As a youngster, I can remember thinking I was the bee’s kneesRead more

Older models: Stella Tennant for Zara

The latest ‘older models who are younger than me’ post is aristo-supermodel, Stella Tennant (47) in the Zara Denim editorial . I’ve long been a fan of Tennant’s glam rock, androgynous style and haughty elegance and am pleased that she’s still in vogue. The granddaughter of the late Duchess of Devonshire says that her low-key look hasn’t changed much since the ’90s  – and that,Read more

When blogging becomes a business – accepting sponsorship but not selling out

This summer That’s Not My Age will be 10-years-old. When I first started blogging it was a Side Hustle . I worked three-days a week as a university lecturer and two-days as a freelance journalist for a couple of popular websites. That’s Not My Age fitted around everything else. Times changed and social media went mental. IRead more

What to wear right now: a rain mac with added magic

‘I think we can switch the central heating off now,’ I said to Mr That’s Not My Age on Saturday; cue 10-degree drop in temperature and a three-day deluge. Fortunately for my latest M&S post I had taken a very British approach to the ‘summer style’ brief and opted for this swish Limited Edition trench coat . Or whatRead more

Championing influential women: Clarks Originals new campaign

This is ACE. Clarks Originals’ celebrates six successful, creative women in their spring/summer campaign, ‘Mother, we feel your influence.’ The FABulous line-up includes Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama, Skunk Anansie’s Skin, Soul II Soul’s Caron Wheeler, Sister Bliss of Faithless, alongside stylist Sherry Lamden and ballerina and choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne. The concept aims to highlight the originalRead more