Faff-Free Summer Style

Summer is a time when faff-free dressing comes into its own. No-one wants to be hitching, hoicking and overheating. This evening, I’m going to a cocktail party, so in a last-minute shirt swap I ditched a plain black silk number for an old patterned kimono top. Mistake. On revisiting the kimono top I’ve discovered it’s a bit neat around the armhole.Read more

Caryn Franklin on experimenting with style

One thing I believe we all should do more of is experiment with the clothes we already have, rather than endlessly buying into fast fashion. There’s an interview with Caryn Franklin on Who What Wear, where the esteemed professor/journalist/author/activist talks about her career and what’s in her wardrobe. Franklin discusses taking a more considered approachRead more

Summer sandals you can walk in

  I had the same conversation with two completely different women yesterday. Not one of us could remember the last time we wore heels.  Whether at work, rest or play, women of all ages appreciate  faff-free  dressing  – meaning, clothes that behave themselves throughout the day and shoes we can walk in. Now that I’ve finallyRead 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

Sneaker Chic – why I’m not wearing dad shoes

Platforms, pimped-up sneakers, furkenstocks ; I’ve never been a fan of pantomime shoes. There’s nothing wrong with a little razzle dazzle , no one wants their basics to look basic , but keeping the silhouette sleek, simple and streamlined wins every time. And paying up to £700 for a pair of high-end designer trainers is ridiculous and revolting; to me, sneaker style shouldRead more

Know Your Seasonal Style: the not-too-dressed up dress

Introducing Know Your Seasonal Style, a new series for That’s Not My Age. Now I know you’re sick to death of seeing me in that army green jumpsuit so to liven things up a bit I thought it would be useful to offer an edit of the collections, each season. To showcase a small selection of items from largerRead more

The timeless trench coat

And here I am unintentionally blending in with my surroundings…. During the First World War that was actually one of the reasons the British military wore the Burberry trench;  the colour of the top coat acted as camouflage and helped avoid attracting the enemy’s attention. Originally developed in the 19th century , it was during the First World War that the Burberry trenchRead more

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

Pleats Please Me (at last)

  Sometimes an item of clothing has strong associations: Don’t Look Now might have put you off red coats forever, one waft of a nemesis’ signature perfume can make you shiver. For me, Issey Miyake Pleats Please has powerful links to my fashion editor days (in the 1990s power dressing involved Pleats not shoulder pads). Let’s just say The Devil WearsRead more

Fashion wakes up to the older woman

  Wrestling with the final edit of Book Number Two and a monster hangover, I was standing in the middle of a Manchester street when asked for a quote by the Observer. So, I am dead chuffed to be included in the ‘Fashion wakes up to the older woman’ article by Karen Kay in today’sRead more