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

What to wear right now: dark denim jeans

As a denim lover, I like my fabrics plain and simple; pared-back as opposed to pulverized, pre-worn or distressed. The best thing about denim is that it gets better with age. And we all know how we feel about that phenomenon. I am chuffed to bits with these dark denim jeans from Autograph – they’re a classicRead more

Love this: Chinti & Parker cashmere with a conscience

Not an enforced message of love on Valentine’s Day but a charity initiative with a heart. Chinti & Parker cashmere sweaters are expensive but all the proceeds from their latest collaboration go to the Women For Women non-profit organisation. The aim of which is to ‘help women survivors of war rebuild their lives.’ And as a brand founded by women, Chinti & ParkerRead 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

How to wear a duvet coat

‘There is no such thing as bad weather,’ said, Alfred Wainwright ,’ only unsuitable clothing.’ And I’m with him on the weather-appropriate gear. Getting it right reduces the Faff Factor . This duvet coat (a very generous gift) from new London label Year One Collective has been seeing a lot of action lately. And not just because the boiler has packed in,Read more

New Year, New Jumpsuit

Journalism, jumpsuits and an enthusiasm for  faff-free dressing , Daisy Bridgewater the founder of Spry Workwear and former Saturday Telegraph Magazine columnist, and I, have a lot in common. After 20 years ‘peering into other people’s domestic lives’, Daisy set up her own company in order to simplify her own – and sort out certain sartorial issues. In aRead more

Christmas party dressing and not overdressing

Velvet jackets are a bit like buses, you wait an eternity for one to come along and then two arrive at the same time. Following my New York purchase , I subsequently received a gift voucher from Jigsaw to spend before our stylish Christmas event.  Given my proclivity for Gentlewoman Style , the  navy tuxedo jacket  was always going to catch my eye. And it’s an absolute winnerRead more

Keeping it chic: Jodie Foster in Harper’s Bazaar

Jodie Foster is one of the Women of the Year in the December 2017 issue of Harper’s Bazaar . And this feminine take on masculine tailoring is a fine example of Chic not Shouty style. The tuxedo jackets are  Ralph Lauren Collection . The coat is Max Mara , of course. On ageing Foster tells Harper’s Bazaar, ‘I’ve learnt how much joy comes from passing on whatRead more