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

Georgina Goodman’s elegant new sneakers

‘Do platforms look elegant now? I’d say not,’ footwear designer Georgina Goodman asserts of the fashion world’s move from skyscraper heels to stylish flats, ‘they no longer feel exclusive. Even though I love my collection of high heels, I’m gravitating towards sneakers now as an everyday shoe.’ Having consulted for Alexander McQueen on headline-grabbing shoes for theRead 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

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

What Women Wear: Snowden Flood

In another new feature for That’s Not My Age, I’ll be talking to a range of women about their personal style and what they wear. First up, is fabulous Snowden Flood (real name) who designs homewares and stationery and answers to the title of creative director (or artist, or designer). Snowden Flood has a wonderful retro-tastic image.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

The joy of Jeff Goldblum

Everybody loves Jeff Goldblum. Always offbeat – and occasionally a bit bonkers – the 65-year-old actor is trending, right now. Named the coolest man in Hollywood by British GQ, Goldblum is gussied up in designer gear for his starring role in the magazine’s July fashion story. The good thing about Goldblum is he doesn’t takeRead 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