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 colour in winter (bring on the cashmere)

Do you have a personal colour scheme? I’m definitely at home in chic-not-shouty blues and khaki greens ; often with a backdrop of stormy charcoal. These are the colours of the British seaside, and I wonder if hailing from Blackpool is the reason for the attraction? Hours of staring at my Instagram feed have confirmed my affinity for coastalRead more

Queene & Belle collaborates with Bay Garnett: cashmere sweaters for the Christmas wishlist

When I first started That’s Not My Age I ran a regular feature called Your Purse is on Fire! Usually the kind of dream item afforded by those with access to an offshore tax haven. My latest post for the FT’s How To Spend It falls well and truly into that bracket. Scottish cashmere brandRead more

Know Your Style: New York Launch Party and making The Cut

We had a wonderful time at the Know Your Style launch party at The White Company’s beautiful Fifth Avenue store. In typical New York-style, the city is carrying on. Guests arrived  from across the Five Boroughs, as well as journalists, designers, marathon-runners from around the globe. In keeping with the spirit of Know Your Style , I experimented with clothes IRead more

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Instagram

A lifelong lover of dressing up, the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie admits to changing her appearance and pretending not to care about clothes when she wanted to be taken seriously as a writer. Now that she is taken seriously, the award-winning author has reverted to wearing what she likes: vibrant colourful dresses, full skirts andRead more

Talking style on the Robert Elms Show

Whoop! I was delighted to be invited onto the Robert Elms Show ( BBC Radio London ), yesterday, to talk about Know Your Style . Elms is a writer, broadcaster and proud Londoner with a keen interest in music, style and popular culture – and he’s as chatty and friendly in real life as he is on the radio show. It wasRead more

Going doolally over Toolally jewellery

Looking for bold jewellery at an affordable price and uninspired by what was on offer, Mags Walker decided to have a go herself. ‘I didn’t want to offer the same as everyone else, I wanted something unique,’ says the Yorkshire-born founder of Toolally jewellery. ‘I’ve always been obsessed with dressing up and the history ofRead more

Talking style at Blenheim Palace Literary Festival

Now, this is a first. My very first literary festival. I’ve been invited as a guest speaker to the  Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film & Music 2017  where I will be discussing ‘How to Look and Feel Good’ on a panel with skin expert Abigail James, Harpers’ Bazaar beauty director Katy Young and Harper’s Bazaar beauty editor Sian Ranscombe. And signing copies ofRead more

The not-too-flouncy floral shirt

I thought I wasn’t a print person, but obviously I am. Maybe it’s some kind of Decorative Denial (?) But this summer, I’m not exactly saying pah to pattern. The easiest way to take the frou-frou out of floral prints is to mix things up; juxtapose everyday Gentlewoman Style with hints of 1970s Keith Richards (or Morrissey when we still liked him). This penchant for bohemian hippy/punk garb – a leopard print coat here, a skinny scarf there –  is part of my DNA, it was hardwired to my teenage soul and, like a vinyl record on repeat, is something I always come back to…

The V&A collection for People Tree

Maybe it’s because I’m a northerner that I find the V&A’s vintage prints appealing. Originally produced by the Calico Printer’s Association in Manchester, the People Tree’s V&A collection  uses 1930s prints from the museum’s archive. Manchester was home to the textile industry and centre of cotton trade in the 19th century. And where I studied for my degree (not in the 19thRead more