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

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

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

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

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

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

Casual Glamour at Christmas: partywear without the performance

When Christmas comes calling, I prefer to dial down the sparkle. Don’t get me wrong it’s not all bah-humbug at That’s Not My Age Mansions, I love sequins and shimmer. It’s just that I’d rather look chic and simple, than seasonally overwrapped. My ideal outfit is a combination of day and eveningwear, effortless with a little embellishment. It’sRead more