The Lovely Blue Shirt

Some people swear by classic white but I much prefer the Lovely Blue Shirt (LBS). Its complexion-enhancing properties are second to none and  – as someone who is never going rush headlong into a floral frenzy  – a beautiful blue cotton top is the perfect way to bring a little spring into the style equation. One of myRead more

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

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

The best style advice I’ve ever been given

Not wanting to blow my own trumpet, but I’d say that I’m more stylish now than I’ve ever been. 1980s bodycon – been there, done that, bought the tight Lycra T-shirt dress. Grunge-tastic jumpers with holes in – I pity the moth that tries to chew on my Bella Freud . Bad hairstyles, I’ve had a few. MainlyRead 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