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

Casual Glamour: what to wear for a relaxed summer event

“The ticket says ‘dress glamorous,’” came the text message from my friend about a red carpet event in London. At the last-minute, I’d been drafted in to take her twin teenage daughters to the premiere of Oceans 8 (terrible film, don’t bother). I know what you’re thinking – a red carpet event is hardly relaxedRead 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

Fifty-something models: Caroline Labouchere for The Modist

Only a few months ago, I was wondering where all the fifty-something models  were, and questioning why we’re still seeing such an age gap, so it’s great to see Caroline Labouchere acing The Modist’s latest magazine shoot. The luxury site dedicated to dressing modestly features 53-year-old Labouchere in gorgeous, grown-up clothes from the likes of Ellery , Joseph and Simone Rocha , setRead 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

Doubling-up in dark indigo denim

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been channeling my inner ‘Child of the 70s’. Going to festivals, rocking out to The Rolling Stones and swinging my flared pants. There’s always one failsafe fabric in my wardrobe: denim. Black, white,  dark indigo; denim is timeless, functional and durable. To me, it’s the perfect year-round staple. I’ve hadRead more

Summer sandals you can walk in

  I had the same conversation with two completely different women yesterday. Not one of us could remember the last time we wore heels.  Whether at work, rest or play, women of all ages appreciate  faff-free  dressing  – meaning, clothes that behave themselves throughout the day and shoes we can walk in. Now that I’ve finallyRead 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