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

The Shop at Bluebird and atelier 75: two new, grown-up London stores worth a look-in

At a time when high street footfall is down and online spending is up, retailers are focusing on the customer’s in-store experience. Say hello, then, to The Shop at Bluebird, Covent Garden. The recently opened design emporium in a former Grade II listed carriage hall. Long a tourist hotspot, Covent Garden has been transformed into aRead 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

Style inspiration: Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir at the Royal Wedding

  Now that was a moment. I’m supposed to be writing another post but instead I’m faffing around with GIFs. And still enjoying the feel-good mood generated by Saturday’s boundary-pushing, diversity-embracing Royal Wedding. I’m not a royalist but we’ve had so much miserable news over the last couple of years, it really did feel likeRead more

What to wear right now: The khaki utility jacket

Field jacket, cords and brogues – no, I’m not heading off to Chipping Norton (and if I was it would be to throw non-Farrow & Ball paint over the Shed of Shame ). This outfit is intended to say spring, not Sloane . The baby pink cords are from Swedish label The Cords & Co , whose womens – and menswear offerings are madeRead 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

Fashion Revolution Week: introducing Community Clothing

It’s Fashion Revolution Week. Founded by Carrie Somers  and  Orsola de Castro , after the Rana Plaza tragedy, this year’s international campaign has over 1000 events raising awareness about ethical practice and sustainability within the clothing industry. Fashion Revolution’s #whomademyclothes initiative helps to encourage brands to consider garment worker’s health, wellbeing and working conditions and to be more transparent (get involvedRead more

Championing influential women: Clarks Originals new campaign

This is ACE. Clarks Originals’ celebrates six successful, creative women in their spring/summer campaign, ‘Mother, we feel your influence.’ The FABulous line-up includes Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama, Skunk Anansie’s Skin, Soul II Soul’s Caron Wheeler, Sister Bliss of Faithless, alongside stylist Sherry Lamden and ballerina and choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne. The concept aims to highlight the originalRead 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