Thursday, 27 November 2014

Do comfy shoes mean you have to sacrifice style?

I'm over on the Guardian fashion blog talking about one of my favourite topics: comfy shoes. And how wearing them no longer means dressing like your nan. I have a lovely chat with footwear designer Tracey Neuls who created these fantastic styles and is on my radar at the moment.

Which ponyskin Tracey Neuls shoes should I buy?

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Ines de la Fressange on the Christmas cover of French Vogue

So chic. And then, so photoshopped...

But I like what French Vogue editor Emmanuelle Alt has to say:

 'I'm often asked about the Parisienne. What does she look like? How does she dress? Then I bump into Ines de la Fressange and it's all there: the silhouette as slim as the stroke of RenĂ© Gruau's pen, the sober style that exudes innate elegance, the deep brown gold-flecked eyes, the velvet tones that belie an irresistible spirit, the healthy dose of common sense, the taste for liberty and joie de vivre.'

The two covers are photographed by Mert & Marcus and there's more on Ines de la Fressange's life and style inside. I'll be buying it.

Monday, 24 November 2014

I feel bad about my Text Neck...

After several visits to the osteopath, I still have a pain in my neck. It starts mid- shoulder and runs right up to just behind the left ear, and there's a funny clicking noise too. Inside my head, when I move, which is weird. Initially, I thought that this condition was down to a combination of stress and too much time spent at the computer - and then I read a feature in the Times about Text Neck (sorry can't link, it's behind the pay wall but there's another similar article here). Research in the Surgical Technology Journal has shown that constant leaning forward over a mobile phone puts a huge strain on the neck. When the head is tilted 60 degrees forward the spine feels five times the actual weight of the head - which makes it around about 60 pounds. I reckon this should be called Tech Neck because for me it's social networking (Twitter and Instagram) that causes the strain. And if that wasn't bad enough, too much hunching over a device can lead to premature ageing. The Saggy Text Neck, it's a thing. But don't worry, I'm working on the prototype for a roll neck with a built-in brace.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Major report into how mature women feel about fashion

Photo: Sartorialist

The British retailer JD Williams has carried out the first major survey into 'fashion for women over-50'. A YouGov report questioned 2000 women on areas including: body confidence, shopping, style and the sense of ageing. The conclusion is that mature women feel more secure about their own style but have problems finding clothes to suit on the high street.That's funny because one of my friends came to stay recently and was practically haemorrhaging money in Zara...

There are some interesting facts and figures here; I'm pleased that 77% of mature women said they would never have any form of cosmetic surgery and slightly alarmed that 71% rate comfort over style. Believe me, I want to feel relaxed but I'm not ready for the towelling onesie, just yet. Oh and 97% said they would not post a bikini selfie. Did they even need to ask that question?

There's a full summary on the Guardian website.

Personally, I don't like the idea of age-appropriate clothes. I want garments that fit and flatter and look modern and chic. I want Ageless Clothes. How do you feel about age and style and shopping on the high street?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The perfect ankle boot from Toast

Knee boots might be back but I've been on the look out for the perfect pair of ankle boots. I'm after a black, heeled design to elevate my everyday uniform. APC ran a fantastic version last year, but unfortunately I was in-between sizes (this happens, a lot). And no matter what a whippersnapper shop assistant says, I am not going to (a) buy smaller and wait for the leather to expand/my toes to drop off or (b) buy larger and wear insoles or thick socks. I like my shoes to fit. Acne's Pistol Boots are good, though they're not so comfy for running around in. I have my sights set on the Elba boot from Toast, £195 available HERE. It comes in Spanish Nubuck and has a manageable Cuban heel. I'll let you know how I get on...

That's me in my Acne Pistol Boots

What kind of boots are you wearing this winter?