Jan Shure
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A former journalist, I co-founded SoSensational.co.uk with my long-time friend and fellow 60-something, Cyndy Lessing in 2010. We share a passion to help grown up women look and feel fabulous, and help them to find the gorgeous, on-trend clothes they want without having to wade through 1,000s of inappropriately tiny skirts or wisps of Lycra

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With Another Fall at M&S, It's All About Timing Mr Bolland

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 11:17 AM

I do realise I am in danger of becoming a total bore on the subject of M&S, having grizzled about their various fashion issues for well over a year now. But with the latest results from the High Street giant revealing a further fall in the third quarter of 2.1...

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Jennifer Lawrence Is Right: Reserve the F-word for Fatties or Risk Women's Health

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 4:03 AM

Poor Jennifer Lawrence. For revealing, de facto, on the Barbara Walters Show how much she and many other actresses and women in the public eye smart at being called "fat" she has stirred a storm of accusations of "PC thinking gone mad".

Because when Lawrence, the slender, fit, healthy star...

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Dressing for the Office Christmas Party, Take a Reality Check

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 6:04 AM

Hands up anyone who has bought a full-on, sequins, lace or sheer party frock to wear for the so-called "party season".

No, thought not. Because, let's be totally honest here, despite all the magazine articles (and we have to confess here, websites, too including SoSensational.co.uk) which, from early...

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Older Women and Fashion: A Little Less Tokenism, Please

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Older woman, in the words of Paul Simon, your time has come... at least in fashion terms.

Suddenly the fashion world seems to have woken up to the idea that, past 45, 50, or 60, or whatever its personal threshold is for "older", fashion is still relevant to you, and...

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Oh Carol, This Is a Case of Hello Pot, Kettle Calling

(143) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 12:41 PM

Oh dear. Poor Carol Vorderman; what a storm of excrement she has provoked with her declaration in the Daily Mail that "46% of women wear clothes which are too big or too small."

Launching a "national body census" for Isme, the website owned by mail order giant Marshall Ward, of...

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The Feminine Paradox: Shrink and You May Be Considered Attractive

(10) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 10:37 AM

I am currently considering going on the 5:2 Diet - the one where you fast for two days a week and eat normally for the other five days. I'd like to lose, ooh, about 5lbs... nothing too dramatic, just to streamline the waist a bit, flatten the tummy, generally look...

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Grr, Glam-ma! Could a Title Be More Patronising to Grown Up Women?

(7) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Well, there's no point in being coy about it: based on the criteria set out by Kaleidoscope, the mail-order brand which has published its survey on over-50s fashion-heroes, both I and my SoSensational.co.uk co-founder, Cyndy Lessing, are 'glam-mas'.

That was the name given to grandmothers who, according to...

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Thanks, Ian, for Your Seal of Approval for Older Women and Long Hair

(13) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 7:00 PM

As the owner of long (well, longish) hair, the words of the Queen's hairdresser, Ian Carmichael, are music to my ears. As one of last month's admittedly more trivial stories, you may have missed it (even if you weren't on holiday somewhere). So let me enlighten you: the Mayfair-based hairdresser...

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Something Up Their Sleeve That Might Just Save M&S

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 9:22 AM

It is fascinating how sleeves have become the focus of all things negative about women's fashion at M&S. Fascinating, but entirely understandable.

In common with the rest of the fashion press, SoSensational.co.uk has taken issue with the horrid little cap sleeves and nasty sheer sleeves which have been...

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Enough of the Fashion Ageism! 25 or 50, Fashion Is Never About Age

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Surveys are strange things. Despite their evident banality and absence of intrinsic worth, news desks love them. Especially on slow news days or at weekends when they are making up early pages for Monday's editions because they fill a downpage slot and can easily be pulled if something newsier comes...

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Sorry Sandra, Dungarees Should Be Left to Toddlers and Decorators

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 1:52 PM

We do admire the Daily Mail for their consistent refusal to concede to the widely held and seriously erroneous belief that life ends for women at 45.

In the last week alone they have run features in their Femail pages on wearing a bikini at 60, photographed on former model...

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Forty Feels Good, Famous or Not

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 10:10 AM

According to Times columnist Sarah Vine, "forty only feels good if you're famous". And by implication, endowed with endless natural beauty, too. She cites Cameron Diaz (40), Sandra Bullock (48), Julia Roberts (45), and other uber-glam, 40-plus Hollywood stars as proof of her theory , that "Hollywood does not reflect...

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Please Save Me From TOWIE and This Horrible Essexism

(13) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Dame Maggie Smith is one. So is Helen Mirren. So are Charlotte Rampling and Juliet Stevenson. Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery is one, authors Jilly Cooper and Ruth Rendell are, and Germaine Greer is one by adoption.

What are they (and what am I, apart from co-founder of

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Pouting, Porn-Star Chic Is 'Apprentice' Women's Boardroom Style

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2013 | 11:53 AM

Do the females competing to be Lord Sugar's business partner in Series 9 of The Apprentice think they are dressing for the boardroom or the bar? (And by "the bar", I mean the kind where they down shots rather than the kind where they would need a wig and gown).

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Janie's Gone, But She Wasn't the Key to Solving M&S's Problems

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 12:49 PM

So Janie Schaffer has fled the Good Ship M&S, presumably passing on the gangplank, Hilary Alexander on her way aboard.

Ms Schaffer, a former M&S employee who founded the Knickerbox chain in the mid-80s and then served as chief creative officer of US lingerie giant Victoria's Secret, was brought in...

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Little Girls Dressing Like Hookers? Blame Barbie

(5) Comments | Posted April 14, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Have you seen a Barbie doll lately?

No, me neither, until quite recently. I took an afternoon off from SoSensational.co.uk, to see two of my granddaughters, Sadie, five, and Poppy, three. They were holding a tea party for the four they own between them. The four plastic creatures...

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Models Are Dying to Be Thin and Teens Follow

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 5:38 AM

The former editor of Vogue Australia has lifted the lid on the world of modelling, and what a shocking and sordid picture of the fashion industry it reveals.

In her book The Vogue Factor, Kirstie Clements, who edited the Australian edition of the world's premier fashion glossy for 27 years,...

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Save Me From the Allure of the Crisp White Shirt

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 9:59 AM

Prim may be a huge trend for S/S13, but I'm with Hilary Rose on The Crisp White Shirt. Earlier this month, the hugely entertaining Times journalist produced a list of 17 "lies that fashion editors tell". It was a list that any regular reader of fashion pages and...

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Save Me From the Allure of the Crisp White Shirt

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 9:59 AM

Prim may be a huge trend for S/S13, but I'm with Hilary Rose on The Crisp White Shirt. Earlier this month, the hugely entertaining Times journalist produced a list of 17 "lies that fashion editors tell". It was a list that any regular reader of fashion pages and...

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Is It Galliano 'Just Being Galliano' or Something More Sinister?

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 7:12 AM

A few weeks ago I blogged in these pages about disgraced couturier John Galliano under the headline "Galliano deserves another chance".

Welcoming Galliano's three-week "internship" at Oscar de Ia Renta, I argued that the anti-Semitic outburst which led to his dismissal from Dior and his eponymous label, a...

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