We’ve been making a few changes here at Good Housekeeping. Nothing too drastic – 95 years as the nation’s favourite magazine means we must be doing something right, after all. So don’t panic, it’s just a few tweaks to keep us fresh and shiny as we head into the new year. Sandi Toksvig’s Last Laugh becomes an appetising starter as she moves to the front of the magazine. And at the back, we’ll be dipping into the Good Housekeeping library. This month, there’s an insight into the nation’s spending habits of January 1929 – when, as the GHI reported, it was possible for a woman to dress well for no more than £30 a year! In our rich archive there are so many gems to choose from: fashion tips from the Seventies, rationing advice from the war years, insight into the growth of female rights through the 20th century. It’s a fascinating walk through history via the pages of GH.
When I became editor a few months ago, I asked for your help. What could I do to make your magazine even greater? ‘Stop using much younger models in your fashion stories,’ you said. I agree! We are the Ageless Generation. In 2018, there is barely a piece of clothing that can’t be worn by any reader. Yes, we want sophisticated investment pieces – but there’s room, too, for fun trends and dress-down cool. And why not use age-appropriate models – women like us! – to show them off? So this month, we have… and we’ll continue to do so.
We’re not the only ones to have had a makeover. In Our Year To Shine, we sprinkled the GH magic over five very deserving women. The results are gorgeous – and I liked one outfit so much I dashed straight to Monsoon and bought it. If you look closely you can see me wearing my new green velvet suit at the mighty Women of the Year Lunch, which we are proud to sponsor. I think our reader Jenni (on page 41) wears it much better!
See you next year!
What a privilege it was to meet the inspiring guests at this year’s Women of the Year Lunch. FROM TOP Sarah Hext, founder of the Harvey Hext Trust charity; The Duchess of Cornwall; The Syria Campaign’s Anna Nolan, who was there to accept an award on behalf of the brave women who volunteer for The White Helmets