At 40 and with four children, McCartney has honed her style into a sleek formula. The more outré looks she favoured in her 20s – the giant capes, the supertight leggings – have gradually been edited out. There is nothing age inappropriate about the latterday McCartney wardrobe. But what makes her compelling is that she has cut off the excess frills without ending up austere or sexless. McCartney seldom shows a lot of bare flesh – but equally important is that she always shows a little bit by rolling up trousers to show an inch of ankle, or chopping the sleeves of a tunic top at the elbow.
By keeping some elements of her style constant – lots of trousers, monochrome with bold accents – she reminds us that there is a real person under the clothes. One who thinks about fashion, but not at the expense of thinking about anything else.