Archives for the month of: October, 2013

michael kors camouflage

Camouflage has made an appearance on the catwalks for Autumn Winter 2013, and River Island commissioned Rihanna to design a range for them. Perhaps this should be a warning to We Lesser Mortals…..since most of us are fully aware that we will a) never look like Rihanna b) Don’t want to either, as we said good bye to our 20’s some time ago and our bottoms have long since passed the stage of twerking!! Maybe it should be a warning, as I notice River Island has reduced the range! Anyway, there are some nice subtle pieces out in the stores, which I feel a Lesser Mortal can we can wear with pride and without fear of being laughed at!!!

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  1. Leopard print dress. Karen Millen £160 Manmade fibres with elastane. Dry Clean only. Nice for an hour glass figure and fab for going out in the evening or wearing knee length boots.
  2. Print blazer. Next item 894385 £60 man made. Goes up to large sizes. This jacket will be great either in an office environment, over shiny jeans for going out in, or even an LBD!!! Very versatile and a great price.
  3. Sequin dress Next item 873406 £65. This is a polyester elastane fabric mix. It is available in petite(5’3′) and tall (5’10) as well as regular sizes. It will not fit very well if you are very hippy, but apart from that, will look fab over opaque tights, which of course, We Lesser Mortals love……

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  1. Camouflage jeans Karen Millen £85. Machine Washable. Since most of We Lesser Mortals have embraced skinnies, either with a long top to disguise hips, or with shorter tops and jumpers, these jeans are very wearable. I suggest you always wear a heel, or you may look like GI Jane (or at least never wear flat lace up boots)
  2. Camo jacquard pencil skirt Topshop £38. Polyester cotton and machine washable. As I have mentioned before, pencil skirts are very wearable, whatever your shape is. I think this will look great with opaques, knee length boots and a chunky jumper, or fine gauge kit and a blazer.
  3. MOTO cam print tencel joggers. Topshop.£45 100% Lyocell. For those Lesser Mortals who don’t like clingy trousers, these are ideal for a looser fitting trousers, in a nice floppy fabric. They will be very comfortable, and should be teamed with a brogue, pump or heel. As they are drawstring, a slightly longer top may look better for muffin tops!! I also like the fact they are blue.

All in all, there wasn’t huge amount of camouflage in the shops, so it’s not a massive trend, but may appeal to those Lesser Mortals who don’t like to look too girly.

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aw13 mannish maison Martin margiela

Mannish shapes and pinstripes were shown as a trend for Autumn 2013, but can a Lesser Mortal who is a mother of kids, slightly weightier than in their heyday, get away with it? You’ll notice how all the magazines show these styles on gorgeous, slim models with long hair, to counteract the mannish-ness of the pieces!!! Obviously there is a reason for this! They are quite difficult to wear! The look can translate well into work wear, but it can also work casually.

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  1. Belted pinstripe dress Mango £59.99. Hand washable. This shape is feminine and works well for women who like to show off a waist, but who may also have no curves ( the skirt will give curves). And it also works if you have wider hips, as the A line shape to the skirt will disguise them nicely.
  2. Navy pinstripe jacket Zara £49.99. Poly viscose and dry clean. This lovely little jacket can be slung on over jeans or any coloured skirt/dress to give it a bit of a lift. It is really easy to wear.
  3. Ambrose pin stripe jacket £225 and Lynne pin stripe trousers £135. Reiss. Dry clean. Reiss have really nailed this trend making it look relaxed and not too mannish, so most women could wear this in a networking/work situation. I would definitely wear heels and a bright top underneath.

Here are 2 looks I think would definitely be hard for a Lesser Mortal to pull off:

top shop mans coatzara man strip skirt £29.99

  1. Navy wool coat Top shop Boutique £210
  2. Pinstripe skirt and top Zara. The skirt is £29.99 and is a really easy piece to wear with opaque tights, knee boots and a bright knitted jumper. As you can see from the photo, too much pinstripe in hard for a Lesser Mortal to carry off, hence the gorgeous model who looks old enough to be my daughter!!

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I think this picture says it all…. We Lesser Mortals worry about what we are going to look like if we embrace the leopard print trend. But fear  not! I think ladies and mums of a certain age can look very chic in leopard print – but I’m afraid it’s going to cost you. Imagine….friday night, loads of alcohol, cheap tight leopard lycra, stilettos, cleavage out……yes, exactly what we need to steer away from. So my advise to We Lesser Mortals is DON”T BUY IT IF IT LOOKS CHEAPLY MADE – or you will look cheap. I’m not saying it has to cost the earth, but does it look cheap?

Here are some items which I suggest can look elegant at work, in the playground, networking etc. If in doubt, accessories are easy to wear, but ultimately I suggest teaming well made, expensive looking shoes, bags, knitwear with your leopard print items, and tone them down.

leopard looks

  • Imogen skirt – Fenn Wright and Manson. £120. Polyester cotton mix, dry clean. fabulous with court hoes, knee length boots and toned down with a simple jumper. A modest length and suiting most body shapes.
  • Red leopard wool jacquard dress – Karen Millen. £175. Nylon/wool mix – dry clean only, so maybe not so good it you have kids running around with sticky fingers. A very subtle print with many end uses. It gives curves to straighter figures, and will balance out broad shoulders.
  • Animal print shirt – Next. £28. 100% polyester. Again, worn toned down with jeans, or with a leather pencil skirt

If these ideas are still freaking you out, how about some more subtle accessories – the shoes may look scary, but see how subtle they are when worn.hobbs leopard shoes 2hobbs leopard shoes 1

London Alana court shoes – Hobbs £139

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Leopard print belt – Mango £39.99

So leopard print can look chic!! Go on – release your inner kitty!!

tartan catwalk

Here are some of the tartan “looks” from the Moschino catwalk for Autumn Winter 2013 and some of the trousers in the stores at the moment, the ones shown are Karen Millen. As a Lesser Mortal, frankly I’d get laughed out of the playground, if I turned up at school in any of these outfits. As well as the fact, I don’t live in the Big Smoke, I’m not in my twenties and am not as toned as I used to be. It’s actually quite hard to find tartan in this provincial city I call home, so whether we see more in the shops coming up to Christmas, we’ll see.Here are some lovely ideas, which are much more wearable, and in the stores at the moment.

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1) Crawford skirt from Joules £ 49.95. It’s machine washable and is a cotton viscose mix. This style flatters most body shapes, and is a respectable length for We Lesser Mortals. Just make sure it’s not too long, or you’ll look like your granny.

2) Michelle tartan dress from Phase Eight £110. This is great for work or day time, and is made of a stretch wool mix fabric. It’s dry clean only.

3)Checked top with frilled sleeve Zara £25.99. 100% polyester and washable. This lovely little top, could be styled up with jeans or skirts for casual wear or for a night out. Very versatile.

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6) Check chiffon mid length kilt, Top Shop £48. 100% polyester and machine washable. This embraces the trend for more mid length skirts. I would suggest a heel with it for We Lesser Mortals, or you might look like Miss Jean Brodie.

carve oversized coat

Oversized and manly cut coats and jackets are a fashion statement this autumn, but if you are not shaped like a stick, and still in full time education, can you get away with them?

I’m afraid that unless you are relatively slim, the answer is no.

But fear not as there are loads of lovely alternatives out there, embracing the current colour trend for “pinks”. Watch out for the cheaper shaggy versions, which I think will pill, and make you look like you are wearing the dogs rug. Here are some I think will be good investments:

coast pink coat Jaegar boutique coat boden pink coat zara coat

From left to right, and top to bottom:

Coast £250 – this coat feels very Audrey Hepbourne

Jaegar Boutique £195 – this coat is beautiful, but quite sharp in colour

Boden £143 – a great classic, and already reduced to this affordable price

Zara £179 – maybe not great if you are standing round football pitches or being daubed with jammy fingers, but a subtle pale pink colour, which embraces the autumn winter pastel colour trend