Archives for the month of: March, 2014

 

Can We Lesser Mortals wear denim with out looking like a yummy mummy?

Denim is all over the shops at the moment, and we must all have had those moments in our youth when we wore denim all the time. Can you even remember running around after your kids all day, thinking you’ll never stop wearing jeans and finally consigning them to weekends only? Are you worried that denim will make you regress back to thinking only about cleaning and the shopping list? Well, the modern twist on denim has a really smart and urban feel, so we should definitely buy a piece this summer, but unless you want to look like a yummy mummy, avoid a denim jacket and a faded denim skirt cut just above your knee (what do you mean, you still have one from 10 years ago??)

next denim biker jkt karen millen denim skirt next denim dress

  1. Midwash denim biker jacket. Next.  £45. Size 6 – 22. 100% cotton. One reviewer says the sleeves are long and if you are well endowed, it is tight when done up. However, this is a really modern twist on a denim jacket, and copies the winter trend for leather biker jackets. It will look fab with floral or pastel coloured jeans this summer.
  2. Dark denim pencil skirt. Karen Millen. £99. Cotton elastane mix. Sizes 6-16. What I love about this skirt, is, it is an on trend pencil shape, cut longer in the length, and when styled like this -with ankle boots – is as far away from yummy mummy as possible. Definitely style with heels – sandals or boots – to give it a modern feel. If it’s too pricey – Next do one too, but it is paler in wash.
  3. Denim shirt dress. Next. £30. 100% cotton. Comes in regular, tall and petite, as well as sizes 6-22. It has loads of 5 star reviews, but won’t be easily recognisable as Next, when you wear it. It’s very forgiving in style if you have any lumps and bumps to hide. The tie belt, will adapt to high or low waists, and the button up style flatters large chests.

g star denim shirtLevis denims shirt

  1.  Denim Liz pleated shirt. G Star Raw. £130. sizes XS- XL. Polyester cotton, chambray fabric. Even with these pleats, this is washable! I think this is a really unusual shirt, and will work really well with the summer pencil style skirts and skinny jeans, and even white tuxedo style trousers.
  2. Tie front shirt. Levis. £65. 100 % cotton. Only size XS- L. Machine washable. This shirt is longer length for those self conscious about their bellies, and the pussy bow gives it a really smart grown-up look. It’ll look great with jeans, skirts and leather pencil skirts. It may even be smart enough for office wear.

next denim trousers denim pump zara

 

  1. Tencel tapered trousers. Next. £32. Sizes 6-22 and length Reg to Long and X-long. 100% man made Tencel.  At last, some soft loose fitting trousers for summer. Wear with a shell or vest top and definitely heels, or they’ll look like jog pants. Layer with a bomber jacket or blazer to keep the look smart.
  2. Denim ballerina flats. Zara. £29.99. Sizes 3-8. Upper is 100% cotton. With a see-through perspex heel, how wearable are these little flats? Fabulous to wear with everything, and perfect for holidays when your feet swell with the heat!!

I think you’ll agree there are many new fresh ideas for denim this summer, without being too casual. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to ask.

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Further reading:

metro: do you dare to wear double denim

munsnet……..interesting debate: can women over 40 wear denim?

The chic fashionista: Katie Holmes wears a denim skirt

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Can We Lesser Mortals Wear bomber jackets without looking like a Pink Lady?

Bomber jackets are very on trend this summer, but as a Lesser Mortal, you may be worried you can’t wear that look, and will get shouts of “hey Sandy” and “you’re the one that I want” everywhere you go. (which is fine, unless you happen to be passing a building site, when it can be quite intimidating). Well, there are plenty of variations on the High Street at affordable prices, and it’s quite easy to think of them a bit like a cardigan. Easy to throw on, but stylish straight away. They are usually cropped, and will draw attention to your waist line, so brilliant if you have a tiny waist. If you are more straight up and down, you could wear a fuller skirt or relaxed trousers, to give you more curves. Short legged ladies, can wear high waisted trousers or skirts with their bomber jacket, to make their legs look longer, and large chested ladies should be careful about zipping the jacket right the way up, otherwise your chest will look too large (leave it slightly undone to break up the chest area). If in doubt, Do Not Team With anything 50’s inspired. (unless you are going to a Rock and Roll fancy dress night).

karen millen lace bomber jkt next black sheer bomber jkt h and M floral bomber jkt

  1. Lace knit bomber jacket. Karen Millen. £99. Polyester/elastane/viscose. Hand washable. Sizes 1-4.  This gives a great evening look, with its lace sleeves. It could also be worn with a leather pencil skirt, or other skirts for day time. I can’t see this item dating.
  2. Black bomber jacket. Next. £55. Comes in regular and petite sizes from 6 – 22. It has sheer sleeves – ideal if you like to hide your bingo wings but still look a little sexy!!
  3. Satin Jackets. H and M. £29.99. 100% polyester and machine washable. Sizes 8-20. Ideal to fling on over jeans during the day, or used as a light jacket for evening when on a hot holiday.

next floral bomber next sequin bomber mango reversible bomber

  1. Floral bomber jacket. Next. £32. £100 polyester. Size 6-22. This embraces the floral trend for this spring summer, and as you can see from the image, is as far away from a Pink Lady, as you can get. If Mary Berry can do it…..what’s your excuse?
  2. Sequin bomber jacket. £75. Next. Nylon elastane mix with a poly cotton lining. Sizes 6-22. As you can see, 3 of these styles are from Next, so it’s no wonder Next is overtaking the high street. This sequin look is fabulous for dinner dates, or going out. I have one a few years old, and it can make a scabby pair of jeans and vest top, look good enough to go out in. I don’t just wear it at Christmas either, and it looks great over an LBD.
  3. Paisley print reversible bomber jacket. £54.99. Mango. 100% Polyester. Machine washable. 2 jackets for the price of one!! Sizes S, M and L.

Please note – none of my suggestions have a number on, nor look like you play for an american baseball team. Remember your age…….

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Further reading:

marie claire:bomber jackets – yes you can wear one

Donna Aida: how to style: the bomber jacket

You look fab: how to wear bomber jackets YLF

Allwomen stalk: 7 tips for wearing bomber jackets.

Can We Lesser Mortals wear this summers neon trend, without looking like a belisha beacon? It’s a hard look to master, and I would leave embracing it whole-heartedly, to the young and lithe. Firstly, it always looks fab on a lovely mediterranean tan (have I lost your attention already?). Secondly, how much attention do you wish to draw to yourself? and thirdly, do you want people asking you when the roadworks will be completed?? That being said, I am certainly going to embrace neon this summer, by using it as an accent colour.  If you are pale-skinned, it will work well to add strength to the pastel colours which are around this summer. And it just makes ordinary garments a little bit quirkier e.g. brogues with a neon shoe lace. The shops haven’t got lots in yet, but I would expect more as the weather gets more summery.

top shop neon tunic ted baker neon shift karen millen neon cardi

  1. Fluro flower tunic. Topshop. £38. 100%polyester. Machine washable. Sizes 4-16. This obviously hides a multitude of sins….The model is 5’10 so petites can expect it to be a little longer, and very tall ladies may find it only just covers your waist band. May be a good cover up on the beach too.
  2. Ramonda floral print tunic. Ted Baker. £149. 100% polyester and machine washable. Sizes 6-14 (16 out of stock) This dress has a beautiful contrast zip and pleated skirt bit at the back. If you are very straight up and down, it can be a bit “hippy” so may not be a good fit. The problem with this, will be in colder weather, as black opaques are not going to look great next to this pale colour. I would try wearing it over some jeggings or skinnies as a tunic, or failing that, slap loads of fake tan moisturiser (easier than fake tan at avoiding streaks but takes a few days to build up) and try a very fine 7 denier tight, a shade darker than your natural skin tone. The only opaque I think would work, would be a footless tight but be careful which colour- try www.mytights.com Pamela Mann have 50 denier cerise and damson coloured ones, which should look nice with this. Or Topshop have a pale pink rose lace tight, which would give this dress a vintage look with Mary Jane shoes. This look is a bit too “little girl” if you have kissed your 40’s good-bye.
  3. Knit cardigan with neon trim. Karen Millen. £99. Polyester viscose and hand washable. Sizes 6/8-16. This cheeky little cardigan has a sheer back to it, so is rather see-through! Fear not – nothing a little vest top won’t solve! Consequently, it gives you 2 looks for the price of one. Sheer for evening, or as a normal cardigan now, for day wear. (wear a shirt or T-shirt under for daywear so it looks less transparent) Not sure I’ll be doing the patch jean look (especially if my daughter is), but I think this will look great over a lace pencil skirt.

gap neon scarf  ted baker neon belt

Accessories are alway easier to embrace trends with.

  1. Printed pastel scarf. Gap. £19.95. With neon highlights, it’s easy to accessorise with.
  2. Julo classic belt in bright pink. Ted Baker. £49. leather.

karen millen neon pumps next neon sandals

  1. Patent ballerina. Karen Millen. £85. Polyurethane. Sizes 36-41. Fab with skinny jeans or a full skirt.
  2. Bright 2 part high wedge sandals. Next. £38. Size 35-43. Man made. Perfect for smaller ladies, to give a bit of height, with the wedge making the heel height feel less extreme.

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Comments welcome.

Further reading:

Elle: http://www.elle.com/fashion/spotlight/very-bright-the-dos-and-donts-of-summer-neon#slide-1

Ezine:http://ezine.fashionmodamode.com/scoop-international-fashion-show-neon-trend-summer-2014/

neon makeup: The daily pamp