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How can We Lesser Mortals look “on trend” in September whilst suffering from post Pina Colada poverty!!!

Welcome back Lesser Mortals. Kids at school? Post A-levellers waved off on their Gap Year? Students nearly ready to head back to uni? Holiday clothes washed and flat packed till next year?

Is the colder weather starting to make you wonder what to wear, as hawaiian prints are a little too “high summer”, tans are starting to fade, and you still haven’t got your head round buying new winter clothes, not least because you overspent whilst you were in Ayia Napa and your kids have bled you dry all summer. Fear not. Whilst the new trends are looking fresh and exciting, some have already appeared in previous seasons, and you’ll be able to dig them out again, whilst still looking up to date! Some of the trends are florals, animal prints, bomber jackets and checks/tartans. Loyal Mortals, will already have taken my fashion advice and purchased in previous months, but in case you didn’t heed my words, here are some items available to buy now. See…..it’s worth using a style consultant!

Bomber jackets – first featured in March 2014.

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  1. JT108 bomber jacket. Karen Millen. £160. Sizes 6-16. 100% polyester. Suits most body shapes.
  2. Floral printed bomber jacket. Next. £32. Sizes 6-22. 100% polyester. Suits most body shapes.

Tartan and checks – first featured in October 2013.

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  1. Jewel check Silk front sweater. £98. Jigsaw. Sizes S-L. 100% silk front and 100% wool sleeves,. Hand wash. Avoid if large chested.
  2. Graphic check shirt. £110. Karen Millen. Sizes 6-16. 100% cotton. Hand wash. Suits apples, boyish and pear shapes.

Florals – first featured in February 2014.

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  1. Georgah opulent bloom print tunic. £159. Ted Baker. Outer is 100% polyester. Dry clean only. This tunic is reversible to have a V-neck and zip, when worn the other way. Could be worn as a dress, or over jeans/trousers. Sizes 6-16. Will suit boyish and apple shapes, as well as some pear shapes.
  2. Combination printed top. £25.99 Zara. 100% polyester. Sizes XS-L. Will suit similar shoes to above.

Animal prints – first featured October 2013

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  1. Wildcat tie Neck dress. £65. French connection. Sizes 6-16. 100% polyester. Cold wash. Will suit pear shapes, boyish and hourglass.
  2. Animal printed wrap dress. Next. £32. Viscose elastane mix. Sizes 6-22 in petite, regular and tall lengths. Great for hour glass.

So, hoping the word “winter” hasn’t depressed you too much, then keep following my blog as I lead you through the fashions this winter, and if you need an image consultant to help you with a wardrobe detox or to give you fashion advice, don’t hesitate to contact me at www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

Further reading.

Best Animal print as worn by women over 40: 40plusstyle.com

autumn winter print trends (tartan and florals): fashioners.com

womens bomber jackets for Aw2014: wardrobelooks.com

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Savvy Lesser Mortals save money now by buying winter clothes at bargain prices!!

I know…..I’m crazy in this heat, to be thinking about winter…..! But now is the time to get some really great bargains reduced by over half!! Should you waste your money on summer things, when you’ve had half the summer already? Or be canny and start planning for winter. The prices will almost certainly have increased year on year, and it’s always a shock after the summer prices, which are usually l0wer, due to the weight of the fabrics used. I like to look at the top end High street stores, which I normally find too pricey, and if you live in a town or city (like Leicester) where you don’t have a lot of the top end shops, then many mail order companies, have free post and package now. Here is my list of money saving ideas!!

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Ok – I know a lot of them are black…..

  1. Sheer silk and lace bouse. Karen Millen. Reduced from £125 to £35. 100% silk. Sizes 6-14 available on line. A glamorous top you can dress down with jeans, or wear at night with a skirt or trousers. Suit pear, apple and boyish best.
  2. Softly tailored jacket. Karen Millen. Reduced from £199 to £75. 100% polyester. Dry clean only. A lovely soft drapey jacket, with sheer sleeves, which can be dressed up or down for day or night, and even worn in the office. Sizes 6-16 available on line. Suits any shape.

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These 2 items take care of your christmas night out…..

  1. Setif bow back strapless dress. LK Bennett. Sizes 6-16 available on line. Reduced from £295 to £175. polyester cotton mix. Dry clean. Good for hourglass and anyone with a nice décolletage!
  2. Orson black lace panelled jumpsuit. Reiss. Reduced from £245 to £120. 100% polyester. Dry clean. Sizes 6-14. A great alternative to your LBD, this style will suit some pear shapes and boyish figures.

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  1. Dionne leather ankle boot. LK Bennet. Reduced from £275 to £140. Sizes 36-42 available on line. 100% leather. The belted ankle., means you can adjust to fit.
  2. Vancouver duffle bag. Jigsaw. Reduced from £129 to £64. A really good price for a leather bag. This style of bag featured recently in magazines.

I guess most of us don’t buy in advance as a result of the impatience to wear the items, and so waste discounted opportunities. But the way to save money is to plan ahead, and only buy what you NEED.

For more help or advice, contact me via my website:www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

 Further reading:

IS it safe to buy in the sales: mail online

more than half of Brits never wear clothes bought in the sales…This is money.co.uk

Can We Lesser Mortals really wear white and not look…….inappropriate?

White is always in…. out……shake it all about, but Lesser Mortals have lots of dilemmas – Will my pants show through?(you’d be surprised…) Will I get ketchup on the them? Am I too pale to wear white? Who am I kidding that I am pure and innocent….? This year, it is fashionable to wear white and white and white-altogether.

As I always say, the fashionistas in London can get away with a lot, but you try trotting round Asda with white stilettos, white handbag and a white dress, and we all know who will have the last laugh. My advice would be to take hints of the trend – maybe add the white shoes/sandals at night time to get the whole look. (And yes, I know white shoes used to be tarty, but they are very on trend this year. They are very retro -think 60’s. Maybe a kitten heel rather than stiletto? And white sandals do go with everything). White jeans are easy to get hold of, so I haven’t looked at those. And be careful with white linen trousers – they can look like a dogs dinner. (and you do tend to see a lot of older ladies in them…….) Add a bright or dark cardi which you can stick on and button up when you are eating – it will save a lot of soaking when you get home……

Did I mention my other pet hate is cheap white polyester nylon. Just don’t do it. It needs to look luxurious and silk like.

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  1. Amarro top – All Saints. £98. Sizes 4-14. 100% polyester. Dry clean only. A bit pricey, but may be on sale soon. The back is lower than the front. Suits apple shapes and anyone who wants to hide anything. The model is 5’11 so it will be VERY long on smaller ladies. Team with white skinnies for the full on “look”.
  2. Cream woven cami. Next £12. sizes 6-18. Bigger sizes sold out on line. A variety of comments on this being see through or static, but I thought it looked quite good for £12. Maybe it is just ok for under jackets. Suits anyone really-unless you have problem with your bra straps showing – lots of larger busted ladies wear co-ordinating coloured bras under strappy tops, or ones with see through straps.
  3. Ivory high neck top. J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams. £32. Sizes 8-20. Features a zip fastening at the back. A lovely silky feeling top for not a bad price. Best on boyish figures and pear shapes – depending on what they team it with.

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  1. Linen blend blazer Marks and Spencers.. £75 reduced to £50. sizes 8-22 regular length only. A lovely jacket at an affordable price. Chuck it on instead of a cardi. Suits most body shapes – apart from apple. To rock the “look”- wear with white skinnies, and heels.
  2. White broderie dress. J by jasper Conran at Debenhams. I was really surprised how nice this was. 100% cotton and machine washable. Has a side zip. This would suit hourglass, boyish and pear shapes. The length appeals to trendy younger ladies or more demure older ladies!! Go 50’s with coloured flat pumps, or rock it up with a black leather jacket.
  3. Jennifer white lace fit and flare. Reiss. £155. 100% cotton. Dry clean only. sizes 4-16. Would suit pear shapes and boyish, and perfect if you dislike your upper arms, or going to an event that require decorum. Model is 5’11 so will be longer on normal heights.

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  1. Cream silk bomber jacket. Jigsaw. £149. Sizes S – L. A delicate jacket but great quality. Available in black, fuchsia, pale blue , and coral, as well as cream. Dry clean only. Suit most body shapes.
  2. Emery 54D wedge sandals. Tommy Hillfiger at House of Fraser. £85. Leather and synthetic fabrics. They have run out on line. But available in stores.

If you like what you have seen, please take a look at my website or give me a call or text on 07976 635518

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Further reading:

reiss blog: Wearing white SS14 trend

40plus style : the perfect asymmetrical white dress

instyle: what to wear with your little white dress.

whowhatwear: 10 stylish ways to wear white

Favulous Fashion Fix : how to wear the white dress this spring……..see – they do wear black opaque tights with white dresses!!

 

Can We Lesser Mortals wear tropical florals without seeing flash backs of Hawaii Five O and Fantasy Island!!

The trouble with all these retro fashions, is, a lot of us, have worn them first time round….which is quite off putting, and you don’t want people to mistakenly think you are off to a fancy dress party! Of course, times change and fashions become more subtle (although you try telling that to the rather large lady I saw the other day in fluorescent hot pants!) So yes, whether you are 30, 40, 50 or 60, then I think there is something for everyone. If you are a more cautious lady, then choose a more subtle print, or maybe accessories, and team it with plainer items. If you wear the whole lot together, then don’t blame me if you find parrots nesting in your bee hive…..

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  1. Flowy wide leg trouser with leaf print. Zara. £29.99. 100%polyester. Sizes XS-XL. Not for the faint hearted, but will suit pear shapes as these trousers flow over your hips. Great for holidays, as lovely and cool, and won’t crease like linen, in your suitcase. Wear with a plain bomber jacket and heels.
  2. Kin print racer vest top. £69. Reiss. Size XS -L . Lyocell jersey fabric.  Can be dressed up or down with jeans, or white smart trousers, and plain skirts. Suits boyish figures best.
  3. Tropical palm print cami. Warehouse. £22. 100% polyester. Size 6-18. Again won’t crush in your bag, and won’t be sweaty in summer, as light and flowing. Suits flatter chests due to the thin straps.
  4. Tropical leaf trousers. Ben de Lisi at Principles. Was £35 now £28. Sizes 8-20. Cotton elastane mix. Machine washable. Slim fitting, so will suit top heavy ladies with slimmer bottom halves.

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  1. Palm print georgette jumper. £85 Karen Millen. 100% rayon. Hand washable. Sizes 1-4. Very light weight, so it is ideal if you want to cover your arms. Suits pears and boyish shapes.
  2. Tropical print shift dress. £160. Karen Millen Polyamide elastane. Dry clean. Sizes 6-16. The black darts at the waist-line create curves, so good for boyish and hourglass figures.
  3. Tropical Zara shift dress. £45.99. 100% polyester. Hands washable. Perfect for apple shapes, and bingo wings!
  4. Scorpio star smart wedge sandals. Clarkes. £49.99. Sizes 3-8 including half sizes and D and E width fittings. Leather uppers and cushion soft soles. All the reviews, say “feel like slippers”. These help balance out chunky legs.

If you need any help working out what to wear these with, feel free to comment.

If you like what you have seen, please take a look at my website or give me a call or text on 07976 635518

Further reading:

Tropical prints continue into AW2014: write on trend

Tropical prints are taking over this summer: Fashion tag

tropical fashion trend this summer: the Express.

 

 

 

Can We Lesser Mortals wear the paintbox trend without looking like we’ve been decorating?

Picture it now….you cruise into work/playground/supermarket in your newest high fashion purchase and are mortified when some bright spark shouts “Oi love – you’ve spilt some paint on your dress”. Yes, we slaves to fashion have had some seriously embarrassing moments in the past when we have taken a fashion trend too literally. And whilst I’m all up for a bit of creativity, the designers haven’t really considered how much a Lesser Mortal can put themselves through! So should you bin this trend straight away and save your street cred? or persevere in an attempt to look hi-brow and interesting? So Lesser Mortals with big bums, wrinkly skin, fat legs, etc here are some suggestions which are more wearable, but take heed…there are probably easier trends to embrace.

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I would probably leave these ones the teenagers…….(both above from Zara)

More wearable if you are an older woman, working woman, busy mother & have less than perfect bodies…..

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  1. Sierra vintage floral jumpsuit. Reiss. £245. Sizes 4-14. 100% silk. Now if I was going to a wedding this summer, this is what I would wear, because I always like to be different from everyone else. If you are brave enough, it is really eye-catching. Will suit a slight pear or boyish shape.
  2. Photographic print skinny jean. Karen Millen. £90. sizes 6-16. Polyester, elastic and cotton mix. Cool machine wash. Good old skinny jeans to alleviate the boredom of blue wash jeans. Karen Millen jeans tend to be slightly higher waisted and better for boyish or less curvy figures.

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  1. Wrap dress – Next. £32. Viscose elastane. Sizes 6-26 in reg, petite, and tall sizes. Lots of regular seem to be sold out ‘on line’, despite being new in! Everyone loves a wrap dress, although I’m fed up of them. This print makes the style new and fresh and will suit most body shapes.
  2. Paint brush silk top. Jigsaw. £98. Sizes 8-14. 100% silk. Handwash. I love this effortless silk top, as the bold colour will lift english complexions, and can be worn with white or indigo jeans, and even some of summer pastel shades. You can also team with the matching skirt (see below) to get a dress.  Suit boyish, tall or pear shapes.
  3. Paint brush silk skirt. Jigsaw £129. 100 % silk. Lined. If worn as a dress with the top, it will suit boyish shapes better. Some hourglass may get away with it, but the top isn’t great for larger busts. On it’s own, or with a plain top, this will suit top heavy ladies. No wash instructions on this. You will get your moneys worth with this skirt as all the magazines are full of the NEW midi length, so this is the start of a trend.

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  1. Printed dress. Zara. £29.99. Polyester elastane. Sizes S-L. Machine washable. A simple easy shapeless dress, to wear over leggings or slung on in the evening if you are somewhere hot on holiday (as worn by model, with Birkenstocks). Quite quirky as the back is a different shade to the front. Older ladies may not like the unfinished sleeves. I would probably wear with navy leggings. Better on a boyish shape.
  2. Printed top. Zara. £25.99. 100% polyester. Sizes XS-XL. This is longer at the back than the front, so if you hate your bum…! I would suggest a vest top underneath, but this is a lovely floaty summer top, which probably suits most shapes, depending on what you wear it with.

These are all at the top end of the price range, but the cheaper versions looked more home made as if you’d made them when you were at primary school! Also, a lot were quite shapeless which suggests to me they are hard to wear, so, they stick them on skinny young models, who could make a bag look sexy!

 

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Comments are always welcome.

Further reading:

red on line. paintbox fashion trend

not dressed as lamb: matching shirt and tie ( but I noticed the jacket)

 

 

 

 

Can We Lesser Mortals wear organza and only show our modesty?

Organza can be tricky for older women, or those of us with less than perfect figures And it can be downright impractical whilst juggling kids, shopping bags and supermarket trolleys. Do you trust your friends or sales consultants to give you the right fashion advice for your age? (or are they secretly having a laugh behind you back!) Will a sales person give the right fashion advice if they are half your age? Well, I absolutely think you can follow fashion whatever your age, and shape. It’s just the degree to which we do this, that’s the tricky bit!! Here are some affordable High Street ideas, which I think will suit Lesser Mortals.

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  1. Organza jacket. Zara. £25.99. polyester cotton mix. In navy blue. Machine washable. Sizes S, M, L. What a great jacket for slinging on over jeans, or over a delicate strappy dress or top at night time. Pretty well suits any body shape, depending on what you are wearing it with. PEAR shapes with wide leg trousers or A line skirts, HOURGLASS with some thing that draws attention to your waist, BUSTY ladies leave open, BOYISH shapes with anything, or highlight your waist with a belt, and APPLE shapes need to lengthen their bodies with heels and long flowing trousers, or an empire one dress.
  2. Striped poplin organza blouse. £29.99. Zara. 100% cotton and polyester stripes. Machine washable. available in XS, S, M L. The back has a small split up the lower back. This shell top looks daunting at first, but for those faint of heart, a little vest top should help cover your modesty. Obviously, avoid if your bra/vest top causes any flesh to squidge out over it! The stripes conveniently cover your bra, and it’s not too cropped. As it is a boxy shape, it will make your chest area look bigger, so will flatter PEAR shape but make busty ladies too top heavy.

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  1. Watercolour organza dress. £198. Jigsaw.100% silk. Dry clean. Size 8-14. The model is 5’10” so petite ladies will find it comes below your knee. It is longer in length than a lot of fashion styles around at the moment. As it is 100% silk, you can’t wear it too tight, or it will split at the seams. It will suit slight PEAR shapes and HOURGLASS. BOYISH will need to try on, as the skirt may need hips to fill it out a bit.
  2. Flower embroidered dress. £215. Karen Millen. 100% polyester. Dry clean. Size 6-16. A more demure dress for special occasions. Suiting HOURGLASS and BOYISH figures. The 3/4 sleeves are perfect for women who hate their upper arms. Middle aged women sometimes find showing arms a touch indecent but I think the length should be fine with tights.

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  1. Sheer back T shirt . £50. Karen Millen.  Viscose elastane mix. Sizes 6-16. Machine washable.  Also in peach and white. I lovely floaty T shirt which can be worn during the day with a vest top under so it’s appropriate for work or school runs, but can be worn with just a bra at night time for a hint of naughtiness!!  The colours reflect the pastel theme in fashion this summer. Team with dark colours (navy, berry) or try other pastels (whites, pinks, citron) or even orange!
  2. Collared neck long sleeve sheer blouse. Marks and Spencers. £29.50. Ivory. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Sizes 8-24. Hurrah, a top to cover all muffins and bellies!! It has an opaque panel over all the bits you may want to hide! And what can go wrong with white? (apart from ketchup, if you have kids)

If you are worried about wearing organza, ask me a question, or you can book a consultation with me. If you would like me to feature a particular trend you have seen, give me a comment and I’ll see what I can do. My faves are the Zara jacket and the Karen Millen T shirt. What are yours?

My Facebook page often shows me wearing different trends so you can see how a Lesser Mortal gets away with it.

If you like what you have seen, please take a look at my website or give me a call or text on 07976 635518

Further reading:

woman wearing organza jacket; gettyimages

Organza shell top: Fash Mob Blogs. scroll down to see the top.

Organza skirt: Imperfecti.

Organza blouse – I featured this in autumn! Chictopia.

 

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??)

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

 If you like what you have seen, please take a look at my website or give me a call or text on 07976 635518

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