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How can We Lesser Mortals wear our summer outfits in winter, to get our moneys worth?

For Lesser Mortals, with modest incomes and little time on our hands, it’s a luxury these days, to have outfits which you can only wear in one season. We all have a few items which are for “hot holidays only”. Yes, your butt skimming hot pants and floaty Lady Di translucent skirts can’t really be worn in autumn, so need vacuum packing away till the next time you board your Monarch flight to Faro!! But some of the trends bought earlier in the year, can be worn into autumn, allowing us get more “wears” for our money. Here are some ideas.

Animal Prints:

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In summer, floaty animal print dresses were worn with bare legs and ballerinas or sandals (yes, I know she has black ankle socks, but she is only 19). In winter, these dresses can be styled with opaque tights and knee boots, or  stilettos. A leather jacket or blazer, can add an extra layer.

  1. Leopard print dress. £44.99 Mango. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Sizes 6-14.
  2. Animal print dress. £38. Next. Polyester/viscose/elastane mix. Sizes 8-18, reg, petite, and tall.

Floral dresses

 

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Lots of Lesser Mortals, may think that florals are just a summer print, to be worn at weddings or on sunny days, with sandals. You can see here, how they translate well with leather jackets and ankle (or knee) boots in winter. Obviously, bare legs is a fairly “young” look. You probably need opaques.

  1.  Opulent bloom print dress. £159. Ted Baker. 95% polyester 5% elastane. Sizes 6-16.
  2. Dark floral print dress. £145. Karen Millen. 967 % cotton 3% elastane. Size 6-16

Jumpsuits

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You may think jumpsuits are for the younger Lesser Mortals, but the Daily Mail did do a feature on older women wearing jumpsuits, who found them very stylish and comfortable. I also did  a feature on Facebook – and I’m no spring chicken. Vicky Smith Styling on 10th April. In summer, they were probably worn with sandals or flat converses, but in winter, sparkly party shoes, or ankle boots, can make them appropriate for winter parties, or for daytime.

  1. Strappy silk jumpsuit. £80. Top shop by Boutique. 100% silk. (yes 100% silk – most silk shirts are over £100 in some stores). Sizes 6-16. Team with an expensive looking belt.
  2. Fluid soft jumpsuit. £225. karen Millen. 29% polyester 71% acetate. Dry clean only. Sizes 6-16.

Hopefully this has given you some ideas of how to get more wear from your clothes.

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

Further reading:

How to style a grey jumpsuit: Not dressed as lamb

The do’s and don’ts of wearing florals in winter: glamour.com

 

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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

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.

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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 a pencil skirt no matter what shape, age and size we are?

Pencil skirts are a big fashion statement for Spring Summer 2014. Older women (i.e. over 30!) are often stuck for fashion advice, worrying about whether they look like mutton dressed as lamb. Of course it is possible to be a stylish older woman (and I don’t mean you’ve got one foot in the grave) and pencil skirts are a current fashion trend as well as being a shape which has seen the test of time – think 40’s war images, 50’s screen sirens etc. Don’t worry what shape you are – pencil skirts flatter hourglass figures, boyish shapes, curvy ladies, pear shapes and top heavy women. I would only be wary if there is a huge difference in size between your top half and bottom half, of 2-3 sizes. e.g you buy a size 10 top and a size 16 bottom. Also be VERY careful with knitted jersey skirts (T-shirt fabric), as they will show every lump and bump, and also make pear shaped ladies even more pear shaped. Go for a good thick woven material. Here are some of my favourites.

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  1. Stretch Cotton pencil skirt. £99. Karen Millen. Cotton elastane. Dry clean. Sizes 6-16. Suits a boyish figure, as the peplum creates curves. See how the high waist shortens your torso though. Also hourglass figures suit this, as again the peplum accentuates your curves. Add a belt to remind people of your tiny waist.
  2. Stone Skirt. £35. Next. 100% tencel. sizes 6-22R. Suits a pear shape, as the contrast line in the middle draws attention towards the centre. Also, it needs to be worn with a coloured top, which draws attention upwards.

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I love these 2!!! How summery????

  1. Modern Pencil skirt. £59. Boden. Available in stripes, florals and denim. In regular, petite and tall lengths. Sizes 6-20. Cotton elastane mix, and machine washable. If this is pricey for you, there are ALWAYS offers on Boden. Suits a top heavy lady, as the pattern draws attention downwards, and the slightly lower waist, elongates a short body.
  2. Flower organza skirt. £99. Boden. Available sizes 6-22 and reg, petite and tall lengths. Cotton polyamide mix. Hand washable. also in bubblegum and navy colours. With a matching top, you get 3 looks if you buy the top too. Suits most shapes, but petites will gain the benefit of appearing to lengthen their body and looking taller.

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  1. Bryant Straight midi skirt in gem. Reiss. £120. Viscose elastane. Dry clean only. sizes 6-16. This is a very modern length – midi, which would be quite daring on regular heights, ridiculous on petites and fantastic on tall  ladies!!

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Further reading:

Best pencil skirts : marie claire

8 ways to wear a pencil skirt: fashion.about.com

7 inspirit ways to wear your pencil skirt: who what wear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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).

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  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.

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  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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Comments welcome.

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.

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  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.

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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.

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  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

We all like a nice floral to put us in the Spring spirit, and this Spring/summer, the patterns are set to be loud and bold . But, can a Lesser Mortal wear them without looking like a right Charlie round your local Tesco? As always, the high street does some great variations, and if you are a shrinking violet (yes – a pun intended!) I suggest a more tonal pattern, perhaps in a pastel shade. But remember, it’s early days yet, and we always feel a bit brighter and bolder when the sun comes out.

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  1. Riya dress. Coast. £90. Sizes 6-18. Polyester/elastane. dry clean. What you can’t see here, is the fabulous electric blue zip which runs the length of the back. It also has forgiving ruching over the belly area, so it isn’t body-con. Suits a curvier figure, as without hips, it is too flappy round the thighs. Also has forgiving 3/4 length sleeves.
  2. Lisette dress. Phase Eight £99. Sizes 6-20. Made of slinky jersey, this will flatter a larger bust because it has a V-neck, but it also gathers under the bust line, so it shows a slimmer midriff. With gathers and ruching around the waist, it also disguises a jelly-belly!! Machine washable. Less likely to crease for holidays and if you like matching accessories, this has shrugs, and bags to match.
  3. Cocoa – roses on canvas print dress. Ted Baker. £169. Size 6-14. 100% polyester and hand washable. Again, this prefers a curvy figure, as it has wider hip measurements. The fabric is not so stretchy, so the bust may be a little tight for some ladies.

These dresses are good investments, as the bold colours will be kind to pale English skin tones. And really…as a Lesser Mortal, did you suddenly think you were going to develop a mediterranean glow over the summer? If on a budget, you can always wait for the sales…..

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  1. Navy blue floral top. Wallis. £33, now reduced to £31.35. Sizes 8-20. Running low on some sizes. Polyester and machine washable. A fab little top which hides a multitude of sins. Dress up or down. If you are buying a cheaper top, go for bold colours, as I always think paler polyester tops can look cheap.
  2. 5 pocket printed trousers in sky blue. Zara. £29.99. Cotton Elastane. Size 6-16. Machine washable. A comfy stretchy trouser in a more subtle floral. As the material on these are quite thin, you may want a longer length top or shirt with this. (unless you have rock hard abs, in which case you aren’t very mortal!!)

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  1. SAAMSA Electric daydream biker jacket. £179. Ted Baker. Polyester/elastane mix. Dry clean. Sizes 6-14. Don’t be put off by a bold jacket. For a start, you alway get compliments, as everyone else just has a dull plain one. But they are also much more stylish than a cardi!! Obviously, wear plainer T-shirts and jeans/trousers with it.
  2. Light pink daisy jacquard cropped jacket. £50. River Island. Size 6-18. Polyester and  metallic fibre. Dry Clean only. This is much more subtle if you are more wall flower than red hot poker! Again, ditch the cardi and look sharper with a throw-on jacket. This will also complement the pastel skirts coming through for the summer.

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