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What sandals can a Lesser Mortal wear, with less than perfect feet?

The weather is still hot and not everyone has been on holiday yet, so it’s still not too late to buy sandals. After all, no matter what shape our feet are, they still get hot and sweaty. Many Lesser Mortals worry that their feet are unattractive for whatever reason – varicose veins, ugly toes, cracked heels or just general discomfort due to the heat. Lots of shoe shops have gone on sale, which means sizes are sporadic now, or, if you are holidaying in September, then there may be no sandals left. Here are some late summer suggestions available in stores and on-line no matter where in the UK you live.

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  1. Joka nude flat espadrille sandal. Dune. £59. Available in nude, white and black. Sizes 3-8. Leather upper. For those who dislike their toes.
  2. Peep toe high red leather Swedish Hasbeens. Office. reduced to £75. Leather and wood. Sizes 3-7. For those who don’t like really high heels.

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  1. Athena simple thong sandal. Russell and Bromley. £95.50. Available in white, beige, glitter, blue and black. Sizes 3-9. For those who don’t like their feet enclosed at all.
  2. Christy jewel embellished sandal. Russel and Bromley. £215. Available in black too. A dressy sandal for those days when your feet are too hot to wear heels. Suitable for those who don’t like a toe post.

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  1. Deer mid heel sandal. Office. £48. Leather upper. Available in black and tan. Sizes 3-8. Suitable for those who have varicose veins on their feet, and want to disguise them.
  2. Penny leather ankle strap heel. £110. French Connection. Leather and PU. Sizes 36-41. Suitable for those with cankles!!

I don’t think anyone should suffer with hot feet in summer, whatever their hang up, so hopefully those examples have given you some ideas.  If you have any problems not covered, add comment.

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Further reading:

15 of the ugliest celebrity feet with pretty faces: Styleblazer.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.

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 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.

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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 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.

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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

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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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

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Tis the season to be jolly and as such, We Lesser Mortals like to get down on the dance floor, or to prop the bar up  all night, like the best of them. But can we do this in some lovely party shoes, without risking a month in traction afterwards? Let’s face it,  we’re not all Victoria Beckham, and the need to have some suitable footwear to walk/dance/have use for on another occasion, is foremost in our minds. We Lesser Mortals have also been there and done silly height shoes when we were younger….something about older and wiser???

Well, here are my suggestions for some  party shoes, which I think will have longevity and can be used for other occasions too.

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  1. Silver T -bar pointed court shoe. Next £30. This is a  fabulous little shoe for dancing the night away. You can either think of it as “Strictly” footwear, but more importantly, this retro style is going to work in the summer too and with the new crop trouser trend. It is 100% man made, so appeals to vegans.
  2. Azizi Iris red suede shoe. Clarks £69.99. (Shhhhh!! Don’t tell anyone I’ve said Clarks.) Available in half sizes, and with cushioned soles – imagine how comfy they’ll be on your feet….. The red colour will work brilliantly with your LBD. They will also translate well in summer if at a wedding, or generally against tanned legs.
  3. Drum loop black suede court shoe. Clarks £49.99. These are really versatile and as well as being in half sizes and cushioned soles, they come in normal and wide fittings. Perfect with your LBD but will go with just about ANYTHING after Christmas.

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  1. Martha diamante embellished ballerina pump. Dune £75. Comes in black, beige and a royal blue, all of which seem to have been reduced. Available on Amazon, House of Fraser and Debenhams. I don’t need to say how versatile these little pumps will be. You can even stick them in a drawstring bag, and change half way through the evening if your feet are sore in your heels.
  2. Arabella black suede court shoe. Carvela. Reduced to £39 from £85. Available in department stores too. Very versatile, with the gold adding a touch on bling, but still very subtle.

Remember – there’s murder on the dance floor – but let hope it’s not your feet killing you…

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Shiny metallics have graced the Autumn Winter catwalk and could really add some pizazz to outfits for We Lesser Mortals during the festive period…..or could it all go horribly wrong?

There is definitely room for error, and no matter how much we love Twiggy, I think you’ll agree – it hasn’t worked. And if you are plus size…well need I say more!! (MarksandSpencers Twiggy range)

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There have been the appearance of brogues and footwear in metallic silvers and bronzes, and although these will look great with skinnies, can you really imagine your teenagers face when you walk downstairs in them? Or for that matter, the other mums in the playground? (boots –Zara)


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There are much more wearable options which will suit Lesser Mortals from your thirties upwards. Flattering A-line dresses, metallic trousers which can be worn with either fitted tops, or more flowing blouses, to disguise wobbly bits!! Chanel style jackets which will glam up a Little Black Dresses at Christmas, or smarten up jeans and a jumper. And even chunky pieces of knitwear to keep you warm, without looking too fuddy duddy. If it’s all too much, metallic court shoes with a pair of skinnies, or a party dress, won’t look too young.  A little evening bag to update that sad old evening bag, you’ve had for years could give a nod in the direction of this trend!!

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  1. Lili metallic dress. Whistles £175. Polyester cotton mix. Dry cleanable.
  2. Metallic cigarette trousers Next £38. Available in petite, regular, long and extra long!!! So will fit all leg lengths!
  3. Metallic shell top Next £14 – amazing value T shirt with lurex metallic thread running through. Available in 7 different colours. Could wear peeking out under a shorter jumper e.g. silver colour under silver metallic jumper.

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  1. Gold Sparkle Jacket Ted Baker £189. A mixture of fibres including wool, which is dry cleanable. Don’t restrict this to just night times – chuck it on over jeans during the day, or a tweed or leather skirt. it will complement navy, dark green and berry colours.
  2. Metallic Jumper Marks and Spencers Autograph Range £45. This is washable at 30 deg, and can be tumble dried!! Hip length for trousers and with the look “du jour” – chunky knit over leather skirt.

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  1. Bow Chain evening bag Ted Baker £159. Why not outdo everyone at the office party with their sequin clutches? And it has a handy chain to keep hands free for drinks!
  2. Crystal brooch shoes Ted Baker £150. Dress up or down – with jeans or a traditional party dress. Or even peeking out from under a maxi dress?

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Well….need I say more? Spot the difference between Teresa May and the catwalk models??

So, can We Lesser Mortals wear over the knee boots? If you are very young, very skinny, and very classy, then yes. If you are a Lesser Mortal and find that age has caught up with you, and there is no way those size 8 jeans you kept, in case you slim down, are ever going to fit you….then NO. And why would you need to? There are so many boots out in the shops that will look great what ever your shape and size. I love shoe boots/ankle boots, which look fabulous with skirts and dresses, as well as jeans.

Below I have shown some which are pretty versatile, and some which have lower heels and different textures to add interest if worn with an LBD at Christmas. I have left casual day boots alone, as we are nearing the festive period. I don’t think you can get away with flat boots with a party dress. Ankle boots are a great way to avoid the old problem of “do these fit my calves?” and also the problem if you are petite and find many boots too long. Nothing worse than badly fitting boots.

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  1. Crosby knee high boots, with slight platform sole. £185 Duo. Free P & P. These boots have croc effect on the back panel and a silver clip round the calf. They come in a range of calf sizes, so should fit everyone. They also have a video clip on the web site to show what they look like on!!!
  2. Black snake effect to the knee boot. £52 Next.These are not leather, but this solves a problem many vegans have!! The fabric interest makes them a nice classy boot to wear with evening outfits.
  3. Sylie Suede platform knee boots. L K Bennett £31o. Available in navy and black. Also have a slight platform. Great for leg lengthening.
  4. Florence boot. Hobbs.£199. Already reduced from £249! Available in plain back, and 2-tone stone and black, which would be fine for a more summery look. Maybe keep your eye out for them in the sales!!
  5. Ruby Dry ankle boots £245 Russell and Bromley. Available in several colours, including red and suede. These would look great at any Christmas function, or worn during the day – not too high as they have a slight platform sole to offset heel height.
  6. Croc and suede ankle boot £225. Karen Millen. A really classy pair of ankle boots, which will look great for evening wear. Orders over £150 are free, and you can return them for free via 3 different convenient options.

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