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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.

cream all saints top cream next vest top cream top Jasper conran debenhams

  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.

cream linen jacket m and scream broderie dress jasper conrancream lace dress reiss

  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!!

 

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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.

see through Zara jacket see through Zara white blouse

  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.

see through Jigsaw dresssee through karen millen dress

  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.

see through karen millen T shirt see through marks and spencers blouse

  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 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.

boden pencil skirt for top heavy boden flower oragnza skirt

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.

reiss pencil skirt for tall women

  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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bridget jones in pj's chanel no 5

Well, we all know Marilyn Monroe supposedly wore Chanel no 5 in bed….and nothing else!! And we all know it’s gets a bit parky of an evening, when you have to let the dog out for a last wee, or get up in the night because the kids are crying. So it’s very tempting to become Bridget Jones. But with Valentines Day almost upon us, is now the time to re-examine exactly WHAT we wear in bed? Are there better nightwear options out there? Well I think it is possible to be warm, and stylish – and should the mood take you  – a bit sexy without being ridiculous. And it’s such a stereotype to have a silky little slip – it’s a bit cheesy unless you are young and perfectly formed. And don’t start me on the subject of onesies…I mean…are you serious? At your age?

ted baker slip frost french shorty set

  1. Pink chiffon butterfly chemise. £28 but now has 15% off. Ted Baker Debenhams. This has removable pads in the bust, so if you wander around the house in your nighty, it is less revealing and offers more support. Also has adjustable straps. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Click and collect for free.
  2. Pale blue spotted satin shorty pyjama set. Floozie by Frost French. £20. Debenhams. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Click and collect for free.

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Mix and match at Debenhams with Ted Baker. All currently with 15% off these prices I have declared. Click and collect for free.

  1. Navy floral symmetry pyjama T-shirt. £18.50. 95% viscose 5% elastane. Front 100% polyester. The viscose make this a lovely drapey quality.
  2. Navy floral symmetry waistband pyjama bottoms. £25. 95% viscose. 5% elastane.
  3. Navy floral symmetry pyjama shorts. £16.50. 100% polyster.
  4. Navy floral symmetry camisole. £18.50. 100% polyester.
  5. Navy floral symmetry kimono. £39.50. Main 100% polyester.

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  1. Rosie for Autograph luxurious satin revere pyjamas. Marks and Spencers. £35. These have a lot of 5 star reviews and one buyer says they feel like silk. They are 100% polyester and machine washable.
  2. Black lace trim pyjama set. £24. Next. Available in black and mink.  50% polyester and 50% viscose. Available in petite, regular, long and tall.

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Related articles:

Why pyjamas are the best choice when working.http://www.idlewildlondon.com/blog

Alexnadra Steadmans favourite chic sleepwear under £50http://www.redonline.co.uk/red-women/blogs

Bridget Jones fashion then and now: Big pantsbrigitte-16

Happy New Year lesser Mortals! (i.e. those with less than perfect bodies, the wrong side of 30, and slightly low on the spare change front)

What do we all want to do in January? Set New Year Resolutions and get our house in order!! And where better to start than on our wardrobe, especially with our underwear?  Come on – we all have greying old knickers and baggy bras, and you don’t need ME to tell you that! So chuck out, and start afresh. It’s amazing how empowering it is to have some sexy underwear on, under your normal clothes. I remember being shouted at, by a bully of a bloke , whilst at work, and thinking…”hmmm. I have french knickers and suspender belt on”. Certainly felt like I was bursting his bubble! ( at least in my head!)

Personally, I think you should always try to be matching. ( pants and bra) And for each bra, I may buy a few different shapes of pants (thong/boyshorts/big pants/brazillian) depending on whether I think I’ll wear them under tight jeans or skirts. Remember – no VPL. And I really don’t think you need to spend a fortune – just make sure the lace isn’t cheap and scratchy.  I always think  T-shirt (jersey) fabric looks a bit young and teenagey.

I have concentrated on Marks and Spencers, Next and Debenhams, as they offer massive ranges, and cover most needs. If you find they don’t often have your size in stock, then get smart and order what you want on line, for collection in store (click and collect). Try on whilst there, and get a refund straight away on the stuff that doesn’t fit. Do it on credit card, and the money hasn’t even left your account. You  may need to do that on the more extreme sizes, as they don’t often hold stock in store. Order a range of sizes to make sure you get the right one. My local Debenhams has a really good fitting department, and a wide range of brands.

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Whatever size and shape you are, there is sexy underwear out there. There is almost too much to cover in this one post, as I haven’t even stepped into the world of “bodies” and “basques”. But this is more about attractive day to day wear, without having to torture yourself into support undies!! The styles above, are all great for larger busts and larger body shapes. Big pants cover a multitude of sins, but also look great on skinny minnies!

  1. Limited collection Floral balcony bra Marks and Spencers. Sizes A-GG. £17.50 bra. Padded and underwired. Also available in more of a longer bodice style bra A-DD £17.50. As the bra sizes go up, the strap widths get wider to offer more support. Brazilian and thong pants available to match for £7.50.
  2. Total support non- wired embroidered GG-K bra. Marks and Spencers. £17.You will need to order into store for this. It has 4 different colours, with 3 of them having high waisted pants to match for £5. You don’t have to look like your granny. Think Dita Von Teese and all those retro 50’s style bikinis (which will be appearing on the beaches in the summer) Very sexy not frumpy, what ever your size.
  3. Plus firm tummy control sheer opaque high leg knickers. Marks and Spencers £14. These may be control wear, but would look very on trend whatever you shape or size, when worn with matching bra.
  4. Mesh Panel multiway bra £15 and mesh panel control briefs £18. Next.  Sizes B-DD. It can be worn with or without straps.

3 increase bras

For those of us with a flatter chests, these bras can give a subtle boost, and no need for chicken fillets (why would you go there??)

  1. Wow daisy embroidery multiway bra. £20. Next. This bra has hidden padding and really does give you 1-2 cup sizes extra…I looked a bit weird going round feeling all the padded cups, but this really will give you some hidden extra!! Can be worn strapless. Limited sizes 32-36 A-D cup. Matching pants £7.
  2. Egoboost strapless sequin bra. Gossard at Debenhams. Reduced to £14.40 And black sequin ego boost pants. Reduced to £6.60. There are limited sizes left now, so hurry up – a really lovely “going out” set!! extra pads to insert for more “boost”!!
  3. Autograph pleat padded bra £22.50, with low rise brazilian knickers £12.50 Marks and Spencers. Sizes 30-40 in A-DD. If you are flatter chested, I find a half cup or plunge shape fits better. Balcony look silly if you’ve nothing to sit on them!!

perfect rack bras

If you are blessed with a lovely “poitrine” then these bras are for you!.

  1. Jacquard spot matching bra and pants. Next. Available in padded plunge and non-wired. Pants are thong, shorts and mini briefs. From £10-12 for the bra and £5-6 for the pants. Sizes 30-38″ and A to DD cup. If you don’t like bra straps showing, you can get a colour to match every spaghetti string strap top you have!
  2. Rosie for Autograph silk longline balcony bra. Marks and Spencers. £27.50 sizes 30-4-” and A to DD cup. Balcony style, underwired and padded. With silk midi knickers or silk brazilian knickers in antique rose. £12.50. What’s good enough for Rosie…..
  3. Blue pleated satin plunge bra and hipster briefs. B by Ted Baker at Debenhams. £25 bra and £10.50 pants. Bra 32-38 A-DD. They also offer a “click and collect” service so you can order for pick up in store – but try on whilst you there and return what doesn’t fit.

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And whilst you’re at it, and thinking “how can I do that when I am breast feeding or I’ve had a mastectomy??” Well good old M and S have got that covered too. It’s harder to get matching pants unless you go black or white. But….

  1. 2 pack per Una post surgery ornate lace bra with  pants. £29.50 Marks and Spencers. Matching pants £12.50. Disappointingly running out of sizes, but the bras are non wired with prosthetic pockets. There are a few other pretty ones still available on line, but not much choice if you are over 38″. Hopefully they will bring in new summer patterns and colours. The reviews on line were good.
  2. 2 pack maternity flexible spacer nursing padded non-wired bra £29.50. Marks and Spencers. The great thing here, is you could order several sizes, and try them when your milk comes in, so you know which size will fit and you can return the rest. You don’t waste money guessing then! There are limited sizes if you are big, but the reviews on line are positive. Colour limited too, but you should get matching black or white pants. At least it’s an attempt at sexy…..although I should imagine you have other things on your mind….

Remember:

  1. Wash your bra and pants together if you want them to stay the same colour!!
  2. White nylon underwear is dyed white, so biological powder strips the white out, leaving them grey – use non bio. Bio will cause cotton undies to become washed out too, so the need to keep bra and pants together when you wash.
  3. They advise wired bras being washed in a net bag, if you don’t want to have to keep replacing your washing machine ( apparently mens collar stiffeners are the same)

Enjoy – and remember – we are all sexy women, whatever your shape or size.

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lace valentino

Lace has been around in the shops for a year or so, and still shows no sign of going away.  It is a really flattering fabric which suits most body shapes, and I have to say, other than hating cheap lace on top of cheap stretchy jersey fabric, even modestly priced lace clothes are stylish – I have a Gok Wan one from Sainsbury’s that never fails to get compliments. Here I present some lovely ‘going out’ dresses, as it’s that time of year, and have suggested some colours other than black to chose from. ( we may be Lesser Mortals, but that doesn’t mean we have to blend into the background??? – better to burn out …..)

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  1. Layla Red Lace Sleeved Embellished dress. Monsoon. £119. Nylon viscose. Dry clean only. Perfect for hour glass figures and nice cleavages! This is really flattering and classy. Longer length in keeping with the retro fashions of 40’s and 50’s.  Surely your conversation will get more attention than showing your knickers? Also available in black.
  2. Mallary Lace Dress. Coast £170. Viscose polyester, dry clean only. It’s nice to have a purple dress on offer, and would suit ladies with larger hips, or lack of tummy tone.  The dress floats outwards on its  own, so who knows what’s underneath??
  3. Lace strapless dress. Next £125 (need I say that the cheaper lace Next dresses were sold out?? There is a very similar one to the Coast one for £60, but you’ll have to search to find it!!) 100% polyester, but available in tall and petite lengths. Again, will suit hippy ladies, or a bit of loose tummy. May flatter big bust, but may hang of your chest..

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  1. Daisy Chain Lace Shift dress. French Connection £170. 100 % polyester. These styles are great on waif like figures and more apple shapes. If you’ve got curves, why hide them?
  2. Elke Lace detail dress Ted Baker £149 Not great on larger busted women. Better on sticks and ladies with hips and tummies. Starting to run out of sizes. Lovely metallic lace detail on top. Darker skirt area to allow hips to fade into the background….
  3. Enid machine Lace sequin dress. Monsoon £69 Also available in red… and all in stock! polyester acrylic nylon. machine washable. Slightly more forgiving dress on lumps and bumps, but has some waist shaping

A lot of the dresses featured here, are pricier, but plenty of cheaper versions around, just starting to run out of sizes. Avoid cheap stretchy body con lace, and you’re good to go!

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