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from Vogue.uk/fashion/spring-summer2014

from Vogue.uk/fashion/spring-summer2014

Monochrome has been a fashion trend for the the last 6-8months and is still forecast to continue this Spring Summer. That’s great news for We Lesser Mortals of normal age, shape and income!! It’s a really wearable trend and readily accessible with the only downside being, that as the weather becomes brighter and sunnier (I know…hard to believe at the moment – but I’m sure you’ll be able to buy waders soon in monochrome) it can wash us out a bit, if we aren’t the sort who tans. If that’s the case, accessorising is the key to lifting the look with pops of colour in the form of belts, shoes and handbags, and if you’re brave, a bold lipstick. Here are some  ideas in the shops at the moment.

karen millen silhouette dress Somerset by Temperley

  1. Stretch texture print dress. £160. Karen Millen. Sizes 6-16. This picture doesn’t do the dress justice, as it uses the illusion of black and white side panels to create more of an hour glass figure. It is quite body con (i.e. very fitted) but not too clingy as the fabric is quite supportive. Awful if you are flt chested as it just squashes you down. Great if you aren’t too pear shaped or would like to create/accentuate curves. And very striking to look at. Polyamide, elastane and acetate mix.
  2. Monochrome dress, Somerset by Alice Temperley. £150. John Lewis. Sizes 6-18. 100% silk. Dry cleanable. A very flattering shape for pear shaped ladies or hour glass figures, with a nice flowing skirt and nipped in waist. The black panel at the top broadens shoulders.

mint velvet monochrome top topshop leggings 2014 monochrome

  1. Billie print top. £59. Mint Velvet at John Lewis. Sizes 6-18. Silk and viscose mix. I think the model is 5’10, so this will be a lot longer on shorter ladies, thus offering some coverage of the derriere region!!A lovely striking T shirt, which you can chuck on, but immediately look stylish. Zip opening at the back, and hand washable,
  2. Textured floral flock tregging. £30. Topshop. polyester elastane mix. machine washable. Obviously, I wouldn’t team this with a crop top, unless you are anything other than perfectly formed, so I would wear a longer top (maybe a silk shirt and high sandals for a night time look, or brogues and a viscose T shirt for a smart day time look). But these treggings are surprisingly unrevealing (i.e. fabric has a bit of weight behind it, not thin jersey) and comfortable for curling up on the sofa. I think they would be quite nice holiday wear with a crisp linen shirt.

reiss jumpsuit 2014 monochrome karen millen monochrome coat

  1. Snakeskin jumpsuit. £195.Reiss. sizes 4-14. 100% polyester. Handwashable. Just pushing your boundaries a bit here. Jumpsuits are very stylish, and apart from the – I need to take it all off to go to the loo issues- are easy and comfortable to wear. I am assuming you won’t be night clubbing in it, and therefore running the risk of trailing it on an undesirable toilet floor. Not many ladies embrace a jumpsuit, so when I wear mine, I feel different and eye-catching (for the right reasons). It’s definitely  a good one if you want to be different at a wedding. You can belt them in, or let it all hang out underneath! Watch out if you are petite or very tall. I don’t think I need to explain why??
  2. Graphic tweed pod coat. Karen Millen. £250. Sizes 6-16. Yes I know I seem to mention Karen Millen quite a lot at the moment, and no I don’t have shares….but they are doing some really stylish eye-catching pieces at the moment. This coat is quite big and shapeless, but that is intended. It may drown a petite lady and hide a curvy lady, but will be brilliant on a more apple shape, or a super tall slender frame.

So apologies if these are all a bit pricey, but there are tons of monochrome out there, with Next and Top Shop having a varied range.

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Mannish shapes and pinstripes were shown as a trend for Autumn 2013, but can a Lesser Mortal who is a mother of kids, slightly weightier than in their heyday, get away with it? You’ll notice how all the magazines show these styles on gorgeous, slim models with long hair, to counteract the mannish-ness of the pieces!!! Obviously there is a reason for this! They are quite difficult to wear! The look can translate well into work wear, but it can also work casually.

pinstripe working

  1. Belted pinstripe dress Mango £59.99. Hand washable. This shape is feminine and works well for women who like to show off a waist, but who may also have no curves ( the skirt will give curves). And it also works if you have wider hips, as the A line shape to the skirt will disguise them nicely.
  2. Navy pinstripe jacket Zara £49.99. Poly viscose and dry clean. This lovely little jacket can be slung on over jeans or any coloured skirt/dress to give it a bit of a lift. It is really easy to wear.
  3. Ambrose pin stripe jacket £225 and Lynne pin stripe trousers £135. Reiss. Dry clean. Reiss have really nailed this trend making it look relaxed and not too mannish, so most women could wear this in a networking/work situation. I would definitely wear heels and a bright top underneath.

Here are 2 looks I think would definitely be hard for a Lesser Mortal to pull off:

top shop mans coatzara man strip skirt £29.99

  1. Navy wool coat Top shop Boutique £210
  2. Pinstripe skirt and top Zara. The skirt is £29.99 and is a really easy piece to wear with opaque tights, knee boots and a bright knitted jumper. As you can see from the photo, too much pinstripe in hard for a Lesser Mortal to carry off, hence the gorgeous model who looks old enough to be my daughter!!

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