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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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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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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