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Can We Lesser Mortals wear the paintbox trend without looking like we’ve been decorating?

Picture it now….you cruise into work/playground/supermarket in your newest high fashion purchase and are mortified when some bright spark shouts “Oi love – you’ve spilt some paint on your dress”. Yes, we slaves to fashion have had some seriously embarrassing moments in the past when we have taken a fashion trend too literally. And whilst I’m all up for a bit of creativity, the designers haven’t really considered how much a Lesser Mortal can put themselves through! So should you bin this trend straight away and save your street cred? or persevere in an attempt to look hi-brow and interesting? So Lesser Mortals with big bums, wrinkly skin, fat legs, etc here are some suggestions which are more wearable, but take heed…there are probably easier trends to embrace.

pain box zara - no paint box zara no

I would probably leave these ones the teenagers…….(both above from Zara)

More wearable if you are an older woman, working woman, busy mother & have less than perfect bodies…..

paintbox jumpsuit reisspanit box karen millen jeans

  1. Sierra vintage floral jumpsuit. Reiss. £245. Sizes 4-14. 100% silk. Now if I was going to a wedding this summer, this is what I would wear, because I always like to be different from everyone else. If you are brave enough, it is really eye-catching. Will suit a slight pear or boyish shape.
  2. Photographic print skinny jean. Karen Millen. £90. sizes 6-16. Polyester, elastic and cotton mix. Cool machine wash. Good old skinny jeans to alleviate the boredom of blue wash jeans. Karen Millen jeans tend to be slightly higher waisted and better for boyish or less curvy figures.

paint box dress Nextpaintbox jigsaw top paintbox skirt jigssaw

 

  1. Wrap dress – Next. £32. Viscose elastane. Sizes 6-26 in reg, petite, and tall sizes. Lots of regular seem to be sold out ‘on line’, despite being new in! Everyone loves a wrap dress, although I’m fed up of them. This print makes the style new and fresh and will suit most body shapes.
  2. Paint brush silk top. Jigsaw. £98. Sizes 8-14. 100% silk. Handwash. I love this effortless silk top, as the bold colour will lift english complexions, and can be worn with white or indigo jeans, and even some of summer pastel shades. You can also team with the matching skirt (see below) to get a dress.  Suit boyish, tall or pear shapes.
  3. Paint brush silk skirt. Jigsaw £129. 100 % silk. Lined. If worn as a dress with the top, it will suit boyish shapes better. Some hourglass may get away with it, but the top isn’t great for larger busts. On it’s own, or with a plain top, this will suit top heavy ladies. No wash instructions on this. You will get your moneys worth with this skirt as all the magazines are full of the NEW midi length, so this is the start of a trend.

painbox zara yes paint box top zara

  1. Printed dress. Zara. £29.99. Polyester elastane. Sizes S-L. Machine washable. A simple easy shapeless dress, to wear over leggings or slung on in the evening if you are somewhere hot on holiday (as worn by model, with Birkenstocks). Quite quirky as the back is a different shade to the front. Older ladies may not like the unfinished sleeves. I would probably wear with navy leggings. Better on a boyish shape.
  2. Printed top. Zara. £25.99. 100% polyester. Sizes XS-XL. This is longer at the back than the front, so if you hate your bum…! I would suggest a vest top underneath, but this is a lovely floaty summer top, which probably suits most shapes, depending on what you wear it with.

These are all at the top end of the price range, but the cheaper versions looked more home made as if you’d made them when you were at primary school! Also, a lot were quite shapeless which suggests to me they are hard to wear, so, they stick them on skinny young models, who could make a bag look sexy!

 

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Further reading:

red on line. paintbox fashion trend

not dressed as lamb: matching shirt and tie ( but I noticed the jacket)

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

g star denim shirtLevis denims shirt

  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.

next denim trousers denim pump zara

 

  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