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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.

For more help or advice, contact me via my website:www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

 

Further reading:

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

 

 

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.

For more help or advice, contact me via my website:www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

 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 a Lesser mortal wear shorts and not look like Miss Trunchbull?

OMG you say! Shorts – you’ve got to be kidding…..! At my age, with my varicose veins, hairy legs, nobbly knees etc??? What are you – nuts? Yes, Lesser Mortals, they are a real possibility for the summer, and I don’t mean, the really knackered pair you wear to do the garden, nor the ridiculously short pair you wear on the beach in Greece. I mean proper stylish, going round town shorts. European ladies of many ages have been sporting this look for a long time (obviously weather driven) but we do seem averse to shorts over here. I’m not sure I see the problem, since most of us wear skirts. Are tailored short shorts any different to mini skirts? Are tailored knee shorts any different to pencil skirts? Are culottes any different to longer length gathered skirts? ( see my Facebook page to see me in culottes). The main focus for me, is leg prep. Obviously – hair removal is a must. I’m afraid I am a Lesser Mortal who doesn’t bronze and who is unbelievably lazy, so doesn’t spend hours fake tanning. What I do do, however, is use a moisturiser with fake tan built in. I like these because…1) it takes me about 3 mins every morning to slap it on 2) if I make a mistake and it’s gone a bit dark around my knees, I can scrub with a flannel and hey presto, back to normal. 3) I don’t have to spend hours buffing and moisturising beforehand 4) it is more subtle on my pilly wally skin 5) I don’t think I smell like a biscuit – at least no-one has offered to dunk me. It goes without saying to blot with a towel after showering, rather than rub, or you rub it all off.

My other essential point to not looking like a boy scout, is your footwear. Worn with crocs…well what can I say? Also Jesus sandals, converses, flip-flops are all fine for a casual look, but not the stylish urban look we should aim for. I think a heel can really up the style stakes. It doesn’t have to be ridiculously high – a kitten heel will make a statement.

Having spent many happy hours researching shorts for you…another subtle point is length of short and how wide the leg is. I bought some knee shorts recently and felt odd in them. Once I turned them up 2 cm, they worked really well. The crucial point is where they stop over your knee – I found just above the knee to be perfect. If you hate your knees, a crop trouser is probably better. Also, if the legs are really wide and baggy, I think they look less chic.

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  1. Tailored cotton bermuda short. Karen Millen. Sizes 6-16. Cotton, elastane, viscose. Dry clean only. These are slightly lower waisted, so perfect for boyish figures, or apples with wider waists.
  2. Cotton stretch sateen short. Jigsaw. £98. Cotton elastane mix. sizes 8-14. Low on sizes on line. Machine washable. Slightly wider around the leg, so suits  pear shapes.
  3. Painted linen stripe bermuda short. Whistles £125. Tencel linen mix. Dry clean only. sizes 4-16. Again the model will be quite tall here, but this style will suit top heavy ladies with long legs.

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  1. Belted wide leg shorts. Whistles. £195. Triacetate and nylon. Sizes 4-16. Sizes limited on line. Dry clean only. These will carry on into winter, to wear with knee boots, so a great buy. Suits pear shape and hourglass. Will add curves to boyish figures.
  2. Full pleated shorts. Next. £35. Sizes 6-18. Cotton, nylon, elastane mix. These pleats will open over hips to give an A-line appearance, so suit pear shapes. Avoid if you have a belly, as the pleats will accentuate.
  3. High waisted printed shorts. Zara. Reduced to £22.99. Sizes xs-l. Cotton elastane, machine washable. Perfect for hourglass and top heavy ladies with long lean legs.

Notice how all the city shorts are styled with heels. If you are not comfortable with heels, go for more of a low wedge, to give the illusion of heels. Don’t be afraid to take your shorts up slightly as most of these photos will be taken on very tall models.

Let me know your views and whether this has changed your opinion of shorts now (via the speech bubble near the top headings). I shall be showing myself in various shorts on my Facebook page, over the next week or two.

Further reading:

city shorts 3 ways: Debenham’s blog

5 best city shorts: All about you.

How to wear shorts with short stumpy legs: the chic fashionista

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.

If you like what you have seen, please take a look at my website or give me a call or text on 07976 635518

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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 tropical florals without seeing flash backs of Hawaii Five O and Fantasy Island!!

The trouble with all these retro fashions, is, a lot of us, have worn them first time round….which is quite off putting, and you don’t want people to mistakenly think you are off to a fancy dress party! Of course, times change and fashions become more subtle (although you try telling that to the rather large lady I saw the other day in fluorescent hot pants!) So yes, whether you are 30, 40, 50 or 60, then I think there is something for everyone. If you are a more cautious lady, then choose a more subtle print, or maybe accessories, and team it with plainer items. If you wear the whole lot together, then don’t blame me if you find parrots nesting in your bee hive…..

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  1. Flowy wide leg trouser with leaf print. Zara. £29.99. 100%polyester. Sizes XS-XL. Not for the faint hearted, but will suit pear shapes as these trousers flow over your hips. Great for holidays, as lovely and cool, and won’t crease like linen, in your suitcase. Wear with a plain bomber jacket and heels.
  2. Kin print racer vest top. £69. Reiss. Size XS -L . Lyocell jersey fabric.  Can be dressed up or down with jeans, or white smart trousers, and plain skirts. Suits boyish figures best.
  3. Tropical palm print cami. Warehouse. £22. 100% polyester. Size 6-18. Again won’t crush in your bag, and won’t be sweaty in summer, as light and flowing. Suits flatter chests due to the thin straps.
  4. Tropical leaf trousers. Ben de Lisi at Principles. Was £35 now £28. Sizes 8-20. Cotton elastane mix. Machine washable. Slim fitting, so will suit top heavy ladies with slimmer bottom halves.

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  1. Palm print georgette jumper. £85 Karen Millen. 100% rayon. Hand washable. Sizes 1-4. Very light weight, so it is ideal if you want to cover your arms. Suits pears and boyish shapes.
  2. Tropical print shift dress. £160. Karen Millen Polyamide elastane. Dry clean. Sizes 6-16. The black darts at the waist-line create curves, so good for boyish and hourglass figures.
  3. Tropical Zara shift dress. £45.99. 100% polyester. Hands washable. Perfect for apple shapes, and bingo wings!
  4. Scorpio star smart wedge sandals. Clarkes. £49.99. Sizes 3-8 including half sizes and D and E width fittings. Leather uppers and cushion soft soles. All the reviews, say “feel like slippers”. These help balance out chunky legs.

If you need any help working out what to wear these with, feel free to comment.

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:

Tropical prints continue into AW2014: write on trend

Tropical prints are taking over this summer: Fashion tag

tropical fashion trend this summer: the Express.