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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.

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 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

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d and G tweed 2013

D and G are showing some amazing classic tweed pieces, along with some of the other Fashion Houses. “Gorgeous and wearable” I hear you say…..at least Grace Kelly got away with it! But if you are approaching mid-life, have a figure more reminiscent of Olivia Colman than Victoria Beckham, and really struggle with heels, can you get away with it? Fear not Lesser Mortals, there are many items out there, more suited to our pockets, and that will fit all shapes and sizes. It is important to look at what shoes and accessories you wear with your tweed pieces, and I needn’t say that a Lesser Mortal in tweed, woolly tights and brogues doesn’t stand a chance……

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  1. Tailored tweed coat. Karen Millen £275. This coat has woven matt metallic sleeves, and I think it escapes the Miss Marple look because of the sleeves, and because of its Crombie shape. It has lovely tucks at the back, which may allow room if you have wider hips. It is made of Alpaca wool, cotton and mohair. Will look great with flat shoes too.
  2. Bronze textured jacket – Next £45. In an up to date Chanel style, you can chuck this jacket on over a pair of jeans, skinnies and brogues or Chelsea boots, and definitely not look like you are stalking deer. It is a polyester wool mix.
  3. Bronze textured skirt – Next £30. this A line shape flatters curvier shapes and can be worn with a simple jumper and heels or knee length boots. You can pair with the jacket above, and go for a real Jackie O look, for £75!!

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  1. Here is another Karen Millen style: Herringbone tweed jersey dress £190. I think Karen Millen have done this tweed look well, because they have given it an urban edge. Hobbs can be a bit country gent and so can Joules.The shape is great for hour glass and pear shapes. It could also work on boyish figures. Fabric is faux leather, wool cotton and elastane.
  2. Tweed waistcoat Ted Baker.£129. Here’s a quirky tweed waistcoat from Ted Baker which isn’t just for work situations. How about teaming with a leather pencil skirt, or berry waxed jeans and a silk shirt? Maybe wear a leather jacket over, rather than a tweed one, to look less country set.
  3. Checked blazer with elbow patches. Zara £69.99. These types of jacket are so versatile, that you can wear in formal and informal situations. I would sling it over some jeans at the weekend, or wear with a skirt or dress during the week. Tall women may struggle with the arm length, but Long Tall Sally do one without the elbow patches.

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michael kors camouflage

Camouflage has made an appearance on the catwalks for Autumn Winter 2013, and River Island commissioned Rihanna to design a range for them. Perhaps this should be a warning to We Lesser Mortals…..since most of us are fully aware that we will a) never look like Rihanna b) Don’t want to either, as we said good bye to our 20’s some time ago and our bottoms have long since passed the stage of twerking!! Maybe it should be a warning, as I notice River Island has reduced the range! Anyway, there are some nice subtle pieces out in the stores, which I feel a Lesser Mortal can we can wear with pride and without fear of being laughed at!!!

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  1. Leopard print dress. Karen Millen £160 Manmade fibres with elastane. Dry Clean only. Nice for an hour glass figure and fab for going out in the evening or wearing knee length boots.
  2. Print blazer. Next item 894385 £60 man made. Goes up to large sizes. This jacket will be great either in an office environment, over shiny jeans for going out in, or even an LBD!!! Very versatile and a great price.
  3. Sequin dress Next item 873406 £65. This is a polyester elastane fabric mix. It is available in petite(5’3′) and tall (5’10) as well as regular sizes. It will not fit very well if you are very hippy, but apart from that, will look fab over opaque tights, which of course, We Lesser Mortals love……

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  1. Camouflage jeans Karen Millen £85. Machine Washable. Since most of We Lesser Mortals have embraced skinnies, either with a long top to disguise hips, or with shorter tops and jumpers, these jeans are very wearable. I suggest you always wear a heel, or you may look like GI Jane (or at least never wear flat lace up boots)
  2. Camo jacquard pencil skirt Topshop £38. Polyester cotton and machine washable. As I have mentioned before, pencil skirts are very wearable, whatever your shape is. I think this will look great with opaques, knee length boots and a chunky jumper, or fine gauge kit and a blazer.
  3. MOTO cam print tencel joggers. Topshop.£45 100% Lyocell. For those Lesser Mortals who don’t like clingy trousers, these are ideal for a looser fitting trousers, in a nice floppy fabric. They will be very comfortable, and should be teamed with a brogue, pump or heel. As they are drawstring, a slightly longer top may look better for muffin tops!! I also like the fact they are blue.

All in all, there wasn’t huge amount of camouflage in the shops, so it’s not a massive trend, but may appeal to those Lesser Mortals who don’t like to look too girly.

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