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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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dries van noten fur aw2013

We’ve already talked about how texture has been very dominant this Autumn Winter, with trends in leather and tweed. Other textures showing in the shops are fur and feathers. Obviously it isn’t very ethical to wear real fur, unless you are happy to wear it when it’s a by-product of the food industry. Whatever your thoughts are on the subject, the cost of real fur means fake fur has to be a valid alternative. Still, when you look around the High Street, there are some sorry states of affairs out there. Why on earth would you want to wear cheap acrylic fur, where you can practically hear the static crackling as you hold the garment out to look at it? Many lovely items have been spoilt by this lack of attention to detail, and it can really drag the overall appearance of the garment down. My top tips for buying fake fur…

  1. Is it nice and soft and fluffy?
  2. Look for fur where you are getting a variety of lengths to the fibres, so it looks like there is a soft downy layer underneath the longer guard hairs.
  3. The longer fake fur hairs may be striped or not all the same colour, and that makes it look more natural.
  4. Leopard skin can never look real, so you have more of a tendency  to look like Pat Butcher……Step away from!!!

There are actually some lovely items available, but I have to say that one of my pet hates are parka jackets, found in all the high street shops, with fur trims that look like drowned cats.

Instead, here are some my ideas for full fur coats:

dotty P fake fur coat coast fur coat

  1. Cream longer length fur coat. Dorothy Perkins. Reduced from £69 to £62 (30% off a lot of items) It feels really nice and soft even though it is a mixture of acrylic and polyester. Dry Clean only. They are running out of sizes though. This style will hide wider hips, and the collar will broaden shoulders.
  2. Alfine fur coat. Coast. £125. A fabulous little short jacket, nice and soft, which will look great with party dresses, leather skirts and flared or skinny jeans. Great if you have long skinny legs, but it may make bust look big if you are well endowed.

monsoon swing coat karen millen fur jackets

If you just fancy a hint of fur, then the two above could be for you.

  1. Elena swing coat. Monsoon. £99. An empire line swing coat which will fit apple shaped bodies, as well as virtually every other body shape (petite, skinny etc). Dry clean only with detachable fake fur collar. They are running out of the pink on-line, so check in store. But it does come in black too.
  2. Glamorous neutral parka. Karen Millen. £195. The body of the jacket is polyester modacrylic. It has a quilted lining and detachable collar and it is washable.

If you still want to steer away from fake fur, then you can always accessorise, but be careful that these don’t look even cheaper. Some of the fur fur hats around look terrible!

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  1. Cosy fake fur scarf. Marks and Spencers. £25 Polester and acrylic and modacrylic. 2 colours are available,  but one may look more artificial than the other, so do check before you buy!

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overknee boots 3 times

Well….need I say more? Spot the difference between Teresa May and the catwalk models??

So, can We Lesser Mortals wear over the knee boots? If you are very young, very skinny, and very classy, then yes. If you are a Lesser Mortal and find that age has caught up with you, and there is no way those size 8 jeans you kept, in case you slim down, are ever going to fit you….then NO. And why would you need to? There are so many boots out in the shops that will look great what ever your shape and size. I love shoe boots/ankle boots, which look fabulous with skirts and dresses, as well as jeans.

Below I have shown some which are pretty versatile, and some which have lower heels and different textures to add interest if worn with an LBD at Christmas. I have left casual day boots alone, as we are nearing the festive period. I don’t think you can get away with flat boots with a party dress. Ankle boots are a great way to avoid the old problem of “do these fit my calves?” and also the problem if you are petite and find many boots too long. Nothing worse than badly fitting boots.

posh boots

  1. Crosby knee high boots, with slight platform sole. £185 Duo. Free P & P. These boots have croc effect on the back panel and a silver clip round the calf. They come in a range of calf sizes, so should fit everyone. They also have a video clip on the web site to show what they look like on!!!
  2. Black snake effect to the knee boot. £52 Next.These are not leather, but this solves a problem many vegans have!! The fabric interest makes them a nice classy boot to wear with evening outfits.
  3. Sylie Suede platform knee boots. L K Bennett £31o. Available in navy and black. Also have a slight platform. Great for leg lengthening.
  4. Florence boot. Hobbs.£199. Already reduced from £249! Available in plain back, and 2-tone stone and black, which would be fine for a more summery look. Maybe keep your eye out for them in the sales!!
  5. Ruby Dry ankle boots £245 Russell and Bromley. Available in several colours, including red and suede. These would look great at any Christmas function, or worn during the day – not too high as they have a slight platform sole to offset heel height.
  6. Croc and suede ankle boot £225. Karen Millen. A really classy pair of ankle boots, which will look great for evening wear. Orders over £150 are free, and you can return them for free via 3 different convenient options.

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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……

.camo bottoms 2013

  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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tartan catwalk

Here are some of the tartan “looks” from the Moschino catwalk for Autumn Winter 2013 and some of the trousers in the stores at the moment, the ones shown are Karen Millen. As a Lesser Mortal, frankly I’d get laughed out of the playground, if I turned up at school in any of these outfits. As well as the fact, I don’t live in the Big Smoke, I’m not in my twenties and am not as toned as I used to be. It’s actually quite hard to find tartan in this provincial city I call home, so whether we see more in the shops coming up to Christmas, we’ll see.Here are some lovely ideas, which are much more wearable, and in the stores at the moment.

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1) Crawford skirt from Joules £ 49.95. It’s machine washable and is a cotton viscose mix. This style flatters most body shapes, and is a respectable length for We Lesser Mortals. Just make sure it’s not too long, or you’ll look like your granny.

2) Michelle tartan dress from Phase Eight £110. This is great for work or day time, and is made of a stretch wool mix fabric. It’s dry clean only.

3)Checked top with frilled sleeve Zara £25.99. 100% polyester and washable. This lovely little top, could be styled up with jeans or skirts for casual wear or for a night out. Very versatile.

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6) Check chiffon mid length kilt, Top Shop £48. 100% polyester and machine washable. This embraces the trend for more mid length skirts. I would suggest a heel with it for We Lesser Mortals, or you might look like Miss Jean Brodie.

Can we lesser mortals look better than the film stars at the Emmy's?

We all know the stars of today, have a team of make up artists, stylists and hair stylists at their beck and call, but can We Lesser Mortals, who have a lower budget, less time, bingo wings, flabby tummies etc look better? I think we can certainly give them a run for their money…..

Here are some of my suggestions.

1: Red Kate Maxi Dress £295 from Coast. 3/4 sleeves, and plunging neckline, will flatter some-one who wants to hide the top of her arms, and is larger busted.

2. Black super sheer chiffon maxi dress £395 Karen Millen. This gorgeous gothic inspired back lace maxi dress, will flatter someone who is boney around their bust, and who may have broader hips, as the capped sleeves at the top, will help balance out wider hips.

3. Cobalt blue Goddess maxi dress £180 Coast. Has a halter neck and empire line to flatter a larger figure, who may need support for their bust, and a tummy that needs hiding. It is also easier on the purse.

4. Lipsy  berry high neck baroque lace dress £58. This will suit a more petite frame, as maxi dresses can sometimes make smaller ladies look smaller. By elongating your leg length, you can appear taller.

Gorgeous soft leather leggings from Reiss £495

These Carrie leather leggings in black are available at Reiss for £495.
They are bang on trend, but what can we lesser mortals wear who may

a) not have that much money

b) not have such a finely toned backside

c) may not be 21.

There are some really great pu versions around now at high street stores like H&M where they were ONLY £7.99 and Next for £28, but frankly, there is a certain age, when we have to question how appropriate leather leggings are.
Most women of all ages, have now come to terms with skinny jeans, and they are showing no signs of going away yet. My answer would be to buy some coated skinny jeans, (which I advised you to buy in the sales in the summer) which are more subtle and easier to wear.
I like Karen Millen coated red and black coated jeans £99 ( the red are actually a deep berry colour). Dress down with a simple flowing shirt, stylish blazer or a chunky knit. Do Not Wear with a boob tube.