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We all like a nice floral to put us in the Spring spirit, and this Spring/summer, the patterns are set to be loud and bold . But, can a Lesser Mortal wear them without looking like a right Charlie round your local Tesco? As always, the high street does some great variations, and if you are a shrinking violet (yes – a pun intended!) I suggest a more tonal pattern, perhaps in a pastel shade. But remember, it’s early days yet, and we always feel a bit brighter and bolder when the sun comes out.

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  1. Riya dress. Coast. £90. Sizes 6-18. Polyester/elastane. dry clean. What you can’t see here, is the fabulous electric blue zip which runs the length of the back. It also has forgiving ruching over the belly area, so it isn’t body-con. Suits a curvier figure, as without hips, it is too flappy round the thighs. Also has forgiving 3/4 length sleeves.
  2. Lisette dress. Phase Eight £99. Sizes 6-20. Made of slinky jersey, this will flatter a larger bust because it has a V-neck, but it also gathers under the bust line, so it shows a slimmer midriff. With gathers and ruching around the waist, it also disguises a jelly-belly!! Machine washable. Less likely to crease for holidays and if you like matching accessories, this has shrugs, and bags to match.
  3. Cocoa – roses on canvas print dress. Ted Baker. £169. Size 6-14. 100% polyester and hand washable. Again, this prefers a curvy figure, as it has wider hip measurements. The fabric is not so stretchy, so the bust may be a little tight for some ladies.

These dresses are good investments, as the bold colours will be kind to pale English skin tones. And really…as a Lesser Mortal, did you suddenly think you were going to develop a mediterranean glow over the summer? If on a budget, you can always wait for the sales…..

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  1. Navy blue floral top. Wallis. £33, now reduced to £31.35. Sizes 8-20. Running low on some sizes. Polyester and machine washable. A fab little top which hides a multitude of sins. Dress up or down. If you are buying a cheaper top, go for bold colours, as I always think paler polyester tops can look cheap.
  2. 5 pocket printed trousers in sky blue. Zara. £29.99. Cotton Elastane. Size 6-16. Machine washable. A comfy stretchy trouser in a more subtle floral. As the material on these are quite thin, you may want a longer length top or shirt with this. (unless you have rock hard abs, in which case you aren’t very mortal!!)

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  1. SAAMSA Electric daydream biker jacket. £179. Ted Baker. Polyester/elastane mix. Dry clean. Sizes 6-14. Don’t be put off by a bold jacket. For a start, you alway get compliments, as everyone else just has a dull plain one. But they are also much more stylish than a cardi!! Obviously, wear plainer T-shirts and jeans/trousers with it.
  2. Light pink daisy jacquard cropped jacket. £50. River Island. Size 6-18. Polyester and  metallic fibre. Dry Clean only. This is much more subtle if you are more wall flower than red hot poker! Again, ditch the cardi and look sharper with a throw-on jacket. This will also complement the pastel skirts coming through for the summer.

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bridget jones in pj's chanel no 5

Well, we all know Marilyn Monroe supposedly wore Chanel no 5 in bed….and nothing else!! And we all know it’s gets a bit parky of an evening, when you have to let the dog out for a last wee, or get up in the night because the kids are crying. So it’s very tempting to become Bridget Jones. But with Valentines Day almost upon us, is now the time to re-examine exactly WHAT we wear in bed? Are there better nightwear options out there? Well I think it is possible to be warm, and stylish – and should the mood take you  – a bit sexy without being ridiculous. And it’s such a stereotype to have a silky little slip – it’s a bit cheesy unless you are young and perfectly formed. And don’t start me on the subject of onesies…I mean…are you serious? At your age?

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  1. Pink chiffon butterfly chemise. £28 but now has 15% off. Ted Baker Debenhams. This has removable pads in the bust, so if you wander around the house in your nighty, it is less revealing and offers more support. Also has adjustable straps. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Click and collect for free.
  2. Pale blue spotted satin shorty pyjama set. Floozie by Frost French. £20. Debenhams. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Click and collect for free.

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Mix and match at Debenhams with Ted Baker. All currently with 15% off these prices I have declared. Click and collect for free.

  1. Navy floral symmetry pyjama T-shirt. £18.50. 95% viscose 5% elastane. Front 100% polyester. The viscose make this a lovely drapey quality.
  2. Navy floral symmetry waistband pyjama bottoms. £25. 95% viscose. 5% elastane.
  3. Navy floral symmetry pyjama shorts. £16.50. 100% polyster.
  4. Navy floral symmetry camisole. £18.50. 100% polyester.
  5. Navy floral symmetry kimono. £39.50. Main 100% polyester.

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  1. Rosie for Autograph luxurious satin revere pyjamas. Marks and Spencers. £35. These have a lot of 5 star reviews and one buyer says they feel like silk. They are 100% polyester and machine washable.
  2. Black lace trim pyjama set. £24. Next. Available in black and mink.  50% polyester and 50% viscose. Available in petite, regular, long and tall.

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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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Lace has been around in the shops for a year or so, and still shows no sign of going away.  It is a really flattering fabric which suits most body shapes, and I have to say, other than hating cheap lace on top of cheap stretchy jersey fabric, even modestly priced lace clothes are stylish – I have a Gok Wan one from Sainsbury’s that never fails to get compliments. Here I present some lovely ‘going out’ dresses, as it’s that time of year, and have suggested some colours other than black to chose from. ( we may be Lesser Mortals, but that doesn’t mean we have to blend into the background??? – better to burn out …..)

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  1. Layla Red Lace Sleeved Embellished dress. Monsoon. £119. Nylon viscose. Dry clean only. Perfect for hour glass figures and nice cleavages! This is really flattering and classy. Longer length in keeping with the retro fashions of 40’s and 50’s.  Surely your conversation will get more attention than showing your knickers? Also available in black.
  2. Mallary Lace Dress. Coast £170. Viscose polyester, dry clean only. It’s nice to have a purple dress on offer, and would suit ladies with larger hips, or lack of tummy tone.  The dress floats outwards on its  own, so who knows what’s underneath??
  3. Lace strapless dress. Next £125 (need I say that the cheaper lace Next dresses were sold out?? There is a very similar one to the Coast one for £60, but you’ll have to search to find it!!) 100% polyester, but available in tall and petite lengths. Again, will suit hippy ladies, or a bit of loose tummy. May flatter big bust, but may hang of your chest..

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  1. Daisy Chain Lace Shift dress. French Connection £170. 100 % polyester. These styles are great on waif like figures and more apple shapes. If you’ve got curves, why hide them?
  2. Elke Lace detail dress Ted Baker £149 Not great on larger busted women. Better on sticks and ladies with hips and tummies. Starting to run out of sizes. Lovely metallic lace detail on top. Darker skirt area to allow hips to fade into the background….
  3. Enid machine Lace sequin dress. Monsoon £69 Also available in red… and all in stock! polyester acrylic nylon. machine washable. Slightly more forgiving dress on lumps and bumps, but has some waist shaping

A lot of the dresses featured here, are pricier, but plenty of cheaper versions around, just starting to run out of sizes. Avoid cheap stretchy body con lace, and you’re good to go!

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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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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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