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How can We Lesser Mortals wear our summer outfits in winter, to get our moneys worth?

For Lesser Mortals, with modest incomes and little time on our hands, it’s a luxury these days, to have outfits which you can only wear in one season. We all have a few items which are for “hot holidays only”. Yes, your butt skimming hot pants and floaty Lady Di translucent skirts can’t really be worn in autumn, so need vacuum packing away till the next time you board your Monarch flight to Faro!! But some of the trends bought earlier in the year, can be worn into autumn, allowing us get more “wears” for our money. Here are some ideas.

Animal Prints:

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In summer, floaty animal print dresses were worn with bare legs and ballerinas or sandals (yes, I know she has black ankle socks, but she is only 19). In winter, these dresses can be styled with opaque tights and knee boots, or  stilettos. A leather jacket or blazer, can add an extra layer.

  1. Leopard print dress. £44.99 Mango. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Sizes 6-14.
  2. Animal print dress. £38. Next. Polyester/viscose/elastane mix. Sizes 8-18, reg, petite, and tall.

Floral dresses

 

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Lots of Lesser Mortals, may think that florals are just a summer print, to be worn at weddings or on sunny days, with sandals. You can see here, how they translate well with leather jackets and ankle (or knee) boots in winter. Obviously, bare legs is a fairly “young” look. You probably need opaques.

  1.  Opulent bloom print dress. £159. Ted Baker. 95% polyester 5% elastane. Sizes 6-16.
  2. Dark floral print dress. £145. Karen Millen. 967 % cotton 3% elastane. Size 6-16

Jumpsuits

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You may think jumpsuits are for the younger Lesser Mortals, but the Daily Mail did do a feature on older women wearing jumpsuits, who found them very stylish and comfortable. I also did  a feature on Facebook – and I’m no spring chicken. Vicky Smith Styling on 10th April. In summer, they were probably worn with sandals or flat converses, but in winter, sparkly party shoes, or ankle boots, can make them appropriate for winter parties, or for daytime.

  1. Strappy silk jumpsuit. £80. Top shop by Boutique. 100% silk. (yes 100% silk – most silk shirts are over £100 in some stores). Sizes 6-16. Team with an expensive looking belt.
  2. Fluid soft jumpsuit. £225. karen Millen. 29% polyester 71% acetate. Dry clean only. Sizes 6-16.

Hopefully this has given you some ideas of how to get more wear from your clothes.

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

Further reading:

How to style a grey jumpsuit: Not dressed as lamb

The do’s and don’ts of wearing florals in winter: glamour.com

 

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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 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.

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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…..

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  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.

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  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.

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  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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Comments are always welcome.

Further reading:

red on line. paintbox fashion trend

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

 

 

 

 

Can We Lesser Mortals wear organza and only show our modesty?

Organza can be tricky for older women, or those of us with less than perfect figures And it can be downright impractical whilst juggling kids, shopping bags and supermarket trolleys. Do you trust your friends or sales consultants to give you the right fashion advice for your age? (or are they secretly having a laugh behind you back!) Will a sales person give the right fashion advice if they are half your age? Well, I absolutely think you can follow fashion whatever your age, and shape. It’s just the degree to which we do this, that’s the tricky bit!! Here are some affordable High Street ideas, which I think will suit Lesser Mortals.

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  1. Organza jacket. Zara. £25.99. polyester cotton mix. In navy blue. Machine washable. Sizes S, M, L. What a great jacket for slinging on over jeans, or over a delicate strappy dress or top at night time. Pretty well suits any body shape, depending on what you are wearing it with. PEAR shapes with wide leg trousers or A line skirts, HOURGLASS with some thing that draws attention to your waist, BUSTY ladies leave open, BOYISH shapes with anything, or highlight your waist with a belt, and APPLE shapes need to lengthen their bodies with heels and long flowing trousers, or an empire one dress.
  2. Striped poplin organza blouse. £29.99. Zara. 100% cotton and polyester stripes. Machine washable. available in XS, S, M L. The back has a small split up the lower back. This shell top looks daunting at first, but for those faint of heart, a little vest top should help cover your modesty. Obviously, avoid if your bra/vest top causes any flesh to squidge out over it! The stripes conveniently cover your bra, and it’s not too cropped. As it is a boxy shape, it will make your chest area look bigger, so will flatter PEAR shape but make busty ladies too top heavy.

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  1. Watercolour organza dress. £198. Jigsaw.100% silk. Dry clean. Size 8-14. The model is 5’10” so petite ladies will find it comes below your knee. It is longer in length than a lot of fashion styles around at the moment. As it is 100% silk, you can’t wear it too tight, or it will split at the seams. It will suit slight PEAR shapes and HOURGLASS. BOYISH will need to try on, as the skirt may need hips to fill it out a bit.
  2. Flower embroidered dress. £215. Karen Millen. 100% polyester. Dry clean. Size 6-16. A more demure dress for special occasions. Suiting HOURGLASS and BOYISH figures. The 3/4 sleeves are perfect for women who hate their upper arms. Middle aged women sometimes find showing arms a touch indecent but I think the length should be fine with tights.

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  1. Sheer back T shirt . £50. Karen Millen.  Viscose elastane mix. Sizes 6-16. Machine washable.  Also in peach and white. I lovely floaty T shirt which can be worn during the day with a vest top under so it’s appropriate for work or school runs, but can be worn with just a bra at night time for a hint of naughtiness!!  The colours reflect the pastel theme in fashion this summer. Team with dark colours (navy, berry) or try other pastels (whites, pinks, citron) or even orange!
  2. Collared neck long sleeve sheer blouse. Marks and Spencers. £29.50. Ivory. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Sizes 8-24. Hurrah, a top to cover all muffins and bellies!! It has an opaque panel over all the bits you may want to hide! And what can go wrong with white? (apart from ketchup, if you have kids)

If you are worried about wearing organza, ask me a question, or you can book a consultation with me. If you would like me to feature a particular trend you have seen, give me a comment and I’ll see what I can do. My faves are the Zara jacket and the Karen Millen T shirt. What are yours?

My Facebook page often shows me wearing different trends so you can see how a Lesser Mortal gets away with it.

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:

woman wearing organza jacket; gettyimages

Organza shell top: Fash Mob Blogs. scroll down to see the top.

Organza skirt: Imperfecti.

Organza blouse – I featured this in autumn! Chictopia.

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.

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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.

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  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!!

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:

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 jumpsuits without looking like Andy Pandy or an 80’s throw back?

Lesser Mortals are probably thinking – Can I wear a jumpsuit at my age or is it too young? Is it practical if dragging a toddlers around? or even: With my pelvic floor, can I get to the loo quick enough? Jumpsuits have been around for the last 2-3 years, and I think they are highly wearable and comfy if you are a jegging type lady, and hate constrictive garments. I also think they are very stylish, as not many people have embraced them yet. I wear mine for special occasions, like weddings, as I like to be different, and you can guarantee everyone else will be in a dress. ( I shall be posting some images on my Facebook page if you want a laugh – Vicky Smith Styling) Anyway, here are some ideas for different shapes, sizes and budgets, as obviously with a jumpsuit, you haven’t got the flexibility to buy different size tops and bottoms (not least tall ladies don’t want to be cut in half, and petite ladies don’t want to trip over their trousers legs!!) I also prefer the jumpsuits that are the same pattern top and bottom, (for different patterns top and bottom, you could just buy separates). A belt is an essential accessory which can add quality to a cheaper jumpsuit.

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  1.  Brittany jumpsuit. Phase Eight. £110. Sizes 8-18. Polyester elastane. Machine washable. Fastens with a zip at the back. This will suit pear shapes, as the drapey wide legs flow nicely from the hip. Hourglass figures and larger busted ladies may find this fits them, as the V neck and stretch fabric will allow room to expand and the V-neck will break up that area. (NB – Next stocks this jumpsuit too!) Lovely with a Chanel style jacket.
  2. Saskia Lace jumpsuit. Phase Eight. £110. Sizes 8-18. Mixture of fibres. Dry clean only. Again, the wide leg flatters larger hips, the 3/4 sleeves are for those who hate their upper arms, and the wrap over top suits a nice bust. The gentle gathering over the tummy area, may also forgive a less toned middle area, but if store fat over your tummy, the gathers may accentuate too much. Will suit hourglass figures too.
  3. Pink jumpsuit. Next. £55. 100% polyester. sizes 6-22 reg, and 6-18 petite and 8-18 tall. How lovely to see a jumpsuit that isn’t black !!(believe me, there are a lot of black ones out there!!) This has the advantage of being scaled to fit whatever height you are. If you are petite, wear heels and make sure the legs drape over your shoes, to give the illusion of extra height.  Definitely wear with a belt.

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  1. Navy print jumpsuit. £28. Next. 100% viscose. Available in sizes 8-22 and petite and tall. This is a good jumpsuit or wearing with flat shoes as well as heels. It will suit top heavy ladies with long slim legs. The slightly dropped waist will lengthen your torso and again, use a belt.
  2. Printed wide leg jumpsuit. £35. Next.  Only available in regular sizes 6-22. Don’t be a shrinking violet. This eye catching jumpsuit allows you to cover up on the beach, or dress up a night time with heels. You probably need a generous chest to suit this, but it will also expand round the waist, and apple shapes may find a contrasting belt around the middle gives a waist where there isn’t one. Use a coloured pashmina at night time.
  3. Palm print jumpsuit. £39.99. Mango. Xs- XL. 100% viscose. Handwash. Another lovely summery print. Suits a boyish shape, as the straps don’t allow much bra support. Wear with a smart belt. To dress up, use a gold belt and high heels.  For evening, a white tuxedo jacket will really add style.

Have fun shopping!! Don’t forget to see how I wear mine on my Facebook page. Vicky Smith Stying.

 

 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:

Fall 2014 runway trends: Fashion times

Jumpsuits: good enough to replace your LBD

2014 trend report – the jumpsuit and the romper

 

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.

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  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.

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  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.

 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:

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

Can We Lesser Mortals Wear bomber jackets without looking like a Pink Lady?

Bomber jackets are very on trend this summer, but as a Lesser Mortal, you may be worried you can’t wear that look, and will get shouts of “hey Sandy” and “you’re the one that I want” everywhere you go. (which is fine, unless you happen to be passing a building site, when it can be quite intimidating). Well, there are plenty of variations on the High Street at affordable prices, and it’s quite easy to think of them a bit like a cardigan. Easy to throw on, but stylish straight away. They are usually cropped, and will draw attention to your waist line, so brilliant if you have a tiny waist. If you are more straight up and down, you could wear a fuller skirt or relaxed trousers, to give you more curves. Short legged ladies, can wear high waisted trousers or skirts with their bomber jacket, to make their legs look longer, and large chested ladies should be careful about zipping the jacket right the way up, otherwise your chest will look too large (leave it slightly undone to break up the chest area). If in doubt, Do Not Team With anything 50’s inspired. (unless you are going to a Rock and Roll fancy dress night).

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  1. Lace knit bomber jacket. Karen Millen. £99. Polyester/elastane/viscose. Hand washable. Sizes 1-4.  This gives a great evening look, with its lace sleeves. It could also be worn with a leather pencil skirt, or other skirts for day time. I can’t see this item dating.
  2. Black bomber jacket. Next. £55. Comes in regular and petite sizes from 6 – 22. It has sheer sleeves – ideal if you like to hide your bingo wings but still look a little sexy!!
  3. Satin Jackets. H and M. £29.99. 100% polyester and machine washable. Sizes 8-20. Ideal to fling on over jeans during the day, or used as a light jacket for evening when on a hot holiday.

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  1. Floral bomber jacket. Next. £32. £100 polyester. Size 6-22. This embraces the floral trend for this spring summer, and as you can see from the image, is as far away from a Pink Lady, as you can get. If Mary Berry can do it…..what’s your excuse?
  2. Sequin bomber jacket. £75. Next. Nylon elastane mix with a poly cotton lining. Sizes 6-22. As you can see, 3 of these styles are from Next, so it’s no wonder Next is overtaking the high street. This sequin look is fabulous for dinner dates, or going out. I have one a few years old, and it can make a scabby pair of jeans and vest top, look good enough to go out in. I don’t just wear it at Christmas either, and it looks great over an LBD.
  3. Paisley print reversible bomber jacket. £54.99. Mango. 100% Polyester. Machine washable. 2 jackets for the price of one!! Sizes S, M and L.

Please note – none of my suggestions have a number on, nor look like you play for an american baseball team. Remember your age…….

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

Comments welcome.

Further reading:

marie claire:bomber jackets – yes you can wear one

Donna Aida: how to style: the bomber jacket

You look fab: how to wear bomber jackets YLF

Allwomen stalk: 7 tips for wearing bomber jackets.

Can We Lesser Mortals wear this summers neon trend, without looking like a belisha beacon? It’s a hard look to master, and I would leave embracing it whole-heartedly, to the young and lithe. Firstly, it always looks fab on a lovely mediterranean tan (have I lost your attention already?). Secondly, how much attention do you wish to draw to yourself? and thirdly, do you want people asking you when the roadworks will be completed?? That being said, I am certainly going to embrace neon this summer, by using it as an accent colour.  If you are pale-skinned, it will work well to add strength to the pastel colours which are around this summer. And it just makes ordinary garments a little bit quirkier e.g. brogues with a neon shoe lace. The shops haven’t got lots in yet, but I would expect more as the weather gets more summery.

top shop neon tunic ted baker neon shift karen millen neon cardi

  1. Fluro flower tunic. Topshop. £38. 100%polyester. Machine washable. Sizes 4-16. This obviously hides a multitude of sins….The model is 5’10 so petites can expect it to be a little longer, and very tall ladies may find it only just covers your waist band. May be a good cover up on the beach too.
  2. Ramonda floral print tunic. Ted Baker. £149. 100% polyester and machine washable. Sizes 6-14 (16 out of stock) This dress has a beautiful contrast zip and pleated skirt bit at the back. If you are very straight up and down, it can be a bit “hippy” so may not be a good fit. The problem with this, will be in colder weather, as black opaques are not going to look great next to this pale colour. I would try wearing it over some jeggings or skinnies as a tunic, or failing that, slap loads of fake tan moisturiser (easier than fake tan at avoiding streaks but takes a few days to build up) and try a very fine 7 denier tight, a shade darker than your natural skin tone. The only opaque I think would work, would be a footless tight but be careful which colour- try www.mytights.com Pamela Mann have 50 denier cerise and damson coloured ones, which should look nice with this. Or Topshop have a pale pink rose lace tight, which would give this dress a vintage look with Mary Jane shoes. This look is a bit too “little girl” if you have kissed your 40’s good-bye.
  3. Knit cardigan with neon trim. Karen Millen. £99. Polyester viscose and hand washable. Sizes 6/8-16. This cheeky little cardigan has a sheer back to it, so is rather see-through! Fear not – nothing a little vest top won’t solve! Consequently, it gives you 2 looks for the price of one. Sheer for evening, or as a normal cardigan now, for day wear. (wear a shirt or T-shirt under for daywear so it looks less transparent) Not sure I’ll be doing the patch jean look (especially if my daughter is), but I think this will look great over a lace pencil skirt.

gap neon scarf  ted baker neon belt

Accessories are alway easier to embrace trends with.

  1. Printed pastel scarf. Gap. £19.95. With neon highlights, it’s easy to accessorise with.
  2. Julo classic belt in bright pink. Ted Baker. £49. leather.

karen millen neon pumps next neon sandals

  1. Patent ballerina. Karen Millen. £85. Polyurethane. Sizes 36-41. Fab with skinny jeans or a full skirt.
  2. Bright 2 part high wedge sandals. Next. £38. Size 35-43. Man made. Perfect for smaller ladies, to give a bit of height, with the wedge making the heel height feel less extreme.

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Further reading:

Elle: http://www.elle.com/fashion/spotlight/very-bright-the-dos-and-donts-of-summer-neon#slide-1

Ezine:http://ezine.fashionmodamode.com/scoop-international-fashion-show-neon-trend-summer-2014/

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