9 top ideas for wearing metallics this Summer 2105

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Can We Lesser Mortals manage to wear metallics, without looking like a Barbarella throw back?

I seem to remember giving “fashion advice” that metallics were going to be in fashion, and wondering whether Lesser Mortals could wear them without looking like Christmas turkeys. Well if you did invest, good for you, because metallics are still a fashion statement this Spring Summer. I know a lot of you are wondering whether you can get away with it at “your age”. I think that as you get older, you will  look younger if you keep following the trends. But whilst young twenty somethings can wear the whole look from head to toe, and look amazing, as you get older, you should wear less and less, until your twilight years when it might only be an accessory or trim that keeps you up to date. So this is a brilliant time to pick up accessories which will instantly update a pair of jeans and a white T shirt, and make you look like you are bang on trend. You’re not telling me you haven’t got a pair of converses or pumps in your wardrobe? And if you nip to the pub of an evening, why not have a metallic clutch or purse?

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  1. Mini Pochette. £35. Jigsaw. In cow suede, leather trim, and polished metal. Great as a little evening bag on your summer holiday with your more casual holiday clothes.
  2. Maida Vale bag.£140. Boden. Available in other colours – navy, turquoise, orange and brown. Will smarten up a pair of casual skinnies and a T-shirt, as well as having room for all your bits and bobs. 100% leather
  3. Sophie wedge Sandals. £79-£89. Boden. Perfect if you want a bit of extra height, but don’t like heels or like to walk for miles. On holidays, I always come a cropper on those authentic rural cobbles…so these should sort that problem!! Size 36-42. In gold, navy suede and patterned. All leather.
  4. All star dainty metallic Ox Converses. £47. Schuh. Leather upper with moc croc effect. Sizes 3-8. Will work with leggings, jeans and skirts. You could wear with a really pretty floaty dress too.
  5. Henrietta pumps. £150. French Sole from Next. Leather upper. You  don’t have to spend this much on pumps, but cheap ones only tend to last a season at most, and you run the risk of them smelling. Sizes 3-8. Next does other cheaper metallic styles too.

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  1. Metallic back detail sweater. £22. Next. In white, silver, yellow and black. Viscose, polyester metallic mix. Size 6-22. This has 2 medium size cut outs in the back, to add a hint of sexy, but allow bra wearing!! A light cover up for summer.
  2. Metallic gold Asymmetric T shirt. £24. River Island. Size 6-18. Polyester elastane. Machine washable. As well as wearing with jeans, you could try belting in over summer skirt, or whilst it’s still cold – your leather skirt.

metallic Next T shirt ss2015 metallic dress Reiss SS2015

  1. Metallic layer T shirt £20. Next. Available in pewter and silver. Size 6-22. Outer is 100 % polyester over a viscose elastane vest top underneath. Again, an easy piece for slinging on with jeans, or smartening up with tuxedo style trousers and a smart jacket.
  2. 1971 Fava metallic shirt dress. £169. Reiss. Sizes 4-16. 100% polyester. Dry clean only. This will be best for boyish figures.

Hopefully some of these have tempted you. The accessories are so stylish and easy to wear, and the metallic tops are virtually non creasing. For a smart look, wear with heels, but equally, if you wear the jeans with casual boots/sandals or trainers, then the T shirts stay looking casual. Look at my “3 ways to wear” tab to see ideas for metallic T shirts and metallic skirts. If you want more help or want me to look at a particular topic, then contact me through my website. www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

Further reading:

How to wear metallic accessories: inside out style

How to wear metallic fashions: everyday life – global 

Heavy metal is in again: the fashion tag.

 

 

 

Is pink a good colour to wear this spring?

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Can We Lesser Mortals, whatever our age, wear pink without looking like Barbie?

Pink is hardly a top fashion colour, as some men and women like to wear pink all the time, irrelevant of season or fashion. And why, because it’s Valentines Day soon, do we have to wear red or pink…???Still, if it suit you, why not? Even as an “image consultant” I do like a nice bit of pink, and it doesn’t have to be girly girly, nor does it have to make you look like you are 8 years old. You can buy leather and suede in pink, and if you accessorise with edgier pieces you can get a more urban, androgynous look. If you like being a retro chick, then candy pastel pink is your 60’s “go to” pink. Imagine the bag pictured below with a sharp work suit, and I don’t think you would say it was girly. Maybe it’s just a highlight with your jeans – Scarf? Belt? And don’t just dismiss pink out of hand…there are so many shades from bubblegum pink to pale candy pinks – one of them will work for you. You can get your”colour analysis” done if you are unsure, and this will help you work out which shade suits you best. Below are some high street versions I’ve seen in the shops this week. Let me know your favourite.

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  1. Button safe Dolly overcoat. £59. Marks and Spencers: Sizes 8-22. Polyester viscose elastane mix. Dry clean only. M and S actually do 4 pink coats, all of which are different shades of pink, and one is a petite size range. All look to be a straight fit, but this one actually flares slightly over the hips, so will fit slight pear shapes as well as boyish shapes.
  2. Millie sling back. £99. Boden. Half sizes available from 36-42. They have some great reviews, and are available in blue, green, pewter, pale pink and black. The heel size means these are easy to walk in and I can see these working in a formal office environment with a dark suit, as well as with a sixties pencil skirt, fifties flared skirt or modern skinny jeans.

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  1. Jenna bucket bag. £450. LK Bennet. Available in power pink as well as white, turquoise and navy. If you find wearing pink clothes too much, what’s not to love about this bag? As mentioned above, it’ll look great with suits or casually.
  2. Subtle floral skinny jean: £90. Karen Millen. Sizes 6-16. Elastane, polyester cotton mix. Pale jeans are always in, in summer, so either totally 60’s these up with other candy colours, or make modern with converses and deeper shades. You can even glam them up with a leather jacket. Will suit boyish or top heavy ladies with slim legs.

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  1. Avalina fit and flare dress. £179. Phase Eight. Size 6-20. 100% nylon and machine washable. It is quite high waisted, so some ladies with tummies may find this suits them. It will be best on pear shapes, but hourglass and boyish may find it suits them too.
  2. Therese split back blouse. £69. Phase Eight. Silk overlay with viscose elastane lining.Hand washable. Size 8-18. A more delicate shade of pink this time. Suits boyish best, but other shapes can get away with if brighter bottoms, or worn with a necklace.

Hopefully this has made you re-think pink. I’d love to know which you like best. If you are in the midlands and want to book a one to one, then contact me through Facebook or my website www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

Further reading:

street style ways to wear pink coats: all women stalk

How to wear the hot pink trend: handbag.com

11 ways to wear kitten heels: Le fashion

6 lovely jumpers for Spring 2015

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Can We Lesser Mortals find a nice piece of knitwear to keep us warm till the sun arrives……..

The sun is out, but it’s crisp and cold. I don’t feel like wearing my grey and black jumpers any more. I want to keep warm, but also look happy and healthy with the thought of summer round the corner. So what better way to achieve a “fashionable” look, than by wearing a warm bright summery jumper. Below are some lovely high street versions, readily available, and varying in price. If you aren’t sure which colour to buy, have you ever considered a “colour analysis”? I thought it was a weird 80’s things, but I have just done a course on this, and it has opened my eyes to new potential. In fact, I have been having a lot of fun analysing my friends, and we all thought we knew what we were doing!!

 

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  1. Tilly jumper. £79. Boden. Sizes 6-22. 100% wool. Available in navy and pastel mint (freshwater). Hand washable. It has a retro 60’s feel to it, and is versatile enough to wear with skinny jeans as well as skirts. Avoid if big chested. It has rated very highly on their website, with other customers.
  2. Folk icarus knit. £44.99. Superdry. Sizes 6-16. Polyester cotton mix. Machine washable. Available in navy, grey and white too. The broad pattern at the top will flatter pear shapes.

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  1. Chunky corded knit. £58. Fat Face. Sizes S-L. Available in green marl too. Polyester cotton mix. Machine washable. The hems dips at the back, and the neck is loose fitting. Very relaxed fit overall.
  2. Bow shoulder jumper. £38. Oasis. Sizes XS-L (8-14/16) The neck is wide-ish on this, and it has a pointelle design (small holes in). No info on composition or washing. Nautical fashions are on trend this summer, so you should get good wear out of this.

 

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  1. V-neck cali swing knit. £55. Phase eight. Sizes 8-20. Nylon viscose mix, machine washable. The v-neck will help large busted ladies, and the swing design, will be very flattering over apple shapes.
  2. Cotton cashmere trim jumper. £69. Jigsaw. Size S-L. Machine washable. Also light blue and grey marl. It looks quite slim, so suggest it is best on straighter figures.

I hope these lovely jumpers inspire you to buy some great colours for Spring, and chase away the winter blues. Remember if you live in the midlands, I am available for colour analysis and styling one to ones. You can contact me via my website. www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

Further reading:

Fun ways for young professional women to wear knitwear: Notable.ca 

Women’s waswy to wear knitwear: repertoire fashion

5 ways for women to wear tweed in Spring 2015

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Can We Lesser Mortals wear tweed this spring, and look trendy not frumpy?

At this time of year, it’s hard to work out what’s going to be “in fashion” in the spring, as all the shops seem to have different things on display. My experience in retail head offices has shown me it’s fine balancing act between getting rid of old sale stock (but  the shops may look old and tired), and bringing in the high summer stuff, which is exciting but stops the sale stuff selling!! A good compromise though, is the Chanel/”Jackie O” style tweeds, which are warm, more brightly coloured, and new. Not all the shops have chosen to embrace this look, sticking to black (yawn) or going too summery, which is exciting, but no-one is buying yet. These will give you a good 3-4 months of wear, and will allow you to stretch summer/autumn at the end of September, without having to bring out your grey/black/navy jumpers. They don’t have to make you look like an old lady. See what you think. Let me know if you’d buy any?

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  1. Multicoloured coat. £69.99. Zara. Sizes XS-Xl. cotton acrylic mix. Not many available online, but I suspect they are awaiting deliveries. It’s too early for them to have sold out yet. Lovely and bright, and could be belted in as well as worn loose. Best on tall, busty or apple shaped ladies.
  2. Italian fabric textured coat. £89. Marks and Spencers. sizes 8-16. Cotton, polyester, acrylic, and viscose. Dry clean only. A lighter weight tweed type coat in classic cut and design. Can’t imagine this dating, and it’s very eye catching. Would suit boyish and apple shapes best.

 

 

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  1. Boucle bell sleeved top. £25. Warehouse. Sizes 6-18. 100% acrylic. Machine washable. Covers the top of your arms if you are self conscious. Would suit pear shape, boyish and possibly hour glass too.
  2. Neon tweed dress. £160. Karen Millen. Sizes 6-16. Polyamide, polyester, cotton mix. Dry clean only.This nips in nicely at the waist and has an A-line skirt, so will suit pear shapes and some boyish figures. I think it will be quite tight at the bust for an hourglass figure.

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  1. Open front zipped jacket £59 Tweed textured mini skirt £35. Marks and Spencers. Sizes 8-22. Cotton polyester acrylic mix. The jacket has no fastenings. This is a light weight suit, which can be worn as separates. It comes in 2 lengths, 18 and 21″.  This will suit boyish, slight pear shapes and as the waist band sits on the waist, may suit hourglass too.

Hopefully this has inspired you to cast off your winter blues, and nip into the shops for a bit of retail therapy. Tweed doesn’t have to be Miss Marple-esque. Don’t forget you can book me for personal styling sessions to help you understand your own body shape. www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

 

 

Further reading:

How to wear a tweed jacket: pop sugar

Lupita Nyongo wears sexy tweed: Dailymail

Miami style blogger in tweed: Curves and confidence

ways to wear tweed:Whowhatwear

ways to wear Chanel tweed jacket: The Zoe report

What should I wear to work out or do sports in?

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Can We Lesser Mortals get some decent sportswear without looking like Mr Motivator?

In January, we all take a look at ourselves, and make rash new decisions like – “I must get fit”. So off we trundle to the gym, or personal trainer, or bootcamp or whatever, but dilemma – what to wear?? We may not be looking our best after the Christmas indulgences, and we all know it’s impossible to exercise in a tent (to hide the lumps and bumps) so what can we do? Can we dig out those old jog pants we wore 15 years ago? Do we need to buy top of the range kit? And if we do that, are we in danger of looking like we’re pro’s, when in actual fact, we are gasping our last at the back of the class? Well, speaking not only as a “personal shopper” and “image consultant”. but also as some-one who has exercised all her life, I don’t think you need to go for top of the range kit if you are just running for half an hour, or doing an exercise class – high tech kit is advisable if you are planning to scale Everest the hard way, or run a marathon- still…. it is nice to look one’s best when sporting a red sweaty face! I suggest minimal make-up, so it doesn’t slide off your face whilst doing a downward dog (personally speaking, I don’t leave the house without mascara and blusher on!!). I was pleasantly surprised by some of the budget ranges, but be careful if the lycra isn’t very strong – you don’t want your leggings round your ankles half way round the park….And honestly? – don’t worry about hiding your bum or tum – it’s all girls together. It’s nice to have co-ordinating layers, as it’s always cold when you start off, but you then want to ditch a layer once you warm up. See what you think (be warned…things are getting brighter and more patterned)

sport wear Primark sportswear primark jacket

  1. Vest £4, Cap £3.50, cropped legging £7. Primark. Now Primark don’t currently do on-line orders, and there will be questions about quality, but I bought a pair of leggings and a jacket, and so far, they were pretty good in my exercise class. The leggings are very low cut, so avoid if at all body conscious. Personally, I’ll wear mine to run in, with the jacket on, and once I get hot, strip off the jacket, and tie it round my waist hiding any overspill, thus avoiding cars crashing in the vicinity. Due to their revealing nature, probably best for boyish figures.
  2. Jacket £12. Leggings £7. Primark. I bought a floral jacket, which is nothing more than a nylon shell, so it won’t be waterproof. But it looks really eye catching as an over garment and even my kids said “wow”.

 

 

 

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  1. High impact flexi wire non-padded A-G bra. £18. Marks and Spencers. Sizes 32-40 A to G cup, but not all cups for every size. This has good support for high impact sports. Remember you can click and collect for free in store, to make sure you get your size. Good for large chests
  2. Gym slim full length legging £22.50. Marks and Spencers. These have an additional control panel over the tummy. Polyester, elastane polyamide fabric which can be tumble dried. Sizes 8-16. Good for holding in slight tummies.
  3. Gym slim abstract print vest. £18. size 8-18. Marks and Spencers. This has a light control panel in, but you probably need a bra too. Wear over the flexi bra, and strip off if you get too hot? polyamide, polyester elastane mix. Tumble dry-able. Good for covering slight tummies and hourglass figures.
  4. Gym slim crop legging. £19.50. Marks and Spencers. Sizes 8-18. Control panel at front. Some good reviews, but one pointed out if you stretch too much (yoga?) they go a bit thin and see through, so better for running, or spin classes. Good for holding in slight tummies.

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  1.  Black crop top. £12. Next. Polyester elastane. Sizes 6-22. Not much info on how much support this offers, so would advise a bra underneath. Will draw attention to waist so great for hourglass if worn with support underneath.
  2. Floral leggings. £22. Next. Sizes 6-22.Viscose elastane. Best for boyish or top heavy, unless you wear with a vest to cover your tummy. The bright pattern will draw attention to your legs.
  3. White layer top. £22. Next. Sizes 6-22. Polyester elastane with a viscose outer. The underneath is a crop top, but this extra loose layer offers some coverage if you are apple shaped.
  4. Floral shorts. £14. Next. Sizes 6-22. Cotton polyester. Remember it can get really hot in the gym in summer, so these offer a bit of choice with your tops, during these times. Obviously you need quite good legs for these.

 

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  1. Impossibly light running jacket. £75. JD Sports. Size XS to L. 100 % nylon. It has a light water and wind resistance, so some protection in light rain. Machine washable. Suit any shape.
  2. Nike printed relay cropped legging. £38. JD Sports. Cotton elastane sweat wicking fabric. Sizes XS to L. Machine washable. Will suit most ladies, depending on what top you wear with them.
  3. Nike tempo shorts. £25. JD Sports. Dri fit polyester. Built in briefs and small pocket at back for keys etc. Essential if running outside in the summer – you could layer these over the patterned leggings too.
  4. Nike Elastika 2 training tank top. £25. JD Sports. Size XS-L. Dri fit polyester. Obviously you need a bra or crop top with this, but the vest shape will still be cool, whilst hiding tummies. Good for apple shapes and boyish.

 

 

sportswear sweaty betty pant sportswear sweaty betty top

  1. Uttanasa yoga pants. £70. Sweaty Betty. Sizes XS – XL and Short, reg and long length. Polyamide elastane. No tumble dry. It says it’s a sweat wicking, high stretch fabric. This loose leg trouser will help disguise wide hips, so great for pear shapes and hour glass, and petite or tall ladies.
  2. Savasana yoga top. £55. Sweaty Betty. Sizes XS-XL. Full length sleeves hide any bingo wings. Cotton polyester mix. Tumble dry-able. A boxy fit and bright colour is perfect if you want to balance pear shaped hips. Available in grey too.

So now, you have no excuse for not exercising, and some of these pieces will be great for general wear if you are walking in the country in the summer!! If you want more ideas, I pin on Pinterest as We Lesser Mortals, and I photograph my outfits every day on Instagram to try and suggest ways you could co-ordinate your clothes, again as We Lesser Mortals. I also do parties at your house to give you tips that I have learnt as a “clothing stylist”. Or you can book me for a one to one. Look at my web site www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

 

Further reading:

7 things not to wear to the gym: oprah.com