Where can I get a women’s wedding guest outfit?

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Can We Lesser Mortals find a women’s wedding guest outfit that makes you look and feel great?

The wedding season is upon us, and throughout July and August, many of us will be swanning off to weddings, and want to look and feel fabulous, all day. I’ve enlisted a bit of help from Kyra at Firetree photography to tell you how to take a good photo on the day without squinting, and also Sue York from Sue York Make Up, to help make sure your make up stays on all day too. I shall advise you on the wedding guest outfits I would recommend – as gorgeous Lesser Mortals should be getting their own attention for looking stunning. Obviously, as an Image Consultant, I can’t recommend a boring dress, as that is what everyone else will be wearing. I want you to wear something stylish and up to date, which suits your body shape. The ones shown, are nearly all full price, to make sure you can still get hold of them, but if you have plenty of time, mooch around the shops, as the sales are on. You can wear all these outfits again on other occasions.

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  1. Painterley splash floral print dress. £160. Karen Millen. Size 6-16. Acetate, polyamide, elastane mix. Dry clean only. Suit hourglass best. You could team with nude accessories, or to be eye catching as suggested, and add contrasting green.
  2. Ankle cuff mid heel sandal. £125. Karen Millen. Size 36-41. Leather.
  3. Brompton Clutch. £99. Karen Millen. Leather. Chain can be in or out.

Kyra,Firetree photographer says  “Top tip for having your photograph taken in bright light, keep your eyes shut until the photographer counts in the photograph and open your eyes at the last minute, you won’t squint! If there is nowhere else to photograph but full sun, I ask everyone to shut their eyes and open on the count of three… perfect picture every time.” For more from Kyra, click here.

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  1. Blue skyflower dress. Reduced to £174. Fenn Wright and Manson at John Lewis. Size 8-18. 100% silk. A beautiful flowing silk maxi dress, but wear with a heel. Suits apple shapes.
  2. Sky blue cardi. Fenn Wright and Manson at John Lewis. Size S-L/ 100 % viscose. Hand washable.
  3. Klassy Carvela sandal. £85 at John Lewis. SIze 3-8. Fabric upper.

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  1. Torchlit floral midi skirt. £179. Ted Baker. 100% polyester. Cool hand wash. Worn with matching silk top, will suit pear shapes.
  2. Syna frill neck shirt. £109. Ted Baker. 100% silk. Cool hand wash. Wear with full skirt above, to complement a pear shaped figure.
  3. Pointed leather court shoe. £110. Ted Baker. Leather upper.

Sue, Make up artist says:”By applying either a fine loose powder or compact powder, over your base make up, including eye lids, it will ensure your make up stays in place all day. If you are prone to oily shine, make sure you apply a mattifier under your foundation. On photos it is very easy to look washed out, so you will need to apply more blusher than you would normally and make sure you’ve got a lipstick in your chosen colour to top up throughout the day”. For more info on Sue, click here.

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  1. Blue cotton stretch jacket. £149. Jigsaw. Cotton elastane mix. Size 8-16. Stand out from the crowds, with a stylish pastel suit and heels.
  2. Cotton stretch tapered trouser. £98. Jigsaw. Size 8-16. Wear with the jacket to suit top heavy ladies.
  3. Overlay sleeveless top. £69. Jigsaw. Size S-L. 100% silk. Hand washable. Wide enough straps for good bra support, if top heavy.
  4. Florencia Panama hat. £49. Jigsaw. Raffia – one size only. Makes for a rakish outfit with the suit.

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  1. Liora polka dot jumpsuit. £195. Reiss. Size 4-14. Hurry, as they are running out of sizes on line. Polyester elastane, dry clean only. Wear it with a belt, and perfect for boyish figures.
  2. Belluci hammered cream metal belt. £70. Reiss. Leather and brass. Size XS to XL
  3. Faro cream clutch. Reduced to £69. Reiss. Polyurethane.

Hope this has inspired you to step out of your comfort zone and try something a bit different. Frankly, I don’t want to look like everyone else which is why I choose something like a jumpsuit for a wedding. Would you? If you fancy a one to one session or you have question to ask about your clothes, contact me through www.vickysmithstyling,co.uk

Further reading:

100 best wedding guest outfits: you and your wedding

wedding guest outfits: one fine day

what to wear to a wedding evening reception: not dressed as lamb

what to wear to an evening wedding reception: fabulous after 40.


6 lovely cut out clothes

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www.vogue.co.uk – Valentino

Can We Lesser Mortals wear the cut out trend without looking like a paper doily (surely you’ve heard of them….?? Can’t just be me that’s old enough)

As it gets nearer to summer, Lesser Mortals are a little bit happier about revealing a tad more skin, though totally uncomfortable about putting it all on show….we’ll leave that to the young ‘uns. So the cut out trend is perfect – you can show as much or as little of your anatomy as you like. High street clothes are most often lined, so you won’t always need to worry about what underwear to wear underneath. If you are worried, you may just have to wear a camisole/vest top if you are feeling a slightly exposed. Go on – it’s summer….tease a little!!! My favourite is the Zara tunic – what’s yours? There is a bit of a cross over between broderie and laser cut. They are manufactured differently, but offer the same end use.

I had a lovely comment last week, from a Mortal who said she’d tried something she wouldn’t normally buy, based on this blog. Thank you so much for that, and anyone else with any comments – please add at the bottom of blog in the comment box.

Last thing – You have till Friday 19th June (this week) to get any friends to subscribe to this blog, and win a 2 hour mens styling session with me! A PERFECT gift for Fathers Day.

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  1. White Brodrai wrap top. £69. Mint Velvet. Size 8-18. 100% cotton. Machine washable. The V-neck makes this perfect for anyone with a large chest or hourglass figure.
  2. White embroidered tunic. £39.99. Zara. Size XS to L. 100% cotton. Machine washable. Personally I’m not keen on the cut out trousers, but the tunic is great for those ladies who like to wear a longer tops with leggings or skinnies. Best for boyish figures.

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  1. Joelle Skirt. Reduced from £110 to £69. Reiss. Size 4-14. 100% polyester. Machine washable. The A line shape makes this great for pear shapes.
  2. 1971 Lucia laser cut dress. Reduced from £169 to £135. Reiss. Size 4-14. 100% polyester. Dry clean only. There are lots of these dress with a boxy shaped tops, in the shops at the moment. They don’t really suit hourglass or larger busted women, but are best on boyish and pear shapes.

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  1. Hattie lace dress £89. Phase Eight. Size XS-XL. 100% cotton. Hand washable. Fabulous floaty top with 3/4 sleeves for those ladies who prefer to keep their arms covered. Great for apple shapes.
  2. Eyelet broderie top was £145 now £100. Broderie skirt was £199 now £135. Karen Millen Polyester cotton mix. Machine washable. You may not want to wear these together, and on the Karen Millen website the skirt is shown with coloured tops. A nice length if you don’t like showing all your legs in summer. The cut out fabric keeps you cool without showing to much thigh!! The skirt will suit boyish and some pear shapes with long lean torsos. Avoid if you carry any weight around your tummy. The top is best for smaller chests.

You will need to hurry if you want some of these items as they have gone into mid season sales.

I’m excited about my holidays and am trying to plan a wardrobe that will work in Greece, but that I can also wear in the UK too. I think this cut out trend covers it quite nicely. Have you any clothes you’d like advice on? If you comment below, I can get back to you personally, if you include your email in the comment box. Not all comments have to be made public. Or contact me through my website by clicking here

Further reading:

What you need to know about laser cut clothes: engadget.com

3 ways to wear a broderie top.: thewhitecompany

2 ways to wear a broderie collared shirt: Myfashionlife


8 ways to wear matching separates

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Can we Lesser Mortals save money by buying smarter outfits?

It’s that time of year, when we are all saving like mad for our summer holidays, but the cost of the holiday has also got to include any new outfits. So how brilliant would it be, if, instead of buying one dress, you could get a dress, skirt, and top for the same price? That would be savvy shopping ( as Jack Sparrow would say). It also helps those Lesser Mortals who are disproportionate top and bottom, allowing them to buy different sizes (saving money in alterations). So what’s not to like about matching separates? As an “image consultant” I am always looking for ways to save money for clients, solve body issues and keep clients on trend, and this article deals with all 3 of those!! Enjoy!!

I was really pleased last week, when one lovely subscriber told me she’d bought an item based on my recommendation. 💕Thank you.

Don’t forget – I am offering a 2 HOURS FREE MENS STYLING SESSION for anyone who subscribes to this blog by 19/6 – just in time for FATHER’S DAY

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  1. Silvy skirt £75 and Silvy lace top £65. Coast. Size 6-18. Viscose polyamide cotton mix. The top is machine washable and the skirt, dry cleanable. This would be a perfect outfit for a wedding or christening. Then you can wear the top with jeans, or the skirt with a bright coloured top. As the top nips in at the waist and has a V design to show a modest cleavage, this will probably suit hourglass shapes best.
  2. Floral print tube skirt £24 and Floral compact top £25. Next. Sizes 6-22. Polyester elastane mix. The high mix of polyester makes this good for holiday packing without too much creasing. The boxy top will make small busts look a little bigger, so avoid if big chested. Will suit boyish, slight pear shapes, and some apple shapes best.

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  1. Lime print pencil skirt £42 and Lime print crop top. £30. Oasis. Size 6-16. Cotton elastane mix. Machine washable. I thought these were a bit of fun, and you can also get matching shorts. Perfect for hot sunny climes, or if you want to  chase the cold British weather away. The top is slightly cropped, so if you wear with other trousers or skirt, aim for high waisted, unless you have a 6 pack!! Will suit boyish, apple and slight pear shapes.
  2. Stripe high waist shorts £32 and woven stripe top £28 Next. Size 6-18 shorts and 6-22 top. Cotton viscose mix. On the top, the waist is nipped in and the stripes at the shoulders will broaden them, so avoid if you have a generous chest. The shorts are pleated but stitched down, so this is fundamentally an A line skirt. Due to the pleats, avoid if you have a tummy which stick out. So this will be best for pear shapes. The top will go with other pencil skirts or jeans and the shorts are perfect with heels or converses.

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  1. Demitra palm print shorts £48 and Branca palm print denim shirt £69. Ted Baker. Both Lyocell. Size 6-16. Both machine washable. Here’s a matching set with a difference. They can be teamed together as a playsuit or worn apart. Especially good for cooler evenings, when you could wear the shirt open as a jacket. Will suit apple shapes, boyish, and top heavy ladies can undo a few buttons to show off their décolletage.
  2. Floral print sporty trousers £115 and Silk floral print cami top. £90. Karen Millen. Sizes 6-16. Top is 100% silk and the trousers are viscose. The shoe string straps won’t offer much support, and when the top is worn out there isn’t much shape, so these will suit boyish best. If you belt the top in, hourglass and slight pear shapes will get away with.

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Further reading:

Matching prints:thefashionspot

Wear a matching 2 piece combo:allwomenstalk

effortlessly wear matching separates: thestore.com

Why matching separates are a must have: whowhatwear

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12 pairs of supremely stunning sandals

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Photo courtesy of www.vogue.co.uk

Can We Lesser Mortals find sandals to flatter our less than perfect feet?

OMG we’re all waiting for the sun to come out, but as soon as it does???? What about our feet? Have you been buffing the dead skin off and moisturising all winter? Have you trimmed and polished your nails? Hhhhhm – you’ve been lax ladies. Here are some suggestions if you have issues with your feet, which aren’t going to go away with  pampering, and which make you very self conscious. I’m sure half the problems are in your heads, but if they are bothering you, read on. You can help yourself, by making sure you fake tan your feet in the first place – look back at my articles last year.  I haven’t got hours to tan myself, but I do have 2 mins in the morning to slap a bit of tinted moisturiser on my feet and legs, and this will build up over a few days, preventing streaky marks if you accidently got it wrong one day, when you were half asleep. Toenails? Can you paint them on your coffee break and let them dry under your desk? Can you do them whilst reading bedtime stories? Good luck – where there’s will, there’s a way, and pretty toes hide a multitude of sins….!!! Get back to me if you try these and they sort out your problems. I hate to think of lovely ladies with hot feet, because they hate their Mortal bodies….

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  1. Flower burst sandal. £110. Boden. Sizes 36-42. Available in silver too. If you hate your toes, then the big flower will sit comfortably over them, hiding them, but  allowing your feet to remain cool and breathable.
  2. Karen wedge heel sandal. £99.Kurt Geiger. Size 36-41. Leather upper. These reflect the 70’s trend this summer, and will look great with A-line midis and flares. Perfect if you hate your toes.

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  1. Gylda 2 gladiator heels. £180. Carvela.  Size 36-41. Upper is suedette, therefore synthetic. How fabulous if you want to hide varicose veins on your legs, and still look cool – perfect even for a wedding outfit?
  2. Back view high gladiator sandal. £435. Russell and Bromley. Size 3-8. Leather upper. Again, will hide varicose veins, but will still look sexy with a white floaty dress or shorts.

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  1. Renee ice sandal. £50. Clarks. Size 3-8 and in half sizes too. Available in tan and black too. Leather upper. If you have veins on your feet, these will hide your feet, but still look fashionable. Perfect with maxis, shorts, skinny jeans etc.
  2. Honest black high heel sandal. £85. Miss KG. Size 36-41. Suedette upper (not leather). Again a glamorous heeled sandal which will hide disguise veiny feet.

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  1. Raina ladies. £95. Duo. Size 35-42 in narrow, standard and wide fit. There is help on their website to find the best size/width for your feet. The kilting on the tongue is very on trend, and will suit shorter wider feet.
  2. Lilypad sandal. £49. Dune. Size 36-41. Also in white and blush snakeskin effect. Leather upper.The thong running ankle to toe, creates a lengthening effect, so perfect for shorter wider feet that want to look longer and slimmer.

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  1. Mesh and suede sandal. £150. Karen Millen. Size 36-41. Suede and synthetic uppers. Gorgeous heels for evening, which will help disguise ankles, if they are thicker than you’d like!
  2. Tasseled leather roman sandal. £49.99. Zara. Size 3-8. Leather upper. As these are fully adjustable with the laces, and come slightly higher up than ankles, they are perfect for disguising ankles!!

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  1. Eye candy scrappy wedge sandal. £145. Russell and Bromley. Size 3-8. Suede upper. Available in patent, glitter and dark tan. Not a crazy height heel (due to wedge) and perfect with short, dresses, and jeans. Fabulous for perfect feet!
  2. Leather ankle wrap sandals. £48. Next. size 3-9 and half sizes. Leather upper. Love these gold sandals, which will suit normal feet!!

Image consultants can’t wave a magic want to make your problems go away, but they can spend the time researching and using past experience to solve issues. This month I am running a promo to offer a 2 hour mens styling session to a lucky follower of my blog. All you have to do is subscribe, and I will draw the winning name on 19/6 so you can give the prize to your husband/dad/son.

Further reading:

Still hate sandals?: XO Jane.com

10 ways to disguise ugly feet:ugleefeet.com

7 Canny ways to wear Khaki

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Photo courtesy of www.vogue.co.uk

Can We Lesser Mortals wear khaki without looking like G. I. Jane?

Many Lesser Mortals are immediately going to switch off as soon as they read the word “khaki”. Trust me…it is a fantastic neutral colour which works really well with brighter colours like red, fuchsia, gold, orange, white etc – all of which I am sure you have worn?? Yes?? No?? So think of khaki as a handy neutral to provide a background for your highlight colours.

If you are lucky enough to have an olive skin, or a complexion which suits khaki, then brill – this is your season. However, if khaki doesn’t suit your skin tone, then use it for skirts and trousers. If you have kids and spend your time crawling round on your hands and knees, then it won’t show the dirt.(hurrah). And if you like drawing attention up to your top half, then khaki is the ultimate compliment for your favourite colours.

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  1. Khaki cropped utility jacket. £38. Next. Size 6-22. Regular and petite. 100% cotton. A nice casual jacket for chucking on over jeans, or a maxi dress. Will suit most body shapes, but if worn done up, the big pockets will accentuate a large bust.
  2. Beaded jersey cami. £75. Karen Millen. Size 6-16. 100% viscose. Machine washable. As the straps are quite flimsy, this will suit boyish figures best.

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  1. Camouflage cigarette jeans. £39.99. Zara Size 6-14. Cotton elastane mix. Washable. Mid rise. These will look fantastic with a bright top, and a pair of heels. Suit boyish and top heavy ladies best.
  2. Khaki geo harem pants. £22. Next. Size 6-22 regular and petite. Viscose elastane mix. Lovely loose fitting trousers, ideal for hot days. Wear dressed up with heels too, for an evening look. The looser fit at the top near the waistband will balance up larger chests. So suits boyish and top heavy best. Hourglass and pear may get away with too.

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  1. D ring skater dress. £45. Oasis. Size 6-16. Polyester elastane mix. Machine washable. Machine washable. More of an every day or work dress. Will suit hourglass, boyish and pear shapes.
  2. Alize Ly dress. £118. All Saints. Size 4-14. 100% polyester. Dry clean only. Loose and floaty for day or evening. Wear with bright accessories and heels for evening. Maybe orange or red? (see my Pinterest) Suit apple, boyish best, but you could belt in, for hourglass shapes.

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  1. Suede peep toe espadrille wedge sandal. £130. Karen Millen. Size 36-41. 100% leather upper. The wedge means they aren’t too high, and the peep toes will look lovely with bright toenails.

I like to try and push Mortal’s comfort zones, so give khaki a try – it will look fabulous in the summer with bright colours to co-ordinate, with or without a tan. If you think you would benefit from having your colours analysed, get in touch here. Next week, check out my 3 ways to wear, to see how I style khaki trousers.

Further reading:

6 easy ways to wear camouflage trousers: Babble.com

8 new way to wear olive green: fashion.about.com

5 ways to wear olive pants this summer: Bridgette Raes.

3 ways to wear khaki green: OPSH