8 damn good ways to wear denim

fendi fashions


Can We Lesser Mortals wear denim without looking like a school caretaker??

In previous posts, I mentioned the revival of the 70’s style fashions. And this, of course, means denim is going to be wardrobe staple for the summer. Everyone has a pair of jeans, and this summer you wear them skinny or flared. You can dig out your old denim skirts, but avoid the Yummy Mummy look if you want to be on trend, and of course, you can wear a denim jacket. All of those are quite heavy weight for high summer, so I want to look at alternatives which may appeal to ladies who don’t really like constricting non-stretchy denim fabric, and may want something a bit lighter for summer. I particularly like the clutch at the bottom. Would you wear any of these? Am I catering for all your body shapes and budgets?

Did you know the words for denim and jeans, comes from France? One certain  blue twill came from Nimes in France – “serge de Nimes” hence, denim, and jeans came from the word for Genoa – Genes – where the trousers were made!! Not just a fashion blog!!

denim dress Oasis denim dress karen Millen


  1. Dita tencel dress £40. Oasis. 100% lyocell. Size 6-16. Machine washable. Will suit hourglass and boyish figures best. You may get away with if you are a bit busty or apple shaped.
  2. Denim print soft sleeveless dress. £170. Karen Millen.  Asked size 6-16. 100% viscose. Dry clean only. I think the tie-belt is not attached on the dress, so you can choose your own belt, or leave it off and wear as a tunic. Suit boyish best.

denim T shirt gap denim shirt G star

  1. 1969 tencel denim shirt. £34.99. Gap. Sizes XXS-XXL. 100% tencel. Machine washable. Suit apple and boyish best.
  2. Midge dumont slim shirt. £90. G Star. Size XS-XL Cotton elastane mix, machine washable. This will suit boyish, medium bust size, and pear shaped ladies.

denim skirt oasis denim jacket jack wills

  1. Denim paper bag skirt. £35. Oasis. Size 6-16. 100% cotton, Machine washable. This is tulip shaped, so best for boyish, and top heavy, but if you buy it to sit on the waist, hourglass ladies can wear too.
  2. Fairlawn blazer. £98.50. Jack Wills. Size 6-16. Polyester cotton elastane mix. Dry clean only. Suit hourglass, and boyish best, and some pear shapes can wear, but watch the hem doesn’t finish on the widest part of your hips.

denim shift All saints denim clutch whistles

  1. Kimney dress. £98. All Saints. Size 4-14. Tencel cotton mix. Delicate wash. How easy to wear this?? Suit apple shapes and boyish best.
  2. Clairmont clutch. £110. Whistles. 100 % cotton. Totally love this piece.

So let me know if you feel inspired to rush out and buy anything mentioned here. I like to think I am giving valuable information and helping you stay on trend and looking youthful. For a one to one, book me through www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

Further reading.

8 do’s and don’ts of wearing denim on denim: stylecaster

How to wear the new denim: matches fashion

Trading in our jeans for denim dresses: Style.com

how to wear a denim dress: pop sugar


6 white-on ways to wear white this summer

white valentino


Can We Lesser Mortals wear all white this summer without looking like we’ve gone out in our nighties??

Aaaah. Summer is round the corner & we imagine ourselves like Timotei ladies with  Scandinavian blonde hair and floaty white dresses, skipping through fields of wild flowers …..?? Till your teenage son asks if you’ve forgotten to put your dress on, and your husband asks who you are trying to kid!!! But fear not – ‘fashion advice” from an “image consultant” is realistic, as most of our clients are normal women, with normal bodies, and normal expectations. (Although we are there to nudge you out of your comfort zones). So here are some lovely ideas for you. Don’t be afraid to dress all in white – it makes quite a striking impression on people. (just make sure it’s machine washable, and don’t go near the tomato ketchup….)

white waistcoat apple Karen Millen  white jumpsuit hourglass warehouse

  1. Tailored long line waist coat. £250. Karen Millen. Sizes 8-16. Acetate, viscose elastane mix. Dry clean only. This jacket/coat is very striking and will slim down silhouettes. Best for tall and apple shaped ladies.
  2. Culotte bandeau jumpsuit. £75. Warehouse. Size 6-18. 100% polyester. Handwash. Obviously you need a good rack for this to stay up, it will probably suit hourglass and pear shaped ladies with a chest. It may fit large chested ladies too.

white wide leg trousers reisswhite maxi dress FC


  1. Sorrento wide leg trousers. £120. Reiss. Size 6-14. Cotton viscose elastane. Dry clean only. I love a nice pair of white trousers but watch your VPL. These will suit top heavy and boyish shapes -you will possibly get away with if you have slight hips.
  2. Coachella embroidered maxi dress. £250. French Connection. Size 6-16. 100% nylon. Dry clean. A beautiful maxi dress, although it will probably only be special occasions, as it is dry clean!! Suit pear shape and boyish shapes best.

white zara topwhite Zara jacket

  1. Belted White top. £29.99. Zara. Size XS to L. Cotton polyester elastane mix. Washable. Will suit hourglass, large chests, pear shapes and possibly apple shapes.
  2. Broderie anglaise jacket with pockets. £79.99 Zara. Size XS to L. 100% cotton. Washable. This will suit most body shapes, but leave undone if you have a largish chest.

So I am definitely going to be wearing white with white this summer. What about you? Ok so my kids may be a bit older, but if you are working, or your kids are at school all day, or indeed, you don’t have kids, then you can stay pretty clean, and since retro is all the rage, you can always wear a pinny whilst cooking tea!! For more help contact me www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

Further reading:

10 stylish ways to wear white: whowhatwear

7 tips on how to wear a white dress: all women stalk

How to wear a white jacket: 40 plus style

How to wear a white blouse: dress like a parisian




7 novel ideas for wearing the Japanese trend

japanese style Giambattista Valli

www..vogue.co.uk/Giambattista Valli

Can We Lesser Mortals wear this Japanese trend without looking like a piece of Origami?

Catwalks aside.. we all know following fashion to the extreme, can lead to some very embarrassing fashion faux pas. But this Japanese trend – does it involve rubbing nightingale pooh on our faces? Or hobbling around in a pair of “geta” (the flip flop things they wear)? Believe you and me, it’s hard enough teetering across cobbles in a pair of wedges, without handicapping yourself with a pair of knitting needles in your hair too. And that’s where my blog comes in to its own – no ridiculous “fashion suggestions”, just sensible High Street ideas – easy on the purse and easy on the eye. What do you think? Su-shi or not su-shi….that is the question!!!

japanese jacket monsoon japanese kimono oasis


  1. Helena jacket. £199. Monsoon. I think this is a bit OTT with the dress, but I can imagine the jacket working really well over jeans and heels. Sizes 6-18. Polyester, cotton metallic mix. Dry clean only. Great for apple shapes, plus tall ladies!
  2. Oriental belted kimono jacket. £45. Oasis. Sizes XS to L. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Very versatile, you could wear this as a cover up on the beach, or dressed up at night. It would work on just about all body shapes.

japanese jumper phase eight japanese top whistles


  1. Sakura oriental print jumper. £69. Phase Eight. Size XS to L. 100% cotton. Machine washable. Fabulous for cheering up a pair of jeans. Will suit pear and boyish shapes best, but other shapes will get away with it too.
  2. Honu demi drape bamboo top. £160. Whistles. Sizes 4-16. Not sure what it’s made of, but dry clean only. Perfect for ladies with bigger busts, and hourglass. You can team with the trousers below, for a jumpsuit look.

japanese kimono dress phase 8


  1. Chantay rose dress. £120. Phase Eight. Sizes 8-18. 100% polyester. Machine washable. I LOVE the print on this dress. The sleeves are perfect if you are self conscious about the top of your arms. This will suit hourglass figures and boyish. Avoid if top heavy.

japanese culottes whistles japanese trousers Next

  1. Noronha bamboo culottes. £160. Whistles. Size 4-16. Dry clean only. Cool and floaty culottes, these will be great for tall top heavy ladies, and pear shaped ladies.
  2. Border print wide leg trouser. £36. Next. Size 6-22 petite, reg, long and ex-long. 100% polyester. How about these as an alternative to a maxi skirt in summer?? You don’t have to match with the blouse if it’s too over powering.Perfect for top heavy, and boyish ladies.

It’s a really distinctive fashion isn’t it? Different from the run of the mill trends. Do you think you’ll give it a go? Let me know, or send me a photo. For more ideas you can check out my Pinterest, Instagram, twitter feeds.

Further reading:

How to wear the japanese influence: Matchesfashion.com

20 style tips on how to wear a kimono jacket: gurl.com

How can I work the kimono trend: Ask the stylist

Summer ten: the kimono: thefashiontag

tips for wearing kimono sleeves: she knows.

10 modern ways to wear 70’s fashion

70's catwalk fashions Gucci70's catwalk fashion ralph lauren

images from www.vogue.co.uk/fashion

Can We Lesser Mortals wear 70’s fashions without looking like an “extra” in a Charlie’s Angels episode.

Have you noticed how much denim and suede there is in the shops at the moment? It was inevitable that flares were going to come back in to fashion after skinnies have been around for years. During that time we have all aged….. and are now worrying people won’t realise we are bang on trend, rather than showing off that we can still squeeze into jeans we last wore when we were 18!! (Congratulations if you can!!) But of course, as a “personal stylist” I’m not going to influence you to wear extreme fashions if they don’t suit you. After all, these 70’s trends are responsible for lower hem lines, which is great for those Lesser Mortals who have varicose veins!!! I’ll show you various ways to exploit the trends without looking OTT, and as always, if you can find time to drop a little comment to me, or persuade any of your friends to follow my blog – fabby dabby ( or has that just shown my age….)

70's suede jacket jigsaw70's suede

  1. If you just want a hint of trend… Suede utility jacket. £350. Jigsaw. 100% leather. Sizes 8-14. This lovely green jacket, will look fab with contrast sleeves showing under the 3/4 sleeves of this suede jacket.
  2. If you want to follow the trend more closely, try this Suede jacket £149.99. Mango. 100% goat leather. This is a great price for proper leather, though of course, there are loads of man made options around. Sizes S-XL

70's denim flare maxi skirt karen millen 70's denim skirt karen millen


  1. How many of you like maxis in the summer? Well, this will hide your legs as well as looking 70’s inspired- denim print maxi skirt. £199. Karen millen. 100% polyester. sizes 6-16. Dry clean only.
  2. But if you prefer to get your legs out….patchwork denim A line skirt. £80. Karen Millen. Sizes 6-16. Cotton elastane mix. Machine washable.

70's blouse next 70's cheese cloth blouse next


  1. Off the shoulder top. £26. Next. Size 6-22 in reg, petite and tall sizes. 100% polyester. Also available in orange and black. A more traditional style of 70’s top – great for festivals and BBQ wear.
  2. Poet top. £30. Next. 100% viscose. Sizes 6-22. Not too OTT, this floaty cream top (also available in blush and floral) will look fab over a swim suit on the beach, or with jeans – (flared or skinny).

70's sandal Miss selfridge 70's wedge sandals jigsaw


  1. Francisco tan high sandal. £45. Miss Selfridge. Size 3-8. 100% polyurethane. A very traditional 70’s style sandal, with stacked sole. Team it with a denim skirt.
  2. Lia open toed wedge sandal. £89. Jigsaw. Size 36-41. Leather. A slightly lower sandal with a  more modern twist. They will look great with flares or denim skirts.

70's suede bag jigsaw 70's suede fringe bag Next

  1. Diamond quilted slouchy hobo bag. £149. Jigsaw.  Soft suede bag. Available in navy and damson. A nod towards the fringed bags of this season, but not too trendy. Tassel is detachable.
  2. Natural leather suede Hobo bag. £60. Next. 100% leather. Much more trend driven bag with full on fringing.

So you can see how there are more on trend pieces for younger Lesser Mortals, and more classic pieces with a nod to the trend for slightly more conservative mortals!! What do you think of them? You can book me for one to one sessions as a “personal shopper” by clicking here

Further reading:

celebrities wearing 70’s fashion: glamour magasine

decoding the 70’s fashions: fashionisers

we love the 70’s: style.com

top 10 women trends from the 70’s: trendznstylez 

Nail that 70’s trend: stellar


9 Striking ways to wear stripes this summer

stripes Balmain

Can we lesser mortals wear stripes without looking like a circus marquee??

Lots of people are afraid of stripes, in case they draw too much attention to themselves. Using my strengths as an “image consultant”, on a previous post on Jan 16th, we looked at how prints and patterns on garments can change the perceived proportions of your body to your advantage. Well, so can stripes. Garments with stripes on don’t have to be garish and in your face, but when they are bold, they can have a striking impact on your appearance. Still, if it’s all too much for you, you could always try a tonal stripe. I’ve lined(!!) some suggestions up to wet your appetite.

stripe dress copies

  1.  Jude stripe dress. £99. Phase eight. sizes 6-18. Cotton polyester elastane mix. Machine washable. Perfect for hourglass.
  2. Blue and white stripe dress. £50. Next. Size 6-22. Cotton mix. This adds width over your hips to balance out busty women, (but comments on Next website are: that it is reasonably short, so you’ll need to be petite or have nice legs!!)
  3. Stripe fit and flare dress. £45. Warehouse. Size 6-18. Polyester elastane mix. Machine washable. The flirty skirt makes this great for pear shapes.

stripe top trs & jkt

  1. Striped wide leg trousers. £50. Next. Sizes 6-22 in reg, long and ex-long. 100% polyester. Although polyester, these may be ideal for holidays because they don’t crease, and will dry quickly, if you are prone to sweating. Perfect if you want to lengthen your legs. Good for pear shapes and boyish shapes.
  2. Stripe V neck woven cami. £12-£20. Next. Size 6-22. 100% polyester. Will suit boyish, and apple shapes, and if your chest isn’t too big.
  3. Stripe casual jacket. £149. Jigsaw. Size 8-14. A brilliant jacket for creating an impression without much effort. Cotton, acrylic, polyamide mix. Dry clean only. Will suit pear shaped and boyish best.

copy stripe shoes:dress

  1. Stripes satin dress. £59.99. Mango. Size 6-14. Acetate viscose mix. Dry clean only. Will suit boyish and apple shapes.
  2. Aubrey stripe high heel. £80. Miss KG. Size 3-8. Will suit feet that want to  look smaller.
  3. Ellie May stripe dress. £150. Coast. Size 6-18. Polyester polyamide mix. Dry clean only. This will suit boyish and pear shapes.

I hope these stripes have got you in the mood for some confident dressing. If you aren’t sure what suits you, or what colours to wear, a “personal stylist” can help to give you confidence. I work as a personal stylist, as well as blogging, and you can contact me here in the contact section of my website.

Further reading:

7 ways to wear stripes and make them work: all women stalk

10 ways to wear stripes on stripes: the glitter guide

The right stripes for your figure type: Hubpages

8 of the best ways to wear stripes this season: all women stalk