Can We Lesser Mortals wear Winter Florals without looking like we’ve fallen into a rose bush!!

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As a style consultant, I do seem to have been giving you fashion advice over the last few weeks, which all include florals. This can be bad news for you if you don’t like blooming prints!! But fear not, I shall try and make this my last floral post before moving on to other fashion trends for the winter. At least you can say I “rose” to the challenge of making you all flower lovers!! Still, I do aim to give advice on garments which are ACTUALLY in the shops currently (and there are loads of florals out there), so you can grab these pieces as you rush through with your shopping trolley, or 3 year old kid. These items should keep you looking fresh this winter, and I’m sure you’ll be able to wheel them out next spring too.

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  1. Floral print pac-a-mac. £28. Next. Sizes 6-22. Regular, petite and tall, although “on-line” it say tall and petite sold out. 100% polyester. On-line review says it isn’t very waterproof – more of a bright and lightweight jacket. Would suit most body shapes.
  2. Madeline kimono scarf. £49. Monsoon. 100% silk. These are very versatile scarves, which you can wear with a jacket, or wear as a sort of kimono and cover up. You could start the day wearing it as a scarf, and if you get cold later, use it to cover up!! Suit any body shape.
  3. Opulent bloom bomber jacket. £169. Ted Baker. Sizes 6-16. Mixture of cotton, wool and polyester. Dry clean only. As the nights get darker, this floral jacket will work well over LBD’s and smart jeans for evening wear. Or for daytime, team with leather pencil. Suits most body shapes. (see previous blog for more help with bomber jackets)

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  1. Shadow floral shoots top. £38. Oasis. 100% polyester. Sizes 6-16. Suits boyish, pear shapes, slimmer apple shapes. Machine washable.
  2. Pink trailing floral print T shirt. £28. Warehouse. Sizes 6-18. 100% polyester jersey. Machine washable. Free delivery at the moment. Shapes suits boyish, pear and slimmer apple shapes.

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  1. Zarina printed trapeze dress. £49. Monsoon. Size 8-22. 100% viscose. Machine washable. 3/4 sleeves, and fit and flare style. Zip at back. This will suit pear shapes, hourglasses, and some apple shapes.
  2. Printed dress. £35. Zara. 100% viscose. size S-L. Dry clean only. A fab tunic which will work all year round over jeggings, tights and skinny jeans. Suit apple shapes, boyish and some pear shapes.

If you have a particular predicament with your body shape, or you desperately want to embrace a fashion trend but aren’t sure how to wear it, then contact me here (through comments), and I’ll see if I can help, or run a feature on it. You can also browse my website www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

Further reading:

How to mix florals with denim and gingham: not dressed as lamb

celebrities wearing winter florals: glamour.com.uk

winter floral – key fashion trend: Guardian fashion

 

 

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

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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

 

How can We Lesser Mortals look “on trend” in September whilst suffering from post Pina Colada poverty!!!

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Welcome back Lesser Mortals. Kids at school? Post A-levellers waved off on their Gap Year? Students nearly ready to head back to uni? Holiday clothes washed and flat packed till next year?

Is the colder weather starting to make you wonder what to wear, as hawaiian prints are a little too “high summer”, tans are starting to fade, and you still haven’t got your head round buying new winter clothes, not least because you overspent whilst you were in Ayia Napa and your kids have bled you dry all summer. Fear not. Whilst the new trends are looking fresh and exciting, some have already appeared in previous seasons, and you’ll be able to dig them out again, whilst still looking up to date! Some of the trends are florals, animal prints, bomber jackets and checks/tartans. Loyal Mortals, will already have taken my fashion advice and purchased in previous months, but in case you didn’t heed my words, here are some items available to buy now. See…..it’s worth using a style consultant!

Bomber jackets – first featured in March 2014.

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  1. JT108 bomber jacket. Karen Millen. £160. Sizes 6-16. 100% polyester. Suits most body shapes.
  2. Floral printed bomber jacket. Next. £32. Sizes 6-22. 100% polyester. Suits most body shapes.

Tartan and checks – first featured in October 2013.

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  1. Jewel check Silk front sweater. £98. Jigsaw. Sizes S-L. 100% silk front and 100% wool sleeves,. Hand wash. Avoid if large chested.
  2. Graphic check shirt. £110. Karen Millen. Sizes 6-16. 100% cotton. Hand wash. Suits apples, boyish and pear shapes.

Florals – first featured in February 2014.

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  1. Georgah opulent bloom print tunic. £159. Ted Baker. Outer is 100% polyester. Dry clean only. This tunic is reversible to have a V-neck and zip, when worn the other way. Could be worn as a dress, or over jeans/trousers. Sizes 6-16. Will suit boyish and apple shapes, as well as some pear shapes.
  2. Combination printed top. £25.99 Zara. 100% polyester. Sizes XS-L. Will suit similar shoes to above.

Animal prints – first featured October 2013

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  1. Wildcat tie Neck dress. £65. French connection. Sizes 6-16. 100% polyester. Cold wash. Will suit pear shapes, boyish and hourglass.
  2. Animal printed wrap dress. Next. £32. Viscose elastane mix. Sizes 6-22 in petite, regular and tall lengths. Great for hour glass.

So, hoping the word “winter” hasn’t depressed you too much, then keep following my blog as I lead you through the fashions this winter, and if you need an image consultant to help you with a wardrobe detox or to give you fashion advice, don’t hesitate to contact me at www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

Further reading.

Best Animal print as worn by women over 40: 40plusstyle.com

autumn winter print trends (tartan and florals): fashioners.com

womens bomber jackets for Aw2014: wardrobelooks.com

What sandals can a Lesser Mortal wear, with less than perfect feet?

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The weather is still hot and not everyone has been on holiday yet, so it’s still not too late to buy sandals. After all, no matter what shape our feet are, they still get hot and sweaty. Many Lesser Mortals worry that their feet are unattractive for whatever reason – varicose veins, ugly toes, cracked heels or just general discomfort due to the heat. Lots of shoe shops have gone on sale, which means sizes are sporadic now, or, if you are holidaying in September, then there may be no sandals left. Here are some late summer suggestions available in stores and on-line no matter where in the UK you live.

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  1. Joka nude flat espadrille sandal. Dune. £59. Available in nude, white and black. Sizes 3-8. Leather upper. For those who dislike their toes.
  2. Peep toe high red leather Swedish Hasbeens. Office. reduced to £75. Leather and wood. Sizes 3-7. For those who don’t like really high heels.

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  1. Athena simple thong sandal. Russell and Bromley. £95.50. Available in white, beige, glitter, blue and black. Sizes 3-9. For those who don’t like their feet enclosed at all.
  2. Christy jewel embellished sandal. Russel and Bromley. £215. Available in black too. A dressy sandal for those days when your feet are too hot to wear heels. Suitable for those who don’t like a toe post.

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  1. Deer mid heel sandal. Office. £48. Leather upper. Available in black and tan. Sizes 3-8. Suitable for those who have varicose veins on their feet, and want to disguise them.
  2. Penny leather ankle strap heel. £110. French Connection. Leather and PU. Sizes 36-41. Suitable for those with cankles!!

I don’t think anyone should suffer with hot feet in summer, whatever their hang up, so hopefully those examples have given you some ideas.  If you have any problems not covered, add comment.

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

 

Further reading:

15 of the ugliest celebrity feet with pretty faces: Styleblazer.com

 

 

Savvy Lesser Mortals save money now by buying winter clothes at bargain prices!!

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I know…..I’m crazy in this heat, to be thinking about winter…..! But now is the time to get some really great bargains reduced by over half!! Should you waste your money on summer things, when you’ve had half the summer already? Or be canny and start planning for winter. The prices will almost certainly have increased year on year, and it’s always a shock after the summer prices, which are usually l0wer, due to the weight of the fabrics used. I like to look at the top end High street stores, which I normally find too pricey, and if you live in a town or city (like Leicester) where you don’t have a lot of the top end shops, then many mail order companies, have free post and package now. Here is my list of money saving ideas!!

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Ok – I know a lot of them are black…..

  1. Sheer silk and lace bouse. Karen Millen. Reduced from £125 to £35. 100% silk. Sizes 6-14 available on line. A glamorous top you can dress down with jeans, or wear at night with a skirt or trousers. Suit pear, apple and boyish best.
  2. Softly tailored jacket. Karen Millen. Reduced from £199 to £75. 100% polyester. Dry clean only. A lovely soft drapey jacket, with sheer sleeves, which can be dressed up or down for day or night, and even worn in the office. Sizes 6-16 available on line. Suits any shape.

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These 2 items take care of your christmas night out…..

  1. Setif bow back strapless dress. LK Bennett. Sizes 6-16 available on line. Reduced from £295 to £175. polyester cotton mix. Dry clean. Good for hourglass and anyone with a nice décolletage!
  2. Orson black lace panelled jumpsuit. Reiss. Reduced from £245 to £120. 100% polyester. Dry clean. Sizes 6-14. A great alternative to your LBD, this style will suit some pear shapes and boyish figures.

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  1. Dionne leather ankle boot. LK Bennet. Reduced from £275 to £140. Sizes 36-42 available on line. 100% leather. The belted ankle., means you can adjust to fit.
  2. Vancouver duffle bag. Jigsaw. Reduced from £129 to £64. A really good price for a leather bag. This style of bag featured recently in magazines.

I guess most of us don’t buy in advance as a result of the impatience to wear the items, and so waste discounted opportunities. But the way to save money is to plan ahead, and only buy what you NEED.

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

 Further reading:

IS it safe to buy in the sales: mail online

more than half of Brits never wear clothes bought in the sales…This is money.co.uk

Can a Lesser Mortal cut the mustard in a bikini this summer?

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Once Lesser Mortals get to a certain age, and particularly after having kids, I hear the words…..I will NEVER wear a bikini again. I would like to say, let’s not be too hasty, as recent vintage fashions and the awareness that some women have large/small breasts, have meant bikini designs are much more flattering than were previously available. Many retailers sell individually rather than in sets, giving greater flexibility. And they have even invented strapless bras in a K cup, so scaffolding IS available for larger assets. I have concentrated on bikinis, as most women feel comfortable hiding their tummies in a support swimsuit, but maybe haven’t dared to bare in a bikini yet. A bit of me thinks “who’s going to see me anyway?” providing holiday snaps are restricted to panoramas and evening wear. And whilst I am promoting bikinis, I don’t suggest you need to let it all hang out when you wander round the pool, or enter the dining area. There are plenty of sarongs and cover ups available. Here are some ideas to tickle your fancy.

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  1. Orange zigzag print halter neck bikini -Curvy Kate bikini at Debenhams. Currently 20% off. Sizes 28D/DD up to 38G. Inlcudes HH and J cups on some sizes. Bottoms are sizes 8-20. Hand washable. Underwired top without padding. Great support for large chests, with decent sized pants to balance.
  2. Frill top bikini. H and M top £3.99 bottoms £3.99. Sizes 8-18. Machine washable. The top has removable inserts and bottoms are fully lined. This is perfect for a flat chest, as the frills add volume to the top half, and bottoms are not too large to counter balance. Available in black too.

 

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  1. Coral spotted bow underwired bikini. Floozy by Frost French at Debenhams. Sizes 30-38 A to E cups. £26.50 Bottoms size 8-18. £16.50. Tops and bottoms sold separately. Machine washable. Cups lightly padded. Bottoms available in another style with a pretty frill around. Perfect for Pear shapes, as the top widens to shoulders and adds volume to the chest area. The bottoms balance larger hips, with the slightly higher waist shortening the body length. May not suit if it chops into your wobbly bits. The other bottoms are cut lower and may sit under your wobbles.
  2. Ruffle Bandeau bikini set. Tommy Hilfiger at House Of Fraser. Sizes 8-16. Reduced from £65 to £52. This will suit boyish figures, but not if you are very flat chested. The frills add curves.

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  1. Red spot shape enhancing bikini. Next. Top £16. Bottoms £12. Cup sizes A – G sizes 32 – 38.Bottoms size 6-20. Available in black spot and plain black too. These will be fab on any one who is confident about their figure. The pants don’t offer much forgiveness if you want to hide your tummy. Great on hourglass.
  2. Black bralet and shape enhancing pants. Next. Bra £20 sizes 32-38, A/B to F/G cups. Pants £14 sizes 6-20. Available in grey and black. Surely this bikini can convince you that you don’t need a one piece? Very Sophia Loren and flattering whatever your age. Frost French at Debenhams do some great ice cream coloured 50′s retro ones too. Perfect for hour glass figures.

I hope I’ve inspired you to try a bikini instead of covering yourself up. Let me know how you get on, via the comments bubble near the heading, or the reply box below.

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

Further reading:

Finding the perfect bikini for your shape: makemefabulousuk.com

How to buy the best bathing suit for your body shape: college fashion

 

 

 

Can a Lesser mortal wear shorts and not look like Miss Trunchbull?

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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 really wear white and not look…….inappropriate?

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White is always in…. out……shake it all about, but Lesser Mortals have lots of dilemmas – Will my pants show through?(you’d be surprised…) Will I get ketchup on the them? Am I too pale to wear white? Who am I kidding that I am pure and innocent….? This year, it is fashionable to wear white and white and white-altogether.

As I always say, the fashionistas in London can get away with a lot, but you try trotting round Asda with white stilettos, white handbag and a white dress, and we all know who will have the last laugh. My advice would be to take hints of the trend – maybe add the white shoes/sandals at night time to get the whole look. (And yes, I know white shoes used to be tarty, but they are very on trend this year. They are very retro -think 60′s. Maybe a kitten heel rather than stiletto? And white sandals do go with everything). White jeans are easy to get hold of, so I haven’t looked at those. And be careful with white linen trousers – they can look like a dogs dinner. (and you do tend to see a lot of older ladies in them…….) Add a bright or dark cardi which you can stick on and button up when you are eating – it will save a lot of soaking when you get home……

Did I mention my other pet hate is cheap white polyester nylon. Just don’t do it. It needs to look luxurious and silk like.

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  1. Amarro top – All Saints. £98. Sizes 4-14. 100% polyester. Dry clean only. A bit pricey, but may be on sale soon. The back is lower than the front. Suits apple shapes and anyone who wants to hide anything. The model is 5’11 so it will be VERY long on smaller ladies. Team with white skinnies for the full on “look”.
  2. Cream woven cami. Next £12. sizes 6-18. Bigger sizes sold out on line. A variety of comments on this being see through or static, but I thought it looked quite good for £12. Maybe it is just ok for under jackets. Suits anyone really-unless you have problem with your bra straps showing – lots of larger busted ladies wear co-ordinating coloured bras under strappy tops, or ones with see through straps.
  3. Ivory high neck top. J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams. £32. Sizes 8-20. Features a zip fastening at the back. A lovely silky feeling top for not a bad price. Best on boyish figures and pear shapes – depending on what they team it with.

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  1. Linen blend blazer Marks and Spencers.. £75 reduced to £50. sizes 8-22 regular length only. A lovely jacket at an affordable price. Chuck it on instead of a cardi. Suits most body shapes – apart from apple. To rock the “look”- wear with white skinnies, and heels.
  2. White broderie dress. J by jasper Conran at Debenhams. I was really surprised how nice this was. 100% cotton and machine washable. Has a side zip. This would suit hourglass, boyish and pear shapes. The length appeals to trendy younger ladies or more demure older ladies!! Go 50′s with coloured flat pumps, or rock it up with a black leather jacket.
  3. Jennifer white lace fit and flare. Reiss. £155. 100% cotton. Dry clean only. sizes 4-16. Would suit pear shapes and boyish, and perfect if you dislike your upper arms, or going to an event that require decorum. Model is 5’11 so will be longer on normal heights.

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  1. Cream silk bomber jacket. Jigsaw. £149. Sizes S – L. A delicate jacket but great quality. Available in black, fuchsia, pale blue , and coral, as well as cream. Dry clean only. Suit most body shapes.
  2. Emery 54D wedge sandals. Tommy Hillfiger at House of Fraser. £85. Leather and synthetic fabrics. They have run out on line. But available in stores.

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

I would love any comments you would like to make - fill in the reply box underneath.

Further reading:

reiss blog: Wearing white SS14 trend

40plus style : the perfect asymmetrical white dress

instyle: what to wear with your little white dress.

whowhatwear: 10 stylish ways to wear white

Favulous Fashion Fix : how to wear the white dress this spring……..see – they do wear black opaque tights with white dresses!!

 

Can We Lesser Mortals wear tropical florals without seeing flash backs of Hawaii Five O and Fantasy Island!!

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The trouble with all these retro fashions, is, a lot of us, have worn them first time round….which is quite off putting, and you don’t want people to mistakenly think you are off to a fancy dress party! Of course, times change and fashions become more subtle (although you try telling that to the rather large lady I saw the other day in fluorescent hot pants!) So yes, whether you are 30, 40, 50 or 60, then I think there is something for everyone. If you are a more cautious lady, then choose a more subtle print, or maybe accessories, and team it with plainer items. If you wear the whole lot together, then don’t blame me if you find parrots nesting in your bee hive…..

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  1. Flowy wide leg trouser with leaf print. Zara. £29.99. 100%polyester. Sizes XS-XL. Not for the faint hearted, but will suit pear shapes as these trousers flow over your hips. Great for holidays, as lovely and cool, and won’t crease like linen, in your suitcase. Wear with a plain bomber jacket and heels.
  2. Kin print racer vest top. £69. Reiss. Size XS -L . Lyocell jersey fabric.  Can be dressed up or down with jeans, or white smart trousers, and plain skirts. Suits boyish figures best.
  3. Tropical palm print cami. Warehouse. £22. 100% polyester. Size 6-18. Again won’t crush in your bag, and won’t be sweaty in summer, as light and flowing. Suits flatter chests due to the thin straps.
  4. Tropical leaf trousers. Ben de Lisi at Principles. Was £35 now £28. Sizes 8-20. Cotton elastane mix. Machine washable. Slim fitting, so will suit top heavy ladies with slimmer bottom halves.

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  1. Palm print georgette jumper. £85 Karen Millen. 100% rayon. Hand washable. Sizes 1-4. Very light weight, so it is ideal if you want to cover your arms. Suits pears and boyish shapes.
  2. Tropical print shift dress. £160. Karen Millen Polyamide elastane. Dry clean. Sizes 6-16. The black darts at the waist-line create curves, so good for boyish and hourglass figures.
  3. Tropical Zara shift dress. £45.99. 100% polyester. Hands washable. Perfect for apple shapes, and bingo wings!
  4. Scorpio star smart wedge sandals. Clarkes. £49.99. Sizes 3-8 including half sizes and D and E width fittings. Leather uppers and cushion soft soles. All the reviews, say “feel like slippers”. These help balance out chunky legs.

If you need any help working out what to wear these with, feel free to comment.

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Further reading:

Tropical prints continue into AW2014: write on trend

Tropical prints are taking over this summer: Fashion tag

tropical fashion trend this summer: the Express.

 

 

 

Can We Lesser Mortals wear the paintbox trend without looking like we’ve been decorating?

http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/spring-summer-2014/ready-to-wear/celine/full-length-photos/gallery/1055488

http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/spring-summer-2014/ready-to-wear/celine/full-length-photos/gallery/1055488

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.

painbox zara yes paint box top zara

  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)