7 charming ways to wear chiffon

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Can We Lesser Mortals wear chiffon, without looking like we’re wearing a net curtain?

Hey Lesser Mortals – how’s the week been? Before you get stuck in to this juicy article, have you taken time to look at my “3 ways to wear” tab. It shows you ways to wear some of the stuff I’ve blogged about in the past, and hopefully gives you ideas for different “looks”. They are free ideas.

Back to business – “chiffon”  is a fabulous way for Lesser Mortals to look sexy, without flashing too many varicose veins or crepey flesh, and as always, a hint of intrigue is much more enticing than showing your wares up front!! It works really well combined with this season’s midi length skirts  (brilliant for those living in the UK who haven’t self tanned yet, and for those of a certain age, who prefer to keep their legs covered as much as possible). Watch out for cheap nylon chiffon – or you will look like you’ve recycled your granny’s net curtains. If you prefer to steer away from feminine dresses, than try a T-shirt or jacket. And the Ted Baker suggestion below, gives you 3 outfits for your money. Look at my “3 ways to wear a 50’s dress” for other ideas on how to get more wear from a full skirted dress. Click Here

As always, why not leave me a comment below if you have anything you would like me to feature? Wedding outfits? Swimwear? Shorts? What have you got to lose? It’s a pleasure to help, and as a “personal shopper”, it’s what I do.

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  1. Cadence spot dress. £195. Coast. Sizes 6-18. The top is a viscose, modal elastane mix, with a silk over skirt. Dry clean only. Due to the style of the floaty skirt, this will suit pear shapes perfectly, but it may suit boyish, and hourglass too.
  2. Melo green skirt £129. Coast. Sizes 6-18. 100% polyester. Dry clean only. The Tessa skirt by Coast is virtually identical, but in grey. The fullness of the skirt means this will suit pear shapes, hourglass, top heavy and boyish shapes.

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  1. Delilah midi ribbon dress. £180. French Connection. Sizes 6-16. Polyester cotton mix. Dry clean only. This fit and flare shape will suit boyish and pear shapes. I’d like to say hourglass, but the top looks very tight. It is also forgiving if you have a bit of a tummy, as the bodice is quite short, meaning the  flatttering skirt will drape nicely over your lumps and bumps.
  2. Dot devore blouse. £99. Karen Millen. 100% polyester. Hand washable. Size 6-16. A lovely modest blouse which will flatter larger busts, but most body shapes will get away with this.

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  1. Elsa devore midnight A line skirt. £120. Reiss. Sizes 4-14. polyester mix, dry clean only. Available in nude too. Make sure the skirt finishes at the narrowest part of your leg for a more flattering look. Suits pear, hourglass, boyish and top heavy ladies.
  2. Spiral night devore top -£120. Reiss. Size 4-14. Polyester viscose. Dry clean only. Available in nude. Quite a loose fitting top so this will suit apple and boyish shapes, but when worn with the skirt, it will flatter pear and hourglass shapes.
  3. Este lace front sleeveless blouse £89. Ted Baker. Size 6-16. Viscose polyester mix. Machine washable. This will work best for boyish and pear shapes.

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  1. Transparent striped blazer. £35.99. Zara. size XS – L. Viscose polyamide mix. Washable. Depending on what you wear with with, it should suit most body shapes.

Let me know if you have any funny stories about wearing chiffon. Was it a little more see through than you thought? Does it make you feel self conscious? I’ve got an old Zara blouse and I have to say I feel very sensual in it. DO you think you would benefit from a one to one session with Vicky Smith Styling? Click here for details.

Further reading:

15 ways to wear a loose chiffon blouse: the best fashion blog ever

How to wear a chiffon maxi skirt: 3 ways to wear

Your guide to wearing sheer tops the right way: who what wear


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