6 chic tweed styles you have to see!

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Tweed images, courtesy of vogue.co.uk and PradaChanelMiu Miu & Chanel

 Lesser Mortals – do we need a nice bit of tweed?!

Tweed can be a marmite trend can’t it?  Lots of ladies are worried it’s going to make them look like a granny, especially if you are in your late 40’s and 50’s. But that’s part of the “look” really – a bit of geek chic, embracing a touch of retro. I think any age can get away with a tweed coat without too much difficulty. A tweed Jackie O style jacket is pretty timeless, and will work well with this summer’s high waisted flared trousers/jeans,  To wear in a modern way,  tweed garments can be co-ordinated with graphic patterns, big sleeves or ruffles and shiny metallics (all on trend this summer). I’m pretty sure Miss Marple never wore anything like that!! So give tweed a chance, and have a gander at the suggestions below!!

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  1. Textured raw edge biker coat. £95. Warehouse. Size 6-18. Polyester, wool, acrylic, viscose mix. Dry clean only. This will suit most body shapes.
  2. Tweed top £29.99 Zara Size XS-L  Acrylic, polyester, viscose, cotton mix. This is a very boxy shape, so not good for busty women. It will be better on boyish and pear shapes.

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  1. Riviera tweed tunic dress. £150. French Connection. Size 6-16. Polyester cotton mix. Dry clean only. This will suit boyish and apple shapes best.
  2. Fit and flare strip tweed dress. £180. Karen Millen. Size 6-16. Cotton polyester mix. Dry clean only. This cunningly patterned dress creates curves, but it won’t fit big busted ladies. Boyish and pear shapes, will be able to wear this.

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  1. Navy textured skirt. £28. Next.  Size 6-22 in petite, reg and tall sizes. Polyester viscose mix. Machine washable. This style has a slight A line to it. Depending on the size you buy, this could sit on your waist or hips, but will still suit boyish, top heavy, and hourglass best.
  2. Check peg trousers. £40. Top shop. Size 4-14. Polyester, viscose elastane mix. Machine washable. The peg shape will give a bit of volume to hip areas, so these will suit boyish and top heavy ladies best.

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  1. Checked bermuda short £19.99 Zara. Size XS-L Polyester elastane mix.  Machine washable.  These high waisted  shorts are going to suit boyish, top heavy and hourglass. They are quite tight on the thigh, so will not fit if you have thicker legs.
  2. Short blazer. £49.99. Zara Size XS-L Polyester, viscose elastane mix. Dry clean only. This stylish jacket will suit boyish best, but pear shapes and hourglass can wear, depending on what bottoms they choose to pair them with. The boxy shape will make big boobs, look bigger.

I have to say, I quite like the peg trousers ( a real blast from the 80’s past) and the Zara top. What about you? Still not convinced? I Think it is very smart and classic if you are that kind of gal, but if you are more “out there” than it can also be a real fashion statement. If you fancy a one to one with me, then contact me through my website Vicky Smith Styling

Further reading: 

Modern ways to wear the Chanel jacket: the zoe report

Modern ways to wear Chanel tweed: Buggyblog

11 ways to wear tweed without looking conservative: whowhatwear

8 ways to wear tweed without looking lie your grandma: oprah

5 ways with springs must-have jacket: popsugar

The modern way to rock 70’s suede

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Photos courtesy of www.vogue.co.uk Balmain and Coach

Can We Lesser Mortals be per – SUEDE – ed  to wear suede?

How many of you were brave enough to buy leather in the last few years? Not just a timeless jacket, but a skirt, leggings. coat? Did you worry you wouldn’t get your wear out of it, and now, 3-4 years later, you’re still able wearing said item? That’s getting good Value For Money. Well, suede is set  to take over from leather this summer- in every shade possible. But if you invest, will you get your moneys worth? A jacket is a fairly safe timeless option, but what about the other choices? I would say that you can get reasonably priced 100% suede skirts on the High Street, and there are really good imitation suedette options available too. The advantage there, is that they are easy to bung in the wash if you spill your salad dressing on them, probably lighter weight, and less likely to crease in your suitcase. Still, it’s never the same as the real thing. Here I give your shopping mojo a kick in the pants, and show you what’s in the shops at the mo!

Can you wear suede whatever your age? Maybe avoid the mini skirts!! But a trench coat or long length A line skirt, is ageless. Still not convinced? Then a pair of suede ankle boots, or a suede handbag, maybe with a few tassels to show you know it’s in fashion. Remember, a small nod to fashion can knock years off your apparent age. After all, unless you’re into vintage, no-one is wearing twin set and pearls…….

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  1. Suede trench coat. £289. Mango. Size S-L. 100% goat leather. Not washable or dry cleanable. This is a great colour, and will suit tall ladies – it can be worn open or fastened, so will suit most body shapes, but will flatter on apple shapes the worn  undone.
  2. Grey sleeveless suedette jacket. £45. Next. Size 6-22. 100% polyester, dry clean only. Again, this will suit most body shapes, but the vented pockets on the hips, mean you should avoid this style if you are hippy.

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  1. Berry suedette pocket jacket. £50. Next. Size 6-22. 100% polyester. Dry clean only. A short crop jacket on regular ladies which means it will suit hourglass, pear (if worn with wide leg trousers) and boyish figures.
  2. Griffin suede leather shirt. £350. Whistles. Size XS-L. 100% leather. Dry cleanable. Don’t be put off by the short sleeves – you can get more wear by putting a jumper, or blouse on underneath. This is quite a shapeless shirt, so it can be worn undone to suit lots of body shapes, but is best on boyish figures.

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  1. Emme suede skirt £198. All Saints. Size 2-14. Colour chocolate and sand available.  100% goat leather. Dry cleanable. This is a fairly straight style, so will suit boyish, top heavy and slight pear shapes best.
  2. Burgundy suede midi skirt. £80. Warehouse. Size 6-18. Also available in a blue colour. 100% leather – dry cleanable. This A line midi shape will suit pear shape and hourglass figures best.

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  1. Berry suede A line skirt. £55. Warehouse. Size 6-18. Available in teal blue too. 100% leather dry clean only. This A line shape work well on most body shapes but best for pear and hourglass.
  2. Suede button through skirt £39. Oasis. Size 6-16. In natural and black. 100% polyester, machines washable. Again this will suit most body shapes but best for pear and hourglass.

Hopefully this will tempt you to think about popping into the stores soon, to get an early lead in the fashion stakes!! You always feel so much better when you have something fresh to wear, and have a spring in your step. I can do one to one sessions in the Midlands area. If you are interested, click here

Further reading:

How to wear suede this spring: Fashion Gum

Massive trend alert – suede: the fashion tag

Patchwork suede: we wore what

Suede trench coat: fashion agony

Street style trend suede: fashion fade magazines

8 nautical styles you can’t do without this Spring!

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Photos thanks to Vogue.co.uk – D and G, Armani and Max Mara

Can We Lesser Mortals wear nautical styles with looking like we should be swabbing the decks?

Ahoy there me hearties!! And shiver me timbers. Welcome to fashion trends 2016, and our first look at what you can get on the High Street currently. Most stores still have about 50% sale stock. New stock is coming into store, but it is a bit mixed and sadly, a bit deja vue. However, one look which is classic, timeless and stylish, is the one embracing nautical styles. You are best not to do the whole nautical  thing, or you will look like you’re on shore leave, but there’s nothing wrong with a nice stripe jumper, sharp cut navy skirt or wide leg trousers. These nautical styles are appropriate to most ages and body shapes, and you can wear them with any primary colour, for a bit of extra “oomph”.

Enjoy, and let me know which is your favourite. I love the Navy skirt.

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  1. Fine knit cardigan. £14.99. H and M. size XS/S and M/L. Very long so no good if you are short! Acrylic viscose mix and machine washable. Great for tall ladies, top heavy and apple shapes.
  2. Nautical stripe knit. £38. Oasis. Size XS to L. Cotton elastane mix. Machine washable. With small gold buttons and clever navy side panels, this jumper shaves an inch or two off your sides. Avoid horizontal stripes if you are big busted, so this suits pear shapes and boyish best.

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  1. Blouse with frilled hem. £25.99. Zara. Size XS-L. 100% viscose, hand washable. Whilst the stripe broadens the you on top, the frill adds too much volume around your waist, so probably best for boyish. If you are very tall, you may get away with wearing it, even if you are pear shaped. (the frill will then sit higher than your waist line)
  2. Striped sleeveless top £50. Karen Millen. Size 6-16. 100% cotton. Machine washable. The high neck and stripe is better for flatter chests, so best for pear shapes and boyish figures.

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  1. Button A line Skirt £125. Karen Millen. Size 6-16. Cotton elastane mix, dry clean only. Although described as A line, this looked quite straight to me. Will suit top heavy, boyish and if it sits high on your waist, will suit hourglass ladies too.
  2. Sailor button trousers. £45. Oasis.  Size 6-18. Polyester, viscose elastane mix. Machine washable. Maybe avoid a stripe top with these, or you will look like a sailor! Classic wide leg trouser, but these buttons are going to draw attention to your tummy. So best for pear shape, hour glass, boyish and top heavy – but only if your tummy isn’t too rounded. The high waist can disguise a small muffin top!

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  1. Maggie Ottoman dress. £89.50 Boden. Size 6-22 in petite, reg and long length. Polyester cotton elastane mix. Machine washable. This is black and white, but it is also available in blue stripe, plain navy and plain black. This fit and flare style will suit pear shapes, hour glass and boyish.
  2. Navy sporty tipped tunic. £38. Next. Size 6-22, petite, reg and tall lengths. Polyester elastane mix, machine washable. This tunic is stylish, but also easy to throw on quickly. You could wear with a blazer for work, bare legs and flat pumps, or even over skinny jeans (go for a petite size if you want a shorter length). Will suit most shapes, but best for boyish and apple shapes.

So anchors away, and embrace the nautical styles in the shops. If you need help deciding your shape or sorting your wardrobe, you can book a one to one with me at www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

Further reading:

Sailor trousers for women: Become chic

10 ways to wear nautical stripes: makeup and beauty.com

How to wear a stripe dress: redbook

 

8 booty-liscious women’s boots to lust after!!

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Photos from vogue.co.uk – roberto cavalli  Givenchy, Ralph Lauren & Dior

Can We Lesser Mortals find some eye catching gorgeo-liscious women’s boots?

Who doesn’t luuurve wearing a totes gorgeous pair of women’s boots in the winter? I love wondering round shoe shops with nice quality boots on sale, and inhaling the smell of fresh leather….(ok – I might have bit of a fetish….less said the better), or lusting after a pair of coloured suede women’s boots even if I always end up with black!! I’m attracted like a magpie to heeled ankle boots…till I realise I can’t walk round town for hours in them. But maybe the January sales is a good time to “re-boot”? (ok, bad pun – been at the sherry too much)

If you’re like me however, it can be a nightmare, getting a pair to fit your calves. I’ve noticed loads of women wearing knee boots which are, quite honestly, too big for them, and look like wellies. That’s ok if you are going for a biker style, and tucking your jeans in, but not a good look if you are wearing opaque tights. I think ladies with more muscular calves struggle too, and quite often burst the zips, which is frustrating. There are a few ideas you can look at. A good cobbler can take the zip out, and take your boots in a cm or two, and that’ll cost about £25-£30. Or, and very short pair of leg warmers can fill in a little gap around your calves if worn over opaque tights. The same problem can apply to ankle boots, as some of them are designed to fit snuggly round your ankles and not gape. Ladies with wider calves may fine ankle boots solve their particular problem, and they are still a trend item, looking fab with a pencil skirt. Jones Bookmaker offer a couple of women’s boot styles with a slimmer leg option, Next also offer a wider calf fitting with their wider fit range of shoes and boots. But if you can afford it, my favourite for women’s boots, is Ted and Muffy. There are branches in London, Bath and Edinburgh, or available on line. They offer 11 different calf widths on every shoe size, so you will DEFINITELY get pair to fit you perfectly. They aren’t cheap, but they have some styles available on their Duo outlet page, for about £130. And if you have a beautiful pair of boots which fit perfectly for 5-8 years, is that better than having to buy a cheap badly fitting pair that have fallen apart, every 2-3 years?

If I have been a good girl this year I’m hoping Santa is buying either the snake print ankle boots for me, or the red suede knee boots. However, I’ve had a sneak preview of the “naughty list” and I’m not holding out much hope!! Tell me which are your favourites, in the “comments” box below. 🎅🏻 Merry Christmas to all Lesser Mortasl!! 🎁

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  1. Feronia dove grey knee high boot. £275. Ted and Muffy  Size 2-10. In standard and wide fit widths on the foot. Vintaged leather look. Suit all calf widths
  2. Black rioting Rita boots. £120. Red or Dead at Schuh. Size 3-8. Available in black and tan. 100% leather with rubber sole. Suit a wider calf.

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  1. Medusa ankle boot. £200. Ted and Muffy  Size 2-9 with 3 foot width fittings. Snake printed leather. Suit all calf widths.
  2. Haley mid boot £120. Vagabond at Office.  Size 3-8. Suede upper. Also in black. Suit a narrower calf.

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  1. Luana-dry ankle boot. £275. Russel and Bromley. Size 3-9 and half sizes. Weather resistant calf leather & snake print panel at back, padded foot bed. Available in black and navy suede. Suit medium calf widths.
  2. Ink block velvet boot. £80. Office. Size 3-8. Velvet upper. Also black, grey and tan suede. Suit slim to average calf width.

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  1. Black wedge long boots. £40. Next. Size 3-9 in reg and wide foot and leg fit. made from textile uppers. Suit a wider calf width.
  2. Keri knee high suede boots. £325. LK Bennet. Size 35-42. Available in grey, blue and black too. 100% stretch suede boot. These are totally gorgeous and quite slim fitting around the calf.

I hope you liked these styles, and are ready to hit the sales with your Christmas money clutched in your sticky mitts!! If you want any help, contact me through comments, or my website VickySmithStyling.

Further reading:

27 ways to wear your favourite boots: whowhatwear

How to wear ankle boots: thefashiontag

How to wear Timberland boots: stylecaster

7 ways to wear knee boots: glamour,com

How to wear ankle booties: theeverygirl

6 Christmas outfits that aren’t OTT

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Photos from Vogue.co.uk taken from Blumarine and  Valentino

Can We Lesser mortals find realistic Christmas Outfits, appropriate for Christmas Day or “work do’s”?

At this time of year, every magazine and shop window is full of beautiful Christmas outifts and dresses like the ones above, that you would sell your granny’s mobility scooter to wear. But the harsh reality is that most of us, have to be content with the local pub at New Year, the office party, or a pretty dress on Christmas day. And whilst plunging necklines and sequins are all very well, you don’t want to drop a turkey giblet down your neck line by accident!! So I have suggested some outfits which I think you can glam up if you do go out for a posh meal or New Year party, but equally you can wear on Christmas Day whilst Grandad pulls your cracker!!

Do you have a favourite? I have been really pleased recently when I have received comments from Mortals who have read my blog and bought something I recommend!! Keep it up!

Hourglass

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This look is great for hourglass figures – the full skirt accentuates a narrow waist, and helps disguise thicker legs if you are concerned about them. The V neck jumper is perfect for larger chests and is more demure for a day time look, worn with heeled knee boots. For a more glam evening look, add a bustier top and lace jacket.

  1. Meslita Skirt. £129. Coast. Size 6-18. 100% polyester. Dry clean only.
  2. Black Marte sparkle knit top. Reduced to £63.20. Coast. Sizes XS to XL. Viscose elastane mix. Machine washable.
  3. Matara lace jacket. Reduced to £49. Coast. Size 6-18. 100% polyester. Machine washable.

Pear Shapes

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This outfit is perfect for pear shaped ladies. The wide leg trouser are classic, but have a beautiful satin stripe down the leg to add a little something. These will look good after Christmas as well. For a full on bling look, add the sequin top, and for a more toned down look, the red pussy bow blouse is perfect.

  1. Sequinned crop top. £19.99. H and M. Size 6-16. Polyester elastane mix. Machine washable.
  2. Wide Tuxedo trousers. £24.99. H and M, Size 6-20. 100% viscose. Machine washable.
  3. Red pussy bow blouse. £39.50. Marks and Spencers. Sizes 6-22. 100% polyester and machines washable.

Top heavy 

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This outfit will suit a lady with a larger chest – the sleeves sit at waist level, drawing eyes down and away from large boobs. The V neck breaks up the chest area, and the longer length waist on the red top, makes your body look longer. The velvet trousers come in a number of colours, but grey is a chic alternative to black for evening. If you want to bling it up, add the sparkle shoes with the grey trousers, or for a full on D I S C O outfit, add the sparkle skirt too.

  1. Grey velvet trousers Reduced to £27.97. Gap. Size 24-35 trouser sizes. Cotton polyester elastane mix. Machine washable.
  2. Tandy top. £59. Coast. Size 6-18. `polyester elastane mix. Machine washable.
  3. Glitter court shoe. £140. Karen Millen. In half sizes 36-41. Polyester, polyurethane elastane mix. Although a little pricey, shoes like this never go in or out of fashion, and will work equally well with a LBD or skinny jeans.
  4. Tinsel pencil skirt. £42. warehouse. Size 6-18. 100% polyester. Hand wash.

Apple shapes

 

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These are perfect for ladies with an apple shape, who prefer a more relaxed fit to their outfits. The floral dress could have tights or velvet leggings added, with a nice pair of knee boots for day time, Or add a pair of killer heels for night. The bright pattern makes an eye catching outfit. And the sparkle elasticated trousers worn with the sheer blouse, promise comfort!! If you are self conscious about your midriff showing with the blouse, add a vest top underneath.

  1. Iris blow silk tunic dress Reduced to £79. Monsoon Size 8-18. Silk elastane mix. Machine washable.
  2. Galaxy star relaxed trousers. £85. French Connection. Size 6-16. Polyester spandex mix. Cold water wash.
  3. Diamond embellished oversized shirt. £120. French connection. Size 6-16. 100% polyester. Dry clean only.

Boyish shapes.

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This look for a boyish figure presents a demure look for Christmas day, with a little leg on show through the split. The rich claret velvet top is quite Christmassy, but if teamed with a sequinned legging, you get a full on night out look. The belt at the waist gives some definition to a boyish figure, and the high neck suits a flatter chest – you could add a big necklace.

  1. Claret velvet top. £90. reiss. Size XS-L. Polyester elastane mix. Hand wash.
  2. Melinda black neoprene pencil skirt. £95. Reiss Size 4-14. Viscose polyurethane mix. Dry clean only.
  3. Black sequinned leggings £19.99. H and M 100% polyester. Machine wash.

I’m really pleased with these alternative party looks, as I think they are quite versatile. If you would like to contact me, go through my website www.vickysmithstyling – through the “contact” page. Or through the comments page here.

Further reading:

What to wear on Christmas day: Jo Lynne Shane

What to wear on Christmas day: enterspree

6 looks for the festive period: the every girl

what to wear at Christmas: Cosmopolitan

what to wear on Christmas day: womanandhome

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