9 Lingerie Style fashions to lust after this summer!!

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Lingerie style fashions, courtesy of Vogue.co.uk – Celine, Alexander wang, Burberry  and Givenchy

Can We Lesser Mortals wear the Lingerie Style clothes, without looking like we’ve gone out in our underwear?

That’s it – we’re all so hard up now after the recession, we’re about to spend the summer going out in our underwear!! Or so it looks to the untrained eye. Catwalk designers have turned to lingerie style garments to inspire their summer collections, and this has in turn, influenced the High Street. It’s not the easiest of trends to follow if you need some serious scaffolding to support your chest, but there is a vast array of support underwear in the shops, for whatever your size and shape. Failing that, choose some brightly coloured bra straps and make a contrasting feature of the whole thing!! Can you wear slip dresses and camisoles whatever your age? Personally I would steer away from anything too white  and lace-y (lets face it, you are kidding no-one about the state of your innocence, and you don’t want to look like a bride) If you are older you may be conscious of your arms, but it is totally acceptable to wear T shirts or such like under your slip dress, or a shrug over the top. Having said that, they don’t give you much to hide under. It doesn’t really matter what size you are. Nowadays, it’s all about accepting yourself for who you are and embracing it, rather than covering it up. For me, I think the camisole tops are easy to wear on holiday or during hot weather, styled with a skirt or skinny jeans – and with a blazer or bomber jacket chucked over the top. Slip dresses are fabulous with flat converses or sandals, and a pashmina for evening (possibly avoid mules, or they’ll look like your slippers!!)

Let me know what you think, would you or wouldn’t you? And how would you style them up? Shall I do a “3 ways to wear” piece on lingerie style clothes? Let me know. Best bargain for what you get – the Ghost dress at the bottom.


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  1. Lace Doll Dress. £55. Top Shop. Size 4-16. Polyester cotton viscose mix. Machine washable. Perfect for a more modest look. This shift dress is inspired by the “lingerie” trend, but is much more user friendly. Best for boyish shapes.
  2. Lace Crepe Dress £199. Karen Millen. Size 6-16. 100% polyester. Dry clean only. This has a fitted bodice and is straight to the knees so best for boyish shapes, although less extreme apple shapes or hourglass, may get away with this style.
  3. Lace trim dress. £39.50 Marks and Spencers. Size 6-18. 100% viscose. Machine washable. This is much looser and unstructured so anyone can wear, but it will suit boyish and apple shapes best.

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  1. Lace trim camisole top. £22.50. Marks and Spencers. size 6-18. 100% viscose. Machine washable. Also available in khaki. Loose fitting and flowing, this top fits most body shapes but will flatter boyish and apple best.
  2. Sage lace trim came top.£24. Next size 6-22. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Also available in black.  There isn’t a lot of shape to this top, but the black trim means this is a great top for boyish, and slight apple. Again, other shapes can wear, but it depends what you co-ordinate with.
  3. Emeline Camisole Top. £68. All saints. Size 2-14. Available in black too. No info on fabric and care. Nearly all of these tops, are just slip over, so not great for big busts. However, out of all the tops,  this V neck line is better for slightly larger busted ladies. Most other shapes can wear too.

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  1. Dress with lace hem. £35.99. Zara Size S-XL. 100% polyester. Machine washable. This flowing style is best for this with bigger busts, if they can find the right bra. The elastic waist band nips the dress in, under the bust line. It may also suit apple, pear and hourglass shapes.
  2. Janine Dress Lint green. £95. Ghost.  Size XS-XL. 100% viscose, hand washable. This bias cut dress, has the most structure out of all the items shown. Adjustable straps and bias cut skirt, make this suitable for pear shapes, hourglass and larger busted ladies.
  3. Miki monochrome high heeled sandal. £295. Lk Bennet Size 35-42. Leather. Inspired by the black and white trend. Also available in orange. A lovely high heel for special occasions. The fastening at the front allows for some lea way on width of foot.

So I think you can see, this lingerie inspired trend is best for more boyish figures, although there are styles to suit all body shapes if you like it. If you need help on deciding your body shape, and what styles suit you, you can always books one to one with me here


Further reading:

11 lingerie inspired pieces you could wear from dinner to the bedroom: bustle.com

How to wear lingerie styled fashion: Thefashionroom.net

lingerie inspired fashion for every occasion : my fashion.com.hr

celebrity style / the slip dress: whowhatwear

7 ways to wear a slip dress: style caster

How to style a camisole top 10 ways: fashion lady.in

7 cold shoulder styles to inspire you this summer

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Courtesy of vogue.co.uk – Proenza Schouler, Sonia Rykiel, Balmain and Kenzo

Can We Lesser Mortals expose our shoulders with out getting the cold shoulder from our friends?

Have you been out in the shops yet? I know…it’s still really cold – but if you have, you’d be forgiven for thinking the retailers are keeping their prices down, by missing out half the fabric in their garments. Oh Ye Heathens! – it’s a new trend called “cold shoulder” or “cut out”- probably derived from some retro archive, as anything not “retro” is frankly, so last year!! It’s a great trend if you don’t like your arms much, as you can flash a bit of flesh without being too “mutton dressed as”, and so it works for most age groups, without being too tarty. The down side, is that these styles tend to draw attention to, and widen, the top half of your body. So it’s not the best style for ladies, who are already blessed in the “poitrine” department. Lesser Mortals who were at the back of the queue when boobs were dolled out, well – their cups can now overfloweth ( and yes, I did intend a weak attempt at a pun!) as these styles will broaden their chest and shoulders.

I’ve tried to find an item that would suit all body shapes (even top heavy), and I am modelling my 3 ways to wear a cold shoulder top, here. I quite like the hanky top from Top Shop, but which appeals to you? Let me know in the comments box.

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  1. Stripe midi dress DY191 collection. Karen Millen. £160. Size 6-16. Polyester elastane mix, dry clean only.  This doesn’t have darts around the bust area, so won’t fit if you have big boobs. The stripes are slimming and there is lycra, so this will suit boyish and hourglass best. Also if you have a slight tummy, it should be slimming.
  2. Elina cold shoulder dress. £95. Coast. Size 6-18. 100% polyester, dry clean only. A much more subtle and flattering cold shoulder look for ladies that dislike their bingo wings!! A peak of the upper part of your arms instead. Best for hourglass, slight pear shape and boyish.

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  1. Cut out shoulder blouse. £99. Karen Millen Size 6-16. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Due to the V neck on this blouse, bigger busted women will get away with this cut out style. Balance the shape with wide leg trousers or a full skirt underneath. Good for most body shapes.
  2. Chain print cold shoulder shirt. £40. Top Shop. Size 4-16. 100% viscose, machine washable. With just a hint of cold shoulder, this shirt will suit most body shapes, but is great for apple and top heavy ladies, who can leave it more open to break up the chest area, or belt it in to give definition.

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  1. Cold shoulder stripe top/ £28.  Oasis. Size 6-16. 100% polyester. Machine washable. This quite slim fitting top can be worn by anyone who would normally wear a T shirt, but it is best for boyish, pear and hourglass.
  2. Scarf floral cold shoulder top. £36. Top shop. 100% viscose. Machine washable. This boxy shaped top is best for boyish and pear shaped ladies.

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  1. Able open shoulder jumper. £128. All Saints. Size XS-L. Wool, nylon, alpaca mix. Hand washable. Also available in quart pink (muted) and black. Although it’s a jumper, lets face it, it’s not always so hot in the UK. Great with skinny jeans, this will suit apple, top heavy, and boyish best.

Would you wear this style of top? Do you think you shouldn’t wear it if you are over a certain age? I’d love your comments, and as always if you have a fashion query, put it in the comments box and I’ll get back to you.

Further reading:

The key pieces that look good on all ages: who what wear

How to wear cold shoulder tops: Audrey Salutes

Cold shoulder tops – t they’re hot: fabulous after 40

How to rock the cold shoulder look: MissMalini

Cold shoulder top + ripped jeans: Style my dreams

How to wear cut out shoulder tops this spring: fashionsy

9 Summer Florals to stop you wilting!!

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Courtesy of vogue.co.uk – Giambattista valli, Gucci D and G and Armani

Can We Lesser Mortals wear Florals and blossom this summer?

What do you think of florals? (would love your comments!) I guess some ladies think they are just too girly, whereas others will be hopping on the spot at the thought of a floral pattern. They have been on trend for a while, but they re-invent themselves every season, on the new styles “du Jour”. Don’t dismiss florals if you think they are just not your “thang” – they can be romantic, they can be urban, they can be dramatic – there is a bloom for whatever your personality. You can “rock” them up by selecting androgynous shoes and accessories, or embrace the whole romantic look with a pair of Mary Jane’s. Being so versatile means they will suit you, whatever your age. So in summary, you can do petal power, irrelevant of age, shape or style – what’s not to ❤️?

My favourite? Actually I would wear quite a few of them, depending on my mood. Probably the bomber or the midi black skirt. Put your views in the “comments” box at the end of the post. I won’t bite 👀!!

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  1. Long printed jacket £59.99. Zara. Size XS-XL. 100% viscose. Machine washable. Who doesn’t love a blazer? This is longer line, and a boyfriend fit, so it will work for most people. However, apple and large chested ladies will need to leave it undone to break up the chest area. Hourglass will need something underneath, which defines their waist.
  2. Jacquard zipped bomber jacket. £59. Marks and Spencers.  Size 6-18. Polyester and metallised fabric. Machine washable. Bomber jackets work for most shapes, but bigger busts, and apple shapes should leave unzipped. This one is best for boyish, pear and hourglass.

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  1. Long dress with floral print. £39.99. Zara Size XS-L. 100% viscose. Machine washable. I think this dress is quite romantic and mystical, with a gothic edge. Due to it’s high neck, this is best for boyish and pear shapes.
  2. Secret trellis contrast dress. £169. Ted Baker Size 6-16. Polyester elastane mix. Cool hand wash. This is best for hourglass figures, but as it contains some elastane, smaller pear shapes or boyish may get away with.

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  1. Floral pleated PU midi pleat skirt. £60. Top Shop Size 6-16 100% polyurethane. Cool hand wash. As this is PU is it not girly at all. Due to all the pleats, avoid this if you carry any weight round your middle. Best for top heavy, boyish and hourglass.
  2. Floral print maxi skirt. £199. Karen Millen. Size 6-16. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Even though the pleats are softer here, be careful if you have a bit of a tummy. Best for top heavy, boyish and hourglass.

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  1. Costa rica printed top £69. Coast Size 6-18. 100% polyester. Dry clean only. A great cover up and also stylish for evening wear, this shape will suit pear shapes, and apples shapes best.
  2. Wrap jersey top. Reduced to £24.15  Boden. Size 6-22, petite and regular. Viscose elastane mix, machine washable. Perfect for hourglass and top heavy ladies.
  3. Lettie maxi dress, £149. Monsoon. Size 8-18. 100% polyester. Dry clean only. The dress also has detachable straps. Maxi’s are always popular as you don’t need to worry about tanning your legs!! This shape is  great for apple, pear and boyish shapes.

So are you looking at florals from a new angle? There are so many colours and prints around – in shoes, and scarves and bags too. If you have a comment, fill in the box underneath, or ask any questions you might have – special events coming up etc that you want help with.

Further reading:

20 style tips on how to wear floral trousers: gurl.com

How to wear floral blazers: fashiongum

How to wear floral blazers/jackets: fame cherry.com

Floral fashion trend – just the design



8 marvelous metallics to model this summer

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Courtesy of Vogue.co.uk – Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant, Vivienne Westwood and Prada

Can We Lesser Mortals wear metallics and still get through airport security?

Is it just me, or are fashions not moving on very much? I think this is the third time I have written about metallics, which just goes to show, if you listen to my advice, you’ll get quite a lot of wear from you purchases. The other thing is HOW EXPENSIVE are clothes at the moment? I hate buying cheap tat, but some of the High Street Shops are seriously expensive at the moment. Anyway, I hope I can steer you towards some wearable metallic clothes, at reasonable prices, without you looking like Jennifer Beals in her shiny Pineapple track pants break dancing in Flashdance (ok if you are too young to remember, think sweaty shiny plastic trousers) Can you wear metallics whatever your age? Well, if you look at Prada (photo above) they stick to stripes of silver in the material, without going the whole “metallic” hog. The M and S skirt below just uses threads of metallic without going  “bacofoil”. Stick to silver if you have blue tones to your skin, and stick to golds, if you have a warmer skin tone. I have shown on my “3 ways to wear” tab, how to wear a metallic T shirt. Click here to see. Or to see a metallic skirt, click here.

As for me…..I love the silver slip dress, which is ticking a lot of boxes this summer. I have already worn my silver converses to death (you should have taken my advice….!!! Don’t you hate a smarty pants??)

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  1. Plisse midi slip dress. £65. Oasis. Size XS-L. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Slip dresses are all the rage this summer and are great for summer holidays to show off a tan. This one has a tie belt, so although best for boyish, hourglass can get away with, provided not too big busted.
  2. Long pleated tunic. £25.99. Zara. Size S-L 100% polyester. Machine washable. This is half white and half silver, so not too overpowering. It is versatile enough to be good for evenings and beach wear!! Best for boyish and apple shapes.

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  1. Wrap back wrinkle T shirt. £30. Oasis. Size XS-L. 100% polyester, machine washable. It has interesting back detail, but is also quite shapeless. Therefore is best for boyish, and pear, although other shapes can get away with.
  2. Maison pewter knitted metallic top. £60. Reiss. Size XS-L. Viscose, metallic, elastane mix. Hand washable. With a loose fit and batwing style sleeves, this will suit boyish and pear shapes best.

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  1. Metallic zigzag skirt. £49.50. The limited collection. M and S. Size 6-18. Polyester, polyamide, metallic mix. Machine washable. When you look at the photo, is it any wonder M and S is doing badly? Totally uninspiring image, but it is actually a nice skirt, building on the retro & midi length trend. Perfect for 50’s starlets!! This shape can be worn with heels or flats. Best for hourglass, top heavy, pear shapes and boyish. With all the pleats at the middle, apple shapes need to avoid!!
  2. Slim fit metallic effect cardi. £35. M and S. Size 6-18. Size 6-18. Viscose, polyamide, polyester and metallised fibres. Machine washable, Again, not very inspiring photo, but this versatile cardi will be great for summer, under jackets, or as an extra layer at night time. Best for pear, boyish, and hourglass.

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  1. Ayda leather trainers. £98. Jigsaw. Size 36-41. Calf leather and rubber.  These can be worn with skirts, or jeans, and will suit anyone.
  2. Fearne slouchy metallic suede bag. £139. Boden. metallic finished suede. Suits anyone.

Hoping then, that these ideas will inspire you to try something a little different this summer. If you want more help or advice, contact me in the comments sections, or through my website, Vicky Smith Styling.


Further reading:

25 ways to wear metallic flats: stylecaster

How to wear metallic pieces: whowhatwear

How to wear metallic skirt: vogue.co.uk

Elle Mac person in metallic pants: whowhatwear

metallic trend street style: fashion gum

8 crazy stripes you need to wear this summer!!

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Photos courtesy of vogue.co.uk – Missoni, Tommy Hilfiger, Prada and Chanel

Can We Lesser Mortals wear bold stripes without looking like a pair of curtains?

It’s SO exciting at the moment – the shops are starting to fill with the new Spring styles, and that always makes me feel like spending money and updating my clothes! Is this blog your little secret for keeping in the fashion “know-how” or do you share it with your friends? Because it’s time you were all aware of the stripes trend this summer. They are in all sizes and patterns, but stripes are in the shops and in your face! Bring it on, I say. I’m sick of drab greys, navy’s and blacks, and am ready to kick some serious summer butt, with bold and bright stripes. Can anyone wear them? Well, the stripes are great for hiding imperfections – which is reassuring!! For the more faint hearted, there are stripes in the stores which are more tonal – like the blue top below, and this may appeal to the older or shy-er Lesser Mortals reading the post. I would suggest the 2 dresses will suit more mature, or less bold readers, as would the long sleeve Zara top. I would only advise this based on the fact that, as you age, your hair may go grey, and your skin paler, therefore too bold a pattern could end up wearing you. But hell – if you’re game – then go for it!!

As always, I adore something bold and bright, so my fave is the Karen Millen coat!

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  1. Chevron stripe belted dress. £35. Warehouse. Size 6-16. 100% polyester. Machine washable. You could choose to wear a different belt with this dress or wear it loose, so it will suit most shapes. It may not fit though if you are very big busted.
  2. The new 9-5 dress. £46. Oasis. Size XS – L. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Again, you can ignore the belt, or wear one of your own choice. The diagonal stripes, and cheeky black panels at the front and sides are very slimming, so this is great for apple and boyish, but hourglass may get away with it too.

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  1. Striped wool and cashmere coat. £299. Karen Millen Size 6-16. Wool, polyamide and cashmere blend. Specialist dry clean. This is a limited edition coat, but I think it will be a timeless item. This will suit hourglass and pear shaped best, but it may fit boyish figures too.
  2. Black stripe high waisted wide leg trousers. £40. River Island. Size 6-18. 100% polyester. Machine washable. These fabulous trousers are selling out quick! They will suit top heavy, hourglass, pear shape and boyish!!

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  1. Frida stripe blouse. £59. Phase eight. Size 8-18. 100% polyester. Machine washable. With the misleading stripes and panels, this will suit most body shapes.
  2. Striped mini skirt £19.99 and top (not available yet) Zara Size XS-L. Polyester elastane mix. Machine washable. The cute mini skirt will suit boyish and hourglass ladies. It may suit some top heavy ladies.

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  1. A line stripe dress. £29.99. Zara Size XS-L. 100% polyester. Machine washable. This is perfect for pear shaped ladies.
  2. Cinched waist sweatshirt. £17.99. Zara Size XS-l. Polyester elastane mix. Machine washable. This is good for apple and boyish shapes.

So are stripes for you? They appeal to both classic and adventurous women. If you want more help, you can contact me through the comments box on this blog, or through Vicky Smith Styling

Further reading:

Stripes, trench coats and rain: fashionsta

10 stylish striped street styles: all women stalk

5 ways to wear bold stripes: parischerie

6 ways to wear bold stripes: blue is in fashion

How to wear a striped dress: girl.com

modern ways to wear the vertical stripe: whowhatwear

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