Can We Lesser Mortals wear tartan, without looking like a Bay City Roller?

tartan catwalk

Here are some of the tartan “looks” from the Moschino catwalk for Autumn Winter 2013 and some of the trousers in the stores at the moment, the ones shown are Karen Millen. As a Lesser Mortal, frankly I’d get laughed out of the playground, if I turned up at school in any of these outfits. As well as the fact, I don’t live in the Big Smoke, I’m not in my twenties and am not as toned as I used to be. It’s actually quite hard to find tartan in this provincial city I call home, so whether we see more in the shops coming up to Christmas, we’ll see.Here are some lovely ideas, which are much more wearable, and in the stores at the moment.

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1) Crawford skirt from Joules £ 49.95. It’s machine washable and is a cotton viscose mix. This style flatters most body shapes, and is a respectable length for We Lesser Mortals. Just make sure it’s not too long, or you’ll look like your granny.

2) Michelle tartan dress from Phase Eight £110. This is great for work or day time, and is made of a stretch wool mix fabric. It’s dry clean only.

3)Checked top with frilled sleeve Zara £25.99. 100% polyester and washable. This lovely little top, could be styled up with jeans or skirts for casual wear or for a night out. Very versatile.

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6) Check chiffon mid length kilt, Top Shop £48. 100% polyester and machine washable. This embraces the trend for more mid length skirts. I would suggest a heel with it for We Lesser Mortals, or you might look like Miss Jean Brodie.

Can a Lesser Mortal wear an oversized coat without looking like a fridge?

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Oversized and manly cut coats and jackets are a fashion statement this autumn, but if you are not shaped like a stick, and still in full time education, can you get away with them?

I’m afraid that unless you are relatively slim, the answer is no.

But fear not as there are loads of lovely alternatives out there, embracing the current colour trend for “pinks”. Watch out for the cheaper shaggy versions, which I think will pill, and make you look like you are wearing the dogs rug. Here are some I think will be good investments:

coast pink coat Jaegar boutique coat boden pink coat zara coat

From left to right, and top to bottom:

Coast £250 – this coat feels very Audrey Hepbourne

Jaegar Boutique £195 – this coat is beautiful, but quite sharp in colour

Boden £143 – a great classic, and already reduced to this affordable price

Zara £179 – maybe not great if you are standing round football pitches or being daubed with jammy fingers, but a subtle pale pink colour, which embraces the autumn winter pastel colour trend

Can We Lesser Mortals look better than the film stars at the Emmy’s?

Can we lesser mortals look better than the film stars at the Emmy's?

We all know the stars of today, have a team of make up artists, stylists and hair stylists at their beck and call, but can We Lesser Mortals, who have a lower budget, less time, bingo wings, flabby tummies etc look better? I think we can certainly give them a run for their money…..

Here are some of my suggestions.

1: Red Kate Maxi Dress £295 from Coast. 3/4 sleeves, and plunging neckline, will flatter some-one who wants to hide the top of her arms, and is larger busted.

2. Black super sheer chiffon maxi dress £395 Karen Millen. This gorgeous gothic inspired back lace maxi dress, will flatter someone who is boney around their bust, and who may have broader hips, as the capped sleeves at the top, will help balance out wider hips.

3. Cobalt blue Goddess maxi dress £180 Coast. Has a halter neck and empire line to flatter a larger figure, who may need support for their bust, and a tummy that needs hiding. It is also easier on the purse.

4. Lipsy  berry high neck baroque lace dress £58. This will suit a more petite frame, as maxi dresses can sometimes make smaller ladies look smaller. By elongating your leg length, you can appear taller.

Gorgeous soft leather leggings from Reiss £495

Gorgeous soft leather leggings from Reiss £495

These Carrie leather leggings in black are available at Reiss for £495.
They are bang on trend, but what can we lesser mortals wear who may

a) not have that much money

b) not have such a finely toned backside

c) may not be 21.

There are some really great pu versions around now at high street stores like H&M where they were ONLY £7.99 and Next for £28, but frankly, there is a certain age, when we have to question how appropriate leather leggings are.
Most women of all ages, have now come to terms with skinny jeans, and they are showing no signs of going away yet. My answer would be to buy some coated skinny jeans, (which I advised you to buy in the sales in the summer) which are more subtle and easier to wear.
I like Karen Millen coated red and black coated jeans £99 ( the red are actually a deep berry colour). Dress down with a simple flowing shirt, stylish blazer or a chunky knit. Do Not Wear with a boob tube.

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