Is pink a good colour to wear this spring?

Can We Lesser Mortals, whatever our age, wear pink without looking like Barbie?

Pink is hardly a top fashion colour, as some men and women like to wear pink all the time, irrelevant of season or fashion. And why, because it’s Valentines Day soon, do we have to wear red or pink…???Still, if it suit you, why not? Even as an “image consultant” I do like a nice bit of pink, and it doesn’t have to be girly girly, nor does it have to make you look like you are 8 years old. You can buy leather and suede in pink, and if you accessorise with edgier pieces you can get a more urban, androgynous look. If you like being a retro chick, then candy pastel pink is your 60’s “go to” pink. Imagine the bag pictured below with a sharp work suit, and I don’t think you would say it was girly. Maybe it’s just a highlight with your jeans – Scarf? Belt? And don’t just dismiss pink out of hand…there are so many shades from bubblegum pink to pale candy pinks – one of them will work for you. You can get your”colour analysis” done if you are unsure, and this will help you work out which shade suits you best. Below are some high street versions I’ve seen in the shops this week. Let me know your favourite.

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  1. Button safe Dolly overcoat. £59. Marks and Spencers: Sizes 8-22. Polyester viscose elastane mix. Dry clean only. M and S actually do 4 pink coats, all of which are different shades of pink, and one is a petite size range. All look to be a straight fit, but this one actually flares slightly over the hips, so will fit slight pear shapes as well as boyish shapes.
  2. Millie sling back. £99. Boden. Half sizes available from 36-42. They have some great reviews, and are available in blue, green, pewter, pale pink and black. The heel size means these are easy to walk in and I can see these working in a formal office environment with a dark suit, as well as with a sixties pencil skirt, fifties flared skirt or modern skinny jeans.

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  1. Jenna bucket bag. £450. LK Bennet. Available in power pink as well as white, turquoise and navy. If you find wearing pink clothes too much, what’s not to love about this bag? As mentioned above, it’ll look great with suits or casually.
  2. Subtle floral skinny jean: £90. Karen Millen. Sizes 6-16. Elastane, polyester cotton mix. Pale jeans are always in, in summer, so either totally 60’s these up with other candy colours, or make modern with converses and deeper shades. You can even glam them up with a leather jacket. Will suit boyish or top heavy ladies with slim legs.

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  1. Avalina fit and flare dress. £179. Phase Eight. Size 6-20. 100% nylon and machine washable. It is quite high waisted, so some ladies with tummies may find this suits them. It will be best on pear shapes, but hourglass and boyish may find it suits them too.
  2. Therese split back blouse. £69. Phase Eight. Silk overlay with viscose elastane lining.Hand washable. Size 8-18. A more delicate shade of pink this time. Suits boyish best, but other shapes can get away with if brighter bottoms, or worn with a necklace.

Hopefully this has made you re-think pink. I’d love to know which you like best. If you are in the midlands and want to book a one to one, then contact me through Facebook or my website

Further reading:

street style ways to wear pink coats: all women stalk

How to wear the hot pink trend:

11 ways to wear kitten heels: Le fashion

5 ways for women to wear tweed in Spring 2015

Can We Lesser Mortals wear tweed this spring, and look trendy not frumpy?

At this time of year, it’s hard to work out what’s going to be “in fashion” in the spring, as all the shops seem to have different things on display. My experience in retail head offices has shown me it’s fine balancing act between getting rid of old sale stock (but  the shops may look old and tired), and bringing in the high summer stuff, which is exciting but stops the sale stuff selling!! A good compromise though, is the Chanel/”Jackie O” style tweeds, which are warm, more brightly coloured, and new. Not all the shops have chosen to embrace this look, sticking to black (yawn) or going too summery, which is exciting, but no-one is buying yet. These will give you a good 3-4 months of wear, and will allow you to stretch summer/autumn at the end of September, without having to bring out your grey/black/navy jumpers. They don’t have to make you look like an old lady. See what you think. Let me know if you’d buy any?

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  1. Multicoloured coat. £69.99. Zara. Sizes XS-Xl. cotton acrylic mix. Not many available online, but I suspect they are awaiting deliveries. It’s too early for them to have sold out yet. Lovely and bright, and could be belted in as well as worn loose. Best on tall, busty or apple shaped ladies.
  2. Italian fabric textured coat. £89. Marks and Spencers. sizes 8-16. Cotton, polyester, acrylic, and viscose. Dry clean only. A lighter weight tweed type coat in classic cut and design. Can’t imagine this dating, and it’s very eye catching. Would suit boyish and apple shapes best.



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  1. Boucle bell sleeved top. £25. Warehouse. Sizes 6-18. 100% acrylic. Machine washable. Covers the top of your arms if you are self conscious. Would suit pear shape, boyish and possibly hour glass too.
  2. Neon tweed dress. £160. Karen Millen. Sizes 6-16. Polyamide, polyester, cotton mix. Dry clean only.This nips in nicely at the waist and has an A-line skirt, so will suit pear shapes and some boyish figures. I think it will be quite tight at the bust for an hourglass figure.

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  1. Open front zipped jacket £59 Tweed textured mini skirt £35. Marks and Spencers. Sizes 8-22. Cotton polyester acrylic mix. The jacket has no fastenings. This is a light weight suit, which can be worn as separates. It comes in 2 lengths, 18 and 21″.  This will suit boyish, slight pear shapes and as the waist band sits on the waist, may suit hourglass too.

Hopefully this has inspired you to cast off your winter blues, and nip into the shops for a bit of retail therapy. Tweed doesn’t have to be Miss Marple-esque. Don’t forget you can book me for personal styling sessions to help you understand your own body shape.



Further reading:

How to wear a tweed jacket: pop sugar

Lupita Nyongo wears sexy tweed: Dailymail

Miami style blogger in tweed: Curves and confidence

ways to wear tweed:Whowhatwear

ways to wear Chanel tweed jacket: The Zoe report

What clothes will flatter my body shape?

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Can We Lesser Mortals find clothes that trick people into thinking we have perfect bodies?

A good “image consultant” or “personal shopper” should be able to find clothes which flatter your body shape, disguising any areas you dislike and drawing attention to your assets. This may be the boost in confidence that you need, to make yourself motivated enough to start eating healthily and enjoy exercising. Sometimes all it needs is a compliment from a friend or stranger, that cheers you up, and nudges you to take control of your own health. Equally, body confidence issues are not always about weight loss, but are just due to your own unique body shape. All is not lost – I have some ideas here for clothes which are like “trompe l’oeil” – they trick your eyes into thinking they see something which isn’t true. See what you think? I’d love some comments – it gets very lonely writing here…..

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  1. Pall mall dress. Boden. £89. Cotton, polyamide, modal, elastane. Sizes 6-22 petite, regular and tall lengths. 2 colours available. Slightly A line, and darted through bust, so perfect for hourglass figures. The the vertical centre stripe will slim and lengthen you, and the middle band, narrows your waist. It could give shape to apple and boyish shapes, as well as the top band broadening the shoulders of pear shapes.
  2. Lipsy VIP print shirt dress. Lipsy at Next. £80. Sizes 6-18. Polyester elastane mix. Hand washable. The fabric has a bit of structure to hold in a few lumps and bumps, and the black side panels and waist highlight your waist and narrow your hips. Monochrome is still on trend, so perfect for summer and winter. Would flatter hourglass figures, but will also add curves to boyish ladies who need to add a waist line, and if it fits, may trim down hips on pear shaped ladies.

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  1. Decadent jacquard midi dress. Ted Baker. Sizes 6-16. polyester, viscose, cotton, elastane, metalised fibres. Generally Ted is cut for slightly hippy ladies, but this dress will narrow your waist and shave off width at your hips. So it flatters slight pear shapes and if it isn’t too flappy over the hips, will also suit boyish. There doesn’t look much give for big busts.
  2. Pink colour block body con dress . Next. £40. Available in sizes 6-22. Polyester viscose elastane mix. The side panels are going to disguise any love handles round the middle, but beware as it does say “body con” so won’t be too forgiving. This dress will give you shape if you are boyish, or Miranda shaped (but maybe smaller chest) as it is going to give you curves. The longer length helps ladies with heavy upper legs. Will also suit hourglass shapes like Kate Winslet, but need flattish tummy (body con).

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  1. Milano dress. Boden. £129. Sizes 6-22, petite, regular and tall lengths. This fit and flare dress, has some great reviews, and is available in 3 colour ways. Machine washable. Doesn’t give fabric comp, but seems to be knitted, so comfortable. Perfect for any size pear shapes, as the top red vertical lines slant outwards, making shoulders look bigger.
  2. Black and white stripe perry dress. Coast at Next. £95. Polyester elastane mix. The A-line shape here, suits pear shapes, and the vertical panelling in the middle will make you look taller and slimmer, by drawing eyes up and down. If you are thicker round the middle (apple shaped or boyish), then this may also suit you, as it is slightly “shift” shaped, and the stiffer skirt will give shape if you have no hips..

sculpture dress Boden sculpture dress big top half sculpture Reiss shoulders

  1. Eliza tunic dress. Boden. £99. Viscose silk mix. Machine washable. Sizes 6-22 regular and long. 2 other colours but they don’t have the front panel, which flatters apple shaped ladies by slimming and narrowing them. 3/4 sleeves hide heavy top arms. Will fit boyish shapes, but won’t add any curves for them.
  2. Eliza textured black and white dress. Reiss. £159. Size 4-16. Dry clean only. This will really flatter top heavy ladies, by narrowing big chests, and adding volume to the hips to balance the chest out. Cotton polyester elastane mix. It will also add shape to boyish or ladies with wide shoulders and slim hips. If you have a big bust, you may need to go up a size, and possibly add a belt to nip in under your chest. ( or get alterations done)
  3. Felicity cut out detail black dress. Reiss. £195. Viscose nylon elastane mix. Hand washable. Size 4-14. Can you see how this broadens the shoulders? Perfect for pear shapes to balance them out. If you are very pear shaped, the Coast dress above may be a better option, as the fabric is more rigid.

I hope this has made you think about how patterns and shapes can change how you look. It is very difficult to put someone in to just one category, as you could be a tiny pear shaped lady, or a 6 foot pear shaped lady, and that changes things dramatically. Equally you could be a petite boyish shape or an extra tall boyish shape and that affects what you can chose. For a real insight into your own body shape, you really need a one to one consultation to get personal advice on your own requirements. People worry it may be invasive, or embarrassing, but even Image Consultants have their own problems – hence the title of my blog. For an enquiry, contact me at I don’t bite, and I’m actually really down to earth.

Further reading:

Tricks we use to hide our wobbly bits: daily mail

slim your silhouette: Lauren Conrad

3 style tricks to elongate your body: Ginger Burr



Who can wear Summer 2014 pencil skirts?

Can We Lesser Mortals wear a pencil skirt no matter what shape, age and size we are?

Pencil skirts are a big fashion statement for Spring Summer 2014. Older women (i.e. over 30!) are often stuck for fashion advice, worrying about whether they look like mutton dressed as lamb. Of course it is possible to be a stylish older woman (and I don’t mean you’ve got one foot in the grave) and pencil skirts are a current fashion trend as well as being a shape which has seen the test of time – think 40’s war images, 50’s screen sirens etc. Don’t worry what shape you are – pencil skirts flatter hourglass figures, boyish shapes, curvy ladies, pear shapes and top heavy women. I would only be wary if there is a huge difference in size between your top half and bottom half, of 2-3 sizes. e.g you buy a size 10 top and a size 16 bottom. Also be VERY careful with knitted jersey skirts (T-shirt fabric), as they will show every lump and bump, and also make pear shaped ladies even more pear shaped. Go for a good thick woven material. Here are some of my favourites.

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  1. Stretch Cotton pencil skirt. £99. Karen Millen. Cotton elastane. Dry clean. Sizes 6-16. Suits a boyish figure, as the peplum creates curves. See how the high waist shortens your torso though. Also hourglass figures suit this, as again the peplum accentuates your curves. Add a belt to remind people of your tiny waist.
  2. Stone Skirt. £35. Next. 100% tencel. sizes 6-22R. Suits a pear shape, as the contrast line in the middle draws attention towards the centre. Also, it needs to be worn with a coloured top, which draws attention upwards.

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I love these 2!!! How summery????

  1. Modern Pencil skirt. £59. Boden. Available in stripes, florals and denim. In regular, petite and tall lengths. Sizes 6-20. Cotton elastane mix, and machine washable. If this is pricey for you, there are ALWAYS offers on Boden. Suits a top heavy lady, as the pattern draws attention downwards, and the slightly lower waist, elongates a short body.
  2. Flower organza skirt. £99. Boden. Available sizes 6-22 and reg, petite and tall lengths. Cotton polyamide mix. Hand washable. also in bubblegum and navy colours. With a matching top, you get 3 looks if you buy the top too. Suits most shapes, but petites will gain the benefit of appearing to lengthen their body and looking taller.

reiss pencil skirt for tall women

  1. Bryant Straight midi skirt in gem. Reiss. £120. Viscose elastane. Dry clean only. sizes 6-16. This is a very modern length – midi, which would be quite daring on regular heights, ridiculous on petites and fantastic on tall  ladies!!

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

Further reading:

Best pencil skirts : marie claire

8 ways to wear a pencil skirt:

7 inspirit ways to wear your pencil skirt: who what wear




































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