The modern way to rock 70’s suede

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Photos courtesy of 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.

suede crop jacket Nextsuede shirt whistles

  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 damn good ways to wear denim

fendi fashions

Can We Lesser Mortals wear denim without looking like a school caretaker??

In previous posts, I mentioned the revival of the 70’s style fashions. And this, of course, means denim is going to be wardrobe staple for the summer. Everyone has a pair of jeans, and this summer you wear them skinny or flared. You can dig out your old denim skirts, but avoid the Yummy Mummy look if you want to be on trend, and of course, you can wear a denim jacket. All of those are quite heavy weight for high summer, so I want to look at alternatives which may appeal to ladies who don’t really like constricting non-stretchy denim fabric, and may want something a bit lighter for summer. I particularly like the clutch at the bottom. Would you wear any of these? Am I catering for all your body shapes and budgets?

Did you know the words for denim and jeans, comes from France? One certain  blue twill came from Nimes in France – “serge de Nimes” hence, denim, and jeans came from the word for Genoa – Genes – where the trousers were made!! Not just a fashion blog!!

denim dress Oasis denim dress karen Millen


  1. Dita tencel dress £40. Oasis. 100% lyocell. Size 6-16. Machine washable. Will suit hourglass and boyish figures best. You may get away with if you are a bit busty or apple shaped.
  2. Denim print soft sleeveless dress. £170. Karen Millen.  Asked size 6-16. 100% viscose. Dry clean only. I think the tie-belt is not attached on the dress, so you can choose your own belt, or leave it off and wear as a tunic. Suit boyish best.

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  1. 1969 tencel denim shirt. £34.99. Gap. Sizes XXS-XXL. 100% tencel. Machine washable. Suit apple and boyish best.
  2. Midge dumont slim shirt. £90. G Star. Size XS-XL Cotton elastane mix, machine washable. This will suit boyish, medium bust size, and pear shaped ladies.

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  1. Denim paper bag skirt. £35. Oasis. Size 6-16. 100% cotton, Machine washable. This is tulip shaped, so best for boyish, and top heavy, but if you buy it to sit on the waist, hourglass ladies can wear too.
  2. Fairlawn blazer. £98.50. Jack Wills. Size 6-16. Polyester cotton elastane mix. Dry clean only. Suit hourglass, and boyish best, and some pear shapes can wear, but watch the hem doesn’t finish on the widest part of your hips.

denim shift All saints denim clutch whistles

  1. Kimney dress. £98. All Saints. Size 4-14. Tencel cotton mix. Delicate wash. How easy to wear this?? Suit apple shapes and boyish best.
  2. Clairmont clutch. £110. Whistles. 100 % cotton. Totally love this piece.

So let me know if you feel inspired to rush out and buy anything mentioned here. I like to think I am giving valuable information and helping you stay on trend and looking youthful. For a one to one, book me through

Further reading.

8 do’s and don’ts of wearing denim on denim: stylecaster

How to wear the new denim: matches fashion

Trading in our jeans for denim dresses:

how to wear a denim dress: pop sugar


7 novel ideas for wearing the Japanese trend

japanese style Giambattista Valli Valli

Can We Lesser Mortals wear this Japanese trend without looking like a piece of Origami?

Catwalks aside.. we all know following fashion to the extreme, can lead to some very embarrassing fashion faux pas. But this Japanese trend – does it involve rubbing nightingale pooh on our faces? Or hobbling around in a pair of “geta” (the flip flop things they wear)? Believe you and me, it’s hard enough teetering across cobbles in a pair of wedges, without handicapping yourself with a pair of knitting needles in your hair too. And that’s where my blog comes in to its own – no ridiculous “fashion suggestions”, just sensible High Street ideas – easy on the purse and easy on the eye. What do you think? Su-shi or not su-shi….that is the question!!!

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  1. Helena jacket. £199. Monsoon. I think this is a bit OTT with the dress, but I can imagine the jacket working really well over jeans and heels. Sizes 6-18. Polyester, cotton metallic mix. Dry clean only. Great for apple shapes, plus tall ladies!
  2. Oriental belted kimono jacket. £45. Oasis. Sizes XS to L. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Very versatile, you could wear this as a cover up on the beach, or dressed up at night. It would work on just about all body shapes.

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  1. Sakura oriental print jumper. £69. Phase Eight. Size XS to L. 100% cotton. Machine washable. Fabulous for cheering up a pair of jeans. Will suit pear and boyish shapes best, but other shapes will get away with it too.
  2. Honu demi drape bamboo top. £160. Whistles. Sizes 4-16. Not sure what it’s made of, but dry clean only. Perfect for ladies with bigger busts, and hourglass. You can team with the trousers below, for a jumpsuit look.

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  1. Chantay rose dress. £120. Phase Eight. Sizes 8-18. 100% polyester. Machine washable. I LOVE the print on this dress. The sleeves are perfect if you are self conscious about the top of your arms. This will suit hourglass figures and boyish. Avoid if top heavy.

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  1. Noronha bamboo culottes. £160. Whistles. Size 4-16. Dry clean only. Cool and floaty culottes, these will be great for tall top heavy ladies, and pear shaped ladies.
  2. Border print wide leg trouser. £36. Next. Size 6-22 petite, reg, long and ex-long. 100% polyester. How about these as an alternative to a maxi skirt in summer?? You don’t have to match with the blouse if it’s too over powering.Perfect for top heavy, and boyish ladies.

It’s a really distinctive fashion isn’t it? Different from the run of the mill trends. Do you think you’ll give it a go? Let me know, or send me a photo. For more ideas you can check out my Pinterest, Instagram, twitter feeds.

Further reading:

How to wear the japanese influence:

20 style tips on how to wear a kimono jacket:

How can I work the kimono trend: Ask the stylist

Summer ten: the kimono: thefashiontag

tips for wearing kimono sleeves: she knows.

9 rubbery ways to embrace the Scuba trend!!

Can We Lesser Mortals wear neoprene (Scuba) without looking like Jacques Cousteau?

Ok, another aged reference for Lesser Mortals, but you can find him on Wikipedia!! Anyhoo….has anyone else noticed this funny rubbery fabric in the shops at the moment? What is it? Is it safe? Can I wear it? Well, it’s a man-made fabric, and my sources in “the know” says it’s called “scuba” (kind of obvious, huh?) So, is it socially acceptable? Do I need to wear cotton underwear if I wear it? My advice as a “personal stylist” would be: It offers more support than normal jersey fabric (i.e. holds the wobbles better), but it is still as cheap – and it doesn’t crease, so would be great on holidays. Obvious down sides are, it is nylon, so could be sweaty in high summer. I guess it’s like marmite – you either love it or you hate it. Here are some suggestions.

scuba skirts ideas

  1.  Seamer crystal droplets skirt. £99. Ted Baker. Size 6-16. Polyester elastane mix. Machine washable. As this is virtually A line, it will suit pear shapes, hourglass, boyish and some bigger chested women.
  2. Jaymie Scube top. £45. Coast. Sizes 6-16. Polyester elastane mix. Machine washable. Figure hugging, and a V halter neck style, this will flatter boyish and hourglass if you are not too well endowed. The bonus is, if worn with the skirt, it looks like a dress.
  3. Jaymie Scuba skirt. £55. Coast. Size 6-18. Polyester elastane mix. Machine washable. The black band draws attention to you waist, and so this will suit slight pear shapes, boyish, hourglass and top heavy ladies.

scuba trouser ideas

  1. Striped patchwork tube dress. £45.99. Zara. Size XS-L (6-14). Polyester elastane mix. Machine washable. Due to the horizontal stripes, best to avoid if pear shaped, but better if boyish, or slightly busty. Would make a good work dress.
  2. Friyo geometric floral dress. £139. Ted Baker. Size 6-16. Polyester elastane mix. Hand washable. I like that this will offer a little more substance for a body con type dress, as we’re all conscious of our tummies. Suits slight pear shape and boyish figures.
  3. High waisted pinstripe trousers. £39.99. Zara. Size XS-L. (6-14). Polyester viscose elastane mix. Machine washable. Crop trousers are all the rage this summer. Wear with flat pumps, ankle boots, or sandals in summer. Good enough for work. Best for boyish shapes.

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  1. Aristo floral scuba body con dress. £55. Marks and Spencers. Sizes 6-22. Polyester elastane, machine washable. Don’t panic that this is body con, you don’t have to wear it skin tight, and as I mentioned, the fabric is quite robust. Suit boyish, slight apple and hourglass who are not too well endowed.
  2. Willow scuba shift dress. £45. Marks and Spencers. Sizes 6-24. Polyester elastane mix. Machine washable. Possibly looser in style than the one above. Best for slight tummies and boyish shapes.
  3. Panelled scuba body con dress. £49.50. Twiggy for Marks and Spencers. Size 8-24. Polyester elastane. Machine washable. More flattering shape, as there is a V neck for larger chests, and slight rushing over the tummy to hie lumps and bumps. Will suit hourglass best.

Hope this has nudged your interest enough for you to think, I’ll have look next time I’m in the shops. If you want any more help – put a comment, or email me here

Further reading:

would you wear a neoprene dress?: College fashion

3 ways to wear a neoprene sweater: 3 ways to wear

How to wear a neoprene skirt: typical house cat

Neoprene must have pieces:



How do I wear 60’s retro clothes?

Can We Lesser Mortals wear 60’s retro without looking like an extra in Quadrophenia??


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Now I’m not saying I’m old enough to have watched Quadrophenia, but some of you will be, and are probably cringing at the thought of copying the fashions, or are possibly lusting after memories of Sting. Well, as is always the way, some people ( probably in their 20’s) will be trawling the charity shops and embracing the trend whole heartedly, but modern retailers will just take inspiration from the idea and apply it to the 21st century. I think Louis (Vuitton- photo above) has made quite a desirable range of clothes, even for Lesser Mortals (all shapes and sizes and ages)- I mean the models aren’t wearing dustbins on their heads or anything, and so I reckon I can embrace this trend. You may have noticed that the 60’s were an era when the hems were short – so perhaps you need to tread carefully. They were also a time for square cut or shapeless shifts, so although hourglass figures may get away with wearing these styles, as an “image consultant”, I need to say they may not be the most flattering shape for you. Pear shapes Mortals can eat your heart out! If you’ve got nice legs, then “30 plus”,”40 plus”& “50 plus” age groups – go for it!!  (there are always opaques….). Oh – and do I need to mention you can wear flat shoes with them?

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  1. Bistro crop trouser. £59-£89. Boden. Sizes 6-22, reg and long. Don’t confuse with the non crop version- I find they’re a bit too mumsy for me. 11 different colours, plain and patterned. Team with flat pumps, sling backs, loafers. Embrace a chignon! Cotton/elastane mix, dry clean only. Half lined. Suit boyish and top heavy best.
  2. Tian A line skirt. Hobbs. £99. Sizes 8-18. Wool nylon mix, dry clean only. Available in pumpkin and bluebell. For the full 60’s vibe, flat knee boots and a jumper with pockets at front! Suits pear shapes best, but boyish and top heavy may get away with too.

60's T bar shoes Top shoop 60's knit cardi karen Millen

  1. Joyful glitter T bar heels. Top shop. £45.  sizes 36-42. 100% polyurethane.  The modern translation would be to wear with trousers, but for a 60’s vibe, an A line shift or skirt with coloured tights is perfect. You can wear any colour with these, including black. (I know – it may seem odd, but honest, it is acceptable these days)
  2. Woven pocket knit cardi. £99. Karen Millen. Sizes 1-4. Nylon viscose mix, hand washable. I remember my Grandad having a cardi like this, that my big sister kept nicking. Pretty well any body shape could get away with this, and wear with skinnies, crop 60’s style trousers, skirts.

60's shift Hobbs shift 60's fuschia shift Next

  1. Nancy Dress. £139. Hobbs. Sizes 8-18. 100% wool.  Dry clean only. Suits pear shapes.
  2. Sleeveless roll neck dress. £38-£40. Next. Sizes 8-22. Sold out on-line.  Polyester viscose elastane mix. Available in yellow print and black. Best for pear shapes, and possible boyish and apple shapes.

60's black shift warehouse60's collared shirt Ted baker

  1. Button detail shift. Warehouse. £50. Sizes 6-18. Polyester, viscose, elastane mix. Machine wash. A 60’s inspired shift, with gold button detail, which you could wear a shirt underneath. Probably a bit too office-like for every day. Suit boyish figures and slightly pear shaped.
  2. Currie lace tunic. £139. Ted Baker. Sizes 6-16. Viscose, polyamide, elastane mix. Cool hand wash. Great if you get cold or hate the top of your arms. Suits pear shapes and boyish figures.

Which one could you see yourself wearing? I like the colour of the Next pink dress, but would probably go for the Grandad cardi or crop trousers. (but remember I’m a different shape to you) Is there anything you’ve seen in store, but aren’t sure how to wear, or whether it would suit you? I’m happy to reply to comments.  I have  just started a Welessermortals Pinterest account. For any more info about me

Further reading:

Dress like you wherein the 60’s: wikiHow

Although it was posted a year or two ago, it’s still relevant – 60’s revival in todays fashion: thefashiontag

2014 trend alert – the new 60’s. SimplyQ




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