9 rubbery ways to embrace the Scuba trend!!

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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.

scuba dress marks 2

  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: elle.com

 

 

How do I wear 60’s retro clothes?

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

 

60's quadrophenia

http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/autumn-winter-2014/ready-to-wear/louis-vuitton/full-length-photos/gallery/1147897
http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/autumn-winter-2014/ready-to-wear/louis-vuitton/full-length-photos/gallery/1147897

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?

60's bistro trs Boden 60's A line Hobbs skirt

  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 www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

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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