Awesome Sale Bargains to snap up TODAY

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Sales Bargains Image courtesy of Buydesignerfashions.com

Can We Lesser Mortals grab Sales Bargains we will wear again?

Happy New Year! Did you rush to the sales and snap up some sale items? I didn’t. Partly I’m recovering from the expense of the festivities and gift overload, but the other factor is that I find the paltry reductions straight after Christmas, not worth getting out of bed for. Now, however, things are beginning to hot up, and with February pay packet looming on the horizon, it’s a good time to trawl the online sale pages, or trot to the shops.

Excited?

I was nearly palpitating at some of the savings you can get right now, from the more expensive High Street Stores. Some are resolutely hanging on to a maximum of 50% off, which on a leather jacket of £5-600 still costs a lot of money, but others are really trying to clear stock before launching their Spring range. And so there are some fabulous sale bargains to be had. I have picked out a few and couldn’t wait to tell you about them, as they are AMAZING!! If you click before tonight 24th January, Karen Millen is offering another 30% off.

What to buy?

First of all, you could tell yourself you’ll manage with the coat you’ve got, till next year. But trends don’t change that much, and you can bet your bottom dollar they will cost more next year. Consequently, on the run up to Christmas, with outgoings for presents, it will become less of a priority. Hence it’s good idea to buy more expensive winter items now, even moving towards the end of the season. Moreover, we will still have 3 months of cold weather. In addition, the other thing to look out for, are items you can wear in summer – pastel colours, new trends etc, and make your saving early. So to conclude, go on – have a look today. Most sizes were still available when I wrote this, but you’ll still need to be quick.

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  1. Reah Mono Coat. Reduced from £179 to £79. Coast Sizes 6-18. Acetate wool polyester mix. Dry clean only. Great for boyish shapes
  2. Knitted Geo wrap coat. Reduced from £299 to £145 but till midnight tuesday 24th, another 30% off on line. Karen Millen  Size 6-16. Acrylic, polyester wool cotton mix. Dry clean only. Great for apple shapes, but good for other shapes too.

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  1. Fiona Leopard clutch. Reduced from £245 to £95. Lk Bennet 100% leather. Does leopard print ever go out of fashion?
  2. Harlow white jumper. Reduced from £110 to £40. Reiss  Size XS – L. Wool viscose nylon elastane mix. Hand wash. White is perfect for summer & white is a trend colour for 2017. This jumper is a relaxed shape so fits most body shapes but works well on pear shapes and boyish.

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  1. Ella Light apricot satin shirt. Reduced from £160 to £60. Reiss Size 6-14 100% silk. A silk shirt for £60???? Bargain, and this colour is great for work or for a summer shirt over skinny jeans. Suits most body shapes.
  2. Tarquin ice pink chain dress. Reduced from £180 to £50. Thats 70% off…..aaargh. Size 4-14. 100% polyester. Dry clean. A great colour for summer, and multi purpose uses. Great for boyish figures, but may suit other shapes too.(hourglass can fit, but it hides your curves)

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  1. Cropped wide leg jean. Reduced from £95 to £25. Whistles Size 24-34″. Denim – machine washable. This cut of jean is going to be big this summer. High waists won’t suit you if you have a large tummy. This will be suit most other body shapes.
  2. Teagen one shoulder dress. Reduced from £150 to £45. Whistles. Size 4-16 to order from store. 100% polyester dry clean. These jewel colours on trend this summer, so this dress is great for summer parties and winter ones too. The frill will add volume to your chest so the style is good for pear shapes, and maybe boyish.

sale bargains 2017 Carvela bootsale bargains 2017 KG brogue

  1. Petro low heeled ankle boot. Reduced from £160 to £49. Carvela 100% leather. Size 2-9. How can you not love these? They will be great in winter with jeans, but you can also wear with bare legs in summer ( depending on your age!!)
  2. Larissa white brogue. Reduced from £89 to £29. Kurt Geiger. Upper is described as snake print, but no idea of whether leather or not. Stacked soles are big this summer. And brogues are great with bare legs.

So get trawling, and make your massive savings now. Check the returns policy – no point saving on items if you have to pay to return. If you want any advice, you can contact me through my image consultant web site www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

Further reading:

Sales shopping guide: Vogue.co.uk

Ultimate guide to shopping sales 2017: savethestudent.co.uk

 

An essential Sneak Peek at Autumn’s Fashions

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Images from Vogue.co.uk: Bottega Veneta, D and G, Gucci, and Prada

Can We Lesser Mortals save money this Winter, by early buying Autumn’s Fashions?

How the heck are you? It’s been a long time since I tipped you off about the trends on the High Street, and it’s been a short summer in terms of sun and heat. I don’t feel I got my wear out of my high summer clothes, so I’m trying desperately hard to keep wearing them till at least the end of September, avoiding buying this autumn’s fashions just yet. Remember, you can keep warm by layering up – put shirts/T shirts etc on under dresses, and wear sandals with maxi’s and crop trousers to keep your legs a bit warmer.

If, however, you are totally bored with your summer clothes and can’t wait to go shopping, then here’s a quick heads up for what autumn fashions are to come. It’s by no means comprehensive, and High Street stores can sometimes ignore the catwalks, and carry on old styles from the season before, especially if they were best sellers. But at least, with this advice, you can be sure you’ll be fairly “edgy” for the next 6 months. Make sure you subscribe on the tab, to get my 2 weekly advice on what’s in the High Street shops to suit your figure!

All my resolutions to save money are flying out of the window…….

Luxury

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  1. Richmond Velvet jean.  £89. Whistles. Available in graphite, black and petrol. Size 24-32 (roughly 6-14). Machine washable. A stretchy jean in cotton elastane mix, cut in a 5 pocket jeans style. This jean is an easy style to wear, but still shows you know what’s in fashion. Suits boyish, slight pear, top heavy and hourglass ladies.
  2. Jagga Velvet shoe £46 Top Shop. size 3-9. 100% textile. Heel 3″. Colour teal. Velvet too much for you on top? Make a statement with these funky shoes. Will really brighten up a black evening ensemble. Avoid if you have chunky ankles.

Brocade

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  1. Harry jacquard ankle boot. £65. Top Shop Size 2-9. Heel 3.5″. Textile upper. Again, if you prefer to wear plain clothes or skinny jeans, why not add some funky ankle boots? These won’t suit you if you have very thick ankles.
  2. Geo jacquard cigarette trouser £35. Next. Sizes 6-22 in reg, long and extra long lengths. 100% polyester. These can be dressed up for work or evening wear, but why not wear during the day too, with a chunky knit and trainers or converses? Comments on the website suggest these are better on curvier women if you don’t want a saggy (not soggy) bottom!!

Military

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  1. Military knit coat. £99.99. Zara. Size S-L. Knitted long length coat. A striking lighter weight coat for winter. Perfect for hippy ladies who want to broaden their shoulders so will suit more proportionate pear shapes, and tall boyish shape ladies best. This coat is intended to reach to your ankles, and will look amazing with high heeled knee boots or over skinny jeans.
  2. Pleated cord skirt. £38. Oasis. Size 6-16. 100% cotton, machine washable. Short flippy skirt which will suit most body shapes, but not apple shapes.

Animal

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  1. Leopard dress wrap dress. £99. Biba at H of Fraser. size 6-16. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Wrap dresses suit most body shapes and the V neck and wide sleeves are flattering whatever your age. Fantastic with knee boots in winter. Suit pear shape, hourglass, top heavy and boyish. Probably not apple shapes due to rigid waist.
  2. Pony zip clutch. £32 Top Shop. Faux fur and leather purse. Great for day or night.

Tartan/tweed

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  1. Check wool blend coat £99.99. Mango. Size XS-XL. wool blend mix, dry clean only. This coat is quite chunky and boxy, so although most shapes can wear it, it will complement boyish and some apple shapes best.
  2. Check suit trouser. £49.99. Mango. Size 8-14. Polyester viscose elastane mix. Machine washable. Perfect for work or with a chunky jumper at weekends. Will suit boyish, hourglass and busty women best.

Quilting

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  1. Endo Baffle Quilt coat. £249. Barbour at H of Fraser. Size 8-18. Polyester amide mix. Machine washable. Stylish and warm, this will suit pear shapes, boyish and hourglass best.
  2. Junni faux fur collar jacket. £199. Ted Baker. Size 6-16. Nylon shell, faux fur collar (detachable) and down filled. Dry clean only. This style is best for hourglass and boyish.

Lace/sheer

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  1. Sheer spot pussy bow blouse. £99. Karen Millen. Sizes 6-16. Available in red too. 100% polyester, machine washable. Don’t you just love a pussy bow? The bow draws attention upwards, so great for pear shapes, boyish, apple, and hourglass.
  2. Aubergine long sleeve friledl blouse. £19.99. Zara. 100% polyester. Machine washable. Size S-L. Before you freak out that this is see through, I just want to mention you should wear a vest top underneath (so no unsightly flesh on show) If you are very self conscious, then a long sleeve tight T shirt would do the trick too.. This cunning little blouse, has a discreet V in to break up the chest area, so is great for apple shapes and big busts. The muted sleeves, draw eyes away from chest area.

So did this titillate you and get you wishing the weather was colder, providing a perfect excuse to go shopping? I’ll keep you up to date with new styles coming in, and where to get them, as this quick peek is by no means comprehensive.

Further reading:

15 style tips on how to wear puff coats: fashiontasty

20 style tips on how to wear leopard print: gurl.com

8 ways celebrities are wearing brocade: nubry.com

7 ways to wer the military trend: allwomenstalk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 modern ways to wear 70’s fashion

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images from www.vogue.co.uk/fashion

Can We Lesser Mortals wear 70’s fashions without looking like an “extra” in a Charlie’s Angels episode.

Have you noticed how much denim and suede there is in the shops at the moment? It was inevitable that flares were going to come back in to fashion after skinnies have been around for years. During that time we have all aged….. and are now worrying people won’t realise we are bang on trend, rather than showing off that we can still squeeze into jeans we last wore when we were 18!! (Congratulations if you can!!) But of course, as a “personal stylist” I’m not going to influence you to wear extreme fashions if they don’t suit you. After all, these 70’s trends are responsible for lower hem lines, which is great for those Lesser Mortals who have varicose veins!!! I’ll show you various ways to exploit the trends without looking OTT, and as always, if you can find time to drop a little comment to me, or persuade any of your friends to follow my blog – fabby dabby ( or has that just shown my age….)

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  1. If you just want a hint of trend… Suede utility jacket. £350. Jigsaw. 100% leather. Sizes 8-14. This lovely green jacket, will look fab with contrast sleeves showing under the 3/4 sleeves of this suede jacket.
  2. If you want to follow the trend more closely, try this Suede jacket £149.99. Mango. 100% goat leather. This is a great price for proper leather, though of course, there are loads of man made options around. Sizes S-XL

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  1. How many of you like maxis in the summer? Well, this will hide your legs as well as looking 70’s inspired- denim print maxi skirt. £199. Karen millen. 100% polyester. sizes 6-16. Dry clean only.
  2. But if you prefer to get your legs out….patchwork denim A line skirt. £80. Karen Millen. Sizes 6-16. Cotton elastane mix. Machine washable.

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  1. Off the shoulder top. £26. Next. Size 6-22 in reg, petite and tall sizes. 100% polyester. Also available in orange and black. A more traditional style of 70’s top – great for festivals and BBQ wear.
  2. Poet top. £30. Next. 100% viscose. Sizes 6-22. Not too OTT, this floaty cream top (also available in blush and floral) will look fab over a swim suit on the beach, or with jeans – (flared or skinny).

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  1. Francisco tan high sandal. £45. Miss Selfridge. Size 3-8. 100% polyurethane. A very traditional 70’s style sandal, with stacked sole. Team it with a denim skirt.
  2. Lia open toed wedge sandal. £89. Jigsaw. Size 36-41. Leather. A slightly lower sandal with a  more modern twist. They will look great with flares or denim skirts.

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  1. Diamond quilted slouchy hobo bag. £149. Jigsaw.  Soft suede bag. Available in navy and damson. A nod towards the fringed bags of this season, but not too trendy. Tassel is detachable.
  2. Natural leather suede Hobo bag. £60. Next. 100% leather. Much more trend driven bag with full on fringing.

So you can see how there are more on trend pieces for younger Lesser Mortals, and more classic pieces with a nod to the trend for slightly more conservative mortals!! What do you think of them? You can book me for one to one sessions as a “personal shopper” by clicking here

Further reading:

celebrities wearing 70’s fashion: glamour magasine

decoding the 70’s fashions: fashionisers

we love the 70’s: style.com

top 10 women trends from the 70’s: trendznstylez 

Nail that 70’s trend: stellar

 

5 ways for women to wear tweed in Spring 2015

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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. www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

 

 

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 are the new fashion trends for Autumn 2014

How can We Lesser Mortals look “on trend” in September whilst suffering from post Pina Colada poverty!!!

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Welcome back Lesser Mortals. Kids at school? Post A-levellers waved off on their Gap Year? Students nearly ready to head back to uni? Holiday clothes washed and flat packed till next year?

Is the colder weather starting to make you wonder what to wear, as hawaiian prints are a little too “high summer”, tans are starting to fade, and you still haven’t got your head round buying new winter clothes, not least because you overspent whilst you were in Ayia Napa and your kids have bled you dry all summer. Fear not. Whilst the new trends are looking fresh and exciting, some have already appeared in previous seasons, and you’ll be able to dig them out again, whilst still looking up to date! Some of the trends are florals, animal prints, bomber jackets and checks/tartans. Loyal Mortals, will already have taken my fashion advice and purchased in previous months, but in case you didn’t heed my words, here are some items available to buy now. See…..it’s worth using a style consultant!

Bomber jackets – first featured in March 2014.

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  1. JT108 bomber jacket. Karen Millen. £160. Sizes 6-16. 100% polyester. Suits most body shapes.
  2. Floral printed bomber jacket. Next. £32. Sizes 6-22. 100% polyester. Suits most body shapes.

Tartan and checks – first featured in October 2013.

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  1. Jewel check Silk front sweater. £98. Jigsaw. Sizes S-L. 100% silk front and 100% wool sleeves,. Hand wash. Avoid if large chested.
  2. Graphic check shirt. £110. Karen Millen. Sizes 6-16. 100% cotton. Hand wash. Suits apples, boyish and pear shapes.

Florals – first featured in February 2014.

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  1. Georgah opulent bloom print tunic. £159. Ted Baker. Outer is 100% polyester. Dry clean only. This tunic is reversible to have a V-neck and zip, when worn the other way. Could be worn as a dress, or over jeans/trousers. Sizes 6-16. Will suit boyish and apple shapes, as well as some pear shapes.
  2. Combination printed top. £25.99 Zara. 100% polyester. Sizes XS-L. Will suit similar shoes to above.

Animal prints – first featured October 2013

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  1. Wildcat tie Neck dress. £65. French connection. Sizes 6-16. 100% polyester. Cold wash. Will suit pear shapes, boyish and hourglass.
  2. Animal printed wrap dress. Next. £32. Viscose elastane mix. Sizes 6-22 in petite, regular and tall lengths. Great for hour glass.

So, hoping the word “winter” hasn’t depressed you too much, then keep following my blog as I lead you through the fashions this winter, and if you need an image consultant to help you with a wardrobe detox or to give you fashion advice, don’t hesitate to contact me at www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

Further reading.

Best Animal print as worn by women over 40: 40plusstyle.com

autumn winter print trends (tartan and florals): fashioners.com

womens bomber jackets for Aw2014: wardrobelooks.com

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