12 denim fashion finds daring to be different!

Denim fashions courtesy of vogue.co.uk: Caroline Herrera Philip Plein Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini  Gucci

Can We Lesser Mortals find stylish modern denim and not look like a rhinestone cowboy?

Yadah, yadah, yadah…blah blah more denim, Seen it done it, and ticked the box about twenty years ago! Why should we buy more denim, when it’s been knocking around for ever and a day? Surely those old baggy bootcut jeans are fine?

Seems like fashions are always re-inventing themselves, putting a twist on an old favourite, to create a new trend. The same applies to denim. Is it just a marketing ploy?  Could be, but we all know –  getting up to date styles will help you look younger, which is always good? Right?

Denim is comfortable, hardwearing and relatively cheap. Consequently, there are now many varied styles to suit every wardrobe personality and budget,  which means you don’t have to look shabby or casual – unless that’s your bag, baby.

For busy women and Lesser Mortals who are on the go, time poor and so need hard wearing clothes which wash well, then denim ticks the box. Get the right style and cut, & denim clothes can flatter and compliment. There is every style of jean out there from skinny to flares, cropped to full length, and in every depth of shade. Remember – high waists will make your legs look longer, but can make tummies and bottoms look bigger. Low waists can show muffin tops, but will make your body look longer and your legs shorter. Skinnies can make legs look chunky, whilst flares can add curves & balance out bigger hips. seek advice if you’re not sure what suits you.

Fundamentally, if  jeans aren’t your “thing”, then denim dresses and skirts as well as jackets and blouses, can keep you looking edgy. I shan’t show you bog standard denim jackets, mini skirts and  jeans, as there are tons out there which are easy to find. Rather, I’ll tempt you with some styles which I think are a little out of the ordinary. Why run with the flock? Remember –  if it’s out of your price range but you  like it, you could keep an eye out for the sales! Some stores are already offering 20% off spring styles.

My favourite……I’m quite attracted to the jumpsuit, the biker jacket and of course – I’m a sucker for the trainers!!

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  1. Izzy denim dress. £299. Jigsaw. Size 6-14. Linen cotton elastane mix. This has a voile overlay and will be cool in summer, as it is not a heavy denim material. This shape lends itself well to pear shapes.
  2. Cotton strap jumpsuit. £39. Marks and Spencers Size 8-22. 100% cotton. Machine washable. A very easy piece to wear either with converses, or a silk bomber jacket and wedge sandals to dress it up at night. This will suit pear shapes, boyish and omit the belt for slight apple shapes.
  3. Indigo sporty shirt dress. £28. Dorothy perkins. Size 6-20. 100% cotton. Machine washable. Actually, Dotty P has a variety of denim dresses & a lot are reduced now, so you can pick some up for £15. This one comes in tall length too. The will suit boyish, and possibly hourglass and pear shapes if you aren’t too curvy.
  4. Edie denim shirt dress. £110. French connection. Or House of fraser  Size 6-16. cotton elastane mix. Machine wash cold. This is probably best for boyish shapes.

  1. Mower denim slim jacket. £140. G star XXS to XL. Cotton elastane, machine washable. Styled like a biker jacket but in a dark denim, this style will suit those with smaller chests.
  2. Belted denim jacket. £145. Karen Millen. Size 6-16. Cotton polyester elastane mix. The pockets on this will make boobs look bigger, so best for boyish and pear shapes. However, if worn open, most body shapes will get away with.

  1. Ash wide leg jean. £85. FCUK.  Size 6-16. Polyester, cotton elastane. Most jeans this summer are skinny, cropped, or ripped to bits. So these will suit pear shapes and balance out those ladies who are top heavy.
  2. Denim top £42. Top Shop. Size XS-XL.  100% cotton. Machine washable. This top has fashionable trumpet style sleeves, and an empire style bodice. This will suit pear shapes, boyish and some apple shapes, but it’s not very stretchy.

  1. Flared midi denim skirt. £39. Warehouse. Size 6-18. This is so easy to wear in the summer. Wear it with converse or wedge sandals. Perfect for most body shapes.
  2. Long denim shirt. £24.99, H and M Size 6-18. 100% lyocell. Machine washable. This would be great worn as a dress, or a beach cover up. This shape suits most, but great for apple shapes. Belt in, if you are top heavy.

  1. Asda japanese Denim trainer. £98. Jigsaw. Size 36-41. Made in collaboration with Japanese mill Kuroki. These will be fab with a floaty dress, jeans or shorts.
  2. Denim crop top £25.99 Zara Size XS – L  100% cotton. Machine washable. This boxy style with puffed sleeves, will suit pear shapes and boyish best.

So push your boundaries, and grab some of the up to date denim in the shops to add a youthful edge to your wardrobe. You can email me for advice, or book me for a consultation Vicky Smith Styling.

Further reading:

20 style tips on how to wear a denim jacket: gurl.com

8 do’s and font’s of double denim: Style caster

How to wear a denim shirt 21 ways: the refinery

How to style a denim dress: whowhatwear

16 fresh ways to wear a denim skirt: more.com

 

10 Blooming way to wear florals this summer

Valentino (Vogue.co.uk)
Valentino (Vogue.co.uk/catwalkfashions)

Can We Lesser Mortals wear florals without looking like a shrinking violet?

I feel like florals have been around for ages, but they certainly reflect the mood of spring and summer. Often we feel more inspired to wear bolder patterns and colours in summer, than in winter. Florals don’t have to be girly. You can choose to sling them on with a pair of brogues or choose a bolder, more  aggressive print, rather than a pretty pastel. Even if I wasn’t an “image consultant” I’d be totally up for a flower or two – you can’t help being cheerful when wearing flowers! How about you? Which would you wear?

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  1.  Pretty floral shift dress. £48. Warehouse. Sizes 6-18. Polyester viscose elastane mix. Machine washable. It may look at little short (depending on your age) but on holiday it’ll be fine. This will suit boyish and pear shapes.
  2. Floral chiffon sleeve dress. £35. Warehouse. Size 8-16. 100% viscose. Machine washable. A loose shift style tunic, for easy wear around the house and on the school run. Great with footless tights and pumps or wearing over jeans too. Suit boyish and apple shapes best.
  3. Carolina dress. £130. Phase eight.  Sizes 6-20. Cotton polyamide elastane mix.  Machine washable. The sweetheart neck line flatters a larger chest, so is great for hourglass figures.

floral top and skirt oasis boy floral jumper Next floral T shirt Teb baker

  1. Digital floral pencil skirt and top. £40 and £40. Oasis. Sizes 6-18. Cotton elastane mix. Machine washable. This gives you plenty of outfits – dress, skirt, top. The top is boxy, so not great for big busts. Will suit boyish figures, and slight pear shapes. The skirt on its own, will big chested and hourglass ladies. Apple shapes may find this suits them, and the added value is, you can buy different size tops and bottoms.
  2. Daisy red bardot sweater. £15-£25. Next. Sizes 6-22, also in petite and tall sizes too. Cotton, nylon, viscose mix. Will suit most body shapes, but if you are large chested,  buy it small enough to nip in under your chest.
  3. Idris window blossom T shirt. £45. Ted Baker. Size 6-16. 100% viscose. A really pretty T shirt in a more subtle floral print which will make jeans outfits, look quite smart. Any body shape.

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  1. Floral printed jacket. £65. Next. Size 6-22. Cotton polyester viscose elastane mix. The boxy shape means it is probably best for boyish and pear shapes.
  2. Sarah frill blouse. £39. Pepperberry. Sizes 8-18. As well as each size being cut in Curvy fit, through to super curvy. Viscose elastane with removable cami inside.Machine washable. Perfect for busty women.

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  1. Flight of fancy floral jeans. £80. French connection. Size 6-16. cotton elastane. Cold wash. Slightly more subtle print, and suits anyone who normally wears skinny jeans.
  2. Olivia sugar floral trousers. £110. Reiss. size 4-14. Cotton elastane mix. Machine washable. Suit boyish, hourglass and top heavy best.

Let me know if this has inspired you to try out some floral clothes. Keep looking at my Facebook Vicky Smith Styling, to give you ideas on how to wear clothes, or book a one to one with www.vickysmithstyling.co.uk

Further reading:

20 style tips on hot to wear florals: Gurl

winter floral print trend: STylecaster

floral fashion trend: Just the design

9 rubbery ways to embrace the Scuba trend!!

http://www.rokasports.com/collections/womens-maverick-wetsuits

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

 

 

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