There’s a new trend that has slowly made its way onto our radar this season – and it’s one that most women can wear. Comfortable, versatile and flattering, your spring/summer wardrobe may be in need of a kimono jacket!
Avoid bulky jackets that pile on the pounds – the kimono is a good alternative. Belted versions will create a defined waist, whilst a longer length and wide sleeves leave you feeling covered without the extra padding some jackets can give.
So how do you wear this trend? The kimono is a perfect layering jacket, and will look great with the majority of your exisiting wardrobe. Wear it as you would a casual cardigan, with trousers, jeans and even trainers. It can also be teamed with a dress or skirt for the evening. If you are not very tall choose a shorter length and slimmer sleeve or sleeveless version.
Cream linen trousers several years old by Armani similar here.
The sandals I am wearing are by Damart. They are incredibly comfortable and have a graduated wedge heel at the back. I am not a great fan of wedge sandals but these are just right as they give enough height and support. I am sure that I will be wearing these frequently this summer as they go well with both dresses and trousers.
It is Monday morning so time for more beauty, fashion and lifestyle advice from the FashionFlashGroup. Plus my recommendation for the week.
Last week one of my oldest and best friends came to stay. I took a few days off from blogging and we had a wonderful time together. Several of our days were spent exploring the London shops. We came across a fascinating beauty outlet in Marylebone High street selling natural produces “The sugar collection”. Neither of us had heard of it before. Apparently it was set up by two inspirational women. They based their ingredients on their grandmothers use of sugar, a natural antiseptic.
We bought the sugar lip polish as we both have dry flaky lips. It is a sweet exfoliating treatment that leaves lips incredibly soft and smooth. The formula is enriched with real brown sugar crystals to gently buff away dry flakes as it exfoliates and conditions. I found that a little goes a very long way and my lips definitely feel smoother.
Available at Sephora and Nordstrom. For my UK readers Sugar is available at Fresh-London 92 Marylebone High Street Tel: 0207-486-4100,
Now for some more news and views on fashion, beauty, exercise, diet, mature dating, holidays for us grannys and general advice on how to stay current, healthy and chic in the second half of our lives.
I have listened to your many comments and questions regarding dresses with sleeves and have been busy doing some research on your behalf.
Last year when I was searching for a mother of the groom outfit dresses with sleeves seemed to be as rare as a snow leopard. I am happy to say that this year there seem to be many more suitable and attractive dresses with either long, 3/4 or short sleeves.
I have curated a selection for you starting with some investment pieces. I don’t think you can go wrong with a classic DVF wrap dress. I bought one about 6 years ago and will be wearing it again this summer. You can see it here.
The lovely pink dresses below are by Goat. They offer really beautiful classic styles suitable for the most formal of occasions. Their fabric is very good quality and their shapes structured and simple.
If you have followed this blog for a while you will probably know that when we are in France in the summer one of my favourite occupations is to watch the wedding guests arrive at our local church on a Saturday afternoon. It is a very beautiful church and a popular wedding venue for Parisian families as well as the local residents.
As the weather is normally hot and sunny the dress code is more relaxed than in the UK with many of the women wearing trousers and long dresses. Another reason for this more casual vibe is that often the reception is held in one of the beautiful beach restaurants on Pampalonne beach near St. Tropez.
This year I will not be the photographer hiding in the bushes taking photographs as I have been invited to attend a friend’s daughter’s wedding.
What to wear. I have decided not to go with the more formal English dress code but to choose something more informal. I am not a great fan of spending a lot of money on an outfit that you may only wear once or twice, unless of course you are mother of the bride or groom. I have chosen pieces that I know I will wear often during the summer by dressing them down with casual T shirts and flats.
If you prefer more formal attire for your special occasion MarksandSpencer have a good selection of dresses with sleeves, which I know from your comments and questions is important to you. They have also put together a great dress guide to help you choose the right style for you.