Summer leg make-up

Summer has suddenly arrived here in London and holidays and summer parties may be on our horizons. Many of us will be wearing our summer skirts and dresses. What to do with our pale winter legs?

Summer leg make-up may be the answer. I recently received an email from one of my readers asking my advice on whether to wear tights or not with open toed sandals. My answers was that it is more modern to invest in a good pedicure and go bare legged. So how do we prepare our legs and in my case camouflage my less than perfect “pins”.

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l. Calze spray on tan leg make-up MarksandSpencer // 2. Ameliorate body lotion Feelunique // 3. Body blur instant HD finish Nordstrom  4.St.Tropez Tan body gloss Lookfantastic // 5. Nars laguna body tint

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Cotton sweaters for Summer. I have finally packed away my winter woolies. Summer took so long in coming and Spring. except for the blossom, seemed nonexistent. I have still kept a few of my lighter weight sweaters in summery hues in my wardrobe, just in case. However what I find to be incredibly useful during the summer months are cotton or linen/cotton mix sweaters. On a sunny but chilly day they add that extra layer, not to mention splash of colour. I also keep a couple in France see my capsule wardrobe post. The pink linen/cotton V neck (US link) I am wearing is a recent purchase from WoolOvers(US link).

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cream summer jacket

A cream jacket can be one of the most useful wardrobe items. It is extremely versatile.  There are a variety of  special occasions where a cream jacket would come in handy. It could equally well be dressed down with a pair of jeans and flats or sneakers.

I purchased the one I am wearing last year from Zara. This year there are an even wider range of cream jackets in various styles and fabrics available in the shops and online.

I have added a touch of the modern and on trend by teaming my classic cream jacket with a pair of new style wide ankle length trousers by MeandEm.  and a classic black tee also by MeandEm. I have added a pair of  black medium heel court shoes. Some years old (similar John Lewis and Nordstrom). If heels are not your thing and I do admit that I mostly wear flats these days; you could easily substitute a dressy pair of flats for the heels.

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 maxi dress with trousers

Maxi dresses with trousers are like peaches and cream. In my opinion they naturally go together. I have been wearing dresses/tunics over trousers on and off for many years. For me they are the ideal combination. The trousers help to cover my legs (not the greatest aspect of my anatomy) and the dress covers my wider hips. This look is back in fashion. An added bonus as suitable dresses abound on the high street.

Here I am wearing a long cream and black stripe shirt dress by Mango. Teamed with a pair of cream cotton/linen crop trousers and long line cream tee Both by MeandEm.

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Can older women wear pink?

I continue my love affair with all things pink. I guess I have always loved this soft pastel feminine colour. I have a memory of being about five years old and wanting to wear a frilly pink party dress to go out and play in the garden. My mother had other ideas!

The sweater I am wearing above is a gossamer fine cashmere from WoolOvers (US link). It is  slightly transparent so I wore a camisole underneath.

I was introduced to WoolOvers last autumn (See how I wore their deep pink cashmere here.) They currently have a sale on selected items here (US offers). I have teamed the sweater with a pair of linen/ cotton blend crop trousers by MeandEm. I am beginning to embrace the new crop trousers. When you add the appropriate accessories, especially shoes I think they are a fresh look for summer.

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