Why it's okay to be Out of Fashion. Crinkle Culottes & Floral Cold Shoulders

Crinkle Pleated Culottes, Next Floral Cold Shoulder satin top, Clarks Sandals. Over 40 | Fake Fabulous

It's sunny and warm in Scotland!*

{*gets the flags and banners out to celebrate.}

There is something joyous about a really warm day when they are few and far between.
Especially when that warm day that just so happens to be your day off (insert relieved and slightly smug face! 😌).

Arms are out.
Legs are out.
Sunglasses are on!

{There is also a cardigan, brolly and covered shoes packed in the big bag... Scottish weather can change at a moment's notice.}

Today I am wearing silky, flowing culottes and a silky, flowing top.
SO comfortable, it almost feels like a cheat!

Chunky, retro sandals and a HUGE bag were all this outfit needed to have me grinning from ear to ear.
Perfect for a day like today.

However....

While I was looking at the photos of this outfit I realised something.
This look is so far behind the latest trends that it is almost 'old'.
Are the true fashionistas totally over culottes and cold shoulders?
Probably.

I realise that I am WAY behind the fashion-party.
In fact, I have probably missed the bus all together... Taxi!!

And, you know what?
It's okay!

Warming up to a trend is a normal thing for regular people to do.

Lurching from one latest "must have" to another doesn't allow us the time to settle and enjoy.

It's okay for some items to be on a low simmer rather than vigorous boil!

Crinkle Pleated Culottes, Next Floral Cold Shoulder satin top, Clarks Sandals. Over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Culottes have been on a really slow burn for me.
I first tried them at the beginning of my blogging life and struggled (understatement!).
I felt awkward, frumpy and out of proportion.
In short... a sack of tatties! 
(Or a bag of potatoes for anyone unfamiliar with that phrase.)

Crinkle Pleated Culottes, Next Floral Cold Shoulder satin top, Clarks Sandals. Over 40 | Fake Fabulous

BUT...
As time (and style) moves on, my affections have changed.
Today I feel comfortable and confident.

Ditto the cold-shoulders....
From feeling awkward (and a bit silly) to feeling sleek and sexy.
Who'd have thought it?

Crinkle Pleated Culottes, Next Floral Cold Shoulder satin top, Clarks Sandals. Over 40 | Fake Fabulous

So the moral of my style story is; Do you own thing and follow your own path.

Yes, keep up with what is trending, and read fashion magazines/blogs.
Yes, keep trying new colours and new styles. 
BUT, don't give up on styles and colours that you love, and that make you happy.
In fact, don't give up on anything that makes you happy.
And, if your style is on a slow-burn when it comes to certain things (like me) then so be it!

Crinkle Pleated Culottes, Next Floral Cold Shoulder satin top, Clarks Sandals. Over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Are there any trends that you are just coming round to?
Are there any 'old' trends (or colour combinations) you still love?
Please share them in the comments.
I would love to hear from you.


I wanted to leave you with this ridiculous photo of me taken just as a bee flew in my ear! Hahahahaha
Much as I love bees, this one gave me a fright.
My husband almost fell over laughing!


CULOTTES: Matalan.... similar.
TOP: Next
SANDALS: Clarks... similar.
BAG: Bogner...splurge....save.... this one is fun!
GLASSES: Tkmax... similar.
EARRINGS: Asda... these are pretty.
RINGS & BANGLE: Gifts

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4 Ways to Wear a White Shirt | PPP

White sleeveless shirt under a red dress, leopard platform shoes & Black& white belt | Over 40

Each month Anna, Ann and I are styling a 'classic' item and this month it's the turn of the boring classic white shirt.
White shirts are supposed to be a "Wardrobe staple" that "Every woman should own!"

BUT...
I find it hard to see past the link with school, or my old waitresses uniform.
White shirts leave me feeling bored and uninspired.

Perfect for this month's ping pong piece!

These posts are supposed to help breath a little life into otherwise uninspiring items.
{See last month's blazers (Zzzzzzzz) HERE}

White sleeveless shirt under a red dress, leopard platform shoes & Black& white belt | Over 40

This white shirt is sleeveless, and made a perfect 'fake' collar for a red dress.
However, a full sleeve would probably have worked better for me as I would have prefered an extra layer!.
{My only full-sleeved white blouse is too billowy.... see it HERE}

White sleeveless shirt under a red dress, leopard platform shoes & Black& white belt | Over 40

A bold belt and Leopard shoes were all this outfit needed to make it feel like me!

White sleeveless shirt under a red dress, leopard platform shoes & Black& white belt | Over 40

DRESS: BonmarchĂ© c/o.... now on sale for £25!
BAG: Hidesign...this is nice.
EARRINGS: A gift
GLASSES: Tkmax.... these are lovely.

Monica from Señora Allnut

Monica is one of my favourite bloggers!
She is uniquely stylish.
Her use of colour is a constant source of inspiration, as she is someone who clashes and mixes colour/print/pattern in unexpected ways.
Her outfits prove that preferring comfort is no excuse for being boring.

Plus, her smile is contagious!

I am thrilled to have her join us this month and take on the challenge of a white shirt.
{I knew this would be a big change for her....Monica is not a white shirt kind of girl!}


I love how she 'cheated' a little by using a white shirt as a jacket/cardigan.
This is how to wear something plain and make it fun, colourful and fabulous!


Be sure to follow Monica on Instagram for more inspiration!


TROUSERS: Festa (old) / pantalĂłn
SHIRT: La Redoute (ages ago) / camisa blanca, de hace siglos
SHOES: El Naturalista (last summer sales) / zapatos, rebajas del año pasado
T-SHIRT: C&A (old) / camiseta rayas
ORANGE COAT: La Redoute (old) / gabardina naranja
NECKLACE: Sfera (old) / collar
BAG: Surkana (old) / bolso

(Outfit details and a lesson in one!)

Anna from Anna's Island Style

Anna's shirt is classic, basic and traditional.... none of these adjectives apply to Anna!
{Okay, there are pleats and bold buttons, but you know what I mean. 😊}

She has taken the boring shirt (her words as well as mine!) and given it a kick up the rear with this funky pattern clash.
A completely masculine idea (trousers, shirt, waistcoat) with a totally feminine twist.
There is a mermaid/man feel for me that I love.
Helped a little by her location, I'm sure!


Follow Anna on Instagram for more style inspiration....prepare for location envy!


BLOUSE: charity shopped
WAISTCOAT: River Island
TROUSERS: Primark
BOOTS: Primark
Ring and Pendant: charity shopped
SUNGLASSES: Quay Australia

Ann from Kremb de la Kremb


Ann has gone all white.
Making the white shirt part of an achromatic outfit (no colour at all) adds impact.
Ann really suits white, and this outfit looks fabulous on her.
Casual but beautifully elegant.


All-white outfits are so chic looking, even when the pieces are all casual.
There is something about wearing all-white that says "I must be a pulled together and organised person to wear this".
Brilliant for when you want to make an impression.

{I wrote a post on this subject... see it HERE}

EARRINGS: Forever 21
Too many other baubles to mention!
SHIRT: Shein
JEANS: Gloria Vanderbelt from charity shop, double DIYed hem by me
SANDALS: Teva

Follow Ann on Instagram. for more inspiration... especially if you are a fan of cool-comfortable footwear.

Is there a classic item you would like to see featured?
Do you wear white shirts?
Or, do they remind you of school uniform?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.
I love hearing them!

Bright Yellow & Grey | When You Have to Have it!

Bright Yellow Next Trousers, Lemon off the shoulder shirt & Grey buckle sandals | Fake Fabulous |Over 40

As someone who buys 80% of her clothes from charity shops, or on super-discount sale, it is a rare thing to be tempted by a full-price item.
Especially when I understand the HUGE margins, markups and just how much of a rip-off new clothes can be.
BUT...
Sometimes something catches my eye and I can't walk away.
Something that makes me go back to the shop....twice.
Something that I know will slot perfectly into my wardrobe.

Hello yellow trousers!

Bright Yellow Next Trousers, Lemon off the shoulder shirt & Grey buckle sandals | Fake Fabulous |Over 40

(Please excuse my hair in these shots. It was SO windy, and I had bits flying around everywhere!)

I know that bright yellow trousers are not everyone's cup of tea, and I realise that if I wait a while these bright yellow trousers will probably end up in the sale rale for a fraction of the price-tag... BUT what if my size sells out?
What if these bright yellow beauties slip through my fingers?
Sometimes we have to strike while the iron is hot!

As I was trying these trousers on I could imagine them going with just about everything in my wardrobe.
Whether it's a neutral, or another bold shade.... Ooh the possibilities!
AND they are perfect for any season.
Sandals, heels, trainers or boots will work beautifully.
To top things off, they are perfect for all occasions... work, weekends or even a casual night out.
A must have!

Bright Yellow Next Trousers, Lemon off the shoulder shirt & Grey buckle sandals | Fake Fabulous |Over 40

Yellow is the perfect partner for so many colours, but today I wanted to stick to an old classic...
Grey.

Grey is a subtle neutral that grounds the boldness of the yellow and gives the outfit a smarter feel.
Maybe even suitable for work?

{See some other work outfit ideas HERE}

Bright Yellow Next Trousers, Lemon off the shoulder shirt & Grey buckle sandals | Fake Fabulous |Over 40

My much-loved buckle sandals and a patent belt were all this outfit needed (I am wearing long earrings, but you can't really see them) plus a pale grey bag to carry all of the bits and bobs I needed for the day.

Grey is such a great shade that can make any bold colour seem more wearable.
It is not a colour I often wear head-to-toe (although it can look super-chic) but it is a great partner for more 'difficult' colours, or patterns... like bright yellow!

Yellow is one of my favourite colours... although I think I say that about every colour 😊.
I can't pick a favourite really!

Maybe my favourite depends on my mood?
Or the time of year?

Do you have a different 'favourite' colour at different times?
What was your latest "Must Buy"?
Please share in the comments... or email me (samantha44blair(at)gmail(dot)com)... I love hearing from you!

TROUSERS: Next
SHOES: All Saints...similar
BAG: Bonmarché c/o
BLOUSE: Next
BELT: Boden (old).

Bright Yellow Next Trousers, Lemon off the shoulder shirt & Grey buckle sandals | Fake Fabulous |Over 40

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Bold Work Look | Culottes & Stripes | Black, White, Blue & Orange.

Bold Work Look | Patterned Culottes & Stripes | Black, White, Blue & Orange | Over 40 | Fake Fabulous

If your work environment allows it, why not inject a little colour into your working wardrobe?
Spring is the perfect time to move away from all-black, navy or grey and bring some of your favourite colours into your daily work life.

Bold Work Look | Patterned Culottes & Stripes | Black, White, Blue & Orange | Over 40 | Fake Fabulous

This work outfit is simple, and comfortable.
Loose fitting culottes and a striped top are smart enough for my workplace, but may not be appropriate for yours.
However, you can substitute the shapes for smarter options (like a shirt/blouse or pencil skirt) but still keep the bold feel.
Open toes may be frowned on if you work in a corporate environment, but a closed toe bootie works just as well.

Mixing prints is as easy as pie if you stick to the same colour palette.
These culottes have black, white, blue and orange so a black and white striped top teams effortlessly with them... the added orange trim is just a bonus!
(Adding a bold necklace can also work well.)


A vintage brooch adds a little personality.
My quilted bag grounds the look slightly, and finishes things off nicely!

Bold Work Look | Patterned Culottes & Stripes | Black, White, Blue & Orange | Over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Boldness may (or may not) come naturally to you, but it is very important not to 'disappear' as we get older.
Whether that is in relation to having your voice heard (at work, home, in your community), or being noticed as a woman.
Keep pushing yourself.
Being visible starts with confidence.
The best way to feel confident is to feel good about yourself.
Go bold and fake that fabulousness!

Does wearing something bolder help you feel braver and more confident?
I know that works for me but I would love to hear your thoughts!

Please share in the comments, or send me an email at samantha44blair(at)gmail(dot)com.

{EDITED: I almost forgot! I'm going to pick my bra-giveaway winner tomorrow...see the original post HERE... so if you would like a chance to win just send me an email with your bra size and I'll get in touch if you are the lucky winner.}

JACKET: Monsoon...similar.
CULOTTES: River Island...these are nice.
TOP: Oliver Bonas
SHOES: JD Williams...these are similar.
BAG: Topshop... similar.
BROOCH: Vintage... this one is interesting.
GLASSES: Ray Ban

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How to Wear a White Peek-a-Boo Culotte Jumpsuit, Over 40 | Part 2

How to Wear a White Peek-a-Boo Culotte Jumpsuit, Over 40 | Casual with Denim

This outfit is part two of...

How to Wear a White Jumpsuit, over 40.

See part one (the smarter version) HERE.

I must admit that I like this outfit much more than my 'smarter' look.
Despite there being 4 more challenges with the jumpsuit worn this way.

{See the original 4 challenges in the first post HERE.}

1. Saggy Crotch

I know that leaving the jumpsuit 'loose' means that the crotch is lower, and I should find this awkward and unflattering....but I actually prefer it this way.
It feels more modern, and super-casual.
I would go so far as to say I love it's low-slung charms!

2. More Peek to the Peek-a-Boo

Yes there is more peek from the peek-a-boo, but I'm okay with that.
The looseness of the fabric means there is no ooze, and I feel covered and confident.
The jumpsuit has a built-in cropped top which adds coverage and interest.
The cropped part is not tight either, so it gives the illusion of falling away from a toned midriff (it's certainly not, but no one would know!).

How to Wear a White Peek-a-Boo Culotte Jumpsuit, Over 40 | Casual with Denim

3. Leg Shortening

A midi-length hem on a dress or jumpsuit (teamed with a flat shoe) is notoriously leg-shortening.
However, by keeping the outfit monochromatic we can get away with it... just!
If you have very short legs, and want to keep the flat shoes, try a shorter hemline.
In fact, a playsuit could be your best friend... it doesn't need to be super-short, just above the knee.
Petite ladies look amazing in a playsuit!

4. Less Shape

Adding a belt to a loose outfit like this can give it more shape, but you can also lose the 'feel' of the item.
This jumpsuit may be a high maintenance white colour, but it is still laid back and casual.
Leaving it loose helps maintain that casual vibe.

How to Wear a White Peek-a-Boo Culotte Jumpsuit, Over 40 | Casual with Denim

This version of the white jumpsuit outfit is so much more comfortable, and easy to wear.
Simple slides and a chunky necklace were all the jumpsuit needed to make me feel "dressed".
My (very) old denim jacket, and a fun bag finished things off nicely.

{See this leopard bag styled HEREHERE and HERE.}

What are your thoughts on wearing things in a baggy, shapeless and supposedly 'unflattering' way?

Please let me know in the comments...I'd love to hear your opinion.

How to Wear a White Peek-a-Boo Culotte Jumpsuit, Over 40 | Casual with Denim

JUMPSUIT: Noisy May at ASOS...similar.
SHOES: c/o Bonmarche
BAG: Online.
JACKET: Boden (very old)...similar.
NECKLACE: Oliver Bonas...similar.


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How to Wear a White Peek-a-Boo Culotte Jumpsuit, Over 40 | Part 1

White Peek-a-boo Noisy May Jumpsuit, Topshop jacket, Tan booties, over 40 | Fake Fabulous

This outfit is part one of a two part post...

How to Wear a White Jumpsuit, over 40.

Lets be honest here....
There are 4 challenging things going on with this white jumpsuit.


1. It's White.


White is notoriously difficult to wear, especially if you are a dirt magnet or clumsy (like me).
White can also be see through (undies or fleshy bits on display are never good!)
White has a bad reputation for being unflattering, and visually widening.

2.It has Culotte legs.

Culottes....sigh.... they can be tricky can't they?
I've had trouble with them in the past.
LOTS of trouble... see HERE, HERE and HERE.

3. It has a peek-a-boo midsection.

Peek-a-boo?
Over 40?
With a post-lots-of-babies squishy midriff?
Give me a break!

4. It's a Jumpsuit 😜.

Any style of jumpsuit has it's problems.
Bathroom issues.
Baggy bum issues.
Saggy crotch or Camel toe issues.
The list goes on...

So, pretty much everything about this outfit is a challenge, right?

Well....
Not really.

Yes, it may be a fankle to visit the ladies and, yes it has it's issues, but if you like something (like white jumpsuits) you should definitely be wearing them!

Having said that, wearing a white jumpsuit does require a little planning and a handbag addition.

The planning part is all about the underwear.
Smooth and well fitting pants are essential.
Any ooze or bulge will stand out like a sore thumb, even the seams on your knickers are on show.
In my opinion the best thing to wear under culottes is a culotte slip.
(I found mine on eBay but you can get a similar one HERE)
And, the best knickers to go for are brazilian style.

What is your go-to knicker style when you don't want a VPL?

The handbag addition are wipes, just a small packet of wet wipes for any slitters or spots.
The fabric of this jumpsuit wipes easily and dries quickly.
I dropped a blob of coleslaw (from my lunch) in my lap but recovered easily 😇 .

The culotte-ness of this jumpsuit is growing on me.
I have struggled in the past, but the more I wear culottes the more I like them.
Plus, there is no need to worry about dirty hems!

The peek-a-boo section of this jumpsuit is only a slither (when belted) and shows the narrowest part of the body.
A mere suggestion of skin!
(You'll see more in the next post)
It is also a flowing fit, so there is no squeezing and inevitable oozing through the peek-a-boo holes... Yikes!

Jumpsuits are undeniably more difficult when visiting the ladies!
Unzipping can be tricky, then there is the "holding up".
With this white one I just took it off and hung it on the back of the door!
Much less hassle, and no danger of it falling on the floor.
Yes, bathroom trips take a few minutes longer but it's no big deal really.

White Peek-a-boo Noisy May Jumpsuit, Topshop jacket, Tan booties, over 40 | Fake Fabulous

I may have belted the jumpsuit this time, to give a 'shape' and add interest, but I found that I prefer it unbelted and baggy at the crotch... weird right?

{More on that in the next post!}

The belt also reduces the look of the peek-a-boo area to just a slither of skin, which is also easier to wear... and a little smarter.

White Peek-a-boo Noisy May Jumpsuit, Topshop jacket, Tan booties, over 40 | Fake Fabulous

I added a simple pair of chunky earrings but no other jewellery, sometimes a little less is better (only sometimes though!)

My (very) old favourite cropped jacket, and a pair of peep toe booties finished things off nicely.

{See this old jacket styled HERE, HERE and HERE.}

What are your thoughts on...White?
Jumpsuits?
Peek-a-boo bits?
Please let me know in the comments...I'd love to hear your opinion!

White Peek-a-boo Noisy May Jumpsuit, Topshop jacket, Tan booties, over 40 | Fake Fabulous

JUMPSUIT: Noisy May at ASOS...similar.
BELT: Topshop...this one is really cool!
BAG: old...this one is pretty.
JACKET: Vintage Topshop...I like this yellow one.
EARRINGS & BRACELET: Gifts...these earrings are fabulous!
SHOES: JD Williams.... similar.


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Yellow Eyeshadow (or any Bold Colour) Over 40.

Yellow Eyeshadow (or any Bold Colour) Over 40

I've always loved the look of bright and bold makeup.
Whether it's a statement lip colour, or a striking eyeshadow.
Worn well, bold makeup can look interesting and fabulously modern.

However, bold eyeshadows can seem very intimidating, especially on more mature eyes.
{We have crinkly bits to deal with, after all!}

Having said that, being 'older' is not a good enough reason for giving up on wearing bold makeup.
In fact being older is a great excuse to experiment and have fun!
With age (and experience) comes freedom and confidence.

Bold colours are surprisingly easy to wear.
All you need is to find one you love and 'ground' the bold colour with a neutral shade.

In this case the yellow is grounded with a taupe (actually an eyebrow powder but it works well) and a neutral lip.

I was going to do a video about how I got this yellow look but Lisa Eldridge does it SO much better, and so much more beautifully.

Her model is absolutely stunning.


If yellow is not your colour then you can pick any colour you like!
Just play around, and have fun.

I have included an "unflattering" side shot in full sun (below) which highlights every flaw on my face... just to show that even in 'real" life with an over 40, asymmetric face, the yellow still looks pretty cool! 😀

Do you dare to go bold, or do you play it safe?
If you play it safe, what is stopping you experimenting?
If you go BOLD, what is your colour of choice?

Please share in the comments... I love hearing your stories, thoughts and experiences!

Yellow Eyeshadow (or any Bold Colour) Over 40

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Mixing Florals & My Least Favourite Style of Jeans!

Mixing Florals | Pink Floral blouse, Navy Blazer & Bootcut Jeans | Bonmarché

Do you ever get stuck in a style rut?
A rut where you actively AVOID certain types of clothing?

Are you guilty of getting the fashion blinkers on, and only considering styles you know and love?
Whether it's a certain hemline or a particular style of jeans.

{Guilty}

Mixing Florals | Pink Floral blouse, Navy Blazer & Bootcut Jeans | Bonmarché

In my case those blinkers are firmly fixed on skinny jeans.
Generally discounting all other styles, I head straight for them.
Skinnies have taken over from my old favourites... the bootcut jeans.

{See some of my skinny jean favourites HERE, HERE and HERE}

Bootcut jeans were my fashion staple in the 90's.
I loved my Levis to death, and wore out 4 pairs (it used to take a lot of effort to wear out those old jeans)... they quite literally fell to pieces!

Mixing Florals | Pink Floral blouse, Navy Blazer & Bootcut Jeans | Bonmarché

Bootcut jeans have fallen off my radar... I would even go so far as to say I don't really like them any more.
I feel they are old fashioned, and a bit frumpy.
Yet (in the spirit of keeping an open mind) today I am in a pair of bootcut jeans... I thought it was about time I tried them again.

Mixing Florals | Pink Floral blouse, Navy Blazer & Bootcut Jeans | Bonmarché

I'd forgotten how comfortable they are!
Skinny jeans can feel tight and restrictive, especially if you have to sit or kneel at any point during the day.
These bootcut jeans are comfortable enough to wear all day (even when I was curled up on the sofa in the evening).
I am not giving up my skinnies any time soon, but I will definitely be giving these easy-going jeans a spin more often!

Mixing Florals | Pink Floral blouse, Navy Blazer & Bootcut Jeans | Bonmarché

I decided to team these bootcut jeans with a double dose of florals!

Florals are such a big trend for spring and (in my opinion) look great when mixed and clashed.
Layering florals is a little unexpected, and a lot more interesting than a single dose.

This floral top is in a lovely pink colour with fluted elbow length sleeves, that aren't annoying and too dangly.
The lightweight floral blazer matched and clashed just enough 😀... I can see this being worn a lot this season.

{See this post about OTT sleeves and my DIY solution}

It's still pretty chilly here, so I added a cosy striped layer underneath.

Mixing Florals | Pink Floral blouse, Navy Blazer & Bootcut Jeans | Bonmarché

A simple satchel, and practical flat satin pumps finished my look of perfectly.

Mixing Florals | Pink Floral blouse, Navy Blazer & Bootcut Jeans | Bonmarché

Are you guilty of avoiding certain styles?
Or, favourite styles from your past that you used to live in?
Why do you avoid them?

Please share in the comments (or contact me) ...I would love to know!


Mixing Florals | Pink Floral blouse, Navy Blazer & Bootcut Jeans | Bonmarché

SHOES: Boden (old)....similar
BELT: GAP (old)
NECKLACE: A gift from a friend.
BANGLE: Charity shop
WATCH: Swatch...this one is lovely!
GLASSES: Primark...these are cool.


Embroidered Jeans, Bare Shoulders. GOOD Bra v's BAD Bra & a GIVEAWAY!

Embroidered Jeans, Bare shoulders, Sheepskin Clog Mules & a Good Strapless Bra | Fake Fabulous

Off the shoulder tops can be tricky to wear, can't they?
Especially as we get older and the ability to go bra-less is a distant memory (if it was ever an option in the first place)!

Cold shoulder, off the shoulder and bardot tops can look incredibly feminine and classy-sexy (flesh without the flash).

BUT...

They can often seem unwearable.
Especially when we consider our (lack of) underwear options.
No one wants to look matronly, and frumpy, with a chunky bra-strap on show.
Or with awkward bulges, lumps and bumps.
Fiddling, fidgeting and yanking at your underpinnings is never attractive either.
{We've all done it, haven't we?}
A well fitting bra is crucial... more on that in a moment.


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Embroidered Jeans, Bare shoulders, Sheepskin Clog Mules & a Good Strapless Bra | Fake Fabulous

These skinny embroidered jeans were in a charity shop for a couple of pounds.
Brand new and tagged.
The original owner had a change of heart (maybe they were just a little too tight?) but they are perfect for me!

I like the embroidered detail, which is by no means sophisticated or intricate but it gives the impression of a little bit something extra going on.

I really wanted to wear these tight jeans with an off the shoulder top that was sent to me from Ann in Hong Kong.
I've only ever worn it with layers (see that post HERE) and I really wanted to try it with my new strapless bra.

Strapless bras... useless, right?

I've never been a fan of a strapless bra.

  • They give an odd and lumpy looking shape.
  • Boobage ends up with a droopy appearance.
  • Not supportive.... at all!!
  • They ride up, move about and slip down.
  • The band is too tight and too uncomfortable.
  • A total waste of time!

However......

Embroidered Jeans, Bare shoulders, Sheepskin Clog Mules & a Good Strapless Bra | Fake Fabulous

After visiting a local independant lingerie shop I finally found a strapless bra that fits.
{As well as a few other styles!}

I felt like a bit of an idiot when the lovely ladies handed me the 'correct' size and I saw what they could do for my figure.
Once I had picked up a few new bras from Lepel, Wonderbra and B-tempted I felt like a new woman.
Friends even commented on "Something different?" and told me my (previously unmentioned) dress looked "amazing!"
That's got to be a good thing, right?

I have (finally) realised that importance of a good bra can't be overemphasised.
Especially with many of the modern fabrications (like viscose) that our clothes seem to be made from.
Fabrics can be structureless and clothes fit where they touch.
Many styles are unlined, and unforgiving.

A good bra can give structure and can even give the illusion of a fabulous figure.
Smoother, uplifted boobs and a more defined waist... making clothes look so much better.
An ill-fitting bra can ruin your outfit and destroy your confidence.

A great fit is like a "Eureka!" moment.
Comfort.
Support.
Shape.

Look at the sorry state of my bust in the image on the right (below).
My poor boobs are pushed into a strange position, squished and dragged down.
I also have strange bumps.
Even the top sits differently... like it's being dragged down.
Embroidered Jeans, Bare shoulders, Sheepskin Clog Mules & a Good Strapless Bra V's BAD BRA  | Fake Fabulous

The image on the right is of my old bra, which I thought fitted me perfectly!
Oh dear... {hangs head in shame}.

Embroidered Jeans, Bare shoulders, Sheepskin Clog Mules & a Good Strapless Bra V's BAD BRA  | Fake Fabulous
I don't have big breasts (by any stretch of the imagination) and some people may think smaller boobs don't need 'good' bras.
Surely only large breasted ladies need serious construction?

WRONG!

All breasts deserve a decent uplift.
All women deserve to look their best.

Most of us are wearing the wrong size of bra!

Even if we think we aren't.
Even if we think our bra looks okay, and it is comfortable.
Even if we think we know what we are doing.

I thought I had the perfect bra.
I had measured myself.
It was comfortable.
It looked smooth.
Hmmm...
I was wrong.

The most common mistake we make is wearing a back size that is too big.
Most of the time this is because the right fit feels too tight, and a bit uncomfortable.

{Guilty as charged.}

I have found out that it is important to bear with this initial tightness... the bra will loosen off slightly with wear, and should feel tight when it first goes on.
A new bra should be secured on the outside hooks.

Snug = Support.
Support = A great shape!

It's very important to try on plenty of bras to make the right choice.
Each brand is different, and each style fits in a different way.
A 34C in one style can be totally different from another, even within the same brand.
Try some on, and then try some more!
You may have to be flexible with your idea of "your size" and keep an open mind.

{You may think you are a 32B and turn out to be a 30D in one brand, a 30DD in another and a 28E in another. Just like someone I know...Ooops!}


Embroidered Jeans, Bare shoulders, Sheepskin Clog Mules & a Good Strapless Bra  | Fake Fabulous

At least my shoes fit properly 😜!

Embroidered Jeans, Bare shoulders, Sheepskin Clog Mules & a Good Strapless Bra | Fake Fabulous

When is the last time you were measured?
Do you find it hard to find a bra that fits well, and feels good?
Please share your favourite brand in the comments!

I'm also giving away 2 Multiway Bras  that were gifted to me from Fantasie.
All you have to do is send me an email (samantha44blair(at)gmail(dot)com) with your Fantasie bra size, and if you are one of the lucky winners, I will send you a new one!

I promise not to hand your details over to any 3 party and I also promise not to send you anything other than a "Congratulations!" email if you win... apart from the bra itself, of course 😀.

Boring, but essential Terms and Conditions....

  1. This giveaway is organised by myself and is not associated with any other party.
  2. The giveaway is just for fun, and a way for me to share my gifted items with my loyal readers.
  3. I will select the 2 winners from email and comment entries.
  4. There is no cash alternative.
  5. Unfortunately, I can not offer a return service or alternative sizes.... make sure you know your exact size in the Fantasie brand!
  6. There is no alternative prize (e.g different colourway or style).
  7. I will send the prizes out via regular UK or International post, depending on where you are.
  8. One winner will get a pair of briefs included in their parcel!
  9. I won't disclose the winners names or any other details.... if you want to share your win that's up to you.
  10. Good luck!

If you would also like to share your sizing story with me I would love to hear it!

TOP: A gift from Ann at Kremb de la Kremb....similar.
JEANS: Charity shop, originally George.... similar.
BAG: Vintage... this one is lovely.
CARDIGAN: Charity shop, originally Boden...similar.
SHOES: Timberland (old)...these are gorgeous!
SCARF: Old...this one is pretty.

Embroidered Jeans, Bare shoulders, Sheepskin Clog Mules & a Good Strapless Bra  | Fake Fabulous


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