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Understatedly sexy for day-to-day

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TeamJesse Thu 23-May-13 12:04:02

How? What sort of outfit would that mean to you? I'm (obviously) not talking high heels and plunging necklines, and I don't mean looking knockout every day either, rather moving away from jeans and verging-on-studenty outfits into grown-up, wearable subtlety - for a SAHM, not office wear.

Any ideas?!

michelleandmali Thu 23-May-13 12:23:37

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MrsLettuce Thu 23-May-13 12:39:04

A little bit of red lipstick goes a long way wink Mac Ruby Woo is queen.

YoniOno Thu 23-May-13 12:42:19

Interesting you use the word 'sexy'! Lots of people post on here wanting to look 'well put together' or 'trendy' or 'not mumsy' but wanting to look sexy on a daily basis, while quite a reasonable wish, isn't a usual S and B request grin

I guess details like having polished nails, a bit of makeup and hair blowdried works - of course feeling sexy is about how you feel so whatever makes you feel good. Natural fabrics, well-fitting underwear, that kind of thing.

Stuff to avoid would be trainers, poorly fitting jeans (skinnies with ballerinas = sexy) or anything overly patterned and mumsy. Mumsy means lots of things but I think mostly it's the antithesis of sexy. Dress simply and comfortably in clothes that you don't mind getting covered in banana/snot.

Leverette Thu 23-May-13 12:56:10

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ivanapoo Thu 23-May-13 13:00:43

Silk drapey tops and blouses with skinny trousers, showing ankles, wrists and neck.

ToastedTeacakes Thu 23-May-13 13:02:00

YoniOno Interesting reply! Made me think about how often men and women appear to have vastly differing ideas of what constitutes 'sexy'. Kind of fascinating subject.

I recall a Pinterest set which I was fond of, featuring outfits and styles that I would personally have described as both chic and sexy, but after showing it to a male friend he just looked puzzled. Asked him what his impressions were and he said 'they all look so harsh'.

Now, lord knows what he meant by that, but I thought they looked dazzling! I think his impression of sexy involves a pretty shirt frock with boots and loose hair, a sort of carefree femininity (whatever the f*ck that actually means). My impression of sexy involves black jeans, cropped jackets and heels - not sure i suit that look myself though!

ToastedTeacakes Thu 23-May-13 13:02:46

pretty short frock

ToastedTeacakes Thu 23-May-13 13:03:33

He also thinks Chloe bags are ugly so he can GTFO!

MadBusLady Thu 23-May-13 13:09:57

For me, a shirt tucked into a pencil skirt, eyes and eyebrows smudgily done but nothing else, hair loosely up. Earrings only. A good bra. And if you want to feel like a complete fox, stockings/holdups underneath it all.

michelleandmali Thu 23-May-13 13:22:36

Agreed on the silkey drapey tops!

thriftychic Thu 23-May-13 15:51:30

and where might these silky drapey tops that you speak of be found ??

LifeofPo Thu 23-May-13 15:55:01

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FauxFox Thu 23-May-13 16:17:06

That wouldn't be very understated would it life hmm

SerotoninCanEatTomorrow Thu 23-May-13 16:24:09

I would love to look like this.

Can we have some links please?

SerotoninCanEatTomorrow Thu 23-May-13 16:24:52

(Not the red bum thing obviously lol)

HeyMicky Thu 23-May-13 16:33:25

I read an article about this recently. They talked about 3 piece dressing - think Elle McPherson, Stella McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow.

- Skinny jeans, maybe even leather trousers.
- Good quality knit tshirt, round neck or high V
- Blazer or tuxedo jacket

Wear with ballet flats, ankle boots or a pointy toed mid heel. Big sunglasses. No statement necklace, no scarves.

Apparently this is the epitome of chic, and pretty mindless when it comes to getting dressed if you keep everything in the same colour palette.

milk Thu 23-May-13 16:51:40

Sexy= oozing with confidence!

Nehru Thu 23-May-13 17:03:11


always works

Nehru Thu 23-May-13 17:03:39

NOT NOT NOT those awful polyester tea dresses baggy cardigans and leggings


noddyholder Thu 23-May-13 17:06:24

I agree with blouse. Semi fitted with a bit of movement. Not too many accessories and slim bottom half. Loose clean natural hair

Skinheadmermaid Thu 23-May-13 17:09:08

It depends on your figure as well. Someone tall and straight up and down can look sexy in a pair of black skinny jeans and slouchy mens shirt with a lacy vest just peeking out. Someone with an hour class shape might look better in a dress.
I think full make up (including lipstick, eyeliner etc) and a hair style that suits you is a must. And painted nails.

Skinheadmermaid Thu 23-May-13 17:09:51

Glass not class!

Skinheadmermaid Thu 23-May-13 17:12:35

Oh and Zara do some lovely blouses in a sort of silk material, they look really expensive and rather sexy (i think anyway,i'm a recent convert to Zara after being too scared to go in for years!)

LifeofPo Thu 23-May-13 17:14:31

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