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Colour Files: Pink

Where do you stand on wearing colour? How about the deliberate colour clash - which is everywhere, so even if you have no intention of sporting it yourself, prepare to see others rocking the look. Shades might be advisable if colour is anathema. We'll start with an easy one: pink.…

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5 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe for Autumn

Yes, it’s (notionally) still summer, but the new season stock is trickling into the shops and our consciousness. You hesitate now and that chunky knit will be a lost love after which you will pine all winter. And the weather has gone all crazy on us (grey but warm/raining/downright chilly), so what better excuse for easing your wardrobe gently into autumn? Here are five key pieces to update your wardrobe for autumn. (You know the drill: buy now, wear now, feel smug, add a sweater as the chill sets in.)…

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Zero Time, Max Style

Okay, brace yourself, this skirt is the starting point for today’s Style/Time post. I know, bright is the word. (And perhaps a little Doris Day….) But bear with me. It’s not as scary as it looks, colour-shy readers. AND you can wear it for work (unless you work in a mega-corporate environment) and it’s a shoo-in for the wedding season. For everyday wear, think Carolina Herrera (the woman has about a gazillion white shirts – I know this because when I interviewed her, years ago, she was wearing said shirt with a fabulous gold skirt, and confessed she had lost count of the number of white shirts she possessed) and opt for a classic, crisp, white shirt. This season, when it comes to shirts, it’s all about buttoning them right up to the top. (All part of the modesty movement i.e. fashion has turned its back on flesh-baring.) Here are two options: investment versus high street steal: Carven white shirt, £230, my-wardrobe; formal clean structured shirt, £32, Topshop                                           I’d probably opt for a simple shoe, here. The skirt does all the talking…

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Maternity Monday – Part 1: How to dress a bump

Welcome to Maternity Monday! Fear not: for the bump-free and the ‘no intention of being with bump any time soon’, normal service shall resume tomorrow. We’ve just come over a little bit pregnancy today. Call it the Kate Middleton effect. This is the first of three special posts: come back soon for  an indispensable beauty guide from the brilliant Grace Timothy – beauty editor/guru and writer of the fabulous The Pregnant Beauty Guide. But, first up, because style is a subject so very dear to my heart (as my bank balance knows to its cost), I bring you the W&W guide to dressing your bump. You’re pregnant? Congratulations! You are about to embark upon the best adventure ever. You are also about to embark upon Wardrobe Confusion. Fancy looking like this? Then avoid doing what I did when first pregnant, and temporarily forget how you actually dress. If you never wear pattern/dresses/a blazer over leather leggings/dunagrees, why on earth would you do so now? I think of this when I see pictures of Kate Middleton (I cannot for the life of me remember to call her the Duchess of Cambridge. She looks exactly like a Kate Middleton to me) with her teeny weeny…

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Hand Candy

So, on Friday evening, my husband and I went out for supper to celebrate our wedding anniversary. (It was lovely, thanks. We went here – it’s just reopened after a refit and very nice it looks, too. Plus the food is pretty sublime.) Anyway, this is not the point. The point is that, when I was getting ready to go out, I realised that – despite a respectable collection of bags, I do not have one which befits an evening occasion. Obviously, what I really want is this (because what woman in her right mind doesn’t love a. a bit of sparkle and b. a bit of Anya): You could dress it down with skinny jeans and a (ahem) Breton striped top; dress it up with a fabulous evening frock (or be like my friend Anna and rock leather leggings and peep toes mere weeks after you give birth. Yep, that’s how fabulous she is.). But, fan of mine though she is, whispering about it in my two-year-old’s ear is unlikely to yield Hindmarch cometh Mothers’ Day. So, I opted to look elsewhere. I started here, because ethnic is so Right Now. This would make a low key outfit sing. Or you could opt…

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My uniform: Antonia Kraskowski, fashion editor and blogger

Meet Antonia. She’s a stylist, deputy fashion editor at The Express, owner of a sausage dog called Holly, and the self-named ‘sartorial guinea pig’ behind the fabulous Thirty Days blog. (Do also check out her hilarious new incarnation, Flatzilla – as the fashionista tackles flat-owning (and renovation).  We love her work and really love her style. In the first of an irregular regular series, she gives us the lowdown on her look (with, naturally, that all-important ‘steal a stylist’s secrets’ bit.)…

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Green glorious green

  I think my Asos fixation might be getting out of hand. I learnt the secret of successful asos-ing (what? ‘To asos’ – it works as a verb…) courtesy of my boss (this is not, I should add, all I have learnt from her – the woman is a powerhouse). The secret is to check in regularly, scour the ‘what’s new’ page and look out for Asos’s own line, for there you will find items to covet.* I have just snapped up this little beauty. The shape, the colour (that green with the navy belt…), the texture – they’re all so bang on that I think it might just become my spring wardrobe staple. And it will work brilliantly with a striped top – the litmus test of a good buy. I might even be daring and pair with something like my brighter-than-bright pink J Crew ‘Tippi’ jumper. Too much, you say? * They also do a nice line in affordable maternity basics. Because, really, what more do you need than jeans, trousers and some pretty floaty tops? Picture: Asos…

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You are my sunshine

The sun (apparently) is going to come out tomorrow. (Like little orphan Annie I am eternally optimistic). But until then, I give you this beauty of a dress from Whistles new collection. £135, Whistles I have this bag in classic black. Biennial satchel, £295.63, J.Crew  It is The Perfect Bag for anyone who: a. leads any kind of double life. I’m thinking work and motherhood, here, but, hey, whatever form your double life takes… My point is simply that it works for both eventualities b. likes to walk around in flats, but switch to heels for work/meetings/luncheon assignations c. totes a vast amount around with them at any given time (book, diary, laptop/kindle/ipad, make-up bag, spare book just in case the bus gets stuck in traffic…) It has compartments a-plenty.  AND it’s a joyous sunshine shade. What’s not to like? I recently discovered (at the Banana Republic summer press day – more of which anon) that Banana Republic do stonkingly good jewellery. And nothing makes an outfit like a chunky necklace or indeed a bracelet.  Or, if you’re in the market for something more delicate, this necklace from ASOS is a bargaintastic beauty.                …

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Green shoots of spring

Okay, it’s freezing outside, but let’s pretend for a fleeting minute it’s not. Because this dress from ASOS is ringing all kinds of bells for me. I can see it with bare, brown legs and cute flat sandals. Perhaps a contrasting necklace (or just a simple gold chain or two)? Maybe it’s ever so slightly granny’s curtains? Eek. Tell me it’s not so, because I love the way it looks like spring AND like something my Mum would have worn when she was my age (and I really love that thought).   Dress, £40 at  asos.com   …