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Got a fashion dilemma? TV presenter and fashion stylist Nicky Hambleton-Jones, former star of Channel 4 show 10 Years Younger, is on hand to help.

Beautiful beach cover-ups

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on Friday, 24 August 2012

As we struggle to cling on to the final few weeks of summer, last minute holiday deals become more and more tempting, especially when the weather takes a turn for the worse.  But as Autumn/Winter style storms the shops it can become harder to find the perfect wardrobe for that impulse getaway. One essential item for that late summer holiday is the beach cover-up – a multi-tasking item that can take you from pool to bar in an instant!  Luckily there are still some great options to choose from!

Some of us may not be as happy with our beach body as others, especially at this latter stage of summer when indulging has become too tempting to resist.  This beach dress from Monsoon will still let you flash a little flesh without overdoing it.  Hitting mid-thigh it sweeps over your stomach conveniently concealing and hiding any worries you may have.  The striking tribal pattern is still on-trend and the embellished detailing keeps you looking as stylish as ever without showing all. £16.50 down from £55.00

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For those who want a little more cover, a maxi dress is the ideal solution.  This light blue number from Reiss is perfect as the light material keeps you cool for longer whilst covering almost everything, leaving you to enjoy yourself without having to worry too much about what’s on show. £47.00

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How can I wear white lace without looking like a lost bride?

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on Monday, 20 August 2012
Mint velvet scarf

Season after season we have seen lace as a prominent trend on the catwalks with designers such as Dolce and Gabbana and Ralph Lauren making good use of the delicate fabric. There is something very elegant and pretty about lace which is why it has stood the test of time. Reminiscent of the Royals, the trend dates back to Queen Elizabeth where lace collars, ruffles, caps and shawls were all the rage during the 17th century.

Today lace is a great fabric as its versatility means that you can create a variety of looks that encompass pretty, flirty, romantic chic and lady like charm. However there is a fine line between right and wrong! So, here are my top tips for wearing delicate lace without looking like a runaway bride...

Try to use lace as an accessory Lace accessories are great as they add a delicate touch to your outfit and you can dress it up with scarves and wraps. Sweet lace collars are useful as they can make ordinary tops look dressier. This mink lace scarf from Mint Velvet will complement a multitude of outfits for summer and would make an elegant edition to your collection of accessories. £39.00.  

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I change my hair colour a lot. How can I make my clothes work with all my different hair colours?

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on Monday, 13 August 2012
Mango dress

When it comes to hair colour, it’s usually not the shape, fabric or design of your clothes that matter but the colour combinations you use in your day to day styling. Many people who dye their hair a different colour suddenly realise that a lot of their favourite clothes don’t look so good on them anymore.

Knowing which colours work with your hair can save you from a major fashion faux pas. You may have to experiment at first, but you’ll soon be able to tell which colours really work for you.

Here are my golden rules and suggestions...

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Where can I get a cinch belt in a small size (most of them are too big)?

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on Monday, 06 August 2012
Topshop pink belt

Belts are the go-to accessory to enhance all this season’s big trends, and ‘the skinny’ is an excellent creation because it offers so much versatility. You can double up a couple of belts and wear on your hips for high fashion chic or wrap one around your favourite knits, jackets or shirts. We’re literally spoilt for choice with bundles of colours, styles, prints and embellishments to choose from. You can really jazz up an outfit with this trendy accessory.

If you are struggling to find a belt small enough for your waist, you could try styling a knot at the front or side which will add an interesting dimension to your look while gathering any extra slack from the belt. Why not have a go at doubling up your belt if it’s big enough to go twice around your waist – or if it doesn’t quite stretch, you can always tuck or loop in the loose ends to disguise your trick.

Here are some of my favourite picks from the high-street, which you can tailor to your shape and style.

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Where can I get a red dress that will take me from office to cocktails without looking tarty?

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on Monday, 30 July 2012
Coast dress

 

Move over trusty LBD as this season it's all about the LRD. Eva Mendes and Victoria Beckham have been seen sporting gorgeous red numbers recently and even The Duchess of Cambridge has recently been seen in a bold Red Alexander McQueen outfit for the Queens Diamond Jubilee.

Red is a great summer alternative to black; It’s bold yet classic and provided you get the look right, it can be sexy and sophisticated at the same time. Thankfully there are lots of outfit options to choose from in the shops, making it easy to take your look from desk to dance floor.

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