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Understatement is the new black

By Jan Shure, February 24, 2011

It may have been a directive from her new backers to get the flashbulbs popping, or it may have been a natural desire to make those same backers sit up and take notice, but whatever impelled the prodi

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The right steps to spring style

By Jan Shure, February 21, 2011

The female world divides into those who spend a lot on shoes and those who spend a little… I am sorry to disappoint/disillusion readers, but I am in the latter camp.

Yes, I know all the arguments in favour of pricey shoes - they camouflage a Primark outfit making it look as if it came from Browns, they are "noticed" in chi-chi shops and ritzy restaurants marking you out as well-dressed rather than a chav, and a real lady always wears "good" shoes, etc.

But, really, what a lot of anachronistic twaddle, intended to make us slaves to the idea that only designer shoes will do.

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Boyfriend, we still love you

By Jan Shure, February 14, 2011

Yes, readers, we are all still deeply infatuated with the boyfriend. The boyfriend jacket, that is, also known as the blazer and occasionally as a tuxedo when it has a roll collar in place of revers. Last year, it was the hottest jacket shape on and off the catwalk, and this year the boyfriend is still strutting its stuff in the high street and all the leading stores.

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Be suede by skin for summer

By Jan Shure, February 7, 2011

I concede that the idea of splurging on suede and leather for spring and summer feels distinctly counter intuitive. Both fabrics seem to fit into a winter wardrobe far more appropriately than into a summer one.

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How to rock the trouser trend

By Jan Shure, January 31, 2011

If you expect clarity from the JC on trousers for Spring, you are - and I say this with the utmost regret and humility - in for a disappointment. The fashion editor is as confused as most of you and, indeed, as most of the designers, who cannot seem to agree on what is the hot trouser shape for the Spring season, offering, in place of clarity, a smorgasbord of choice.

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The fuchsia’s bright (and so is the yellow, purple and green)

By Jan Shure, January 27, 2011

There is a certain irony to our continuing - indeed, blossoming - love affair with colour. Anyone who has been a sentient adult since the turn of the millennium will recall that, for the previous 20 years, every woman claiming even the most minimal fashion credentials refused to be seen wearing any colour that wasn't black.

Exceptions were reluctantly made for navy, grey or chocolate when those colours strode the runway as the season's alleged substitute for black.

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How to get dressed the white way

By Jan Shure, January 17, 2011

Naturally, you want to be snuggly on the slopes, but we show you how to ensure you keep your style credentials, too.

If you are heading to St Moritz, Aspen, or one of the other recession-defyingly expensive ski resorts this season, expect the uniform on the slopes to be head-to-toe Chanel.

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Your guide to being sales savvy

By Jan Shure, December 22, 2010

A combination of the economic uncertainty and over-buying at fashion HQs around the UK means there is plenty of winter stock from which to pluck alluring bargains.

Readers are, of course, savvy enough to know the sales rules, but in case you are rendered forgetful in the face of overwhelming temptation, here they are again:

● Only buy something in the sale if you love it madly or need it badly (true non-sale, too).

● If you wouldn't have loved it at full price, don't buy it because you won't love it any more at a knock-down price.

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Sun bound? Here's your poolside wardrobe

By Jan Shure, December 20, 2010

The idea of peeling off the cashmere and heat-tech to try on a bikini or a beach kaftan right now is enough to make us all come out in goose-bumps. But if you are among the 11 million Brits estimated by a recent Halifax survey to be taking a winter-sun holiday between now and March, the current Siberian-style temperatures are unlikely to deter you from heading to the shops to scoop up some new swim and beachwear.

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Add some va-voom to winter party time

December 13, 2010

You may, of course, have splashed the cash on something sensational for partying: a new frock, a pair of ankle-skimming trousers or a tulle skirt and a sleek tuxedo (inspired, of course, by last week's partywear). If that is the case, you will be urgently seeking the perfect shoes, bag, bangle, cuff, earrings and necklace to accompany them.

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