Keep your fashion timeless – and in the now

You’ve got a passion for fashion, a glare for flair, the wiles for style and the something-that-rhymes-with-couture for couture – but have you got the look to match?

Indeed, staying on the style bandwagon is a bit like trying to keep pace with a Ferrari on-foot – it really ain’t likely.

But that doesn’t make fashion an impossible dream. Even on a shoestring budget, you can easily look like Cara Delevigne’s cooler sister. All you need is the right knowhow.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with these style tips. Follow them to the letter and you’ll never fall foul of the couture cops.

Masterful morning rituals

That first look in the mirror is like staring at the cruel hand of fate. Your eyes are puffy, your hair a Neanderthal-scraggle and your skin flakier than a reluctant friend.

But you can make quick improvements with a neat and easy to implement beauty regime.

Start by replacing your high street body wash and shampoo with natural variants, stripped of cheap and nasty chemicals. A natural shampoo, for instance, will increase the strength of your follicles and make it look radiant.

Next, be sure to moisturise straight after you shower. That puffy, imperfect appearance will soon be transformed.

Classic cool

Let’s take a trip back in time, when glamour was at its peak. Then, you had the true icons riding high – Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Marlene Dietrich.

What was it that made them so wonderful, so glamorous, and so downright stunning? Was it their ubiquity? Was it the gossip mags that obsessed over them? Or was it their ability to epitomise high-end glamour without looking like they had lifted a finger?

The answer is the latter, and you should take a leaf out of their book.

Perfect a few outfits using stark blacks and whites, with minimal splashes of colour. Be it cocktail dresses or a sportier look, you’ll be standing out from the crowd wherever you are.

Westwood’s DIY

If there’s one phrase that sums up fashion, it’s personal expression. Think of a designer like Vivienne Westwood, a woman as mad as a box of frogs but with more wonderful designs in her head than the Victoria and Albert Museum.

She’s a lady to aspire to, even if you can’t afford her dresses.

Try for that DIY look and you’ll have a sense of style that’s entirely your own. Simply pick up a high street article of clothing and make alterations as you please. Or if you’re feeling extra-adventurous, start from scratch with fabrics and a sewing machine.

After all, what could be more timeless than an act of self-expression?

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