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Fashion: Sex it up!

IT'S time to say bye bye to boho and hello to a sleeker, more elegant look that shows off your curves and silhouette. High heels are back with a vengeance, along with tight pencil skirts and fitted ladylike jackets. This season we're embracing all things womanly and feminine, but it's not about romance - think of a vampish, sexy you

MILITARY "The most approachable way to wear the new military or nautical look is to wear a coat. Think big brass buttons, detailing on the jacket and the fitted shape of the coat," says Shelly Vella, Cosmopolitan's fashion director.

Team your jacket with a dress or a summery skirt for a soft take on military. H&M, River Island, Wallis and Warehouse all have affordable jackets. The surprising bestseller is Primark's pounds 12 version

PURPLE OPULENCE "Dark purple and black are back this winter, to add a gothic feel to outfits. Purple is a softer colour than black, and is quite practical, slimming and easy to wear," she says. Get your berry fix with plenty of purple tops, skirts and knitwear - don't miss out on Gap's rich royal purple cords, pounds 39.50

RUSSIAN "It's all about the embroidery this season, and the opulence that's very Russian princess," says Shelly. Jazz up a simple outfit with an embroidered skirt at Marks & Spencer and Miss Selfridge, or team an embroidered top with a pair of smart jeans. If you're feeling more confident, try an embroidered coat such as the black version at Cherokee, Tesco, for pounds 50

TAILORING "There's a move towards 1950s film and screen star glamour, and ladylike tailoring is definitely very popular this season. Skirt suits, princess line coats, pencil skirts and high heels show off the body and sculpt curves, for a sexy and sophisticated starlet silhouette," says Shelly. Head to stores like Next, Principles, Oasis and Topshop

VICTORIANA Victorian lace-front knee-high boots are gaining attention this season, which you can find at most shoe stores, including Faith. Dorothy Perkins, George at Asda, Kookai and Morgan have a great selection of Victorian inspired pieces, from pretty Victorian blouses to silky lace camisoles
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2005
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