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lazy days; style.

Byline: Tess Daly

Phew, it's all over - party season is officially behind us so it's time to give those killer heels a rest and start the New Year by slipping into something a lot more comfy. From cool and casual sweatshirts to pretty pyjamas and camisoles, you can still look chic lazing around the house.

Here are a few of my high street favourites...

So the party's over, the New Year is here and it's time to ditch the killer heels and put your feet up at home in some cosy and totally fabulous loungewear.

Off-duty days for me mean chic and slouchy cardies, leggings and sheepskin booties. Yep, staying in has never been so stylish.

On the high street, Gap has a gorgeous and affordable range of cashmere loungewear - scrumptious pants and luxe jumpers. If you really want to be decadent, check out the White Company's floor-length cashmere bathrobes (

And you can't beat the sheer comfort factor of an Iro all-in-one jumpsuit. As far as I'm concerned, during these cold, dark winter months, deprived of sun and sexy sandals, we owe ourselves a small slice of comfort.

Of course, today is when we make all those New Year's resolutions and I intend to stick to my style promises for 2011. I pledge to streamline my wardrobe once and for all - it's high time for those harem and high-waisted pants to go.

I'm ruthlessly sticking to the one-year rule - if an outfit hasn't been worn in 12 months, it's history! This year, I've also decided to cut back on waste by buying fewer throwaway pieces that shrink in the wash and opt instead for the best quality I can afford - I'm heading to the sales for 70%-off designer bargains!

This year, it's all about fashion-proof classics that will go the distance and pay for themselves year after year.

I also have my eye on the key trends for spring 2011. Lace is still on the fashion map come summer - grab a few pieces now in the sales. I'll also be channelling Audrey Hepburn's ladylike style in Breakfast at Tiffany's - that early-60s silhouette is set to be huge, with fitted tops and full skirts or figure-hugging sheath dresses. Accessorise the look with cat-eye sunglasses!

And feet, prepare to rejoice because it's all about the kitten heel. This is a multi-tasker - good for work and play and it's sexy, too. Team with a dress or rolled-up cargo pants.

Beyonce would be wise to take note, too, as it's not always necessary to suffer for fashion. She recently said, "I'm always in pain, my heels hurt all the time but you have to suffer for beauty." I beg to differ, Beyonce - invest in a pair of kittens, my lovely, and happy feet shall be yours!

Dressing gown, EUR35.25, White bra, EUR24.50, Booties, EUR19.75, all from La Senza Tres

Chic jumper dress, EUR27.10,

Cami pyjama set, EUR24.50, Marks and Spencer

Slipper socks, were EUR19.75, now EUR18.99, Barratts @ eBay

Outlet 100% silk camisole, was EUR53, now EUR32.75, Kookai @ eBay

Outlet Jogging bottoms, EUR18.75, H&M

Red vest, EUR7, Topshop Socks, EUR2.75, Primark

Frill night set, EUR18.75, New Look

CeCe PJ set, EUR28.50, Knickerbox @ Ann

Summers Grey Hoodie, EUR12.75, New Look

Red polka dot bottoms, EUR7, Peacocks

ask the expert


It's so cold outside I'm going to be forced to wear a hat. The thing is, I don't have a hat face. I always look like a hobo. How can I be stylish in a hat this winter and stay warm, too?



I have a problem with hats, too. I have a small head so I find it hard to find ones that fit - my mum's the same. But there are so many great hats out there this season, so don't write them off. I love a trilby for effortless chic and found a fab felt one in Reiss with a black ribbon trim.

Alternatively, try ear muffs and headbands (Topshop has some fabulous faux fur ones). I just picked up some cream ear muffs attached to a statement headband - great for a bad hair day!

They look great with your hair pulled back into a pony, too.

For the ultimate in luxury, check out Ugg's sheepskin ear muffs - they're pricey at EUR83.50 but so cool. I bought my best friend some for Christmas. If your ears are warm, you're warm!

Striped earmuffs, EUR19.75, Accessorize Leopard sweatshirt, EUR33, Topshop

Red vest, EUR7, Topshop
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 6, 2011
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