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Get the Look: your how-to guide

05.11.2013

Olivia McCall

Executive fashion director, InStyle

WITH A NOD TO the sophisticated style of the Hitchcock heroine, let flattering feminine silhouettes define your look, day or night. Here’s how to capture classic chic with a modern twist.

 

Evening glamour

After dark, a timeless shift in dramatic black speaks volumes. Style yours with statement jewellery for extra sparkle. Shop now

Swap your shoes

Add new edge by trading strappy sandals for high-heeled ankle boots. A luxe clutch adds polish.

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Keep it sleek

Knee-skimming hemlines and streamlined cuts define this trend. Look out for touches of lace, satin or velvet to give understated shapes a subtly seductive spin.

Create drama

Glossy lips and nails paired with silky black lashes finish the look.

SELECT A SHOWPIECE

A standout necklace will instantly transform a simple dress – it’s just the thing to take your look from day to night.

Accessorise and shine

Accentuate your waist by wrapping a skinny belt around a fit-and-flare dress for hourglass results. Slip on some pin-heeled courts: they’re the shoes of the season.

Nine-to-five style

Nipped-waist dresses, neat jackets and full skirts bring ladylike elegance to daytime dressing. These pieces are perfect for the office and provide a fresh alternative to the traditional trouser suit.
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  • Add impact

    Keep the look current with touches of leather - the must-have textile will boost demure looks.

  • Hold everything

    Padlock Tote BagShop now

  • Walk tall

    Autograph Leather Ankle Strap Shoe Boots with InsoliaShop now

  • Consider colour

    A pared-back palette is always stylish, but that doesn’t mean you need to rely on black alone. Let muted prints and rich berry tones create interest.

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Weekend chic

Fine knits and cosy coats add feminine flair to off-duty looks when splashed with warm, autumnal hues.
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Walk on the wild side

Animal print accents or a dash of faux fur lend a luxurious feel to everyday staples.

Rethink Knits

High-necked jumpers make a comeback - tuck yours into a full skirt as a elegant alternative to jeans for Sunday lunch.

Take Cover

A sharp-cut coat adds instant sophistication to weekend separates. Throw on and go.

Warm up

Autograph Pure Cashmere Colour Block JumperShop now

Step lively

Autograph Leather Pointed Toe Water Resistant Court Shoes with InsoliaShop now