Fashion: Star quality - how to channel the new you

Elizabeth Taylor, stepping out of a Hiller 12E4, which was used in the James Bond movie Goldfinger.
Elizabeth Taylor, stepping out of a Hiller 12E4, which was used in the James Bond movie Goldfinger.
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As the sales rage and new looks emerge, it’s time to give yourself a makeover. From Elizabeth Taylor to Adele, Stephanie Smith suggests style icons to inspire and new personas to consider.

So, you’ve got an important event coming up, and you want to shine?

BRIGHT YOUNG (or not so young) THING:  
When you really want to be noticed, you need to find a striking shape in a bold, bright, block colour. This seasons fuchsia pink is perfect, but also consider orange, red and electric blue. Keep the look classy by wearing same colour heels and avoid looking too Eighties with hair and make-up not overdone. Style icons: Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Rita Ora, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Butterfly by Matthew Williamson Bright pink Faye asymmetric hem dress, �120, at Debenhams.

BRIGHT YOUNG (or not so young) THING: When you really want to be noticed, you need to find a striking shape in a bold, bright, block colour. This seasons fuchsia pink is perfect, but also consider orange, red and electric blue. Keep the look classy by wearing same colour heels and avoid looking too Eighties with hair and make-up not overdone. Style icons: Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Rita Ora, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Butterfly by Matthew Williamson Bright pink Faye asymmetric hem dress, �120, at Debenhams.

It might be a family wedding or a charity ball, a special anniversary party or a glittering dinner dance.

Whatever it is, you want to look different, BE different, make heads turn or do double-takes as guests who don’t know you look respectfully impressed, while those who do know you realise that, yes, it is indeed you who looks so polished, so elegant, so together, so striking. And whatever it is you’ve been having, they want it.

It’s time to put away that failsafe little black dress, much as you adore it – it’s become too much of a party comforter and anyway everyone you know has already seen it.

The sales are still raging, which means it is an excellent time to experiment with a little personal makeover, without completely clearing out your bank account.

GOOD TIME GAL: You want to look fabulous and elegant, but with a twist of fun, to show that you are out to have a great time and will not be taking yourself, or anyone else, too seriously. And you want to dance. This seasons fringed cocktail and maxi dresses are perfect for creating movement and causing a stir. Wear with sparkling heels you can dance in. STYLE ICONS: Jean Harlow, Ellie Goulding, Beyonce, Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby.  Lucille fringe dress, was �295, now �145, at Phase Eight.

GOOD TIME GAL: You want to look fabulous and elegant, but with a twist of fun, to show that you are out to have a great time and will not be taking yourself, or anyone else, too seriously. And you want to dance. This seasons fringed cocktail and maxi dresses are perfect for creating movement and causing a stir. Wear with sparkling heels you can dance in. STYLE ICONS: Jean Harlow, Ellie Goulding, Beyonce, Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Lucille fringe dress, was �295, now �145, at Phase Eight.

But which way to go, because there are a few options to consider? You don’t want to look outlandish as you attempt to ring the changes, but then again, you don’t want to slip back into the same old groove without even realising it.

So, here are a few special occasion ideas, trends, themes and celebrity style icons to think about when you hit the shops in search of that special “new you” outfit.

There’s no need to copy your favourite style icons, but do let them inspire you to become a style icon yourself, turning heads for all the right reasons.

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BOHO PRINCESS: If you have always had a secret yearning to get bohemian with your look, now is a good time to have a go, because the shops are full of embellished, fringed and flowing maxi gowns that wouldnt look out of place in Game of Thrones. For a smart occasion, keep the look streamlined by trying a long medieval-style embellished or embroidered style maxi and team with heels, contemporary statement jewellery and a sleek boxy clutch, so the look doesnt become too festival. Style Icons: Sienna Miller, stylist Rachel Zoe, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel in Lord of the Rings, any Game of Thrones female character. Josefina maxi dress, was �139, now �79, at Hobbs.

BOHO PRINCESS: If you have always had a secret yearning to get bohemian with your look, now is a good time to have a go, because the shops are full of embellished, fringed and flowing maxi gowns that wouldnt look out of place in Game of Thrones. For a smart occasion, keep the look streamlined by trying a long medieval-style embellished or embroidered style maxi and team with heels, contemporary statement jewellery and a sleek boxy clutch, so the look doesnt become too festival. Style Icons: Sienna Miller, stylist Rachel Zoe, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel in Lord of the Rings, any Game of Thrones female character. Josefina maxi dress, was �139, now �79, at Hobbs.

DRAMA QUEEN: Full on elegance is key here - and a cape really helps, as in a chiffon or silk style cape that comes as part of the dress, preferably of the same or a toning colour. Again a floor-length dress is best and heels are a must. Avoid too much fabric by keeping the skirt flowing but not gathered or voluminous. The Phase Eight Vera cape dress featured here is perfect, and its in the sale! Style icons: Tilda Swinton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Adele, Bette Davis. Vera ful length cape dress, was �299, now �149, at Phase Eight.

DRAMA QUEEN: Full on elegance is key here - and a cape really helps, as in a chiffon or silk style cape that comes as part of the dress, preferably of the same or a toning colour. Again a floor-length dress is best and heels are a must. Avoid too much fabric by keeping the skirt flowing but not gathered or voluminous. The Phase Eight Vera cape dress featured here is perfect, and its in the sale! Style icons: Tilda Swinton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Adele, Bette Davis. Vera ful length cape dress, was �299, now �149, at Phase Eight.

VINTAGE VIXEN: When in doubt, you cant beat the tried and tested old school glamour of the 1930s and 1950s, when style was sassy, feminine and, generally speaking, flattering. Look for lace, satin, slink jersey and styles that celebrate or help create curves.There are many vintage revival companies online (House of Foxy, Pretty Eccentric) to help. Style icons:  Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Lana Del Rey, Betty Boop. Lana dress in forest green, �179;  Mini top hat with veil, �145, both by Pretty Eccentric on www.prettyeccentric.co.uk

VINTAGE VIXEN: When in doubt, you cant beat the tried and tested old school glamour of the 1930s and 1950s, when style was sassy, feminine and, generally speaking, flattering. Look for lace, satin, slink jersey and styles that celebrate or help create curves.There are many vintage revival companies online (House of Foxy, Pretty Eccentric) to help. Style icons: Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Lana Del Rey, Betty Boop. Lana dress in forest green, �179; Mini top hat with veil, �145, both by Pretty Eccentric on www.prettyeccentric.co.uk

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