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Aoibhin is bang on trend, but take care with this look

WHILE Fair City actress Aoibhin Garrihy certainly stood out in her black and gold combo dress at The Lancome Christmas celebrations in the Shelbourne Hotel, our fashion desk had a sense of deja vu.

Indeed Aoibhin must surely have her finger on the fashion pulse because Girls Aloud wore similar dresses at the Royal Variety Performance in London earlier this month. Add in the fact that Helen Mirren attended premieres of Hitchcock in two variants of the black and gold approach and you have yourself a Christmas trend.

Be warned however, this is not an easy look to pull off and can make younger wearers appear 'mumsy' while the more mature can look a bit 'try too hard.' It's so hard to get the balance right.

There's a lot to be said for the good old LBD. Throw on a gold necklace if you must.