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Looking for a new image for the year ahead? Celebrity stylist Nicky Hambleton-Jones gives you 10 looks to choose from in her new book How To Be Gorgeous: Wear It Your Way and Feel Like a Goddess Every Day.

Nicky (38), the former presenter of Channel 4's 10 Years Younger-- who recently gave birth to her first child, a son called Benjamin -- outlines the key elements needed to get gorgeous celeb looks for a pinch of the designer price.

We outline six of Nicky's looks and all that you need to wear it well.

It's an essential guide for choosing your new year style and stocking up on the garments you will need to be a stylish knockout for any season.

Boho Chic

Celebrity role model: Sienna Miller

  • Weathered jeans. Whether you prefer straight, bootleg or skinny jeans, stick with what you like and just opt for something with more of a distressed or 'worn' finish.

  • Printed dress. A key element of modern Boho is the printed dress. Wearing a dress over jeans or trousers will make it more versatile and give you the confidence to experiment.

  • Blouson top. Not something your grandmother would wear, but a sheer/chiffon top with delicate print and bell sleeves.

  • Tunics/kaftans with embroidery. Loose tunic-style tops or kaftans with detail around the sleeves or the neckline are ideal, and they hide a multitude of sins and create a striking feature.

  • Waistcoat. An essential of a Boho toolkit, it helps create shape by defining the waist. It is also ageless, anyone can wear a waistcoat, and layering it over printed tops gives it a more feminine feel.

Grown-up Glamour

Celebrity role model: Kim Cattrall

  • Pencil skirt. For a sexy and flattering look, choose one that is quite fitted. It shouldn't pull, but should be a slim fit around the thighs and taper in slightly towards the knees. Most women can carry off a pencil skirt as long as they dress it with a pair of heels.

  • Pussy-bow blouse. One of the most difficult elements of grown-up glamour to get right. Get it wrong and you'll look frumpy rather than fabulous.

  • Bustier. There is nothing better to shape a waistline or lift your cleavage, so don't just save your bustier for best.

  • Boxy jacket. Inspired by the 50s, these jackets flatter most figures, but their cropped style means they are particularly good on shorter women.

  • Printed tea dress. Flirty, sexy and fun, the tea dress captures timeless femininity.

Sports Luxe

Celebrity role model: Jennifer Lopez

  • Metallic vest top. Metallic fabrics look great when teamed with jeans or black trousers.

  • Rugby/polo shirts. Think Catherine Zeta-Jones looking fresh and flirty on the golf course. Must be fitted and brightly coloured, and not shapeless and dingy.

  • Parka coat. The parka is a must-have for this look, but don't stick with plain black. Dare to be different and try one with a metallic finish.

  • Parachute dress. Perfect solution for a hot day in the sun: an easy-to-wear dress that is slightly nipped in at the waist with plenty of volume at the bottom.

  • Flat-fronted trousers. Great wardrobe basic as they can be dressed up (Jennifer Aniston style) with a blazer and pumps, or down (Cameron Diaz) with Converse trainers and a T-shirt.


Celebrity role model: Beyonce

  • Metallic dress. Silver, gold, bronze -- metallic fabrics are a big element of this trend. A metallic shift dress will give you the glam factor while still being versatile enough to wear out on a Saturday night.

  • Satin cowl-neck top. A satin top will perfectly complement this look, and the cowl neckline will flatter most body shapes.

  • Boob tube. Wear under a jacket for a more elegant option or layer it under a chiffon blouse so the detail on the top shows through without flashing too much flesh.

  • One-shouldered top. In true 80s disco style, the one-shouldered top is ideal for any age group.

  • Leggings. Leggings are disco-tastic and easier to wear than you think.


Celebrity role model: Kelly Osbourne

  • The high-necked frilled blouse. Victoriana blouses should be in black, grey, white or cream with piecrust collars and neat little frills on the shoulders or running down the centre of the blouse.

  • The fitted leather jacket. Extremely fitted against the body, it should sit just above hips. Shoulders should have a little puff detail to add femininity.

  • Dramatic black dress. Opt for a knee-length version in a style that suits you.

  • Distressed jeans. Pick and choose between shades of blues, greys and blacks. Team with vintage lace blouses and lace-up boots.

  • Velvet blazer. Add a touch of Victorian luxury to a more pared-down outfit.


Celebrity role model: Keira


  • Maxi dress. The maxi dress in light layers of chiffon, tulle and silk jersey will bring a touch of romance to any day of the week.

  • Camisole. Silks and satins in bright, jewel colours or soft, pinky tones with delicate lace trim detail.

  • Flirty tea dress. Unlike the full maxi dress, the tea dress can be fitted or cut on the bias with a high or low neckline.

  • Bodice. The bodice is less ornate than the corsets of the Victorian era.

  • Cashmere cardigan. Make like a ballerina, and cover up in these soft, cosy little knitted cardigans that can be worn over chiffon blouses, camisoles or bodices.

How To Be Gorgeous: Wear It Your Way and Feel Like a Goddess Every Day, by Nicky Hambleton-Jones, published by Hodder & Stoughton, available from Easons, price €20.99