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Clockwise from top right: On a budget -- €6.50, Topshop; €25.99, Zara; Bracelet, €6, River Island; €89, Topshop; €19, Oasis; €39.99 Mango.
On a blowout --  €665, Christian Louboutin, Brown Thomas; €89, Kurt Geiger, Brown Thomas; €131, The Kooples, Brown Thomas; Bracelet, €4,400, Tiffany & Co, Brown Thomas; €117.50, The Kooples, Brown Thomas; €89, Seoidin, tel: (01) 677-5007.

Clockwise from top right: On a budget -- €6.50, Topshop; €25.99, Zara; Bracelet, €6, River Island; €89, Topshop; €19, Oasis; €39.99 Mango. On a blowout -- €665, Christian Louboutin, Brown Thomas; €89, Kurt Geiger, Brown Thomas; €131, The Kooples, Brown Thomas; Bracelet, €4,400, Tiffany & Co, Brown Thomas; €117.50, The Kooples, Brown Thomas; €89, Seoidin, tel: (01) 677-5007.

Dress,€229, LaDress, BT2

Dress,€229, LaDress, BT2

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Clockwise from top right: On a budget -- €6.50, Topshop; €25.99, Zara; Bracelet, €6, River Island; €89, Topshop; €19, Oasis; €39.99 Mango. On a blowout -- €665, Christian Louboutin, Brown Thomas; €89, Kurt Geiger, Brown Thomas; €131, The Kooples, Brown Thomas; Bracelet, €4,400, Tiffany & Co, Brown Thomas; €117.50, The Kooples, Brown Thomas; €89, Seoidin, tel: (01) 677-5007.

Get the look; La dress at BT2; So over... the leather look; Stylemma; Coffee.

Get the look: Laura Whitmore

How refreshing does this tux-inspired look seem compared to all the awful Eighties-debs-style dresses that grown women have been sporting for awards season so far?

But we're always open to a little update on the tux as evening wear. The 'trousers worn with a tux jacket' variation of this look has been slightly ruined for us by actress Diane Keaton's insistent overdoing of it for the past four decades.

Laura Whitmore's black jumpsuit, above, is a great twist on the tux look. A bodice and pants would work equally well here, and possibly have more longevity than a jumpsuit.

 

Oh-la-la dress at BT2

The perfect dress that works from day to night: it's a rather overly bandied-about phrase. But, in LaDress, which is a new, exclusive line to BT2, we think we have actually found just that. LaDress is a dresses-only line, the designer of which set out to create the perfect multi-functional dress. Once a style is added to the line, it remains, so you can repurchase your favourites in different colours, if you so desire. The basic styles are pretty simple – there are a lot of vaguely Sixties-ish shift dresses; some maybe slightly more grown-up pencil-skirt-style dresses; wrap dresses; A-line dresses, jumper dresses and maxi dresses. Most of the dresses are just one colour, but there's the occasional print, including a polka-dot and a leopard print, which are nicely done. Styles come in a variety of colour options, and the website suggests all sorts of accessorising/styling options to change the look of your dress. Prices range from €149 to €425.

 

So Over: The Leather Look

We're a bit over the whole leather-leggings look by this stage. Unless you have the slimmest of legs – see LIFE food writer Susan Jane White on this week's cover – leather leggings don't actually really suit anyone. If you want to do the leather look, it's better to sport a hint of leather, such as a discreet sleeve panel.

 

Stylemma

Dear Stylemma,
I have a wedding coming up in a few weeks' time and I need to find brass-coloured shoes to go with my outfit. I'm in my mid-20s, so I'd love an on-trend shoe, with a strap across the ankle.

Answer: Dune has a cute pair of Mary Janes, €59, which have two straps; they're in a sort of pewter shade of brass, if we're strictly honest. Carvela, at Kurt Geiger, has a pair of high stilletos, €139; they have a zig-zag strap, and a pointy toe. Kurt Geiger has a very cute pair of ankle-strap heels, called Primrose Hill, for €259.

Send your style dilemmas to stylemma@independent.ie

 

Stylewatch: I need my coffee

Since when did a drink become a conveyor of cool? Everyone needs to really chill the hell out about the whole bottled water/coffee thing as some sort of status symbol that instantly lends the bearer an air of New York panache. It doesn't. You just look like a middle-aged man, proudly, but awkwardly, holding aloft a paper cup, the contents of which you've paid about 10 times what it would have cost you to make at home. It's the daytime equivalent of "I need a glass of wine/cocktail and chocolate." It's a Sex and the City cliche, and you're not Sarah Jessica Parker living in Manhattan.

Irish Independent