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Burgundy velvet dress (sizes 8-16), pounds 50, Warehouse branches (tel: 0800 9159902)

Dark pink velvet top, (sizes 8-14), pounds 49.95, Karen Millen, branches nationwide (tel: 01622 664032)

Purple velvet long-sleeve dress (sizes 8-14), pounds 24.99, New Look, branches nationwide (tel: 0500 454094)

Burgundy velvet tunic top (sizes 8-14) pounds 34.99, Oasis branches nationwide (tel: 01865 881986)

Lilac velvet beaded strap cami top (sizes 10-16), pounds 24.99, River Island branches nationwide (tel: 0181 991 4759)