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Feeling the effects of an over-indulgent festive season?

Braided updo

Summer hair styling: catwalk looks that are perfect for holiday days and nights

Forget windswept hair – here is our guide to the best styles for the seaside with a little help from the experts

Sheath dress, £85

Dress designer Roland Mouret styles for Banana Republic

The king of cling’s collaboration with Banana Republic is a winner, writes Alexander Fury

Steve McQueen in ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’

Summer fashion: Timeless sunglasses for men - inspired in film classics

Shopping for sunglasses this summer? Take  inspiration from the world of film and its leading men for a classic, timeless look

It’s a cover-up: model wears: kimono £98, ganni.com

Summer fashion: From Asos to Paige, shopping for the holiday wardrobe

The summer sales may have been  and gone, but don’t panic, says Rebecca Gonsalves – there's still plenty left in the shops for your holiday wardrobe

Christian Louboutin at work

Christian Louboutin's debut cosmetics collection - a beauty brand with red sole

Christian Louboutin’s signature flash of red is the inspiration for the designer’s first foray into the world  of cosmetics, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

iStyle: Men's foot patrol - Sandals vs Shoes

To bare, or not to bare, when it comes to men’s feet? Charlie Porter and Alexander Fury go toe-to-toe on the ‘mandals’ debate

Jerry Lewis in The Bellboy

Stylish holiday luggage that pass muster

If you’re jetting off this summer, now’s the  perfect time to make sure your luggage will  pass muster, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

Model wears By David Phelan Jonathan Saunders prefall 2014

iStyle: The big easy - Baggy Trousers

It’s time to switch your skinnies for super-wide strides

Kate Moss for St Tropez

Style file: Reach beyond the pale with innovations in tanning

A golden summer glow has never been easier  to achieve thanks to a crop of innovative new  tanning products, writes Emma Akbareian

Model wears See by Chloé, chloe.com

Style file: Print and patterns clash is in fashion

Indulge in this summer’s trend for bright and brash motifs and allow clashing patterns to run riot. Wearing top-to-toe prints is no longer a fashion faux pas

Remember that the sun is in essence a nuclear reactor, bombarding us with harmful ultra-violet rays

Style file: Slip, slop, slap on the sunscreen

If you thought the summer was all about fun in the sun, think again. Getting your SPF protection right is a serious business, says Lee Holmes

Model wears: necklace £14.99, newlook.com

Style file: Cocktail hour costume jewellery

Say it loud and proud with colourful costume jewellery – the perfect final flourish for formal occasions

Model wears shorts £140, Jack Spade, 83 Brewer Street, London W1, 0207 734 4768

Style file: How to wear shorts to the office

There’s no need to be afraid of wearing shorts to the office - simply follow a few easy rules to ensure you don’t look like  Just William, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Peter Pilotto spring/summer 2014 by M.A.C

Style file: Reign in purple make-up

Lilac and lavender have become the make-up staples for the season, writes Holly Swayne

In at the deep end: Model wears suit £137

Style file: Make a splash in Wildfox swimwear

Itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny swimwear from Wildfox is perfect for getting in the party mood this summer,  says Rebecca Gonsalves

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