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Thank God for the new millennium - it is the all-time perfect excuse to go shopping. For even if it looks like you will spend That Evening at home in front of the telly, you should still be dressed suitably to welcome in the new era. Luckily, designers and high-street chains alike have outdone themselves in their effort to satisfy our lust for all things sparkly, glittery, sexy, outrageous and just plain party-tastic - and Beth Dadswell, our expert stylist, knows which are the ones you should be seen celebrating in ...

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Darren (above). Courier for six years. Wearing Cyclone Lycra top, Lycra leggings, Trek padded shorts, Shimano cycle shoes and Tuff gloves. "I think I need new gloves! I prefer to wear clothes that are designed for cycling as they're made of stronger fabrics and are much more comfortable."


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