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Just a slip of a thing

You may remember when having your petticoat showing was last in fashion, in the late Seventies. Then it was all gypsy-inspired flounces and tiered skirts with broderie anglaise peeping from your hem. This time it's sleeker and it's all about slips - don't say petticoat, whatever you do - with a rather more sophisticated lace trim (slinky and synthetic rather than cotton prettiness). The key to this look is delicate layers. First, your slip must be no wider than your top layer. A gentle A-line is the maximum width; full and gathered is absolutely out. The lowest part of the slip should just graze your knee, any longer and you will look absent minded. Marks & Spencer do some excellent slips, from pounds 10. Or you can sew a length of lace to the bottom of a garment you already have - John Lewis do some particularly fine lace trims from 69p a metre.


When Italian shoemaker to the stars, Salvatore Ferragamo, came up with the bright idea of using wedges of cork to reinforce the arches of his shoes in the 1930s, he created a shoe that at best looked sophisticated and chic, and at worst more like an orthopaedic appliance. The last great wedge revival was in the 1970s, when they reached dangerous heights; now they are back with a vengeance, after appearing on the catwalks in October, from Prada in Milan to Nicole Farhi in London.

Don't forget the sandals

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These are the sandals that I have been saving up to buy since I first saw them. They are the sort of sandals that will make an outfit, and can be worn on the beach or to a smart do. Armando Pollini also have some great elasticated flip-flops in black, white or taupe. Incidentally, wearing socks with flips flops is not a good idea. AB

Shopping travel special: Six of the best thong sandals

1 This season's fashionable feet are wearing thong sandals. Gucci's Tom Ford, British design duo Copperwheat Blundell and America's Donna Karan and Anna Sui all styled their collections with flat strappy leather t-bars and toe pegs. For extra foot support and comfort, these supple suede Roman style thongs by Manolo Blahnik have an elasticated ankle strap. Available in lime green and tangerine, priced at pounds 155, from 49 Old Church Street, London, SW3, tel 0171-352 8622.

the open verdict

Anyone who wears high heels in summer is brave, or mad. Thank goodness then that this summer fashion lets you off the hook, because strappy, flatty, thongy things are in. You can pay a couple of hundred pounds for a designer named flip-flop, and the leather will be softer, but really the high street versions are better. Oasis, Clarks and Dorothy Perkins have excelled themselves this season with sandals starting from around pounds 12. The subject of sweaty feet has raised its toe on these pages of late: so make sure the insoles of your sandals is leather, otherwise your feet will slide around like a syrup on a bald man's head when the weather turns hot. Also worth remembering, although not featured here, are more casual sandals such as Birkenstocks (0800 132194) and Panama Jacks (01582 765774), they are comfortable beyond belief. It's also worth spending a few minutes pampering your feet - hard skin and claw-like toe nails defeat the object of a pretty sandal.


What do you wear on your feet at the beach? Our panel with sand between their toes test holiday footwear

The new Lace

When Iris Palmer walked into our offices, only one week into her modelling career, bubbling with exuberance and innocence, we knew she would become an 'it' girl. Naturally, we booked her straight away. Since then, Nick Knight has shot Iris for 'Vogue', she has appeared on the international catwalks, and Mario Testino has signed her up for a Trussardi advertising campaign. Here she wears a newly reinvented fabric - lace. This is no hanging for a sash window, no shy little wisp worn out of sight as underwear, Now lace is as eclectic, sexy and modern as Iris herself. Photographs by Adam Friedberg

Buy me: Birkenstock thong sandals

If you have been anywhere near the shops recently you will have noticed that apart from a growing throng of shoppers, there has been something of a thong explosion. Thong sandals, that is. In every possible colour, heel height, and style variation: Gucci have even done a version for men to wear this summer.

working girl

Ever fancied yourself as a traffic warden, a staff nurse or a Girl Guide? This summer, you don't need to sign up for life. To look the part, you can just pick out a stiff, white shirt dress, a blue nylon policewoman's shirt (with epaulettes, if possible), flat-fronted policeman's trousers from Miu Miu or Oasis, and a pair of exercise sandals by Dr Scholl. Photographs by Mark Alesky

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