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If you’ve made a resolution to improve your working life, remember the  old adage about dressing for the job you want, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Let's give Megan Fox - and all new mums - a break

Could Megan Fox give me her night nurse's number? We could do with a few more hours sleep in our family

The best of British

Tonight's fashion awards bring to a close an exciting year for style. Look at who will have their fingers crossed later

Gold dress £40,; necklace £40,

Party dresses: Short, sharp frock

Clockwise from left: 1. Black boots with brown top £150,; 2. Suede and leather boots£345, Russell and Bromley, 020 7629 6903; 3. Black leather boots £190,; 4. Suede foldover boots £100,; 5. Studded heel boots £110,

Fill your boots

Stock up on fitting footwear to fend off the chills

Amol Rajan: True patriots know hereditary monarchies stink

Of the many absurd claims made on behalf of our monarchy, possibly the most ridiculous is the idea that it is politically neutral. In my experience, whenever you argue with monarchists about this subject, they resort very quickly to verbal crutches about the ability of monarchs to command the affection of the whole public. They don't have political views, you see, and therefore can't be divisive figures.

Rod Stewart's book is the gift that keeps on giving

The tousle-haired singer's autobiography makes for a more than diverting read - and there's a great comic prose stylist behind it

All white now: jacket £38 and skirt £35, both from Topshop,, sandals £32, Urban Outfitters, as before

The Isle of White: A sartorial palette cleanser

Whether bright or bracing, summer is a perfect time to experiment with a sartorial palette cleanser, be it cool, clean or clinical.

Jean Dreamer: Fringed top £18, and bracelets (worn throughout) £14 per set, all Urban Outfitters,; leopard print top £60, MinkPink,; shorts £39.99, Zara,; leather belt £60, Replay,; backpack (worn throughout) £45, Aldo,; globe necklace £6, Asos,; necklace, stylist’s own

Jean dreamer: Hot denim essentials

Soft, unstructured and in a rainbow bright palette, don't discount denim as a wardrobe staple when the mercury begins to rise

Wet suits: Surf style meets high fashion

Surf style meets high fashion, no waves required

Grey jacket £85, matching trousers £40 both by Asos,; polo shirt £20, belt £10, Topman, as before; pocket square, £17.95, Mango, as before

A suitable boy

Whether you’re looking for a formal three-piece suit or relaxed linen tailoring, the high street has plenty to offer. Be sure to keep the silhouette neat and narrow for the most modern take on a menswear classic. The hardest decision to make? The size of the spots on your pocket square.

Sainsbury's steps cautiously into China

Sainsbury's is expected to post a 5 per cent rise in pre-tax profit to around £700m for the year to 17 March on Wednesday.

The brand has quickly, and carefully, cultivated a following among downtown scenesters and fashion industry types

Any colour, as long as it's black

Johan Lindeberg brings decades of denim expertise to his latest label. Peter Lyle meets the designer

Iconic Diana dresses on display at Kensington Palace

From today members of the public will be able to glimpse five of the most famous dresses worn by Princess Diana on display at the newly reopened Kensington Palace.

Album: The Magnetic Fields, Love at the Bottom of the Sea (Domino)

Love at the Bottom of the Sea marks a return to The Magnetic Fields' abrasive electropop, which isn't always to the songs' advantage.

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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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