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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, riverisland.com; necklace £40, asos.com

Party dresses: Short, sharp frock

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

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, topshop.com, 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, urbanoutfitters.co.uk; leopard print top £60, MinkPink, minkpink.com; shorts £39.99, Zara, zara.com; leather belt £60, Replay, replay.it; backpack (worn throughout) £45, Aldo, aldoshoes.com; globe necklace £6, Asos, asos.com; 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, asos.com; 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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee