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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

WHAT THE WELL-DRESSED TREE IS WEARING THIS SEASON

According to the stylists at London interiors store Purves & Purves most people still like a traditional theme to their Christmas tree decorations - but the trick is to give them a new twist with more unusual materials. And whatever you choose, aim for a look that is clean and unfussy.

Opera: Every little thing she does is magic

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Is it worth it... The Aquis Hair Turban

Long, lustrous hair may turn heads, but unless you've got a team of stylists at hand, Jerry Hall-esque locks can be a nightmare.

Real Homes: Money for old rope

... or rusty cans, chipped cups and anything else that might count as junk. With shabby chic, one man's dross is another's antique, says HESTER LACEY

Fashion: Bright lights

From canary yellow to dazzling lime, from lipstick pink to rocket- fuelled fuchsia. Vibrant colour is high summer's big story - but only the brave need apply

Fashion: Pretty in print

Prints no longer mean prissy florals in pastel shades; now they're about bold, brightly coloured blocks or stripes against a background of crisp white cotton. This change has been engineered by such modern minimalists as Martine Sitbon, Claire Smith, and the husband-and- wife team Eley Kishimoto

Scandals by the Seine

Allan Stein by Matthew Stadler Fourth Estate, pounds 10, 256pp; Should this paean to pederasty be buried, or praised? Roger Clarke defends a novel with the energy - and ambiguous morality - of a dream

Fashion: My vision of loveliness

Photographs by Peter Warren

Style Police: Short, back and sides

All rise for Whitney Houston, says JAMES SHERWOOD - not for her vocal acrobatics, but for the fact that she has discovered the perfect little crop cardi

Pop: Still teenage after all these years

JONATHAN RICHMAN

Fashion: On the street - Time for a change

Four women were photographed before and after a make-over at London's Cover Girls salon. Hannah Hunter heard their stories

Property: Can Carol Vorderman really help you sell your home?

As the TV schedules fill up with property programming, Ginetta Vedrickis looks at the makeover phenomenon

Friday Books: Portrait of the artist as a critic

THE CULTURAL TURN: SELECTED WRITINGS ON THE POSTMODERN, 1983-1998

Friday Book: A stylist in search of style

THE WORLD IS THE HOME OF LOVE AND DEATH BY HAROLD BRODKEY, FOURTH ESTATE, pounds 12.99

If top hairdressers earn pounds 100,000, why does no one want the job?

A JOB once seen as one of the most likely stepping stones to glamour, wealth and fame for working-class youngsters - that of the hair stylist - is failing to attract school leavers, causing a severe shortage.
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