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How to buy and care for cashmere

People Style Watch offers tips on how to buy a cashmere sweater.

Choose two-ply cashmere: “It's lightweight but warm enough for the colder weather. Plus, the stronger weave means it's less likely to pill or get a hole,” says Alison Guglielmo, a Chicago-based personal shopper and wardrobe stylist.

Go for a simple color & style: “A timeless shade like gray, beige or black is always suitable, whether for work or weekend. Steer clear of embellishments or trendy patterns for a sweater that you can wear for years,” she says.

Consider the length: “A sweater that hits at or just above your hips looks best. One that's too short will break up the line of your body, and anything at the thigh can add weight to your bottom half,” she says.


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Pick the right neckline: “A V-neck flatters almost anyone — no matter your body type. Look for one that hits mid-chest: If it's very low, it'll be too revealing, and if it's too high, it may cut you off,” Guglielmo says.

Think about fit: “You want it to be fitted but not tight. Because cashmere can shrink, don't go too small, and avoid baggy silhouettes, which tend to look outdated,” she says.


Store correctly: Never hang your sweater or it'll lose its shape. Instead, fold it in a breathable, sealed cotton bag to keep moths away.

Wash & dry gently: Hand wash cashmere with a special shampoo (Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, then lay it out flat to air-dry.

Prevent pills: Use a cashmere comb or pumice designed to remove pilling in between wears.


If you are going to show off your bare legs for that New Year's Eve party, here are some tips from People Style Watch:

Exfoliate: Soften skin with a multitasking scrub that cleanses and smooths. Apply it in circular motions from your feet up. For even better results, try using it with a loofah or body brush.

Bronze: Get an instant glow with a temporary bronzing gel. A matte formula minimizes imperfections in a natural way. Make sure to apply it in front of a full-length mirror to avoid streaks. If you want a more-subdued color, mix it with moisturizer.

Luminize: For added sparkle, finish with a shimmery powder or cream. To make legs look extra-long and lean, apply it just down the center of your thighs and calves.


Here are some perfect party pairs from InStyle magazine:

Snazzy coat and A-line little black dress: It's an age-old question: How do you freshen up a beloved-but-basic-black dress? Answer: With an exquisite topper featuring intriguing patterns, hues and textures.

Ooh la la heels and pencil skirt: It's easy to wear stilettos with a floaty cocktail dress, but putting them with a sleek pencil skirt feels really modern. Choose a solid skirt so your shoes get lots of attention.

Eye-catching pants and simple top: It's a look with enough luxe for a casual holiday event: a silky T-shirt or a velvet sweatshirt with sparkly or lacy bottoms (So comfortable, too!).

Jazzy top and basic jeans: Short of time but still want to dress things up? Slip on your favorite denims and opt for soft and glittery or bright and airy for your top.


Intricate cuff and fancy clutch: Accessories don't need to match but should complement one another. So, pick up on a color or metallic hardware to make it work.

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Coach Most Googled Fashion Brand In The UK, Americans Prefer Versace

Google has unveiled its 2013 Google Zeitgeist, which lists data on the most searched for people, places and moments that captured attention throughout the year.

In the U.K., American brand Coach unexpectedly took the top spot for most searched fashion label followed by French fashion house Chanel in third, and Italian labelGucci in fourth. The rest of the top ten includesMichael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Vivienne Westwood, Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger.


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According to Fashion United, Coach has a new flagship on New Bond Street in London, as well as outposts on Regent Street and in Westfield London, which most likely lead to its increase in popularity overseas. Also helping capture the attention of the UK Googlers could be appointment of British designer Stuart Vevers as Coach's creative director, after designing at Loewe. Last year's top spotter Stella McCartney did not even make the list and neither did Alice Temperley, Mulberry and Burberry, who were all in the top ten in 2012.

Back in the States, Versace was the top searched brand amongst American internet viewers perhaps thanks to a popular Drake song of the same name and the Lifetime movie based on the true story of Donatella Versace. Michael Kors took second place, ahead of Diesel Black Gold,Gucci and Kate Spade. The rest of the top 10 featured Rachel Zoe, Prabal Gurung, Givenchy,Mulberry and Luca Luca. The youngest designer on the list is Gurung, who peaked Googlers' interest around the time of his Target collaboration launch.

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BT Sport beauty Helen Skelton ties the knot

BT Sport beauty Helen Skelton ties the knot with rugby league star Richie Myler

Former Blue Peter star Helen Skelton today wed her Super League rugby player boyfriend Richie Myler at a glitzy bash.

The couple, who have been together since 2011, tied the knot at Kirkby Thore's St Michael’s church in the TV presenter’s childhood village near Penrith in Cumbria.

The 30-year-old arrived at the church in a black Range Rover and was greeted by a crowd of well-wishers from the local village.


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Before the event started Helen, who now fronts BT Sport, tweeted: “In awe of [how] helpful my friends, family and community are being about the wedding. They have sorted stuff I haven’t thought of!”

She previously said: “We've hired a big house for the reception, we've both got big families - so we’re just having a house party.

“The church is where all my family were christened and where my gran was a church organist.”

Helen walked into the church wearing a sleeveless white long-lace wedding dress which had a silver satin belt around the waist.

She wore her hair in a retro-style up-do, complete with lace veil and a beaded headband finishing off the look with silver peep-toe heels.

She carried a pretty floral bouquet which contained white poppies and roses.

Helen’s three bridesmaids each wore matching dark sequin maxi dresses with capped sleeves as they carried the back of Helen’s dress for her.

Her Warrington Wolves hubby looked smart in a black suit, complete with white shirt and bow tie.

Helen - who left Blue Peter in September - previously revealed she would like to have children.


She said: "I’d love to have babies one day. I couldn't have done Blue Peter and have kids at the same time. I’d have about four kids."

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