Style tips from your favourite characters on World Book Day

Learn a stylish thing or two from these well-loved characters.

 
 
 
  • The Great Gatsby
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 03 March 2016, 09:35 GMT

    Okay, so the party or event you’ve RSVP’d to might not quite be the grand affair of a Gatsby party but you should do as Daisy Buchanan does in The Great Gatsby and always dress for an occasion.

    Daisy flits between social events like a butterfly and even if your social calendar resembles a summer in Siberia, nothing makes you feel better than slapping on some style.

    A string of pearls, a touch of sparkle or even a dash of lipstick will do. After all, it’s better to be over- rather than under-dressed.

     
     
     
     
  • Bridget Jones
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 03 March 2016, 09:35 GMT

    In the third instalment of Bridget Jones, our heroine has moved on a peg or two from granny pants and bunny ears but she’s still as hapless as ever when it comes to fashion.

    Bridget, now older at 51 but still none the wiser style wise, teaches us a fundamental in buying new clothes; always, always try them on. And heck, even sit down them in to check they’re still comfortable.

    As Bridget herself says: “Now am on bus, remember also that corset-like nature of dress is torture when sitting down. One's rolls of fat are squeezed together like dough being kneaded in a food processor.”

     
     
     
     
  • Pride and Prejudice
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 03 March 2016, 09:35 GMT

    Pride and Prejudice was all heaving bosoms and hearts a flutter but even today we can learn something from the Bennett sisters – dressing for your shape is a fine art.

    The sisters all learn to use clothing to embrace their femininity to get what they want. And whether in today’s terms that means a promotion, a mortgage or a better outcome from your divorce (rather than their goal of a suitable husband), showing off your best assets really is the secret to good style.

     
     
     
     
  • The Wizard of Oz
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 03 March 2016, 09:35 GMT

    Far from being just a practical pair to pootle down the yellow brick road in, Dorothy’s sparkly shoes (which are in fact silver in the book, not red like the movie) held a hidden power.

    Unfortunately, those shoes aren’t sold in shops (yet) but the power of a pair of statement shoes can take you from A to B in nanoseconds; be it a job interview, first date or girls’ night out.

    Add intrigue to any outfit with intricate details, an unusual shaped heel or an embellished pair of flats.

     
     
     
     
  • The Devil Wears Prada
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 03 March 2016, 09:35 GMT

    The colours you wear say a lot more about you than you think, as The Devil Wears Prada’s boss from hell Miranda Priestley expresses many a time in the tome.

    Dressing by numbers this is not but if it’s be proven that colour can vastly affect the way you – and the way others – see yourself; and can even change your mood too.

     
     
     
     
  • Gone With The Wind
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 03 March 2016, 09:35 GMT

    Can’t find the dress you want? Make it!

    You don’t have to come over all Sewing Bee or domestic goddess - just take a cue from Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind who whips up a dress from a pair of old curtains.

    While we’re not suggesting you take down your curtains and do the same, you can follow her mantra; if you haven’t got the funds for something new, customise!

    With the trend for ripped jeans riding strong, take a pair of scissors to some old denim and make them on-trend; fray the hem of an old T-shirt to be oh-so-Chanel or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, add some stick-on gems from your local haberdashery to that handbag you’re about to throw away.

     
     
     
     

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