Stylefile: Be the lady in red for impact

Duchess of Cambridge wearing a red coat, preparing to meet staff and volunteers from the Royal British Legion's London Poppy Day Appeal at Kensington Palace in central London.  PA Photo/Carl Court
Duchess of Cambridge wearing a red coat, preparing to meet staff and volunteers from the Royal British Legion's London Poppy Day Appeal at Kensington Palace in central London. PA Photo/Carl Court
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The Duchess of Cambridge accessorised her red poppy with a matching pillar box coat on Remembrance day. Go on red alert all winter long with this zippy Preen for Edition at Debenhams. The oversized-collar number, £160, is currently down to £120 (www.debenhams.com).

If sparkle isn’t your thing, look to Radley for a Christmas party clutch. The accessories brand has teamed up with London Fashion Week favourite Holly Fulton for a range of graphic leather bags, priced from £129-£249. Check out the Radley store in Meadowhall and online at www.radley.co.uk/hollyfulton

Tight trousers, as seen on the likes of Harry Styles and Russell Brand, top the list of fashion faux pas for a first date. A classic shirt is the secret to dating success, according to a recent poll of men and women by Cotton USA. Almost two thirds of women admitted they would rather date a man who wore an informal shirt - without the addition of a tie. When it comes to dating disasters, 26 per cent of women claim that tight trousers on men are a huge no-no, while 52 per cent declared leather trousers as the biggest male fashion crime.

Forget your fake Fendis and imitation Puccis: fake designer clothing is out of fashion favour. More than half of those who have purchased fake designer goods in the past claim they no longer do so, as the real items are now ‘more affordable’, according to a recent Vouchercloud.com survey. Three-fifths of designer clothes-lovers claim to never pay full price for their items.