fashion q&a

Resident Style Director Jade Sprowson answers this week’s pressing fashion questions…

 Q.) Can I pull off pastels without looking like a little girl?

A.) The entire Burberry S/S14 collection answers your question with a resounding yes. There are slim-line lilac trench coats, daring sheer pale pink blouses and mint green chic capes – all adult-friendly without a hint of five-year-old ballerina.

Pastel tones can be incredibly chic if you keep the shape modern – think sleek pencil skirts, sharp trousers and structured tops. Secondly, treat pale pink as if it were beige – swap your slinky cream vest with a soft pink camisole, it will instantly make you skin more luminous. Lastly, flatter your shape by keeping black on the bottom and try a baby blue peplum top, tres Dior Spring 2014.

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Satin-trimmed blazer Dhs1,024 By Malene Birger

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Silk organza shirt Dhs3,226 Valentino at

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Matte-silk skirt Dhs1,464 Joseph

Q.) I’m looking for the perfect daytime heel to wear with summer dresses: I’m tall so I don’t want anything too high, and I’m not a fan of wedges or flatforms, as they can make me look dumpy. Can you help?

A.) You’re in luck as the chunky low heel is back with a vengeance this summer. My pick are the Rag & Bone white cracked leather sandals. The two-inch heel is perfect for trotting around town all day long and the caged style sandal is a great support for the foot. Also, white is a great choice as they will go with absolutely everything.

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Folsom sandal Dhs933 Rag & Bone

Q.) I’m travelling lots over the summer months, can you advise me on the perfect travelling attire?

A.) You’re asking the right person. My job sees me jumping on planes left, right and centre for fashion weeks, new jewellery launches and cover shoots. I’m sometimes on board for 14 hours straight. From the freezing air-con, to flight-bloating I want to be as warm and comfy as possible, but of course keep my style intact. To stay organized I have my fail-safe flying outfit: my worn-in skinny jeans, a Gap v-neck tee in grey or white, comfy underwear, a long scarf, easy slip-on sneakers and loose and lightweight sweater. Top tip: think layers that you can whip on and off with ease.

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Ribbed sweater Dhs960 Alice+Olivia

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Grey t-shirt Dhs160 J.Crew

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Silk triangle bra Dhs262 Stella McCartney at

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Flyknit trainers Dhs671 Nike at