How to dress with confidence for the festive party season, by Louise Roe

Yahoo Lifestyle
21 November 2012

As the face of fashion makeover show, Plain Jane Louise Roe would know a thing or two about great style transformations.

So for this Christmas party season Louise has given us the perfect tips to make the right style statement with a new or existing wardrobe.

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Louise earned her fashion stripes working for style bibles Elle UK and InStyle before a presenting job on BBC Clothes Show.

Across the pond she appeared on The City alongside Whitney Port, E!’s Fashion Police, and co-hosted the channel’s biggest show of the year, Live from the Oscars to an audience of 30 million.

Now she is a regular attendee at glamorous red carpet events and recently hosted the MTV EMA red carpet.

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Louise returns to MTV screens for season two of Plain Jane to reinvent another set of young women from ordinary and awkward to sassy and confident.

Louise’s everyday wardrobe is made up of 70s bohemia-style clothing with prints and bursts of colour and a good pair of high heels. This is all part of what makes Louise feel confident when she is out and about.

Sharing her fashion and beauty expertise the style maven told us her top fashion tips for confidence regardless of what shape or size you are.

Louise Roe’s top 5 style tips to boost your confidence

1.    Invest in a pencil skirt
“I’m a big supporter of the pencil skirt. If you can get one that is high-waisted it’ll emphasise your curves and hide your tummy.”

2.    Choose bright colours
“I’m such an advocate of wearing bright colours it lifts up your mood. Go for really warm colours for the autumn, most people’s complexions suit emerald green, burgundy, deep purple and you can’t really go wrong.”

3.    Accessorise 
“A wide brimmed hat is the easiest way to make your outfit pop. A lot of girls are afraid of wearing hats but you could be wearing converse, jeans and a jumper but if you add a fedora or wide-brimmed hat suddenly you can look really stylish.”

4.    Take inspiration from a stylish decade 
“I am really fond of the 70s era. I think that women were really elegant and sexy without showing lots of skin”.

“My favourite pieces from the 70s are high waist trousers like Charlie’s Angels-style, tailored to make your legs look really long and a wide-brimmed hat, big sunglasses.”

5.    Mix high street and high end

“I like the way Rosie Huntington-Whiteley puts an outfit together, mixing how-low fashion she will wear some battered cowboy boots and jeans with a Chanel bag and amazing leather jacket. I love that kind of look.”

Pencil skirt, £16 Matalan. Teal maxi dress, £55 Wallis. Fedora hat, £11.81 in Forever 21 stores.

What items of clothing do you feel most confident in and why? Tell us over on Twitter with the #Dresswithconfidence

The brand new series of Plain Jane returns on Tuesday 20 November at 8pm on MTV.

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