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How to Get the Chelsea Look 

By Sarah Atkinson.

This autumn, Chelsea style continues to dominate. It’s sleek but sassy, classic yet colour-heavy. It’s also glossy, polished and timeless.

Here’s how to achieve this well-groomed look:

1.      Accessorise

Great accessories are key to achieving the polished Chelsea look. A designer handbag, chunky necklace and diamonds are the cornerstones of great Sloane style, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune on honing yours. Add a snakeskin clutch, a printed scarf or a statement necklace for a fabulous finish to a classic outfit, or go for plenty of gold jewellery from Astley Clarke. Other essentials you will need here are a golden tan and of course, a knock-out smile!

2.  Hair

A tasteful cut and a voluminous blow-dry are a Sloane must. Keep your mane in shiny shape with a regular trim and a twice-weekly intensive treatment. Long, loose waves are a Chelsea staple, and timeless tresses like those of the well-bred Middleton sisters are the best friend of every boarding school graduate. If you’re not blessed with your own long locks, attach a few subtle hair extensions through the underneath and mid-section of your hair to create volume, rather than Essex-style length. Blow-dry hair upside down with a round brush, and create lift at the roots using volumizing products.

3.      Beauty

Chelsea girl beauty means glowing skin, glossy lips and seductive eyes. To get picture perfect skin, make sure you prep and protect with a great moisturiser and primer. Create a flawless face with a little foundation and under-eye concealer and keep the rest of your make-up neutral. Go for a light with a beige-tone eye shadow, pretty pink cheeks and a flick of black eyeliner painted onto the outer edges. Choose a clear gloss for the lips and don’t forget your bronzer – we’re not talking all-out Essex tan here, instead a subtle, all-year glow. For a super sexy evening look, keep the lips sweet and try a ‘colour pop’ eye, like Made in Chelsea's Binky Felstead. 

4.  Fur

The fastest way to get the Chelsea look is to rock a faux-fur coat or gilet. Go for 70’s style with fur-trimmed collars and cuffs, or for maximum impact, dare to wear classic animal print. The “yeti” coat is also a big trend this season – think soft, shaggy and colourful, but keep the rest of your outfit sleek and simple. Skinny jeans and block ankle boots will work a treat.

5.   Heels

Chelsea girls know a skyscraper heel when they see one! Of course, the red sole à la Christian Louboutin is your instant passport to SW3, but any killer stiletto will add instant glamour to your look. If your outfit is print-heavy, stick to a simple pointed stiletto or almond-shaped toe. If you’ve gone for block colour or classic black, go all out on the shoe: lace-up, animal print, straps and studs are all huge again this autumn.

6.   Confidence

The whole world is a catwalk for any self-respecting Chelsea girl, and if you want to really rock the look you’ll need to perfect your strut. Hold your head high, drop your shoulders back, lead with your chest and let your arms swing back and forward while your hips sashay from side-to-side. Keep your weight in your heels, run a hand through your hair and strut!

Edited by Dawn Wood.

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