Every magazine I read lately seems to be pushing ‘Geisha Style’. Apparently we should all don white faces and jet black hair just because the movie ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ is currently being promoted like no ones business. This seems to be a trend set to continue, as the Telegraph recently ran a piece on ‘western chic’, based on the movie Brokeback Mountain. This particular article is about men, but when I checked, there does seem to be a whole lot of checked shirts for sale for us girls. Of course, thanks to a certain Ms Simpson and her Daisy Dukes, cowgirl chic has been around for a while, but this season it seems to be moving more towards more mature madras checks, rather than cutoff shorts, cowboy boots and huge belt buckles. Thanks heavens for small mercies.

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Check out Next for their green check blouse (£19.99) or Miss Selfridge for a multi check long sleeved shirt (£25). Team with bootcut jeans for your ultimate western fantasy. Yee-haa. (Sorry, Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger not included).

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When the weather eventually warms up, checked dresses can provide a summery take on the Western theme. New Look (£20, not available online) and Antoni and Alison at Debanhams (£30) have combined checks with the trend for shirt dresses. Wear the second one over jeans unless you like to take style tips from Jodie Marsh.

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Finally, ff you want to be a cowgirl on the beach, then kit yourself out with Additions £17 checked bustier, and FCUK’s cowboy hat (£20). [Charlotte Howells]