"Times may be hard but British fashion has always been eclectic. Women should try on their husband's jackets and even boxer shorts for size as outerwear. Wearing political badges is also a great look and kerchiefs worn as knickers can be fun for the disco or the beach. You can also tie tablecloths or even blankets around yourself to look good."

[We can imagine Dame Vivienne Westwood would be the only one to actually make a tablecloth look good! Daily Express, 19 November 2008 / Image: Rex Features]

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