The rule-breaking outfit formulas that will make your wardrobe work harder

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Doina Ciobanu pairs her silky dress with a masculine wool blazer for afternoon tea. Credit: Rex 

I wore a long, neon pink, silk dress with an actual train to breakfast last week. I know. As Dame Maggie Smith in full Lady Violet mode might say, “what’s breakfast?”

It was hosted by the mother and daughter duo behind the lovely new dress label Bernadette. In regards to sartorial rules, all bets were off. Even so, a train seemed a bit full-on for the Tube, but since it’s the only Bernadette dress I own, I tied the train around my waist, popped on a navy jumper and – because it was bucketing down – added biker boots. Hey presto, it became a midi skirt with a jumper, albeit an exceptionally zingy one – and turns out they actually designed it to be worn two ways.

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