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Fashion - inextricably linked with memory

Just as the hourglass dresses of the 1950s evoke images of Hollywood pin-ups, the flares of the disco era are now an emblem of a bygone time.

Memories of fashions past can also be a reason not to wear garments. Cue that well-worn phrase: "I wore those the first time around."

Those with good memories of the 1970s and 80s will recall (with fondness or fear) culottes. Those wide-cut, knee-length shorts are back in vogue. To bring them up to date wear them with statement shirts and bold shoes.

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Culottes, £79, NW3 at Hobbs. Contact 0207 586 5550.

Versace-inspired shirt, £28, Dorothy Perkins. Contact 0845 121 4515.

Leather sandals, £125, Whistles. Contact 0870 770 4301.

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