An iconic part of British cinema, Dame Helen Mirren is style chameleon. Smart and professional but with a hint of playful quirk (who can forget that pink rinse), Dame Mirren knows the value of a borrowed designer gown balanced against an off-duty day of separates. No matter your occasion, there is a suitable look of hers to mimic.

Green carpet

Striking and elegant, emerald green is a wonderful tone for the autumn season. Helen’s stunning garment holds a wonderful flow due to its jersey fabric, but similarly effective is a well-cut silk such as this dupe gown from Ghost London, available for only £225.

Bright, colour clashing accessories modernize the look and break up the solid effect of the gown. Drop earrings (£9, Eternal Collection) and a bangle (£175, Halycon Days) in a vivid orange draw the eye without distracting from the drama of the look.

A dark nail varnish (£7.99, ‘Soulmate’ by Essie) and simple metallic box clutch (£16.79, Zalando) are practical and versatile, solid investments to take you right through to Christmas party season.

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Frilled florals

Make the most of the rest of summer with a flirty floral dress. While Helen Mirren’s Dolce & Gabbana frock may be out of most budgets, New Look has a great selection of similar ditsy patterns—this sweet dress is a steal at just £24.99.

Best of all, the solid blue base of the dress is perfect for office wear. Pair it with a simple court shoe (£45, Office), tights and a blazer when the chill sets in.

Neutral makeup is key for autumn, so opt for a gentle flush of colour. We love Nail’s Inc’s varnish in shade Walton Place (£5.50) and Clinique’s Chubby Stick lip colour in Mega Melon (£18).

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Rock and roll glamour

On shoot for a makeup brand, Helen proved that leather doesn’t have to be reserved for bikers and twenty-somethings. The key is to choose a jacket with non-fussy detailing—Karen Millen’s style is an investment at £299 but it’s timeless stud accents and well-placed zips ensure it will go with everything in your wardrobe.

A cowl neck dress shows enough décolletage to break up the black. Reiss’s elegant style (£75) drapes effortlessly and reaches a flattering length on the knee. The final touches show homage to the fifties with a slick of orangey-red lipstick (£54, Tom Ford) and some subtle waves, easily achieved on any hair type with the Babyliss Tight Curl Wand (£24.99).


Tickled pink

Blue Rinse begone! A pink wash is a much more stylish alternative, adding colour to the face and suprinsgly versatile when worn with soft shades of grey, cream and dusty blue.

If you’re not quite brave enough to go permanent, experiment with a wash in, wash out dye. Bleach London’s Rose Shade is just £6.50 and fades within two to 10 washes.

The gentle, dreamy detailing of Mirren’s red-carpet gown is well aped with Oasis’s cocktail frock, retailing at just £60. A touch of sparkle brings out the detail further, but don’t be shy with it—a hefty cocktail ring (£490, Thomas Sabo) may feel heavy but it’s exactly what the outfit needs to truly stand out.


On the road

The humble band t-shirt is something we should all have in our wardrobe. Best of all, they only look better with age. Dame Mirren’s faded number is mimicked right across the high street with all the hard aging work done for you, such as this distressed Pink Floyd top from H&M (£12.99).

Double leather can be tricky to pull off, but the key is to choose different shades. Isabel Marant leggings (£210) contrast wonderfully against the supple brown leather of La Redoute’s 70s style jacket with it’s round-collar and waist-skimming shape (£139).

A scarf softens things up and brings out Mirren’s blue eyes. Warehouse’s pretty chevron style completes the look for just £12. 


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