Clever, charasmatic and beautiful, who wouldnt want to be more like Carol Vorderman? We show you how to easily copy her sophisticated style
Wordsmith, televisual giant and the Pride of Britain, Carol Vorderman is a near ubiquitous part of British entertainment. Whip smart and a passionate advocate for various charitable causes, her friendly, emphatic approach to presenting has made her quite the national treasure.
Carol’s approach to style is just as down-to-earth as her personality, with the occasional touch of fun that makes a look uniquely hers. Find out how she does by following our guide to some of her best looks below.
For a sophisticated occasion, Vorderman’s all-black ensemble is perfectly topped off with a fascinator of stunning plumage, coordinating with her brown belt that cinches and draws the eye to her feminine shape.
For a budget take on the look, a £17.99 midi dress from New Look teams well with a £15 belt (Debenhams) and £60 T-bar heels (Clarks). The finishing touches come from cashmere-lined leather gloves from Aspinal of London (£95), a smudge of smokey black eyeliner (Revolution, £3), and of course, that headpiece —handmade at Holly Young headwear for just £38.
An expert in teaming fitted pieces with more oversized ones, Carol’s voluminous fluffy jumper is saved from frumpiness by a classic leather skirt, creating a look that works well as a winter smart-casual look. A similar jumper is available at Lost Ink for £22, with a ribbed waist that tucks neatly into a Lipsy faux-leather skirt (£38).
For a fuss-free look, keep accessories simple in black (heels £16, Dorothy Perkins; Bag £65, Guess), with just a touch of gold in the forms of Argento’s stackable bangles (£25).
Take things from day to night with a simple twirl of a curling iron—infused with Argan oil, the thick barrel of Andrew Barton’s styling wand (£29.99) creates glossy and bouncy locks with very little effort.
All pink all over
The easiest way to wear colour and keep it chic? Think tonal. From shades of barely-there blush right through to deep burgundy, Carol Vorderman’s all-pink is well-matched without appearing sickly or costume-like.
Build your own interpretation of the look with a silken blouse from H&M (£17.99) tucked into an a-line leather skirt from Reiss (£175), pared back with nude stiletto heels (Aldo, £70) and a nude nail polish (Boots Natural Collection in “Sandstone”, £1.99). Once again, gold accessories are all you need—ASOS has a fantastic range of delicate, costume rings starting at around £5.
Nipped and cropped
You don’t have to spend a fortune to find a well-fitting suit, but the key is in the details. If you’re petite like Carol, choose a style with a fitted waist and a slightly cropped leg to elongate the body and avoid the “blocky” effect that full suits can sometimes create.
Next Herringbone ladies suit is a steal at just £60 for the jacket and £35 for trousers, completed with a simple white blouse and sweet suede heels (£34, Office).
For the full Vorderman view, add a couple of fun details. Why not swap out your suit button for a statement brooch? A silver heart pin from Coronet Collection is just £30 and can be worn in a multitude of ways. Or perhaps 2019 is finally the year to experiment with a fringe? Keep it neat and styled on the go with a good dry shampoo—Batiste’s travel size is a bestseller at just £1.50.
For days where only a casual look will do, a striped jumper will never go out of style. Marks & Spencer have a very similar style to Carol’s for £25, teamed with a stonewashed denim jean (Sainsbury’s, £25), pastel belt (ASOS, £18) and chunky everyday boots (Topshop, £36).
On a day off, nobody wants to be spending ages on their make-up—the subtle hue of Tarte cosmetics Quench Lip Rescue in “Coral” (£17) hydrates and colours in one application, while Smashbox’s “O-Glow” initiative cheek colour (£22) reacts with your natural pigments and residual heat to create a natural-looking flush.