How To Look Like A Grecian Goddess

Old-fashioned glamour with a Grecian twist was the real winner on the red carpet this year as stars floated around in sweeping, softly draped column dresses that wouldn't have looked out of place in ancient Athens. Today, stars such as Cheryl Cole, Katie Holmes and Kiera Knightly have revived the style - probably because it's flattering, sexy and oh so elegant.

Take a look at celebrities sporting Grecian style here.

See our favourite high street Grecian picks here.

At the moment, there is scarcely a designer collection that does not give a stately nod to the ancient world.

The current mood is a curious mix of Roman and Greek influences that vary according to which designer's fantasy you look at. James Coviello, Elie Saab, Verscae and Valentino all used pleated and beaded fabric in their current collections, evoking visions of Hellenic heroines and Roman gladiators.

To get the look, choose one-shoulder or cowl-neck tops with short toga-skirts or long, halter-neck columnar gowns. White - with gilt accessories - is the most authentic colour, but take care: taken to extremes, you could end up looking like Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra.

If you dare to wear your toga ultra-short like Victoria Beckham or Rihanna, then dress it up with some high gladiator sandals or simple gold flats for a truly authentic feel. If the dress is plain then add some of this season's jumbo jewellery, a huge cuff or large statement necklace, for an up-to-the-minute vibe. For a really modern-bohemian twist throw over a military jacket, as favoured by Mischa Barton.

If you are on a tight budget, Heaton's are stocking a fabulous purple knee length style for only €20.00, which will leave you plenty of cash for shoes and jewels. But if you really want to push the envelope out, the Solita Maxi Dress (€305) from Monsoon is just beautiful. But whatever you go for, the secret is a nipped-in waist. That way, you can get away with swathes of fabric without looking like a lump.

Dress shapes are subtle - perhaps because goddesses spent most of their time in the nude. Try just showing off your shoulders or legs; a one shouldered style is a great starting point for pleats and makes a dramatic shape.

The good thing about Grecian dresses is that you might already have something Hellenic that you can style up to fit the part.

High gladiator sandals, a few hundred battered bangles and plaited details (long, loose curls work, too) will all lift you to a godly status.

Grecian-style dresses never go out of fashion; whilst hemlines may vary and in-vogue colours may change, a classically draped toga dress in will transcend seasons. But however graceful a goddess dress, it is still very much an evening gown; excellent for swanning along a red carpet, not so good for running for the bus.

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Mar 3, 2010