Five Minutes Of Fashion With Tess Daly

Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly cheered on her husband Vernon Kaye as he completed his first ever London Triathlon and raised money for Great Ormond Street hospital.

While Vernon got hot and sweaty in a triathlon suit – a male playsuit in lycra – pretty Tess showed off her flawless figure in a cute summer dress.

It must have given Vernon an incentive to run, swim and cycle quicker knowing that his goregous wife was waiting for him at the end of the course!

Mother of two Tess knows a thing about fashion as she’s had to dress up every week for Strictly so she doesn’t get outdone by the contestats of the ballroom dancing talent contest. Plus she has her own column in the Mirror. We caught up with her for a few questions.

QS: What are you going to be investing in for next season?

“Preppy style is on-trend this season, but it’s also a classic look that never dates. Think casual chic with a sporty American feel. Go for key pieces such as polo shirts and blazers and formal jackets

QS: Have you seen any nice shoes for next season?

“There are lots of nice flat shoes around at the moment. Flats are great for running round in.”

QS: Are you high street or designer?

“For Strictly, I wear a lot of designer pieces like Ashley Isham and Giles Deacon, who is an old friend. Off duty, why splash out on designer clothes when the high street shops have beautiful catwalk inspired pieces at a fraction of the price? I recently fell in love with a beige trench coat from Zara, which will look great in rainy autumn.”

QS: You recently shot a lingerie campaign. How was that?

“As a mum-of-two, I was flattered to be asked to model for La Senza’s Christmas lingerie campaign. It was great fun becoming a showgirl for the day and lingerie is very important.”

QS: Have you ever recommended a Very item of clothing in your columns?

“All the time. I really rate Denise Van Outen’s DVO maternity wear, which I saw her wear a lot herself.”

Recently we saw Tess at a Ormon Street fundraiser in a checked dress and we really rated that.

If you want to recreate Tess’s checked dress, which certainly ticks our boxes, try a Joe Browns flattering pinny tunic dress

For slightly bolder checks, there’s a Love Label check dress

Or try something a bit different with a Trinny & Susannah checked high waisted skirt. We can imagine Tess teaming this with a classic vest top or black bodysuit.

Strictly sensational!

13th August 2010
Written by Zoe Griffin