Claudia Winkleman’s Strictly final blouse was actually a Zara bargain

Strictly Come Dancing is now over for another year, and we already miss the bright lights, fancy footwork and of course, the brilliant judges and hosts. However, to ease our pain until the Christmas special, the lovely Claudia Winkleman has left us a parting gift in the form of a versatile fashion find that’s very reasonably priced.

Tie-neck blouses have long been a signature piece in the presenter’s wardrobe, but not all of her collection is quite as purse-friendly as this Zara number, which features flamboyant ruffled sleeves and a contrasting monochrome palette.

The infinitely-wearable white top unsurprisingly looks great tucked into black tuxedo pants (Claudia’s staple combination), but would also work more casually over denim or wide-leg trousers or culottes, or even slipped under the waistband of an on-trend leather skirt.

In fact, the only downside is that the star’s shirt appears to have been an old-season line, as it’s now out of stock on the Zara website, where it retailed for £25.99.

Claudia Winkleman's Strictly final blouse
Zara

Ruffled Blouse With Bow, £25.99, Zara

However, ever the outfit dilemmna saviour, the retailer has brought us a new A/W version in an equally flattering shade of navy. And what’s more, it’s on sale for the same impressively low price, so all is not entirely lost if you were planning to steal Claudia’s style.

Claudia Winkleman's Strictly final blouse
Zara

Ruffled Blouse With Bow, £25.99, Zara

For those planning to channel Claudia on a wider scale, you might also want to take a look at her newly-launched beauty collection, which is aptly-named Full Panda – a nod to her trademark heavy kohl.

Available exclusively at Boots, the range is designed to make make-up application both faff-free and fun. ‘I think the range is good if you’re quite busy. I’ve tried to make products that create lots of short cuts,’ she explains. ‘Forget complicated applicators and tools – these products are seriously easy to apply.’

Sounds like our kind of tool kit. Now, would getting a blunt fringe cut in be too far?