Get Mary Berry's look

Lynnette Peck / 24 September 2013 ( 21 October 2016 )

The Great British Bake Off has made a style icon of judge Mary Berry. Simply take one pastel cashmere sweater, one polka dot scarf, one floral jacket and a string of pearls to get the Queen of Baking’s easy and elegant English rose look.



There really is something about Mary, as The Great British Bake Off judge is turning into not just the ‘queen of baking’ but the ‘queen of fashion’ too. Now into her 80s, Mary Berry can do no wrong on the fashion front. 

It seems the nation cannot get enough of her signature floral jackets, pretty pastel sweaters, pearls and scarves so we've sourced the best Berry-esque bits and pieces available from the high street and by mail order. We wonder what the next fashion trend will be that Mary will cook up…

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The floral jacket

The floral bomber jacket she wore on one show came from high-street fashion store Zara, usually more associated with 20-somethings, but she pulled it off with aplomb and it promptly sold out countrywide. The ‘Mary effect’ meant that the silk £29.99 jacket could be found selling for over £200 on certain Internet auction sites. 

If we ever harboured any doubts about floral pieces looking dated and being ageing then Mary has dispelled this from our minds. Her floral-print jackets have become her signature look and, by mixing them with her M&S fitted jeans, she looks modern. Her aim, she says, is to look ‘positive and encouraging’. You certainly succeeded, Mary. 

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The cashmere knit 

Pastel cashmere sweaters and cardigans, as favoured by Mary, are great wardrobe staples. For blonde/grey hair opt for pastel blues and pinks and for darker hair, and skin, deeper shades of reds and browns are striking. Mary is often seen in cardigans with floral or polka dot designs and this is a good way to modernise classic trousers or skirts. Team with some flat pumps to complete the look. 

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The patterned scarf 

 Mary clearly understands the power of a great scarf and tends to wear floral or polka dot print scarves over a single-colour sweater. Printed scarves do look better over a solid ensemble and likewise a solid scarf is striking over a beautiful print dress or top. 

Opt for cotton or silk scarves for spring and summer and wool and cashmere ones for the autumn and winter months. Scarves are a great centre stage accessory, particularly if you worry about how your neck and decolletage appear, as they are a stylish cover up. 

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The classic pearls

 They add a sophistication to her look and say ‘take me seriously, I know what I am talking about’. 

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