(telegraph.co.uk) - There are many tactics a woman can use in the great game of love, some of them more reliable than others.
By playing hard to get, for instance, or flirting outrageously with a man's friends, a girl could forfeit the match.
At 39, Kylie Minogue is obviously well aware of the safest route to goal ... a killer outfit with a new hairdo.
While her on-off boyfriend Olivier Martinez remained in his native France, the singer dined out at The Ivy restaurant in London in the tiniest and tight-est of dresses.
The peach, purple and navy frock left nothing to the imagination and proved she is in peak form after her battle with breast cancer.
For good measure, she teamed it with sexy gold stiletto heels, an Yves Saint Laurent handbag and her jaunty new corkscrew-curl haircut.
Her dazzling appearance comes weeks after it emerged that she and Martinez, 41, are giving their four-year affair another go.
The pair split in February amid reports that Martinez had cheated on her. They are now understood to be on a three-month trial - on Miss Minogue's terms.
The Australian singer is said to have told Martinez that he must propose, or they are finished for good.
"Kylie is resolute that he won't hurt her again," said a friend. "She is living life to the full and is looking utterly radiant. As a result, Olivier is now the one doing all the running."