10 best men’s summer shirts

10 best men’s summer shirts

While summer wardrobes gone by may have been all about the t-shirt, for 2019, the summer shirt is taking over. Take your cues from dads in Hawaiian shirts the world over and embrace tropical prints, hot florals and ‘90s tie-dye this year. And for those feeling less adventurous, softer yellows and breezy stripes are also on offer. Keep reading for our pick of the best men’s summer shirts that’ll get your warm-weather wardrobe all ironed out. 

 

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1. Mellow yellow

Lyle & Scott Lyle Resort Linen Short Sleeve Shirt

 

In a deft move, this shirt ticks the retro ‘90s trend, which is officially A Thing this summer, and the uplifting sun-in-a-bottle look is the very reason to wear a summery shirt in the first place. We’re voting with our wallet.


Lyle & Scott, Lyle Resort Linen Short Sleeve Shirt, £65

 


2. One of a kind

IZOD Island Short Sleeve Shirt

 

The trick with summer shirting is not looking like every other guy at said festival and no way is that easier than with a printed shirt that’s exclusive to us. IZOD – the classic American brand – has hopped straight to House of Fraser in a UK only so you can own this shirt before everyone else does. Winner.


IZOD, Island Short Sleeve Shirt, £40

 


3. Stripe right

Jack Wills Heton Grandad Collar Stripe Shirt

 

Striped shirts, carelessly half tucked, or even more carelessly on the baggy side, featured heavily in the Spring/Summer 2019 catwalks. In real life, the trend has a slight tendency to look not so much high fashion as highly forgetful, so we recommend a toe-in-the-water approach to this one. Choose a loose but still elegant striped shirt with a nonchalant granddad collar.


Jack Wills, Heton Grandad Collar Stripe Shirt, £59.95

 


4. Jungle display

Ted Baker Short Sleeved Jungle Print Cotton Shirt

 

The saying ‘fashion is art’ is immortalised in this delightful teal shirt, the print of which could well feature in the fauna section of your local museum – which is always a good thing, trust us. Pair with chinos when you’re working hard and dark denim when you’re hardly working.


Ted Baker, Short Sleeve Jungle Print Cotton Shirt, £89

 


5. Think again 

Diesel Jeans Short Sleeve All Spike Shirt


The patterned shirt doesn’t have to be a weekend-only joy, but rather, add a little printed magic into your daily get-ups with a work-appropriate geometric print. If work itself gets boring, you can always ponder whether your shirt is white with a black pattern or black with a white pattern and other such sartorial musings.


Diesel Jeans, Short Sleeve All Spike Shirt, £80

 


6. Bloomin' lovely

Original Penguin Short Sleeve Floral Shirt

 

Ah, the botanical shirt. The one that slipped from the back of the costume store to Instagram feeds in a matter of summers. Go bold or go home, right? If, like us, you live by that mantra, choose this standout, colour-popping number that’ll make even the ‘gram light up.   


Original Penguin, Short Sleeve Floral Shirt, £65

 


7. Dip and dunk

Farah Vintage Matthias Short Sleeve Shirt

 

Everyone’s favourite ‘90s throwback, tie-dye, is back in a big way this summer. If tie-dye itself feels a bit too much then we recommend a touch of ombre which will bring that breezy, nostalgic style to your ensembles in a more sophisticated way.


Farah Vintage, Matthias Short Sleeve Shirt, £70

 


8. Pretty parrot 

Levi's Parrot Shirt

 

A prime example of the perfect Cuban collar shirt, this Levi’s number is a) bright b) cool c) features a whimsical parrot character which, to be honest, is exactly what we’re looking for in a look-at-me and then look closer statement shirt. Wear on repeat.


Levi's, Parrot Shirt, £45

 


9. Hey bud

PS By Paul Smith Large Flower Short Sleeve Shirt

 

This shirt is your printed shirt but on mute. Beautifully toned-down, the painterly flower print is subtle enough for work events but interesting enough that you’ll never be accused of being a wardrobe wallflower.


PS By Paul Smith, Large Flower Short Sleeve Shirt, £125

 


10. Join the dots

Armani Exchange Dot Shirt

 

Summer in the office, let’s face it, can be grim. While you may stare longingly out the window, let not your wardrobe be another hot-weather regret by choosing a cool, breezy shirt. A geometric pattern makes going sans tie feel totally natural and can be paired as easily with chinos as with tailored shorts if your office dress code so allows.


Armani Exchange, Dot Shirt, £75

3 ways to wear the print-clashing trend

3 ways to wear the print-clashing trend

 

Truly in tune with the season’s penchant for all things extra, spring’s savviest dressers are eschewing minimalism in favour of a more playful look, courtesy of clashing prints. Scary in theory, yes, but super chic in reality and since anything goes here, it’s remarkably difficult to get it wrong. Whether you’re drawn to florals or animal prints, bold hues or subtle earth tones, the slew of prints on offer this season means there’s something for everyone. So forget any misconception of committing a fashion faux pas, this trend is so wrong it’s right, we promise.

 

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Look 1:

Geometric prints


If you feel like throwing some shapes this spring, look to geometric and graphic patterns. Mixed prints in the same tonal range look more put-together than not, so use a colour scheme that runs throughout the outfit for a more cohesive clash. If you’re not typically a 'loud' dresser, opt for one that's more neutral like a stripe – it’s easy to style with a ditsy geometric, floral or leopard print because it's so understated. Draw on block colour shoes and chunky gold hoops to anchor your outfit.

 

 

 

Look 2:

Animal Instinct

 

They’ve been stalking the street-style scene for some time now but animal print is set to rule the fashion kingdom for the foreseeable. There’s an urban safari of animal print accessories out there this spring so you can really go wild with your choice. The neutral tones of zebra, leopard and any other zoological motif look great when spliced together and when teamed with a bright, block colour. Pull the look together with a graphic tee, your favourite denim, and cat-eye sunglasses.




 

 

 

Look 3:

Florals. For spring


So florals for spring may not be ground-breaking (thank you, Miranda Priestly), but thanks to our new-found penchant for spirited print clashing they’re looking more exciting than ever before, with everything from acid bright renditions to vintage and chintzy motifs back on the menu. Yes, that’s right – your grandmother’s living room is now right on trend. Whether you prefer delicate micro-florals or their grown-up and blown-up counterpart, clashing florals (particularly in boldfaced colours) have a seriously modern appeal. Team different florals together or clash them with geometric prints for a little-less-twee twist.



 

 
 

 

 
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10 pieces to wear to a spring wedding

10 pieces to wear to a spring wedding

Spring is well and truly here, and alongside the blooming flowers and April showers come a slew of wedding invites to mark on your social calendar. But what to wear? To take the stress out of the dress code, we've handpicked a selection of fail-safe spring wedding outfits - from statement skirts to chic suits and the prettiest of dresses. Now, to just get you to the church on time.

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1. SUIT UP

Michael Kors Pink Blazer

 

A dress may be the first thing on your wedding guest shopping list, but this season, consider a suit instead. Look for pale or pastel hues (except white of course), then add a slinky blouse, statement accessories and fun, summer mules to lift the ensemble. If you can’t decide between a suit or a dress, do both - and try draping a tuxedo jacket over your shoulders in a floaty midi dress.


Michael kors, Pink Blazer, £265

 


2. DRESS-FATIGUE JUMPSUIT

Phase Eight Amira Lace Sleeve Jumpsuit

 

If you're ready for something new this wedding season, a stylish jumpsuit makes for a refreshing change from the classic wedding guest dresses. This contemporary style with short, eyelash lace sleeves is elegant and chic. We guarantee it’ll be your go-to throughout spring and summer.


Phase Eight, Amira Lace Sleeve Jumpsuit, £140

 


3. HEART ON YOUR SLEEVE

Allsaints Flores Hearts Dress

 

If you’re heading to a more casual ceremony, maybe an afternoon garden party or a back-yard ‘do, then a simple printed mini dress could be just the thing. We’ll be teaming this sweetheart-printed style with a low, block heel sandal and statement earrings to keep the look on the right side of dressed up.


Allsaints, Flores Hearts Dress, £168

 


4. HOT SPOTS

Warehouse Spot Print Frill Midi Dress

 

When it comes to prints, if you’re looking for a new contender that’s not of the floral variety, this might just be the one. The classic polka dot has been sported by all the style greats, from Elizabeth Taylor to Julia Roberts. Pair with white heels and pearl hair slides.


Warehouse, Spot Print Frill Midi Dress, £69

 


5. LACE UP

French Connection Chante Lace Mix Dress

 

This pretty lace dress comes with a flattering sheer panel, giving the illusion of a plunging neckline while adding a little more coverage. Because of its detail, you can afford to keep your accessories minimal with a strappy sandal or court shoe and clutch bag – although we would really prefer a matching glass of red.


French Connection, Chante Lace Mix Dress, £150

 


6. MEGA MAGENTA

Coast Tori Halter Jumpsuit

 

An instant mood booster if ever we saw one, this hot pink jumpsuit from Coast provides a welcome change from the classic pastels and spring florals you normally spot in the pews, while the nipped in waist and wide legs will flatter every body type.


Coast, Tori Halter Jumpsuit, £129

 


7. PLEATS PLEASE

Oasis Twist Neck Chiffon Midi Dress

 

Could sage be the shade your occasionwear wardrobe has been calling out for? Oasis’ twist-neck chiffon dress would indicate so. This super-flattering silhouette will nip you in at the waist and the pleated skirt will skim over your lower-half, while still giving you some serious swish on the dancefloor. Pile on plenty of embellished accessories.


Oasis, Twist Neck Chiffon Midi Dress, £75

 


8. THE BRIGHT SIDE

Oasis Button front midi dress

 

Warmer weather and bright colours are a match made in heaven – so embrace full-on exuberance with bold, block colours. To really multiply the effect, throw in some clashing, coloured earrings or strappy sandals. This royal blue will look equally chic mixed with beach-worthy textures and accessories like woven raffia sandals and straw clutch bags – perfect for a wedding abroad.


Oasis, Button front midi dress, £55

 


9. SKIRTING THE ISSUE

Coast Harper Jacquard Skirt

 

Yes, you can wear mismatched separates to a wedding – it’s a sure way to look effortlessly cool in the pews. This floral jacquard style will look uber-chic with a white shirt and pointed courts for a more formal look, or if your event is a little more casual, add a luxe silk camisole or puff-sleeve blouse, gold earrings and statement mules.


Coast, Harper Jacquard Skirt, £179

 


10. TITLE

Michael Kors Bloom Dress

 

Not only are they seasonably suited to spring's new blooms, but a floral dress conjures images of sunshine-soaked summer days (which can't come quick enough, we say). This midi dress, with its bell sleeves and highlighter-bold hue, reinvents the typical floral number.


Michael Kors, Bloom Dress, £215
 
 
 
 

Easter activities for kids

Easter activities for kids

 

As we all noticed when frantically leafing through our diaries, Easter is late this year. And with its late arrival has come a very welcome heatwave. With this in mind, we’ve pulled together a guide for Easter with family-friendly activities and ideas that’ll make Easter go down sweeter than a Cadbury’s Cream Egg. See, good things do to come those wait. 

 

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No Easter is complete without an egg hunt. Instead of the traditional, this year, introduce clues so kids have a bit of riddle-solving to do along the way. Or add challenges like ‘do 10 bunny hops’ for little ones to try. As an alternative, get the kids to hide eggs for the adults with rewards they’d like to receive – ‘extra pudding’, ‘stay up late’ and other requests will probably spring to mind.

Why not host your own spring Olympics? Invite friends and family and set races such as an egg and spoon race, egg toss and a donut-eating contest of confectionary strung up on string.

The garden offers ample spring-centric shenanigans. Grab some foil trays and encourage kids to make their own Easter garden. Pick spring flowers and press them to make a montage, or gather foliage to decorate Easter bonnets.

Inside, try blowing out eggs and painting them. Think faces, farm animals (white pom poms for sheep, quail eggs for pigs) and botanical-themed eggs. Otherwise, dabble in a little Easter baking. Try making beautiful, edible Easter bark by melting milk and dark chocolate, spreading over a baking sheet and marbling together using a skewer. Scatter on some coloured chocolate buttons and chill in the fridge for an hour to set.

Alternatively, host a mini Easter party. Play pin the tail on the bunny, Easter piñata or make some art by filling blown-out eggshells with paint and taking turns to throw at a canvas – messy but totally worth it.

 

 

 

Away

 

There’s a whole host of Easter goings-on to take part in this year. Join in with the Cadbury Easter Egg hunts at 260 National Trust properties (nationaltrust.org.uk), or look for dragon eggs at English Heritage sites (english-heritage.org.uk). At the Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth, there’s an Easter trail running where little ones can hunt for egg-shaped puzzle pieces – plus there’s an Easter high tea for hungry grown-ups (spinnakertower.co.uk). Meet the Easter Bunny at Marwell Zoo, Hampshire (marwell.org.uk), and enjoy a Lindt Gold Bunny hunt at Hampton Court Palace (hrp.org.uk).

An incredible 30,000 chocolate eggs are ready to be found at The BIG Sheep, Devon (thebigsheep.co.uk), along with a host of baby animals to admire. Budding scientists will be well entertained with activities at We The Curious, Bristol (wethecurious.org), featuring a 3D planetarium.

Come up close to animated ice age creatures at Birmingham Botanical Gardens (birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk), do some crafts at Pink Pig Farm, Lincolnshire (pinkpigfarm.co.uk), and help solve crimes to earn a CSI badge at The Deep, Yorkshire (thedeep.co.uk).

In Wales, there are swashbuckling pirate theatre shows during various spring weekends at Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire (folly-farm.co.uk) and an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party at Gower Heritage Centre (gowerheritagecentre.co.uk). Look out for The Very Hungry Caterpillar making his appearance at RHS Flower Show Cardiff (rhs.org.uk).  

Enjoy puppet shows at the Scottish Seabird Centre, East Lothian (seabird.org) and activities galore at the National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride (nms.ac.uk). Don’t miss the Edinburgh International Science Festival (sciencefestival.co.uk) where children can learn about everything from surgery to coding.

Join in with activities throughout the town in Bangor’s Big Easter (visitardsandnorthdown.com), hop on the Easter Eggspress Steam Train, Belfast (steamtrainsireland.com), or book onto the Easter surfing camp at Alive Surf School, Portrush (alivesurfschool.com). We particularly like the sound of segways, zorbing and mini quad bikes at The Jungle’s Family Fun Day, County Londonderry (thejungleni.com). The perfect Easter holidays? We’ve just planned it.

 

 
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10 best men’s bags

10 BEST MEN'S BAGS

Never has there been a better time to be a man with stuff. For bags, folks, are having a moment and things have moved on a lot since the days of Joey Tribbiani’s man bag. From totes to cross-body bags and lunch boxes, the spring/summer 2019 men’s catwalks were a love letter to the bag – and it’s a romance we’re fully on board with. 

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1. The belt bag

Eastpak Springer Bag

 

It’d have been pretty hard to miss the humble bum bag’s meteoric rise to fashion stardom. Now it’s a struggle to go to certain enclaves of town without spotting a bum bag or two. Worn in the traditional way or slung casually round the neck, they’re the quickest way to go from normal to ‘fashun’.


Eastpak, Springer Bag, £20

 


2. The smart backpack

Coach Kennedy Backpack

 

Where once the backpack was school boy’s territory, now it’s a decidedly more grown-up affair. Practical, roomy and surprisingly sophisticated, a sleek rucksack is the modern man’s commuting sidekick. Our hands down personal favourite? A black leather iteration.


Coach, Kennedy Backpack, £495

 


3. The classic briefcase

Coach Hudson 5 Bag

 

It doesn’t get more old school, more Hollywood-esque than a suit and a great briefcase. The weighty hardware, the textured leather, the handles… there’s a lot to love about such an iconic piece of menswear kit. Add a long-handled umbrella to get full Gene Kelly vibes.


Coach, Hudson 5 Bag, £450

 


4. The pouch

Aspinal Zipped Laptop Case

 

The pouch (or pouchette, muche, murse, whatever you like to call it) has had an official makeover. No longer your girlfriend’s clutch bag, a leather pouch is the sleekest way to carry your clobber and look pretty sophisticated in the process.


Aspinal, Zipped Laptop Case, £350

 


5. The outdoorsy backpack

The North Face Borealis Backpack

 

Fulfilling our penchant for technical gear and neon brights, this North Face backpack is precisely the kind of geek-turned-chic we like. Super roomy for all your gear, it’ll fit everything from your headphones to your gym kit, so you’re sure to feel thoroughly backed up.


The North Face, Borealis Backpack, £100

 


6. The streetwear cross-body

Herschel Cruz Crossbody

 

The spring/summer 2019 catwalks were awash with small cross-body bags. Some, worn high up, had hapless tourist vibes (exhibit A: Fendi) which renewed our enthusiasm for dad-dressing. Get in on the trend now with a retro camera bag.


Herschel, Cruz Crossbody, £35

 


7. The luxe bum bag

NICCE Core Reflective Bum Bag

 

Follow A$AP Rocky, Jared Leto et al and grab yourself a bum bag if you haven’t already. This one’s kind of luxe, kind of flash, which we quite enjoy. It says weekend errands but ‘make it fashion’.


NICCE, Core Reflective Bum Bag, £20

 


8. The city/country backpack 

Barbour Whitby Backpack

 

Sometimes after the hustle; and pollution; and self-service checkouts; and hurried flat whites, we crave a bit of the countryside. Thankfully, this Barbour beauty will bring a breath of fresh air to your daily tube kerfuffle.


Barbour, Whitby Backpack, £129

 


9. The weekender

NICCE, Barrel Bag

 

Killing two birds with one stone, the weekend bag is a multitasking dream for it’s both a bag for weekend getaways (naturally) and a great gym bag. Nice.


NICCE, Barrel Bag, £32

 


10. The canvas roll-top bag

Stighlorgan Ronan Canvas Laptop Bag

 

With utilitarian, Scandi vibes, a roll top backpack is minimal without being clinical, cool without trying too hard. It may require a bit of extra work getting stuff out of it but the effort is worth it, trust us.


Stighlorgan, Ronan Canvas Laptop Bag, £140

 


11. The tote

AllSaints Holt Tote Bag

 

In a bit of a fashion evolution, the tote has become bona fide legitimate hand luggage for men. The only thing needed to pull it off? Confidence. This leather version is super smart and just the right size. We’re sold on it, totes.


AllSaints, Holt Tote Bag, £248

 


12. The camo rucksack

Eastpak Macnee Backpack

 

For a fabric designed to blend in, this backpack paradoxically stands out. With its retro, grunge styling and cool, functional design, it’s a must for the urban jungle. Tarzan would be proud.


Eastpak, Macnee Backpack, £55

 


13. The messenger

Aspinal Shadow Messenger

 

The humble satchel has been around in menswear for donkey’s years. It’s got somewhat of a reputation for school kid vibes but use this to your advantage. The cheeky, happy-go-lucky vibes will take you anywhere.


Aspinal, Shadow Messenger, £495

 


14. The It brand bag

Champion Small Messenger Bag

 

As seen on, well, everyone, get in on the brand the Instagram set are sporting now with a messenger bag that feels very de jour. It’s practical, handy and will make you feel like a fashion champ, which is always a good thing.


Champion, Small Messenger Bag, £16
 
 
 

How to set your Easter table

How to set your Easter table

 

Roast lamb, hot cross buns and the ubiquitous chocolate egg: Easter is a foodie’s favourite holiday. Give your culinary creations the best backdrop possible with our guide to setting a colourful scene for an Easter Sunday lunch.

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Prettify with pastel shades

It might be the de rigueur Easter colour combination, but don’t think that yellow and blue can't be beat. For a modern upgrade, consider adding in pink, too; the right shade (hint: more ‘blush’ than ‘Barbie’) will feel chic and fresh. Start with a crisp white tablecloth, then layer up complementing pastel shades. When in doubt? Take your cues from mini eggs’ candy hues.


Add colour with tinted glass

Coloured glass is back in a big way, and those vintage-inspired pastel shades are perfect for Easter dining. It’s a great way to ease colour phobics into the seasonal rush of colour, as the light-reflecting nature of glass prevents bright hues feeling heavy. These tinted tumblers and wine glasses are so easy to mix and match – and you’ll never lose track of which one is yours.


Make the most of spring blooms

As the ultimate symbol of new life, no Easter table is complete without a bunch of fresh blooms. Don’t overdo the daffodils if you’re not a fan of their distinctive scent - instead, take cues from other springtime favourites, like tulips, early blooming roses or even cascading branches of blossom. Add softness to the table by arrange in round vases in varying sizes.


DIY your own decorative eggs

Scores of mini foil-wrapped chocolate eggs scattered along the table are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, but far more fun is creating your own hand-decorated versions. Pick up polystyrene eggs from a craft shop - or just relentlessly boil the original variety - then paint in delicate hues, add glue in stripes or polka dots and dip in glitter. Add one to each napkin below a name tag.

 
 

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The new denim rules

The new denim rules

 

With a fresh new season comes a chance to update the most hard working portion of your wardrobe – your denim. We know too well how easy it can be to fall in love with one pair of jeans and then wear them every day from that moment on, but there is plenty more fun to be had by embracing all these spring styles. For the season ahead, denim takes on a nostalgic feel, whether it be styling a pair of coveted indigo straight-leg jeans with a retro blazer or investing in a Western-style denim dress. Keep reading for your spring denim dressing 101.

 

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The cuts to know


We’re calling it: straight leg jeans might just be the cut of the season. Sacrificing stretch in favour of more rigid styles might sound sartorially risky, but once you find your perfect fit, you’ll realize that these vintage-look, leg-lengthening styles are incredibly flattering – especially when high-waisted. When it comes to length, we suggest a crop just above the ankle to avoid bunching and show off your favourite footwear. If you can’t bear to part with your steadfast skinny jeans (we really don’t blame you), then opt for styles that eschew fussy details and fraying for the fresh simplicity of deep indigo or black with polished top-stitching.



 

 

 

How to style

 

When it comes to our beloved blues this season, it’s definitely not OTT to double up on your denim or even wear it top-to-toe. Try teaming a tailored denim jacket with a culottes-style jean or mix straight, white bottoms with a longline denim coat, there are  plenty of ways you can play with just a couple of styles. Alternatively, swerve the jeans altogether and opt for a super-chic denim shirt dress paired with a statement bag and boots for a cool look with minimal effort.

 

 

 

Fresh colours


For us, blue rigid denim and classic black skinnies will forever be an integral part of our fashion repertoire, but if you do feel like venturing into something a little more adventurous, we suggest dabbling in some alternative colours and fun, printed styles. Just like your failsafe denim staples, a printed style will look chic with a simple tee and leather jacket or mac. Feeling a little more daring? Throw on a leopard print or stripped shirt and embrace the print clashing trend.

 

 

 

 
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Our top 10 stylish suitcases

Our top 10 stylish suitcases

What’s the secret to those impossibly chic celebrity airport snaps? We suspect it’s the snazzy suitcase in tow. Us mere mortals might have to pay a little more attention to cabin dimensions and clever security features, but we’d still like our luggage to look pretty while doing it. Here’s our round-up of covetable cases.

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1. Split personality

Hershel Trade Power Carry On White And Orange Spinner Case

With a splash of punchy orange, this Herschel design certainly puts the fun in functionality. And that isn’t the only thing we love about this cabin case – the internal dividers, multi-directional dual wheels and USB charging port get top marks too.


Herschel, Trade Power Carry On Case, £168

 


2. Space commodity

Samsonite Cosmolite 3.0 Extra Large Case

 

If you’re looking for a roomy option that's still lightweight, the extra large size of this slick metallic range from Samsonite has had a weight-saving makeover; the perfect excuse to add a couple of extra paperbacks. We love the futuristic feel, too.


Samsonite, Cosmolite 3.0 Extra Large Case, £445

 


3. Off the record

American Tourister Soundbox Bass Denim Blue Hard Spinner Case

 

It doesn’t get much cooler than the Cristiano Ronaldo-approved Soundbox range, which takes its visual cue from vinyl. If this cornflower blue isn’t the hue for you, there’s a whole range of colour pop options.


American Tourister, Soundbox Bass Hard Spinner Case, £129

 


4. Think pink

Lipault Miss Plume Pink Gold 55cm Cabin Spinner

 

We didn’t know we needed a pink suitcase until we saw this show-stopping option from Parisian luggage brand Lipault. One thing is certain – you’re sure to spot it on the carousel.


Lipault, Miss Plume Pink Cabin Spinner Suitcase, £175

 


5. Timeless travel

Ted Baker Ladies Albany Black 4 Wheel Soft Cabin Suitcase

 

From the rose gold zips, handles and wheels to the Saffiano-style envelope pocket, Ted Baker know the devil’s in the details. As well as medium and large sizes, there’s duffle bags and holdalls in the same sleek style.


Ted Baker, Albany Black 4 Wheel Soft Cabin Suitcase, £225

 


6. On the go

Eastpak Tranverz Grey Soft Side Suitcase

 

For those off on an adventure, Eastpak is hard to beat. This utility-cool grey case comes with a decidedly roomy 42-litre capacity and a 30-year warranty, so you can count on fuss-free travels for the foreseeable future.


Eastpak, Tranverz Grey Soft Side Suitcase, £110

 


7. Cult classic

Biba Logo Navy 8 Wheel Hard Cabin Suitcase

 

For something reassuringly solid, it doesn’t get much more glamorous than this high-shine hard case embossed with the iconic Biba logo. The interior is perfectly practical too – think pockets and panels galore.


Biba, Logo Emboss Cabin Suitcase, £119

 


8. Retro revival

Linea Trunk Cabin Spinner Suitcase

 

Pairing a vintage-inspired design with modern tech - like a TSA-approved lock – this beauty is the best of both worlds. We’ll be referring to it as our ‘trunk’ and trying to get someone else to carry it for us.


Linea, Trunk Cabin Spinner Suitcase, £99

 


9. Blooming lovely

Ted Baker Illusion Floral 4 Wheel Cabin Case

 

Trust Ted Baker to make the list twice. This elegant case features one of their new floral prints (an instant classic, we say) as well as all the beautiful details you’d expect from the brand.


Ted Baker, Illusion Floral Print Suitcase, £225

 


10. True blue

Antler Juno Turquoise Cabin Case

 

Famed for their rigorous 12-point testing system and 10-year guarantees, there’s a reason Antler’s been in business for more than a century. This mood-boosting turquoise blue case - the update to their best-selling Juno range - is our top pick.


Antler, Juno 2 Turquoise Cabin Case, £145

Trending: heritage floral prints

TRENDING: HERITAGE FLORAL PRINTS

 

It’s official - the interiors world has been charmed by chintz. The latest decoration trend is less of a twist on the traditional and more a tribute (and one your granny can get on board with, too). From Victoriana botanicals to blowsy floral prints, we’re embracing our obsession with all things Arts & Crafts - and heading straight for a heritage print revival.

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Fantastic florals and how to style them

In what might be the final nail in the minimalism coffin, traditional pattern is making a triumphant return. Call it our latest venture into vintage trends (see: wall hangings and tapestries) or a delayed response to 1996’s notorious ‘chuck out your chintz’ campaign - either way, we’re feeling all things floral. And forget ‘flash in the pan’ - decorative trends with serious heritage have already proven their staying power.



In a way, the rise of this traditional trend has been signposted for a few seasons. We’re increasingly turning our backs on the big, open plan spaces that defined the last decade in favourite of separate, Victorian-style rooms; we’re embracing design that celebrates art and craft; and we’ve welcomed the revival of statement wallpaper with open arms.



So how to style it? Whilst the differences might be subtle, this trend encompasses everything from 18th century chinoiserie to the bold and busy florals of William Morris. To make it work for a contemporary home, choose prints that include a botanical element, err towards bolder hues and mix your heritage prints with modern furniture. Here’s how:



1. Wallpaper isn’t just for the brave, and there’s plenty of beautiful botanical prints - from the dainty to the dramatic - to choose from. Bathrooms, alcoves and home offices make great bases for busier prints.

2. Fabrics in bold floral designs are easy to layer with modern furniture and fixtures. Try a couple of clashing cushions, or switch it up – pair a statement printed sofa with block coloured pillow covers.

3. Ceramics are a simple way to a pattern win. You really don’t need the 16-piece set, which can feel fussy - try mixing and matching à la supper club queen Laura Jackson’s print-frenzy table settings.

 
 

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Alternative wedding gifts for cool couples

Alternative wedding gifts for cool couples

Wedding season is on the way, and with it comes the gift-giving minefield. Cue our round up of the best wedding gift ideas for the cool couple, the co-habiting couple – or the couple that just seems to have it all - for when a kettle really won’t cut it.

 

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1. Under £10

House of Dorchester Mini Duo Pink Champagne Truffle Box

 

Something smaller might be just the ticket, especially if they've requested no gifts or you want to top up a cash or charity contribution. This set of six salted caramel chocolates is a touching token that still feels a little luxury.


House of Dorchester, Salted Caramel 6 Chocolate Selection Box, £6

 


2. Under £20

Barista and Co Set of 2 Metal Frame Glass Cups, Midnight Gold

 

If they're a couple of design devotees (or can't start the day without caffeine) you can't go wrong with these minimalistic cups from coffee connoisseurs Barista and Co. They're crafted with borosilicate glass to protect from thermal shock.


Barista and Co, Set of 2 Metal Frame Glass Cups, £18

 


3. Under £30

Root 7 Himalayan Salt Shot Set

 

Here’s one for party people. If they’re the life and soul, this unique set is sure to add a little luxury to the proceedings. Carved from pink Himalayan rock salt, they’ll add a subtle salty edge to shots of their favourite spirits.


Root 7, Himalayan Salt Shot Set, £25

 


4. Under £40

Suck UK Our Life Story

 

Sentimental without being saccharine, this weighty journal is ready for all the dreams, doodles and holiday snaps their new chapter brings. With a hardback cover and 1080 pages to fill, it’ll last a lifetime - literally.


Suck UK, Our Life Story, £35

 


5. Under £50

Sunnylife Peacock Pool Float

 

This twin set of luxe luggage tags nods to the couple's likely next stop: the honeymoon. They’re practical, too: each one includes a pull out address card in case of – dare we say it – lost luggage.


Aspinal of London, Set of 2 Luggage Tags, £45

 


6. Under £75

Sunnylife Peacock Pool Float

 

If an exotic honeymoon is on the horizon, this peacock pool float is a must. Well, maybe not a must – but it’s great fun and perfect for lazy poolside days. The best bit? You can guarantee no one else will arrive with the same gift.


Sunnylife, Peacock Pool Float, £60

 


7. Under £100

Sage Smoking Gun

 

If they fancy themselves as the next Heston, look no further. Foodies can infuse cheese, cocktails - and just about anything they can find in the cupboard - with smoky barbecue goodness, thanks to some seriously clever science.


Sage, Smoking Gun, £79.99

 


8. Under £200

Berghoff Tabletop Bbq

 

A barbecue for under £150? Yes please. This space-saving design is totally portable – that means it’s ready to be whisked off to the beach, a picnic spot or the garden for a spot of DIY dining. It comes in black, too.


Berghoff, Tabletop Bbq, £149

 


9. Under £350

LSA Gin Grand Serving Set

 

A case of beautiful glassware is a classic wedding gift, but this show-stopping set goes one better. With an assortment of LSA’s signature shapes and a portable ash stand, the lucky giftees will be set for summer cocktails.


LSA, Gin Grand Serving Set, £300

 


10. Under £500

Smeg 50's Retro Style Juicer Dolce & Gabbana

 

Swap the classic stand mixer for something a little more show-stopping - if you can bear to give it away, that is. In an unlikely (but very welcome) collaboration, Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana have created a range of lust-worthy kitchenware.


Smeg, Retro Style Juicer, £499.95


Dad jeans and other denim stories

DAD JEANS & OTHER DENIM STORIES

Of all the items in our wardrobes, jeans are most certainly the most reliable, which is why you need a denim wardrobe all of its own. Finding a pair of jeans that look and feel good, however, can be a tricky affair, so to help you out we’ve picked the best eight pairs to wear now and well into summer. 

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1. DAD JEANS

Tommy Hilfiger Relaxed Cropped Randy Jeans

 

The best way to wear denim in 2019? Boxy, straight cut jeans in a mid or light wash. Precisely the kind of normcore designers are loving right now, if they look like the type of thing you can picture your dad wearing in his youth heyday, you’ve got it.


TOMMY JEANS, Relaxed Cropped Randy Jeans, £45

 


2. TURN-UPS

LEVI'S 511 Slim Fit Jeans Mens

 

In the same thread as dadcore comes turn-ups. With comfortingly nostalgic, geek chic vibes, a turn-up is ideal for exposing a tanned ankle or a trendy chunky sock. See Valentino’s spring/summer catwalk for style notes.


LEVI'S, 511 Slim Fit Jeans, £85

 


3. DISTRESSED

Tommy Hilfiger 1951 Malbri Baggy Tommy Jeans

 

Where once a rip in your jeans would have signalled warning bells and a needle and thread, today it’s almost hard to think jeans without thinking rips. Relaxed and edgy, you need to tread the line carefully as too threadbare can look like you’re trying too hard a few carefully placed rips are all that’s needed.


Tommy Hilfiger, 1951 Malbri Baggy Tommy Jeans, £90

 


4. GREY

Tommy Hilfiger Stretch Jeans

 

Paying homage to the ‘90s, grey jeans are your new summer must-have. Pair with a colour-block tee, chunky trainers and ribbed socks for a welcome sartorial trip down memory lane.


Tommy Hilfiger, Stretch Jeans, £115

 


5. BLACK

Armani Exchange J13 Slim Fit Black Jeans

 

The closest member of the denim family to smart clothing, no wardrobe is complete without a pair of great black jeans. With a shirt come dinner, a low-key graphic tee come drinks, blacks jeans have got legs (excuse the pun).


Armani Exchange, J13 Slim Fit Black Jeans, £90

 


6. STRAIGHT 

French Connection 72 Denim Stretch Regular Fit Jeans

 

Fulfilling all our dadcore wishes in one fell swoop, straight leg jeans are our particular favourite this season. Running straight down through the leg, they’re the retro fit that feels very now. Baggy, dare we say, is no bad thing.


French Connection, 72 Denim Stretch Regular Fit Jeans, £75

 


7. SKINNY

AllSaints Cigarette Skinny Jeans

 

Skinny jeans are now a denim stalwart. Steer clear of skin-tight – a crease or a rumple here or there is a good thing and gives jeans a worn-in, effortless look. Complete with trainers or Chelsea boots if the weather isn’t on your side.


AllSaints, Cigarette Skinny Jeans, £98

 


8. SLIM

Diesel Jeans Tepphar TJ Jeans

 

Playing the middle ground, slim fit jeans – narrow from the knee to the ankle – are the ones you want when skin-tight feels too out-there but you’re still hankering for a streamlined look. Sitting on the fence has, quite frankly, never looked so good.


Diesel Jeans, Tepphar TJ Jeans, £140

 


9. TAPERED 

Diesel Jeans DEETAR Mens Jeans

 

‘Tapered? What are tapered?’ we hear you cry. Roomier around the thighs, tapering down to a skinny ankle, this fit is a super flattering all-rounder. With room to move, they’re ideal for shape without the restrictions.


DIESEL JEANS, DEETAR Jeans, £220

 


10. WHITE

Gant Slim Jeans Mens

 

White jeans sometimes have a bad reputation, but unfairly so, we hasten to add, for a boxy shape paired with loafers has easy summer style written all over it. Err on the side of a looser fit for a more Riviera than reality TV look.


Gant, Slim Jeans, £100
 
 
 

Why beige is anything but boring

Why beige is anything but boring

 

Move over black - there’s a new staple on the fashion block. No longer just a filler colour for your wardrobe, beige has stepped up to claim its position as the fashion-forward shade of the season. A palette of soft colours like oatmeal, biscuit, and caramel dominated the catwalks for spring 2019, and unlike some, is a trend that actually translates easily into real life. Sure, creamy hues and off-whites aren't exactly ground-breaking, but blimey they’re chic, packed with timeless appeal and a welcome refresh for those of us who always wear black. Still not convinced? Let these looks remind you why beige is anything but bland.

 

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Spring suiting


If you feel like injecting some neutral hues into your 9-5 wardrobe, just apply them to tailoring. Nothing says chic quite like a camel coloured blazer – except, perhaps, a two-piece. Spring suiting will be a big player when it comes to this season’s trends, and smart separates in a neutral tone are a refreshing alternative to black. When we’re finally reunited with warmer climes, a short suit will be your cool, corporate saviour.

"Temper the drama of pops of pink by adding a beige blazer into the mix and keep your accessories minimal."

Ismene Collman Cotton High Waisted Shorts, £45, COMING SOON. Gant Stretch Linen Blazer, £245, COMING SOON.

 

 

 

Top-to-tonal

 

Perhaps the chicest way to wear colour this year is to take a head-to-toe approach. Ideal for when you need to look good in under 10 minutes, tonal dressing is the kind of no-fuss style solution that’s ideal for a Monday morning. The key is to opt for oversized silhouettes, mix several shades of beige and experiment with textures. Layer it with a fun pair of glasses, trainers or a statement pair of sandals – something that keeps it modern and brings it to life.


 

 

 

Dip a toe in


There’s no better way to take a trend for a test drive than with some clever accessories. Start with an easy-to-wear base of deep indigo wide-leg jeans and a patterned blouse, then throw in a chic bag and ladylike courts in a sandy shade. You’ll be surprised how much swapping out your classic black heels and bag will lift your favourite outfits for spring and keep them looking right on trend for the season ahead.

"Neutral accessories are some of those magical pieces that work for every occasion, from a summer wedding to a business meeting."

 

 
 

 

 
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Hannah Bullivant's 3 ways to style spring flowers

3 WAYS TO STYLE SPRING FLOWERS

There’s something about those first blooms of the season. The sudden sight of daffodils, the arrival of picture-perfect blossom overhead and the flower market fracas when the first peonies appear – they’re all synonymous with spring itself. Here’s how to style flowers in your home with stylist and blogger Hannah Bullivant’s crash course in flower arranging.


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Scandi inspired spring table

 


1. SET A SPRING TABLE


Here’s a table setting with serious Scandi appeal. Soft pink linens, neutral plates and a simple striped napkin are ideal for balancing bolder blooms, like these mood-boosting pops of orange geraniums and purple fritillaries.

“It’s a sweet and simple way to lift the everyday.”

A subtle use of texture keeps it feeling casual, from the stoneware plates and brushed steel cutlery to the ceramic vases and slightly creased linen. And the stylist-approved way to add the flowers? A selection of mini vases, each filled with just one or two – it’s a charming alternative to one big show-stopping – but conversation-hindering – arrangement.

 

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2. HAVE THEM IN THE HALLWAY


If flower arranging isn’t your forte (yes, we too have prodded and poked for hours until the whole thing collapses) then blossom is your fast track to floral success. In bloom for just a few short weeks in April and May, our association with spring is all the stronger due to its tendency to drop en masse the second warmer weather arrives.

“Snip a couple of blossom branches, bring them indoors and watch them open with glee.”

Add a second or third vase to give some variety in height, and look for tapered vase shapes to ensure branches stand to attention - anything too wide or shallow is a recipe for some serious sagging.

 

Set a spring table

 


3. Make a mantlepiece display


This wonderfully wild display is designed to fill the space above a wide mantelpiece. Start with the longer stems, like the foliage and pussy willow branches, looking for a ‘V’ shape to create some structure. Hannah’s top tip? If you’re not a fan of floral oasis, use a metal pin holder to secure these at the bottom of the vase.

“Passing a bunch of garden blooms on a sideboard is like getting a small floral hug.”

When you’re happy with the first stage, add your flowers one by one to create a burst of colour in the centre of the arrangement. Hannah’s mixed pink poppies in with the orange geraniums and purple fritillaries – relaxed shapes that suit the country garden feel.

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8 bed linen sets for spring

8 bed linen sets for spring and beyond

Set your sights on a spring home refresh? Start with the bedroom. The humble duvet set has maximum impact with minimal effort - especially when we’re talking punchy prints, embroidered details and splashes of mood-lifting colour. Here’s our pick of the best (with no clean whites in sight).

 


1. Flower power

Olivier Desforge Eugenie Duvet Cover

 

There are floral prints, and then there are floral prints. This joyful, painterly option captures the mood of a wild meadow carpeted in the vibrant hues of hydrangea, anemone and eglantine.


OLIVIER DESFORGES, Eugenie Duvet Cover, £100

 


2. Tribal touch

Linea Krishna Embroidery Duvet Set

 

We’re championing all things artisanal, and this set gets top marks. Alright, so it’s technically white – but the ethnic-inspired embroidery adds just enough colour and texture. Pair with rattan accessories.


LINEA, Krishna Embroidery Duvet Set, £55

 


3. Wild side

Biba Adrianna Animal Print Duvet Set

 

Animal print might not be totally traditional for the warmer months, but this new take on leopard print is a little bit special. With a blush base and hints of electric blue, it feels totally fresh.


BIBA, Adrianna Animal Print Duvet Set, £75

 


4. Colour me happy

Linea Egyptian 200 Thread Count Duvet Set

 

Sometimes a sunshine hue is all you need. This Egyptian cotton set has plenty to choose from - we love dusky Rose, on-trend Coral, or this punchy Chartreuse. Just don't forget the matching pillowcases.


LINEA, Egyptian 200 Thread Count Duvet Cover, £59

 


5. Grey area

Murmur Scribble Duvet Covers

 

This Japanese-inspired abstract print is subtle enough to drag Scandi superfans away from their plain grey linen sets, but still lively enough to inject a bit of interest. Layer it up with contrasting cushions and a chunky knit.


MURMUR, Scribble Duvet Cover, £42

 


6. Retro revival

Orla Kiely Summer Flower Stem Duvet Cover

 

Orla Kiely’s retro-inspired patterns and cheerful hues were made for spring. With a masterful mix of blush, citrine, olive and marine blue, this update adds a little flower power to her signature stem print.


ORLA KIELY, Summer Flower Stem Duvet Cover, £75

 


7. Eastern promises

Sanderson Paper Doves Duvet Set

 

When it comes to creating a calming space, it doesn't get much dreamier (pun intended) than a flock of doves - especially when they're printed onto 100% cotton. Check out those polka dots on the reverse, too.


SANDERSON, Paper Doves Duvet Cover, £45

 


8. Word up

Donna Wilson Blah Blah Blah Duvet Set

 

It might be scrawled all over, but 'blah' is definitely not how we feel about this quirky duvet set from Donna Wilson. There's a cool, contemporary dash print on the reverse, too (and oh how we love a two-in-one).


DONNA WILSON, Blah Blah Blah Duvet Set, £53

 

Get ready to embrace opulent dressing this spring

Get ready to embrace opulent dressing this spring

 

Are you feeling what we’re feeling? The weather’s not great. Holidays feel like a world way. You look at your wardrobe and you’re hit with a sea of old jumpers and the same four colours you’ve worn for the last four years. It’s all, well, a bit bleak. So this new season, we’ve decided to put the spring back in our step. Amazing suiting, print clashing and more, we’re forming an anti-minimalist movement to put the fun back into getting dressed. We recommend you join us.

 

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The who, what, why


Menswear is having a quiet re-evaluation. After seasons where the buzzword on everyone’s lips has been ‘streetwear’, for Spring/Summer 2019 ‘craft’ and ‘haute couture’ are starting to be whispered.

The epitome of old-fashioned elegance, the suit dominated the shows. Even designers known for their casual collections dabbled in tailoring LIKE WHO. Neon suits, head-to-toe pastels, oversized double-breasted jackets, you name it, it was on the catwalk.

Print clashing also remains a key trend, with the likes of Versace and Valentino leading the way, we’re adding it to our suiting wardrobes.

Our key takeways for the season? Fun, maximalist and elegance rule supreme.

Simon Carter Liberty floral crocker suit jacket £395 / trousers £100 / Liberty painted journey print shirt £130 COMING SOON

 

 

 

The how

 

The key to our mantra this season is it’s never too much. For smarter occasions, pick a floral suit and pair with an even more botanical shirt. Alternatively, go for boldness in the colour department with a two piece suit in a full-on tone – a rusty red, an olive green or a pastel which feels thoroughly on-trend for this season.

For smart-casual, go for an amazing printed shirt. Dress it down by teaming with relaxed joggers or up with checked suit trousers cut to show off a great pair of loafers.

In all your ensembles, think popping. Take a simple tee a step further with a standout graphic; for a shirt, go bright; and for a work look, pick an amazing clashing tie. Remember, it’s only OTT when you say it is.

Skopes Milo suit jacket £90 / trousers £45 COMING SOON. Diesel T-DIGO-YA t-shirt £45 in-store now.

 

 
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Bags to brag about

Bags to brag about

 

We may have to wait a good few months before we can really embrace spring’s latest looks (without also accessorising with goosebumps, that is), but there's one fashion item that we’re adding to our wardrobes imminently: handbags. Impatient types are in luck - many of our favourite 2019 bag trends are already ripe for the picking on the shopping circuit. From ladylike top handle bags to luxe-look croc-embossed styles, we've rounded up the spring bag trends we can't wait to get our hands on this season.

 

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Tote 2.0


Micro handbag trends are great and all, but if you're the kind of person who carries their life in their bag from dawn to dusk, you need a sidekick that doesn't mess around. You’re in luck - the roomy tote bag trend is on the upswing for SS19, and not only are they back, they’re supersized enough to accommodate the woman that wants to take everything with her – and we mean everything. If the parachute-sized bags of the runway are a little OTT for your morning commute, a sizeable tote will do the trick.

 

 

 

Slouchy grab bags

 

Whether it’s an oversized tote or a diminutive bucket bag, the range of slouchy and hobo bags on the SS19 catwalks suggests a definite move away from the ultra-structured handbags of seasons’ past toward styles that are a bit more laid-back. Soft, supple and perfect for slinging over your shoulder as you dash out of the door, these styles will be the perfect partner to those dreamy boho dresses and rope sandals come spring.

 

 

 

Top-handle bags


Many a fashion throwback will be trending this year - ‘80s power suits and bleached denim are just two of our favourites. In the world of bags, however, stay poised for the return of the ladylike top-handle handbag. These super sophisticated shapes will add a practical and charming detail to any outfit. They work with pretty much any get-up, but we're teaming them with a checked, oversized blazer and some pearl-adorned hair slides to really channel your inner ‘extra-from-The-Crown’.

 

 

 

Bucket bags

 

Bucket bags were high on the fashion agenda last year and our penchant for this shape shows no sign of waning - when a bag is just as fashionable as it is functional, what's not to love? Whether you’re drawn to a sleek, minimal design or want to be bold with a trail of tassels, there's a bucket bag for us all. If you need extra incentive to take one for a spin, don’t forget that they’re deceptively spacious - so forget packing light and fill ‘em up.

 

 
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