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The best bag trends for summer

The best bag trends for summer

 

With summer right around the corner, it's easy to get carried away with panic buying arm-fulls of new gear, but there's no faster way to update your go-to white dresses, trenches, and denim than adding a summer handbag. Impatient types are in luck - many of our favourite summer bag trends are already ripe for the picking on the shopping circuit. From grown-up basket bags to luxe utility styles and chic totes, we've rounded up the summer 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 summer, 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.

 

 

 

Basket bags

 

If you’re on the look-out for an easy way to inject some jolly holiday spirit into your wardrobe, then a basket bag is just the thing. If you worry that a wicker accessory might not fit into a city setting, think again. Since their revival last summer, basket bags have become a luxury fashion piece that bring an effortless touch to just about everything from tailoring and denim to dresses. This summer, expect to find all manner of interesting, unexpected shapes from totes to mini buckets on the menu.

 

 

 

Striped bags


Classic stripes and summer go together like gin and tonic and are the design detail that’ll be catching our eye this summer, giving our everyday bags a whole new lease of life and lending them a high-fashion feel with minimum effort. Let a patterned bag lift the mood of easy tees and denim combinations and bring a playful twist to your white summer dresses. From bold, graphic stripes to softer, linen iterations that are perfect for summer holidays, there’s a style to suit your every mood.

 

 

 

Utility bags

 

A heavy dose of practicality is currently sweeping the fashion scene, with the perennially cool utility trend demonstrating that function and aesthetics can happily coexist. Once the preserve of snap-happy tourists, multi-pouch, hands-free and utility-inspired bags gaining style-steam for summer. Try styling a belt-bag to taper your floaty summer dress or slung over an oversized linen blazer or a mini backpack worn over a linen utility jacket with relaxed denim. If you have summer holidays packed with sightseeing planned, this trend is a style no-brainer.

 

 
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Activewear that'll make you want to go the gym

Activewear that'll make you want to go to the gym 

 

Looking for a boost of workout motivation this summer? Don't sweat it, because we've got a whole new host of activewear in stock to suit all your workout needs. Whether you're a keen yogi or in need of some new running gear, here's our edit of the top activewear picks that will have you (star) jumping for joy. 

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Yoga


The last thing you want in a yoga class is to worry about what you’re wearing. Go for leggings in soft fabrics, tight-fitting tops which won't fall over your head midway through a downward dog, and low impact sports bras which will give you room to move. A neutral colour palette will mean your kit will double up as casual wear - perfect for a post-yoga brunch.

"Find your zen in outfits that flow with your body."

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Running


Whether you're doing your couch to 5k or are a fully fledged marathon pro, your summer running regime should start with some hardworking leggings and vests. Running after dark? Go for sports bras in bright colours and opt for printed designs that'll break up your look. Finally, invest in a fitness tracker that'll help you improve your time and keep you safe.


"Colours, layering and reflection are all running must-haves."

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Swimming


For serious swimming, you'll need a one-piece in supportive and flexible fabric. Well-fitting shapes will streamline your body and help you get those lap times down. Whether you have an hourglass, pear or athletic figure, there’s a style for everyone. Don’t shy away from bold designs, instead show off your curves with colour blocking and prints. Or for more support, try halter necklines and underwired cups.


"Dive in with supportive shapes and finish your laps in style."

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Hiking


With beautiful views and an excuse to get away from it all, what’s not to love about walking? When it comes to your kit, comfort is key, so invest in light jackets and breathable leggings that'll cover you for any weather eventuality. Invest in crop tops for extra support and, of course, a sensible pair of shoes. Hiking boots are the obvious choice but for shorter leisurely walks, your favourite trainers are all you need.


"Accessories with your favorite backpack and keep your essentials close."

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10 summer dresses you need in your life

10 summer dresses you need in your life

Hello summer, we've been expecting you. It's finally the season of the dress and we can't wait to start stockpiling our favourite styles for the sunny months ahead. From boho-inspired pieces to on-trend wrap dresses and easy-to-wear linens, there are a whole new host of dresses to add to your wardrobe this summer.

 

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1. Linen

Warehouse Bird Print Linen Mix Midi Dress

 

Birds and florals? They go better together. A longer take on your everyday shirt, this linen dress will see you from the beach to bar.


Warehouse Bird Print Linen Mix Midi Dress, £56

 


2. Yellow

Marella Secondo Dress

 

If you haven't already heard, this summer is all about the yellow dress. This playful design from Biba will take you from weddings to garden parties.


Marella, Secondo Dress, £180

 


3. Gingham

Karen Millen Oversized Gingham Midi Dress

 

Always the always elegant and versatile warm-weather staple, a gingham-print dress will keep your summer style in check all season long.


Karen Millen, Oversized Gingham Midi Dress, £215

 


4. Polka dots

Warehouse Spot Tie Back Midi Dress

 

The polka dot never gets old, and this gem will give you your very own Pretty Woman moment.


Warehouse, Spot Tie Back Midi Dresss, £52

 


5. Wonky hems

Phase Eight Klara Printed Asymmetric Dress

 

An asymmetric hem isn't just on trend, it's super flattering. It doesn't cut you off at one point but instead drapes elegantly across the legs.


Phase Eight, Klara Printed Asymmetric Dress, £195

 


6. Printed maxi

Phase Eight Nell Floral Maxi Dress

 

The vintage feel of this maxi means it won't date, so invest now and enjoy it for many summers to come.


Phase Eight, Nell Floral Maxi Dress, £120

 


7. Boho dress

Maison de Nimes Wilderness Dress

 

The boho dress has had a chic update this summer. Pair with eclectic jewellery, leather slip-on sandals and tousled waves. 


Maison de Nimes, Wilderness Dress, £70

 


8. Wrap dress

Coast, Dobby wrap dress

 

A retro style in vivid prints is perfect for sophisticated city weddings. Soften this look with nude heels and subtle jewellery.


Issa Petite Kate Geo Print Wrap Dress, £109

 


9. Shirt dress

Linea, Claudia shirt dress,

 

Allow us to introduce you to your summer workwear saviour. Keep city dressing cool by adding slip-on mules and a soft, white blazer.


Whistles Montana Stripe Shirt Dress, £129

 


10. Animal prints

 

Combining two of our favourite things this season: snake print and a seriously flattering wrap style makes this number from All Saints something of a fashion no brainer.


All Saints, Priya Misra Dress, £148
 

The no-stress guide to summer weddings

The no-stress guide to summer weddings

 

Weddings, while being wonderful, are rife with potential social pitfalls. The alcohol, the traditions, the expectations, the relatives and throw into the mix the outfits and the whole thing’s enough to want to retract that RSVP. But don’t fear, for we are here to help with the latter. We’ve pulled together a handy guide for what to wear to summer weddings, so if you’re a key figure or a hastily-invited plus-one, you’ll be guaranteed sartorial success, not stress.

 

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The suit

The fit of your suit is of the utmost importance. The classic three-piece suit is a great bet but make sure it fits swimmingly. As this is summer and crowded rooms of drunk people tend to get toasty, consider the fabric. Linen, fresco wool or cotton are all breathable. A patterned shirt does away with the need for a constrictive tie, and a waistcoat can be your best friend for looking sharp sans suit jacket.

In summer you can experiment with colour. Try an eternally debonair neutral, a more daring bright hue or a mellow pastel. If you get too hot, neatly rolled sleeves look sharper than a shirt unbuttoned too far (we know it’s tempting).

The suit, believe it or not, in today’s wedding landscape is not even necessary. Try separates, like a linen blazer, a great shirt and neutral trousers, which provide max on-or-off versatility.

The shoes

If going for a classic three or two-piece, equally classic Oxfords, Derbies or brogues will set it off. Make sure they’re polished and don’t look like you’ve just run from work – your footwear may be judged by distant relatives.

If the fit of your suit is slimmer and more tapered, a loafer is the dream – you could even try a backless suede variety if you’re feeling fancy. While we wholeheartedly approve of trainers for many a situation, for a wedding it’s safest to leave them at home – unless you know it’s a relaxed, modern affair, in which case, you can sport neutral, branding-free kicks.

The accessories


A tie can make or break an outfit. Sometimes it’s tempting to choose a humorous, whimsical one but really, you want to go for classic or modern. A subtle pattern, clashed against a checked suit, looks suave or a slim shape or woven texture with a plain suit is always a winner.

Pocket squares give the opportunity to bring a little something extra to an ensemble. Use them to add a pattern hit (that works tonally with the rest of your outfit), or to introduce a new texture or colour.  

There was a time when a jazzy sock proudly sported under a suit trouser was a fashion statement. But now, these are best worn ironically. Neutral-coloured socks will ensure you keep your best fashion foot forward at all times.

Sunglasses are not always thought of as a wedding essential, but with squinty photos and hours spent in sun-drenched croquet lawns, we advocate that they’re a must. Choose a cool aviator shape or even a slightly more unusual rose hue and wear for easy, unassuming cool – we all want to be that guy. 

 

 

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