How to wear summer whites

HOW TO WEAR SUMMER WHITES

 


 

 

'Tis the season for beach holidays, rooftop bars, Wimbledon and, best of all, wearing white. It's been sneaking into trends all year long and now it’s finally come into its own. All-white is an easy hack for summer dressing dilemmas - think anything from floaty dresses to crisp tailoring paired with fashion-forward finishing touches. Now to try not to spill anything...


Off duty

A breezy white co-ord is perfect for a hot summer Saturday full of brunching, sight-seeing, or relaxing in the park. Keep it casual and comfy with a pair of slip-on sandals, like the studded Kurt Geiger style below, and pop on a pair of colourful sunglasses to complete the look.


In office

White is an easy way to add a touch of chic to your 9-5 style wardrobe. Keep things simple by investing in the classics, like tailored bottoms in white, which will lift darker and neutral tones. Try pairing a suit with a simple white T-shirt and sculptural shoes. 


Summer affair

A little white dress is about to become your plus one for any summer soirée approaching. Add a touch of texture and wedges to transform a simple frock into something garden-party appropriate. Heading to an altogether more casual affair? Reach for your sneakers or espadrilles instead.


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3 steps to glowing summer skin

3 steps to glowing summer skin


Suffering from a dull, tired complexion? That's not what you need during the summer months. From exfoliating to priming, follow our three simple steps to reboot your skincare routine and get glowing, radiant skin.

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Step One: Exfoliate
Before you do anything else, invest in skincare containing Glycolic Acid. Dead cells = dull skin and this popular AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) gently exfoliates your skin’s surface layer, speeding up the cell renewal process. These products come in the form of cleansers, toners and masks, so play around until you find which one works best for you.


Step Two: Hydrate
Regardless of whether you have a dry or an oily complexion, your skin needs hydrating, even during the summer months. Applying a moisturiser twice a day will keep you glowing as well as creating a barrier between your skin and the outside elements. Charlotte’s Magic Cream contains a boost of hyaluronic acid and rose hip oil, which makes it the perfect base for your makeup. At night we'd recommend applying the La Mer Moisturizing Cream after your serum.


Step Three: Prime
A good primer will keep your makeup in place all day and leave your foundation looking flawless. Choose one designed to illuminate and you can achieve that coveted lit-from-within glow. If you prefer a more natural look, they can also be worn alone to even out skin tone and add a boost of radiance.


Exfoliate


Hydrate


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Summer kidswear made simple

Summer kidswear made simple

Just like that, we blinked and it’s summer again. If you pull out the kids’ summer clothes from last year and find they are way too small and tired-looking, have a peruse of these summer buys. Adorable and practical, they’ve got playdates, holidays and sunny day trips written all over them – not literally though. That would be weird. Let the summer holidays commence…

 

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1. Meet your match

DKNY Girls All In One

 

These DKNY dungarees are made for twinning. But dare we say it, they may beat yours because of the welcome addition of the sassy slogan pocket.


DKNY, Girls' All In One, £65

 


2. Lovely lizard 

Joules Chameleon T-Shirt

 

There’ll be no trouble getting him dressed in the morning with this fun, chameleon tee. It doesn’t change colour though. Sadly. 


Joules, Chameleon T-Shirt, £19.95

 


3. Dress code

Kite Broderie Dress

 

There’s a lot to love about this dress. It’s made from organic cotton for starters, it's super lightweight and in a delightfully summery purple. Pretty perfect.


Kite, Broderie Dress, £38.00

 


4. Line up

Polo Ralph Lauren Long Sleeve Stripe Logo Shirt

 

With summer comes a lot of events and ‘dos where shirts are in order. Make sure your little one is dressed for the occasion with a breezy, striped number.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Long Sleeve Stripe Logo Shirt, £65

 


5. Paradise found

Scotch & Soda Boxy Fit T-Shirt

 

This tee was pretty cool to begin with but the tie detail at the front adds extra nonchalant appeal making it very trendy indeed. We're big fans. 


Scotch & Soda, Boxy Fit T-Shirt, £29.99

 


6. Palm springs 

Scotch & Soda Palm Tree Shorts

 

These shorts are the best of both worlds: a summer print yet in hues dark enough to be massively versatile. All you need now are those flights to Miami.


Scotch & Soda, Palm Tree Shorts, £54.99

 


7. Pleats, please

Catimini Skirt

 

It doesn’t get more mini-me, more ‘I wish this came in my size too’ than a pleated skirt to style up with trainers and a plain tee.


Catimini, Skirt, £53

 


8. Step up

Toms Youth Classics Slip Ons

 

Not only do Toms work to support disadvantaged communities but their shoes are lightweight, practical and super stylish.


Toms, Youth Classics Slip Ons, £25.99

 


9. Good toes

Converse All Star Low Youth Trainers

 

We all love Converse but your affection for the brand is going to skyrocket when you feast your eyes on these mini-size sneakers. One word: adorable.


Converse, All Star Low Youth Trainers, £31.99

 


10. Easy does it

DKNY Boys Sweatshirt

 

As cheery as summer itself, this colour-pop sweatshirt will brighten up any summer day – even if temperature’s more tepid than tropical.


DKNY, Boys' Sweatshirt, £55

 


11. Black and white

Calvin Klein Logo Swimsuit

 

Both sporty and high fashion-esque at the same time, this swimsuit is a lesson in minimalism – and very grown-up indeed.


Calvin Klein, Logo Swimsuit, £42

 


12. Checked in

Polo Ralph Lauren Madras Swim Shorts

 

Channel a little mini-me with some classic Polo Ralph Lauren swim shorts that’ll be just the ticket for your aspiring dapper gent.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Madras Swim Shorts, £49

 


13. Snap back

Calvin Klein Jeans Basic Baseball Cap

 

We're feeling vintage this summer. Rather than the faff of actual time travel (how we wish that were possible), nab this retro-style cap and enjoy the nostalgia.


Calvin Klein Jeans, Basic Baseball Cap, £25

 


14. Wing it

Regatta Zephyr Day Rucksack

 

Carrying a bag can be a chore but this one, with its friendly animal face, will bring a little fun into proceedings. Plus, on a school trip, it’s unmistakable.


Regatta, Zephyr Day Rucksack, £14

8 pairs of sunglasses you need this summer

8 pairs of sunglasses you need this summer

How to add instant cool to any summer outfit? A pair of stylish sunglasses. We'll be upping the glamour and chilling poolside in these designs all summer. Whether you prefer a statement frame or a touch of retro, we've got you covered. From classic Ray Bans to just-launched lenses from Mulberry, we have an array of shapes and colours to suit whatever vibe you're going for.

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1. CAT EYE

Black Cat Eye Sunglasses

 

Cat-eye sunglasses are a perennial fashion favourite, and that's not set to change in 2019. Black and tortoiseshell colourways will always look expensive, but for a modern take, try a translucent pair.


Tom Ford, Black Cat Eye Sunglasses, £255

 


2. BLACKOUT

Mulberry Charlotte Acetate Sunglasses

 

Mulberry has expanded its offering in the accessories arena, creating a luxury line of eyewear inspired by perennially cool British style icons. The black Charlotte Acetate Sunglasses are as close to an essential as an accessory can get.


Mulberry, Charlotte Acetate Sunglasses, £190

 


3. ALL CLEAR

Whistles Whistles Preppy Round Acetate Ladies Sunglasses

 

Transparent frames and translucent lenses have been popular in the sunglasses market as of late, adding a playful, vintage-inspired spin on our favourite styles. Step out of your comfort zone this summer and opt for a summery hue.


Whistles, Preppy Round Acetate Sunglasses, £70

 


4. ROUND

Mulberry Gian Acetate Sunglasses

 

We're all about round frames this summer. From classic Ray-Bans to coloured designs, these styles will inject some fun into your wardrobe. Wear with floaty maxi dresses and sandals or pair with denim shorts and a white t-shirt.


Mulberry, Gian Acetate Sunglasses, £190

 


5. WAYFARERS

Ray Ban Unisex Wayfarer Sunglasses

 

Made famous by Ray-Ban in the '50s and '60s, they've been a staple in our sunglasses wardrobe ever since. While black styles remain a firm favourite, easy-to-wear tortoiseshell frames will go perfectly with summer dresses and straw handbags.


Ray Ban, Unisex Wayfarer Sunglasses, £172

 


6. AVIATORS

Ray Ban Pilot Sunglasses

 

Retrograde shades are undergoing a renaissance. Modern updates on the classic aviator style, such as glossy acetate frames, bolder colour palettes and elegant steel rims, are the way to keep your aviators from feeling too Top Gun.


Ray Ban, Pilot Sunglasses, £136

 


7. OVERSIZED

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Ever since Audrey Hepburn donned her signature shades in Breakfast at Tiffany's, we've been a sucker for oversized designs. Stash in your handbag Monday-Friday to don with chic suits and pack for your summer holiday for poolside reading.


Miu Miu, Bordeaux Butterfly Sunglasses, £222

 


8. '90s INSPIRED

Prada Gold Cat Eye Sunglasses

 

Finally, an opportunity has arrived to indulge our inner '99 Britney Spears. Miniature sunglasses made a huge comeback last year and have proven they're no fleeting trend. Look out for modern, metal frames and chunkier plastic iterations.


Prada, Gold Cat Eye Sunglasses, £328

 


 
 
 
 

What to pack for a beach holiday

What to pack for a beach holiday

 

Dreaming of a carefree summer holiday? It all starts with the packing. Handily, we've rounded up the styles no girl should be without on her beach holiday, from the hot weather essentials that will last all summer to the statement dress you won't regret splurging on and classic swimwear you'll re-wear for years to come. May you never stress about packing again.

 

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The summer dress


A great summer dress that can go from day to night is a true holiday multitasker. Want to wear a dress to happy hour? Wear a midi dress. Want to go sightseeing? Wear a middi dress. There’s really no summer holiday scenario these styles won’t see you through. If you invest in something a little more luxe, dress it down with minimal sandals and a beachy bag to keep things casual for daytime. Come evening, pile on the accessories and slip into strappy heels.

 

 

 




Swimwear

 

Beach holidays mean spending a lot of time in your bikini, so pack styles you can mix and match. Black designs and colour-block separates can be easily paired with contrasting bottoms in of-the-moment patterns. Not into bikinis? There are plenty of flattering one-pieces on offer for chic beach looks, Even better, some of our favourite swimsuits can double as tops or bodysuits, offering more bang for your buck and a lighter suitcase. Win win.




 

 





Cover-ups

Ah, kaftans. The summer saviours that give us some stylish coverage between paddles. From floaty kaftans to lightweight beach dresses and classic linen shirts, these pieces look great on the beach and by the pool. Heading to the bar or off on a sightseeing trip? It’s still important to stay shady and avoid getting pink shoulders – just add some strappy leather sandals, statement earrings and a chic straw bag to amp up your beach babe look.



 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Wardrobe essentials


While we love the summer trends, no wardrobe is complete without the essentials. They’re the items that you turn to in order to create almost every outfit, from the simple white t-shirt to breezy linen shorts. Opt for simple pieces in palettes that you won't get tired of, think white, black and earthy neutrals. Finish off casual looks with oversized beach bags and your signature shades.

 

 

 




Accessories

 

What's a beach holiday without a selection of sunshine accessories? We never travel to warmer climes without a trusty pair of sliders and this season, our styles come in every shade. When it comes to beach bags, choose one that'll suit your surroundings. We're all about natural straw styles and roomy totes for transporting your warm-weather essentials. Footwear-wise, you really can’t go wrong with classic slip-ons but we also suggest packing a heel, be it a wedge or kitten heel for something a little more luxe for an evening. Don’t forget to pack a pair trainers if you’re planning on doing any outdoor activities.



 

 





Poolside essentials

What's just as important as looking good on a holiday abroad? Kicking back poolside and being equipped with the right essentials. From playful beach towels to the novelty inflatables your Instagram feed can't resist, we have all bases covered. Think toucans, sippers, straws, floats and an extra dose of fun this summer. We promise that you’ll love these must-haves this summer and next.



 

 
 
 

 




Holiday beauty

 

The summer can be tough on our skin and we all want that natural holiday glow. But how do we get it and stay safe in the sun? Find a lightweight suncream that is right for your skin for protection during long days on the beach and when the evening comes, top up your colour with a layer of our favourite fake tans. Finally, complete your beauty regime with a light application of bronzer to your cheekbones, nose and chin. And voilà, you've nailed the golden goddess look.




 

 

 
 
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Festival beauty essentials

Festival beauty essentials

A well-packed beauty bag will make your festival experience as carefree as possible. Survive the mud, rain, heat and inevitable hangovers with the help of these eight festival essentials.

 

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Sisley Solaire Facial Suncare

Sisley SPF

 

Even if it doesn’t feel baking hot, sun damage is unavoidable if you’re outside all day without SPF. Protect your skin by applying this hard-working but lightweight sun cream after your moisturiser.


Sisley Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF 30, £153

 


La Mer The Lip Balm

La Mer The Lip Balm

 

The lip balm of all lip balms. This nourishes and softens your lips while strengthening their natural barrier. It has a semi-matte finish that makes a perfect base for lipstick.


La Mer The Lip Balm, £52

 


Kiehl's Micellar Cleansing Water

YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain

 

If you do nothing else before you crash out, remove your makeup. This gentle micellar water gets rid of every last bit without stinging your eyes or drying out your skin. Apply with a cotton pad – no water needed.


Kiehl's Herbal Infused Micellar Cleansing Water, £12

 


Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Masks

Origins Lipstick

 

These cooling, hydrating under-eye masks are a hangover miracle. Put them on for 15 minutes when you first wake up and you’ll instantly see and feel the de-puffing benefits.


Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Masks (x6), £50.50

 


Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara

MAC Lipstick

 

Step two for tired eyes? A few swipes of BADgal Bang. Your lashes will be lengthened and volumised without any sign of clumps or smudging. It’s also super easy to remove – ideal when your cleansing routine has been drastically reduced.


Benefit BADgal Bang mascara, £22

 


MAC Prep + Prime Fix+

MAC Fix+

 

Dry, sweaty or irritated skin? This spray can be used as a primer or applied liberally throughout the day to hydrate, refresh and soothe. It has an illuminating finish and will keep your makeup in place until you finally hit your sleeping bag.


MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ in Goldlite, £19

 


Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo

Aveda Shampure

 

If you don’t fancy spending two hours queuing for a shower or sticking your head under the cold water tap, dry shampoo will be your festival saviour. Aveda’s natural powder absorbs any excess oil and impurities.


Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo, £23.50

 


Tom Ford Soliel Blanc Body Oil

Tom Ford Oil

 

Rain or shine, a body oil will keep your skin silky soft and this one by Tom Ford includes golden shimmer to hide a multitude of sins and emulate a sun-kissed glow. The luxe beachy scent is amazing too.


Tom Ford Soliel Blanc Body Oil, £72

The men’s guide to dressing for Wimbledon

The men’s guide to dressing for Wimbledon

 

Ah, Wimbledon - the sporting event where all of a sudden we become a little bit less interested in the sport and a little more interested in the pursuit of people watching. With so many onlookers, knowing what to wear can be a conundrum – which is where this handy guide on what to wear to Wimbledon comes in.

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CENTRE COURT


If you’re heading to Centre Court, you'll want to look effortlessly pulled together, without any indication you’re trying. Think summer suiting in creams, light blues and greys. Go for a subtle, heritage check and tone down the smart level by switching your shirt for a slim-fit white tee.

Alternatively, play with your pairings. Team your neutral suit jacket with navy trousers and a spotted tie, or a pastel pink or sea green blazer with dark chinos and a white shirt and leave your tie at home. When it comes to your footwear, pick Oxfords, suede Derbys or loafers. Though as a side-note, Stella McCartney’s husband, Alasdhair Willis, looked pretty cool in a light pinstripe suit with white trainers last year.


ON THE GROUND


Got ground tickets? You can afford to have a bit more fun. A short-sleeved shirt in a ditsy print teamed with chinos and loafers will get you on the best dressed list. Last year, actor Nick Blood rocked an apricot shirt, worn open, with a white tee underneath, making a strong case for pastel hues. Plimsolls look great here, as do espadrilles or white sneakers.

Otherwise, go for that failsafe combo of mid or long tailored shorts and a striped tee. Keep it suave though – Pimms and baggy sweats don’t mix so well.


GAME ON


If you’re going to be dabbling in a little tennis yourself, go for signature whites. Channel Lacoste, Fred Perry or Bjorn Borg – all founded by tennis legends, of course.

All eyes will be on SW19. The trophies? They’re up for grabs. The ‘best-dressed’ title? That’s yours.

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The long and the short of packing for a holiday

The long and the short of packing for a holiday 

Packing well for a holiday is a bit of an art form. Some men (we’ve been there too) leave it to the last minute and leg it to check in with a hastily packed case consisting of mismatched outfits and a distinct lack of underwear. This year, don’t be that guy. Be the guy that packs a coordinated ensemble of items that go together and look great whatever the combination, whilst also not taking up too much suitcase space. We’ve devised the perfect capsule holiday wardrobe - so the long and the short of it is, pack the below.

 

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1. A plain-but-statement tee

Only & Sons Edgar T-Shirt

 

A striped t-shirt is standout enough to add interest but simple enough to go with a multitude of bottoms. Easy.


Only & Sons, Edgar T-Shirt, £15

 


2. Smart shorts

Selected Homme Paris Shorts

 

Look for versatility in the shorts department. A tailored chino pair will look equally at home in the city gallery as by the hotel pool.


Selected Homme, Paris Shorts, £35

 


3. Cool aviators

Ray-Ban Bronze RB3026 Aviator pilot sunglasses

 

James Dean, Steve McQueen… take inspiration from the greats and make sure you’ve got a great pair of aviators for vacationing. Ray-Bans are top of our list.


Ray-Ban, Bronze RB3026 Aviator pilot sunglasses, £136

 


4. Multi-tasking swim shorts

Polo Ralph Lauren Traveller Swim Shorts

 

You never know what’s going to happen on holiday, right? Be prepared with a pair of swim shorts that you can wear straight from the pool lounger to the bar stool.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Traveller Swim Shorts, £75

 


5. Summer shoes

Toms Seasonal Venice Classic Espadrille Shoes

 

All hail the espadrille: the most hardworking summer shoe out there. It manages to look cool beachside and super suave in the city.


Toms, Seasonal Venice Classic Espadrille Shoes, £38

 


6. Sophisticated trousers

French Connection Machine Gun Stretch Slim Chinos

 

Risk-takers only take shorts on holiday. Those in the know take stone chinos that they can roll up in the day and roll down if the weather doesn’t do its thing.


French Connection, Machine Gun Stretch Slim Chinos, £59

 


7. Breezy shirts

Gant Short Sleeve Plain Linen Shirt

 

Instantly adding class to your holiday ensembles, you’ll be glad you packed a shirt when sunset drinks on the terrace beckon.


Gant, Short Sleeve Plain Linen Shirt, £95

 


8. Cool backpacks

Barbour Eaden Backpack

 

Eager to pack as much into your bag as you do a holiday? Then you need a slick rucksack.


Barbour, Eaden Backpack, £75

 


9. Versatile jackets

AllSaints Amerson Jacket

 

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but sometimes on holiday it rains and sometimes you need a jacket. This one, though, will brighten up those somewhat less-than-ideal days.


AllSaints, Amerson Jacket, £148

 


10. Understated hats

The North Face 66 Classic Logo Cap

 

With a baseball cap, there are two ways to go. One, bold and look-at-me. Two, understated and vintage like this iteration from The North Face.


The North Face, 66 Classic Logo Cap, £20

 


11. Run-around trainers

Camper Runner Four Perforated Detail Trainers

 

A quick look at your health app after a day of sightseeing and you’d be surprised by how many steps you’ve just got under your belt. With that in mind, some sturdy trainers are a must.


Camper, Runner Four Perforated Detail Trainers, £99

 


12. Statement sweats

Fred Perry Sweatshirt

 

Picture it – a late-night beach trip with your significant other, cosying up under a blanket. The outfit needed: shorts and this sweatshirt.


Fred Perry, Sweatshirt, £80

What to Wear to Royal Ascot

What to wear to royal ascot 

 

RSVP'd to Royal Ascot but still unsure of what to wear? With so many rules and regulations to follow, we know that getting the dress code right can be tricky. Whether you’ve been invited to the Royal Enclosure or are heading to its Queen Anne, Village or Windsor counterparts, get to know your area and get Ascot race day ready with our outfit do’s and don’ts. From full-length trouser suits to stylish jumpsuits and classic cocktail dresses, head this way for your Royal Ascot dress code.

 

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The Royal Enclosure

 

Once only reserved for royalty, membership to the historic heart of Royal Ascot is still by invitation only. Dress up to the nines in this fascinator-free area and finish off the look with one of our beautiful hats or headpieces. If you do choose a headpiece, Royal Ascot states that it must have a solid base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter, anything smaller is considered to be a fascinator. Modesty is key in the Royal Enclosure, with full-length trousers, jumpsuits and knee-length dresses being a strict requirement.

Windsor Enclosure

With front-row views of the Royal Procession and the racing (of course), the Windsor Enclosure permits picnics and also adopts a less formal dress code. Wearing a hat or fascinator is recommended but not a necessity, so why not choose a clip-in fascinator for a completely fuss-free look? Go for Bardot dresses, pretty playsuits or flattering midi dresses.

"Inject some summery vibes into your look with a floaty floral dress and natural accessories."

 

 

 

 

The Royal Enclosure

 

Windsor Enclosure

The festival guide

The festival guide

 

As much as we love festivals, they can be a bit of a minefield. The mud, the crowds, the booze... and that’s before you even think about what to wear. With limited space, the probability that you'll be getting ready in a tent with little to no room and the need to pack for unpredictable British weather, we've created a handy festival guide. More fun, less faff, guaranteed. 

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The basics 

Festivals are the perfect opportunity to have a little fun with your wardrobe. The printed shirt is the festival hero piece – breezy, lightweight and it can be unbuttoned if the sun comes out to play. Multi-tasking, neutral shorts are, again, your festival sidekick. Avoid denim (we all know how long that takes to dry) and items that look bad if creased.

A bum bag is a must for keeping everything close to hand, secure and leaving hands free for pints and dancing. Track jackets, anoraks and field jackets also do great at festivals. Hats (bucket hats in particular) and great sunglasses are a stylish necessity – plus don’t forget a wattle bottle and that SPF.

The nitty-gritty

Glastonbury or Isle of Wight 

If you’re going to a mainstream festival like Glasto, pick an outfit that reflects the sunny, chilled vibes. You can push the boat out style-wise as everyone else will too. Holographic bum bag and a dash of your girlfriend’s glitter? Go for it.

Port Eliot or Edinburgh Festival Fringe 

For a cultural festival, go for mellow vibes. Pick a sophisticated, printed shirt and pair with classic shorts. Lace up boots will add edge and shades are a must for hours outside. You’ll look totally cultured, we assure you.

Latitude, Wilderness or Green Man

For a countryside festival that’s more chill, go for artsy vibes. Try an outdoorsy jacket, cargo trousers or chinos in earthy tones with a bucket hat thrown in for good festival measure. Now, with the outfit locked down, you can just sit back (or stand up) and enjoy the music. Living your best life right here… 

 

 

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Bikini trends to sport this summer

Bikini trends to sport this summer

With the holiday season fast approaching, we've picked ten of summer’s best bikinis to buy now. Whether you're heading to warmer climes or relaxing on the UK coast, there’s a design for every destination.

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1. FULL-CUP

Freya Flower Bikini Top

 

We're loving popping floral prints this season and whether you're lapping lengths or lounging by the pool, this full cup bikini will suit. 


Freya, Flower Bikini Top, £38

 


2. HIGH WAISTED 

Vero Moda, High Waist Hipster

 

High-waisted briefs are having a moment. Just order a dry Provençal rosé and pretend you're on the French Riveria - Instagram will never know you're actually in Margate. 


Vero Moda, High Waist Hipster, £18

 


3. ANIMAL PRINT

Billabong Banded Triangle Bikini Top

 

It's no secret that we're wild about animal prints. This zebra motif is a great neutral to clash with other prints (go on, try it with a leopard spot) and solid separates.


Billabong, Banded Triangle Bikini Top, £30

 


4. TIE-DYE

Billabong Tropic pants

 

This season there is a hippie feeling in the air thanks to the resurgence of the tie-dye trend. L.A, we're coming for you. 


Billabong, Tropic pants, £26

 


5. FUNKY FLORALS

Calvin Klein, Warhol Fixed Triangle Bikini Top

 

With arty florals and a classic triangle style, what’s not to love? Add a flowing kaftan and timeless aviators for easy beach style.


Calvin Klein, Warhol Fixed Triangle Bikini Top, £54

 


6. BANDEAU STYLES

Curvy Kate, Miami Heat Bandeau Bikini

 

Are maxi dresses your go-to beach cover-up? Allow us to introduce you to this clever strapless number which will pair beautifully. 

Curvy Kate, Miami Heat Bandeau Bikini, £36

 


7. NAUTICAL VIBES

Curvy Kate Sailor Girl Padded Balcony Bikini

 

A simple striped bikini will never let you down. Wear yours with a classic red lip and retro accessories.


Curvy Kate, Sailor Girl Padded Balcony Bikini, £36

 


8. SUMMER STRIPES

Jack Wills, Midgrove String Bikini Bottom

 

Stripes have had an overhaul, just in time for summer. Team this set with a suitably bold pedicure and an oversized shirt to cover up.


Jack Wills, Midgrove String Bikini Bottoms, £19.95

 


9. SUNSHINE YELLOW

Vero Moda, Revolution Bikini Bottoms

 

Hello, yellow. This sunshine shade is a major colour trend for summer and looks great with (or without) a tan. 


Vero Moda, Revolution Bikini Bottoms, £18

 


10. TROPICAL TREND

Spicy palm cross bikini top

 

Tropical prints are a sure way to set off sun-kissed skin. The finishing touch? A cocktail, of course.


Biba, Spicy palm cross bikini top, £30
 
 
 
 

Our top picks for pride

 

Our top picks for pride

 

 

 


Rainbows at the ready people, Pride Month has officially kicked off. This year, Pride parades and celebrations around the world are commemorating 50 years since the Stonewall uprising in 1969 - an event that kickstarted the gay liberation movement and developed into the global fight for LGBT+ rights. So with this year's festivities set to be bigger than ever, we're getting ready to celebrate this milestone in style. Whether you’re taking to the streets for one of many Pride parades around the UK, watching Kylie headline at the Brighton & Hove festival or just plan on donning a rainbow hue or two to show your support, be sure to spread the love in these statement styles.



 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Festival makeup ideas

Festival Makeup Ideas


Festival season is almost upon us, and with it comes the chance to step out of our beauty comfort zone. From bold colours to excessive glitter and glossy lids, throw out your usual makeup routine and try something new.

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All that glitters
Glitter is forever a mainstay at festivals. You don’t have to go full Giambattista Valli (although that's always encouraged), but applied around your eyes, on your cheekbones or even on your lips, you’ll look suitably disco. Keep loose glitter in place using a liquid highlighter like the NARS Illuminator.


Get glossy
There’s a fine line between dewy and greasy, but this blurs where festivals are concerned. Matte is out, so emulate a sun-kissed glow with an illuminating primer, adding highlighter and eye gloss. Yes, you read that right - add a glossy top coat to your eyes for a high-shine finish.


Electro eyes
When it comes to your eyes, the bolder the better. From vibrant blue to neon yellow, anything goes. Sweep one highly-pigmented shade over your lids to create a block of colour, or go (slightly) more subtle with bright eye liner. For the most intense colour pay-off, spritz your brush with a setting spray before you apply.


All that glitters


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Electro Eyes

Summer accessories you need in your life right now

Summer accessories you need in your life right now

As summer hits and the mercury rises, you need some equipment to deal with the impending heat. From hats and sunglasses to festival bags and holiday holdalls, we’ve picked the best men's summer accessories that should make up your hot-weather survival kit (and if ice-cold beers were an accessory, trust us, they’d be on this list).

 

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1. Backed up

Lyle & Scott Rucksack

 

We know what you’re thinking – you’ve already got a backpack. But is yours in a delectably summery, sorbet shade? Does it combine Scandi minimalism with retro British vibes? No? Didn’t think so.


Lyle & Scott, Rucksack, £50

 


2. Shady work 

Prada Gold Pr 55Us Irregular Sunglasses

 

Sunglasses serve two goals: to protect your eyes (a given) and to make every outfit decidedly cooler. Both are wholeheartedly served in this Prada pair. 


Prada, Gold Pr 55Us Irregular Sunglasses, £217

 


3. Hold on

Barbour Leather Travel Explorer Bag

 

Summer inevitably involves packing and travelling. Both are a chore but, we’re happy to tell you, made all the more enjoyable with a luxurious, heritage-inspired holdall. Now, where’s that passport…


Barbour, Leather Travel Explorer Bag, £319

 


4. Comeback kid

Lyle & Scott Bucket Hat

 

Remember the bucket hat? It’s back and will be sported at festivals up and down the country this summer. Join in with the fun with your own Lyle & Scott variety. 


Lyle & Scott, Bucket Hat, £25

 


5. A visionary 

Ray-Ban Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses

 

A frustrating (first world) problem is where to put your sunglasses when not wearing them. Ray-Ban has found the solution by turning their iconic Wayfarer style into a foldable design so they can fit neatly into a pocket. Genius. 


Ray-Ban, Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses, £172

 


6. Waist level

Slydes Crystal Bum Bag

 

This holographic bum bag says festival like no other. Just the right size for all your essentials, it’s safer and more practical than bulging pockets. We’ll see you on the field…


Slydes, Crystal Bum Bag, £14.99

 


7. Side order

Penfield Downey Pouch

 

In honour of everything '80s and '90s, the retro cross-body bag is back in full force. A black iteration will work with all the printed shirts you plan to wear on rotation this summer.


Penfield, Downey Pouch, £40

 


8. Style win

Barbour Emblem Trilby

 

Not just the reserve of the races, a trilby is often overlooked for its sportier cousin, the cap. However, with its classy, gentlemanly aesthetic and its practical wide brim, we vote that it deserves to be reconsidered.


Barbour, Emblem Trilby, £35

 


9. Not peaked yet

Levi's Logo Cap

 

The hat market is a crowded one and with so many brands, it’s hard to know what to buy. Fortunately, Levi’s offer us a clear favourite by way of this denim number that’ll make stylish double, or triple, denim very easy indeed.


Levi's, Logo Cap, £27.99

 


10. Cash in

PS By Paul Smith Stripe Logo Card Holder

 

Nowadays with contactless and cashless, the days of a wallet bursting with notes and receipts are long gone. Choose a leather cardholder that’s minimal on fuss, max on efficiency.


PS By Paul Smith, Stripe Logo Card Holder, £75

Men's grooming guide

Men's Grooming Guide


Wondering how to get the perfect shave? Follow our guide for all the tips, tricks and grooming products you need to make your routine a whole lot smoother. 

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Before
Before you do anything else, start by washing your face with warm water. Whether this is in the shower or over a basin, it will soften the hair making it easier to cut, as well as opening your pores, reducing the risk of ingrown hairs. Even better, use an exfoliating cleanser to remove every trace of dirt, oil and dead skin cells which would otherwise end up in your razor.


During
Now you have the perfect canvas, apply a shaving gel or cream to the hair in upwards motions. The Elemis Ice Cool Foaming Shave Gel is a fail-safe option. This will improve the glide of your razor and show exactly which spots you've missed. A good formula will also protect against irritation and result in fewer nicks.


After
A hard-working post-shave product will ensure your skin looks healthy and leave you smelling fresh. Rinse your face with cold water to close your pores before applying an aftershave balm like the Acqua di Parma Colonia Pura to soothe your skin and eliminate redness or itching. Finally, apply a moisturiser to restore your hydration levels.


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8 red lipsticks to wear this summer

8 red lipsticks to wear this summer

Ask any beauty insider and they’ll tell you the easiest way to add that French-girl chic to any outfit is with a red lip. Whether you’re going all out vamp in a deep, rich red or pairing a tomato shade with strong brows and a little mascara, it’s a fail-safe way to make a statement. Looking for a new shade this summer? Keep reading to see our favourite red lipsticks from the likes of Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury and YSL.

 

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Guerlain Rouge G Matte Lipstick 

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick

 

The iconic Rouge G now comes in a semi-matte finish. More than just a lipstick, there's a selection of cases to choose from, all of which include a mirror so you can easily touch up on-the-go.


Guerlain Rouge G Matte Lipstick in 24, £26.00

 


Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick

Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick

 

The most hydrating, long-lasting matte lipstick we've tried yet. Shade 400 is an intense, vibrant red, and not one to wear if you plan on blending in.


Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick in 400, £30

 


YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain

YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain

 

Liquid lipstick is still going strong, and with its intense colour and impressive staying power, YSL has created another winning formula. This dries down to a luxe matte finish.


YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain in Rouge Tatouage, £29

 


Origins Blooming Bold Lipstick

Origins Lipstick

 

Infused with the conditioning oils of 12 different flowers, the new lipstick from Origins is nourishing like a balm without compromising on colour. Try Tiger Lily for a bright shade that looks great with a tan.


Origins Blooming Bold Lipstick in Tiger Lily, £18.50

 


NARS Lipstick

MAC Lipstick

 

Heatwave is the ultimate summer shade and this is the lipstick we want to be wearing when we're outside sipping Aperol. Enriched with Vitamin E, this is semi-matte but very wearable.


NARS Lipstick in Heatwave, £23

 


Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip

Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip

 

If you like your lippy to be low maintenance, we'd recommend Bobbi Brown's new liquid lipstick. Try Cherry Crush for a lightweight, nourishing red that you won’t have to spend all day re-applying.


Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip in Cherry Crush, £19

 


Tom Ford Lip Colour

Tom Ford Lip Colour

 

You're unlikely to find a lipstick more stylish than Tom Ford. Cherry Lush is a true red that lasts for hours and suits every skin tone. Try it once and you'll be hooked for summer.


Tom Ford Lip Colour in Cherry Lush, £40

 


Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution

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If you prefer a deeper red, we love Charlotte Tilbury's warm berry shade Love Liberty. The best-selling Matte Revolution formula contains 3D glowing pigments to give the illusion of fuller lips.


Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Love Liberty, £24