What to wear to the polo

What to wear to the polo




International Day is one of the highest profile sporting events of the British summer, with polo-enthusiasts, royals and A-listers alike flocking to ‘the home of the polo’ in Windsor to revel in the sport of royalty. Saturday 27th July will see the England National Polo Team play for the Coronation Cup against Argentina. And if you're lucky enough to have scored a ticket, chances are you're thinking about what fashion to wear on the field. With Frasers being the official sponsor of the polo this year, we have the inside scoop. Here's our handy insider guide to getting it right.

Dress it up

With a smart-casual dress code, the rules are more relaxed than other equestrian events, so the key is to keep things casual yet sophisticated – think a mix between dressing for a summer picnic with your friends and dressing for a wedding. Whether you opt for a bold print or a simple linen number, a light summer dress is the easiest solution to beat the heat and look chic in the process. Throw an oversized blazer over your shoulders for a little extra coverage or to smarten up a more casual dress.

Sophisticated separates

Lightweight linen trousers or shorts and midi skirts in neutral hues look cool yet smart when paired with billowy blouses and printed tops. Matching sets like short and trouser suits are also a chic option that will ensure you look instantly put together with minimal effort. When styling separates and co-ords, opt for a less-is-more approach by keeping accessories contemporary and minimal with smart box bags, simple gold hoops and chic sunglasses.

All for accessories

Once you have your outfit locked down, you can really turn your attention to your accessories. Bold sunglasses and sophisticated wide brim hats are a fun way to make a statement while protecting you from the sun. Footwear-wise, the best tip we can give you is to steer clear of stilettos – nobody wants to spend the entire day sinking into the lawn. Glamorous flats are a great option or a gorgeous pair of wedges.


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Summer skirts to ditch your jeans for

Summer skirts worth ditching your jeans for

Polished pleats, riotous florals, slinky satin styles – it’s safe to say that summer skirts have had a fun update this season. From everyday denim minis to sashay-worthy slip skirts, there’s a style (or several) out there for everyone – here are the ones we have our eye on this summer…



1. Dream in colour

Michael Kors All Over Logo Skirt


Why choose one colour when you can have all of them? Michael Kors have created a pride collection that boasts serious style appeal as well as a powerful message. Team with the matching top for a complete set or wear it solo with a simple cami and pointy-toed flats for a rainbow look you can sport long after pride month.

Michael Kors, All Over Logo Skirt, £150


2. Wild at heart

Whistles, Brushed Leopard Wrap Skirt


The leopard print midi works for every occasion. Keep it casual with a tucked in white tee, a leather jacket and trainers (or chunky boots for those cooler days). To keep it light and office appropriate for work, simply pair it with a knotted silk blouse, barely-there sandals and a classic tote bag.

Whistles, Brushed Leopard Wrap Skirt, £109


3. Let slip

Warehouse Bias Cut Satin Skirt


Understated but elegant, the silk, slip skirt has had a modern overhaul over the past few seasons. Team with a logo T-shirt, chunky trainers and a throw-on cardigan for an easy daytime look, or up the ante with a square-necked blouse and barely-there sandals - the possibilities are endless for styling this number.

Warehouse, Bias Cut Satin Skirt, £36


4. Whiteout

Warehouse Seam Detail Denim Mini Skirt


A refreshingly crisp alternative to your favourite indigo-hued staple, a white, denim skirt will instantly give your outfits the essence of summer. Styling-wise, you can’t go wrong with a classic button-down and trainers for off-duty style. Come evening, dress the look up with a pair of strappy heels and a retro shoulder bag.

Warehouse, Seam Detail Denim Mini Skirt, £32


5. Pleats please

Ted Baker Harrpa Raspberry Ripple Pleated Midi Skirt


If you have a summer garden party or an al fresco event to attend in the coming months, consider your look sorted. This feminine, pleated style is incredibly easy to wear. Team with timeless court shoes, and drape a white jacket or blazer over your shoulders to keep the look formal.

Ted Baker, Harrpa Raspberry Ripple Pleated Midi Skirt, £149


6. On safari

Karen Millen Animal Print Midi Skirt


If you’re on the prowl for a fresh take on the cult-status, leopard-print skirt trend, this abstract animal-print style will inject a more summery vibe into your look compared to it’s neutral, brown counterparts. Plus it will work with everything from breezy, linen shirts and slides, to jumpers and biker boots.

Karen Millen, Animal Print Midi Skirt, £115


7. You're a peach

Fabienne Chapot, Fabienne Cora Peach Maxi Skirt


There’s really no better way to give your wardrobe’s immune system a healthy boost than nature’s original eye candy. Yes - getting your five-a-day is as fashionable as ever and this flattering Fabienne Chapot wrap skirt is our pick of the bunch.

Fabienne Chapot, Fabienne Cora Peach Maxi Skirt, £125


8. Hello yellow

Hobbs, Celina Skirt


Inject some vitamin C into your summer line-up with this sunny style. With a flattering A-line shape and pleasingly retro button-up detail, all there is to do is throw on a simple top and your favourite sunglasses and let the skirt do all the talking.

Hobbs, Celina Skirt, £99


9. That's a wrap

Sofie Shnoor, Wrap Skirt


This flirty, frilled number from Danish brand Sofie Schnoor was made for that quintessential vacation 'gram in front of a clashing turquoise-hued seascape. Pair with a bikini top for a holiday cover-up and slip on some chic sliders, a mini bag and an oversized blouse tied at the waist for cocktail hour.

Sofie Shnoor, Wrap Skirt, £71


10. Living in Linen

DKNY, Belted Drape Skirt,


When it comes to summer dressing this year, it's all about raw, natural fabrics and beachy accessories. Introduce the trend into your summer selection with a luxe linen skirt that will look equally as chic on the streets as it will by the seashore - just style with complimentary earthy hues to keep to look current.

DKNY, Belted Drape Skirt, £95

The Sofa.com edit

We owe a lot to the humble sofa, don’t we? The chosen one is the ultimate home investment, the room-transformer, the setting of many a weeknight evening and lazy weekend morning. And as it’s probably one of the biggest buys for your home, you want to get it exactly right.
Enter the clever folks at sofa.com. Their award-winning designs are made to order in a choice of sizes, with colour and fabric options like no other – over 160, the last time we counted. Graphic prints, burnt orange velvet, buttery soft leather in enticing colourways like latte and espresso? Count us in. We've picked out some of our favourite designs here, but there's plenty more where that come from. Sofa seeker - prepare to be knocked off your feet.
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Homeware magpies rejoyce! Right now, the generous gang at Sofa.com are offering up to 40% off* any design upholstered in one of their summer sale fabrics and, as if that's not enough, 50% off* selected accessories too.
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One of the originals, the Bluebell has been a firm favourite for over ten years – and we can see why. The secret to its enduring appeal? It’s all in the detail. That distinctive sweet heart frame, soft round pleated arms and seriously swanky turned oak legs capture a real feel of classic country style made modern. So yes, it’s a looker, but it’s also a sofa to really sit on, with supportive feather and fibre back cushions. And it's available in a wide range of sizes and the full 160 fabrics, so you can tailor it to your heart's content. Now to work on the country mansion....
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Sometimes, less is more - enter the Izzy. Style-wise, it’s all about that straight-edged, structured frame and sleek armrests, which keeps it feeling contemporary while maximising all-important bottom space. The slender oak legs are a little taller, raising the height of the sofa and providing the perfect antidote to heavy furniture which can suck space out of a room. This one really caught our eye as a modern classic that won't date any time soon - and after all, who wants to buy another sofa in two years?
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The Isla is the ultimate twist on the traditional - refined and elegant, but ready for lounging (just like us). One of the top contenders for the most comfortable range, this is a sofa to sink into; the cushions are made from fibre wrapped foam, so they’re soft and springy and don’t need much plumping – our kind of sofa. It comes 'breakdownable' as standard, so we promise those awkward stairs to your top floor flat are conquerable. We’ve got our eye on the perfectly personal small armchair (reading nook, anyone?) but there’s a range of options maxing out at a generous corner sofa.
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• Speedy service: delivery in as little as 4-6 weeks

• Craftsmanship: each piece is handmade to order

• Serious peace of mind: a lifetime guarantee on all beechwood frames

• Stress-free delivery: breakdownable sofa options

• Spoilt for choice: Free swatches of over 160 hand-curated fabrics available online and in stores

• Currently available in over 10 House Of Fraser stores with more openings to follow.

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How to dress for summer in the city

How to dress for summer in the city




Figuring out what to wear early each morning is hard enough, but there's no denying that dressing for summer in the city presents its own set of sartorial dilemmas. Every mode of public transport is sweltering, yet at other times it can even get chilly - particularly where office air-con is concerned. So, to help you navigate the hotter temperatures as stylishly as possible, we’ve rounded up the outfits to make summer dressing in the city a breeze.

Linen blazer

This summer’s take on tailoring is more relaxed than ever. Soft, linen blazers in neutral shades will instantly elevate your summer basics – look for oversized, long-line styles that won’t stick to you, and pair with tonal separates. Come the weekend, throw them over pretty dresses for a sophisticated twist.

Midi dress

A mid-length shirt dress is the versatile item you’re sure to get the most wear out of this summer. Smart, cool and comfy, it’s effortless to throw on but makes you look instantly pulled together. Not to mention, with only accessories to consider on a morning, you might even get a few extra minutes in bed. Win-win.

Tailored shorts

Shorts are a heat wave no-brainer. If you were in any doubt as to how to make them look polished, simply opt for a loose shirt in a similar hue, then finish with a pair of strappy sandals and contemporary gold jewellery to keep the look on the right side of dressed up. If you’re heading for a post-work Aperol spritz or two, slip into a slinky cami top.

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What to wear to the polo

What to wear to the polo


Said to be the oldest team sport on record (first played some 2,500 years ago, but who's counting?), today polo is as much of a joy if you’re a punter as a player. The International Day takes place on Saturday 27th July and will see England battle against Argentina for the Coronation Cup. Frasers are the official sponsor of the England Polo Team so fittingly, we’ve got polo on the mind right now.

With the heat, sun and people to impress, knowing what to wear to a match can be a tricky one. So we’ve pulled together this foolproof guide.

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The dress code is smart-casual which can mean many things. Start with a great shirt and wear tucked into stone chinos with a slim, tan belt and chocolatey loafers. Otherwise, a printed, short sleeve shirt – even a Cuban collar one – can look great with tapered trousers and chunky brogues or sleek leather loafers. Think the shirt you’d wear to a festival but outfitted a whole lot smarter.

Summer suiting is another great way to go. Seersucker, linen and hopsack are all breathable so look for these fabrics.

Loose, relaxed fits are very much on-trend. If you’ve just got ground tickets, try a loose, linen two-piece with a white t-shirt or neutral polo shirt. In a hospitality venue where a collared shirt is a necessity, try a lightweight suit cropped to just above the ankle to show off summery-yet-smart espadrilles. If you’re feeling daring, opt for wide-leg trousers with a linen shirt tucked in and black leather sliders – the style spectators will applaud.

Sunglasses are an absolute must (no one likes squinting at the best of times). Ties are optional so instead pop a patterned pocket square in your jacket pocket. But if you do don a tie, a slim shape and a mellow hue, like a forest green, will look smart yet relaxed.

When the mercury rises, rolled up sleeves look crisper than a shirt that’s unbuttoned too far - definitely don’t feel the need to swelter in your jacket. A jacket casually slung over one shoulder says easy sophistication – just remember to take out your wallet to avoid any slipping-out-of-pocket mishaps.

There you have it. Polo may be a historic game but dressing for it, that’s a modern day coup. 

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Your summer capsule wardrobe

Your summer capsule wardrobe in 10 pieces

If you’re searching for a way to dress decisively and shop more economically, or maybe you’re just in need of a way to make your baggage allowance go further, the capsule wardrobe could be your summer sartorial saviour. The ideal 2019 summer capsule wardrobe should include the classics you revisit every year and can throw together easily - think tailored shorts, simple sliders and a chic one-piece swimsuit. Take a scroll of these editor-approved essentials that will see you through the summer’s heat wave and beyond.



1. Tan sliders


This is the sandal that will go with every outfit this summer - tan works equally well with other neutrals as it does with bright hues. Slip on with anything from silky slip dresses to denim and you'll be comfy, cool and effortlessly stylish. 

Kurt Geiger, Deliah Sandals, £69


2. Simple swimsuit

Sunseeker High Leg Swimsuit


There are plenty of swimwear trends around this season, but when it comes to capsule summer wardrobes, it pays to opt for a simple one-piece that goes with everything. It can even double as a top you can throw on with some linen trousers or a midi skirt.

Sunseeker, Sunseeker High Leg Swimsuit, £69


3. Tailored shorts

Oasis Formal Shorts


The grown-up alternative to denim cut-offs, tailored shorts are best paired with a simple tank top and flat sandals during the day. Dress them up for evenings with strappy heels, a lightweight blazer and layered necklaces.

Oasis, Formal Shorts, £34


4. Strappy sandals

Jiji Knotted Block Heels


We’re calling it, the strappy sandal is the ‘90s revival piece we are most happy to see the heroic return of. A one-stop ticket to making every outfit you throw on look like something Carrie Bradshaw herself would strut out in? Count us in.

Head Over Heels, Jiji Knotted Block Heels, £48


5. Basket bag

Natural Weaved Bag With Stripe Lining


If you’re looking for an easy way to inject some carefree holiday vibes into your closet, then a basket bag is the answer. No longer just a beach-bound style, a wicker accessory will cut it in a city setting too.

Yumi, Natural Weaved Bag With Stripe Lining, £24


6. Cover-up

Gant Linen Shirt


When it comes to poolside chic, nothing makes a statement like wafting around in a floaty cover-up. The kaftan will never lose its status, but a linen dress or oversized shirt are great options that will work for your extended summer wardrobe too.


Gant, Linen Shirt, £95


7. Floaty trousers

Warehouse Stripe Linen Wide Leg Trousers


Forever a warm-weather classic, a pair of easy and breezy trousers will ensure you stay cool while looking smart. Pair with a simple racer vest, gold jewellery and sliders, or dress up with a slinky cami and a clutch bag.

Warehouse, Stripe Linen Wide Leg Trousers, £42


8. Chic sunglasses

Mulberry Kate Acetate Sunglasses


Classic with a hint of cat eye and inspired by iconic it girl Kate Moss, the Mulberry Kate sunglasses were made to channel some serious Riviera glamour. We love the tortoiseshell iteration, but an all-black pair is equally chic.

Mulberry, Kate Acetate Sunglasses, £190


9. Sundress

Whistles Digital Daisy Zelena Dress


A statement midi is a must for any summer wardrobe. Choose wisely and the right midi will see you through just about any sartorial situation. Dress up with wedges for warm evenings and with plimsolls for city breaks. 

Whistles, Digital Daisy Zelena Dress, £179


10. Straw hat

Oasis Lurex Floppy Straw Hat


A straw hat is perfect for holidays spent on the beach, perusing the local shops, or really anywhere you want to look chic and sun-soaked. If you think you can't wear a straw hat unless you're beach bound, think again - it will be a godsend come the next heat wave.

Oasis, Lurex Floppy Straw Hat, £18

Travel minis to squeeze into your luggage

Travel minis to squeeze into your hand luggage

We all know the struggle of squeezing our favourite beauty products into a tiny plastic bag to make it through airport security, but these travel minis will make your life so much easier. Here are the essential beauty products that you shouldn't board the plane without.


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Urban Decay Quick Fix Priming Spray

Kiehls SPF


After cleansing in the morning, a quick spritz of this will hydrate and refresh your skin. Use it to prep for makeup or to wake up a tired post-party face.

Urban Decay Quick Fix Priming Spray, £10


Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara

Sisley SPF


You don't have to compromise on your lashes when you go away. Benefit's latest winning formula gives amazing, smudge-free volume and it comes in a handy mini travel size too.

Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara, £11


BYBI Babe Balm

YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain


Multi-purpose products are perfect for holidays and none do the job quite like Babe Balm. It's a moisturiser, lip balm, hand cream and highlighter in one. Forget holidays, this is coming with us everywhere.

BYBI Babe Balm, £18


Kiehl's Calendula Foaming Wash


While it’s close to impossible to keep up an entire skincare routine on your holidays, don't risk dryness or blemishes by choosing face wipes. This face wash from Kiehl's will easily fit into your travel bag and wash away impurities, leaving your skin super soft.

Kiehl's Calendula Foaming Wash, £9.50


Benefit Cheekleaders Mini Palette


This limited edition palette includes the classic matte bronzer Hoola, the shimmering blush Gold Rush and the brand new highlighter Cookie. All in one place and for the fraction of the price, it's a steal.

Benefit Cheekleaders Bronze Squad Mini Palette, £26


Acqua Di Parma Bergamotto di Calabria


We can always make space for a fragrance, and you won't find a fresher scent than Bergamotto di Calabria. Beautifully Mediterranean, one spritz will last all day.

Acqua Di Parma Bergamotto di Calabria, £72

10 sandals you need for summer

10 sandals you need for summer

Whether you’re thinking about your next holiday or just the looming summer months, we’ve rounded up the 10 best sandals to buy this season. Some of our old favourite trends are back again (hi, dad sandals, tan leather slides and woven details), but we've also got some new additions to our hot list. Prepare to well and truly step into summer.



1. Tan sliders

Dune Loupe Smart Slider Shoes


If you invest in only one sandal trend this year, make it minimalism. Simple leather slides in classic brown leather look great with a tan and will be the perfect finishing touch to your capsule summer wardrobe.

Dune, Loupe Smart Slider Shoes, £85


2. Woven details

Dune, Oceana Sm Flat Raffia Sliders


As the name suggests, the Dune Oceana sandals were made for being by the beach in your favourite swimwear but will look just as chic in the city with a pair of wide-leg trousers or a maxi dress.

Dune, Oceana Sm Flat Raffia Sliders, £55


3. Red accessories

Moda in Pelle Laroh Medium Smart Sandals


We don't think we'll ever tire of a statement red shoe. Brighten up your summer ensembles with these strappy, suede heels and finish things off with a matching red lip and a fresh pedicure.

Moda in Pelle, Laroh Medium Smart Sandals, £45.95


4. Strappy sandals

Kurt Geiger Park Lane Sandals


Floss? Barely there? Strappy? Whatever you call them, they’re a trend you won’t be able to escape this season. This stiletto pair will be your go-to for evening drinks and summer events.

Kurt Geiger, Park Lane Sandals, £99


5. Flip-flops

Dune, Lagoons Metal Trim Sandals


No longer confined to the beach, the classic thong style has been upgraded for summer with bold colours and soft leather, proving the simple sandal can be chic too. 

Dune, Lagoons Metal Trim Sandals, £50


6. Flatforms

Whistles Rae Flatform Sandal


Add a few extra inches to the soles of your flat sandals, and voila! You have the flatform sandal. Equal parts fashionable and comfortable, these elevated kicks are perfect for cocktail hour. 

Whistles, Rae Flatform Sandal, £169


7. Dad sandals

Sketchers Dlite Sandals


Think of these as summer's answer to the ugly-trainer trend of winter. These go-to tourist shoes are just the thing to dress down your floaty summer dresses and are great for sight-seeing holidays.

Sketchers, Dlite Sandals, £43.99


8. Block-heel sandals

Jack Wills, Midgrove String Bikini Bottom


Beachy-ready and easy to walk miles in, these minimal sandals are the investment your shoe rack needs. With strappy fastenings, square-toes and block-heels - we don't think you could fit any more trends into one sandal.

Jack Wills, Midgrove String Bikini Bottoms, £19.95


9. Wedges

Moda in Pelle Parcia Medium Smart Sandals


High enough to give some leg but low enough to stroll in for hours without an ounce of pain, these wedge heels are your new best friend. 

Moda in Pelle, Parcia Medium Smart Sandals;79.95


10. Sculptural mules

Dune Meli Sculptural Heel Mules


Leaders of the quirky-cool heel aesthetic, architectural heels are a great way to add interest to your everyday sandal selection. They're also far too pretty not to show off, so we suggest keeping hemlines above the ankle for ideal shoe showcasing. 

Dune, Meli Sculptural Heel Mules, £48

10 of the best men's shorts

A short story

Shorts sometimes have school boy connotations, which is a shame because today’s pairs are decidedly grown-up. The shorts suit, shorts to work (we dare you), shorts to summer ‘dos… there is no reason why shorts should be an after-thought. Make them the focus of your summer wardrobe with these beauties. ‘Can I really wear shorts?’ we hear you cry. Yes, yes you can. 




1. Just beachy

Raging Bull Shorts


Where once pink in itself was a fashion statement, now it’s a pretty staple shade for most guys. So to push the style boat out that bit further, choose a shorter length which was all over the Spring/Summer 2019 catwalks – and now, admittedly, all over our wish list.

Raging Bull, Shorts, £50


2. Cool cloth


Super breathable, linen is summer’s most useful fabric and it's also super classy. These shorts have got us dreaming of drinks by the Riviera…

Only & Sons, Lou Linen Shorts, £32


3. It’s a match

Jaded London Floral Shorts


Co-ords are big news. Printed shorts with a matching printed shirt is our new favourite kind of match-making. The Havana suit it's called, in case anyone asks…

Jaded London, Floral Shorts, £34.99


4. Good jeans

Diesel Jeans Slim Fit Shorts


These shorts conjure up slightly grunge, slightly ‘90s, slightly geek-chic vibes which is perfect for summer ’19 when the garms of your teenage heyday are now all the rage. 

Diesel Jeans, Slim Fit Shorts, £90


5. Line up 

Hymn Drawstring Shorts


These are supremely comfy but also very smart, which ultimately is the fashion holy grail we’re all craving – like a night on the sofa but make it fashion.

Hymn, Drawstring Shorts, £172


6. Play the field

Umbro Azteca Shorts


If Instagram is anything to go by, we’re all a little obsessed with retro sportswear right now. These ones say as much fashion as they do football and happily work for either. 

Umbro, Azteca Shorts, £34.99


7. Back to the island

Lacoste Slim Fit Cotton Gabardine Bermuda Shorts


Bermuda shorts date back to the 20th century as the attire of British military officers posted on the scorching island. Today, they are perfect for your own corner of paradise – even if it’s more Bromley than Bermuda. 

Lacoste, Slim Fit Cotton Gabardine Bermuda Shorts, £85


8. Bring the fun

GANT All Over Print Shorts


Whoever said shorts were boring? (We didn’t. Alright, maybe we did. Once.) There’ll be no complaints of sartorial snooze with these whimsically fun GANT shorts.

GANT, All Over Print Shorts, £95


9. Smart move

Armani Exchange Chino Shorts


If we had to pick the ultimate shorts, the grandaddy if you will, it would be the chino short. As smart as your pair of chinos, they’re classic, suave and will look good with all your summer plans.

Armani Exchange, Chino Shorts, £75


10. Press print 

Ted Baker Cross Embroidery Shorts


Slap bang in the middle between statement and staple, these Ted Baker shorts have a subtle pattern that’ll go with just about anything. Plus, that grey will suit your newfound tan.

Ted Baker, Cross Embroidery Shorts, £79

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.




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

6 of the best face sun creams

6 of the best sun creams for your face 

Wherever you're getting your Vitamin D fix, sun cream should be the most important step in your skincare routine this summer. Exposure to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays will accelerate the signs of ageing (think wrinkles and sagging), but this can be reduced with the right sun protection. From skin-enhancing to water-resistant SPFs, these are the best face sun creams to suit your needs.


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Best for wearing under makeup

Kiehls SPF


Lightweight, sheer and fast-absorbing, this sun cream is for you if you want an SPF that doesn’t affect your makeup or leave a white cast. Apply after your day cream and before foundation.

Kiehl’s Ultra Light UV Defense, £28


Best for skincare benefits

Sisley SPF


If your budget can stretch to it, this Sisley cream is truly an investment in your skin. As well as the hard-working UVA and UVB protection, it contains collagen-boosting Camellia Oil and strengthening Edelweiss Extract.

Sisley Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care, £153


Best for holidays

YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain


Swimming pools and sweat are no match for this SPF as it’s specially designed to have stronger UV protection when it gets wet – the kind of genius concept we’d expect from Shiseido.

Shiseido Wetforce Expert Sun Aging Protection Lotion, £34


Best for acne-prone skin

Origins Lipstick


If you suffer from blemish-prone skin, try this SPF from Murad. The oil-free formula will protect you from sun damage while keeping your complexion matte and clear.

Murad Oil-Free Sunblock, £35


Best for added glow

MAC Lipstick


Dewy skin your thing? You'll love this instant glow in a bottle. It contains SPF 50 and is super illuminating. Pair it with a little concealer for natural-looking radiance.

Dior Beautifying Protective Creme Sublime Glow, £27.50


Best for sensitive skin


A mineral sun cream works best for sensitive skin types as the ingredients aren’t absorbed and instead sit on the skin's surface to deflect UV radiation. This Clinique SPF is so gentle it can be used comfortably around the eyes.

Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face, £22

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.




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



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



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



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



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



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





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.






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.




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.






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