8 one-piece swimsuits you need

8 one-piece swimsuits you need

If you only add one thing to your holiday wardrobe this year, make it a one-piece swimsuit. Flattering, practical and eternally chic, they've fast become the poolside outfit of choice. This year, opt for statement prints, low backs and some on-trend sporty numbers that will look just as good under beachwear as they will in the pool. Now, how long till we go on holiday?

 

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1. Sleek and supportive

Biba icon swimsuit

 

Biba's iconic swimsuit returns for another season, this time in a bohemian art deco print. With padding for added support, it'll be faithful to you this summer and next.


Biba Deco Palm Icon swimsuit £55

 


2. California cool

Polo Ralph Lauren Racer Loop Swimsuit

 

Because one colour just isn't enough. Stepping out in summer's tie-dye trend will have everyone on the beach looking your way - just add a bucket hat and shorts for festival season style.


Polo Ralph Lauren Racer Loop swimsuit £170

 


3. Straight-laced

Dorina Bahamas Push Up Swimsuit

 

Introducing a do-it-all swimsuit in a bold orange hue. With supportive cups, an adjustable halter strap and flattering dipped back, you'll never want to take it off.


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4. Sporty numbers

Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Logo Swimsuit

 

Looking for an athletic design to take you to the pool and stay put in the sea? This is sports chic at its best. Just pair with sliders for those laidback summer days.


Tommy Hilfiger,Tommy Logo Swmst Swimsuit £75

 


5. One sided argument

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Bel One Shoulder Swimsuit

 

One-shoulder styles are a huge trend this summer. Tuck this number into shorts for chic, city-break style and add sandals and a straw bag for hitting the beach.


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6. In full bloom

Ted Baker Ted Berrysundae Swimsuit

 

Let floral trends extend to your swimwear with classic guises from Ted Baker. To stay poolside cool, add a sun hat and oversized shades.


Ted Baker Ted Berrysundae Print Swimsuit £95

 


7. Buckle up

Ted Baker Scoop Belted Swimsuit

 

Belted swimwear is set to be the retro, beach-side silhouette of the summer. To really lean into the pin-up style, all you need is cat-eye sunglasses and shoulder-grazing earrings. 


Ted Baker Scoop Belted Swimsuit £90

 


8. Under the palm trees

Biba Spicy Palm Cross strap swimsuit

 

Prints? Check. Tummy control? Check. Supportive halter neck? Check. This flattering tropical number will see you through every summer swim occasion.


Biba Spicy Palm Cross strap swimsuit £50
 

3 ways to wear bright eyeliner

3 ways to wear bright eyeliner

 
Coloured eyeliner is a beauty trend that's here to stay, and we're not mad about it. It's a quick and easy way to add interest to an otherwise simple makeup look and (we promise) it can be a flattering alternative to black. Here are three ways to wear the look this summer...

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Electric blue


A slick of blue liner is a welcome change from the minimalist makeup we often expect during the summer months and this royal shade gives us big Jardin Majorelle vibes - exactly where we want to be when the sunshine hits. Wear a thick line with fresh, dewy skin and minimal mascara to look daring, not dated.



 

Pure white


Now trending: white eyeliner. From Sophie Turner to Bella Hadid and most recently Jodie Comer, we've seen some of the most stylish celebs wearing the look. It's versatile enough to wear from day to night and instantly brightens the eyes. Makeup artist Naoko Scintu used the Diorshow On Stage Liner in Matte White on Jodie for the premiere of Killing Eve season two. She paired it with warm blush and a nude lip. 



 

Neon


The inner corner of your eye is a high impact area. Highlighter is usually applied here to add brightness, but this summer try adding a neon colour à la Rihanna and Katie Jane Hughes. It's a simple, less intimidating way to wear the trend and can be created using eyeshadow too. Pair it with black winged liner for maximum impact.

How to do your own bridal makeup

How to do your own bridal makeup


If the thought of leaving the fate of your wedding day makeup in someone else’s hands fills you with anxiety, take control (and save some of your budget) by doing your own. It’s a good idea not to stray too far from your usual look, but take note of these beauty tips to ensure you’re at your very best.
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1. Preparation is key. Never underestimate the importance of a good skincare routine. With a glowing complexion underneath your makeup, you’re already halfway there.

2. Keep your face in place all day using a primer. NARS Pore and Shine Control Primer is a firm favourite amongst makeup artists as it controls shine and blurs imperfections.

3. This will probably be the most photographed day of your life, so choose a foundation that looks good both in person and on camera. We recommend Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. It blends seamlessly, boosts radiance, and doesn’t contain SPF (which can make you look washed out in photos).

4. The easiest way to look bright and well-rested - and you may not be feeling it on the big day - is to conceal your under eyes properly. Apply a heavy duty concealer over dark circles first - we love MAC Pro Longwear Concealer as it's full coverage without being cakey. Then follow with an illuminating concealer like YSL Touche Eclat.

5. Warm the highest points of the face with bronzer, then add Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush to the apples of your cheeks for a healthy glow. For lips, choose a colour that’s similar to your natural tone for an understated but polished look.

6. Don’t forget to practice. Run through your whole look around three weeks before the big day, including fake tan if you plan on wearing it. This will give an idea of how much time the whole process will take and ensure your hair and makeup complement each other.


What to wear to a summer wedding

What to wear to a summer wedding

 

Wedding season is officially upon us and if your wedding-guest wardrobe is looking a little lackluster, now is the time to delve into some sartorial inspiration. Whether you've been invited to a big white wedding in the country, a chic city celebration, or you're heading to sunnier climes for the nuptials (lucky thing), we've got just the wedding guest outfits you need. 

 

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A country wedding


Classic prints like polka dots and florals are always a safe bet for a wedding, no matter what the setting. Whether the wedding party is sitting on hay bales or is sheltered in the comfort of a decked-out barn, these dresses marry statement prints and feminine, fluid silhouettes that allow for ease of movement (and some serious dancing later). Add a clutch bag or a miniature cross-body to keep all of your must-haves - and tissues - close to hand and throw on some low-heeled strappy sandals and embellished hair accessories for extra glamour.


 

 

 




A city wedding

 

A city summer wedding is a laid back affair. Look for fun, expressive pieces that will have a life long after the big event. Don’t feel like you have to embrace the ultra-feminine either; bright tailoring or a jumpsuit is an easy, effortlessly chic option. Look for playful colours to avoid anything too corporate, and keep it modern by opting for straight or wide leg styles. What's even better, they can easily be restyled for dinner dates and work - just swap your heels for statement flats. And on the big day? Go for seriously comfy mules.




 

 





A wedding abroad

Weddings overseas present an opportunity to wear lightweight garments and generally allow for more skin to be on show than a British wedding. We love a strappy midi or maxi dress for the perfect balance of summery and wedding-appropriate. Clothing-wise, opt for standout shades and tropical prints. Keep your accessory colour palette neutral so you can re-style pieces throughout your trip, but include interesting details like wooden heels and a beaded bag. If you're lucky enough to be beach-side for the ceremony, opt for flat leather sandals and remember to keep your sunglasses to hand.



 

 
 
 

 

 
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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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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
 

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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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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How to make your beauty routine more sustainable

How to make your beauty routine more sustainable

As the climate change crisis continues, we're looking at our beauty routines to see how we can make a difference. From using sustainable beauty products with eco-friendly packaging and ingredients to eliminating certain things altogether, here's how you can do your bit for the planet. 

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1. Ditch the face wipes

Elemis Cleansing Balm

 

You’ve heard it before but we’ll say it again: stop using face wipes. Not only are they one of the least effective ways of cleansing, but they also take up to 100 years to break down in landfill. Try using a flannel with a balm or liquid cleanser instead. A little bit of the Elemis Pro Cleansing Balm goes a long way and removes all traces of makeup while nourishing your skin.


Elemis Cleansing Balm, £43

 


2. Choose eco-friendly packaging 

BYBI Babe Balm

 

As well as producing vegan products, BYBI uses only 100% recyclable packaging. Babe Balm comes in a biodegradable tube made from sugar cane and it looks great on the 'gram too. Cruelty-free beauty brand Aveda also ensures its packaging is made using as much post-consumer recycled materials as possible, and Dior has removed all cellophane and cardboard wedges from its products.


BYBI Babe Balm, £18

 


3. Recycle when you can

Clarins Double Serum

 

According to Recycle Now, “almost 90% of people in the UK claim to regularly recycle from the kitchen, while only 52% say they regularly recycle from the bathroom.” That’s a lot of beauty packaging going to waste. Any glass or plastic packaging can be recycled, just make sure the containers are empty and clean before disposing of them, as any remnants can contaminate other recyclables.

Clarins Double Serum, £58

 


4. Buy ethically-sourced formulas

La Mer

 

The famous La Mer miracle broth used in their skincare products contains only sustainably-sourced sea kelp to help preserve ocean resources. The luxury brand also supports ocean habitats through donations. Another reason to splash out on a Moisturizing Cream, if ever we needed one.


La Mer The Moisturizing Cream, £345

 


5. Make use of brand schemes

Kiehls

 

Kiehl’s has a loyalty card scheme where you’ll receive a free travel-sized product once you’ve returned 10 empties to one of their stores. Origins will also recycle your cosmetics, accepting empty containers from any beauty brand.


Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, £38

 


6. Try multi-tasking products

NARS The Multiple

 

Fewer products equal less packaging. There are so many multi-purpose products that are as good if not better than their singular counterparts. We love NARS The Multiple which can be used on your lips, eyes and cheeks.


NARS The Multiple, £30

Best newborn essentials

Best newborn essentials

The birth of the royal baby has got us feeling seriously broody. So, in honour of the new arrival, we’ve picked 12 newborn staples perfect for any new arrival. Whether you’re buying as a gift or you’re a new parent yourself, these essentials are utterly adorable and ideal for the new prince or princess in your life. Welcome to the world little one.

 

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1. Dungaree dude

Absorba Baby Boy Dungarees

 

These dungarees are a) super cute b) perfect for summer c) would look great with your own chambray ensemble.


Absorba, Baby Boy Dungarees, £27.93

 


2. Sweet dreams

Polo Ralph Lauren Baby Boys Teddy Blanket

 

Super snuggly, this Ralph Lauren teddy bear blanket is a classic gift for good reason. We’re big fans.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Baby Boys' Teddy Blanket, £49

 


3. Mess, what mess?

Absorba

Keep little one’s outfits clean and dry with the help of some very useful bibs. These are fun and modern all at the same time. Winner.


Absorba, Newborn Unisex Bibs, £18

 


4. Key kit

Minene Unisex Supersize Swaddling Muslin

Muslins are very handy. An extra large one? Indispensable. This one comes with a cute matching case making it not only a practical gift but a pretty one too.


Minene, Unisex Supersize Swaddling Muslin, £13

 


5. In short

Carrement Beau Baby Girls Blue Denim Short Overalls

 

Combining girly frills with versatile denim and a cool, shorts shape, this might just become your favourite baby all-in-one.


Carrement Beau, Baby Girls' Blue Denim Short Overalls, £39

 


6. Cute critters

Graham & Brown Winnie the Pooh Foam Elements

 

Baby’s room will look all the more brighter with the help of a couple of cheery, recognisable characters.


Graham & Brown, Winnie the Pooh Foam Elements, £12.50

 


7. Hands in

Absorba Newborn Unisex Mittens

 

Mittens are an essential. It’ll be hard to believe quite how small and heart-meltingly cute these are.


Absorba, Newborn Unisex Mittens, £7

 


8. Top it off

Polarn O Pyret Babies PoP Stripe Helmet Hat

 

Swedish brand, Polarn O. Pyret, know exactly how to make functional – and beautiful – kidswear. This hat is a case in point.


Polarn O. Pyret, Babies Po.P Stripe Helmet Hat, £7.50

 


9. Little steps

Absorba Newborn Babies Socks Gift Box

 

Baby feet need the softest socks and this gift set comes, handily, with pairs in four versatile colour ways. Perfect.


Absorba, Newborn Babies Socks Gift Box, £22

 


10. Check, please

Polo Ralph Lauren Polo Girls' Gingham Bubble All-in-one

 

Our favourite look at the moment? Heritage. This gingham all-in-one is an easy shortcut for channelling that vintage vibe.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Polo Girls' Gingham Bubble All-in-one, £69

 


11. Under cover

AllSaints Holt Tote Bag

 

Maximise the potential for sleep with a luxurious sleeping bag that will regulate body temperature. Anti-scratch mittens and detachable arms makes this one thoroughly practical.


Puckababy, The Bag Newborn, £59.99

 


12. In the bag

Emporio Armani Emporio Changing Bag

 

Armani Junior nails form and function with this changing bag. Timeless and sleek, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was your usual cross-body.


Emporio Armani, Emporio Changing Bag, £165 
 
 

Best wedding outfits for kids

Best wedding outfits for kids

Weddings can be stressful at the best of times. What to wear, trying not to be late, a sea of distant relatives you can’t quite remember the name of… and that’s before you add kids into the mix. For a day that spares tears and tantrums, picking cool and comfortable kids’ clothing is essential – but you also want clothes that look adorably cute. We’ve done some browsing for you and reckon these kids’ outfits are the ones that’ll win come the big day. Now just to get them to stand still for the family photo…

 


1. Dress code

Carrement Beau Gold Sleeveless Ceremony Dress

 

Champagne is often in order at weddings but in no way is this more useful than in kids’ clothes, where white and cream are distinct disaster territory but champagne is the user-friendly alternative. Cheers to that.


Carrement Beau, Gold Sleeveless Ceremony Dress, £95

 


2. Suits you

Howick Junior Tuxedo Jacket

 

For full mini-me style, it doesn’t get more matchy-matchy than a suit. This one will look adorable and the black shouts sophistication. Add a cute tie and he’ll feel part of the gang of ushers.


Howick Junior, Tuxedo Jacket, £42

 


3. Totally tropical

Catimini Girls Dress

 

Universally acknowledged to be summer’s most summery pattern, the tropical print is a no-brainer for weddings. Cute and super comfy, this Catimini dress is a wedding guest dream.


Catimini, Girls' Dress, £71

 


4. In short

Emporio Armani Chino Shorts

 

Shorts to a wedding may seem an unorthodox choice but chino ones like this can look super smart. Pair with a blazer and an Oxford shirt or polo and he’ll look utterly adorable – and stay cool which is often a worry.


Emporio Armani, Chino Shorts, £80

 


5. Over the top

Absorba Baby Girls' Silver Cardigan

 

Marquees, cavernous churches and late parties mean layers are required. Glistening silver works with a myriad of colours underneath and has great cost-per-wear as she can wear it long after the wedding.


Absorba, Baby Girls' Silver Cardigan, £37

 


6. Check mate

Hackett Long Sleeved Gingham Shirt

 

In a delectably summery hue, this shirt makes the perfect occasion piece. Team with navy chinos and brown shoes for a classic look made modern by the addition of one contrasting button. It’s all in the detail…


Hackett, Long Sleeved Gingham Shirt, £60

 

 

 

 

How to staycation this summer

How to staycation this summer

 

We're all about planning every detail of our holidays, from researching the best restaurants to booking tours to the most Instagram-worthy spots. But what about all of the wonderful sites and scenes here in the UK? From punting in Oxford to 99s at the seaside and picking berries in the great British countryside, there are a number of things to do to make you realise that staying in England for your summer holiday is no bad thing at all. I mean, no limited baggage allowance should be reason enough to induce appreciation for a classic staycation. Just like jetting off on holiday, you'll want to look stylish every step of the way, so browse below for staycation style inspiration.

 

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Look 1:


Spend a day at the seaside


Dressing for a seaside day in the UK can be a challenge, whether you're on a pebble beach in Wales or spending an afternoon by Brighton Pier, the trick is in the layering. A bright and breezy printed shirt is an ideal throw on piece that you can wear over a bikini and will keep you sun-safe and cool. Or if you plan on side-stepping the sun basking, a classic denim dungaree is a comfy staple and looks great paired with a lightweight shirt. Accessories-wise, opt for a large beach bag to tote your SPF and gin-in-a-tin. 


 

 

 

Look 2:


City break

 

It's a real treat to get a chance to explore your city, from afternoons spent gallery-hopping to discovering a new favourite spot for an iced coffee - you'd be amazed what you can find when you wander off the beaten track that is your daily commute. Or you can jump on a train and discover the sights of a new city for a day. Either way, comfort is key, so try pairing walk-for-miles sliders or a sporty-chic trainer and a statement midi dress. Keep your hands free for snapping some pictures and pouring wine with a perfectly sized cross-body bag.




 

 

 

Look 3:


Country retreat


Whether you visit a chocolate box village, sleepy seaside town, or historic house, the English countryside is overrun with idyllic options to explore. For relaxed, holiday fashion you need to balance comfort and elegance, so opt for a pretty linen jumpsuit and comfortable slides. A jumpsuit is cool and comfy for warm days spent exploring and can be easily dressed up with some accessories and a touch of lippy for chilled evening drinks at the pub - just pack a summery utility jacket in case of summer showers.



 

 
 
 

 

 
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How to dress for a wedding in 2019

How to dress for a spring wedding 

 

At certain periods of life, your summer consists not of said holiday, festival or family trip but rather of a copious amount of weddings. As friends and family get hitched, this can mean a lot of dithering about what to wear. Weddings – and wedding outfits – have changed a lot and today’s rulebook can be a confusing one. So what do you wear to a spring wedding in 2019? Well, we happen to know… 

 

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The summer look

We’re declaring 2019 the year of the suit. The Spring/Summer 2019 catwalks were a sonnet to tailoring and more specifically reimagined tailoring. Instead of traditional fits, suits were slouchy and roomy – think dad in an ‘80s office. This look is great for summer weddings. A looser fit has the benefit of breeziness, a built-in air-conditioning if you will. Swap your standard shirt for a t-shirt, tucked in, or a micro checked shirt. Black can look poorly dressed funeral director-esque so go for a grey with a slight sheen.

In other catwalk news, suits of varied colourways took to the floor. Sugary pastels, stone and even neon brights made an appearance. This is a brilliant look to channel full summer vibes.

The modern look

At the same time that fluid suits are a trend, tailoring has also gone close-cut. The rules of suit trousers hitting your shoes are no longer mandatory, but rather trousers tapered above the ankle with summer's very favourite shoe, the loafer, is the modern way to wear suiting. Here a shirt is not needed – try a graphic tee, choosing one that incorporates the hue of your suit. Not only does this say contemporary but it’s super practical for balmy summer days too. Excellent. 

 

 

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3 ways to style suits this summer

3 ways to wear tailoring this summer

With spring/summer fashion taking over the shops, there are plenty of new trends and styles to try right now. But if you're going to commit to one new look this season, we suggest making it a suit. Serving up some empowering Working Girl vibes, the suit is back in full force for the season ahead, and this time, it's not just reserved for the office. Whether you want to try an '80s-inspired check blazer, a statement pink trouser suit or a chic, summer-friendly short suit, there's a take on the trend for everyone. Here are three ways to style it out this season. 

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Look 1:

Hey shorty


With steamy tube platforms and malfunctioning air-con days at the office on the horizon, we couldn’t be more thankful that the short suit trend is having a moment. Perfect for those who dread finding office-appropriate summer dresses, you'll feel sophisticated and cool (literally) with practically no effort in a breezy, pale-hued pairing. The best part? You can wear the pieces on their own or mix and match for a plethora of outfit options – the shorts will look great with a t-shirt and sandals or draped over the shoulders with a floaty maxi dress and trainers.

 


 

 

 

Look 2:


Eye candy

 

Is there anything that makes us feel more summery than a splash of colour? We think not. A statement suit is an easy route to chic - no wonder then that it's become a favourite with the street-style set. Surprisingly versatile, a candy-pink suit can be dressed down with a white tee and trainers for the weekend. After dark, add statement earrings, barely-there heels and a mini satchel bag for a glorious retro feel. 




 

 

 

Look 3:


Check, please 


Once upon a time, we might have thought that this kind of retro two-piece should be confined to your 9-5, but not anymore. Boxy, checked suits have broken free from their boardroom bounds, and although they still make an undeniably chic work look, they become even cooler when paired with a classic white tee and mules by day and barely anything else for evening. Shoe-wise we suggest a chunky heeled sandal or flat slides when the weather permits or a chunky trainer for days on the move.

 



 

 
 

 

 
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How to wear yellow

How to wear yellow

 

Strap yourself in - this new It colour is not for the faint of heart. If you usually side-step yellow shades, we're here to make a case for giving it a whirl. As decreed by Pantone, golden shades of yellow are the season’s standout colour, with the earthy marigold known as Golden Aspen reigning supreme. Seen as much on the streets as the catwalk, this happy hue is surprisingly versatile. However high-vis you decide to go, wearing yellow is guaranteed to add some optimism to your summer wardrobe. Here are three ways to wear the trend that have us inspired to dress - and look - on the bright side...

 

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Look 1:


Sunny separates


A pair of ochre, tailored trousers could be a great addition to your summer wardrobe. Channel Stevie Nicks and pair with a floaty blouse and rope wedges for a boho, '70s vibe that’s perfect for a summer evening. Alternatively, keep them cool and casual with a slogan tee, trainers and cat-eye sunglasses. 


 

 

 

Look 2:


The summer dress

 

Let's call it the Amal Clooney effect because ever since we saw her attend the royal wedding in that yellow Stella McCartney dress, we've been lusting after sunshine-hued frocks to emulate her look every summer. Whether you opt for a block-coloured style or a pretty, floral-patterned iteration, a yellow dress is a sure way to stand out.




 

 

 

Look 3:


Colour-pop accessories


If you’re a tad shade-shy and the idea of donning top-to-toe yellow is a bit much, try incorporating the trend with flashes of the cheery hue throughout your accessories. A sunshine yellow bag will look chic with a white dress, or try a pair of jazzy yellow sandals with light-wash jeans and linen trousers. 



 

 
 

 

 
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8 shoe trends you need for spring

8 shoe trends you need for spring

With warmer weather well on its way, it's time to invest in some new shoes for spring. Say goodbye to those battered winter boots and get ready to embrace open toes, floral details and pops of colour. Book in your pedicure, dig out your summer dresses and indulge in our latest footwear.

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1. SPORTY CHIC

Michael Kors Cosmo Trainers

 

Good news, the trainer trend is here to stay. Line your wardrobe with comfortable styles to see you through summer - your feet will thank you.


Michael Kors, Cosmo Trainers, £175

 


2. FANCY FLATS

Kurt Geiger London Princely Mules

 

Who said flats can’t be dressy? Slide into these bejewelled beauties this season for an easy evening look.


Kurt Geiger London, Princely Mules, £129

 


3. BLOCK-HEEL MULES

Moda in Pelle Mevia Medium Smart Sandals

 

One of the comfiest heels on the block (pun intended) the mule has become something of a wardrobe staple come spring and summer. This chic white pair will work for everything from the office to a summer wedding.

Moda in Pelle, Mevia Medium Smart Sandals, £75.95

 


4. SLEEK SLIDES

Carvela Koncern Mulesr

 

Once again, a flat slide sandal is the hero shoe of the warm-weather season. They're simple, stylish, comfortable and easily packable - plus they go with just about everything.


Carvela, Koncern Mules, £99

 


5. FABULOUS FLATFORMS

Whistles Rae Flatform Sandals

 

Raise your shoe game (quite literally) this spring and give the flatform trend a try. Sport them with a silky slip dress by evening, or linen tailoring for daytime.


Whistles, Rae Flatform Sandalst, £169

 


6. UGLY SANDALS

Sketchers Dlite Catch Sandals

 

They might be the Marmite of the shoe world, but wearing off-kilter footwear is ultimately about having fun and staying comfortable. We'll be pairing ours with a feminine midi for a cool, Scandi edge.


Sketchers Dlite Catch Sandals, £43.99

 


7. BARELY-THERE HEELS

Karen Millen Suede Heeled Sandals

 

This season, heeled sandals come strappier and chicer than ever before. Brands have really jumped on this trend so there's plenty of these to go around, but we love these Parma Violet-hued Karen Millen beauties for summer events. 


Karen Millen, Suede Heeled Sandals, £130

 


8. THE TOE THONG

Lauren Dayna T Post Sandals

 

The toe thong may be synonymous with a casual beach sandal, but they're also the ones hitting the runway this season and what we can't wait to slip into them come June.


Lauren, Dayna T Post Sandals, £85