10 best men's t-shirts

10 best men's t-shirts

Admittedly, we wear t-shirts all year round, but summer is where they really come into their own. Being jacket-less is surprisingly liberating but it does mean pressure for your t-shirt to be tip-top. We’ve picked our ten favourites, from graphic tees to logo t-shirts, and with these at your fingertips you’ll look sharp all summer long, guaranteed.

 

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1. Go bold

Diesel Abstract Neon Logo T Shirt

 

Menswear is no longer fashion’s boring sibling, reserved to a palette of navy and grey. And in no way is this better demonstrated than with the graphic tee, which has moved from only for the sartorially brave to modern staple for men everywhere.


Diesel, Abstract Neon Logo T-Shirt, £45

 


2. Take me there

Polo Ralph Lauren Polo AOP Tee

 

If the weather’s not doing its job, sometimes you’ve got to take matters into your own hands, right? This tee brings the sun so even if the weather’s more Bromley than Bali, you’ll feel positively tropical.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Polo AOP Tee, £75

 


3. Shape shifter

Calvin Klein Jeans AOP Mono T-Shirt

 

The all-over print of this tee may seem a little headache-inducing but in fact, it’s the opposite, because it’ll solve many an outfit head-scratcher. It’s cool enough for casual but smart enough for modern workwear, slipped under a coach jacket.


Calvin Klein Jeans, AOP Mono T-Shirt, £45

 


4. Bright idea

Hymn Placement Tee

 

Essays could be written on the power of a great white t-shirt. But in the same way that that would be boring, this tee makes life a little more exciting with a retro, stencil-esque print. Achingly cool if you ask us.


Hymn, Placement Tee, £30

 


5. Colour in

Wrangler Rainbow T-Shirt

 

Once the reserve of the wild west, now Wrangler is a street-style fave. We very much enjoy this retro, rainbow tee that feels like summer 2019 in a bottle.


Wrangler, Rainbow T-Shirt, £29.99

 


6. With the brand

Champion Chest Logo T-Shirt

 

A quick scroll through Instagram and it’s pretty hard not to spot a bit of Champion here or there. Our current favourite from the brand, this rusty orange number, will make you feel right on the money. 


Champion, Chest Logo T-Shirt, £25

 


7. Bring the party

Armani Exchange AX Block Logo Tee

 

What shall I wear to Creamfields? We hear you ask. The Notting Hill Carnival? Glastonbury? ‘This tee!’ is the answer, which stands out for all the right reasons and paired with denim shorts, high-tops or sliders is a party-going dream.


Armani Exchange, AX Block Logo Tee, £40

 


8. Back to basics

Levi's Lazy Logo T-Shirt

 

Previously fashion had an obsession with the logo. Now, that logomania has turned to logo rejigging. Here Levi’s turns its logo on its head (almost literally) with a happy 90° shift which gives their iconic emblem a novel new look.


Levi's, Lazy Logo T-Shirt, £25

 


9. It's ace

Nicce Tape Sholder Colour Block T-shirt

 

Everyone’s favourite tennis championships are on the horizon, yes Wimbledon. To get into the spirit, don this whimsical tennis-based t-shirt. Pimms in hand, it’ll be almost like you’re in SW19, even if you’re in Shoreditch.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Polo Wimbledon T-Shirt, £69

 


10. Fashion heights

The North Face The Short Sleeve Easy T-Shirt Men's

 

The North Face has quickly ascended from mountaineering/ outdoorsy brand (the kind you buy for your camping trip and nothing more) to casual brand de jour. Wear now to propel your style quicker than it takes to say 'Snowdonia'.


The North Face, The Short Sleeve Easy T-Shirt Men's, £25

Summer beauty trends you'll actually want to wear

Summer beauty trends you'll actually want to wear

 
The SS19 catwalks were awash with a whole new host of beauty trends, from statement emerald cat eyes at Versace to gravity-defying ponytails at Ashley Williams. But luckily for us, the catwalk also played host to some incredibly wearable beauty trends this season. Proving summer beauty isn't all about festival glitter (although there was ample of that, see Pat McGrath's creations at Valentino for inspiration) neon coral lips, unkempt brows, and gloriously fresh skin are all key. 

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A statement lip


A bright lip is the ultimate beauty statement and paired with otherwise minimal makeup it looks effortlessly cool. Go bold with orange lipstick and bronzed skin, or take inspiration from the Burberry runway and wear a classic red with just a little mascara. Make sure it lasts all day by applying lip liner in a shade close to your natural colouring first.



 

Natural brows


A low-maintenance beauty trend is something we can definitely get on board with, and this summer embracing your natural eyebrows is the way to go. Channel Lily Collins and create volume using upward strokes with a gel, while keeping shaping to a minimum. It’s an instantly youthful look.



 

A healthy glow


Glossy skin is going nowhere fast, but how do you hit the sweet spot before you look shiny? The key is to start with skincare. Whatever your skin type, keep your complexion well-hydrated by using a serum and moisturiser twice a day, but if you’re prone to oiliness, use a mattifying primer on your t-zone too. Use a glow-giving foundation like Armani Luminous Silk and add highlighter to the highest points of your face – your cheekbones, browbones and cupid’s bow.

10 slogan tops you should own

10 slogan tops everyone should own

First made popular in the '80s by Katharine Hamnett, the slogan top has had something of a resurgence over the past few years. From bold political statements to tongue-in-cheek one-liners, fashion is once again doing the talking. Here are some of our favourite choice words to add to your wardrobe.

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1. SUNSET STRIP

Scotch and Soda Sunset Crew Sweatshirt

 

Perfect for sunny days in the city and holiday evenings post-beach, this jumper will bring a nonchalant spirit to your spring/summer wardrobe.


Scotch and Soda, Sunset Crew Sweatshirt;89.95

 


2. LA DOLCE VITA

Warehouse Positano Printed T Shirt

 

A t-shirt with travel aspirations. We'll be wearing this top with blue jeans and Converse off-duty. On summer evenings, update your look with a floral midi skirt and drape a leather jacket over your shoulders. 


Warehouse, Positano Printed T Shirt, £20

 


3. OUI OUI

Whistles Bonjour Paris Knit

 

Who doesn't want to be a French girl? This super soft cotton tee was made to be worn with high-waisted jeans and summer mules. Très chic. 


Whistles, Bonjour Paris Knit, £99

 


4. SEEING RED

Blake Seven, Running Out Of Wine Sweater

 

We’re all about balance here. Perfect for throwing over your gym kit and lounging out on the sofa in with that well-earned end-of-the-week wine.


Blake Seven, Running Out Of Wine Sweater, £80

 


5. BIBA BABE

Biba Stripe and logo biba t shirt

 

We know how much you love Biba, so why not let everyone else know too? This style looks just as good with jeans and trainers as leather trousers on a Friday night.


Biba Stripe and logo biba t shirt, £25

 


6. CLASSIC BATWING

Levi's Batwing T Shirt

 

Our favourite Levi's top has had a makeover. Smarten up with oversized tailoring and team with trainers and a cross-body bag for an easy weekend look.


Levi's, Batwing T Shirt, £24.99

 


7. SEEKING SUNSHINE

Whistles Parisien Sweatshirt

 

This one's for the travel junkies among us. Keep things cool and casual with frayed denim shorts and a bucket hat for those upcoming camping and festival trips.


Whistles, Parisien Sweatshirt, £79

 


8. YOU GO, GIRL

Vero Moda Woman Tee

 

Stylish and statement-making all in one hit. If you want to send a message to your fellow humans about the importance of your gender, we have the t-shirt for you.


Vero Moda, Woman Tee, £12

 


9. SOUND OF SUMMER

Polo Ralph Lauren, Printed Boxy Tee

 

The retro band tee will forever look cool with denim cut-offs and western boots. Fact. Just add glitter and space buns come festival season.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Printed Boxy Tee, £59

 


10. TOMMY TALK

Tommy Jeans Script T Shirt

 

This tee, light-wash denim, and a red lip are what summer-dressing-dreams are made of. Wear with converse come weekend or dress it up with a kitten heel and gold hoops come Saturday night.


Tommy Jeans, Script T Shirt, £215
 
 
 
 

10 trends you'll be wearing this summer

10 trends you'll be wearing this summer

With summer fast approaching, now is the time to start investing in your warm-weather wardrobe. From short suits to chic basket bags and ugly sandals, we've handpicked the top ten summer fashion trends we predict you'll be sporting this season. Now, what happened to that sunshine, Mr. Weatherman? 

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1. CITY SHORTS 

Mint Velvet Ivory Striped Paperbag Short

 

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 is having a moment.


Mint Velvet, Ivory Striped Paperbag Short, £69

 


2. FLORAL MIDIS

Whistles Ditsy Blossom Midi Shirt Dress

 

For summer, blooms and blossoms are flourishing in all possible guises - the freshest variety being bold, saturated hues. Heels, sandals, trainers... pretty much everything works with a floral midi, making it the most hardworking piece in your wardrobe. 


Whistles, Ditsy Blossom Midi Shirt Dress, £155

 


3. UGLY SANDALS

Tommy Jeans Neo Flatform

 

The ‘ugly sandal’ is going nowhere for SS19 and will provide the perfect antidote to the abundance of florals and romantic ruffles that are appearing. Just think of it as the natural continuation of winter's hiking boot trend, but breezier.

Tommy Jeans, Neo Flatform, £59.99

 


4. BALLOON SLEEVES

Oasis, Button Puff Sleeve Crop Top

Not dissimilar to the '80s iteration, but this time around, the balloon sleeve is more of a feminine addition to your summer blouses and dresses rather than full-on power shoulders.


Oasis, Button Puff Sleeve Crop Top, £29

 


5. BASKET BAGS

Seaspray Palm Detail Raffia Bag

 

Straw, macramé, and wicker are once again on our accessories radar this summer. As wearable in the city with jeans as it is on the beach, a basket bag is a summer must-have. 


Seaspray, Palm Detail Raffia Bag, £59

 


6. POLKA DOTS

Free People Love Street Polka Dot Print Top

 

Call us dotty, but we’ll never tire of the polka dot craze. From puff-sleeved blouses to sundresses, skirts, and accessories, the iconic print can be worn an endless amount of ways this summer.


Free People, Love Street Polka Dot Print Top, £88

 


7. MARIGOLD YELLOW

Mulberry Small Harlow Satchel Bag

 

This one is for the sun seekers among us. An eye-catcher and a statement-maker all in one, sunny, marigold yellow is going to be everywhere this summer - let's just hope for the matching weather.


Mulberry, Small Harlow Satchel Bag, £650

 


8. BLOCK HEEL SANDALS

Moda in Pelle Laurentia High Smart Sandals

 

Hallelujah, there’ll be no sinking in the mud at those garden parties this year because we’ll all be ditching spiky heels for their comfier, cooler counterpart – the block heel.


Moda in Pelle, Laurentia High Smart Sandals, £79.95

 


9. THE SAFARI JACKET

Mint Velvet Neutral Belted Safari Blazer

With a nod to the emerging safari trend, the cargo jacket is making a return as the perfect transitional summer piece. We'll be wearing ours with a lot of animal print and off-white denim.


Mint Velvet, Neutral Belted Safari Blazer, £119

 


10. SHELL DETAILS

Thomas Sabo Ocean Stars Zirconia Starfish Ring Band

From the runways at Altuzarra and Anna Sui to our Instagram feeds, the nostalgic shell jewellery craze isn't slowing down anytime soon. Get ready to embrace this kitsch holiday souvenir style in a big way. 


Thomas Sabo, Ocean Stars Zirconia Starfish Ring Band, £89
 
 
 
 

Your summer event guide

Your summer event guide

 

This summer is set to be a cracker. But with a dizzying amount of events going on and invites flying left, right and centre, knowing what to wear to said event can be a troublesome process. So to help out, we’ve pulled together a foolproof guide. Consider this your hot-weather handbook…

 

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Wimbledon

Wimbledon is as much an opportunity for people-watching as it is watching tennis itself, so the pressure for what to wear can be high. We recommend summery smart-casual: a great shirt, stone chinos, summery loafers, and the almost obligatory shades. Leave all-white to the pros and go for neutral colours. This is not the place for peacocking – who knows who you might run into?

Work do

Is it just us or as soon as summer hits, does your calendar go haywire? Work drinks, functions, lunches and the like mean it can be hard to get any actual work done. What’s more, sometimes choosing something that'll work from desk to do is more hard work than the event itself. We recommend a great, short-sleeved shirt in a print or subtle pastel shade. Team it with summery suit trousers, chinos or, if your office dress code so allows, tailored chino shorts. Minimalist trainers are helpful if running to and from venues and so is a leather backpack.

Polo

It comes as no surprise that a quintessentially English event calls for a preppy outfit. Try a blazer, a short-sleeved shirt, and slim, tailored shorts. A polo shirt is another obvious choice – but steer clear of white jeans and a white polo unless you want to be mistaken for a player. Keep colours neutral and summery and natural fibres will be more breathable which is a definite winner. Boat shoes look great here – smart but still carefree and breezy.

 

 

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The only workwear guide you’ll ever need

The only workwear guide you'll ever need

 

Apparently, we spend a third of our lives at work, which sounds like a scary amount of time. If we’re going to spend that long at our desk, we might as well look good doing it, right? This is where our handy guide comes in. With the days of white-collar dressing long gone, modern-day workwear gives you the freedom to dress up, dress down and embrace your personal style. Follow our guide to the new ways to do 9-5 dressing and those hours at work will fly by. 

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The new smart 

Despite the dramatic casualization of workwear generally, some professions still dictate that you look, well, smart. Just when you thought, especially with fashion’s obsession with streetwear of late, that you could throw out the suit, think again. The spring/summer catwalks were a love letter to tailoring.

When it comes to suits, a wardrobe of four great ones is a good shout: a classic navy and black two-piece, a three piece in a heritage check and a charcoal suit in a slimmer, slightly more modern fit. Don’t scrimp on quality, these are going to last you. It’s best to rest your suit for a day or two in between each wear as well.

Shoes are of the utmost importance here (judging a man by his shoes and all that). With your navy suit, black, rich brown or cognac Oxfords or Derbies look great. With your black suit, stick to black shoes. With a grey, heritage suit, opt for dark brown, maroon or black shoes and with your charcoal number, black or burgundy will set it off.

Ties, watch, cufflinks… again go for quality and modern. Smart no longer means stuffy. 

 

 

 

The new smart-casual

Smart-casual used to be a minefield and often the kerfuffle led us to regrettably the same dark jeans and shirt awkwardly tucked in or the suit sans tie that you’d rather forget. Today smart-casual is an invitation to options aplenty.

Our hero pieces? Number one, the tapered trousers. Suit style trousers, cropped, with a great fitting tee tucked in and smart sneakers is a sartorial winner.

Number two, the shacket (shirt-jacket) or utility jacket paired with great knitwear. On that subject, knitwear is the smart-casual dream. A luxurious roll neck, or a fine crew neck under a suit jacket, is one of those not-so-secret style secrets.

Number three, a trench. This coat is the genius springtime stalwart for all weathers.

Number four, deconstructed suits. Oversized, loose jackets in light fabrics a la the spring/summer catwalks say not too smart, not too casual.

 

 

The new casual


The prospect of a casual or ‘dress code free’ workplace may induce a sigh of relief. But before you pull out your seen-better-days sweatshirt, remember, casual workwear also means class. Generally speaking, keep cuts tailored and quality high. Think a denim jacket, chunky knitwear, heavy cord trousers and great sneakers. Alternatively, go for mid wash, straight jeans, a retro tee, trainers and chunky socks, or a clean-line tee, chinos and loafers.

The great news is you can show your personality, the bad news is don’t go overboard. Intro trends – such as neon or bulbous sneakers – while keeping the rest of your outfit crisp and on-point. The coolest guy in the office? We’re now looking at you.

 

 
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10 best men’s summer shirts

10 best men’s summer shirts

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

 

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1. Mellow yellow

Lyle & Scott Lyle Resort Linen Short Sleeve Shirt

 

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


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

 


2. One of a kind

IZOD Island Short Sleeve Shirt

 

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


IZOD, Island Short Sleeve Shirt, £40

 


3. Stripe right

Jack Wills Heton Grandad Collar Stripe Shirt

 

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


Jack Wills, Heton Grandad Collar Stripe Shirt, £59.95

 


4. Jungle display

Ted Baker Short Sleeved Jungle Print Cotton Shirt

 

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


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

 


5. Think again 

Diesel Jeans Short Sleeve All Spike Shirt


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


Diesel Jeans, Short Sleeve All Spike Shirt, £80

 


6. Bloomin' lovely

Original Penguin Short Sleeve Floral Shirt

 

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


Original Penguin, Short Sleeve Floral Shirt, £65

 


7. Dip and dunk

Farah Vintage Matthias Short Sleeve Shirt

 

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


Farah Vintage, Matthias Short Sleeve Shirt, £70

 


8. Pretty parrot 

Levi's Parrot Shirt

 

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


Levi's, Parrot Shirt, £45

 


9. Hey bud

PS By Paul Smith Large Flower Short Sleeve Shirt

 

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


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

 


10. Join the dots

Armani Exchange Dot Shirt

 

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


Armani Exchange, Dot Shirt, £75

3 ways to wear the print-clashing trend

3 ways to wear the print-clashing trend

 

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

 

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Look 1:

Geometric prints


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

 

 

 

Look 2:

Animal Instinct

 

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




 

 

 

Look 3:

Florals. For spring


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



 

 
 

 

 
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10 pieces to wear to a spring wedding

10 pieces to wear to a spring wedding

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

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1. SUIT UP

Michael Kors Pink Blazer

 

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


Michael kors, Pink Blazer, £265

 


2. DRESS-FATIGUE JUMPSUIT

Phase Eight Amira Lace Sleeve Jumpsuit

 

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


Phase Eight, Amira Lace Sleeve Jumpsuit, £140

 


3. HEART ON YOUR SLEEVE

Allsaints Flores Hearts Dress

 

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


Allsaints, Flores Hearts Dress, £168

 


4. HOT SPOTS

Warehouse Spot Print Frill Midi Dress

 

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


Warehouse, Spot Print Frill Midi Dress, £69

 


5. LACE UP

French Connection Chante Lace Mix Dress

 

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


French Connection, Chante Lace Mix Dress, £150

 


6. MEGA MAGENTA

Coast Tori Halter Jumpsuit

 

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


Coast, Tori Halter Jumpsuit, £129

 


7. PLEATS PLEASE

Oasis Twist Neck Chiffon Midi Dress

 

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


Oasis, Twist Neck Chiffon Midi Dress, £75

 


8. THE BRIGHT SIDE

Oasis Button front midi dress

 

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


Oasis, Button front midi dress, £55

 


9. SKIRTING THE ISSUE

Coast Harper Jacquard Skirt

 

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


Coast, Harper Jacquard Skirt, £179

 


10. TITLE

Michael Kors Bloom Dress

 

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


Michael Kors, Bloom Dress, £215
 
 
 
 

Easter activities for kids

Easter activities for kids

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Away

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
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10 best men’s bags

10 BEST MEN'S BAGS

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

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1. The belt bag

Eastpak Springer Bag

 

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


Eastpak, Springer Bag, £20

 


2. The smart backpack

Coach Kennedy Backpack

 

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


Coach, Kennedy Backpack, £495

 


3. The classic briefcase

Coach Hudson 5 Bag

 

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


Coach, Hudson 5 Bag, £450

 


4. The pouch

Aspinal Zipped Laptop Case

 

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


Aspinal, Zipped Laptop Case, £350

 


5. The outdoorsy backpack

The North Face Borealis Backpack

 

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


The North Face, Borealis Backpack, £100

 


6. The streetwear cross-body

Herschel Cruz Crossbody

 

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


Herschel, Cruz Crossbody, £35

 


7. The luxe bum bag

NICCE Core Reflective Bum Bag

 

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


NICCE, Core Reflective Bum Bag, £20

 


8. The city/country backpack 

Barbour Whitby Backpack

 

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


Barbour, Whitby Backpack, £129

 


9. The weekender

NICCE, Barrel Bag

 

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


NICCE, Barrel Bag, £32

 


10. The canvas roll-top bag

Stighlorgan Ronan Canvas Laptop Bag

 

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


Stighlorgan, Ronan Canvas Laptop Bag, £140

 


11. The tote

AllSaints Holt Tote Bag

 

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


AllSaints, Holt Tote Bag, £248

 


12. The camo rucksack

Eastpak Macnee Backpack

 

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


Eastpak, Macnee Backpack, £55

 


13. The messenger

Aspinal Shadow Messenger

 

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


Aspinal, Shadow Messenger, £495

 


14. The It brand bag

Champion Small Messenger Bag

 

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


Champion, Small Messenger Bag, £16
 
 
 

How to set your Easter table

How to set your Easter table

 

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

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Prettify with pastel shades

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


Add colour with tinted glass

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


Make the most of spring blooms

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


DIY your own decorative eggs

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

 
 

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The new denim rules

The new denim rules

 

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

 

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The cuts to know


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



 

 

 

How to style

 

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

 

 

 

Fresh colours


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

 

 

 

 
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Our top 10 stylish suitcases

Our top 10 stylish suitcases

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

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1. Split personality

Hershel Trade Power Carry On White And Orange Spinner Case

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


Herschel, Trade Power Carry On Case, £168

 


2. Space commodity

Samsonite Cosmolite 3.0 Extra Large Case

 

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


Samsonite, Cosmolite 3.0 Extra Large Case, £445

 


3. Off the record

American Tourister Soundbox Bass Denim Blue Hard Spinner Case

 

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


American Tourister, Soundbox Bass Hard Spinner Case, £129

 


4. Think pink

Lipault Miss Plume Pink Gold 55cm Cabin Spinner

 

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


Lipault, Miss Plume Pink Cabin Spinner Suitcase, £175

 


5. Timeless travel

Ted Baker Ladies Albany Black 4 Wheel Soft Cabin Suitcase

 

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


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

 


6. On the go

Eastpak Tranverz Grey Soft Side Suitcase

 

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


Eastpak, Tranverz Grey Soft Side Suitcase, £110

 


7. Cult classic

Biba Logo Navy 8 Wheel Hard Cabin Suitcase

 

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


Biba, Logo Emboss Cabin Suitcase, £119

 


8. Retro revival

Linea Trunk Cabin Spinner Suitcase

 

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


Linea, Trunk Cabin Spinner Suitcase, £99

 


9. Blooming lovely

Ted Baker Illusion Floral 4 Wheel Cabin Case

 

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


Ted Baker, Illusion Floral Print Suitcase, £225

 


10. True blue

Antler Juno Turquoise Cabin Case

 

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


Antler, Juno 2 Turquoise Cabin Case, £145

Trending: heritage floral prints

TRENDING: HERITAGE FLORAL PRINTS

 

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

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Fantastic florals and how to style them

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



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



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



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

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

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

 
 

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Alternative wedding gifts for cool couples

Alternative wedding gifts for cool couples

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

 

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1. Under £10

House of Dorchester Mini Duo Pink Champagne Truffle Box

 

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


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

 


2. Under £20

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

 

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


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

 


3. Under £30

Root 7 Himalayan Salt Shot Set

 

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


Root 7, Himalayan Salt Shot Set, £25

 


4. Under £40

Suck UK Our Life Story

 

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


Suck UK, Our Life Story, £35

 


5. Under £50

Sunnylife Peacock Pool Float

 

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


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

 


6. Under £75

Sunnylife Peacock Pool Float

 

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


Sunnylife, Peacock Pool Float, £60

 


7. Under £100

Sage Smoking Gun

 

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


Sage, Smoking Gun, £79.99

 


8. Under £200

Berghoff Tabletop Bbq

 

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


Berghoff, Tabletop Bbq, £149

 


9. Under £350

LSA Gin Grand Serving Set

 

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


LSA, Gin Grand Serving Set, £300

 


10. Under £500

Smeg 50's Retro Style Juicer Dolce & Gabbana

 

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


Smeg, Retro Style Juicer, £499.95