What to wear for Christmas day

What to wear for Christmas day

 

Christmas Day is a very different affair from one household to another, so dressing for the day will be too. For the magpies among us, we're all about celebrating classic festive finishes - if there’s ever a time to embrace sparkles, gold and velvet, then December 25th has got to be it. For others, the festive break means revelling in the never-getting-out-of-PJs mind-set until the new year. No matter what your stance is on the dress code of the big day, we've collated the Christmas outfit inspiration for whatever traditions you’ll be honouring come Christmas day.

 

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ALL DRESSED UP


Whether cooking the turkey yourself or going out to a restaurant with all the extended family, some family traditions include getting dressed up for Christmas dinner. The perfect excuse to introduce some sequins and velvet to your sartorial portfolio like Katherine Ormerod (@katherine_ormerod), editor of Work Work Work, we say.

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LOUNGEWEAR LOVE-IN


If the main aim of your Christmas Day is to just be together in front of the telly, making your way through of a box of Quality Street (and trying to steal the purple ones) then make sure you're doing it in ultimate comfort with some luxe loungewear a la fashion stylist and writer Monikh Dale (@monikh).

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HITTING THE ROAD


If your Christmas Day outings are a little more low-key, like venturing on an appetite-inducing walk or calling on loved ones with special gifts, then cosy layers and classic Christmassy finishes are a no-brainer. You can nod to the festivities with subtle sparkles and festive fair isles.

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Party Accessories to start drooling over

Party accessories to transform any outfit

With party season fast approaching, now is the time to start curating your accessories wardrobe. Get it right and a stand out piece can transform almost any outfit. Slip on some beautifully embellished slides with your 9-5 tailoring for Friday night drinks, add a killer pair of disco boots to your favourite boyfriend jeans for a Saturday night on the town or swap your tote for a fluffy marabou clutch when you’re heading to the office party. But don’t just take our word for it, these party-ready accessories will sell themselves.

 

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1. No slings and arrows

Ted Baker Mikali Sling Back Pompom Shoes

 

Opting for a smaller heel means you can dance that little bit longer. This pair happens to come with a touch of festive glitz and glamour, making it the perfect party kitten heel. Plus, who could say no to pom poms?


Ted Baker, Mikali Sling Back Pompom Shoes, £120

 


2. Ruffle some feathers

Issa, Marabou Feather Clutch

 

Does anything feel more party-ready than a flourish of feathers? Pair this conversation starter with chic tailored trousers and a blazer for an on-the-money androgynous look.


Issa Marabou Feather Clutch, £45

 


3. Magic stars

Dune Magick Star Strappy Heeled Sandals

 

Gold, strappy and adorned in glittering stars, you can’t get much more ‘Christmas party’ than these Dune sandals. But if you can’t go OTT at Christmas, when can you?


Dune, Magick Star Strappy Heeled Sandals, £90

 


4. Good as gold

Arlettis Crocodile Print Small Cross Body Bag

 

The mock croc bag is perfectly in tune with the season's '70's vibe, and this chic metallic style will rack up some serious style points. Just the thing we were looking for.


Coccinelle, Arlettis Crocodile Print Small Cross Body Bag, £350

 


5. What a stud

Dune Orrnate Studded High Heel Ankle Boots

 

Prepare to give the disco ball a run for its money with these glittery boots. Pair with denim or cigarette pants for a shot of after-work glitz, or slip on with a party dress when you’re going out out. This season, more is more.


Dune, Orrnate Studded High Heel Ankle Boots, £185

 


6. Think outside the box

Issa Meghan Cigar Box Clutch

 

Box bags are everywhere this season, quickly replacing the usual clutch come Saturday night. Nothing grounds an elegant outfit quite like a heavy accessory, especially one that comes with a little gold hardware and festive glitter.


Issa, Meghan Cigar Box Clutch, £45

 


7. Going flat out

Dune Cathlene Beaded Backless Point Toe Court Shoes

 

Our summer love affair with the mule is set to continue long into winter thanks to beautifully embellished pairs like these. Pair yours with frothy chiffon dresses or smart tailoring for easy day-to-night drinks


Dune Cathlene Beaded Backless Point Toe Court Shoes, £99

 


8. You've got mail

Vivienne Westwood Private Envelope Clutch

 

Don't do sparkles? Opt for a subtle pop of colour instead. This slim-line red pouch will last you long after the festive season and will come into its own when paired with a simple black outfit.


Vivienne Westwood, Private Envelope Clutch, £130

 


9. Sky high heels

KG, Ashton Sandals

 

A party starter in their own right, these beauties offer a festive twist on the classic black strappy sandal thanks to their galaxy of glittering stars. Just add your favourite party dress or tailored co-ord for those big nights out.


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10. Knot your average

Ted Baker Agentah Knot Bow Leather Cross Body Bag

 

Fancy adding a twist to your party bag repertoire? With bow detailing and a sophisticated gold chain strap, this adorable companion is ‘knot’ your average bag.


Ted Baker, Agentah Knot Bow Leather Cross Body Bag, £139

 


11. Off the chain

Carvela Griffin Sandals

 

A classic style with an edge; these deco-style sandals come with an embellished chain trim and a deep V throat for a leg-lengthening appearance. Perfect for any occasion you’ll be taking your favourite little black dress to.


Carvela, Griffin Sandals, £139

 


12. Walk the wild side

Dune Daelyn High Vamp Open Courts

 

Wild things, we think we love you. There’s great news if you’re a forever fan of leopard print  because it’s staying firmly on the fashion menu for the foreseeable. Make a simple outfit roar a little more or go print clashing to please your most out-there self. .


Dune, Daelyn High Vamp Open Courts, £85

 


13. Evening attitude

Michael Kors Whitney Large Shoulder Bag

 

All the evening attitude you need in bag form. If you’re looking to your Christmas wish list this year and need to drop a few hints to a loved one, we recommend ‘accidentally’ leaving your laptop on this screen.


Michael Kors, Whitney Large Shoulder Bag, £295

 


14. Purple rain

Spectacular Ankle Boots

 

Sock boots are proving their staying power this season. They fit like a glove and the sleek shape wears well with virtually your entire wardrobe. Now we’ve sold you on the style, why not experiment with an unexpected fall colour with this eye popping purple pair?


Carvela, Spectacular Ankle Boots, £179

Loungewear we can't wait to slob out in

Loungewear we can't wait to slob out in

 

After all the eating, drinking and general merriment, you just want to flop on the sofa right? You're in luck, for 'tis the season for seriously stylish (and comfy) loungewear. We've handpicked the must-have pieces that will make dressing down your favourite kind of getting ready.

 

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Sometimes the only thing better than getting dressed up to go out is getting dressed for an evening in - hello JOMO (the joy of missing out). Investing in a few luxurious pieces of loungewear is the ultimate act of self-care, especially after a December packed full of parties and extended jubilation.



“There are ladies who lunch and there are ladies who lounge.”


To add a little class to those lazy nights and that Christmas Day turkey coma, we’ve handpicked our finest loungewear pieces – perfect for when you simply can’t move anymore. From classic cuffed Calvin Klein joggers to super soft Oasis co-ords, there’s a chic alternative to nearly every loafing day agenda. Warning: they’re so comfortable you’ll be skipping your next festive party in favour of some quality time with the cheese board.

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10 best men’s boots

10 best men’s boots

Alongside Sunday roasts and guilt-free Netflix binges, autumn also brings the opportunity to invest in a brand new pair of boots. The most hard-working shoe in your wardrobe, a smart boot purchase can take you all the way from autumn to spring, via pub lunches, snowy commutes and a fair few knees ups. From classics like the Chelsea boot to the season’s hottest hiking boot trend, we’ve picked ten of the best to invest in this year.

 

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1. Chelsea



Kurt Geiger London, Bennett Chelsea Boots

 

Oh, the Chelsea boot. A style icon for decades – think 60s mods – it’s still a firm favourite in our eyes. Nab yourself a classic but modern pair, like these beauties from Kurt Geiger.


Kurt Geiger London, Bennett Chelsea Boots, £119

 


2. Hiking



Dune Chichester Double Collar Casual Boots

 

Hiking boots are the key boot for this season. From Louis Vuitton to Giorgio Armani, they were sported all over the catwalks. The shoe you once wore for your mountain jaunt is now your daily get-up. We approve.


Dune, Chichester Double Collar Casual Boots, £120

 


3. Desert



KG Porter Desert Boots

 

Inspired by the boots WWII soldiers wore in Egypt, today’s desert boots are ideal for colder climes. Minimal and sleek, play with colour and choose a navy version for office or off-duty dressing.


KG, Porter Desert Boots, £69

 


4. Chukka



Barbour Redhead Plain Toe Chukka Boots

 

We feel a lot of affection for the chukka. The thin laces and simple, sleek style is minimal on fuss, max on versatility. Not got these in your repertoire? Get them in there pronto.


Barbour, Redhead Plain Toe Chukka Boots, £125

 


5. Formal



PS By Paul Smith Gerald Chisel Toe Formal Chelsea Boots

 

Yes, boots can be smart. Pair polished Chelsea boots with slim black trousers and a pea coat for dinner, or with a suit – keep the leg slim and cut to show off the shoe’s shape – for fancier affairs.


PS By Paul Smith, Gerald Chisel Toe Formal Chelsea Boots, £200

 


6. Brogue



Ted Baker Miylan 3 Burnished Brogue Boots

 

Brogue boots occupy that happy middle ground, being both rugged and gentleman-esque at the same time. They’re as good with jeans as they are a suit.


Ted Baker, Miylan 3 Burnished Brogue Boots, £170

 


7. Biker



Kurt Geiger London Hogan Biker Boot

 

Sometimes feel the need to channel a bit of Beckham in Belstaff? Us too. Put on some biker boots and you’ll be prepped for anything winter throws at you.


Kurt Geiger London, Hogan Biker Boots, £119

 


8. 6 inch



Timberland A139u Classic 6 Inch Chukka Boots

 

Timberland’s 6 inch chukka boots are something of an icon. Always cool, they take on new relevance this year with fashion’s protectionist, weather-beating mood going on.


Timberland, A139u Classic 6 Inch Chukka Boots, £175

 


9. Low rise



Howick Cove Bay Crepe Effect Lace Up Trainers

 

Is it a boot? Is it a shoe? Happily confuddle passers-by with a trainer-boot hybrid that’s ideal for warmer autumnal days.


Howick, Cove Bay Crepe Effect Lace Up Trainers, £65

 


10. Dress



KG Parker Dress Boots

 

With a vintage vibe that feels perfectly ‘now’, dress boots are what you need for adding edge to a smart outfit and polish to a casual one. Prepare to take the floor…


KG, Parker Dress Boots, £89

10 most - wanted autumn coats

10 most wanted autumn coats

Just like that, the kids are back at school, the pumpkin spice lattes have returned and you’re selecting your winter coat investments. Fortunately, we can assist with the latter. Undoubtedly one of the biggest buys of the season - and the centrepiece of your autumn wardrobe – getting your coat right will ensure sartorial success in the months to come.

So where to start? Both practical and stylish, coats should be comfortable and warm enough to cosy into, yet able to transcend occasions, roomy enough to layer up in during the coldest moments (see Balenciaga AW18 for layering inspo) and be able to bring a number of outfits together. To help, we’ve done the hard bit for you and handpicked the very best coats we have to offer.

 

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1. Think pink

Gant, Long Line Button Tailored Coat

 

If there's one item that your friends will want to steal this season, it's a candy cane pink coat. Surprisingly easy to wear – try pairing with denim, black and even red – a vibrant wool number like this one from Gant is guaranteed to lift your mood on greying autumn days.


Gant, Long Line Button Tailored Coat, £295

 


2. Trench dressing

Linea, Cheri Oversized Trench

 

From Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer to Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, trench coats have become something of a wardrobe classic. Unrivalled in both versatility and elegance, they’ve become the perfect go-to for most coating occasions, and this oversized design from Linea is no exception. Throw over a midi dress during the week and pair with jeans and trainers on a weekend for an instant shot of Parisian chic.


Linea, Cheri Oversized Trench, £129

 


3. Biker chic

Whistles, Mix Faux Fur Biker Jacket

 

If you love your leather jacket and hate to see it relegated to the back of your closet come winter, it’s time to invest in a biker jacket. This relaxed number from Whistles makes the perfect substitute. Layer over printed midi dresses and team with the season’s biggest boot trend, the hiking boot.


Whistles, Mix Faux Fur Biker Jacket, £195

 


4. I woke up like this

JDY, Floral Tie Up Blazer

 

It's a lazy girl's dream come true, as this season sees the resurgence of the nightwear as daywear trend. Dip your toe into the trend by teaming this PJ-style blazer over a turtle neck and denim. Step it up a gear by pairing with a slinky cream cami. And if you want to go all out, add wide-flowing palazzo pants and a pair of velvet heels.


JDY, Floral Tie Up Blazer, £30

 


5. Ckeck, please!

Hallhuber, Glen Check Coat

 

For an instant shot of hot-off-the-press trend in your style portfolio, just add a touch of check, mate. Autumn’s love affair with checked tweeds and heritage weaves shows no sign of becoming a thing of the past, so if there's a pattern to cover up with this season, it's a check. Pair this stylish retro piece with smart separates to the office and clash with your favourite floral dress come the weekend.


Hallhuber, Glen Check Coat, £149

 


6. Have a duvet day

Barbour, Lomond Quilted Coat With Detachable Collar

 

The fashion world wants us to bunker down and keep cosy this winter with a sense of clothes as urban armour. Whether you’re stalking the mean streets, or battling the elements, take a functional, sports-inflected puffer with you. There's a quilted style for everyone, from belted to cropped - so take your duvet day on the road.


Barbour, Lomond Quilted Coat With Detachable Collar, £189

 


7. Teddy bear's picnic

Free People, Mena Faux Fur Coat

 

Our fuzzy favourite of the season, the faux-fur coat is back and we couldn't be happier. These polished pieces range from quirky and bold to classic, sleek and black - but style aside, the versatility of a faux-fur coat cannot be underestimated. They look classically chic with jeans and boots as well as draped over an evening dress. This cosy, spice-hued Free People number is, faux real, our most desired choice.


Free People, Mena Faux Fur Coat, £108

 


8. Suit up

French Connection, Colour Block Suiting Fitted Blazer

 

Blazers have been ruling the fashion pack for some time now and it's set to continue into winter. Go for cool, cropped shapes or longer tuxedo lines with smart trousers for a match made in power-dressing heaven. When the winter chills set in, slip on a slim turtle neck and layer over your wool coat for a chic and smart look that nails the season’s layering trend.


French Connection, Colour Block Suiting Fitted Blazer, £160

 


9. It's a cinch

Armani Exchange, Long Line Tie Waist Contrast Lining Coat

 

Be cosy, cool and the source of many covetous glares in a soft, belted coat. Take a memo from the autumn/winter 2018 runways and choose a style oversized enough to hunker down in, and long enough to graze the shins. This Armani Exchange piece will look equally as chic over sharp tailoring and the season's must-have slouchy boots, as it will with an evening dress of choice.


Armani Exchange, Long Line Tie Waist Contrast Lining Coat, £270

 


10. The wild card

Max Mara Weekend, Single Breast Coat

 

Those of you with a penchant for leopard print will know that the quest for the perfect spot is no easy task. Luckily for us, Max Mara have delivered a brilliant spotted treat that demands your attention. Classic-coloured leopard print in rich autumnal shades will compliment your fall wardrobe colour palette, and provide a pick-me-up to any off duty outfit.


Max Mara Weekend, Single Breast Coat, £560

Spring beauty trends for 2019

Spring beauty trends for 2019

 

As we move slowly into spring, it’s time to start switching up our beauty routines. Not just an excuse for out with the old and in with the new, it’s also the time to get experimental with new trends. For SS19 this means bright colours and glowy, bare skin.

 

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Vibrant eyes


Using bold colour on your eyes can be intimidating, but it’s a stand-out trend for spring and the new season has us reaching for shades of azure blue. Seen on the runway at Erdem and Missoni, Margot Robbie also wore the look at the 2019 BAFTAs proving it’s very wearable when done right. We love the Diorshow On Stage Liner in Pearly Turquoise and the Shiseido Kajal InkArtist in Sumi Sky. Pair with a nude lip to keep it low key, or try an orange lipstick for a more striking combination.



 

Monochromatic pink


For an ultra-feminine look that flatters everyone, try wearing pink tones on both your eyes and cheeks. Channel the SS19 Giorgio Armani girls or Yara Shahidi on the red carpet and finish with natural lips and brows. Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Palette in Pillow Talk paired with the Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush will brighten up even the dullest spring day.



 

A barely-there base


At the other end of the spectrum, skin was mostly left looking very natural. It could be the Meghan Markle effect that saw freckles being embraced at Preen, while Badgley Mischka and Altuzarra added a dewy-verging-on-shiny glow. Recreate the look by prioritising your skincare routine and using a lighter base like the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue. Add a little concealer only where truly necessary.

Half term heroes

Half term heroes

February half term is sometimes the hardest one to fill. It’s cold, spring feels a long way off and you’re somewhat lacking in imagination. Fear not, help is at hand. We’ve beavered away to find some great ideas for making February half term the best of the year – for you and your little critters.

 


1. Game on

Hamleys Scrabble Harry Potter

 

Gather friends for a board game championship, add water and food colouring to cornflower to make gloop or use masking tape around the house to form a race car track.


Hamleys, Scrabble Harry Potter, £35

 


2. Lightbulb moment

Hamleys Water colour easel set

 

Get crafty and paint family portraits, use pillow cases to host an indoor sack race or tape the sides of a bedsheet to the floor and blow air into it using a box fan to create a dome-like den.


Hamleys, Watercolour easel set, £17

 


3. Challenge accepted

Hamleys Sprite Black Stripe Metal Scooter

 

Wrap up and make full use of the garden this half term. Create an obstacle course, make a nature scavenger hunt or an outdoor mud café.


Hamleys, Sprite Black Stripe Metal Scooter, £114

 


4. Out of the box

Hamleys Red Bubbleator

 

Pick flowers and freeze them with water to make ice ornaments, try tin can bowling or host a bubble fight.


Hamleys, Red Bubbleator, £18

 


5. London calling

Catimini Long Sleeve Tee Shirt

 

There are activities galore at Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival (southbankcentre.co.uk), puddle jumping championships at London Wetland Centre (wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/london) and storytelling at Shakespeare’s Globe (shakespearesglobe.com).


Catimini, Long Sleeve T-Shirt, £14.50

 


6. Be marvelled 

Tommy Hilfiger Boys Check Shirt

 

Head to Butler School at Audley End House and Gardens (english-heritage.org.uk), enjoy science experiments at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum (scienceandindustrymuseum) and watch live stage shows at Cadbury World (cadburyworld.co.uk).


Tommy Hilfiger, Boys' Check Shirt, £55

 


7. Animal antics

Chipmunks Boys Creepy Slipper

Go wild animal tracking in Sheringham Park (nationaltrust.org.uk), enjoy events as part of the Dark Skies Festival (darkskiesnationalparks.org.uk) or take part in half term shenanigans and book a deer safari at Margam Country Park (margamcountrypark.co.uk).


Chipmunks, Boys' Creepy Wellington Boots, £18

 


8. And action!

Barbour International OW Barbour Boys Troutbeck contrast panel Jacket
 

Pretend to be Tarzan or go zorbing at The Jungle NI (thejungleni.com), trek the West Highland Way (westhighlandway.org) or book a canoe trip on the River Fal (http://canoecornwall.org.uk/).


Barbour International, Boys' Troutbeck Contrast Panel Jacket, £24

 


9. Winter wonders

Helly Hansen Kids jr crew midlayer jacket

 

Make February half term your moment for a ski trip, visiting Efteling (efteling.com) in the Netherlands, one of the world’s oldest theme parks, or trying to catch the Northern Lights while staying in a glass igloo in Kakslauttanen, Finland (kakslauttanen.fi).


Helly Hansen, Kids Jr Crew Midlayer Jacket, £70

 


10. World's your oyster

Timberland Boys Short Sleeve T-Shirt

 

Other destinations on our February bucket list are the stunning scenery of Liechtenstein – one of the world’s least visited nations – and New Orleans for the Mardis Gras celebrations taking place throughout the month.


Timberland, Boys' Short Sleeve T-Shirt, £14.50
 

New fragrances for spring

New fragrances for spring

Looking for a fresher, lighter perfume for spring? Luckily we have some delicious new fragrances that fit the bill. From the latest Tiffany offering to your new staple from Gucci, get ready to update your fragrance wardrobe with the season's newest scents.

 

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Gucci Guilty Pour Femme

Gucci Guilty

 

Lana Del Rey fronts the campaign for the latest in the Gucci Guilty collection, so as you might expect, this floriental scent is reminiscent of 1950s glamour. It’s like the original Guilty scent without the sharp edges and has the classiest packaging yet.


Gucci Guilty Eau de Pafum Pour Femme 50ml, £69

 


Tiffany Sheer

Tiffany Sheer

 

This is a delicate, more subtle version of the original and best-selling Tiffany perfume. With notes of rose, blackcurrant and ylang-ylang, it lands somewhere between citrus and floral.


Tiffany Sheer Eau de Toilette 50ml, £65

 


Agent Provocateur Miss AP

Miss AP

 

With notes of rose and ylang-ylang, this fragrance was made to seduce. Bold and sensual, it’s not your typical spring day scent, but you’ll be reaching for it come date night.


Agent Provocateur Miss AP Eau de Parfum 100ml, £49

 


Mugler Alien Fusion

Mugler Alien Fusion

 

A reimagination of the classic Alien scent, Fusion is a spicy, white floral fragrance. Inspired by the solar eclipse, this is a softer, fresher version of the original that can be worn from day to night.


Mugler Alien Fusion EDP 30ml, £49

Best new beauty products

Trending beauty

Introducing the best new products our beauty team has been loving this month.


As we move into March, we’re looking for brightening products and a healthy-looking glow. From the most exciting makeup launches to our favourite skincare, here's everything deserving of a permanent place in your beauty bags.

 

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LANCÔME TEINT IDOLE ULTRA WEAR FOUNDATION NUDE



 

Lancôme secured their place on the foundation scene with their well-loved full-coverage Teint Idole. Now they’ve released the new Teint Idole Ultra Wear Nude for a more natural ‘no makeup’ finish. Perfect to enhance summer skin.


Lancôme, Teint Idoe Ultra Wear Nude, £33.50

 


YVES SAINT LAURENT VOLUPTE PLUMP-IN-COLOUR LIPSTICK




Known for incredible lip products, we weren’t surprised to fall in love with the latest release from YSL - a super glossy lipstick that feels hydrating and weightless. The black heart in the centre contains an infusion of natural peppermint oil to stimulate circulation and make your lips appear fuller.


YSL, Volupte Plump-in-Colour, £29

Introducing your new work wardrobe

Your New Workwear Wardrobe

 

Tired of your usual 9-5 get up? Make 2019 the year you revitalise your work wardrobe. Think bold statement dresses and chic easy-to-wear separates, topped up with stylish accessories. Not only will they make you look, and feel, like a boss, but we promise they'll make your 7am alarm call a whole lot less painful.

 

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Lady in printed workwear shirt dress

 


Dresses


Forget plain-Jane black dresses, this year we're opting for confidence-boosting silhouettes and brave, bold colours that will make us stand out in the boardroom. Shirt dresses and shift dresses in striking prints will add a twist to your style portfolio, while easy-to-wear hues like deep blues and reds will make early morning dressing stress-free. Just add your favourite heels and some Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez inspired gold hoops to finish off the look.

Separates

 


Separates


Not only can you get multiple outfit options out of one stylish separate, but they can be the most versatile pieces in your work wardrobe. If 'dress down Friday' is a thing, a good trouser or oversized blazer will be your saviour. Use them to add some personality to your workwear by mixing and matching materials and patterns. Don't be afraid to clash prints or pick unusual colour combinations - make this year all about bringing a little fun back into your everyday style.

Accessories

 


Accessories


Accessories can be the easiest way to update or transform an everyday outfit. A good pair of comfortable heels will go a long way, even more so when they’re a neutral colour. Not a heel wearer? Invest in a pair of fancy flats, like some hardworking loafers with detailing. And when it comes to your bag, a classic tote will be able to hold all of your essentials and take you straight from desk to drinks.

How to style your knitwear

How to style your knitwear

 

With seasonal chills fast approaching, comes the opportunity to (finally) bring out the knitwear. From the resurgence of the cardigan to slouchy, soft jumpers that were made for cocooning, silky, smooth merino layers and after-hours glittery knits, cold-weather season has never looked so good. Peruse the handsome line up below for a case in point. See, the colder weather isn’t so bad.

 

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New neon hues

Fluffy jumpers come no better than this trophy piece from Samsoe & Samsoe. You really can't go wrong with a classic and versatile boxy crew neck - we’ll be matching this with wide, tailored trousers and trainers, or loafers for an androgynous feel. This eye-popping shade is guaranteed to lift your mood on drizzly autumn days.

''Balance out a slinky, silk midi skirt with a chunky knit and trainers.''

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Star spangled

Classic knitwear at its finest needs little else, but if it did, it would be sequins. A slightly oversized jumper, balanced out with some sleek tailored trousers and a court heel makes for a perfect work ensemble that will leave you ready to head straight out afterwards. The high neck and delicate detailing on this Mint Velvet piece make for a formal take on a cosy favourite, perfect for work or play.

'Enhance the textural qualities of your knitwear by pairing with a wool or check trouser to nail the heritage trend.''

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Cardigan 2.0

We’ve been spying on the fashion pack and have declared that the humble knitted cardigan is set to be one of key pieces to own this autumn, so banish any ideas you have of them being out of date or passé – they can work for any occasion. For a perennially chic and casual look, wear it cropped and buttoned up, tucked into straight jeans. After hours, slip under a silk cami and add a retro accessory or two.

'Be cosy and the source of many covetous glares; the cardigan has had a modern reinvention for fall''

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10 ideas for a better January

10 ideas for a better January

 

We often approach January with a guilt-ridden sense of duty. It’s pretty cold, pretty depressing and we don’t really want to pay for that gym membership. This year, however, we’re saying no to the things we don’t want to do and yes to the things that make our heart beat. From that hobby we want to rekindle to reclaiming our lunch break, here are some ideas on how to make January great again. Join us, if you will, on our crusade to make this month the best of the year.

 

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See

Make the UK your bucket list. From stargazing in Northumberland’s International Dark Sky Park – the largest area of protected night sky in Europe – or hanging out with Britain’s only free-grazing reindeer herd in the Cairngorms, explore what’s on your doorstep.


Do

Embrace the things that get your pulse racing. Try wreck diving in Orkney, canoeing in Strangford Lough – one of the locations for Game of Thrones – or scaling Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.


Restore

Take on a digital detox and turn off your social channels for a week. Reclaim back your lunch hour and use it to go for a run or explore the local area. Cut yourself some slack and make time to intentionally rest this January.


Volunteer

Coach a youth sport, cook for a neighbour, volunteer with a refugee charity or support a ‘haircuts for the homeless’ project.


Learn

Brush up on a language or take up a course – think charcuterie, glass blowing or gin making. Read the classics you’ve always wanted but never got round to.

 

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Achieve

Start a side hustle or get really good at something you love. Set yourself a challenge like seeing how far you can travel on £10 or go vegan for Veganuary.


Trend-set

Wear that item of clothing or brand before everyone else, visit a restaurant’s soft launch or get the app before it becomes big.


Go

Visit Plovdiv, Bulgaria, one of the two 2019 European capitals of culture, the Belize barrier reef or the beaches of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.


Champion

Buy local for a week, stand up for something you believe in, donate to that crowdfunding campaign or leave an outrageously large tip for service you admire.


Appreciate

Write a letter, book in time to call an old friend or visit the person you’ve said you would but never got round to. They’ll thank you and January will feel all the better for it.

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Restoration

Warming one-pan recipes for winter



Look no further than our tempting lamb, salmon, veggie, sausage and chicken recipe ideas for one-pan cooking that’ll welcome and warm you at the end of the day. Oh, and you’ll save on the washing up, too.

 


 

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Spicy Chipotle Chicken Wings with Sweet Potato Wedges, Coriander & Lime Yoghurt


Ingredients

  • 800g free range chicken wings
  • 800g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2½cm wedges
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • ½ a lime, zest and juice
  • 4-5 tablespoons of greek yoghurt
  • A handful of chopped coriander leaves, plus leaves to serve
  • Lime wedges, to serve



Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C fan/170°C/gas 3. Place the chicken wings and sweet potato wedges into a large roasting tin. Mix together the chipotle flakes, smoked paprika, dark brown sugar, olive oil, 2 teaspoons of sea salt and the lime zest and juice.
  2. Pour the chipotle mixture over the chicken and sweet potatoes, and mix well with your hands to coat evenly. Transfer to the oven and roast for 40 minutes.
  3. Turn the heat up to 180°C fan/200°C/gas 6 and roast for a further 20 minutes, to crisp up the chicken skin.
  4. Meanwhile, mix together the yoghurt, chopped coriander, lime zest and juice and a pint of sea salt, and set aside.

 

 


 

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Steam-roasted Salmon & Broccoli with Lime, Ginger, Garlic & Chilli


Ingredients

  • 400g broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 4 salmon fillets (approx. 800g total)
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2½cm ginger, grated
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable pol
  • 2 limes, zest and juice
  • 30g fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 55g peanuts, roughly chopped

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/200°C/gas 6. Place the broccoli florets in a large roasting tin, scatter over the grated garlic, sprinkle over the oil and toss well to mix.
  2. Placed the salmon fillets into the roasting tin along with the broccoli, cover the tin tightly with foil, then transfer to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through to your liking.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together the spring onions, ginger, chilli, fish sauce, vegetable oil, lime zest and juice, coriander and peanuts. Taste and adjust the levels of fish sauce and lime juice as you wish.
  4. Remove the cooked salmon and broccoli from the oven and generously coat the salmon with dressing. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the broccoli and serve immediately.

 

 


 

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Barley, Greens and Sausage Soup


Ingredients

  • 500g spiced sausage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 125g chopped onion
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • Pinch fresh black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1.5L chicken stock
  • 200g pearl barley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 250g tenderstem broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

 

Method

  1. Remove the sausage meat from the casings.
  2. In a 24cm round casserole, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over a low to medium heat. Break in the sausage and brown in batches. Remove to a plate.
  3. Add the remaining olive oil to the casserole, along with the garlic and onions and cook until fragrant. This should take about 2 minutes. Season with ½ teaspoon of salt and the pepper. Add the flour and cook, stirring the onions for another 2 minutes.
  4. Stir the chicken stock into the onions until smooth - there should be no floury lumps. Bring to a rapid simmer on a medium heat, then reduce the heat to low. Stir in barley, bay leaf and cooked sausage. Cover and cook over a low heat for 30 minutes, or until the barley is barely cooked through. Add the broccoli and cook, covered for another 8-10 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in lemon zest, lemon juice and remaining teaspoon of salt. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed. Garnish with the grated Parmesan and chopped parsley.

 

 


 

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Slow-cooked Leg of Lamb with Harissa, Roasted Aubergines & Tomatoes


Ingredients

  • 2 aubergines, cut into 1cm slices
  • 1 red onion, roughly sliced
  • 1 x 2.2kg leg of lamb
  • 1 head of garlic, halved
  • 4 heaped teaspoons harissa paste
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 350g vine tomatoes
  • 2 handfuls of cous cous (optional)
  • 250g Greek yoghurt
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint, finely chopped

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 130°C fan/150°C/gas 2. Line a roasting tin with the aubergine slices, then scatter over the onion. Place the leg of lamb on top of the vegetables, and tuck the halved garlic alongside.
  2. Stab the lamb all over with a very sharp knife, then rub all over with the harissa paste. Sprinkle the meat and vegetables with the sea salt, then drizzle the oil over the garlic and vegetables. Transfer to the oven and roast for 30 minutes, uncovered, then cover with foil and roast for a further 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  3. Add the vine tomatoes to the tin, cover and return the lamb to the oven for a final 1 hour. Throw in the cous cous (if using) to cook in the juices in the roasting tin for the last 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, mix together the Greek yoghurt and mint for the accompaniment.
  5. Allow the meat to rest for at least 15 minutes before serving with the cous cous, vegetables and yoghurt.

 

 


 

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Roasted Acorn and Delicata Squash Salad with Wheatberries and Bitter Greens


Ingredients


  • Roasted Squash
  • 1 acorn squash, cut into 8mm slices
  • 1 delicata squash, cut into 8mm slices
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
    Dressing
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 60ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 75g cooked and drained wheatberries
    Salad
  • 50g small red or green mustard leaves
  • 50g rocket leaves
  • 25g thinly sliced shallots
  • 115g shaved mature goat’s cheese
  • 35g spiced pumpkin seeds

 

Method

  1. Roast the squash
    Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6. Line two baking trays with baking parchment. Place acorn squash slices on one tray and sliced delicate on the other. Drizzle each tray with 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon sea salt and a pinch of black pepper; toss to combine. Place in oven and roast for 30 minutes; turn each slice of squash over, rotate the trays and roast for another 10 to 15 minutes or until browning. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  2. Make the dressing
    Whisk dressing ingredients together in a bowl and stir in cooked wheatberries.
  3. Assemble the salad
    Spread half the greens over a serving platter or bottom of a wide bowl, then add half of each of the following acorn and delicate squash, shallots, goat’s cheese and pumpkin seeds. Drizzle with half the dressing and repeat with remaining ingredients. Toss lightly and serve immediately.

 

8 ways to survive the boxing day sales

Along with Boxing Day comes the perfect opportunity for some serious sale shopping. But if the thought of a day on your feet, fighting against the masses, is filling you with fear, check out our hero products that will make the whole thing a breeze.

 

 


1. Comfort is key



Carvela Lamar Trainers

 

Dash around your favourite stores in stylish and comfortable trainers - your feet will thank you later. This statement pair will turn a few heads at the same time.


Carvela Lamar Trainers £139.00

 


2. It's the small things



Kate Spade New York Night Card Holder

 

Save taking your whole purse shopping and keep your essentials close in this adorable card holder. It'll double up as an evening saviour too - just slip it in your clutch.


Kate Spade New York Night Card Holder £45.00

 


3. The bigger, the better



Linea Layla Oversized Tote

 

Don't waste time collecting shopping bags. If you're looking for just a handful of sale steals, this tote is all you need to get your goods home safely.


Linea Layla Oversized Tote £40.00

 


4. Sports luxe



Biba Sporty Side Stripe Luxe Track Trouser

 

Sportswear is now the ultimate daywear, and these trousers will allow for quick changes in the dressing room. Wear them with your favourite trainers for a day on-the-go.


Biba Sporty Side Stripe Luxe Track Trouser £59.00

 


5. Made for walking



Dune Pandalla Mix Material Side Zip Boots

 

If trainers aren't for you, flat boots are your sale solution. Wear with skinny jeans, a soft knit jumper and cross-body bag. This pair will go with everything.


Dune Pandalla Mix Material Side Zip Boots £120.00

 


6. The calm after the storm



Linea Supersoft Robe

 

After a long day on your feet you need to kick back and relax. Put on your favourite film, snuggle up in your robe and relish in your shopping success.


Linea Supersoft Robe £40.00

 


7. Scented dreams



Jo Malone London English Oak & Redcurrant Home Candle

 

Treat yourself after a long day in the sales with an indulgent scent to fill your home. Add a facemask and take it easy.


Jo Malone London English Oak & Redcurrant Home Candle

 


8. A little bit of bliss



Clarins Relax Body Treatment Oil

 

It's the time of the year to ramp up your skincare regime. Soothe yourself with luxurious body oil, it'll nourish your skin and relieve tension. Go on, you deserve it.


Clarins Relax Body Treatment Oil £40.00

What to Pack for a Weekend Away

What to pack for a weekend getaway

Longing for a weekend away? From relaxing staycations to chic city breaks, the perfect escape is waiting for you. Short-hauls call for practicality, so this bank holiday, whether you're jetting off abroad or visiting the family, don't overload, instead opt for a hardworking capsule wardrobe.

 

Shop weekend essentials

 


1. A suitcase

Ted Baker Ladies Albany Holdall

 

The start of a new holiday season calls for a statement suitcase, and this one from American Tourister hits all the right notes.


American Tourister Sound Box Blue Hard 4 Wheel Cabin Case £109.00

 


2. Practical (but stylish) footwear

Dune Edris Star Appliqué Lace Up Trainers

 

Embrace the trainer trend and make star printed styles your go-to shoes. Wear with girlfriend jeans for Saturday afternoons exploring.


Dune Edris Star Appliqué Lace Up Trainers £60.00

 


3. A makeup bag

Lulu Guinness Hug Print Large Vanity Case

 

Lively prints add an element of fun, whilst roomy interiors leave enough space for all your makeup essentials.


Lulu Guinness Hug Print Large Vanity Case £75.00

 


4. Timeless dresses

Whistles Kamala Belted Spot Shirt Dress

 

Introducing a dress that'll go the distance in our favourite print for spring. Wear elegant shirt styles with white trainers or ankle boots and a classic red lip.


Whistles Kamala Belted Spot Shirt Dress £159.00

 


5. A passport holder

Aspinal of London Plain Passport Cover

 

Heading abroad? Polish the details with this Aspinal passport holder. A timeless classic and great gift to yourself.


Aspinal of London Plain Passport Cover £55.00

 


6. Skincare essential

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream 50ml

 

Prep your skin with our Kiehls bestseller for non-stop nourishment. It'll pass the 100ml limit and can be used as a primer for a flawless base.


Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream 50ml £24.50

 


7. A wallet

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Keep your cards close in our latest accessory. In luxury leather and a showstopping colour, here is a keepsake you'll reuse every day.


Coccinelle Metallic Soft Cardholder £40.00

 


8. Do-it-all trousers

Biba Side Stripe Tassle Detail Trouser

 

The side striped trouser returns as our wardrobe staple. In a loose fit, this pair are ideal for travelling in. For dinner dates, just add courts and a leather jacket.


Biba Side Stripe Tassle Detail Trouser £69.00

 


9. Instant bronzer

Benefit Hoola Powder Mini

 

An adorable miniature that'll give you that sun-kissed finish. Wear with a warm lip tone to take you from day-to-night.


Benefit Hoola Powder Mini £12.50

 


10. Thin knits

Jigsaw Drawstring Side V Jumper

 

Not ready to say goodbye to knitwear? Neither are we. But this one is light enough to layer over a dress and available in the perfect spring shade.


Jigsaw Drawstring Side V Jumper £98.00

The best boot styles for autumn

 

It’s our favourite shoe time of year – new boots season. We’ve got eight of the best to kick-start your autumn wardrobe.

 

 


Stud details



 

Add edge to your look with studded boots. Team this pair with your leather jacket and black jeans – they’ll take you from day to night with ease.


Dune Queenie pin stud ankle boots £130

 


Add some sparkle



 

Looking for a pair of boots to dance the night away in? We’ve got you covered. These ankle boots will add glitz and glamour to your wardrobe.


Dune Order point black ankle boots £120

 


Floral dreams



 

Ready to make a statement? There’s plenty of embroidery on offer this season. Pair these with jeans and knitwear in autumnal hues.


Head Over Heels Paradisea embroidered ankle boots £58

 


Suede finish



 

Suede never goes out of style. This season, try a shade you wouldn’t normally wear. This green pair will be great with all-black ensembles and eveningwear.


KG Raine ankle boots £89

 


Print popping



 

You can never own too many ankle boots. We love this pop of leopard to add a twist to your workwear.


Biba Posi hardwear Chelsea boots £90

 


Hot right now



 

Red is the colour of the season so these boots are bang on trend. Off-duty style them with jeans and a white t-shirt.


KG Sly ankle boots £139

 


Wild west



 

Fringing is here to stay, so invest in some classic western boots. With foot-friendly heels and quirky detailing, they’ll compliment autumnal florals and dark denim.


Head Over Heels Petraa tassel ankle boots £55

 


Heel envy



 

Suede, studded and sky high. What’s not to love? Dress up any look with these killer boots, ideal for party season.


Miss KG Tammy ankle boots £109