We wished owning a good raincoat or waterproof jacket wasn’t a necessity in this country, but the British weather is what it is, so we might as well ride it in style.
Which is why we thought we’d round up the snazziest coats, jackets and macs out there to keep you dry and stylish even when it’s chucking down, which we promise is entirely possible.
Best raincoat trends for women
As the weather starts to cool off and that blistering sunshine is gradually becoming a thing of the past, our minds have been rapidly turning to raincoats and waterproof jackets. We’re not the only ones as both high street and luxury brands have been pulling out all the stops, with both classic pieces and autumn fashion trends playing a big role this season.
You can never go wrong with a classic yellow raincoat and Stutterheim’s below is one of our favourites, especially as the navy cuffs are a fun nod to this season’s colour blocking trend. (Lu Mei on the other hand takes the trend to a more dramatic lengths with an eye-catching graphic pattern.) Clear raincoats, a big favourite every year, are back with a vengeance this season with both glossy and more matte textures available as well.
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Khaki midi waterproofs always look effortlessly chic and are a breeze to style, whether you’re tossing one over a dark floral dress or a pair of indigo jeans. You can get a head start on the street style set by investing in a puffer jacket this season to keep you cosy and dry.
As far as patterns go, we’re looking to make a big statement with floral, check and leopard prints. When we laid our eyes on that Urban Outfitters leopard coat, it was totally love at first sight.
Best festival raincoats
You can’t go to a festival without packing a raincoat: fact. But where you’d probably bank on a beige mac for work, a big weekend with your pals is the perfect time to try something a bit more fun.
Proud of your slogan or band tee? Don’t hide it, and wear a clear poncho style over it instead. Neon will always have its place in every festival fashion wardrobe, so whether you’re going for a sheer hot pink or a matte yellow, you’ll always be on trend.
Statement prints are a big winner as well, whether you’re into leopard print, florals or tie dye. And oversized sequins have become a big unexpected favourite this year, look to Topshop for our favourite take.
How to wear a raincoat
Obviously, you can just throw on a raincoat and you’re done, but what’s the fun in that? For cool-girl points, hang your duster coat loosely over your shoulder, to give a glimpse of a pie crust shirt or Peter Pan collar à la Alexa Chung. If you’re rocking a pretty dress, leave your trench open, and go for a size up for that androgynous feel.
If you want to accentuate your waist, pick a belted number, which will go well with wide leg jeans or a maxi dress. It’s all about balancing things out though, if you’re wearing a long dress or skirt and you’re on the short side, pick a waist-length raincoat so your figure isn’t swamped.
If you’re picking a raincoat with a statement print, pair it with simple denim, but if you want to make a statement, there’s no harm in clashing prints either with a pleated printed skirt or palazzo trousers.
Scroll down to shop our curated edit of the best designer and high-street raincoats to buy now.
It’s a commonly-known fact that a huge amount of women are actually wearing the wrong sized bra (80%, in fact). But a recent video by Victoria’s Secret revealed even top models can get it wrong when it comes to their sizings.
Victoria’s Secret models Barbara Palvin, Alexina Graham, Josephine Skriver and and Lais Ribeiro all feature in the brand’s latest video that shows them being fitted for new bras. Surprisingly, the expert fitting them reveals they are actually all wearing the wrong sized bras.
Each model tells the camera at the beginning what size they think they are and what they are currently wearing. Alexina says 32B, Josephine 32C and Barbara 32B. Lais admits she is unsure as she’s never had a fitting.
The experts then examine their current bras and take measurements. From underwires incorrectly laying flat under the breasts to cups digging in at the top and ‘spillage’ on the sides, the experts found plenty of issues with the women’s current bras.
The women’s new measurements are revealed at the end of the video, and they have all changed. Alexina went up from a 32B to a 32D, Josephine from a 32C to a 32D, Barbara from a 32B to a 32C, and Lais was advised to wear a 32DD.
Although we’re fully aware this is a promotional video for Victoria’s Secret and their range of underwear, it’s a gentle reminder to get fitted regularly to ensure you’re getting the right daily support.
From the designers to how to get tickets, we’ve got you covered
One of the UK’s most coveted events of the year, London Fashion Week 2018, showing SS19, is fast approaching. Organised by the British Fashion Council, bloggers, press and fashion influencers alike will flock to the centre of the capital city to get the scoop on what everyone will be wearing next season.
This season, LFW will take place from Friday 14th to Tuesday 18th September – just after New York Fashion Week.
London Fashion Week 2018 tickets
Unfortunately, unless you’re a fashion buyer, blogger or press, it’s very unlikely you’ll be sitting on the FROW any time soon. However, if you are a fashion blogger, you can complete an online registration form to be in with the chance of cinching an exclusive spot on the guest list. You do have to be organised and register a few weeks’ in advance, so it’s unlikely you’ll make it this time around. Something to remember for next time, eh?
It’s not all doom and gloom if you don’t get tickets, though. Formerly known as London Fashion Weekend, London Fashion Week Festival is the chance for those downtrodden fashion lovers (who aren’t quite high profile enough to attend the main event) to join in on the fun. Featuring catwalk shows, industry trends and the chance to shop from a range of designer pieces, it’s every fashion enthusiasts must-attend.
London Fashion Week 2018 schedule
It’s all change at LFW again this season: While last season a few designers dropped out of the schedule (we’re looking at you Topshop and Anya Hindmarch) and this time round Mulberry isn’t showing either (instead opting for a presentation abroad), very excitingly, this season Victoria Beckham is finally bringing her show to London to mark her brand’s 10th anniversary, and Alexa Chung will also be showing.
As such, it was a closely guarded secret, so much so that its designers, David and Elizabeth Emanuel, had to rip up sketches as soon as they showed them to Diana, just in case anyone caught a glimpse of it.
And did you know that they were so paranoid the design would be leaked that they had an emergency wedding dress made? Yep, David told People, ‘At the time we wanted to make absolutely sure that the dress was a surprise.’
He added that the Princess didn’t even see the dress, ‘We didn’t try it on Diana. We never even discussed it. We wanted to make sure that we had something there; it was for our own peace of mind, really.’
The back-up gown was made in the same ivory silk taffeta with ruffles around the neck as the original, however came without the signature antique lace and was never completely finished. It sounds much less lavish than the original version, which was hand-embroidered with over 10,000 tiny mother-of-pearl sequins and pearls and featured a lavish 25-foot train.
For the fittings themselves, David revealed that Diana came alone for the first three or four visits, then asked if she could take her mother along. In a previous interview with the TheExpress.co.uk, the designer described the Princess as ‘delinquent, delicious, wonderful, real and adorable. She was simply young and fresh. I wanted the dress to reflect that but she was going in as Lady Diana Spencer and coming out as the Princess of Wales.’
‘If you did a subtle little number it’s not going to work to an audience of seven hundred billion people! I was leaving my studio at six o’clock that evening and she rang me and said it was “fabulous”. Job done! As long as she was happy, I was happy. It was a pleasure to do.’
Dian’s dress was inherited by her sons Prince William and Harry when they turned 30 and has toured for many years with the exhibition ‘Diana: A Celebration’, though generally it stays for only part of the exhibit.
This summer has been a glorious one for everybody who hoards accessories, as we’ve seen gorgeous sunglasses, beach bags and coin necklaces on even the most conservatively dressed fashionistas. We’ve particularly been taken in by the incredible ear candy game this season as statement earrings have made a major comeback, venturing away from cute minimal studs and towards gigantic pieces you’ll probably be able to see from space.
We chatted with somebody who literally works with earrings for a living for a little more insight. Farfetch’s Market Editor Celenie Seidel said, ‘The message this season is that too much is never enough: it’s all about shoulder grazing, high-impact pieces. We’re loving statement pieces from designers like Annie Costello Brown and Lizzie Fortunato, and the over-embellished drop styles from Ranjana Khan and Katerina Makriyianni.’
‘Essentially, this is not the time to go dainty,’ Celenie said. ‘Go big or go home.’
You heard the lady. It’s time to step out of your comfort zone.
For more earring trends we can’t get enough of and bling that’ll suit every budget, check out our list below…
Bigger is better and better is bigger this season, with gigantic hoops, beaded hoops, hoop drops and chunky layered pieces dominating the runway. Sculptural hoops stole the show at Tom Ford (along with Joan Smalls) and the street style set came to play with hoops of all shapes and sizes in between catwalks.
This summer staple is back with a bang this year and they’re longer, glitzier and more fashionable than ever before. Over at Versace during Milan Fashion Week, models stomped the runway wearing crayon-coloured tassels that would give our curtains a run for their money while designers like Elie Saab and Prabal Gurung chose to come through dripping in string of gold, silver and even pearls.
You won’t need a horoscope to tell you that these fashionable pieces are in your future. Whether you’re a Leo or an Aquarius, there’s something for everybody this season with the likes of Givenchy creating dedicated star sign earrings while others are completely starry-eyed with glamorous moon, sun and planet-themed pieces.
We’re throwing it way back to the 80s with this one. Plastic fantastic has been making a big comeback in the accessories aisle and we’ve noticed tortoiseshell prints in particular raising its head – it’s not just for quirky hipster glasses anymore. From warm rich golden tones through to more understated pale beige, many of your favourite high street brands are doing this and giving the bigger designer names a major run for their money.
Our fashion editor Penny Goldstone has already waxed lyrical about shell jewellery and I’m not about to deviate. Don’t go digging for your pukka shell pieces from those dark days in early 00s though, the best shapes this season come in conch and clam shell – look to Aalto, Oscar de la Renta and your favourite bloggers for inspo on this one.
Farfetch’s Celenie Seidel said, ‘Without a doubt, the gilded seashell earrings from Tohum have been the runaway hit of the season – they are white-hot.’
Who needs Valentine’s Day when you can feel sexy all year round?
Forget dressing up for anybody else – there’s nothing like the confidence boost that a sexy set of lingerie gives you. While a select few may be lucky enough to lay eyes on it, for the most part all that silk and lace is going to be your little secret. So why not splash out on the best lingerie the fashion world has to offer?
Whatever your style or budget, there’s a wide selection of connoisseurs who really know their intimates. If you’re planning on making a real investment, you can never go wrong powerhouses like L’Agent Provocateur, La Perla and Eres whose pieces are masterclasses in lace delicates.
For those of us budget is little tighter, the likes of Figleaves, Else lingerie, Simone Perele and Love Stories Intimates offer everything from daring strappy pieces to romantic white lace – which wouldn’t look out of place in our bridal lingerie gallery.
As always, & other stories and Marks & Spencer’s Rosie for Autograph collection bring the romance with rose gold silks and burgundy lace.
There’s no reason to stick to the traditional bra and panties either. Bluebella and & other stories have two beautiful one pieces that could easily take you into daytime territory if you want to jump on the underwear as outerwear train.
Once you’ve invested in some great underthings, remember that they’re a little tricker to care for than your PJs. We chatted with a couple of experts from Journelle and Simone Perele about how to wash your lingerie correctly, as well as some lingerie care tips to make sure they stay fabulous for as long as possible. (Apparently sticking leather in a fridge shrinks it – who knew!)
It’s no secret that French women have a little je ne sais quoi about them that makes them look effortlessly stylish, especially Parisians. Just look at fashion icons including Marion Cotillard, Emmanuelle Alt, Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve. Oh, and Coco Chanel of course.
Her motto – ‘Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off’ – couldn’t be more true when it comes to Parisians. Less is most definitely more.
Think blazers, Breton tops and jeans during the day, and a classic little black dress and elegant heels for the evening. And where do they shop? Well, scroll down to see the best online destinations that deliver une touche of Parisian chic to your door.
Founded by model and influencer Jeanne Damas, this niche Parisian brand is all about good quality basics like t-shirts and jeans, and sexy yet understated dresses.
Launched by French influencer Anne-Laure Mais of Adenorah, this is an ode to the modern muse (hence the name). It’s a treasure trove of gorgeous summer dresses and cute bags. Because the focus is on quality rather than quantity, each piece is handmade in Paris, and a new collection drops every couple of months.
Everyone on the team is based in Paris, from the designers, pattern makers, drawers to photographers. The result? A limited edition capsule collection, available online every month, which is an ode to the Parisian woman.
Founded eight years ago by Parisan Morgane Sézalory, this e-store is now a cult classic on this side of the Channel too. Best known for its shoes and handbags (the Claude messenger bag regularly sells out), it also hosts capsule collections which always go super fast, so do sign up to their newsletter so you get first dibs. We are still mourning the lemon wedges from the Sicilian collection.
For something a little dressier, look no further than Claudie Pierlot. While they of course have every LBD you could possibly need, they’ve also got lots of lovely colourful and printed dresses if you want to jazz things up a bit too. While it’s a little on the pricier side of things, the sales are excellent so you it’s worth waiting for those.
This is a more budget friendly store, which is sort of the equivalent of Next. There’s a mix of branded and own-brand fashion, and you’ll find anything from shoes to dresses and underwear. A treasure trove we tell you – and they’ve often got discount codes floating about so you can get some serious bargains.
This was created by Barbara Boccara & Sharon Krief as a brand ‘made by women for women’ and you can tell. Capturing the essence of Parisian style, it’s all fluid fabrics, tailored cuts and bursts of print, giving its clientele a sleek city allure.
It was one of last summer’s biggest trends, so you’d think we’d all have basket bag fatigue by now. But not so, because the humble wicker basket is back with a vengeance, cementing its status as the must-have accessory spotted on any fashion influencer and celebrity worth their salt.
On the catwalk, Loewe, Tory Burch, Ulla Johnson, Michael Kors et al made the case for woven totes in all shapes and colours.
Off the catwalk, the street style set (Jeanne Damas, Alexa Chung, Camille Charriere etc) was all over the Jane Birkin-inspired basket seen on the high-street at Zara and Mango.
If you’re finally ready to get on board with the trend, all you need to know is that 70s vibes are very much in, from the aforementioned Jane Birkin bag to circular woven totes and the now cult Japanese picnic basket bag championed by Cult Gaia and that has filtered down to the high street.
These more versatile designs are ideal paired with a cut-off jeans, a t-shirt and a blazer or a floaty floral dress.
But if you’re looking to have a bit more fun (it is a fun trend after all), then the sky’s the limit. We have clutch style adorned with pom poms, ribbons or gems in a plethora colours, the brighter ones being your ultimate holiday companion.
Pick the right design and it’ll be wearable long after summer has gone – the key is make sure it’s in a neutral colour palette suitable for winter, and in a larger size to counter-balance the bigger winter clothes.
Whether you’re on a champagne or a Prosecco budget, I’ve found the best designer and high street basket bags available to buy now.
Did you know that every 0.25 of a second, a fashion blog is launched somewhere in the world? Well, not strictly true (actually, it probably is – we just don’t have the scientific evidence). But it seems like it, non? And don’t get us started on all the #ootd posts on the ‘gram.
Searching for online style inspiration, it’s easy to fall down the black hole of Insta-hell. When you finally look up from your phone, you realise you’ve spent two whole days scrolling through feeds in Korean – and you’re still in your dressing gown, with no idea what to wear (we’ve all been there). Which sort of defeats the point.
Well never fear, we’ve done the hard search for you. From our favourite UK influencers to the best missives from Milan and the coolest New Yorkers, read on for our definitive guide to the best fashion blogs (and more importantly, where to shop their looks).
Who: Freddie Harrel is a Parisian Brit who’s a big name in the London scene – and with good reason.
Why: Besides her super chic style and winning smile, Freddie’s a gal who’s won us over with her fun voice, honest depiction of motherhood and celebration of natural hair with her big hair no care beauty line. Whether she’s speaking at a panel or hav
ing a day out with her family, she’s always ready to serve a major look with a big grin on her face.
Who? German-based fashion and lifestyle blogger Caroline Daur is having one helluva moment. And by moment, we mean 1.2m followers on Insta and being hand-picked by new friend Stefano Gabbana to walk the D&G show at Milan Fashion Week.
Why? If you follow Caro on Instagram (@carodaur) you’ll know that she doesn’t have one specific style, she just has fun with fashion and dresses according to her mood. Which means she could be modelling anything from Elie Saab couture to Levi’s denim, and it’s always cool.
Who: Margaret Zhang, a Chinese-Australian photographer, director, stylist and writer based in New York. Instagram: @margaret_zhang
Why: Not your typical fashion blogger, this law graduate does everything from styling to taking her own pictures and consulting for major fashion and beauty brands. Her style is versatile to say the least, and she looks just as much at home in Saint Laurent boots and jeans as she does in a Molly Goddard gown.
Who: A stylish Chinese American fashion blogger based out of the Big Apple. Instagram: @notjessfashion
Why: Since stumbling across this gorgeous blog, our lives have been so much more colourful. Jess goes beyond the standard #OOTD posts and her site’s a sartorial treasure trove full of styling advice, galleries and even some tips for budding bloggers if you’re thinking of making this list some day. Her masterfully saturated and unique photography is what sets her apart from the rest of the pack and we still can’t stop thinking about her guide to wearing colour this spring…
She says, ‘I originally set up NotJessFashion with the intention of building an audience for a potential online shop but it turned into a daily destination for fresh and fun outfit inspiration. My aim is to empower others to be daring and confident in pursuing a fulfilling and fashionable life.’
Who: A South African plus size blogger and photographer. Instagram: @thickleeyonce
Why: While Lesego doesn’t have a blog per se, she does have a very active Instagram full of gorgeous photography and thoughtful captions (she occasionally dabbles in vlogging too). Be it the latest fashion trends, amazing lingerie or even those tricky to style narrow sunglasses, she’s a deft hand at styling and out to destroy any preconceptions of what a curvy girl can and can’t wear.
Who: Lithesome, Danish, street style regular Pernille Teisbaek. Instagram: @pernilleteisbaek
Why: Born in Copenhagen, Pernille Teisbæk is the epitome of sleek, Scandi, style perfection. After launching her cult blog, Look De Pernille, in 2012 her pared-back but trend-savvy formula of raw hemmed jeans and Gucci loafers exploded across our social feeds. Check in for regular updates on what will be the next-big-thing in street style trends.
Who: Incredibly fabulous Brazilian blogger Helena Bordon. Instagram: @helenabordon
Why: Hailing from Sao Paulo, Helena Bordon is one of Brazil’s most influential style bloggers. She started her fashion education from a young age courtesy of her mother, Donata Meirelles, the style director of Vogue Brazil. When Helena was just 7 years old, she’d join her mum at all the top fashion shows and eventually interned at Valentino. Now, Helena is co-founder of Brazilian high street fashion chain 284, as well as finding the time to run her eponymous blog, helenabordon.com, which offers Helena’s insider style, travel and beauty tips. Disclaimer: expect holiday envy.
Who: Fiercely funny New Yorker Leandra Medine. Instagram: @manrepeller
Why: Of Turkish/Iranian Jewish descent, Medine kicked off her career with a blog called Boogers + Bagels. Her ironic fashion-addict asides soon had her readers rolling in the aisles, and she decided to focus on the topic full-time after a joky conversation while out shopping with a friend about how ‘man-repelling’ all the fashion-forward outfits they loved were. It’s now a male-scaring empire, providing in-depth intel: ‘The difference between Mom Jeans and Dad Jeans’, the fabulous ‘Manstagram’ – all the best fash items du jour – and fun features and style news aplenty.
She says: ‘I really see Man Repeller as an attitude and fashion as a language that we use to connect with other women.’
Who: A fashionable Sheffield gal living in London, who cavorts around the world with the best wardrobe ever. Instagram: @shewearsfashion
Why: Kavita’s been blogging for several years now and it’s been amazing to watch her star rise, from her #OOTD shots as a sixteen year old through to a Coachella VIP frolicking with celebrities. Her bold colourful looks are a great blend of both high street and luxury, though she’s got a soft spot for a Gucci bag – a girl after our own heart, basically.
Who: A London-based blogger and model who’s been recognised the world over in various publications. Instagram: @natashandlovu
Why: Natasha’s a master at pulling together chic yet effortless-looking outfits, whether she’s opting for an edgy sportswear look or floating along in a dreamy gown. She’s got a box of designer bags that we’d give our left kidney to rummage round in and she also occasionally shares her beauty tips both on Instagram and her beautiful blog.
Why: The leggy blonde provides a tres chic mix of outfit inspiration – her personal style definitely has that insouciant French vibe – and trend and brand lowdowns. The ‘boutique’ section of her site is a one-stop shop for the pieces she loves – and we also like the fact she has regular wardrobe clearouts via Vestiaire so true Camille-alikes can snap up her actual clothes…
She says: “COTR is a destination for a mixture of emerging and luxury fashion, with a particular emphasis on Scandinavian labels.”
Who: Allison Graham is a Jamaican menswear blogger based in Brooklyn. Instagram: @shedoeshim
Why: Allison’s a breath of fresh air in the fashion blogger space with no time for your fashion gender binaries. She does menswear better than most guys in the game, whether she’s pattern mixing like a pro in a dapper suit or taking casual wear to a whole new level.
Who: New Yorker Danielle Bernstein. Instagram: @weworewhat
Why: Cool, clean outfit inspiration and handy get-the-look items to click through and buy for each.
She says: ‘WeWoreWhat is a fashion blog I created to provide a daily dose of outfit inspiration from every corner of NYC. I highlight my everyday outfits as well as my experience in this city that never sleeps. What should be the easiest part of everyone’s day (getting dressed in the morning) is sometimes the hardest – and that’s why I blog.’
Who: Writer, stylist and ex-Fashion Features Editor at The Sunday Times Style. Instagram: @pandorasykes
Why: Sharp as a tack with the looks and fashion sense of Diane Kruger, we’re hooked on Sykes’ killer combo of great outfits – vintage florals and patent biker, anyone? – and vay funny ‘social commentary’. Recent winners include a love letter to Jilly Cooper and why Sykes will never join Snapchat.
She says: ‘Style should be fun and fashion is not a lone Endeavour. You can be interested in shoes and still care about world politics. My blog aims to be fun but thoughtful – and give people a new way to look at things.’
Victoria Beckham may be off pushing the style boundaries with her chic fashion brand, however even she couldn’t get away with breaking the royal wedding dress code. In a recent interview, she explained that that there was one fashion accessory the royals had specified women had to wear and it threw her whole outfit for a loop.
She said in a Vogue Paris video, ‘Deciding what to wear for the royal wedding was quite tricky because on the invitation, it said that you had to wear a hat.’
The fashion accessory isn’t uncommon for royal occasions, as all those enviable Kate Middleton hats can well attest. However, not everybody has a wedding-appropriate hat or fascinator knocking about in the back of their closet and Victoria used her keen eye to solve her wedding guest dress woes.
‘I wanted to look chic and so I decided to go with navy and then I’ll throw it off with a bright red shoe which makes it less obvious, a little more surprising,’ she said.
She also admitted that she had only planned what she was going to wear just days before the wedding, which has our anxiety kicking into overdrive even though the event already happened. She ended up wearing a gorgeous navy number from her own line and she walked viewers through her outfit.
‘I knew I wanted something appropriate, something that was feminine, something that I felt comfortable in but I also wanted it to have a bit of edge,’ she explained, ‘So I designed this dress that has this really beautiful D-ring neck detail, because I love the toughness. It’s very slimming, that is always key. A nice slash down the front to get some skin out makes it feel feminine and makes it feel quite sexy but still appropriate.’
If you want to cop your own, the Victoria Beckham royal wedding dress is now available online in both cream and red online (as well as navy if you want the exact shade). We love that the model online has even been styled with crimson heels, true to Victoria Beckham’s own look.
She and her hubby David Beckham were easily one of the best dressed couples at the occasion and while the pair came dressed to slay, they didn’t actually coordinate their royal wedding outfits.
She said, ‘No I didn’t coordinate with [David Beckham], I mean David has got a great sense of style. He looks good in anything. I mean that man can put anything on and look fantastic, but I knew he’d be in grey tones and black tones because I knew what he had to wear.’
She also added, ‘It’s impossible to make him look bad, right?’