AW18 Trend Report: All the looks you’ll be wearing this autumn

AW18 Trend Report: All the looks you’ll be wearing this autumn


Autumn trends 2018: it might not feel like it, but it’s time to get ahead and jump on board the new season trend train – here’s our ultimate guide to the hottest key looks to start stocking up on…

Autumn trends 2018

Yes, we know the phrase ‘autumn trends 2018’ isn’t really music to the ears right now. And yes, we know your mind’s probably occupied by summer fashion trends 2018 like crayola brights and how on earth to wear suit shorts. The current weather conditions don’t really have you thinking, ‘MUST buy more Arran knits’. But never has the saying ‘success is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration’ been more apt. The last model stalked off the last Paris Fashion Week AW18 catwalk a while ago. And after traipsing round the four fashion capitals, we’ve filtered all the shows into the best Autumn Winter 2018 trends for you. So come on, fashion fans. Time to put that Ganni sundress down and brace up.  A teeny bit of brow-mopping in the changing rooms and clever summer sales blitzing now and you’ll have your entire autumn/winter wardrobe sorted – while other, less organised beings are still panic-buying bikinis on their way to the airport. Mwah ha ha.

So, what did we learn from the NY/London/Milan/Paris AW18 Fashion Week whirl?

The buzzword of the coming season is ‘protection’ – whether it’s from the mean streets, or just from the elements, the options for cosseting and swathing yourself in layers of coverage are endless. Parkas, puffas, blankets, double (and triple) coats – if in doubt, it’s all about adding another layer. And we’re starting from the head down (mum will be pleased) – balaclavas, silk headscarves, beanies, glamorous Little Red Riding Hood style hoods for evening… basically, it’s going to be a really good season for bad hair days. Hurrah! Without further ado, here are the trends to start planning your AW18 wardrobe around.

Scroll on down for all the Autumn Winter 2018 trends to know about…

Autumn trends 2018: Check print

Autumn trends 2018

Her Majesty appearing in Richard Quinn’s frow, Prince Charles’ support of the British Fashion Council, the fashion furore surrounding The Wedding…the royals are on trend as never before. And fashion loves them right back – stiff upper lip style in the form of trad tweeds, plaids and Balmoral-perfect silk headscarves are everywhere. Quinn worked foulards (the classic patterned silk scarf) into crazy layered looks, while Paul Andrew crafted archive foulard prints into chic shirtdresses for his Ferragamo debut.

Autumn fashion trends 2018: Hats

Autumn trends 2018

Whether it’s all about drama, a move towards the modest or just being plain toasty warm – covering your head is autumn’s biggest accessory message. Raf Simons set the tone at Calvin Klein during New York Fashion Week with standout knitted balaclavas – watch out for homages galore coming to a high street near you soon. Versace was all about the 1980s-tastic coloured beret, and the large silk headscarf is your best new accessory friend. Your mum will be so pleased.

Autumn trends 2018: Puffer jackets

Autumn trends 2018

‘Protection’ was the buzzword bandied around during the shows – a sense of clothes as urban armour, whether you’re stalking the mean streets, or just battling the elements. Shows like Balenciaga, Maison Margiela and Marni sum up the season’s styling – take a functional, sports-inflected polo, pile on a coat over a jacket, and add a puffa (and then another one)…

Autumn trends 2018: Blanket coats

Autumn trends 2018

Cape lovers – there’s a new update in town. Say hello to the blanket. And it’s not even a ‘blanket coat’ as such – it is quite literally a blanket. They were draped round the girls at shows including Roksanda and Isabel Marant,  for an insouciant take on covering up for the cold. Easy to whip on, easy to take off and use for emergency winter picnics. Just joking – Roksanda’s cashmere would definitely demand a table, not grass.

Autumn trends 2018: Graphic print clothes

Autumn trends 2018

If delicate winter blooms aren’t your thing, there’s a whole other bold, non-pretty pattern trend to make a statement with. Choose from a host of graphic prints with a strong 1980s urban art vibe: Burberry’s graffiti squiggles looked as if they’d been lifted from the side of a New York subway carriage, while Jeremy Scott paid tribute to Lichtenstein cartoons at Moschino and Mary Katrantzou did bold Bauhaus lettering.

Autumn trends 2018: Colour blocking

Autumn trends 2018

Designers including Marc Jacobs and Francesco Risso at Marni brought all the joy by showing off their skills as colourists – beautiful, unusual palettes were everywhere, reminding us of some of our favourite artists. Full-on Keith Haring neon at Prada, refreshing David Hockney pastels at Eudon Choi, tonal blocking a la Rothko at Marni and amazing Matisse style primary colour combos at Marc Jacobs.

Autumn trends 2018: 70s fashion

Autumn trends 2018

It’s the decade that won’t die when it comes to recent trends. And the sepia-tinged retro mood continues for autumn. But which 1970s character are you? Roksanda’s uptown girl, Marco de Vincenzo’s flares-wearing preppy or Louis Vuitton’s sporty jersey dress fan? Whichever way you go, remember – it has to be caramel, tan, toffee, tobacco..any colour as long as it’s a variation on camel, basically.

Autumn trends 2018: Boho clothes

Autumn trends 2018

Womens’ rights, LGBTQ rights, anti-sexism, anti-Trump, plastic in the oceans…you name it, we’re feeling strongly about it. Maria Grazia Chiuri has stoked controversy – and sales – with her political slogan t-shirts at Dior. And there was another heavy waft of CND-protest feeling in her AW18 Dior collection – nuclear disarmament symbols, tufted woven-rag knits, flat caps…Elsewhere, Missoni and Peter Pilotto also made a strong case for studenty knits and tie-dye.

Autumn trends 2018: Floral prints

Autumn trends 2018

We all love a floral dress for summer, but designers are amping them up with a dark, dramatic twist for this winter too. Rendered on black backgrounds, flowers look dark and decadent – at Saint Laurent, Anthony Vacarello covered his signature micro Dynasty dresses with flowers including sequinned poppies. Over at Preen and Erdem, there was a more historical mood, with blowsy roses winding over coats and silk dresses.

Autumn fashion trends 2018: Leopard print

Autumn trends 2018

Zebra is galloping into the spotlight as the animalia du jour – see Tom Ford’s OTT red take – and luckily for the Bet Lynch at heart, there’slots of amazing leopard. And there’s a lot happening in the world of furry coats – after Gucci’s recent announcement that they would no longer use real fur, we’re pleased to say that other major luxury houses are following suit. Designer of the moment Claire Waight Keller produced silky, standout leopard coats at Givenchy – and they’re all faux. Hur-roar…

Autumn fashion trends 2018: Pajamas

Autumn trends 2018

The perfect antidote to animal print, bold colours and aggressive outerwear – say bonjour to the new AW18 update on robe dressing. Silk pajama suits, flowing belted robe coats and Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s pretty lace-trimmed separates at Chloe. And relax…

Autumn fashion trends 2018: Silver clothes

Autumn trends 2018

Global Bacofoil shortage incoming. That’s right, cool futuristic silver is the metallic to shine in. At MM6, it was head to toe (and wall to wall – the presentation took place in a blinding silver-lined room) – from trenches to boots. At Balmain, it was all about the glamazon that Olivier Rousteng loves so much, dressed in high shine lame. There was good old-fashioned movie star glamour courtesy of Givenchy’s swishy silver beading. Butif all this is making you think ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ – fear not. There are also cool, less ‘Hollywood’ takes on the trend – like the parkas at Marques Almeida and a holographic trench at Sies Marjan.

Autumn fashion trends 2018: Accessories

Autumn trends 2018

Autumn trends 2018

More is more is more. Our favourite kind of season…cowboy boots have been taking Instagram by storm and they’re set to continue as the must-have footwear trend for autumn. In keeping with all the layering going on, even scarves are getting in on the act – Karl Lagerfeld piled different coloured versions round the models’ necks at Chanel, and we are obsessed with Miu Miu’s punky retro knitted scarf-lets (is that a word? We say yes). Also on our wishlist: the giant squashy clutch, the furry Muppet bag, OTT earrings…and lastly – the cheap and cheerful banana clip. Splash out on Faustine Steinmetz – or hit the bargain bucket at the local chemist. You’re welcome!

 

 

 

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All the prettiest summer dresses you can’t live without

All the prettiest summer dresses you can’t live without


The ultimate wardrobe essentials for a long hot season

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Summer dresses are without a doubt the easiest way to perfect your seasonal style. You don’t need to worry about coordinating complicated outfits, just throw it on, add a pair of shoes and a cute beaded bag, and you’re done.

Whether you’re after something casual or a style that’s a bit fancier, a dress is a great way to ensure you feel confident, and we’ve looked around the web to find the prettiest ones, so you don’t have to (you’re welcome).

Summer dress trends

This season, you’re in for a real treat, as there’s truly a summer dress trend to suit every taste. Linen has made a massive (and unexpected) comeback this summer. The hippie-style fabric has suddenly gotten cool again and button-down styles have been spotted all over our Insta feeds.

You can’t ignore polka dots, of course, a classic print that never really seems to go away for long. But this summer, the age-old pattern has had an update with loads of fun designs spotted on the high street. 

And don’t forget that big sleeves are back, 80s style shoulders and billowing sleeves are everywhere at the moment. So find a dress that’s more cinched in at the waist and couple with a basket bag to complete the look. 

Summer maxi dress

A maxi dress will always be a good idea, especially for those not keen to show off their legs. There is a plethora of romantic and bohemian styles in floaty fabrics and ditzy prints, however if you’re a 90s woman at heart, you’ll adore the slinky slip dresses taking over the high street right now.

White summer dress

Thanks to the current heatwave, there’s never been a better time to own the LWD (that’s little white dress FYI). Shirt dresses are the perfect office-friendly option, though we’re loving the paired back linen dress too.

Floral dresses

You’ll never go wrong with a floral dress, think bold botanical prints in a green hue or try a lighter pastel colour like lilac, pink and lemon for a sugary summer look. For a more laid-back casual style, there’s also check & plaid. Typically a print reserved for winter, these pinafore-style dresses, like those by Danish brand Ganni, are currently on everyone’s wishlist.

Midi summer dress

Another favourite style is the impossibly flattering midi dress. This demure-length is perfect for when the weather is a little changeable (thank you British summer time) as you can dress it up with tights (urgh) and light layers or down with simple sandals and sunglasses.

Whatever your fancy, we’ve rounded up the best summer styles from designer to high street dresses so that you don’t have to go on a hunt to find what works for you.

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The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now

The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now


The high street has some exquisite style finds to offer any blushing bride.

high street wedding dresses

High street wedding dresses just keep getting better and better. Stylish brides on a budget now have their pick of an ever-expanding selection of high street wedding dresses – and we’ve got them all here for you to admire.

From floor-length gowns to sleek lace minis and everything in between including some rather gorgeous beaded boho dresses – there’s something for every style.

And for the spring/summer wedding season, there has never been a better selection. With Ted Baker, Whistles, French Connection, ASOS, and Self-Portrait now offering bridal collections, the price-conscious brides-to-be have never had it better. And quite frankly, when you se this amazing array of dresses you’ll wonder why anyone would ever go over a £1,000 budget.

Traditional high street wedding dresses

For the traditional brides, there’s gorgeous fishtails and caped sleeves gowns from the likes of Phase Eight and Monsoon. While for the vintage lovers and soon-to-be boho brides, Monsoon and ASOS have all your embellished and floaty lace dreams covered.

Alternative high street wedding dresses

And for something altogether more contemporary then some of our favourite high street stores, French Connection and Whistles, have launched lust-worthy collections to make you stand out on the aisle. Think off-the-shoulder lace, asymmetric necklines, on-trend midi dresses and minimalist silk slips, which are exactly what the modern stylish bride needs for the new season.

High street wedding dresses for every shape

As well as all of these, we’ve found dresses to suit all shapes and heights – from Twenties bias-cut to full-skirted prim variations. Not keen on your arms? There are some great long-sleeved wedding gowns that will solve your bridal dilemmas. Want your waist to stand out? Try a cinched style with an embellished belt. Petite figures will suit all the lovely ruffle dresses that are so in at the moment too.

So with that in mind, it’s time to pick your dream dress from the best high street wedding dresses available now…

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Zara sale hacks you never knew about from former employees

Zara sale hacks you never knew about from former employees


You’re most welcome

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Hands up, who’s already spent half their pay check in the Zara sale going on at the moment? Well, before you dole out any more cash – we’ve got the dirt on some amazing Zara shopping hacks from ex-employees.

Zara notoriously never do discounts, just sales, but we’ve got a few shopping hacks for you that could save you a bit of £££. These aren’t new, but you might have missed them as they’re not mega obvious. The girls over at The Devil Wears Zara and Who What Wear also scored some major tips from over a hundred ex-employees which we’ve included below as well – bring on the wardrobe updates.

Zara limited edition collections

Pretty much the only annoying thing about Zara is that it’s so popular that everyone ends up wearing the same stuff (yeah, like that Zara jacket that had its own feed). Which is where Zara’s limited edition collections come in handy, as there are fewer pieces.

These are generally marked as ‘new’ in the dropdown of the woman and TRF sections, so it’s worth checking in weekly. However, if you’re after something a little more classic, then try the Timeless collection, which is pretty much what it says on the tin: classic pieces which will see you through the seasons.

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A Zara employee told Who What Wear, ‘Special pieces like a statement summer dress or coat that stand out from the rest of the products are probably only available in limited quantity and won’t be reproduced for sale, so definitely grab it.’

Zara special prices

Under the ‘woman’ section on the Zara homepage, you’ll see a dropdown appear. Scroll right to the bottom of that, and just after ‘fragrances’ you’ll see ‘special prices’.

In there, you’ll find a veritable treasure trove of bargains. This is basically Zara’s more affordable pieces, and you’ll find anything from £12.99 chinos and sweaters, to tops for under a tenner. There are even coats for under £50, which for Zara is pretty good.

Beyond the special prices category, there’s another hack if you happen to be going on a Eurotrip. An employee revealed, ‘Zara is obviously the cheapest in Spain and Portugal since most of it is produced there. So stock up whenever you find yourself in those countries!’ 

Zara most popular pieces

Zara recently added a new section to the site called ‘Trending Now’, which essentially tells you what everyone else is buying right now, so you won’t have to wait to see a dress on a blogger to find out what’s hot right now.

zara shopping hacks

An employee revealed that even if it looks like your favourite piece is out of stock, just hold out hope. They said, ‘Save the link of the product you want, even if its sold out—they always restock. This is very useful during sales because you can get literally anything. During sale season, there are a lot of returns, and as soon as something gets back to the warehouse, the stock is refreshed, and if you’re quick enough, you can get that T-shirt for half price or even more discounted.’ 

If you’re looking for a timeless classic though, there’s a bit of strategy involved if you want to score a bargain. Another employee said, ‘Basics like trench coats, puffers, denim, plain sweaters and cardigans, camisoles—things like that—they remake every year, so we (Zara employees) would always buy those on sale and no one would know it was from the previous season.’ 

Zara discount codes

Sadly, Zara famously don’t do discount codes (I mean they don’t need to, do they?), nor do they offer student discounts, so if you’re after a bargain, you’ll have to wait for the sales.

Zara sales

zara shopping hacks

Zara sales tend to fall in line with the major winter sale and summer sale periods, so Boxing Day and June. However, if you want to find out about sales early, then do sign up to the newsletter, because you will usually get notified in advance. Zara employees also shared their insight as to how to figure out when the big day would be coming below.

One said, ‘The biggest sign that a sale is coming is when the clothing gets all turned horizontally and packed onto the racks. Usually, the merchandisers are grouping together everything by the same price point and will have as much inventory on the floor as possible. This basically means don’t buy anything because in a couple of days it will all be on sale.’

Another revealed that the key was when old pieces began popping up on the racks again. They said, ‘When it comes to the U.S., right before Zara starts their sale they try to sell everything at regular pricing. You’ll see most of the old collections back in stores and only the new clothing is labeled with signs that say ‘new collection’. So I would recommend not buying those older clothes because they will be on sale two weeks later.’ 

As far as bossing the sale goes? Well, the ex-employees had people sorted.

The first week of the sale, we are most likely going to discount 10% to 25%. The second week, we price the sale at 40% or even 50%. During the third week, you can get items for up to 70% to 75% off because everything has to go. It’s better to wait two to three weeks for the best sale prices,’ one explained.

The best days to shop at Zara

zara shopping hacks

The best days to shop online are usually Monday and Thursday for the main drops (great start of the week pick-me-up!), but there are odd new pieces added on most days.

Zara free delivery

The cheapest way to get your Zara order delivered is to get it sent direct to a store of your choice, for free. But if you’re spending over £50 (which let’s be honest, is pretty easy to do at Zara), then it’s free anyway.

Zara home hack

This tip doesn’t actually involve the main site, but Zara home. Did you know that as well as homeware, it sells some amazing loungewear too? It’s not all cheap but there are some great pieces like trousers and tunics for under £30.

Zara sizing

If you can’t stand shopping in store but worry that if you shop online it won’t fit, rest assured. Zara just made shopping easier by introducing a new online sizing tool, which lets you input all your measurements so it can tell you which size to shop which product in. Genius.

Now excuse us while we do a bit of shopping…

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Best sunglasses 2018: The hottest pairs to sport this spring

Best sunglasses 2018: The hottest pairs to sport this spring


Our pick of the pairs we #want

Sunglasses for Spring

After a few brief heatwaves, summer is definitely starting to stick around, with days getting longer and the sun making more frequent appearances. So what better way to embrace the new season than with a new pair of sunglasses for summer 2018?

But let’s be honest, they’re not just a seasonal trend, they’re an all-year-round must. Even when it’s not sunny, they’re still an impossibly chic way to hide those under eye bags after a night out.

SS18 sunglasses trends

This season, they’re cooler than ever. Sunglasses are the kind of thing you can justify spending on — bear in mind, if you buy them right, you’ll have them forever (read: Céline cat eye sunglasses). But, if you’re looking for a quick fix, there are pairs on the high street we’d wear for seasons too.

In terms of shapes, you’ve got the two iconic styles beloved by all: aviators and cat-eyes, though they are getting a makeover.

The classic bottle green and mirror aviator sunglasses will never go out of style, but this season, the offering is much more colourful, with acid yellow lenses and blue frames. Just look at our edit of the best Ray-Ban sunglasses and we defy you not to fall in love.

On the other side of things, if you want a bit of a departure from your classic black cat eye sunglasses, try OTT frames. Think loud prints, 3D detailing, glitter and gems. There’s no such thing as too much in this instance.

If you don’t fall into either of those two camps, there’s a new(ish) style in town: the 90s style, small frames. They come in muted tones, but we recommend donning them in bright red or pink for a more current look – Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez are fans.

Here are the best sunglasses to shop now and wear all season…

Best Sunglasses 2018: Cat Eye

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Celine Black Mirrored Cat-Eye Sunglasses

If there’s a pair of cat-eye sunglasses you’ll keep forever, it’s this pair. The white version we had our eye on sold out in a flash, though this black pair will go with any outfit and add a dose of cool girl chic.

Priced at £312, available at FARFETCH

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Best Sunglasses 2018: Aviator

best sunglasses 2018

Gucci Aviator Gold Tone Sunglasses

We saw yellow and golden toned lenses pick up speed over the past couple of months and this pair of Gucci sunglasses melds the trend with a classic silhouette. If we ever get a Top Gun remake, we bet these would make Maverick’s discerning cut.

Priced at £335, available at NET-A-PORTER

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Best Sunglasses 2018: Round

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Louis Vuitton Nue Au Soleil Sunglasses

These dark Louis Vuitton sunglasses are a timeless classic. With sophisticated gold hardware detailing and the barest hint of an LV logo, they’re a total designer investment piece you’ll want to hang onto forever.

Priced at £420, available at Louis Vuitton

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Best Sunglasses 2018: 90s style

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Adam Selman x Le Specs The Heartbreaker Sunglasses

Le Specs has truly been stealing the show this year – there was one point last month where we saw their Lolita glasses literally everywhere and we’re expecting this new drop will get the same treatment. With a 90s inspired silhouette and cute heart details, it also comes in black and ‘hot pants pink’.

Priced at £75, available at Le Specs

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Best Sunglasses 2018: Statement

 best sunglasses 2018Gucci Women’s Large Square Frame Sunglasses

Nobody does statement chic quite like Gucci. These oversized sunglasses are absolutely darling and ideal for the glamazon, with inset crystal embellishments and a golden Gucci logo on the side.

Priced at £544, available at Coggles

Buy now

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The best designer handbags to invest in right now

The best designer handbags to invest in right now


From super-sized totes, bumbags and micro-pouches to timeless classics, shop our pick of the best new season designer handbags

best designer handbags

The latest designer handbags ticking all the SS18 summer fashion trends have dropped, and there’s no better time than the present to invest in one. Now I appreciate it’s a big purchase, so to save you time and effort, we’ve rounded-up our fashion-editor approved best designer handbags from the new season that suit all tastes, styles, daily needs and budgets (yes, really).

If there is one piece worthy of investment each season, it has to be a designer handbag (and if you don’t believe me, some brands are literally a better financial investment than gold). And while many designers are on-trend with their offering, there are also some classic styles that never go out of fashion out there too.

designer handbags

The best arm candy for SS18 ranges from the super-sized, with the coolest carry-alls in every colour, prints and texture imaginable, to must-have micros, the small yet perfectly formed little numbers for minimal effort, with maximum impact. Belt up with the return of the bumbag, or break out a funky beach bag in classic straw or a bright alternative, these standout styles will carry you through the season.

You could clash colours a la Loewe or J.W. Anderson, while you can always trust Anya Hindmarch and Hill & Friends for some acid pops of colour and novelty designs – think smiley faces and emoji bags.

designer handbags

For something avant-guard, look to the likes of Balenciaga or Off-White, for some seriously tongue-in-cheek yet sculptural designs.

If your heart is set on something a little sleeker and modern, then go down the chic Stella McCartney, Chloé or Céline route. These beautiful bags will pay for themselves when you work out the cost per wear – persuaded? Thought so.

Somewhere in the middle, you have your classics with a twist. Think modern Manu Atelier satchels, Mulberry’s bucket-bags and basically anything from Tom Ford.

Still struggling? Scroll on to shop more fabulous designer handbags.

 

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These are the best fashion blogs to follow in 2018

These are the best fashion blogs to follow in 2018


A definitive guide to the best ever fashion influencers

Best fashion blogs

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 blogs to the best missives from Milan and the coolest New Yorkers, read on for our definitive guide to the best fashion blogs…

Freddie Harrel

Waiting for that first G&T of the weekend 😎 Ok I might be home in my PJs already, waiting for #HugoHarrel to go down to tuck into some Netflix action 😜 This week wasn’t nearly as productive as I intended it to be, you know these weeks when either your body, your mind or even both are not following the plan at all?? Well we rolled with it, we rested when we could, even chucked in some extra self-care by ways of meditation (although my heart would race and panic when I used to try it for just 5mns, now I’m hooked and need it twice a day, never thought I’d get there 😯 🎉 and it’s changing my life, loving the @calm app 🙏🏾), massage (@itsseun told me about @urban_massage, I wanted to try reflexology but there was no woman available for that one, and I wasn’t sure about having a man into my house massaging my feet 🤣 I love a foot massage, it makes me make weird noises though 🙈 – so I had a full body one instead and it was great) , lots of journaling, cuddles with friends and rosé (it’s officially the season ☀😎). On these slow weeks, try to extend yourself more love, care and compassion instead of beating yourself up for moving slowly, you’ll get your mojo back more quickly, and there’s actually more time to reach your goals than social media allows you to think 🙈 [Tap for details – will add links to outfit in my Stories, you won’t believe how cheap this set is 😜]

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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 having a day out with her family, she’s always ready to serve a major look with a big grin on her face.

Gabi Fresh

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Who: A self-proclaimed ‘OG fat girl’ and fashion blogger, as well as the co-founder of plus size fashion line Premme.

Why: Gabi’s been around for a good decade or so, breaking hearts and garnering a loyal following with her stylish looks. It’s never a dull day with Gabi as most of her outfits are playful, colourful plus her hair always gives us major envy.

Caro Daur

Crossing streets 🌴👋🏻

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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.

Katherine Ormerod, a.k.a. Work Work Work

Who? The entrepreneur behind fashion, life and career blog Work Work Work and a stylist and brand consultant. Instagram: @katherine_ormerod

Why? If you want to know about cool niche brands before anyone else, Katherine is your woman. We also love her everyday style, which instantly makes us want to shop!

Margaret Zhang

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.

Marta Cygan, a.k.a. Life of Boheme

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Who: Polish Parisienna Marta Cygan. Instagram: @lifeofboheme

Why: No one does elevated basics quite like Marta Cygan, who will make a plain red leather mini and white t-shirt combo look like the chicest thing since Chanel tweed suits. Her lifestyle shots are pretty impressive too.

Charlotte Groeneveld aka Thefashionguitar.com

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thefashionguitar.com

Who: Dutch-born, NYC-dwelling, statement dress-wearing fashion blogger, Charlotte G: Instagram: @thefashionguitar.

Why: Charlotte provides a sartorial how-to for styling statement dresses and skirts on her blog, Thefashionguitar.com. She mixes up her ultra-feminine style with classic staples, with a quirky twist. Our go-to for dreamy dresses and dazzling prints, catch her at couture week where she makes eveningwear dresses look cool enough to wear by day too. Expect a pretty but fun take on fashion trends.

Jessica Wang a.k.a. NotJessFashion

Bucket list moment – Sakura in Japan 🌸🌸🌸 What’s on top of your bucket list?👇

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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.’

Lesego Legobane, a.k.a Thickleeyonce

And I’m showin’ off, but Drake said it’s alright 🖤 Suit from @lee_bex

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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.

Pernille Teisbaek

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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.

Tess Holiday

So much more than a “pretty face” 💪🏻💯💞 Fit by @fashionnovacurve #effyourbeautystandards

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Who: A plus size model and body positivity ambassador, as well as the founder of the movement @effyourbeautystandards. Instagram: @tessholliday

Why: While Tess doesn’t have a blog, she’s incredibly active on her social media – posting inspirational messages about body positivity alongside fierce fashion lewks. After meeting her in person, we can vouch that she and her husband are as lovely as they come and looking at her is likes staring at the sun: she’s absolutely stunning.

Helena Bordon

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.

Peony Lim

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Peony Lim

Who: Chinese/English stylista Peony Lim. Instagram: @peonylim

Why: Flitting between Asia and London, Lim’s uber-polished site is like an online magazine reflecting all the facets of her uber-polished life. With sections on every type of trend and item, the ‘outfits’ section starring Lim’s looks are more like glossy fashion shoots than gritty street style. She also covers food – this week is very fennel slaw – and travel.

She says: “My site is about sharing the things that inspire me and that I hope will inspire others. It’s a whole lifestyle diary, from what I wear, to where I travel. Food is a big part of the site and my life. The style of the whole site is classic luxury. I try never to be trend driven.”

Man Repeller

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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.’

Kavita Donkersley, a.k.a. SheWearsFashion

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.

Sandra Hagelstam, a.k.a. 5 Inch and Up

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Who: Finnish native, London-based design graduate Sandra Hagelstam. Instagram: @5inchandup

Why: She covers fashion and beauty but her blog has always focused heavily on the shoe element. We love her new feature: Shoe of the Month, an exhaustive tried-and-tested of the latest heels – so now we know exactly how comfy Saint Laurent’s ‘Candy’ platforms are and whether they run true to size.

She says: ‘I blog about the things I wear and the shoes I love. My blog is all about high heels and effortless style. Good quality wardrobe basics are what I feel most comfortable in. As long as it’s paired with a 5 inch heel, you will never see me in flats….’

Natasha Ndlovu, a.k.a. Bisous Natasha

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.

Camille Charriere, a.k.a. Over the Rainbow

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Who: Parisienne expat Camille Charriere, now based in London. Instagram: @camillecharriere

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.”

Photographer Ari Seth Cohen, a.k.a. Advanced Style

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Advanced Style

Who: New York photographer Ari Seth Cohen. Instagram: @advancedstyle

Why: If you don’t think style should stop at 40 (or 50, or 60, or 70, or 80…) Cohen’s dazzling street style snaps of stylish seniors is a treat. He grew up worshipping both his glam grannies and parlayed his respect for the older lady into a USP as a young photographer in NYC. The story of the blog has been turned into a documentary and he also speaks out on issues facing society’s elderly. But mainly, he just loves taking pics – turbans, capes, full sets of false lashes, OTT baubles…Cohen’s girls got it all goin’ on…

He says: “Advanced Style is dedicated to the style and stories of the silver-haired set. By showing positive images of aging I hope to inspire people to change their perceptions of growing older. With age comes an incredible advancement in personal expression, creativity, and style.”

Alex Stedman, a.k.a. The Frugality

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Who: London-based fashion stylist Alex Stedman. Instagram: @thefrugality

Why: Thrifty tips and hot high street bargains a-plenty, Stedman’s pearls of wisdom focus on how to live well for less, from sharing how she clears her credit card debts to her favourite stylish cheap-eat restaurants.

She says: ‘My blog is a fashion and lifestyle website for real people, living on a normal budget. I swear by affordable clothes and offer advice on what to invest in, and what not to. After all – budget or no budget – everyone likes a bargain.’

Allison Graham, a.k.a. SheDoesHim

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.

Danielle Bernstein, a.k.a. We Wore What

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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.”

Kristabel Plummer, a.k.a. I Want You To Know

Who: A London fashion blogger with a jet-setting lifestyle.

Why: Kristabel’s looks always put a smile on our face and she has a distinctly fun yet flirty style sensibility we just can’t get enough of. Whether she’s off gallivanting in Jamiaca in a covet-worthy bikini or flouncing through London in a pleated skirt, her blog’s a go-to for styling and travel tips.

Laura Fantacci, a.k.a. Wearing It Today

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Who: Fashion editor and London-based Italian hottie Laura Fantacci. Instagram: @witblog

Why: The bronzed brunette has gorgeous style, a gorgeous toddler, a gorgeous house and always looks gorgeous. In fact, it could all be incredibly irritating if she wasn’t also so smiley and totes helpful – want the best designer-alike flat sandals? The chic-est white shirts? To know how to do leather culottes? If classic with a twist is your thing and you need styling inspiration, she’s your girl. Top marks for her weekly ‘Mama Friday’ post– goodbye stained tee and jeans, hello Belstaff bikers and the perfect peacoat – her beauty knowhow and her brand extensions. She and pal Petro Stofberg also do a website, Wardrobe Icons, a shoppable edit of the best ‘forever’ fashion items, and a weekly e-zine, ICONS Update. Warning: you will want her life.

She says: “While every other style website focuses on what’s in fashion, with Wardrobe Icons, we reveal what never goes out of fashion. I love a classic white shirt and a simple cashmere V-neck but I also love mad shoes, statement jewellery and a fringed bag. The key, for me, is all in the mix: sequins with denim, a trench over a ballgown. Classic but always with a twist.”

Ella Catliff, a.k.a. La Petite Anglaise

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La Petite Anglaise

Who: London-based writer and model Ella Catliff. Instagram: @lapetiteanglaise

Why: The elfin Catliff started writing her blog when she was a fashion intern in Paris, sharing discoveries of new shops and the outfits she wore during her first foray into the industry. If you long to look like a Parisienne version of Alexa Chung, Catliff’s style is for you – her Look du Jour is chocka block with silk scarves, chic accessories and skinny denim aplenty.

She says: “La Petite Anglaise is basically a colourful, fun and (hopefully) well written reflection of my life within the wider context of the fashion world. I’ve also expanded it to include lifestyle, travel and beauty. After all, clothes don’t exist in a vacuum so I love to be able to write about a great outfit and then also share where I wore it.”

Pandora Sykes

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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.’

Chiara Ferragni, a.k.a. The Blonde Salad

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Who: Italian law student and fashionista Chiara Ferragni. Instagram: @chiaraferragni

Why: The blog gets its name from Ferragni’s ‘mixed salad’ of interests – fashion, photography, lifestyle and travel. The molto-glam blonde (of course) and her TBS crew reveal all about everything from ‘the best hotel pools in the world’ to the best bubblegum lip colours and the best celebrity wedding dresses of all time. Not to mention Ferragni’s looks of the day and shoots featuring her leggy style a-go-go.

 

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The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now

The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now


The high street has some exquisite style finds to offer any blushing bride.

high street wedding dresses

High street wedding dresses just keep getting better and better. Stylish brides on a budget now have their pick of an ever-expanding selection of high street wedding dresses – and we’ve got them all here for you to admire.

From floor-length gowns to sleek lace minis and everything in between including some rather gorgeous beaded boho dresses – there’s something for every style.

And for the autumn/winter 2017 wedding season, there has never been a better selection. With Ted Baker, Whistles, French Connection, ASOS, and Self-Portrait now offering bridal collections, the price-conscious brides-to-be have never had it better. And quite frankly, when you se this amazing array of dresses you’ll wonder why anyone would ever go over a £1,000 budget.

Traditional high street wedding dresses

For the traditional brides, there’s gorgeous fishtails and caped sleeves gowns from the likes of Phase Eight and Monsoon. While for the vintage lovers and soon-to-be boho brides, Monsoon and ASOS have all your embellished and floaty lace dreams covered.

Alternative high street wedding dresses

And for something altogether more contemporary then some of our favourite high street stores, French Connection and Whistles, have launched lust-worthy collections to make you stand out on the aisle. Think off-the-shoulder lace, asymmetric necklines, on-trend midi dresses and minimalist silk slips, which are exactly what the modern stylish bride needs for the new season.

High street wedding dresses for every shape

As well as all of these, we’ve found dresses to suit all shapes and heights – from Twenties bias-cut to full-skirted prim variations. Not keen on your arms? There are some great long-sleeved wedding gowns that will solve your bridal dilemmas. Want your waist to stand out? Try a cinched style with an embellished belt. Petite figures will suit all the lovely ruffle dresses that are so in at the moment too.

So with that in mind, it’s time to pick your dream dress from the best high street wedding dresses available now…

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