Wedding suits for women are having a moment. Again. We all know Bianca Jagger kicked off the trend back in 1971 when she married Mick in Saint Tropez.
She made headlines for her daring outfit choice, a white Yves Saint Laurent tuxedo jacket which she wore over a long bias-cut silk skirt. Instead of a veil, she chose a huge hat with decorated with flowers and a bit of tulle covering her face.
Fast forward a few decades, and the suit is officially back, thanks to a slew of fashion-forward celebrities like Millie Mackintosh and Emily Ratajkowski.
For her civil ceremony in July 2018, Millie purposefully recreated Bianca’s look, by choosing an ivory draped wraparound top and matching trousers from under-the-radar French fashion brand Les Heroines. She too accessorised with a floppy hat.
Meanwhile, in February 2018, Emily shunned tradition altogether. She got married in secret to her love Sebastian Bear-McClard, and wore a mustard Zara suit, paired with a black hat. So rock ‘n’ roll.
Wedding suits are ideal if you’re just not into dresses: they’re still chic enough for a special occasion, are timeless and you’ll be more likely to wear them again. You don’t even have to go for a white one: a pale blue or vintage yellow like Emily’s will age just as well.
With so many more weddings abroad, they’re also ideal for your civil ceremony, a more paired back options that will keep the focus on your second wedding outfit, usually a wedding dress.
As for how to style them, roll with your suit’s style. Wear a silk, flowing suit with a pair of statement gold earrings, a veiled hat and some platform sandals for a modern 70s throwback.
Opting for a tailored suit instead? Keep things minimal with a mum mule and delicate jewellery.
Shop my edit of the best wedding suits for women below.
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.
A new pair of jeans is always the coolest way to update your wardrobe, regardless of the season. However, finding the perfect pair of jeans can be a tricky business. Skinny jeans that are too baggy, cropped jeans that are too long, high waisted jeans that are too tight at the waist and wide at the hips… there are so many factors to take into account.
With that in mind, I’ve scoured my favoured designer and high street denim brands to find the perfect pair of jeans to suit your body shape, and scroll down for a lowdown on the best jean trends for the new season.
Best high waisted jeans
With our current love for everything 70s, high waisted flared jeans are a safe investment for this season. Models at Dior and Topshop Unique team theirs slogan t-shirts and Breton tops, while at Calvin Klein, colour block shirts were the perfect companion to Crayola blue flares. That style is best suited to tall girls, while petite and curvier frames can bank on high waisted mum jeans or culottes.
As Jourdan Dunn and Kaia Gerber proved at the Paris Fashion Week Off_White show, mom jeans are very much in. Again. Pick a style with a slightly wider leg, preferably in a light wash, 80s style. Wear with a tucked-in t-shirt and converse for a casual look, and swap for a loose blouse and white ankle boots for a dressier option.
Kate Moss is of course right: skinny jeans will forever be cool. There’s something timeless and versatile about a pair of classic black jeans. The model was the coolest at Glastonbury when she teamed hers with Hunter wellies, a black vest top and studded biker jacket, and her uniform of black shirt, faux fur leopard print coat and ankle boots is Sloane-ranger perfection.
As with most trends, it’s all about proportion, so balance tights jeans with a loose top, though a Breton t-shirt and ballerina pumps are also great additions to dark blue skinny jeans, Audrey Hepburn style.
Just because you’re curvy doesn’t mean you can’t wear skinny jeans, or any other style for that matter, it’s all down to the waist. A high waist will be more flattering, and if you’re after a 50s style silhouette, flared cropped jeans will do wonders.
Tall women are lucky in that they can get away with a lot of styles. Long wide leg trousers, skinny jeans, cropped culottes… take your pic. Plus, lots of brands like Levi’s offer tall styles, so you really are spoiled for choice.
These days, most brands have an offering of jeans in different lengths, which is heaven for petite girls like me – I use to have to attack my jeans with scissors to make them fit. My go-to are still Topshop jeans for any style – it’s no wonder they sell a pair of these jeans every 10 seconds, they really do go with everything.
While skinny jeans are always a safe bet, cropped styles look really good on short women too. There’s something about seeing a flash of ankle that elongates the frame. Try cropped straight leg or wide leg styles.
Ripped jeans are a wardrobe staple that’s well worth investing in. This season though, they are discreet, with just a small rip on the knee or thigh, or a ripped hem. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even rip your own jeans using our DIY guide.
While we’re on the subject, let’s get one thing straight: you probably ARE washing your jeans too often, so stop. Because you don’t want to lose the stiffness and therefore shape of the jeans, it’s usually best to wash them every fortnight or monthly instead, and forget about washing them straight after you’ve bought them too. Some people store theirs in the freezer too, though the jury’s still out on that one.
So now that you’re an expert on all things denim, scroll down to for my edit of the best jeans to buy now.
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!)
Remember the sold-out Topshop polka dot dress that was selling for triple the price on eBay? Well, it hasn’t come back in stock, but the good news is, it’s back in a new print for autumn/winter, and it makes me want it even more.
Say hello to the zebra print pinafore dress – a bold choice I agree, but animal print is a huge trend for AW18, and this is a great way to dip into it now.
As with its predecessor, you can wear this style on its own, preferably with a minimalist sandal, or over a t-shirt and with plimsolls for a more casual vibe.
Come autumn, I’ll be wearing mine over a black rollneck jumper and pairing it with some chic ankle boots. In fact, if I’m feeling particularly bold, I’ll wear it with faux snake skin ankle boots. Because more is more with this trend.
The dress is so popular it’s already sold out in a couple sizes, so if you don’t want to have to buy it on eBay for an extortionate price, this time round, make sure you get it sooner rather than later.
Take a look at the must-see fashion and beauty campaigns and we promise you’ll get instant wardrobe inspiration for the sunny season ahead.
There are some seriously brilliant new campaigns for Spring/Summer ’18. As we put away our wool-knit jumpers and over-the-knee boots until next season, the preparation for warmer times has begun. The thought of shorter garments and even shorter days puts a spring in everyone’s step, and the wait to try out some of the Spring Summer fashion trends is finally over. Take a look at some of the best fashion and beauty advertising campaigns and take note for the season ahead. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
Who is standing out for Autumn/Winter ’18?
From Valentino to Karl Lagerfeld and Charles & Keith to Mango, see all the best fashion and beauty advertising campaigns from your favourite designers and high-street store, which are really getting us in the mood for next season. There are plenty of famous faces taking to the campaign limelight, with the likes of the Kardashians, Kaia Gerber and Hailey Baldwin taking centre stage.
As for the fashion, expect all your favourite autumn/winter trends, from check prints to colour blocking, 70s fashion and boho clothes and all the accessories in-between (we’re obsessed with STAUD’s faux-croc bags).
Keep scrolling for a look at all the best fashion and beauty advertising campaigns this season.
There’s no denying the influence of fairytale icons in our sartorial choices. But while we appreciate the more obvious Disney t-shirts, we generally prefer a more subtle approach.
Which is why the latest jewellery craze to take over Instagram is right up our street. You could say it’s more or less inspired by the Little Mermaid, as it involves shell-shaped jewellery. The likes of Pandora Sykes, Monikh and Dutch blogger Lizzy Vdligt have been draping themselves in shells, adorned with gold for that extra luxe factor.
Niche jewellery brands like Dutch shop Anna + Nina, French designer Elise Tsikis and German brand Wald have hit that sweet spot between vintage and contemporary, providing us with the perfect holiday-worthy pieces to elevate even the most basic of outfits, like a white t-shirt and cropped jeans. They’re also the perfect finishing touch to a pastel trouser suit or floral dress for a wedding.
Shop my edit of the best Ariel-worthy shell jewellery pieces below.
In case you missed it, it looks like Legally Blonde 3 is finally happening. In fact, Reese Witherspoon just told Entertainment Tonight that it was ‘Gonna be so fun!’ (I don’t doubt it one bit Reese). So it got me thinking about what Elle Woods would wear today.
Now in the first film, Elle is all about her sandals (all designer of course, loves her Miu Mius and her Jimmy Choos, Elle does) – some of which she still showed off again on Legally Blonde’s 15th birthday.
My favourite pair of hers was without a doubt the pair of wedges she wore to watch Warner and his Harvard frat boy friends play football. You know the ones, pink with a see-through heel. Gorge.
The first film came out in 2001, and after all, Elle knows her fashion, so it’s safe to assume she’d be up to date with the latest trends.
I’ve been seeing a lot of vinyl strap sandals and perspex heels around, and I think they’re the perfect update to those wedges, yet still have that early noughties vibe about them. I’ve rounded up my favourite styles below. Now I know what you’re going to say, they’re not all pink (‘whoever said orange was the new pink, was seriously disturbed’).
However, they’re plenty sassy, which what hotshot lawyer Elle Woods is all about. Non?
Long before East by West, and before Hemsley+Hemsley, I worked as a model for 15 years. Since much of that time was spent shooting swimwear, if there’s one thing I’m expert in, it’s the difference in confidence that a good-fitting bikini can bring you. It’s not so much about it being ‘flattering’, but about feeling supported, comfortable and happy, in a swimwear design and colour that you also love.
With the growing awareness around what, how and where our clothes are made and increasing choice as to what you can pick, sustainability is a major factor for me when clothes shopping, including for a swimsuit. Today, there is a huge sea change (excuse the pun); brands are popping up with more conscious production methods and established companies are having to reconfigure their own production. These are all moves in the right direction and our buying power can help speed the process up.
The change has happened remarkably fast – only about six years ago, I went online to find some new pyjamas and searched for something ethical and sustainable, but everything I came across was an assault to the senses. Now all you have to do is search for ‘sustainable swimwear’ and you’re presented with near-endless options.
It’s wonderful to have such a range of choice, but where do you even start? I’ve found a few favourites in my research, brands whose designs stand the test of time both quality- and style-wise, because being able to keep an item for years is a huge part of sustainable fashion.
They create fun silhouettes in bold prints and colours, and have been awarded the Positive Luxury Butterfly Mark, which recognises brands that work to actively diminish their environmental footprint, as well as positively impact their communities.
This sportswear brand surely deserves a mention, first for privileging comfort and movement in their swimwear, but most importantly for their nonprofit model, using ocean-preserving materials and putting all profits towards business loans to empower female entrepreneurs worldwide.
Lastly, I’m a big fan of this brand, who are committed to the fair treatment of the workers who create their sleek monochromatic swimsuits, as well as using eco-friendly fabrics and ensuring the timelessness of each piece.
And here are a couple more sustainable swimwear brands from the Marie Claire team…
Devon-based Davy J’s first collection uses 100% regenerated nylon yarn from waste including spent and ghost fishing nets (an average of 640,000 tons of fishing nets are left in the oceans every year). Their swimsuits are built to last, however, when they do reach the end of their life, you’re encouraged to return them so the brand can recycle them (the target will be to achieve 60% closed loop recycling by 2020).