Zara has a new Katie Holmes knitted set and it's the dream

Zara has a new Katie Holmes knitted set and it's the dream


When Katie Holmes stepped out in the knitted bra and cardigan combo last summer, the fashion world went mad.

It wasn’t long before high street favourite Zara came out with their own set, which promptly sold out, though it has since been re-stocked.

If you were a fan of it (I mean, who wasn’t?) then I have more good news for you, Zara has brought out another knitted set, and it’s just as dreamy.

The twisted knit set comes in a light brown colour and comprises of a crop top, which is slightly longer than the original one, great if you’re not keen on showing your tummy.

Shop now: TWISTED KNIT CROP TOP for £19.99 from ZARA

Shop now: TWIST KNIT CARDIGAN for £25.99 from ZARA

Shop now: TWISTED KNIT SHORTS for £19.99 from ZARA

It also features an oversized cardigan and some knitted shorts so you can go all out. Now I know what you’re thinking, are the shorts necessary and when would you actually wear them? Well they make for very cute loungewear when you’re at home binging on Netflix, which let’s be honest, is the whole of January.

I expect this will sell out as fast as the last set, so get it before you regret it.

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Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle launching their own fashion line?

Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle launching their own fashion line?


Last night Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family, and so many questions are being asked as a result, such as where they will move to, and how they will become financially independent.

And whilst we are still waiting on official answers for a lot of these, some have at least speculated on their next career move, and it could well be into fashion.

Last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made dozens of trademark applications to the Intellectual Property Office under theSussex Royal foundation.

These cover several areas such as campaigning leaflets and textbooks, as well as services such as charitable events. However they also cover clothing, including footwear, t-shirts, coats, sweaters, outerwear and more, suggesting they could well bring out their own line of merchandise to fund their new life.

Of course this isn’t the first time the Duchess has dabbled in fashion, since she collaborated with Smart Works and several British high street brands last year on a workwear collection to benefit women seeking to re-enter the work world.

Details of their new roles and life will be revealed in due course.

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Adele's Reformation dress has a waitlist of over 1,600

Adele's Reformation dress has a waitlist of over 1,600


Adele has made headlines this week when new photos of her on holiday revealed the weight loss she achieved after going on the sirtfood diet.

The singer posed in beach pictures with Harry Styles and James Corden, looking amazing in a printed dress by Reformation. She also wore a similar style by the brand at Christmas.

Call it the Adele effect, but it now has a 1,600 strong waiting list and it’s easy to see why. The Sigmund dress is a midi length dress with a square neckline and slightly puffed shoulders and high slit which tick off key trends for the new season.

It’s available in Black, Isabella (black floral print) and Splatter (navy and white paint splatter, the one worn by Adele) and is also available as part of Reformation’s extended sizing range (US size 14 – 24).

Shop now: Sigmund Dress for £275 from Reformation

It’s got a strong celebrity following with Kaia Gerber and Julianne Hough having also been spotted wearing it recently.

Plus, the Sigmund dress is made with sustainable fabrics, including a lightweight crepe fabric which is 53% viscose, 47% rayon, a man-made cellulosic fibre made from wood pulp.

 

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These famous sold out Zara boots are back

These famous sold out Zara boots are back


Remember the sold-out Zara biker boots of AW18, the ones with the pearls on them that everyone loved so much that they couldn’t keep up?

Well they are back for this season, and we are so here for it. They are a slightly updated version of the style, with a strap detail featuring faux pearls in different sizes, laces, metal eyelets, ankle strap and padded tongue.

Shop now: FLAT LEATHER ANKLE BOOTS WITH FAUX PEARLS for £95.99 from ZARA

Last year, influencers and editors toughened up a floaty dress with them, or wore them with straight jeans and an oversized knits, and it’s a style formula that works for this season too. For a feminine take, you could also pair them with a satin midi skirt.

The good news is they’re still available in all sizes, but if you don’t want a repeat of last year, I suggest you get your hands on them now.

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This sustainable fashion collection is the perfect way to kick off 2020

This sustainable fashion collection is the perfect way to kick off 2020


Practicing circular fashion and investing in more sustainable and ethical brands is top of the agenda for 2020 for several industry giants, including Florence-based luxury e-tailer LuisaViaRoma.

The brand launched its dedicated sustainable platform, LVRSustainable, at the end of last year, and has already collaborated with a slew of designers, including Stella McCartney, Carcel, Atelier Swarovski and Penélope Cruz’s lab-grown diamond jewellery and Marina Raphael, to name just a few.

Spearheading the project is Maria Fernanda Hernandez, head of global projects and sustainability at LuisaViaRoma, and who has a background in human rights.

‘It’s our interest to make a change and find initiatives that foster social responsibility and sensitisation about the environmental difficulties we are facing,’ she says.

It focuses on brands which respect themes such as fair trade, women’s empowerment, organic and eco-friendly products, luxury & craftsmanship, vegan items and recycling and up-cycling.

Shop now: VIVIENNE WESTWOOD CLIMATE REVOLUTION NEW CLASSIC T-SHIRT for £100 from LUISAVIAROMA

The initiative will also include special projects, including the brand’s latest sustainable collaboration with ethical activist and designer Vivienne Westwood which sees the iconic Climate Revolution T-shirt re-imagined in organic cotton, available on LUISAVIAROMA.COM now.

Fernanda says, ‘This is the beginning of a strong collaboration with Vivienne Westwood and many other renowned brands, and great new emergent brands’.

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The sales are out of control and here’s what’s on my wish list

The sales are out of control and here’s what’s on my wish list


I know it’s a bit of a controversial thought, but if you were thinking of treating yourself to a little designer something for Christmas, I suggest you do it now. All the big players have already gone into sale (Boxing Day, what Boxing Day?) and some of them are even now adding an extra discount on top of the usual up to 50% off.

Now I know it’s still not technically cheap, but if you were going to buy a designer handbag anyway, then there are some seriously good savings to be had, trust me. Net-A-Porter, Matches, 24 Sèvres, MyTheresa and Browns have quite a big selection of clothing and accessories in the sale, from brands including Saks Potts, Chloé, Wandler, JOSEPH and many, many more.

To give you a little idea, here are a few items of my wish list. I beg you, for the sake of my bank account, to buy them before I do.

The bag

I’ve had my eye on this bag for a while, as it’s a classic in the making. The colour is gorgeous too, and not just for spring. I appreciate it’s not the biggest discount, however it’s certainly better than nothing, especially for this kind of investment.

Shop now: CHLOÉ C mini suede-trimmed leather shoulder bag for £560 (30% off) from NET-A-PORTER

The coat

If there is one coat brand worth investing in right now it is Saks Potts, the Danish brand literally everyone is wearing right now. You’ll no doubt recognise the signature pastel shades and shearling and faux fur finishes. This one from MYTHERESA is a slightly more wearable shade, and they’re currently running an extra 10% off sale.

Shop now: SAKS POTTS Foxy fur-trimmed leather coat for £874 (30% off) from MYTHERESA

The dress

MATCHESFASHION is also adding an extra 10% off its sale (add EXTRA10 at checkout) so it’s the perfect time to plan ahead of the summer holidays and snap up this Innika Choo number, best worn with wedges and a basket bag.

Shop now: INNIKA CHOO Rose-embroidered cotton-voile midi dress for £136 (40% off) from MATCHESFASHION

The boots

Though I don’t normally like to spend a fortune on shoes, I think boots are one style that is worth spending a bit more on, as you’ll be wearing them a lot. I love the classic black ATP Atelier boots, especially with the extra 20% off that Browns is currently offering (enter code SALEONSALE at checkout).

Shop now: Atp Atelier Black Gaeta 85 Leather Boots for £354 (30% off) from Browns

The jewellery

It’s quite rare to find such a good discount on jewellery, so I’ll be snapping up these gorgeous pearl statement earrings.

Shop now: MAGDA BUTRYM Tagetes earrings for £202 (50% off) from 24S.com

These are my personal favourites in the sale right now, but it’s always worth shopping around a little bit to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Plus it might be worth waiting to see if they’ll be discounted a little bit more after Christmas, though of course then you’re risking them selling out.

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Get yourself in the good books with these great Christmas gifts for teachers


We’ve got the perfect gift for your child’s teacher this Christmas… and rest assured, it’s not an apple.

The Christmas break doesn’t just mean Santa for kids and Prosecco for everyone else. (I mean, it sort of does.) But for a cadre of hardworking teachers up and down the country, it is cause for a collective sigh of relief.

After a term of glitter glue and safety scissors, new starter wobbles through to making halloween decorations and trying to somehow work Batman into the story of the nativity (clue: he’s one of the wisemen) it’s a break that’s well earned.

But what do you get them to say thank you that’s not a generic gift set or a box of biscuits you had left over from last year?

(Believe us, they’ll get so many gifts like this that it’s unlikely they’ll remember which one came from your child.)

So to make life easier for you, Marie Claire has rounded up the best gifts to buy your child’s teacher this Christmas.

From the practical reusable coffee cup (if you’re a teacher, chances are coffee is a big part of the job) to the decorative (can you ever go wrong with a bunch of flowers?)

We’ve included everything from little treats to help them unwind after a long term, to the prettiest stationary guaranteed to make the everyday desk that little bit brighter and better.

Forget the last minute panic dash to the shops. This year, pop the kettle on, switch on a Christmas film for background noise and shop the best Christmas gifts for teachers from your sofa.

And when you’re finished here, check out our Christmas gifts for mums, dads, kids and couples, too.

And if after all this you’re in the market for a well-deserved gift for yourself (online shopping can be hard, too!) then check out our edit of the best gifts for her.

Consider Christmas sorted.

Happy shopping…

 

 

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The best clutch bags that aren't just for party season

The best clutch bags that aren't just for party season


They don’t have to be basic

clutch bags

Clutch bags don’t have the best rep. Like kimonos and ballet pumps, a few desperately uncool styles have ruined it for the whole lot.

Of course, when we say ‘clutch’, we’re not referring to anything tacky or basic (hey, there’s a reason ‘Kate Middleton clutch bag‘ is one of the biggest fashion searches on the net). It’s not the kind of clutch you have to borrow from a family member for a wedding because you haven’t foreseen your normal bag doesn’t go with your outfit. We’re talking about those standalone statements and the classics you can use for years that won’t go out of fashion.

But now wedding season’s over, we have the same dilemma with party season. Is it worth investing in a evening bag for a handful of festive dinners and office parties? The answer is yes, because invest in the right bag, and it’ll last you for many occasions to come.

Whether you’re on a high street or designer budget (we wish), there are options aplenty. Shrimps and Rixo get our vote for whimsical styles with a touch of vintage, but if you’re looking for a style to carry for seasons, then you can’t go wrong with Saint Laurent or  Bottega – think luxe leathers and un-bling detailing. For something a little more sparkly and trend-led, Zara and & Other Stories are providing our staples.

We can’t talk about the best clutch bags without talking about occasion-wear. Jimmy Choo’s satin bag, Loeffler Randalll’s gem-encrusted clutch will set you up for the whole of the festive season (and next wedding season too).

The best of the high street has got to be Mango’s sequin baguette, tapping ever so nicely into our 90s nostalgia. Almost a bit NSFW, it will go with basically everything from a sequin dress to a dad jumper with jeans and heeled boots.

If you’re not buying it for a particular occasion, and are looking for some styling ideas, just look to the fashion week crowd. They’re still team clutch, usually worn with oversized knits and outerwear.

The only time a clutch is a must is with anything resembling suits or pyjamas. Tailoring and two-pieces do not benefit from a shoulder scrunching strap, so hand-held is the only option.

Check out our pick of the best clutch bags to shop now…

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How to navigate party season when you're pregnant

How to navigate party season when you're pregnant


Words by Maya Williams

For many women being pregnant means forgetting about dressing to impress and only living in comfy sweatpants and t-shirts for the entire nine months, but that doesn’t have to be the case, especially with the festive season coming up (though no judgement either way!).

There are so many ways of styling – as your body changes you can be fabulously pregnant throughout the whole exciting journey, enjoy the body changes and embrace your baby bump.

I put together four great looks to inspire you during the festive season, a mixture of maternity and non-maternity, super comfy and absolutely fabulous looks, that can work well for Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations!

Style note: don’t forget accessories play a huge role in elevating a look. I stopped by Butler and Wilson to add a little sparkle to my outfits for example.

The office party outfit

The must have outerwear brand is Saks Potts, available at Harvey Nichols, which all Instagrammers are going crazing about. I wore my daily comfortable maternity leggings and tank top by Blanqi Girls that hug and flatter the baby bump with the electric blue leather jacket adding the party accessories by Butler and Wilson to take the casual look into an evening one.

The Christmas day dress

I wore a non-maternity but comfy and flowy dress by Stella Mccartney. It is the perfect Christmas tree colour and designed in an oversized style with lining under the bust that works well during pregnancy. I added a panda ring by Butler and Wilson and check green shoes by Lucy Choi to contrast the print but in the same colour.

The New Year’s eve dress

The perfect Little Black Dress: a shimmery fabric that shines wonderfully in the festive lights, from Seraphine Maternity. I styled it with a chunky mirrored necklace and matching earrings from Butler and Wilson to glamourise the look. I finished off with kitten heels from Lucy Choi in metallic polka dot.

The boxing day outfit

My special look and most dear to me is the gold vintage metallic blazer which belongs to my mum and rescued from an old truck in Baghdad from over 35 years ago! I asked my mum to keep a lot of her special pieces for me when I was a little girl and I am so glad she did. The blazer comes with a matching halter neck peplum top to go underneath but of course that didn’t fit my baby bump.

I styled it with the leather maternity leggings from Seraphine Maternity from my first pregnancy with Joshy and wore them throughout post-partum, matching with a plain black off the shoulder maternity top from ASOS Maternity.

Remember the best tip in pregnancy is staying comfortable and keeping it fabulous throughout.

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I’ve found the perfect ‘nice top’ to wear with jeans

I’ve found the perfect ‘nice top’ to wear with jeans


I, for one, am thrilled at the resurrection of the ‘jeans and a nice top’ combo. As I’m sure you’ll remember, it was quite the thing during our teens and uni years, the perfect embodiment of ‘casual chic’.

But then it gave way to dressier pieces such as suits and dresses and it seemed like there was no middle ground anymore. Until now.

Slowly but surely, the nice top, paired with a good pair of jeans, has taken over for such occasions as pub lunches, dinner with friends or colleagues, basically any occasion where you don’t want to seem stuffy but look like you at least made an effort.

It is perfect for those of us who don’t necessarily like dressing up, because it is essentially am amped up version of your day look.

This party season, there is a myriad of styles to choose from. Sweetheart necklines, puff sleeves, velvet, sequins, satin… shop my edit of the best nice tops below.

Shop now: Gold Short Sleeve Puff Taffeta Blouse for £35 from TOPSHOP

Shop now: Long Sleeve Blouse for £175 from Rixo

Shop now: Rhinestone Velvet Wrap Blouse for £45 from & Other Stories

Shop now: SEQUINNED BODYSUIT for £19.99 from ZARA

Shop now: ATTICO Cutout ruched stretch-velvet bustier top for £249 from Net-A-Porter

These are all ideally paired with your trusted jeans, or, if you’d like to go the extra mile, lovely with velvet or leather trousers too.

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