This season’s prettiest maxi dresses to fall in love with

This season’s prettiest maxi dresses to fall in love with

Maxi dresses are this season’s go-to dress length for parties, weekends and work. Shop our favourite styles…

Not one for mini or midi dresses this summer? You’ll be pleased to hear maxi dresses are still on the agenda for the 2019 summer trends. But make no mistake, there’s nothing classic about this season’s take on the wardrobe essential. With luxurious textures clashes, 70s bohemian and minimal 90s styles hitting the rails, there’s never been a better time to update your dress collection.

Maxi dress trends

Are you feeling this season’s minimalist mood? Then references the 90s with silk and velvet slip dresses, strapless column dresses and everyday-ready jumper dresses. H&M maxi dresses are suitably paired back and the perfect holiday essential.

Alternatively, are you into all things boho and feminine? We’ve got a feeling you’ll love a floaty printed floor-sweeper. Complete your throwback look with an oh-so-chic fringed bag and denim jacket. There are some amazing Ganni dresses in the sale right now.

If you like a pop of colour, then you’re in luck. We’ve got everything from bright florals to bright checks, with a splash of neon. See Tory Burch maxi dresses and Max Mara dresses for some serious colour blocking. Wallflowers, abstain.

Wedding guest outfit ideas

If the invites are racking up for this summer’s weddings, bag yourself a versatile floor-skimmer that can be reworked throughout the season. Maxi dresses are a great choice for formal occasions when complemented with a statement clutch and strappy heels – Zimmermann, Kitri and Rixo are among our go-to brands when it comes to choosing something special.

If you want to try your hand at one of this season’s more daring trends, consider shopping for maxi dresses with a lace insert or cut-out detail. Team with statement sandals for a striking new season look. We love high street brands Zara, & Other Stories and Mango for trendier pieces.

From cosy weekend knitted staples to workwear-appropriate long shirts, or even a summer-holiday ready off-the-shoulder chambray number, there’s a dress for all shapes, styles and budgets right here.

Where to buy maxi dresses

We’ve scoured the high street and designer fashion stores to find the best maxi dresses in the shops right now. Click through to shop our edit.

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Father’s Day gifts that he’ll actually like (and use)

Father’s Day gifts that he’ll actually like (and use)

Father’s day is just around the corner, so we’ve scouted out the best gift ideas…

Gifts For Him

Struggling to buy a gift this Father’s day? Well have no fear. We’ve rounded up the best Father’s day gifts to get your hands on. You’d think by now we would know what to get and would’ve made some notes from these stylish Christmas gifts for him or the ultimate men’s grooming gift guide – but it gets harder every year.

Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and it gives us a chance every year to show our appreciation for the dads in our lives. And we all want to do our best to show just how much we really love them. Notoriously hard to shop for, dad’s big day is always a bit of struggle. But we’re here with a little help.

We know how important the first man in our life is to us, and sometimes nothing can seem good enough for our lovely dads. But to them it’s the thought that counts and we’ve put all the thought in for you. Whether he’s a sporty dad, more of a clean-cut type, a big ol’bearded guy or maybe he’s just become a father for the first time and could do with being spoiled, there’s something for everyone.

They taught us how to swim and how to ride a bike, and much to our mortification, probably had a good old talking to with our very first boyfriend. But we love them no matter what, and what better way to show it than to buy them a divine tie, a slick pair of shoes or a snazzy travel kit. From old school aviators’ to top of the range aftershaves, we’ve got it covered. Whether you want to splurge or save there’s lots of choices in our epic selection of Father’s day gifts.

Whatever your budget have a look at our edit of the best Father’s day gifts and be sure to take note to ensure he will have a huge grin on his face come Sunday!

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I bought this Zara dress and so have at least 10 other people I know

I bought this Zara dress and so have at least 10 other people I know

I don’t mean to brag, but I think I’ve found the perfect summer dress, and my friends all agree with me.

It all started when I visited the Zara showroom to take a peek at their summer collection. Amongst the many racks of pastel and neon goodies, this white number stood out to me immediately in its simplicity.

The spaghetti straps, slightly curved bodice and full skirt all gave it that classic-in-the-making potential.

It hadn’t launched yet, so I waited and waited, refreshing the Zara website everyday until finally, it appeared, for the very friendly price of £39.99.


I tried it on yesterday when it arrived, and what can I say? It’s even better than I remembered, and quite possibly the most flattering thing I’ve worn in a while. So excited was I that I immediately shared it on my stories, and got so many compliments.

In fact, at least 10 people I know have now either bought it or are about to, testament to the dress’ power.

So my advice to you: get it before it sells out, you won’t regret it.

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The shoe of the summer comes courtesy of this cult bag brand

The shoe of the summer comes courtesy of this cult bag brand

If you’ve been following Manu Atelier‘s journey, you’ll know that the brand has slowly but surely achieved cult status thanks to handbag styles that hit the sweet spot between classic and modern. Its celebrity fans include Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Middleton and Bella Hadid.

Now the designer duo, Beste and Merve Manastir have launched a shoe collection, and they’re a hit already. The nine styles include everything from the naked sandal (the shoe of the summer) to the Victorian lace-up boot (the shoe of the winter), so you’re bound to find one that sparks joy for you.

Here, the sisters talk through their inspiration and how far they’ve come.

You started off with bags, were you planning shoes all along or was it just a natural progression?

As the designers of Manu Atelier, me and my sister/partner had a woman in our minds when we created the brand. For us, bags have always been special since we grew up in the work-shop watching our father designing and crafting them. And we wanted to complement them with shoes that have Manu aesthetics and brand values such as quality, design and craftsmanship for the modern people of the new age to enjoy fullest. After a precise process for footwear line, we thought it is the perfect time to present wearable, strong and playful shoes with our new bag collection.

How long did it take from the idea to the production?

We spent almost two years before launching Manu footwear. It’s really important for us to create the right shape with the perfect last and quality. And while doing that, we also wanted to keep our price range affordable. Gathering all those aspects together, finding the right craftsmen and to create the right pair of shoes- at the same time and at the right time- took a while but here we are now with our first footwear collection.

What was the inspiration behind the shoes?

We wanted the designs to be compatible with today’s world and we also wanted them to be distinctive. They all have common points; design, quality and craftsmanship. We aimed to give the feeling of confidence and joy with playful patterns, colours, cutting details and most importantly the lasting power and the shoes being really light on the feet. Cause our main inspiration is the modern woman of the new age.

Did/do you ever worry about working together as sisters?

We work together in every single stage of both creative and business side. Of course it causes some conflicts but we believe these disagreements are bringing us to the right point eventually. We are lucky to have the same taste with different perspectives. So these differences and similarities give us to get the right point with a strong family relation. Because at the end of the day, to be able to create something with your family is a unique feeling. And no, we never worry about working together, on the contrary we always worry about if we had to work separately.

You’ve worked a lot with influencers, and now become influencers yourselves, do you think there is a big link between social media and fashion today?
Right now, there is. Social media links people, from all around the world. And fashion is social, it’s cultural, it’s political, it’s historical. The link is inevitable between them. For us, social media is a way of telling our story, our values and the influencers who are part of our community, are our friends, they are real people that we admire in our non-social media lives as well.

If you had to pick one shoe from the collection, which one would it be?

The duck boots, followed by the mules and the sandals.

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Trust me when I say you’ll want to get in on this ugly shoe trend

Trust me when I say you’ll want to get in on this ugly shoe trend

Move over Birkenstock, there’s a new ugly shoe in town. Teva.

hiking sandals

We’ll always have a soft spot for Birkenstocks, especially the faux-fur lined ones (literally the comfiest thing ever), but there’s no denying the shoe of the summer season is the new normcore hiking sandal, aka the ugly sandal, inspired by the Teva sandal.

A natural extension of this winter’s dad trainers and hiking boot trends, it’s part sporty sandal mixed with a chunky rubber sole. Basically the flat shoe your Dad wears on holiday, but this time around it’s totally upgraded to fash pack status.

Following Balenciaga’s hit Triple S trainer of 2017, chunkier styles have become more and more popular, and designers have been showcasing their take on the trend on their SS catwalk (look to Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Chloe, Fendi and Prada for lust-worthy styles).

IRL, they were first spotted on the feet of the stylish Scandi set at Copenhagen Fashion Week, and have quickly filtered through to our shores. Last summer, we were coveting Monikh’s Chanel velcro sandals – and this season we’re into her Prada ones, and Kia Marie’s pastel Tevas.

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There are so many styles to choose from this season, from the more minimal black Teva, to some with chunky flatform soles, primary colours, touches of neon and the all important velcro straps. Prada and Kurt Geiger also have some jazzy sequin and diamante styles.

The best thing about this trend is that it totally doesn’t compromise on comfort, and it’s the best way to off-set a floral dress, as demonstrated by Monikh, or a linen suit like the ones favoured by Hannah Crosskey.

Want a more casual vibe? Try a simple pair of jeans and a tank top, as seen on Jessie Bush. So get yourself pedi ready and embrace the cool comfort of the new ugly sandal. Shop our favourite styles below.

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We’ve found the swimsuits that will literally suit everyone

We’ve found the swimsuits that will literally suit everyone


We’re all for looking incredible on the beach or at the swimming pool, but that doesn’t mean we want to forego comfort in favour of style. That’s why we’re very into Boden’s SS19 swimwear collection, which isn’t only size inclusive, flattering on quite literally everyone, but is designed for performance too.

First off, it’s all about the fit: every swimsuit, tankinis and bikini comes with clever features like supportive linings, structured side panels and sewn-in cups.

Secondly, all the styles come in a variety of gorgeous colours and prints, from stripes to florals and geometric prints, which you can mix and match to your heart’s content.

Lastly, whether your go-to is a two-piece or one-piece, you’ll be able to move, swim, jump or whatever kind of activity you like in it. Don’t believe us? The new collection was put to the test by seven open-water swimmers from across England. Here’s what a few of them had to say…

Photos by Liz Sheppard

Faye put the Cadiz swimsuit through its paces, ‘Most mornings I swim in Lake Windermere, which is the biggest lake in England. When you’re outside in such a vast, beautiful place it really reduces the scale of any problems that you have. I like Boden swimwear because the designs are classic and timeless so they’ll stay in your wardrobe for years to come.’

Meanwhile, Joanna chose the Calasetta bikini. She says, ‘Swimming for me has been really effective at boosting my mood and making me feel more positive. In a really short space of time I can enter the water, have a swim and I leave feeling like a new person. I chose this bikini because it’s bright and fits me really nicely. I can leap around, I can swim and it’s not going to budge.’

Rabiah and Erika are also fans of the swimsuits, saying, ‘Most days I swim at London Fields Lido, it’s really great being outdoors, rain or shine. Swimming’s like a silky escape – you dive in and it feels like a whole new world. I like Boden swimsuits because I can wear them in open water, an inner-city pool or lying on a beach.’

Shop our favourite pieces from the new Boden swimwear collection below.

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Chic bridesmaids dresses that are anything but basic

Chic bridesmaids dresses that are anything but basic

You’ll want to wear them way before the big day…

bridesmaids dresses
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Hands up if you’ve had to wear hideous bridesmaids dresses just to please your best friend/sister/insert relevant acquaintance here on their wedding day?

Gone are the days you have to wear awkwardly tailored dresses in even more awkward lilac to match the colour scheme.

Whether you’re looking to designers or the high street, the offering of trend-led dresses is so stylish that your maids will be begging you to wear them, rather than secretly cursing you.

Planning a destination summer wedding? Take a look at the likes of DOEN, Uterque or Reformation for ethereal dresses in super floaty fabrics and playful fun prints.

Something a little more formal? Then you’ll be spoiled for choice at the likes of Ghost, Joseph and Whistles for dresses that effortlessly transition from daytime wedding to an evening bash.

The good news is that just as brides aren’t compelled to wear white anymore (FYI check out our edit of the best high street wedding dresses here), the sartorial rulebook has been thrown out when it comes bridesmaids dresses.

First off, they don’t need to match, in fact mixing prints and styles really makes extra chic.

That doesn’t mean you should just throw any old mix together though, make sure there are similar colour tones in each dress so they compliment each other. ASOS have an awesome line of mismatched dresses that’s very budget friendly.

Best winter bridesmaids dresses

There is a misconception that an autumn or winter weddings are harder to shop for, as there’s less on offer than during wedding guest dress season, but that’s not the case, especially if you’re shopping around party season.

Flattering colours like navy and grey and jewel shades of ruby, emerald and topaz make for a pretty line-up. A long-sleeved lace number is always chic for city weddings, while sequins really make an impact if you’re after a more festive vibe – there’s something magical about mixing shimmering copper, gold and silver.

Best summer bridesmaids dresses

For summer, needless to say the options are endless. Beach wedding? Look for a minimal slip dress or floaty maxi. City wedding? Try a light strapped dress with a cool print that can easily be worn again and again, so you get way more value for your money. Country wedding? You can’t go wrong with a floral dress.

Keep scrolling to shop my edit of the best bridesmaid dresses, and feel smug in the knowledge that you’ve got the best-dressed designer bridesmaids in tow…

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Zara is doing something quite special with this playsuit

Zara is doing something quite special with this playsuit

There is still loads to be done to become more sustainable with our fashion, and of course it’s not going to happen overnight, which is why every baby step counts.

So when I spotted this playsuit in Zara the other day, I mentally high-fived the brand, who is known for its fast fashion.

First off, it’s a cute floral number with a 90s twist that is perfect for the heatwave we will hopefully have this summer. It comes in a trendy neon lime green and a more understated black and white, and is very flattering on.



Secondly, there is the fact that it’s made of EcoVeroTMViscose, which is certified by the EU Ecolabel and meets the environmental standards in the European Union, from the raw materials to manufacturing. In other words, it’s as ethical as it can get.

But what we really sold it for me (not even kidding, I bought it in both colours), is the fact that it comes with a matching scrunchie, which is made from the leftover fabric of the playsuit, to minimise waste.

Now that’s something worth shouting about.

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Meghan Markle’s travel case has had a MAJOR update and it’s the ultimate holiday essential

Meghan Markle’s travel case has had a MAJOR update and it’s the ultimate holiday essential

Words by Maisie Bovingdon 

Meghan Markle never fails to have fans swooning over her style, whether it’s her maternity wear, her Aquazzura heels, Veja trainers, or sleek tailored pieces.

But now there is a new must-have we NEED this summer, because who doesn’t want to look EXACTLY like the Duchess?

Prior to becoming a royal the former Suits actress was never pictured without her STOW leather zip tech case in hand – you simply couldn’t miss it being bright orange.

Meghan – who is expecting her first baby with husband Prince Harry and is due to give birth any day now – previously revealed the nifty travel wallet was her ultimate ‘travel essential’, and she gushed about the piece on her blog The Tig, which has since been deleted.

Now, the London-based brand has released a new miniature version, and we need it for our next vacay.

The Mini First Class Tech Set has nifty compartments for everything you need; your phone, as well as a power bank (a must for when you’re on the go), a passport section, a zip for spare change, a pocket for cards, and a folder for boarding passes, or travel money.

A matching pouch is also included to hold any extra necessities, or jewellery. STOW really have thought of everything!

The miniature pouch can be popped into a bag or simply held when on the go, and it’s 5cm shorter in height than the original tech case.

The mini tech set comes in four colours, black, tan, green and orange – like Meghan – although personalisation in the form of monogramming or painting is also available for an extra fee.

The essential is available to buy for £335 from STOW, but those who want the mum-to-be’s EXACT essential can splash out £465.

Get us on that next flight!

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This iconic Topshop dress is BACK in a new colour and it’s giving us all the summer feels

This iconic Topshop dress is BACK in a new colour and it’s giving us all the summer feels

*Adds to basket*

Words by Maisie Bovingdon

Remember the polka dot pinafore dress Topshop released last year, which sent the entire nation into a frenzy? Let us jog your memory; it was released in white with black polka dots and sold out immediately, before it was released in black with white polka dots, a floral print and animal pattern.

Well, it’s FINALLY made a comeback.

The high street brand has now launched two new designs of the Lace Pinafore Dress, and we have no doubts it will be a huge sell out this year.

winter wedding guest dresses

Topshop 80s Floral Pinafore Dress, £55

The must-have wardrobe staple this summer comes in two colours, black and white, and is the exact same style as last year’s version but with the added detail of lace around the neckline, back of the dress, as well as a panel down the front of the dress.

The mid-length dress has a v-lunge neckline, as well as cut out back detail and thigh high split.

However, eagle-eyed shoppers will notice a slight difference in the new creation in comparison to last year’s version.

Black Lace Insert Pinafore Dress, £69, Topshop

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The polka dot dress had ruffle detail down the front, which the new release has not included.

Some will also notice the lace version has belt detail around the waist to accentuate your frame, and this was not a feature the original had.

One more thing, the Lace Pinafore dress comes in sizes 4 to 18, and costs £69, but the Mix Spotted Midi Dress retailed for £20 less.

In the words of Ariana Grande (kinda), we see it, we like it, we want it, we’re gong to get it.

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