The best shell bags out there, because you know you want one

The best shell bags out there, because you know you want one

I’m calling it: there is nothing in the sartorial world that is more wanderlust-enducing than a shell bag. There is something about the tinkling noise of shells and the texture of raffia that instantly brings lazy beach days to mind.

A natural extension of the shell jewellery trend from last summer, it serves up an equally nostalgic feel, you can totally imagine having made your own from pukka shells collected on the shore. And if you’re into that sentiment, then beaded bags will also bring you joy.

Shells were everywhere on the catwalk for the spring/summer 2019 shows. Risk-taking designers and brands such as Jacquemus, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta adorned their accessories with shells during fashion month, and it was love at first site.

Meanwhile, Insta-worthy brands like Marri London and Aranaz put their own twist on the classic basket bag thanks to giant gold-plated and delicate shells, and you can always count on the high-street for budget-friendly options too: we’re looking at you Mango and Zara.

But for all its souvenir appeal, don’t be fooled into thinking this is a holiday-only trend. The shell bag lends itself remarkably well to occasion dressing, and it’s the perfect finishing touch to a wedding guest outfit.

Don’t believe me? Look at Gucci’s mermaid-worthy crystal embellished shell bag or KAYU’s rattan clutch bag. WALD Berlin is also launching its own line very soon and it’s looking pretty spectacular.

That doesn’t mean you can’t put a casual spin on the trend either. Pairing it with a linen bermuda shorts suit and ugly sandals will give you a fresh, urban look, or you can keep things classic with a knitted top and trousers, Riviera-style. Either way, this is undoubtedly the bag of the season, and I can see it easily making its way into my autumn/winter wardrobe too.

Shop my edit of the best shell bags below.

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The vintage wedding dresses that’ll never go out of style

The vintage wedding dresses that’ll never go out of style

Especially when you look back at those wedding pictures

vintage wedding dress

Vintage wedding dresses are a trend that will never go away. The classic and timeless cuts and fabrics are a sure way to look elegant and ethereal when you walk down the aisle.

Just look at Meghan Markle’s Givenchy wedding dress, which reminded us of Audrey Hepburn’s one, which was also by the French Couture house.

They’re especially a good solution if you’ve seen all of the minimalist bandeau bridal gowns with their contemporary cuts and structures and haven’t been wowed, or just aren’t keen on the fashion-forward separates and sexy fishtail gowns.

But make no mistake, opting for a vintage style doesn’t mean you’ll look like you’ve borrower your granny’s wedding dress. This season’s spin on antique gowns isn’t all frumpy ruffles and ruching – think delicate lace, embroidery and silk with a variety of trains, necklines and cuts.

1950s wedding dress

A good way to start is to look at which style eras you fancy the most, to get an idea of what shape you’ll go for. The 1950s tea-length full skirts are often a popular choice, that goes especially well with a Hollywood wave and a red lip. Or like Meghan’s, a simple floor-length silhouette can look very modern if you keep details minimal.

If it’s a sleeker silhouette you’re after, 1930s and 1940s silk dresses and fitted styles are a sure way to add a touch of understated elegance to the aisle.

1920s wedding dress

If you’re a bit less traditional, then 1920s cuts have made a surprising comeback this year, and it’s all about the beading. Our love of all things 70s also shows no sign of going away any time soon, and we’ve seen brides opt for bohemian off-the-shoulder designs and even crochet dresses for a beach wedding.

Vintage lace wedding dresses

Of course, you’ll never go wrong with a classic fishtail champagne lace dress either – we guarantee you’ll never look back at wedding pictures and regret your sartorial choice.

In terms of accessories, we encourage you to have a bit of fun and stick to a vintage theme, whether that’s a dazzling brooch in side-swept hair, a pearl sautoir, velvet bow belt, or, if you want a really dramatic effect, white opera length gloves like the ones Sophia Amoruso wore with her vintage Alexander McQueen gown on her wedding day. The choice is yours.

From Grecian cinching to Hollywood silhouettes, we’ve rounded up the best of the more classic and traditional wedding dress designs. From Vivienne Westwood and Marchesa to Ghost and Monsoon, here are the timeless styles that you’ll never look back on and question…

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The best designer watches to invest in this season

The best designer watches to invest in this season

From the classic timepiece guaranteed to last a lifetime to the standout styles of the new season.

There is something to be said for a beautifully made designer watch. Yes, it’s a hefty chunk of your salary, but choose wisely and handle with care and you’ll still be rocking your arm candy years later. It’s the ultimate investment piece.

Like any area of our wardrobe, a new accessory is a sure fire way to instantly overhaul even the simplest of looks, whether you’re a maximalist or minimalist at heart.

On one end of the scale, designers like Chanel, Dior, Guess and swatch are ticking all the spring/summer trends boxes, thanks to touches of neon, tortoiseshell and bright florals.

If you’re a fan of the logo trend, you’re in for a treat with the monogram prints served up by Gucci, Louis Vuitton et al. who manage to tread the line between edgy and sophisticated.

At the other end of the scale, if you’re a long time fan of all things classic and low key, you’ll never be short of styles. Look to Maurice Lacroix for a timeless white dial and brown leather strap, Rolex for a two-tone silver and gold icon and Omega for the ultimate boyfriend watch – these are all set to match-up with pretty much anything in your current wardrobe.

Fan of the more oversized look? Tiffany, Longines and Mondaine all have several options of wearable neutrals – think tan, silver and steel – in ultra-elegant styles that will last season after season.

As for how to wear your new designer watch for the new season, we like the more is more approach. Stack it with a beaded or shell bracelet for that holiday feel, or a gold chain bracelet for a more subtle approach.

Whether you’re into florals or plain leather, rose gold or silver, whatever your style, we’ve got you covered. Shop our fabulous edit below.

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Here’s where you can buy Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s epic Fleabag jumpsuit

Here’s where you can buy Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s epic Fleabag jumpsuit

Fleabag‘s devastatingly emotional last episode has now aired, and the show is sadly not coming back, as the genius that is  Phoebe Waller-Bridge is working on other projects such as Killing Eve season two.

But there is a little bit of good news in all of this, because the team at Stylist have discovered where to get Phoebe’s fab jumpsuit, from that explosive first episode.

You know the one: black silk, high neck with a keyhole detail, wide leg trousers. Though you’d be forgiven for being distracted by the bloody nose in that first scene.

Phoebe wears it when she first meets the priest too, so it has a special place in our hearts.

Shop now: Sleeveless Wide Leg Keyhole Jumpsuit With Open Back In Black for £38 from SilkFred

It’s by a brand called SilkFred and will only set you back £38, and is available for pre-order in all sizes from 8 to 14, with stock coming back in on 19th April. According to Stylist, the brand is also looking to add a size 16 too to be more inclusive.

It might not bring the show back, but at least it’ll bring some trademark Fleabag sass to your wardrobe.

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Why the naked sandal is taking the season by storm

Why the naked sandal is taking the season by storm

strappy sandals

The strappy heel; the nude shoe; the barely-there sandal: whatever you choose to call it, the one thing everyone agrees on is that it is the shoe trend of SS19.

The Row and By Far pioneered the movement last summer, and it soon trickled down to the high-street (hello, Zara, Topshop and Mango). This year, other big-name designers have followed suit too, with Prada, Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney all offering their take on the minimalist style. I’m also very excited about Staud’s first foray into footwear, which features an excellent take on the trend.

So, let’s talk key features: the straps should be so thin that even you’re fooled into thinking you’re barefoot at first glance, and the palette decidedly neutral (think white/nude/black or, if you’re feeling daring, soft metallic and pastel tones). The overall aesthetic to aim for here is elegant – unless, of course, you’re planning to follow the fashion crowd and pair your naked sandal with a jazzy pair of socks to add edge – perfect if you just can’t wait for warmer climes.

The best bit? Part Rachel, circa season 6 of Friends, part Carrie Bradshaw, these heels are inherently sexy and incredibly versatile. Whether you’re styling them with a straight-leg jean, oversized shirt and hourglass blazer, or a satin midi dress, there’s no look they won’t work with, which is exactly why Net-A-Porter is stocking up for the year. Global buying director Elizabeth von der Goltz says, ‘We knew the barely-there sandal was having a serious comeback when we saw its prominence at the September fashion shows. We backed the trend heavily for AW18, selling out of numerous styles.’

If that’s not proof that they’re this season’s best in shoe, I don’t know what is. With that in mind, shop my edit of naked sandals below now before they get snapped up…

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This beaded bags to elevate your summer look

This beaded bags to elevate your summer look

Call it a lust for all things nostalgic, but last summer’s shell jewellery and beaded bags trends are still going strong for SS19. Whilst minimalist faux croc bags and practical shapes were the one for one for AW18, the transition into the new season is all about having fun.

Basket bags and beach bags will always have a place in our summer wardrobe, however for something altogether more dressy and fancy, it has to be the beaded bag,, which has a certain childish charm to it. It’s obviously not the most practical bag, but it sure as hell is pretty and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Beaded bag trend

On the catwalk, the likes of Shrimps, Rosantica, GANNI and Simone Rocha all put a modern twist on the vintage-inspired bags, much to the delight of the front row.

Over on Instagram, Pandora Sykes and Alexa Chung pioneered the trend with the now-cult Antonia bag by British brand Shrimps, followed by the likes of Parisian blogger Leia, Camille Charriere and Lorna Luxe. The pearl bag now comes in several colours, all of which keep selling out.

How you style them is up to you. You can go mega feminine buy pairing it with a pastel floral dress (look to GANNI and Kitri for this), or you can dress it down with a denim boilersuit.

Handmade beaded bags

Then came the wonderfully colourful creations of New York-based Susan Alexandra, which are essentially happiness in a bag. Think rainbow see-through beads, and fun fruit-shaped designs, including a retro cherry bag that’s about to hit your Instagram hard. For more purse-friendly options, you must check out Etsy for some rather brilliant finds.

High street beaded bags

Obviously, the high-street has been quick off the mark, with Topshop, Mango and Zara all serving up the perfect finishing touch to a wedding guest outfit, whether you’re going down the pastel and neutral route, or a more statement and colourful one.

Do yourself a favour and shop these addictive bags below. Your wardrobe will thank you.

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The Duchess Directory: The ultimate guide to Meghan Markle’s maternity style

The Duchess Directory: The ultimate guide to Meghan Markle’s maternity style

Or how to compile a maternity wardrobe like The Duchess of Sussex…

Words by Sarah-Rose Harrison

Regardless of whether you’re expecting or not, we can all appreciate how flawless the Duchess of Sussex’s maternity wardrobe has been. Much like the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Diana before her Meghan Markle has a few sartorial tips to ensure that she always looks impeccable whether off-duty or on Royal visits -we even dedicated an entire article solely to the Duchesses’ best looks from her and Prince Harry’s recent tours of Australia, New Zealand and Morocco.

Since the Duchess and Prince Harry first announced that they would be expecting their first child in October 2018 the world’s eyes have been firmly fixed upon Meghan’s maternity style with everyone watching, shopping and replicating the elegant looks she’s selected to style her bump.

Despite now being heavily pregnant Meghan’s still absolutely nailing maternity chic, whilst also remaining true to her signature style. Opting for designs from both British designer’s and the high street as well as American and Canadian brands Meghan’s flawless fashion choices have resulted in labels, like Charlotte Elizabeth and Sarah Flint entirely selling-out of  the pieces she’s seen and photographed in.

We’ve compiled an edit of seven of our favourite looks from Meghan, charting her blossoming baby bump through her maternity wardrobe…



Tapping into the season’s neutral palette Meghan Markle opted for a tonal top-to-toe look for one of her first engagements in New Zeland. Wearing a Karen Gee dress and Martin Grant trench coat to the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand.



The Duchess of Sussex stunned in this  embroidered Oscar De La Renta midi gown to the Australian Geographic Society. Delicately detailed with a laser-cut bird motif this statement style was such an apt choice for a wildlife conservation event.



The Duchess of Sussex stepped out in a printed Victoria Beckham dress for the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey. We love how Meghan accessorised for this event, matching her emerald green satin courts to her clutch and finishing off the look with a cream pill box hat.



As the Duchess of Sussex’s appointment as vice president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust was announced Meghan Markle stepped out in a playful printed dress from Reiss, an Alexander McQueen blazer and Manolo Blahnik courts.





For the Royal couple’s final day in Morocco the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with King Mohammed VI in Rabat, with Meghan choosing a vibrant maxi dress from Carolina Herrera for the occasion. We love the fluted sleeves and flowy hem.



Opting to make a statement for one of her first evening events on the Moroccan Royal Tour Meghan wore this vibrant red Valentino cape dress, matching it with a clutch from brand and neutral courts.


One of our favourite outfits from Meghan’s maternity wardrobe is the look the Duchess wore to visit Brinsworth House, The Royal Variety Charity’s residential nursing and care home in Twickenham. Enhancing her maternity glow with a painterly floral dress from Brock Collection with a cosy coat from Soia and Kyo.

Let us know your favourite look from Meghan Markle’s maternity wardrobe by tweeting us @MarieClaireUK


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& Other Stories have just dropped a wedding capsule collection and we’re obsessed

& Other Stories have just dropped a wedding capsule collection and we’re obsessed

*adds everything to basket


Words by Sarah-Rose Harrison


If, like us, your summer diary is already filling up with weddings, garden parties, graduation’s and gala’s you’ll be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed. Special occasions are notoriously difficult to dress for – finding the perfect look, that feels equally as special as the occasion can take weeks – if not months to plan and put together.

So, we were thrilled to learn of & Other Stories wedding capsule collection, which has been created for those with busy summer calendars in mind. Designed to have fun in, the collection is filled with the kind of pieces that will make you feel like the best-dressed guest, whether you’re going to a party or not – think, frilled dresses, sharp tailoring and playful jumpsuits.

Created using materials like recycled polyester and mulberry silk each piece within the collection has been cleverly considered and consciously made to ensure that your purchases become long-term favourites you’ll reach for season after season – we can see ourselves wearing the sharply tailored blush blazer year round. Imagine it with a simple white tee and light wash jeans to brunch or, layered over a slinky slip dress to dinner.

Jacket, £130, & Other Stories


Designed around a dreamy summer palette of abstract prints and playful textured pieces with ruffled hems, ruched panelling and intricate embroidery they’re all pieces to have a little fun with as the temperature warms up.

Available to shop both in store and online at from the 11th April,  florists will be visiting the & Other Stories stores on Regent Street and Spitalfields market customising jewellery purchases with dried flowers. These sustainably decorated accessories and one-of-a-kind headpieces and earrings adorned with blooms are the perfect finishing touch to your look.

Preview our edit of the eleven best pieces below and tweet us @MarieClaireUK to let us know which pieces you pick up…

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Warehouse has collaborated with Shrimps for the most covetable collection of the summer

Warehouse has collaborated with Shrimps for the most covetable collection of the summer

*adds 18th April to diary

Words, Sarah-Rose Harrison

If, like us, this sunshine has already got you daydreaming about your summer holidays – think long balmy days spent by the seaside sipping on Aperol Spritzs – then Warehouse’s latest and most stylish collaboration yet, will have you actually booking (and mentally packing for) your next trip.

Designed with sunshine in mind, high street favourite Warehouse has collaborated with fashion favourite, Shrimps, to create the collection of the summer. With a 40-piece collection that’s comprised of playful pieces that’ll bring a sense of nostalgic glamour to your everyday.

Since making their debut at London Fashion Week in 2013, Shrimps have become a cult favourite – you’ll most likely be very familiar with the labels signature faux-fur leopard print coats and whimsical pearl bags, both of which regularly appear on the Instagram feeds of our favourite influencers. Beloved for Founder and Creative Director Hannah Weiland’s bright, playful and romantic approach that created pieces that quickly became as recognisable as the famous faces spotted wearing them. Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof and Helena Bonham Carter have all been spotted in the British brand.

Now, Weiland is bringing the label’s highly coveted signature pieces to the high street with an exclusive collection designed especially for Warehouse. Infused with the designer’s signature approach to texture and pattern we’re told to expect colourful crocheted pieces, broderie anglaise co-ords, slinky jumpsuits and ’50s inspired swimwear.

Following the announcement of the collaboration, Instagram has gone wild, with the below twinset and ribbon adorned hat already in hot-demand.

It’s easy to see why this dreamy co-ord is already a universal hit – playfully embroidered with daisies and detailed with slightly puffed sleeves, just think how good it would look paired with espadrilles or sliders on your summer holidays!

Adorned with a multitude of marine motifs, with jellyfish, sea horses and even an ice cream or too, this vibrant dress is one of our favourite pieces from the collaboration. Lightweight and breathable this playful shirt-dress is ideal for pairing with a straw hat and sandals to explore markets abroad, switching to trainers or ankle boots when you return.

Available from just £15 you’ll be able to shop the entire collection, both in selected store and online from April 18th.

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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.

SS19 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 2019: Cat Eye

Elizabeth and James 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 playful red style will go with any outfit and add a dose of cool girl chic.

Priced at £165, available at

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Best Sunglasses 2019: Aviator

RayBan Gold-Tone Aviator Sunglasses

It doesn’t get anymore classic than a pair of RayBan’s. This classic Aviator style is updated with futuristic gradient lilac-hue lenses and rimless frames, a summer staple you’ll still be reaching for this signature style long after the sun’s set.

Priced at £165, available at NET-A-PORTER

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Best Sunglasses 2019: Round

Silhouette Adventurer Round Sunglasses

Designed to flatter a large range of face shapes this round-frame pair are defined by their playful pink hue. A fun alternative to your go-to black and tortoise shell styles you’ll be surprised by how versatile they are. Pack yours for your next holiday.

Priced at £163.50,

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Best Sunglasses 2019: 90s style

VOGUE x GIGI Hadid, VO5237S

With a 90s inspired silhouette and a traditional tortoise shell frame this contemporary style feels both retro and cool.

Priced at £118, available at VOGUE Eyewear

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Best Sunglasses 2019: 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

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