These are the clothes brands Prince George and Princess Charlotte love

These are the clothes brands Prince George and Princess Charlotte love


Your complete guide to Royal baby fashion

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge iPads

With the new Royal baby set to be born any day now, we can imagine the Duchess of Cambridge has already stocked up on lots of cute children’s clothes, and there’s no doubt she will be returning to some of her favourite brands that she’s shopped for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Kate has famously always opted for traditional clothes, including lots of shorts for Prince George (there is a good reason for both of these, if you follow those links), and the general public loves it, with many items selling out as soon as the Royal children wear them (what Kate effect?).

So here’s your ultimate guide of the baby and children’s fashion brands Kate and William love the most, and where you can shop them.

G.H. Hurt & Son

The family owned brand saw a huge spike in visits to their site (and by huge, we mean 100,000 in less than 24 hours) when Princess Charlotte was presented to the world outside the Lindo Wing, swaddled in its traditional knitted shawl.

The Duchess Of Cambridge And Prince William royal baby Princess Charlotte

Photo: Rex

Shop now: Super-fine Merino Wool Christening Shawl for £54 from G.H.Hurt & Son

Cath Kidston

Prince George at Kensington Palace

Photo: Kensington Palace

Who can forget THAT picture of Prince George in his toy soldier tank top for his last official Christmas portrait before the arrival of Princess Charlotte (he was 17 months at the time)? The tank top was possibly one of the most popular Cath Kidston items ever, and has been re-issued in one form or other ever since.

Shop now: KIDS KNITTED TANK TOP for £28 from Cath Kidston

Rachel Riley

Check out Prince George's red shorts

Photo: Rex

British brand Rachel Riley is Kate’s go-to for traditional designs for George. He wore a smock shirt and red shorts for Princess Charlotte’s christening, prompting many comparisons with a similar outfit Prince William wore when he was a child.

Shop now: RACHEL RILEY Baby Boys Ivory Cotton Shortie for £75 from Children Salon

John Lewis

Princess Charlotte

Photo: Kensington Palace

To celebrate Princess Charlotte’s 2nd birthday, her parents released a pic of the tot wearing a pastel yellow Fairisle jumper from John Lewis, which obviously sold out instantly. A fashion influencer or what?

Shop now: John Lewis Baby Bunny Intarsia Cardigan, Orange for £13 from John Lewis

Pepa & Co

The Spanish kidswear brand won Kate over with its pretty embroidered designs, and both Princess Charlotte and Prince George have a few of the brand’s clothes hanging in their Royal wardrobes. They both wore it to Pippa Middleton’s wedding, Prince George sported a whale jumper for an official 3rd birthday portrait, and Charlotte wore a pretty dress on her tour of Canada.

Photo: Rex

Prince George 3rd birthday photos

Photo: Rex

Shop now: TRADITIONAL HAND SMOCKED DRESS IN LIGHT BLUE GINGHAM for £86 from Papa & Co

M&H

Remember that adorable picture of Princess Charlotte wearing a pie crust dress and playing with her cuddly toy? Yep, that was M&H.

Princess Charlotte First Baby Photo

Photo: Kensington Palace

Shop now: Smock dress for €33.95 from M&H

Amaia Kids

Prince George wore an Amaia jumper to meet his sister for the first time, and Princess Charlotte wore a pink dress for the Queen’s 90th birthday. She also wore an Amaia coat for her first day of school.

The Queen at 90

Photo: Rex

Photo: Kensington Palace

Shop now: Chickadee shirt for £42 from Amaia Kids

My 1st Years

Remember that cute customised robe Prince George wore to meet President Obama? That was by My 1st Years. He teamed it with velvet slippers and silk pyjamas, and the internet did the rest. Cue 100,000 memes.

Prince George Obama

Photo: Rex

Shop now: My 1st Years Baby Personalised Prince Gingham Robe for £27 from John Lewis

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This micro bag trend will take you straight back to your school days

This micro bag trend will take you straight back to your school days


Minimalist bags in faux croc and practical shapes may be the one for AW18, but while spring is in full swing, statement accessories are still king.

And there’s one bag I just keep on seeing, which takes me right back to my childhood: the beaded bag. It’s obviously not the most practical bag, and it is a bit silly, but it sure as hell is cute and pretty and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Pandora Sykes was one of the first to adopt the trend (of course), with the now-cult Antonia bag by British brand Shrimps, followed by the likes of Parisian blogger Leia, Camille Charriere and Lorna Luxe. The cream pearl bag also comes in pastel hues of yellow and mint, all of which keep selling out.

Pearly queen ⚪ am with you in spirit @shrimps 😷🤧

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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.

☯Which one is the mega fashion influencer? ☯

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Obviously, the high-street has been quick off the mark, with Mango and Zara both serving up some highly Instagrammable beaded bags.

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

Shop now: Antonia Beaded Cream Bag for £450 from Shrimps

Shop now: Ma Cherie Bag for $265 from Susan Alexandra

Shop now: BEADED TOTE BAG for £39.99 from Zara

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The cult dress brand you won’t see anyone else wearing on holiday

The cult dress brand you won’t see anyone else wearing on holiday


Shh, don’t tell anyone

Isn’t it frustrating when you carefully curate your holiday wardrobe but as soon as you land, see someone else wearing the exact same (probably Zara) dress or bikini as you?

Which is why you’ll understand my excitement at discovering the not-so-new but still fairly niche Bali-based designer Innika Choo. I instantly fell in love with her playful and timeless dress, smocks and blouses, just in time for my next holiday. I’m not even joking when I never got so many likes.

I got chatting to the designer via DM, and learned that she started dreaming of her own label from a very young age. ‘Mostly my mum would find me doing a custom hack at a hem line with scissors, sometimes in the mirror while wearing it. I was rather impatient and didn’t mind snipping off the length, tying it all together with a belt, and dancing out the door – which horrified her. She was always figuring out ways to stitch them up, without compromising on the structure of the garment. Perhaps that’s when it all began. I was 12. Add a few years, a husband, 3 kids and Instagram; Voila.’

But as with many cult mid-range designer brands these days, Innika Choo’s journey really kicked off on this little ol’ thing called Instagram.

Innika says, ‘The first piece I ever made was inspired by an antique Romanian boys’ costume I’d accidentally bought on eBay (obviously, I did not read the description). I found off-cuts of gingham fabric, re-worked smocking details with embroiderers and ended up pulling together a few pieces with a tailor. I wore it a few times on Instagram, and that sort of wet the palette so to speak. Since then each collection has become an evolution of the next.’

22,000 followers later, and you could say it’s hit that sweet spot between cult brand, but niche enough to not spot a hundred other people wearing it on holiday. Innika stays pretty modest about it though, jokingly putting it down to being able to do cartwheels (‘also, my baklava eating abilities’) she adds.

Jokes aside, it’s easy to see why the embroidered designs have hit such a sweet spot. The ‘one size fits all’ approach means you can tailor the dresses to your own shape, creating a flattering curve thanks to strategically placed belts, or going for a looser, more bohemian feel.

And then there are the extremely wearable gingham prints which scream summer (the green gingham dress is one of the designs snapped up by Net-A-Porter and has to be re-stocked regularly), and traditional embroidery that make the dresses stand out from the ones you see on the high-street.

Plus, the prices are relatively affordable, starting at around £160 for a top, not too bad for a timeless piece you’ll be wearing every summer.

Shop now: INNIKA CHOO Embroidered linen top for £160 from Net-A-Porter

And that’s exactly the ethos behind the brand. Rather than sticking to trends, Innika designs what feels right for her at that moment.

She says, ‘All I know is that these are the clothes that I want to wear today and tonight, and tomorrow and the next day, and I thought it only fair to make them for you too. This collection is all about favourite embroideries re-imagined (bigger and bolder!), flirty hemlines and as always volume, but now with a bit more skin.’

And if you’re finding it hard deciding which pieces to invest in, keep it simple: ‘ Go with the pieces that people will remember you in, conversational pieces that spark curiosity, and turn a few heads,’ the designer says.

Shop now: INNIKA CHOO Tiered embroidered gingham cotton midi dress for £405 from Net-A-Porter

‘I always try to imagine a woman walking into the room wearing the garment I’m about to buy – if I’m slightly jealous of the look, aching to be that girl, then I will definitely buy the piece!’ which is exactly how you feel when you see a brilliant #ootd post, non?

So what’s next for the brand? Hopefully more fab collections, and perhaps a new celebrity fan or two: ‘I’d love see Julie Andrews wear my designs.  Let’s make this happen.

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J.W. Anderson’s latest Uniqlo collab is a total beauty

J.W. Anderson’s latest Uniqlo collab is a total beauty


And just what your summer needs

J.W. Anderson‘s latest collection for Uniqlo has just dropped and it is just what your summer needs, nay, deserves. For this second drop, Anderson is revisiting British classics again, but with a twist.

Last season was all about the reversible tartan trench coat, and this time around we’ve also got a hero piece in the form of a tartan ruffle sleeve blouse.

Said shirt is dying to be worn with a pair of straight leg jeans, or even better, a matching skirt for days like today when it’s hot and sunny.

For the more minimalist among you, there are white blouses, striped tees and shirts galore.

Last time around, the collection sold out quite quickly, and I imagine it’ll be the same here, so be quick if you don’t want to be disappointed. Here are my top picks.

Shop now: WOMEN J.W.ANDERSON SEERSUCKER RUFFLE LONG SLEEVE BLOUSE for £34.90 from Uniqlo

Shop now: WOMEN J.W.ANDERSON EXTRA FINE COTTON STRIPED SHIRT DRESS for £49.90 from Uniqlo

Shop now: WOMEN J.W.ANDERSON 100% COTTON STRIPED RUFFLE T-SHIRT for £19.90 from Uniqlo

Shop now: WOMEN J.W.ANDERSON HIGH WAIST FLARE SKIRT for £49.90 from Uniqlo

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Meghan Markle’s £171 bag is about to fly off the shelves

Meghan Markle’s £171 bag is about to fly off the shelves


Shop it before it goes

‘Meghan Mania’ is officially in full swing, causing any piece of clothing the future Royal wears to sell out immediately (see Missoma ring and M&S jumper), so it’s quite a rarity when you can get your hands on said item before it goes – especially if it’s a bargain.

As luck would have it, Meghan Markle was spotted in London today with a super chic bag by Australian brand Oroton, which is still available to buy if you’re quick.

Retailing at just £171, it’s a relatively good bargain if you want to emulate her style, and thanks to its navy and white striped design, will go with most of your summer wardrobe.

Shop now: Avalon Zip Top Crossbody for £171 from Oroton

Attending a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting with Prince Harry, the bride-to-be teamed hers with a striped button-down Altuzarra dress, which is also still available, albeit at a slightly higher price point of £1,450.

 

Shop now: ALTUZARRA Audrey striped dress for £1,450 from my theresa.com

She covered up with a tailored navy blazer, resulting in the perfect work outfit for summer. Dreamy.

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M&S Curve launches for summer

M&S Curve launches for summer


Dying for some spring/summer wardrobe newness – and not just the ones that look good on a size 8? Hurrah for the brand-new M&S Curve collection! Shop our favourite pieces and get some hot styling tips from Marie Claire’s resident curvaceous columnist Hayley Hasslehoff.

M&S CURVE

So long Beast-From-The East, the sunshine is out and Spring is finally in sight. And if your wardrobe is in need of a refresh, and you’re also not a typical size 10, there’s some seriously hot fashion news heading your way. It’s called M&S’ newly-launched Curve collection. Thoughtfully designed for curvy figures in sizes 18 to 32, the collection has been developed using insights from more than 2000 customers and offers styles that are trend-led and super-flattering for dressing your curves come summer.

Marie Claire’s resident columnist Hayley Hasselhoff has tried out the best of the collection, testing out their new season style offerings. Sitting alongside some of the best trench coats and the best jewellery, the M&S Curve collection goes major on vibrant colours, cute tailoring touches and classic staples.

As Hayley tells us, “Right now, it’s all about bringing in a pop of colour, diving into embellishment and reinventing the trusty trench. Luckily, Marks & Spencer’s first ever Curve range ticks all these boxes – I’m adding so many versatile pieces from the collection to my wish list!”

“The Cobalt blue dress is my day-to-evening staple. To make a block-coloured dress stand out, layer up multicoloured necklaces.”

Double Layer Bodycon Midi Dress, £59

Jelly Petal Collar Necklace, £15

Rectangle Collar Necklace, £17.50

“This chic navy trench is a key buy, and the white blouse brings casual sophistication to the jeans.”

Belted Trench Coat in Navy, £69

Cotton Rich Long Sleeve Shirt, £27.50

360 Contour High Waist Straight Jeans, £29.50

Faux Leather Circle Handle Cross Body Bag, £39.50

Woven Striped Visor Hat, £12.50

M&S Curve

“Team a yellow blouse with navy satin trousers for an easy elegant vibe. Then throw on a cool cape for extra style points.”

Satin Wide Leg Trousers, £39.50

V-Neck Longline Camisole Top, £25

Shop More of our Top M&S Curve Picks

M&S CURVE

Belted Trench Coat, £69

M&S CURVE

Longline Long Sleeve Shirt, £35

M&S CURVE

Cotton Rich Longline Trench Coat, £69

M&S CURVE

Pleated Front Wrap Jumpsuit, £65

M&S CURVE

Floral Print ¾ Sleeve Wrap Midi Dress, £45

M&S CURVE

 V-Neck Ruffle Sleeve Blouse, £29.50

M&S CURVE

Linen Rich Wide Leg Trousers, £29.50

M&S CURVE

Front Knot Half Sleeve Maxi Dress, £65

Simple, elegant, and right in line with our Summer Fashion Trends, these versatile M&S Curve pieces will transition your wardrobe straight into the summer season ahead…

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This £56 Urban Outfitters dress is having a bit of a moment

This £56 Urban Outfitters dress is having a bit of a moment


Snap it up before the heatwave

Blame Spring’s late arrival (it’s actually meant to be 21C and sunny this week), but an Urban Outfitters dress is proving to be a big hit this season, with ‘outstanding sales’.

In fact, it’s the fastest selling item the high-street store has at the moment, with a 200% hike in sales the past couple of weeks, and it’s easy to see why.

The Amber dress, with its button down front and flattering nipped-in waist is beautifully understated, plus it comes in a blue and white stripe, rust red, yellow and pale blue so there is a colour to suit every taste.

Shop now: Amber dress for £56 from Urban Outfitters

It’s also versatile enough to be worn in any way you like. You could opt for white sunglasses and trainers to match, or dress it up with some heeled sandals.

Or, if you’re heading to a festival this summer, team it with a white cowboy boot, another of this season’s biggest hits – and it doubles up as a pretty beach cover-up too.

Need I say more?

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Hot List: Here’s what’s new in your favourite stores and online this week

Hot List: Here’s what’s new in your favourite stores and online this week


The ultimate wish list…

What better time is there to explore all the latest stylish launches and new happenings than at the weekend?

So, without further adieu allow us to introduce: hot list. Whether it’s some much-needed pampering, a quick interiors update or a wardrobe refresh, weekends are all about indulging in some ‘me-time’.

Here at Marie Claire HQ we’re constantly seeking out secret sales, new brands, exclusive beauty treatments and cool coffee table books. We also love updating our home with a cool new piece of pottery, art or a delicious new candle.

We’ve rounded-up all the coolest things to do, see and buy this week. There are new store openings, new fashion brands, A-list collaborations, grooming updates and generally gorgeous and useful things to know so that your downtime is as stylish as you.

This is your ultimate weekend shopping list, so check in with us every Friday so that you can hit the shops fully informed on what’s new and cool each week. Click through to see our favourite picks for the Hot List this week…

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How to pull off the trickiest SS18 fashion trends

How to pull off the trickiest SS18 fashion trends


Digital Fashion Editor Penny puts them to the test so you don’t have to

spring summer trends 2018

It’s one thing when you see all the gorgeous spring/summer 2018 trends on the catwalk, but it’s a different thing altogether when you’re trying them out IRL.

That Balenciaga model may have looked like an angel from heaven in her head-to-toe buttercup yellow look, and the Loewe girl gave us major envy in her pastel checks, but how does this translate in your normal day-to-day wardrobe? I decided to put the trends to the test so you don’t have to, and you can shop all my looks below.

Summer fashion trends 2018: Crayola colours

spring summer trends 2018

Photo: Will Goldstone

Shop my look: Ceffin top (£150), Topshop trousers (£40), Topshop shoes (£46) and STAUD bag (£310)

From Givenchy to Balenciaga, designers took inspiration from their favourite Pantone colours for spring, and I don’t blame you for being a little scared of this trend – head-to-toe red isn’t for everyone. I wanted to add a bit more depth to the look by going multi-tonal and pairing some primary colours together.

Despite appearances, there are some rules to follow, namely don’t go over three colours, and make sure at least two items are matching so it looks a bit more pulled together. If this is still too bold for you, swap the trousers for a dark denim, and keep the shoes neutral too.

Summer fashion trends 2018: Pastel colours

spring summer trends 2018

Photo: Will Goldstone

Shop my look: H&M blouse (£29.99), H&M skirt (£29.99), M&S bag (£29.50) and M&S shoes (£65)

Ice cream shades were everywhere on the SS18 catwalk, from Preen to VB and Chanel, and as well as mint, the surprising hit of the season was, as Jess Wood excellently put it, ‘Queen Mum-sy lilac’. So I stuck to those two shades for this look. By picking a sheer blouse, I ticked another trend and gave the look a bit more edge as pastels can look a bit ‘cute-sy’ for my liking.

Summer fashion trends 2018: Puff sleeves

spring summer trends 2018

Photo: Will Goldstone

Shop my look: Zara shirt (£39.99), Rejina Pyo skirt (£345 at Browns), ASOS earrings (launching soon), ASOS bag (£30) and Zara shoes (£79.99)

By now, you’ve probably noticed puff sleeves all over your Instagram feed, so there’s no avoiding this trend, which is fine by me as it’s one of the most wearable ones. Opt for a versatile white which you can pair with everything from denim to a floral midi skirt. I jazzed up this number with a few colourful accessories.

Summer fashion trends 2018: Check print

spring summer trends 2018

Photo: Will Goldstone

Shop my look: Zara blouse (£29.99), Zara skirt (£49.99), Aeyde shoes (last season), Anissa Kermiche earrings (£360) and STAUD bag (sold out)

This winter’s check print has successfully transitioned into spring, you’ll be happy to hear. There are two takes on this trend, which I happily took on.

On the one side, you’ve got a feminine take on the heritage print (Victoria Beckham, Burberry). Think tailored trousers, silky materials and midi skirts.

spring summer trends 2018

Photo: Will Goldstone

Shop my look: Lee Mathews dresses (launching soon), Shrimps bag (£450) and Topshop shoes (sold out)

At the other end of the sartorial spectrum, you’ve got your folksy prints (Loewe, Fendi) which allow for a more bohemian look. Here, I layered two dresses to add interest, and kept accessories paired back.

Summer fashion trends 2018: Beach clothes

spring summer trends 2018

Photo: Will Goldstone

Shop my look: Left: Rixo blouse (£175), Rixo skirt (£215) and Zara sandals as before. Right: As before, with Ganni skirt (£140 at Coggles)

If you’re a maximalist fan, you’ll have no doubt loved the tropical offering seen at Gucci, Versace and Marc Jacobs. Your inspiration? The 1960s Palm Beach socialite. I opted for a fabulous Rixo print top, worn with a matching skirt one day, and with a leopard print Ganni skirt later (other unlikely style icon: Kat Slater obvs).

More is more here, in case you hadn’t guessed, but you can of course pair things back with the accessories. I’ve opted for a basket bag here, another key trend for SS18.

Summer fashion trends 2018: Suit shorts

spring summer trends 2018

Photo: Will Goldstone

Shop my look: Zara blazer (£89.99) and shorts (£49.99), Mango shoes (£59.99) and Mulberry bag (£950)

I was excited to try this trend (see at Off-White and Balmain) as I love a good blazer, and I wasn’t disappointed. Suffice to say, your summer workwear just got elevated. Try a check number like this Zara two-piece, or a pastel one to make sure you tick two trends in one.

Summer fashion trends 2018: Floral dresses

spring summer trends 2018

Photo: Will Goldstone

Shop my look: Anna Glover x H&M top (£24.99) and skirt (£34.99), Zara shoes as before

Yes yes, florals for spring and all that. But this season, florals do get a little bit of a shake-up (Chloe, Rocha, Emilia Wickstead) in the form of ditzy prints and sugar hues. Try mixing and matching or going for a sheer floral for a bit more edge.

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