Where to buy Christmas jumpers that are actually chic AF

Where to buy Christmas jumpers that are actually chic AF


From novelty knits to jumpers you’ll want to wear all year round, we’ve found the best knitwear for the festive period

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Christmas jumpers are a bit like bikinis – all the best styles seem to sell out early. Get ahead of the game this season with our edit of the best styles, whatever your budget.

If the thoughts of wearing festive knitwear brings you out in hives, fear not – Christmas jumpers can actually be stylish. If you’re in the market for something other than crew neck styles emblazoned with Christmas trees or Santa hats, you’ll find plenty of chicer styles in our edit. Chinti & Parker to Gant, there are plenty of options that don’t look in the least tacky.

They also make great presents and we’ve actually worked a couple more into our Christmas gifts for her and Christmas gifts for him guides, in case there’s somebody you’re still looking to buy a present for.

Yes, the prices may be higher, but the cashmere blend and potential to wear post-Christmas is huge, making this a worthy investment. Bella Freud and Chinti & Parker have some achingly cool options.

The high street is jingling with merry knitwear. Next and Marks & Spencer (who will also be pulling out all the stops for their M&S Black Friday sale) have offered up some super-sweet options. From sequin knits to classic Fairisle versions that won’t blow the budget, there’s lots on offer that look equally chic as the designer options.

For all things glitzy, check out Topshop’s embellished options, and Zara for their purse-friendly picks.

Best funny Christmas jumpers

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Best chic Christmas jumpers

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Best novelty Christmas jumpers

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Best Primark Christmas jumpers

Whether you’re a fan of Disney, Harry Potter or are just a plain Christmas purist, you can’t beat Primark’s Christmas jumper offering. We love this Dachshund one.

And if you’re not sure how to wear your Christmas jumper, rest assured it can be dressed up or down very easily. At the weekend, team with biker boots and cropped straight jeans, and for work (there’s no reason you can’t be chic at your Christmas office lunch), team with velvet trousers or a pleated skirt, with a small heel. There’s no harm in tossing one on over Christmas party dresses either – ’tis the season after all…

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This high-street boiler suit has a mega waiting list and you want to be on it

This high-street boiler suit has a mega waiting list and you want to be on it


When an item gets a lot of love on social media, you have to be quick off the mark these days. Take too long to click through and the likelihood of it selling out is quite high.

So a little heads up goes a long way, which is what the kind folk at Urban Outfitters have given us. From tomorrow, their best-selling boiler suit is going back in stock.

It’s been so popular that it’s already sold out once, and I’m told the waiting list is as high as they’ve ever seen (‘a record breaking product in terms of pre-orders to date, and it’s looking likely to sell out before the product even hits the shops’).

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AS it’s quite a casual item, I’d recommend styling it with your favourite kicks, though it’ll look cute with some kitten heels too.

So yeah, you’ll have to be quick on that one. The baby pink suit is the one everyone is after, however it does also come in black and grey if you want to play it safe, and there will be more colours out soon.

Here’s hoping for a khaki version…

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Meghan Markle wore a dress by every blogger’s favourite brand

Meghan Markle wore a dress by every blogger’s favourite brand


Needless to say, Meghan Markle’s Australian tour wardrobe has been on point, from the Stella McCartney dress she wore at the Invictus games to the striped sundress she teamed with wedges on the beach.

For her seventh outing of the trip, the Duchess proved she very much has her finger on the fashion pulse, by wearing a brand fashion influencers and editors have been raving about all year.

The Reformation linen striped dress features delicate straps and little belt that Meghan tied just above her burgeoning bump.

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She teamed it with simple brown Sarah Flint sandals, and chic cat eye sunglasses.

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Sadly, as you might expect, the dress, called the Pineapple style, has sold out already, which is a pity as it cost a reasonable $218 (about £168).

However, the LA brand does have some cool styles still available at Browns in the UK, so do have a browse.

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Personalised fashion buys that literally have your name on it

Personalised fashion buys that literally have your name on it


You know you’ve made it when even your PJs are monogrammed.

We blame Sarah-Jessica Parker, Cara Delevingne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Olivia Palermo. Because ever since they wore THAT monogrammed Burberry cape (circa 2014, you know the one) the fashion world has gone slightly mad for personalisation.

It’s official, having your name or initials on an item of clothing has never been so cool (it’s really come full circle since those primary school days, hasn’t it?).

It comes in many forms too. For a subtle approach, it’s always good to start with jewellery, whether that’s a statement initial necklace by Alex Monroe or Celine (though you’ll be lucky to get your hands on the latter) or a bracelet with your name engraved on it by Monica Vinader.

Personalised bags are a bit of a hero item that’s well worth adding to your wardrobe. Go with a classic The Cambridge Satchel Company or Manu Atelier bag embossed with your initials, but for a bolder look, we just love personalising a classic piece with a fun sticker.

It’s not just about bags either, even small leather accessories are getting the custom treatment, and we can’t think of a better way to suffer through passport control than with Aspinal of London’s gold initial case.

Then, once you’ve dipped your toes into the trend and are ready to go next level with it, there are slippers, slides, jumpers, clutch bags and totes, all entirely personalisable, thanks to a few fashion-forward brands.

We’re also obsessed with Desmond & Dempsey pyjamas, because they’re something very decadent about having your initials printed on your PJs, and naturally, no selfie experience would be complete without a personalised phone case.

Scroll down to shop our edit of the best personalised fashion gifts. For yourself. Because YOLO.

 

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This is the one skirt to invest in this season, according to Instagram

This is the one skirt to invest in this season, according to Instagram


When it comes to autumn trends, it can be tricky to know which one to invest in, especially when there are so many great options from the catwalk.

So for me, there’s no better place than Instagram to see which ones make the cut IRL, and yes, that means what fashion influencers and editors are adopting.

And whilst I’ve seen plenty of great kitten heels and chic camel coats, the one item of clothing everyone unanimously agrees on this season is actually a skirt. But not any skirt, the silk/satin midi skirt.

It all started this summer with the Realisation Par leopard print skirt, and snowballed from there. The good news is that if you invested in a similar leopard print number then, you can still wear it now.

As for the simple option, whilst crams and pastel pinks were perfect for the hotter months, they’ve now paved the way for richer tones of burgundys and browns for the colder months (see the Topshop skirt which sold out within days).

The high-street, including Tophop, & Other Stories and believe it or not, Boohoo, have some great budget friendly options, or if you want slightly more premium quality, look to Anine Bing, Alice + Olivia and Vince. Keep scrolling for my favourite buys.

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In terms of styling, team the skirt with an oversized knit and cowboys boots during the day, and a silk shirt and kitten mules at night.

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Cowboy boots are officially back so giddy up with our edit of the best

Cowboy boots are officially back so giddy up with our edit of the best


Anybody want to watch Toy Story again?

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Grab the cowboy boots but leave the hat at home, Western style kicks are back with a vengeance this season. We spotted this autumn fashion trend everywhere at fashion shows and amongst the street style set, ranging from straight-out-of-Texas embroidered beauties to more minimal monochrome pieces. And luckily, loads of similar styles have just dropped in stores in time for the chilly weather.

Sported both on the runway and off, the likes of Calvin Klein, Fendi and Isabel Marant reinvented the classic silhouette with their AW18 shows earlier this year. Not everybody’s going to be super down for the traditional Western stitching and mid-calf lengths however, which is why we’ve noticed that ankle cowboy boots seem to be the way to go (and there’s certainly enough of them floating around at the moment).

We chatted with LIKEtoKNOW.it, a fashion discovery app, who’ve noticed that there’s been a huge spike in people saving and buying cowboy boots. There’s always going to be a time and place for a quintessential black cowboy boot, but we’ve got our eye on bolder styles this autumn.

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Following the surge of summer interest in animal print pieces, the trend is still going strong with faux snakeskin, zebra and leopard print encouraging fashionistas to walk on the wild side this month.

Texture wise, you can never go wrong with a glossy or supple leather boot but Fendi’s faux croc kicks have definitely taken our interest. And when it comes to colours, we’re all about the white cowboy boot (who cares if it’s impractical?) and cherry red shades for those who really want to make a statement.

Here’s a selection of the most popular cowboy boots for women on LIKEtoKNOW.it and a few of our favourite picks below…

Cowboy Boots for Women

When our fashion editor Penny Goldstone walked in wearing these boots, I almost hit the floor. These gorgeous snake print booties from Find are everything and look way more expensive than they actually are. Lots of brands are doing their own take on faux snakeskin boots but I’ve gotta say, these are definitely the cream of the crop.

Find Women’s Western Ankle Boots

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Priced at £87, available at Amazon.co.uk/Fashion

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Black Cowboy Boots

I stan a good high street purchase and these Topshop cowboy boots have completely won me over. Worn by blogger Nicole Ballardini of NickyInsideOut.com above, the brand pays homage to the classic Western details but balance it all out by keeping things monochrome.

Topshop Arizona Western Boots

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Priced at £65, available at Topshop

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Ankle Cowboy Boots

So the moment I laid my eyes on these babies, I fell in love. It doesn’t get more AW18 than this, as Megan from meganvlt.com has nailed both the cowboy boot trend and the current animal print obsession all in one. Luckily, these Stradivarius kicks aren’t too expensive and more importantly — they’re still in stock.

Stradivarius Leather Zebra Print Heeled Ankle Boots

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Priced at £65.99, available at Stradivarius

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White Cowboy Boots

It’s impossible to get away from white ankle boots this season, especially since everybody fell madly in love with those pointed BALENCIAGA boots everybody was wearing at fashion week. We’re pretty keen on the white pair that blogger Sinead Crowe is wearing above from & other stories.

I spoke to her via LIKEtoKNOW.it about the trend and she told us, ‘I’m loving these boots because they’re a super wearable take on the cowboy trend. I’ve been eyeing up cowboy boots for a while but never dared to try them out as I felt it was quite out there for my style. These are the perfect everyday boots that give a nod to the trend without being too out there!’

& other stories Low Leather Cowboy Boots

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Priced at £129, available at & other stories

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H&M just dropped a dreamy wedding dress collection and we’re obsessed

H&M just dropped a dreamy wedding dress collection and we’re obsessed


Kate Middleton, eat your heart out.

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Getting married is a long way away for me, but I’m not going to lie — I have a soft spot for wedding dresses. Whether I’m fawning over Emily Ratajkowski’s alternative AF Zara wedding suit or scrolling through utterly classic lace wedding dress, there’s something about a snatched wedding outfit that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I was scrolling through H&M’s website earlier today and that feeling smacked me right over the head as they’ve just released a new online-exclusive line of high street wedding dresses. Was I expecting it? No. Am I obsessed? Absolutely.

There’s a whole range of dresses that’ll make any bride-to-be’s heart melt, whether you’re gunning for a romantic vintage-inspired gown or a very 90s minimal satin dress. According to the brand, the line is all geared around winter wedding dresses and draws influence from ‘royal weddings’, ‘vintage styles’ and ‘bohemia-model-marries-rock star weddings’. The latter’s pretty niche, but I stan.

Here’s four of my favourites from the line below to say ‘I do’ in…

H&M Long Bandeau Dress

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This is undoubtedly my favourite dress from the line, as it’s a simple yet chic look with an asymmetric ruffle skirt for the dreamiest dash of interest. Can you imagine how this baby is going to flow as you’re walking down the aisle? LIVING.

Priced at £149.99, available at H&M

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H&M Long Lace Dress

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Forget about Kate and Wills, this royal wedding-inspired dress is everything without the hefty Alexander McQueen price tag. With scalloped lace sleeves, a sweetheart neckline and a subtle grosgrain band to pull it all together, it’s a piece I’m sure Queen Elizabeth would approve of.

Priced at £149.99, available at H&M

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H&M Long Satin Dress

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In my mind, this is the dress that Rachel from Friends would get married in and it’s giving me major Calvin Klein vibes. Whether you just hate fussy dresses or you want something a little slinkier for your big day, this satin maxi will cling to you like liquid as you float through your reception.

Priced £149.99, available at H&M

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H&M Long Lace Dress

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If you’ve been smashing that pre-wedding workout plan, this dress is the perfect opportunity to show off those toned shoulders and arms you’ve accomplished. The floor-length gown is the laciest of the lot and the hem is actually longer in the back, so it’ll trail along the floor behind you slightly. Sweep on, my bridal goddesses.

Priced £149.99, available at H&M

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Unsurprisingly, the dresses from the H&M bridal collection tend to veer towards the more expensive side for the brand at around £149.99. However, some of their older dresses are going for as low as £35 if you’re looking for a major bargain.

Pemilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s design director said of the line, ‘There is truly a dress for every bride to be.’

Not gonna argue with that. Give me all of them.

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The ‘Rachel’ bag is a thing and you need to get the memo

The ‘Rachel’ bag is a thing and you need to get the memo


Some iconic noughties bags are making a comeback and I’m very much enjoying this sartorial walk down memory lane. First, Dior brought back the saddle bag, then Fendi re-vamped its baguette.

Now cult shoe brand and editor favourite By Far has just issued a bag inspired by one of our favourite TV characters of all time: Rachel Green.

Back in the late nineties, when you asked for a ‘Rachel’, you would get side-swept, choppy layers. But in late 2018, you will get a gorgeous chic and minimal shoulder bag.

Available on Net-A-Porter, the bag’s description goes, ‘You’d be right in thinking that BY FAR’s ‘Rachel’ bag has a cool ’90s feel – the design is inspired by the wardrobe of Jennifer Aniston’s character in the hit TV show Friends. The style is perfectly sized to hold the essentials and has a short detachable strap. Bella Hadid was spotted carrying hers in-hand, but it fits comfortably on the shoulder, too.’

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And we can totally see it. Think the period where Rachel worked at Ralph Lauren, wearing impeccable tailoring and simple shoulder bags such as this one.

I’m investing the faux-croc version for a look that’s still very much a nod to the 90s, but is bang on trend.

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This is the most popular designer handbag on Instagram right now

This is the most popular designer handbag on Instagram right now


Want. Want. Want.

When it comes to spending your hard-earned money on a designer handbag, you obviously want a style that will last you a lifetime (at least to justify it to yourself!). However, it’s also nice to have an it bag that’s so trendy, it might as well have its own Instagram page.

Like the Chloé Nile shoulder bag. It’s not new season, granted, but as Who What Wear points out, Net-A-Porter describes it as having been posted over 46,000 times on the ‘gram since it launched last year.

Seen on the arms of countless celebrities and influencers, from the Duchess of Sussex to Song of Style, the bag has quickly reached a cult status.

With its gold hoop handle and leather body in covetable shades (rust, pale blue, red and white are just some of my favourites), it is the perfect marriage between bohemian and sophisticated – it is the embodiment of the Chloe girl.

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The original large and medium styles were the hit of 2017, whilst this season, it’s all about the newer mini version, cementing our love for tiny, tiny bags.

You’ve probably seen it all over the ‘gram, but if you haven’t, then a few quick style notes: wear with a floaty printed dress, or a corduroy suit for a look that’s very OTM (that’s of the moment btw).

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Meghan Markle wore a £69 shirt from one of our fave high street stores

Meghan Markle wore a £69 shirt from one of our fave high street stores


Yesterday, while Kate Middleton returned from maternity leave in her favourite Zara jeans, Meghan Markle proved she was as much a fan of the high-street, for a trip to the University of Chichester’s Engineering and Digital Technology Park with Prince Harry.

The Duchess chose a £69 moss green shirt for the occasion, from one of our favourites, & Other Stories.

To be fair, she did pair it with designer items, notably a Hugo Boss skirt, an Armani coat and a Gabriela Hearst bag, but we’ll take it as an excellent lesson on how to do hi-lo fashion. Side note: the coat is sold out, but see our edit of the best camel coats here.

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See also the way she softened the tough leather pencil skirt with the feminine silk shirt, and kept it all tonal, in a shade that’s very in for autumn/winter.

It’s also a shade Meghan is a fan of, having previously worn olive green at her nephew Prince Louis’ christening.

Don’t know about you, but this is making us embrace autumnal dressing.

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