There’s nothing quite like a classic pair of black Converse, but something you need to spice things up. That’s why when we saw that Converse had paired up with one of our favourite indie British brands, Shrimps, we had a little freak out in the office. They’ve teamed up for a collaboration that’s playful and utterly chic with a capsule of chucks and clothing, which you’ll definitely want to put on your Christmas list.
The collection dropped just this morning online at Converse and Shrimps and they’re going fast, so if you’re keen on snagging something you’ll have to move fast. With prices ranging from £35-100, it’s a great way to grab a Shrimps original without resigning yourself to their usually super luxury price tags. (We’d still shell out for one of their beaded bags though.)
Their shoes are undoubtedly the centrepiece of the collection, with a pair of pink and rose rose printed One Star shoes and another white graphic pair of Chuck 70 HI kicks available. The attention to detail is pretty awesome as well, given that the Chuck 70 HI features striking black contrasting details.
And for those who want to lounge in style, they’ve also created a Faces print pair of trackies with matching lounge trousers and hoodies. We’re always down to spend all day in our pyjamas, but at least this collab will make lazy days a little more stylish.
Sadly one of our favourite pieces, a white tee which features their tiny logo, is already sold out. Fingers crossed it comes back in stock, but we wouldn’t get our hopes up. With these limited lines, once they’re gone they’re gone.
The Shrimps x Converse collaboration is available on Converse and Shrimps’ websites, as well as in store at Dover Street Market and select retailers.
Our round up of the best Christmas goodies for your Dad
If your dad’s anything like mine, whenever present-buying time rolls around I spend most of it tearing my hair out. Christmas is no different and figuring out what to get for him can be a bit tricky, especially if he’s the kind of person that will just jump out and buy something when he wants it.
However, we’ve done the digging and found some of the most best Christmas gifts for dad this year – from stylish buys he’s sure to love to books he’ll spend the rest of Christmas Day flicking through.
Cool Gifts for Dad
Fashion’s kind of our wheelhouse here at Marie Claire and we’ve curated the best menswear for pop this year. If his office wardrobe needs a major style injection, Penrose London’s gorgeous ties will see him through and Matt & Nat David Briefcase is a neutral, sophisticated accessory that will go with any outfit.
With winter well and truly underway, he’ll be able to bundle up warm with an elegant coat from Weekday and a Loewe scarf. And if he really needs to start staying on top of his skincare, goodies from ESPA and Daimon & Barber are a great starting point.
Funny Gifts for Dad
If dad’s got a good sense of humour, then we’ve got a few ideas for him. Aesop’s gorgeous brown bottle is a great distraction for what’s actually on the label – post-poo drops for after he does his business. Urban Outfitter’s Christmas Beard Baubles are also grounds for numerous Christmas selfies and way more hilarious than decorating the tree.
You know what it’s like this time of year; we start getting excited about our festive party wear planning. Having all your favourite brands in the same place, fashion editor approved is a monumental help to some of us that are a little indecisive to say the least, welcome the Marie Claire Edit! The Marie Claire Edit in partnership with Pinterest and Farfetch bring you a celebration this Christmas with a chance to stock up your wardrobe with the latest festive trends. This partnership comes as a shining beacon of light as its more than just about the products, its about your individual story.
Farfetch– with over 700 boutiques and brands from around the world- offers the worlds greatest selection of luxury designer fashion for men and women. Whether you have an array of monochromatic pieces in your wardrobe or every colour that sits on the rainbow, it’s putting those pieces together that creates a story- one with an epic endgame. Farfetch does exactly that; it brings together assortments of pieces that encourage a person’s individuality and their own unique story.
Partnered with Pinterest, the largest online platform where enthusiasts get their ideas in forms of pins that link back to tutorials, articles and stores among others. It is a place where inspirations from ideas of personal taste turn into purchase. It brings together 250 million people a month from around the world to pin more than 23 billion fashion ideas on the platform. Pinterest like Farfetch is also place where individuality is encouraged as 84% of female pinners say that having a sense of personal style is important. Along with all of that it is also an endless shopping directory.
How to enter:
Head over to our bespoke Marie Claire and Farfetch#TimeToShine Pinterest board, where our editorial team has pinned together some of their favourite festive pieces from the Marie Claire Edit.
Now its you turn to create your own #TimeToShine board for a chance to win one of 4 £500 vouchers to spend at Farfetch
1- Head over to our #TimeToShine board for inspo and then create your own public board and name it #TimeToShine
2- At the top of the board write a description that tells us about your party wear style this season
3- Pin 20 or more products from the Marie Claire Edit to showcase the party outfit looks that will make you feel festive and fabulous this season
I am obsessed with cashmere, and if you visit me on any given Sunday, you’ll find me lounging in a cashmere jumper and joggers. Extra, I know, but I just haven’t found anything as comfortable and durable, so I personally think spending a bit more is a good investment.
With that in mind, keep scrolling to shop my edit of the best cashmere pieces out there, and how to care for them.
What is cashmere?
You might know that cashmere is a more luxurious type of wool, and therefore expensive, but do you know why? That is because it comes from a specific type of goat, the cashmere goat, which produce finer, softer hair. Each goat sheds its hair once a year, and there isn’t much of it, so it makes it rarer, and so pricier.
How to wash cashmere
I’ve ruined many a cashmere jumper because I’ve either been too lazy or ignorant to wash it by hand. So first off, you’ll want to check the care label as some cashmere jumpers are machine washable (M&S do a great line), but others aren’t. Usually, you’ll need to wash them by hand in warm – but not hot – water, or in certain rare cases, dry clean only. Make sure you also lay it flat to dry so that it doesn’t lose its shape, we have a full guide on how to wash and store cashmere here.
Best cashmere jumpers
There really is cashmere to suit all budgets. On the high street, you’ll be hard pressed to beat John Lewis & Partners, M&S, GAP or Uniqlo, which all have a great range of jumpers and cardigans in various colours, under £100. If you’re looking to invest in a designer piece, then Chinti & Parker, Vince and Bella & Freud have some fashion-forward styles I think you’ll love.
Keep scrolling to shop my edit of the best cashmere pieces out there, from jumpers to scarves and joggers. Whilst some pieces are pricey, if you care for them well then they will last you a lifetime, and you just can’t beat that cosy factor. Also, don’t be afraid to shop the men’s collections, I love the baggy feel, which goes really well with this season’s slip skirts.
This way for help finding the most super-chic Christmas gifts for her…
Marie Claire has edited the best online Christmas gifts for her for 2018, so whether you’re shopping for your sister, friend, or the ideal gifts for book lovers, we’ve found the most amazing gifts to give this Christmas.
We can all relate to the rising panic; with only a few weeks left until Christmas you need present ideas, fast. With a varied list from the colleague you drew in the office Secret Santa (but don’t really know that well) and your shopping addict best friend who already has everything, to your mother-in-law who you need to keep sweet and your cousin who always gives you the best gifts. Let’s not even get started on the girlfriend or wife that you want to surprise and spoil.
Fear not, we’ve got you covered with the best christmas gifts for her out there. From jewellery and accessories to pair with your many Christmas party dresses, to the most luxurious PJs – we’ve got your shopping dilemmas covered, right here.
And don’t worry about what to buy the men in your life either as there’s a great selection of Christmas gifts for him, too.
Calling all you get-fit fanatics, couch-to-5Ks and once-a-year-yogis. Here at Marie Claire HQ we’re all about having the right gear – even if we have no idea – so we like to make sure our kit is on-point and up-to-date. So whether you’re looking for the latest printed two-pieces going or just something comfy you can do the school run in – we’ve got it sorted with our pick of the best sportswear brands. If you want to complete your kit, jump over to our best trainers edit to finish off your look.
Described as ‘couture for leisure’, Parisian activewear label Ernest Leoty takes its name from a fashionable corset maker of the 19th century, whose innovative designs enabled freedom of movement rather than constriction.
Silou London is a luxury athleisure brand, designed by former Victoria’s Secret model Tatiana Kovylina with the vision of creating designs to enhance the body through innovative shape, design and fabrics.
Marie Claire kicks off the year by launching its first ever athleisure range – Marie Claire Sport. Designed for women who want fashion-forward activewear to use in and out of the gym, Marie Claire Sport delivers on both comfort and style. It is available in a mix of seasonal colours, patterns and styles, including the hero camo-print line in a range of deep blues and ruby hues. The Marie Claire Sport range uses innovative performance stretch materials that mould to the body’s shape and are technically able to support a truly active lifestyle. The range is designed to combine functionality and fashion, such as the lightweight outwear for keeping cool when training and the slim line tops with fleecing for warmth when running outdoors. Shop the collection now, prices start at £35: Marie Claire Sport.
Gymshark has come a long way since its founders crowded around in a garage, screen-printing athleisure gear. This homegrown brand has now become one of the most popular fitness brands in the world and renowned for its commitment to fashionable sportswear, without compromising on performance. With both womens- and menswear lines spanning everything from socks to hoodies, you’ll want to clear some space in your closet for your next big purchase.
This edgy sportswear line is designed by Tailor Made Fitness, a personal training company that’s branched out into urban athleisure gear. It’s ideal for the girl who wants to get away from the pinks and pastels as the entire line falls into a black and white colour palette, with healthy splashes of grey camo print and mesh here and there.
Introducing ASOS’ first sportswear range, following on from the brand’s activewear campaign, ‘More reasons to move’. Featuring high-quality performance wear inspired by the very latest trends, ASOS 4505 is all about bold prints and bright colours.
As founder Lara Mead puts it, Varley is all about high performance tech as well as style, ‘From the school-run to the office, from the ballet barre to the boxing ring, the modern woman’s routine has a changeable nature which demands high performance activewear with a high-fashion aesthetic. The same goes for our skincare. Our collection consists of cutting-edge formulations that address real, modern-day concerns such as environmental and tech-generated stressors and pollutants, and aims to change the beauty conversation. We blend London’s cosmopolitan elegance with L.A.’s active lifestyle.’
A yoga-inspired Canadian athletics brand, Lululemon is one of our favourite hot spots for getting our hands on gorgeous printed leggings and shapely tops for when we finally get that hour to breathe, stretch and relax. Working closely with customers and what they think of the brand, Lululemon prides itself on the fit and functionality of the fabrics it uses. With a strong fashion mind, its colourful designs fit so well you won’t want to take them off. While dominantly a yoga-kit company, Lululemon understands we’re into a variety of sweaty pursuits, so whether it’s spin, running or boxing, the versatile fit and style of the kit available means we’re covered.
Laain is one of the chicest sportswear companies around. Launched by fashion designer Sheila McKain-Waid and stylist Tamara Rothstein, this brand has a set of extremely creative hands behind it. This season, the high-end fashion-sportswear collection is made up of crop tops, vests, leggings and knitwear in the form of hoodies and jumpers; all in a rich, warm-blood colour palette.
Another addition to the capsule collection is yoga wear, which the pair has designed in subtle grey and pink tones with softness and comfort in mind. This really is a collection to suit whatever mood you are in and if you’re a fashion-savvy gym goer then this is definitely the brand for you.
No ka ‘oi is an Italian-designed, Hawaiian-inspired (yes, that’s correct) action couture brand. Gymwear just stepped up about ten notches as we enter the realms of active couture – and the MC fashion team are all over it. This fashion-forward brand has designs for both the SS season and AW, and both include a vast range of items to suit all sporting activities. The collections have been designed with such creativity they actually look like fashion ranges rather then ready to wear gym pieces – but everything is packed with technical microfibre that supports comfort and performance.
We are ecstatic that one of our favourite swimwear brands has now introduced a sportswear collection too. Its multi-coloured, infamous tiger-head prints are being taken to next-level coolness as We Are Handsome release their latest capsule activewear range. Consisting of micro bra tops, crop tops and a selection of leggings in a vast range of coloured-all-over prints, this collection is a true head turner. So whether your doing hill sprints in-between sunning yourself on holiday or you’ve got the guts to flaunt it down at your local gym, your workout is set to be as feisty as your attire.
Are you one of the many miraculous women that are currently juggling a 9-5 occupation, 2.5 children and trying to fit in yoga three times a week in a bid to maintain a super-fit body (and keep your mind sane)? Well you are not alone and believe it or not there is a way you can still look and feel great with activewear brand Vaara. Designed by Tatiana Korsakova who is a mother, businesswoman and discerning gym goer herself, she understands the need for versatile clothing that will carry energy and poise beyond the gym.
We love this capsule collection for its laid-back essentials which deliver comfort while complementing the female figure. So if you often find yourself cooking the family dinner still in your gym gear even though your class was at 11am, then Vaara is your answer to an all-day effortless, cool and comfy look.
I’m not afraid to say it: I’m a diehard ABBA and Mamma Mia fan. As my exasperated pals can attest to, I would not shut up about Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again when it came out and I’ve been low-key trying to sneak 70s inspired pieces into my wardrobe ever since. While the summery dresses won’t work for the winter cold anymore, I have been noticing a pretty surprising fashion trend around a lot recently: the return of the white go go boot. And honestly, I stan.
Although in the past I’ve typically only seen them at costume parties, they’ve cemented themselves a little niche amongst the fashion forward this season. From chic leather pieces to jaw-dropping white snakeskin, a number of them were spotted all over the fashion week just gone.
With some of my favourite high street retailers and luxury brands jumping on the bandwagon, I’m genuinely tempted to join in – even if they’re not the most practical colour. (Needs must when it comes to looking cool AF.)
While they might seem pretty daunting to style, they’re a total dream if you pair them with another big winter trend: patterned midi dresses and midi skirts. And seeing that shock of white underneath a statement winter coat will have you Instagram ready in no time with a kick ass OOTD.
If you’re a go go boot purist, this might not be 100% the right edit for you as I’ve popped in a few pieces that take the staple into 2018. Don’t @ me on Twitter for steering away from the latex please, I’m just a girl in love with white boots.
FIND is fast becoming one of my favourite new brands, as they’ve been knocking it out of the park with their footwear recently. After I fell in love with our Digital Fashion Editor Penny’s faux snakeskin cowboy boots, they had me falling in love all over again with these beauties. (P.S. They’re currently 30% off and also come in red and black.)
New Look has really stepped up their game with this piece which brings the best of both winter trend worlds together: white footwear and Western-style boots. With subtle embroidery and a faux wood block heel, they look ultra expensive and won’t set you back too much.
These are about as close as you’ll get to a traditional go go boot, as they’re made of the same shiny patent leather we’ve come to associate them with. That said, the pointed tip and rounded top bring it more into 2018 – so it’s more a chic throwback than a dated reference.
These are the shoes that kicked off my obsession with white boots, if I’m being perfectly honest. I saw them in Mango and they actually look a little paler than they do here, so IMO they still belong in the shade territory. Animal print is the trend that just doesn’t want to die this season and with faux snakeskin like this, why would you ever want it to?
Gabriela Hearst may be better known for their bags which swept Instagram into a frenzy, however these faux croc boots are a great case for why they’re nailing the broader fashion game. Pair it with a cosy long dress and you’ll be a total winter goddess.
It came out recently that & other stories’ white cowboy boots were amongst the most in demand styles this season and they show no sign of slowing down with these boots. With a blockier heel for extra support, these boots were truly made for walking and are the epitome of Scandi-chic.
I can never resist a bit of faux fur. These boots aren’t quite as tall as the others on the list and come to about your mid-calf. They’re giving me total Parisian chic vibes and while they’re a bit pricier, the quality speaks for itself as they’re made from Nappa leather and lined with faux fur inside to boot.
Yesterday, she travelled to Leicester with Prince William to pay respect to the helicopter crash victims, and wore a great coat dress for the occasion, which she accessorised with a black patent faux croc handbag by Aspinal.
But the detail that really caught our attention was the lovely black velvet bow she wore in her ponytail, which was reminiscent of the Simone Rocha AW18 catwalk looks.
It was sombre, simple, and made her otherwise classic ponytail looks super lush and elevated. It’s such an easy win, and the bow will look great with any outfit, including a sequin party dress for the festive season.
Ever since it was announced Disney was going to be rebooting Mary Poppins, we’ve been trying to master our supercalifragilisticexpialidociouses and keeping an eye on the sky for a woman floating down with an umbrella. As one of our favourite Disney flicks from our childhood, we’ve been feeling awfully nostalgic recently and QVC really aren’t helping matters. The retailer just announced they’re going to be dropping a super cute Mary Poppins limited fashion collection full of penguins, kites and your favourite mysterious nanny that we’re low-key obsessed with.
The line is designed by Danielle Nicole, a brand you may remember from their super cute Harry Potter bags, and it’s a four piece accessories collection. It’s full of whimsy with a sparkly kite bag ideal for flying away on and a Mary Poppins book clutch. It might not hold as much as Mary’s iconic carpet bag, but nothing ever would TBH.
The line starts at £35 and it’s a great shout if you’re looking to buy a Christmas gift for the alternative Disney stan. (Some people are just so hard to buy for.)
Luckily, the line is dropping on December 1 over at qvcuk.com – just in time for the release of Mary Poppins Returns on December 21. We’ve already got our tickets and now that we’ve seen these bags, we’re seriously considering dressing up.
Ski wear is what we’re talking about at the moment. Get excited about your winter holiday with our pick of the best pieces to hit the slopes in…
Just booked a ski holiday? Then the search for the best women’s ski wear is on. Though compiling a cool ski wardrobe is one of the biggest perks of a ski holiday, finding the coolest pieces can be tricky. So, we’ve pulled together an edit of the best women’s ski wear for hitting the slopes, and for après ski hot chocolates. That’s everything from goggles to boots, jumpers and ski jackets.
Even if snow sports aren’t your thing, who can honestly say they don’t like jacuzzis, mountain villages and the prospect of a ‘vin chaud’ at après ski? All of this can be done in style. Whether you want statement block colour separates for the slopes or chic neutral pieces for the mountain-top chalet, there’s something for every taste and budget.
From brightly coloured and on-trend but functional salopettes and chic thermal layering pieces, to cosy jumpers and ultra-warm boots, we’ve got your snow holiday sorted. Statement shades are a great way to inject a shot of cool to your current ski wares, and this season’s must-have buys come in stand-out prints and bold mirrored lenses.
There’s so much around, for every budget. High street stores from Topshop to H&M have brought out ski wear lines, which means affordable sportswear, however it’s worth noting they might not heave the same tech as some of the pricier, specialised brands.
There’s literally a style to suit every taste, though we’re loving the retro suits by Cordove and Goldbergh, which might as well be out of a Bond movie. For something even more extra, go down the designer route. Believe or not, Gucci, Fendi and even Victoria Beckham all have a ski wear line.
If you’re a regular skiier, then it’s definitely worth investing in a pair of ski boots, even if you’re only going once a year. Why? Because a custom fitted pair of boots will actually reduce the risk of injuries and better your performance (and let’s not mention the verruca aspect of rentals).
We really rate the Snow + Rock boot fitting service, which is actually available all year round. It starts with a foot analysis and boot customisation, and a few questions about your skiing level (whether you’re a regular, go for black pistes, are off piste etc). Then you determine your budget, and after a few tests to see if the boot fits, have a custom footbed made to perfectly mould the contours of your feet.