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


Marie Claire’s edit of the best things to buy, browse and book

Allow us to introduce: hot list. Whether it’s some much-needed pampering, a quick interiors update, a cool event to book tickets for or a wardrobe refresh, here’s Marie Claire’s edit of the best ways to indulge.

Here at Marie Claire HQ we’re constantly seeking out secret sales, new brands, fun events, 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 are.

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

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The 5 shoes to pack on holiday according to the experts

The 5 shoes to pack on holiday according to the experts


Packing clothes for a holiday is hard, especially if your baggage allowance is against you – turns out shoes are actually quite heavy if you pack 10 pairs, like I do. Having been stung by a fine before, I thought I needed a little help for my next trip abroad, in order to curate the perfect shoe capsule without going overboard.

So I asked Jessie Randall, the creative director and co-founder of LOEFFLER RANDALL, the cult NYC accessories brand taking over Instagram, to share her knowledge. Here’s what she said to pack.

1. A wow shoe

I love to have one very special shoe in my wardrobe to wear to weddings and parties, something that truly evokes an emotional response and takes your breath away. For me this season, it’s our Penny, a metallic pleated sandal that is so special.

Shop now: LOEFFLER RANDALL Penny bow-detailed plissé-lamé mules for £345 from Net-A-Porter

2. An easy slide

I’m always running all over the place from dropping off kids to work in the city and out to the beach. I love a slide for summer because they are so easy (you don’t even have to bend down to put them on) and they are very on-trend and chic. I’ll be wearing our Shirley bow slide this summer. It’s got a striped bow and ric rac detail and is made in fabric that is hand woven in Marrakesh.

Shop now: LOEFFLER RANDALL Beattie bow-detailed striped canvas slides for £220 from Net-A-Porter

3. An everything shoe

I like to have a shoe in my wardrobe that works with everything in it. This is the shoe that sits right by the door because you wear it so often. For me, it’s our Celeste knotted mule in velvet. This shoe is so comfortable both because of its height and its soft velvet. I wear mine nearly every day because they go with something casual like jeans or high waisted pants but also work perfectly for an evening even

t. This is the shoe that feels appropriate with my flowy summer dresses, a fancy dress and also the casual pieces in my wardrobe.

Shop now: LOEFFLER RANDALL Celeste knotted velvet mules for £300 from Net-A-Porter

4. A sneaker

Sneakers are just so comfortable and easy. Now they work with everything from jeans to dresses.

5. A polished sandal

It’s nice to have a heeled sandal for summer, something open and airy but also a bit polished and put together. I love our Jill bow sandals. I ran all through the streets of Paris with them in May trying to catch a taxi.

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The 5 shoes to pack on holiday according to the experts

The 5 shoes to pack on holiday according to the experts


Packing clothes for a holiday is hard, especially if your baggage allowance is against you – turns out shoes are actually quite heavy if you pack 10 pairs, like I do. Having been stung by a fine before, I thought I needed a little help for my next trip abroad, in order to curate the perfect shoe capsule without going overboard.

So I asked Jessie Randall, the creative director and co-founder of LOEFFLER RANDALL, the cult NYC accessories brand taking over Instagram, to share her knowledge. Here’s what she said to pack.

1. A wow shoe

I love to have one very special shoe in my wardrobe to wear to weddings and parties, something that truly evokes an emotional response and takes your breath away. For me this season, it’s our Penny, a metallic pleated sandal that is so special.

Shop now: LOEFFLER RANDALL Penny bow-detailed plissé-lamé mules for £345 from Net-A-Porter

2. An easy slide

I’m always running all over the place from dropping off kids to work in the city and out to the beach. I love a slide for summer because they are so easy (you don’t even have to bend down to put them on) and they are very on-trend and chic. I’ll be wearing our Shirley bow slide this summer. It’s got a striped bow and ric rac detail and is made in fabric that is hand woven in Marrakesh.

Shop now: LOEFFLER RANDALL Beattie bow-detailed striped canvas slides for £220 from Net-A-Porter

3. An everything shoe

I like to have a shoe in my wardrobe that works with everything in it. This is the shoe that sits right by the door because you wear it so often. For me, it’s our Celeste knotted mule in velvet. This shoe is so comfortable both because of its height and its soft velvet. I wear mine nearly every day because they go with something casual like jeans or high waisted pants but also work perfectly for an evening even

t. This is the shoe that feels appropriate with my flowy summer dresses, a fancy dress and also the casual pieces in my wardrobe.

Shop now: LOEFFLER RANDALL Celeste knotted velvet mules for £300 from Net-A-Porter

4. A sneaker

Sneakers are just so comfortable and easy. Now they work with everything from jeans to dresses.

5. A polished sandal

It’s nice to have a heeled sandal for summer, something open and airy but also a bit polished and put together. I love our Jill bow sandals. I ran all through the streets of Paris with them in May trying to catch a taxi.

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Zara sale hacks you never knew about from former employees

Zara sale hacks you never knew about from former employees


You’re most welcome

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Hands up, who’s already spent half their pay check in the Zara sale going on at the moment? Well, before you dole out any more cash – we’ve got the dirt on some amazing Zara shopping hacks from ex-employees.

Zara notoriously never do discounts, just sales, but we’ve got a few shopping hacks for you that could save you a bit of £££. These aren’t new, but you might have missed them as they’re not mega obvious. The girls over at The Devil Wears Zara and Who What Wear also scored some major tips from over a hundred ex-employees which we’ve included below as well – bring on the wardrobe updates.

Zara limited edition collections

Pretty much the only annoying thing about Zara is that it’s so popular that everyone ends up wearing the same stuff (yeah, like that Zara jacket that had its own feed). Which is where Zara’s limited edition collections come in handy, as there are fewer pieces.

These are generally marked as ‘new’ in the dropdown of the woman and TRF sections, so it’s worth checking in weekly. However, if you’re after something a little more classic, then try the Timeless collection, which is pretty much what it says on the tin: classic pieces which will see you through the seasons.

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A Zara employee told Who What Wear, ‘Special pieces like a statement summer dress or coat that stand out from the rest of the products are probably only available in limited quantity and won’t be reproduced for sale, so definitely grab it.’

Zara special prices

Under the ‘woman’ section on the Zara homepage, you’ll see a dropdown appear. Scroll right to the bottom of that, and just after ‘fragrances’ you’ll see ‘special prices’.

In there, you’ll find a veritable treasure trove of bargains. This is basically Zara’s more affordable pieces, and you’ll find anything from £12.99 chinos and sweaters, to tops for under a tenner. There are even coats for under £50, which for Zara is pretty good.

Beyond the special prices category, there’s another hack if you happen to be going on a Eurotrip. An employee revealed, ‘Zara is obviously the cheapest in Spain and Portugal since most of it is produced there. So stock up whenever you find yourself in those countries!’ 

Zara most popular pieces

Zara recently added a new section to the site called ‘Trending Now’, which essentially tells you what everyone else is buying right now, so you won’t have to wait to see a dress on a blogger to find out what’s hot right now.

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An employee revealed that even if it looks like your favourite piece is out of stock, just hold out hope. They said, ‘Save the link of the product you want, even if its sold out—they always restock. This is very useful during sales because you can get literally anything. During sale season, there are a lot of returns, and as soon as something gets back to the warehouse, the stock is refreshed, and if you’re quick enough, you can get that T-shirt for half price or even more discounted.’ 

If you’re looking for a timeless classic though, there’s a bit of strategy involved if you want to score a bargain. Another employee said, ‘Basics like trench coats, puffers, denim, plain sweaters and cardigans, camisoles—things like that—they remake every year, so we (Zara employees) would always buy those on sale and no one would know it was from the previous season.’ 

Zara discount codes

Sadly, Zara famously don’t do discount codes (I mean they don’t need to, do they?), nor do they offer student discounts, so if you’re after a bargain, you’ll have to wait for the sales.

Zara sales

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Zara sales tend to fall in line with the major winter sale and summer sale periods, so Boxing Day and June. However, if you want to find out about sales early, then do sign up to the newsletter, because you will usually get notified in advance. Zara employees also shared their insight as to how to figure out when the big day would be coming below.

One said, ‘The biggest sign that a sale is coming is when the clothing gets all turned horizontally and packed onto the racks. Usually, the merchandisers are grouping together everything by the same price point and will have as much inventory on the floor as possible. This basically means don’t buy anything because in a couple of days it will all be on sale.’

Another revealed that the key was when old pieces began popping up on the racks again. They said, ‘When it comes to the U.S., right before Zara starts their sale they try to sell everything at regular pricing. You’ll see most of the old collections back in stores and only the new clothing is labeled with signs that say ‘new collection’. So I would recommend not buying those older clothes because they will be on sale two weeks later.’ 

As far as bossing the sale goes? Well, the ex-employees had people sorted.

The first week of the sale, we are most likely going to discount 10% to 25%. The second week, we price the sale at 40% or even 50%. During the third week, you can get items for up to 70% to 75% off because everything has to go. It’s better to wait two to three weeks for the best sale prices,’ one explained.

The best days to shop at Zara

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The best days to shop online are usually Monday and Thursday for the main drops (great start of the week pick-me-up!), but there are odd new pieces added on most days.

Zara free delivery

The cheapest way to get your Zara order delivered is to get it sent direct to a store of your choice, for free. But if you’re spending over £50 (which let’s be honest, is pretty easy to do at Zara), then it’s free anyway.

Zara home hack

This tip doesn’t actually involve the main site, but Zara home. Did you know that as well as homeware, it sells some amazing loungewear too? It’s not all cheap but there are some great pieces like trousers and tunics for under £30.

Zara sizing

If you can’t stand shopping in store but worry that if you shop online it won’t fit, rest assured. Zara just made shopping easier by introducing a new online sizing tool, which lets you input all your measurements so it can tell you which size to shop which product in. Genius.

Now excuse us while we do a bit of shopping…

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adidas Tennis by Palace is the collab that’ll get you into Wimbledon

adidas Tennis by Palace is the collab that’ll get you into Wimbledon


Even if you’re not a big tennis fan, this collaboration between adidas and Palace might just change your mind, and get you excited for Wimbledon.

adidas tennis by Palace serves up (get it?) a full line of court-ready kit which will be worn for the first time at this summer’s all white tennis event.

Think a dress, tank top and short, tee and skirt for the women (with built-in shorts like the pros), and a series of accessories, from caps to wristbands. As for the med, there will be tracksuits, polos and graphic tees.

The kit has a nice vintage vibe to it too, as Palace actually raided the sportswear brand’s archives to create the tennis collection, which celebrates the glory days of the 70s and 80s, but with a modern twist (sportswear tech has come a long way after all).

And if you are a tennis pro yourself, rest assured that it doesn’t just look pretty. The collection has in fact been tried, tested and approved by some of the best tennis players in the world, and will be worn on court by many of this year’s Wimbledon stars.

The collection launches on 3rd July so stay tuned.

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The viral raffia slippers taking over the internet

The viral raffia slippers taking over the internet


In case you hadn’t noticed, raffia is a thing this season. Whether you’re after a basket bag or a straw hat, the natural material is everywhere, and that explains why these raffia slippers have gone viral.

They are by Casablanca-based brand Zyneb, founded by designers Zineb Britel and Laura Pujol, who create shoes inspired by traditional Morrocan babouche styles. Although the brand was launched in 2016, things have started kicking off (excuse the pun) this summer thanks to fashion heavyweights sporting the slippers.

The likes of Leandra Medine, Eva Chen, Desert Mannequin and Chiara Ferragni have all opted for the natural woven Raffy style, though Zyneb also have dressier slippers in the range.

Who needs a taxi when you have mummy’s back?

A post shared by Eva Chen (@evachen212) on Jun 26, 2018 at 11:34am PDT

Shop now: ZYNE Raffy IV woven raffia slippers for £345 from Net-A-Porter

This style clearly works just as well for a casual weekend away as it does for work.

Team it with denim cut-offs and a basket bag a la Eva, or dress it up with a blazer like Desert Mannequin.

Either way, be safe in the knowledge that you’ve found the perfect summer flat.

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Victoria Beckham is wearing this dress to celebrate her wedding anniversary

Victoria Beckham is wearing this dress to celebrate her wedding anniversary


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Victoria Beckham is celebrating a big even with husband David on 4th July, namely, their 19th wedding anniversary. And when you’re a fashion designer/style icon and you’ve got a big date night planned, there’s only one thing for it: a new dress of course.

Luckily, VB has her own label, which is full of date-appropriate dresses, and so she went into her London store to pick out the right one.

Giving us all a sneak peek on her Instagram, she revealed her chosen one, a chic black silk slip dress with fringing detail, ie, maximum swishing factor.

Shop now: Cami Sequin Midi for £1,095 from Victoria Beckham

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She labelled the frock ‘the perfect date night dress’, saying, ‘Shopping for a dress for my anniversary dinner!!’

And we can’t help but agree, it’s simple and timeless, with the sequin fringes adding a little bit of razzle dazzle to proceedings.

The dress is actually part of her SS18 collection, and is currently half price. In case you’re looking for the perfect date night dress too…

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I’m broke so these are the only four things I’m buying for wedding season

I’m broke so these are the only four things I’m buying for wedding season


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If you’re around my age (ahem twenties…) then you’ll likely have a few weddings to go to every year, and so you’ll know it can get quite expensive. You’ve got the hen do, the travel/accommodation for the actual wedding, a wedding gift, and that’s sans counting your wedding guest dress.

There was a time where I used to buy a new outfit for every single wedding, telling myself I’d wear it again so it was worth it, but I never did, as the heels were too high, or the dress too dressy to wear in everyday life. So this wedding season, I’m allowing myself to buy these four things, because not only do they make a pretty ensemble all worn together, but I can definitely wear them again separately…

A straw hat

Straw hats are the one accessory I’ve seen countless fashion editors and influencers pack for their holiday, and I’ll be investing in one for this wedding season too. I hate fascinators and formal hats just remind me of the Queen, so this is the only headpiece I’ll be convinced to wear. As seen at Jacquemus at Fashion Week, they’ll add a dose of cool to any outfit, from a chic dress to a denim jumpsuit. And of course, it’ll double up as a fab holiday accessory.

Shop now: ASOS Straw Floppy Hat with Metallic Brim and Size Adjuster for £11 from ASOS

A pinafore dress

I’ve bought countless of super smart floral dresses that just weren’t great for everyday wear, as the cut was too tailored, or the neckline was too plunging. So this season I’m going for a style that’s a little more on the casual side: the pinafore (Alexa Chung convinced me). This number from Topshop hits the polka dot trend box, and can be worn over a white t-shirt and with trainers for a more casual look, or with a white shirt and mules for an office-appropriate take.

Shop now: PETITE Black Spot Pinafore Dress for £55 from Topshop

A basket bag

Basket bags are back for another season, and we can expect them to still be around for SS19, so there’s no harm in investing in one now. Much like the straw hat, the basket bag is easily dressed up or down, especially if you go for a paired-back designs sans pom poms or glitter. I’m rooting for this Nannacay number.

Shop now: Nannacay Sirikit Box Bag for £192.86 from shopbop

Sculptural heels

I’m done with buying beautiful heels that are so high I end up ditching them before I even hit the dancefloor (great for the wedding breakfast when you’re sitting down though). Luckily, low heels are in this season, and I’m loving the sculptural heels by the likes of Jacquemus and Cult Gaia, which will make my outfit a bit more fashion-forward.

Shop now: CULT GAIA Alia leather mules for £295 from Net-A-Porter

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The one accessory all the fashion editors are taking on holiday this summer

The one accessory all the fashion editors are taking on holiday this summer


Naturally, it’s Instagram gold

Basket bags may have been the accessory of summer 2017, but there’s a new holiday accessory in town, and it’s taking over my Instagram feed.

It’s official, hats are very much in, according to the many fashion editors and influencers who’ve been sporting oversized straw hats on their beach holidays.

Even if, like myself, you’re not a hat person, you’ll appreciate the old-school glamour of the headpiece, which adds a chic finishing touch to a simple swimsuit (the must-have swimwear this season).

With this trend, be bold: honestly, the bigger the better. You can go minimal a la Jacquemus with a paired-back – though giant – version (sold out everywhere sadly), or go for a style adorned with an elegant black ribbon or a cheeky slogan (the below ‘do not disturb’) is my favourite.

And even though this is best worn on the beach, you can get away with wearing it on the cobbles too, with a linen dress or silk cami and jeans combo.

Convinced? Here are five straw hats I’m buying now.

Shop now: EUGENIA KIM Mirabel straw hat for £470 from Net-A-Porter

Shop now: Raw Edge Straw Hat for £16 from Topshop

Shop now: FILÙ HATS Arenal wide-brimmed straw hat for £407 from MatchesFashion.com

Shop now: SENSI STUDIO Lady Ibiza toquilla straw hat for £180 from Net-A-Porter

Shop now: Stone Ribbon Straw Hat for £12.99 from New Look

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Kate Middleton’s best ever high street looks (and where to buy them)

Kate Middleton’s best ever high street looks (and where to buy them)


Your complete guide to the Duchess’ fave affordable brands

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Credit: REX

Kate Middleton is know for mixing high street brands with designer items, thus nailing that hi-low fashion most of us can only dream of (note the £40 Zara dress she wore to the polo, and the elegant Royal wedding McQueen dress that she definitely didn’t recycle).

But while we’ve already brought to you the complete guide of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite fashion brands, it was more about the pricier end of her wardrobe, which includes the likes of Jenny Packham and Erdem.

So we thought it was about time we did a little rundown of Kate’s best high street looks, and where to buy the exact same item, or near enough.

Kate Middleton wearing Zara

The Duchess is a huge fan of the Spanish high street chain, having recently worn not one, but two £40 dresses at Royal events. She’s previously worn statement jewellery and jackets from Zara too

Shop now: STRIPED OFF-THE-SHOULDER DRESS for £39.99 from Zara

Kate Middleton wears Roland Mouret to the 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' premiere

Kate Middleton wears a Zara necklace with a Roland Mouret dress to the ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ premiere

Kate Middleton wearing L.K.Bennett

Kate has single-handedly boosted nude court sales everywhere, thanks to her love for the style by L.K.Bennett, which she has worn at countless events. She’ll often turn to the brand for smart day dresses and tailored coats too.

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Kate Middleton wearing an L.K.Bennett coat in Dec 2017 (Photo: Rex)

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Kate Middleton wearing L.K.Bennett nude pumps in 2011 (photo: Rex)

Shop now: SLEDGE TRENCH PATENT LEATHER PLATFORM COURTS for £195 from RETAILER

Kate Middleton wearing Hobbs

During her pregnancy with Prince Louis, Kate wore a smart navy coat by Hobbs, which serves up other timeless classics like the green skirt suit the Duchess wore the year before.

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Photo: Rex

Photo: Rex

Shop now: Kira Jacket for £84 from Hobbs

Kate Middleton wearing Boden

Kate made headlines back in January 2018, when she wore the most vibrant red coat, courtesy of British brand Boden. It’s actually still available in a couple of sizes, and has been reduced in the sale.

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Photo: Rex

Shop now: Lena coat for £132 from Boden

Kate Middleton wearing GAP

When she’s in need of something a little more casual, like a parka jacket or trousers, the Duchess likes to shop at GAP. She wore these printed skinny trousers in 2016, and here’s the brand’s version for this season.

kate middleton high street brands

Shop now: Gingham Skinny Ankle Pants for £30.99 from GAP

kate middleton high street brands

Kate Middleton wearing Reiss

Reiss is known for paired-back, tailored dresses, and so is an obvious choice for Kate when it comes to official functions that don’t quite require the traditional ballgown. She famously wore this nude dress to meet the Obamas after coming back from her honeymoon.

kate middleton high street brands

Photo: Rex

Shop now: SELIKA ONE-SHOULDER COCKTAIL DRESS for £90 from Reiss

kate middleton high street brands

Kate Middleton wearing Topshop

Kate first publicly wore Topshop during her first pregnancy in 2013, a black and white polka dot dress which sold out instantly. The same thing happened when she wore a boho dress while on tour in India in 2016. Luckily, polka dots are back in season, and you can buy this similar style from Topshop.

kate middleton high street brands

Photo: Rex

kate middleton high street brands

Photo: Rex

Shop now: Shirred Strappy Midi Dress for £29 from Topshop

Kate Middleton wearing Goat

Kate absolutely loves a smart Goat coat, and actually owns a similar style in every colour, including cream, black, navy and red (and that’s the ones we’ve spotted). Clearly an investment piece.

kate middleton high street brands

Photo: Rex

kate middleton high street brands

Photo: Rex

Shop now: Goat Redgrave coat for £600 from Farfetch

kate middleton high street brands

Kate Middleton wearing Superga

For those rare times Kate Middleton does require a trainer, she’s often spotted wearing her trusty Superga shoes, which were actually a favourite of Diana’s too.

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Photo: Rex

Shop now: Superga 27150 for £60 from ASOS

The Best White Trainers

Head straight to our fashion section for your complete guide to Prince Charlotte and Prince George’s best clothes, as well as Meghan Markle’s favourite fashion brands too.

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