Stylish sportswear guaranteed to get you to the gym

Stylish sportswear guaranteed to get you to the gym


Add extra motivation to your gym routine with these fashion-forward fitness pieces….

If you’re in need of a little motivation for all those spinning classes, there’s only one thing for it: stylish sportswear. Lucky for us, there’s plenty of inspo around when it comes to Insta-worthy outfits (because if it didn’t go on the ‘gram, did it even happen?), and with Net-A-Porter seeing a massive 97% hike in searches for sports gear on its site, now’s the time to gear up.

Not sure how to style the street trend? Think chic and sporty supermodels like Gigi and Bella Hadid, Stella Maxwell and, let’s be real, pretty much all of the Victoria’s Secret angels.

Plenty of 90s vibes, thanks to crop tops, branded joggers and retro trainers, and if you can wear the same colour from head-to-toe, extra sartorial points for you. Bella does red while Kendall is a big fan of white.

Neon is making a big comeback this season, so make sure you inject a bit of colour in your outfit, and statement leggings are perfect if you’re going for that LA look.

It’s all about layering too, which is perfect for winter, so make sure you wear a crossover knitted cardi over a pastel crop top for yoga or barre, while a camo long-sleeved stretch top is great if you’re pounding the pavement.

The key is to have an outfit that will take you from workout to lunch without bothering without having to change, because it’s just too damn on point. That said, it does need to do the job at the gym too. It’s all well and good looking stylish, but if you don’t have lightweight, breathable fabrics, then they’ll you’ll get overheated and sweaty in no time. Lucky for you, both dedicated and high street sportswear brand have got you covered with the latest technologies. Whether you’re doing yoga, spinning, pilates, HIIT or barre, there are plenty of stylish pieces that will keep you cool while you workout.

Scroll down to shop our edit of the best sportswear to buy now.

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These are the designer bag trends to invest in this year according to the buyers at Harvey Nichols

These are the designer bag trends to invest in this year according to the buyers at Harvey Nichols


When it comes to investing in a new season designer handbag, we don’t take much convincing. However, it’s always good to do your research first and know which bag trends are going to be huge for the new season – which is where the buys at high-end stores come in.

Harvey Nichols has just released its accessories trend forecast for SS19, and there’s basically only four styles you need in your life right now.

Logo bags

This time last year, logo guys were everywhere, thanks in no small part to the rise of Balenciaga and Gucci. For SS19, nothing has changed, though this time around we are looking at a sleeker, monochromatic take on the trend. Our top buy, the Chloé Roy cream leather bucket bag.

Shop now: CHLOE Roy cream leather bucket bag for £1,255 from HARVEY NICHOLS

Top handle bags

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton are both fans of them: the top handle bags, which add that ladylike touch to any outfit. Harvey Nichs calls it the ‘smart sidekick destined for the office’ and we agree. Try the Loewe Gate leather tote bag for a go-with-everything classic.

Shop now: LOEWE Gate brown leather tote for £1,995 from HARVEY NICHOLS

Shoulder bags

If top handle bags really aren’t your thing, then the shoulder bag is for you. Think a go-to cult bag in the making, usually a little bigger to easily hold everything you need in one place. We’re into the Gucci GG Marmont black leather shoulder bag.

Shop now: GUCCI GG Marmont black leather shoulder bag for £1,790 from HARVEY NICHOLS

Neutral bags

Shop now: SHRIMPS Antonia ivory beaded box bag for £475 from HARVEY NICHOLS

Finally, tonal dressing sees no sign of abating for spring, and head-to-toe cream is the way to do it. With a little help from the Shrimps Antonia pearl bag, because that influencer-favourite really isn’t going anywhere either.

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3,000 are interested in these shoes and they haven’t even dropped yet

3,000 are interested in these shoes and they haven’t even dropped yet


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Remember last summer, when literally everyone was into these Dune summer sandals and you couldn’t scroll through Instagram without seeing at least five influencers wearing them?

Well they’re back with a vengeance, and judging by the waiting list, people still aren’t over them.

In case you missed them last year, the leather flats came in tan, white and black leather, selling out several times, before coming out in a bunch of new shades likeorange, yellow, turquoise and hot pink. Influencers like Alex Stedman, Emma Hill, Hannah Crosskey and We Are Twinset were all fans.

Now Dune has announced it’s bringing them back, and there is a waiting list already. We don’t know yet how many people are on it, but the brand told me 3,000 had searched for the shoes on the site, so it’s likely to be at least that.

Here’s what to expect from the new styles: at the end of January, there will be red leather, faux snake and leopard print options.

Then, from March, the yellow leather, denim and raffia textures will drop – I’m particularly keen on the last one, which will be the ideal holiday shoe.

If you’re interested, you know what to do…

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Meghan Markle just supported a big cause with her bracelet

Meghan Markle just supported a big cause with her bracelet


A couple of days ago, Meghan Markle accidentally revealed her due date while on a visit to Birkenhead with Prince Harry. And while everyone got excited about this fact, others noticed her chic jewellery, which included a delicate gold bangle.

Other than the fact this is very on trend for SS19, it’s the message behind the bracelet that makes it more interesting.

The Duchess of Sussex has long been a vocal advocate of sustainability, and it certainly seems like she’s supporting her words with actions.

You see the gold plated ripple bracelet (£240) is by a brand called BAR Jewellery, which is a London-based sustainable brand. All pieces are handcrafted in London, using recycled material.

And it turns out Meghan isn’t the inly royal fan of the brand, as founder Sophie McKay met the Queen when she made a surprise visit to London Fashion Week a year ago.

Other celebrity fans include Jessie Ware, Naomi Harris and Emma Watson, another big fan of ethical dressing and sustainability.

Who said jewellery couldn’t be powerful?

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8 hair clips that will definitely spark joy this season

8 hair clips that will definitely spark joy this season


I know the whole ethos of Marie Kondo is to not buy/store lots of crap you don’t need (anyone else been binge watching her show on Netflix?), however she also says that you should keep anything that sparks joy.

And at the moment, hair clips spark a lot of joy for me. They are an easy way to update an outfit if you’re strapped for cash – thought there are a lot of gorgeous designer options out there too if you have the budget, thank you Simone Rocha.

Plus, they take virtually no room at all to store, and can easily fit in one of those tiny storage boxes Marie loves. So really, it’s a win-win situation.

Although I’ve been spotting lots of statement velvet headbands lately, the hair clip is still the key accessory of the season, and is much more wearable.

If you’re a minimalist at heart, opt for a classic tortoiseshell clip, or if you’re a maximalist, then you’ll love all the pearl and sequin offerings, which in my opinion go well beyond party season.

Shop now: VALET Set of two tortoiseshell resin hair clips for £45 from Net-A-Porter

Shop now: SASKIA DIEZ Paillettes silver-plated hair slide for £95 from Net-A-Porter

Shop now: SHRIMPS Antonia bead-embellished hair clip for £75 from MATCHESFASHION.COM

Shop now: SIMONE ROCHA Crystal-beaded hair clip for £95 from MATCHESFASHION.COM

Shop now: Les Etoiles Bobby Set for £26 from Anthropologie

Shop now: Open-Frame Hair Clip for £8 from & Other Stories

Shop now: ASOS DESIGN chunky chain hair clip in goldfor £3.50 from ASOS

Shop now: Hair Clip with Rhinestones for £6.99 from Lindex

The key to nailing this look is wearing two matching ones at a time, so don’t be afraid to be bold. Shop a few of my favourites above.

Enjoy.

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Why everyone’s talking about this Boden coat

Why everyone’s talking about this Boden coat


Quintessentially British brand Boden has a bit of a cult following – which includes Kate Middleton FYI – so whenever it drops a limited edition collection, people go a bit crazy for it.

Case in point, the Boden 10 edit, which launched yesterday. Essentially, it’s a must-have curation of the 10 styles you need for spring.

From classic suiting with a contemporary twist to essential knits, a wear everywhere jumpsuit and versatile dress shapes, the capsule has got your new season sorted, but there is one piece in particular that has got everyone’s attention.

The classic trench with contrast stripes and statement Union Jack lining is the ideal trans-seasonal trench coat, and has been going down a treat on Instagram.

Shop now: WHITSTABLE TRENCH COAT for £160 from Boden

Since Boden posted it on its page, it’s gotten over a 1,000 likes and 52 comments, ranging from ‘this coat makes me weak at the knees’ to ‘this is so stunning, love it’.

So all in all, pretty positive. I love the fun twist on an otherwise classic item, and at £160, it’s definitely an investment piece you’ll wear season after season.

 

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People are really into these dressy PJs and we are here for it

People are really into these dressy PJs and we are here for it


Really, who wants to dress up in January? If I could, I’d spend my days in PJs, because I just can’t be dealing with layering or bare legs, and it certainly seems I’m not the only one, judging by my Instagram feed.

Apparently, the solution to January party dressing is chic nightwear, and I am really, really here for it.

In particular, I have seen many of my fashion editor friends and influencers (and even Brie Larson is getting in on the action) wearing a silk pyjama set by Sleeper.

It features a classic shirt with button down mother of pearl buttons, but the best bit about it is the marabou feathers lining the hem of the wide leg trousers – so decadent 50s housewife.

Whether you’re staying in or going out, it just ticks all the right boxes. Wear it with a kitten mule or 70s velvet platform to go out, or a simple satin slipper to stay in.

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The pyjama set comes in several colours, including all black which has been the most popular version, but I really like the retro aspect of the powder blue with red piping and white feathers, or the terracota as seen on Eva Chen.

Now off I go to live my best PJ life.

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Sienna Miller, Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner are obsessed with this Mango coat

Sienna Miller, Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner are obsessed with this Mango coat


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You know you’ve got a high-street hit on your hands either when it blows up Instagram, or when all the celebrities are wearing it – let’s face it, if you’ve got your pick of all the designer items, you’re not likely to shop on the high street.

And Sienna Miller, Sophie Turner and Priyanka Chopra are all fans of a brown Mango coat this season.

The longline tailored coat is part of the AW18 collection, and features a classic collar and button fastening.

Sienna wore hers over jeans while travelling at Heathrow, while Sophie Turner wore it out on a date night in London with her fiancé Joe Jonas.

Meanwhile, either Priyanka Chopra borrowed the coat off her sister-in-law, or loved it so much she bought her own, because she too was spotted wearing it this winter. She dressed it up with a printed blouse and wide leg trousers, while Sienna and Sophie teamed it with jeans for a more casual look.

Unstructured virgin wool coat

£89.99

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Unstructured design. Long design. Fabric with virgin wool. Lapels. Long sleeve.Button fastening on the front. Inner lining.

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Sadly, the coat went in the sale, and promptly sold out, however I’ve found virtually the same one for you. Get it quick before it’s gone, it’s the perfect shade for the season.

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A comprehensive list of the very best Oscar dresses of all time

A comprehensive list of the very best Oscar dresses of all time


Check out our round-up of the best dressed stars in the history of the Academy Awards

Best Oscar Dresses of all time

The Academy Awards is undoubtedly one of the most glamorous events in history. Since its advent in the fifties, it’s been a true celebration of the achievements of some of the biggest stars of the screen. The ceremony is now televised in over 200 countries. This is our comprehensive guide of the Best Oscar Dresses of all time.

Most expensive Oscar dresses

Go big or go home as they say, and when we say big, we mean several million dollars big, which is how much Nicole Kidman was paid to wear a Dior dress back in 1997. Also up there were Lupita Nyong’o’s $150k pearl-encrusted Calvin Klein dress which was famously stolen from her hotel room in 2015, and Cate Blanchett’s 2007 Swarovski crystal Armani Privé gown, which was worth $200k – see our full round-up of the most expensive Oscar dresses of all time here.

Oscars dress code

Technically, the dress code for the Oscars is ‘black tie’ formal which would involve a black tux for men and ballgowns for women, though it has become less strict over the years, with men opting for colours like dark blue and navy (or powder blue if you’re Jared Leto), and women going for different lengths, and sometimes even suits.

Best Oscar dresses 2018

The 2018 Oscars red carpet was a strong one, notably from Jennifer Lawrence in her bronze Dior gown, Saoirse Ronan’s pink Calvin Klein bow, and Margot Robbie’s bridal-inspired Chanel dress.

Best Oscar dresses ever

At the first ever Oscars, it was an iconic moment when waif-like Audrey Hepburn won the Best Actress trophy for her role in the 1953 film Roman Holiday. Her dress was designed by Hubert de Givenchy and the actress went on to become his muse. The delicate flowers adorning the fabric seemed to chime with her elfin features. The look was innocent, yet striking and sexy and won her hearts all over the fashion industry.

In 1995, a year after wearing THAT safety-pinned Versace dress to the premiere of Four Weddings And A Funeral, Liz stepped out once again on the arm of Hugh Grant. This time she was wearing a slightly less out-there affair, a beautiful embellished gown (with the requisite plunging neckline still in place of course).

Despite a couple of her looks now seeming a little bit dated, Nicole Kidman has turned heads in an iconic dress at a number of Oscar ceremonies. In 2000 she most certainly stole the show as she walked the red carpet with then-husband Tom Cruise. She positively shimmered in the clingy one-shouldered gold gown.

In the years that followed, the likes of Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez all wore some incredible pieces that have landed them in our round-up of the most iconic Oscar dresses of all time.

Fast-forward to 2009 and it’s Katherine Heigl’s turn to take the spotlight in Los Angeles. Combining two of the night’s key trends – asymmetric cuts and the colour red – she commanded attention for all the right reasons in an Escada column dress.

2013 saw Amy Adams get it very right in a feathered Oscar de la Renta design and 2014 was Jennifer Lawrence’s time to shine. She picked a Dior floor-sweeper that was incredibly flattering to her trim hourglass curves.

In 2015 and 2016, there were sequins, ruffles and feathers galore, with Emma Stone and Emily Blunt shimmering in Elie Saab and Prada respectively.

Keep reading to see who else has featured in our edit of the most iconic Oscar dresses of all time…

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If you buy one thing this year make it this shoe

If you buy one thing this year make it this shoe


ASOS has shared its trend report for 2019, based on what its customers have shopped the most in 2018, and there are some interesting trends ahead, especially when it comes to shoes.

More specifically, you’ll either be pleased or annoyed to know that dad trainers aren’t going anywhere. Last year, the site saw a 25% increase in sales across both men and womenswear for the chunky shoe style, which was big in the 90s. So if you’re buying into one thing this year, make it this.

Elsewhere, ASOS predicts that the jumpsuit will be replaced by the short suit in 2019, which is a dressier alternative for spring. Cycling shorts are still a big trend for SS18, so you can opt for those and a blazer, though I’m more into loose tailoring myself, a la Julia Roberts at the end of Pretty Woman. So 80s. So chic.

Other key pieces you might want to invest in for the season ahead are:

A tie dye print dress – Animal print sales on ASOS went up by 233% last year, but it sees 2019 as the year of tie dye and reflective metallics.

The ditzy dress – Last year, the ASOS green ditsy print dress sold out in a couple days after being re-stocked twice. It’s coming back for 2019 with a belted detail.

A good suit – Tailoring sales went up 460% in 2018, and the ASOS customer tends to shop for the whole outfit rather than a blazer or trouser separately.

A pair of ethical jeans – ASOS DESIGN denim were up 23%, and this year, the goal is for 100% of the ASOS Design cotton-based jeans to be made from sustainably sourced cotton.

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