From super-sized totes, bumbags and micro-pouches to timeless classics, shop our pick of the best new season designer handbags
The latest designer handbags ticking all the SS18 summer fashion trends have dropped, and there’s no better time than the present to invest in one. Now I appreciate it’s a big purchase, so to save you time and effort, we’ve rounded-up our fashion-editor approved best designer handbags from the new season that suit all tastes, styles, daily needs and budgets (yes, really).
If there is one piece worthy of investment each season, it has to be a designer handbag (and if you don’t believe me, some brands are literally a better financial investment than gold). And while many designers are on-trend with their offering, there are also some classic styles that never go out of fashion out there too.
The best arm candy for SS18 ranges from the super-sized, with the coolest carry-alls in every colour, prints and texture imaginable, to must-have micros, the small yet perfectly formed little numbers for minimal effort, with maximum impact. Belt up with the return of the bumbag, or break out a funky beach bag in classic straw or a bright alternative, these standout styles will carry you through the season.
You could clash colours a la Loewe or J.W. Anderson, while you can always trust Anya Hindmarch and Hill & Friends for some acid pops of colour and novelty designs – think smiley faces and emoji bags.
For something avant-guard, look to the likes of Balenciaga or Off-White, for some seriously tongue-in-cheek yet sculptural designs.
If your heart is set on something a little sleeker and modern, then go down the chic Stella McCartney, Chloé or Céline route. These beautiful bags will pay for themselves when you work out the cost per wear – persuaded? Thought so.
Somewhere in the middle, you have your classics with a twist. Think modern Manu Atelier satchels, Mulberry’s bucket-bags and basically anything from Tom Ford.
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London Fashion Week has just kicked off, and with it, that daily dose of fashion style inspo for your new season wardrobe.
Whilst what the designers are showing on the runway is undoubtedly the main focus of the shows, what happens off the runway is just as exciting. Who is wearing what, straight off the runway? Or what’s the hot new brand everyone is talking about? More importantly, which high street style hero is flying off the shelves?
Naturally, the trench coat and the checked blazer are still very much staples, but as we’ve come to expect from the London set, it’s all about the daring details. Think super cute micro bags, oversized pearl earrings and statement boots – spoiler alert: there’s a lot of snake print about.
Despite autumn being round the corner, there are still plenty of pastels and bright colours about, be it on a floaty dress or a tailored suits. Speaking of suits, this season they’re being donned in all fabrics and colours, from rusty red corduroy to denim, mint green to micro checks a la Clueless.
As with anything these days, you have to think about the ‘gram too, and there were plenty of IG appropriate accessories. So far we’ve spotted sculptural statement earrings by the likes of Anissa Kermiche and Mulberry, and re bags, we’ve got micro Regina Pyo, classic Danse Lente, whilst Balenciaga trainers and Neous heels are also having a moment.
See some of the most fabulous style moments from the spring/summer 2019 shows in London fashion week.
Winter boots are a staple for everyone’s wardrobes, so we’ve hunted down the best styles out there right now to give you a helping hand in finding your perfect pair.
The hunt for the best winter boots is on! From the best knee-high boots, to statement printed ankle boots, there’s something to suit every style and budget this season.
AW18 boot trends
The new styles on this year’s catwalks were all about playful textures and colours. There were cowboy boots virtually everywhere from Off-White to Ganni and Louis Vuitton to Isabel Marant.
Speaking of cowboy boots, faux skin boots are the surprise hit of the season, so make sure you nab a pair, though if that’s not your vibe, literally every other animal print will do, though you’ll never be out of style with a good leopard print.
If you invested in a pair of Balenciaga knee-highs last year, you’ll be pleased to know there is still a space for sock boots, especially in 80s style neon colours.
For a more classic approach, try black lace-up boots: the Victorian trend is going to be huge this season.
High street winter boots
If you’re on a tight budget, the high street has plenty of fashion-forward boots. Try Mango and Zara for on-trend pieces, but for something a little more timeless, head straight to L.K.Bennett or Jones.
There’s literally a style for everyone and every outfit, all you have to do is work out which boot is best for you this winter (though who says you can’t treat yourself to a few pairs?). To help you narrow down your options we’ve rounded up the best winter boots to see you through the wind and rain and right into spring in style.
The best trench coats come in all shapes and sizes, from neutral shades in classic shapes to stand-out voluminous, textured and colourful styles guaranteed to liven-up your wardrobe. It’s a timeless classic we believe every woman should own. And here’s why…
Thanks to their unrivalled versatility, the best trench coats have long been regarded as a trans-seasonal staple. In fact, they are one of the few items of clothing suitable for both casual and smart occasions. With jeans or tailored trousers, ankle boots or trainers – they just work.
They’re one of those items that can take a lot of pavement pounding to find the right one, but once found, it’s something that you can wear season after season, and is well worth the investment.
If it’s something classic you’re after, go for a tan, cream or beige shade. Navy is another great option for those of you wanting to buy a jacket that can be donned for work or at the weekend.
Anyone looking to inject a bit of fun into their wardrobe should consider this season’s love-in with checks or animal prints – perfect for really making an understated outfit sing and for instantly reviving any workwear or weekend look.
And if you weren’t sure about the PVC trend last season, rest assured it’s not going anywhere. Everyone from Burberry to Topshop have got in on the act, and while you’ll have to splash out a little more for this luxe finish, it’ll take the trench to a whole new level. Smart enough for work and glam enough for a wedding, we say they’re worth every penny.
Also new this season: consider a corduroy finish for a 70s vibe, or metallic oversized style for a more 80s look, depending on which decade you prefer.
Still not sold? Trench coats are well-known for being one of the most flattering styles of outerwear. By simply fastening the belt, anyone can have an hourglass silhouette.
Scroll down to shop the best trench coats that will suit any shape, style or budget. Race you to the checkout…
Winter coats are the staple in any wardrobe, and this season we’ve been overwhelmed with choice…
The silver lining to the end of summer is the promise of snuggling up in one of the season’s best winter coats. With everything from checks to colour blocking and faux fur coats, there are plenty of exciting autumn trends to update your outerwear collection.
Autumn coat trends
Fortunately, there’s something out there to suit every style this winter. Puffas, parkas, trenches, right through to sharply tailored numbers, as well as no-fuss longline woolly warmers – all of which make the perfect winter counterpart to your spring wardrobe’s lightweight duster coat.
Animal print coats
You can’t escape animal prints this season, as seen at Givenchy, Dolce and Calvin Klein. Leopard print, snake print, zebra print… nothing is off the table. The louder the better.
Shows like Balenciaga, Maison Margiela and Marni sum up the season’s puffer jacket styling – take a functional, sports-inflected polo, pile on a coat over a jacket, and add a puffa (and then another one)…
As such, deciding what to buy in Topshop each week is one of my favourite pastimes, as well as a bit of a nightmare if I’m honest. For some reason, my bank balance won’t play ball.
What to buy in Topshop
Topshop’s new-season collections are always highly anticipated and its AW18 collection has so far not disappointed, as it’s full of great transitional pieces you can wear now.
This season, you won’t be able to swing a faux-croc bag without hitting at least two snake-print covered people, so I’ve included both those major trends in my round-up – in show and trouser form respectively. In fact, anything animal-themed is de rigueur, with their sell-out polka dot dress now available in tiger print, and there’s a rather nice zebra print bag too.
Tailoring is always a key collection in Toppers, and this season is all about oversized check trousers and heritage-print blazers (Gucci style), paired with a vintage-style shirt. As for coats, the teddy is having another moment this season, in a nice blue version to satisfy your inner 00s it girl.
Another big trend to tick off for autumn is corduroys, so expect to see a lot of suits out and about. For now, wear a cord blazer over a silk slip dress. There’s also a smattering of chic dresses and accessories for good measure.
Shop the best Topshop new in pieces
Be sure to check back in here regularly as when new pieces drop, I’ll be sure to let you know which ones are worth a direct click into your wardrobe…
A new pair of jeans is always the coolest way to update your wardrobe, regardless of the season. However, finding the perfect pair of jeans can be a tricky business. Skinny jeans that are too baggy, cropped jeans that are too long, high waisted jeans that are too tight at the waist and wide at the hips… there are so many factors to take into account.
With that in mind, I’ve scoured my favoured designer and high street denim brands to find the perfect pair of jeans to suit your body shape, and scroll down for a lowdown on the best jean trends for the new season.
Best high waisted jeans
With our current love for everything 70s, high waisted flared jeans are a safe investment for this season. Models at Dior and Topshop Unique team theirs slogan t-shirts and Breton tops, while at Calvin Klein, colour block shirts were the perfect companion to Crayola blue flares. That style is best suited to tall girls, while petite and curvier frames can bank on high waisted mum jeans or culottes.
As Jourdan Dunn and Kaia Gerber proved at the Paris Fashion Week Off_White show, mom jeans are very much in. Again. Pick a style with a slightly wider leg, preferably in a light wash, 80s style. Wear with a tucked-in t-shirt and converse for a casual look, and swap for a loose blouse and white ankle boots for a dressier option.
Kate Moss is of course right: skinny jeans will forever be cool. There’s something timeless and versatile about a pair of classic black jeans. The model was the coolest at Glastonbury when she teamed hers with Hunter wellies, a black vest top and studded biker jacket, and her uniform of black shirt, faux fur leopard print coat and ankle boots is Sloane-ranger perfection.
As with most trends, it’s all about proportion, so balance tights jeans with a loose top, though a Breton t-shirt and ballerina pumps are also great additions to dark blue skinny jeans, Audrey Hepburn style.
Just because you’re curvy doesn’t mean you can’t wear skinny jeans, or any other style for that matter, it’s all down to the waist. A high waist will be more flattering, and if you’re after a 50s style silhouette, flared cropped jeans will do wonders.
Tall women are lucky in that they can get away with a lot of styles. Long wide leg trousers, skinny jeans, cropped culottes… take your pic. Plus, lots of brands like Levi’s offer tall styles, so you really are spoiled for choice.
These days, most brands have an offering of jeans in different lengths, which is heaven for petite girls like me – I use to have to attack my jeans with scissors to make them fit. My go-to are still Topshop jeans for any style – it’s no wonder they sell a pair of these jeans every 10 seconds, they really do go with everything.
While skinny jeans are always a safe bet, cropped styles look really good on short women too. There’s something about seeing a flash of ankle that elongates the frame. Try cropped straight leg or wide leg styles.
Ripped jeans are a wardrobe staple that’s well worth investing in. This season though, they are discreet, with just a small rip on the knee or thigh, or a ripped hem. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even rip your own jeans using our DIY guide.
While we’re on the subject, let’s get one thing straight: you probably ARE washing your jeans too often, so stop. Because you don’t want to lose the stiffness and therefore shape of the jeans, it’s usually best to wash them every fortnight or monthly instead, and forget about washing them straight after you’ve bought them too. Some people store theirs in the freezer too, though the jury’s still out on that one.
So now that you’re an expert on all things denim, scroll down to for my edit of the best jeans to buy now.
It’s time to get ahead and jump on board the trend train – here’s our ultimate guide to the SS18 trends from the catwalk
The Fashion Month dust has settled, we’ve finally emptied out our cases from Paris Fashion Week (still can’t find that missing earring, dammit) and the street stylers are back to Kira Kira-ing their breakfasts, instead of each other outside show venues. We’ve done our Spring Summer 2018 fashion trends research, and now we’d say it’s high time for some next-season wardrobe plotting. Let’s face it, it’s never too early to start that wish-list – especially if you want more than a hope in hell of getting your hands on that Gucci bum bag. So, what did we learn from the NY/London/Milan/Paris Fashion Week whirl?
We’ve got two words – Fashion Prozac. That’s right, after an epically depressing year for politics (and just about everything else), designers reacted in the only way they know how. With uplifting, colourful, joyous clothes that took us off into another universe. Kaleidescopes of rainbow colour, the yummy new sugared almond pastels, Versace’s Insta-breaking supermodel reunion, some pretty powerful 80s power dressing – and OTT texture and fringing galore. The message: the outlook might be a little gloomy right now, but at least we can dress ourselves happy…
Scroll on down for all the Spring Summer 2018 trends to know about
Summer fashion trends 2018: Crayola colours
Designers raided the Pantone colour chart for pulsating primary colours – tomato red made a strong showing, seen everywhere from Preen to Victoria Beckham. There’s cobalt, emerald green and bright yellow. See Balenciaga’s head to toe take – canary yellow dress, layered over a long-sleeved top in the same shade, and accessorised with matching platform Balenciaga Crocs – taking the prize for coolest/craziest *delete as appropriate * collab of the season.
If head to toe brights aren’t your bag, there’s always….
Summer fashion trends 2018: Pastel colours
Delicate sugared almond shades have shaken off their Hyacinth Bucket connotations and turned themselves into a fashion statement. Preen’s standout show, inspired by saris and womens’ rights movements, was a masterclass in how to do pretty and powerful – with one-shouldered dresses and draped shapes in delicate shades of palest pink and green. The big news: lilac, that most Queen Mums-y of shades, is set for a major comeback. Buy a lilac bag now. Or have yourself a scoop of Neapolitan, like Celine’s cream and pink combo.
Princess Di and her late 80s heyday were a pervasive influence on some of the season’s key shows. Clearly the 20th anniversary of her death got Virgil Abloh thinking – he dedicated his entire Off/White show to her. And a fabulously unexpected treat from his normally streetwear-focused label it was. Puff sleeved jackets, high-waisted jeans, pristine white slouchy boots and big shouldered printed dresses. Claire Waight Keller’s debut show for Givenchy was a slick parade of strong, squared blouses in Working Girl-worthy graphic prints and teamed with cowboy boots. Meanwhile, at Saint Laurent Paris fashion week, Anthony Vaccarello brought all the Dynasty glamour for nighttime. The Power-Pouff – it’s a thing.
You think of checks as being strictly winter-only, but they’re making a convincing case for being spring’s It print. There were folksy ginghams at Loewe, sweet red and blue plaids at Alexander McQueen, beautiful bright shopper-bag checks at Mary Katrantzou and a whole show of them at Fendi – even down to checked tights.
Fluffy marabou and ostrich fluttered across a whole host of SS18 – from Anthony Vaccarello’s feather-yeti ‘It’ boots at Saint Laurent to the twisted take on the trench that’s become John Galliano’s signature at Maison Margiela – this season is all about a gold brocade version with white feathers flying from the shoulders. It’s not rain-friendly, but we’ve got the new haute take on the rain mac for that…see below.
Another iteration of the maximalist mood – major statement fringing, swishing across necklines, hemlines, bags…you name it. And these are no wishy-washy boho trims. The look isn’t so much haute-hippy as put-through-a-shredder. Car need a polish? No problem – just slip into one of Erdem or Calvin Klein’s dresses and shimmy away.
Summer fashion trends 2018: Beach clothes
Marc Jacobs said it best, with his mad mash-up of swirly prints, rainbow colours and turbans. Imagine the splashy, sun-drenched style of a 1960s Palm Beach socialite – Lilly Pulitzer, say – and then take it up a notch or three. Gucci’s Hawaiian-tropic print two-piece teamed with glittery gloves and a pile of necklaces is a case in point.
Oh, shorts. So boring, so basic. Just lurking in the back of the drawer, only to be pulled out on holiday when no-one’s looking and all your sundresses are covered in ice cream. Or so we thought, but summer fashion trends 2018 already sees the rise of the Statement Short. Louis Vuitton’s silky boxer style, Saint Laurent’s high-waisted leathers, and a whole host of (are you ready) – Shorts Suits. That’s right – fashion-forward summer tailoring will finish at the knee.
Wet-look, wipe-clean (oo-er), whatever you want to call it, the texture of the season is shiny. Christopher Kane’s black vinyl dresses and Balmain’s jumpsuits had kinky Soho vibes, while Mary Katrantzou and Calvin Klein were thinking more along the sporty waterproof lines, using plastic-coated nylon and drawstrings aplenty.
Trust Karl Lagerfeld to create an entire ecosystem for the Chanel SS18 Paris show – building a French cliff scene inside the Grand Palais, with real live waterfalls and cascading streams for the models to stroll round. Climate change statement or practical fashion problem solving? Maybe both. Either way – we’re covered for spring showers. Transparent plastic macs, rain hats…we’ve never seen Karl so sensible. Other labels including Valentino also produced ‘It’ macs – we never thought we’d say those words.
Another face (more like North Face in fact) of the simmering 80s theme – Dad-tastic sportswear. That’s right, fashion fans – the shellsuit is back! Witness Gucci’s jaunty two-piece and Isabel Marant’s sexed-up tracksuit worn with high heels. The best way to carry off this trend – instead of looking like an escapee from a Soviet Olympic training camp, circa 1989 – is to dilute heavily. Take one shellsuit jacket and wear with something seriously sexy on the bottom. Or team the new sporty ‘dad’ trainers (see below) with a pretty summer dress.
Summer wouldn’t be summer without a sea of florals and pretty dresses – and this season doesn’t disappoint. Prizes for the sweetest go to the Liberty prints at Chloe and ditsy florals at Loewe. There’s also a whole host of sheer loveliness to choose from when it comes to the perfect summer dress – if you’re not brave enough to wear with visible briefs on full display (a big runway trend), pop yours over a high-necked blouse and shorts, a la Emilia Wickstead.
Wedding guest dresses can be a nightmare to shop for, so we’ve edited the best styles for you to shop now.
With wedding season in full swing, the quest for the perfect guest dress has begun. Do you go long? Short? Floaty or fitted? This season, sophisticated prints, florals and rich velvets are filling the rails, meaning there are plenty of wedding guest dresses in the shops to choose from.
Summer wedding guest dresses
I’ll be honest, for me, spring and summer are the best seasons to dress for a wedding. There are more dress options, and you can be a bit more daring with your sartorial choices.
For a destination wedding where heat is a big factor, going slinky will ensure you keep your cool all day. Look to Ghost, Halston Heritage, La Ligne and the Row for minimal slip dresses.
The maximalist fans will be glad to hear that our love affair with print has been revived for the new season, whether that’s polka dots, tropicals, florals or deck chair stripes. Look to GANNI, STAUD, Rixo, Kitri for some vintage-inspired buys, and Dodo Bar Or, Rosie Assoulin, Zimmermann and Needle & Thread for modern classics with a twist.
If you’re going to a black tie wedding, stick to a midi or maxi length dress for maximum elegance. You won’t go wrong with something from Givenchy, Lanvin and Oscar de la Renta if you’re looking to splash out a bit.
Of course, the high street is a great go-to if you’re struggling, with & Other Stories, H&M, Zara, New Look, Topshop and Arket all offering everything from pretty floral dresses to elegant jumpsuits.
You might argue that wedding guest dressing in autumn and winter is a bit more of a challenge. Wind is bitterly cold and heels on an icy path are never a good idea. Plus, it doesn’t seem ideal if you have to sit through the church service or reception wrapped up in a coat and scarf either.
Long-sleeved lace dresses are always a safe choice for winter weddings, and as always, Reiss, L.K.Bennett and Coast have a great selection. But for the more fashion-forward of you, AW17’s crushed velvet trend – as seen on the catwalk at Tibi, Jason Wu and Max Mara – is one worth embracing.
Reserved, the Polish brand fronted by Kate Moss and freshly launched in the UK, has a beautiful khaki ombre pleated dress with black lace detailing, that you can pair with metallic ankle boots or a velvet 70s platform shoe.
And if you think a black cocktail dress is your only option, think again. Millennial pink shows no sign of dying out, and long-sleeved pink dresses (preferably with OTT sleeves) are the hero pieces you need to be seen in – as seen at Emilia Wickstead and H&M – and if you dare, with a splash of red à la Valentino.
But if you really want to go all out, then bold trends like Dynasty-esque metallic dresses, 80s sequin suits and bold ruffles are all trends that will easily make you stand out on that dance floor (and promise to keep you gloriously warm during the winter wedding).
So, your hunt for the perfect dress ends here. Without further ado, scroll on to shop Marie Claire’s edit of the best wedding guest dresses.
Maxi dresses are this season’s go-to dress length for parties, weekends and work. Shop our favourite styles…
Not one for mini or midi dresses this summer? You’ll be pleased to hear maxi dresses are still the original new season-ready item, but there’s nothing classic about this season’s take on the wardrobe essential. With luxurious textures clashes, 70s bohemian and minimal 90s styles hitting the rails, there’s never been a better time to update your dress collection.
Maxi dress trends
Are you feeling this season’s minimalist mood? Then references the 90s with silk and velvet slip dresses, strapless column dresses and everyday-ready jumper dresses.
Alternatively, are you into all things boho and feminine? We’ve got a feeling you’ll love a floaty printed floor-sweeper. Complete your throwback look with an oh-so-chic fringed bag and denim jacket.
If you like a pop of colour, then colour blocking has never been so chic. Think chiffon gowns in neon shades of pink, yellow or purple. Wallflowers, abstain.
Wedding guest outfit ideas
If the invites are racking up for this summer’s weddings, bag yourself a versatile floor-skimmer that can be reworked throughout the season. Maxi dresses are a great choice for formal occasions when complemented with a statement clutch and strappy heels – Needle & Thread, Adam Lippes and The Row are among our go-to brands when it comes to choosing something special.
If you want to try your hand at one of this season’s more daring trends, consider shopping for maxi dresses with a lace insert or cut-out detail. Team with statement sandals for a striking new season look. We love high street brands Boden, Zara, & Other Stories and Bershka for trendier pieces.
From cosy weekend knitted staples to workwear-appropriate long shirts,or even a summer-holiday ready off-the-shoulder chambray number, there’s a dress for all shapes, styles and budgets right here.
Where to buy maxi dresses
We’ve scoured the high street and designer fashion stores to find the best maxi dresses in the shops right now. Click through to shop our edit.