These raincoats are so fashion you’ll wish it rained every day

These raincoats are so fashion you’ll wish it rained every day


*well, almost every day*

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Words by Penny Goldstone and Megan C. Hills

We wished owning a good raincoat or waterproof jacket wasn’t a necessity in this country, but the British weather is what it is, so we might as well ride it in style.

Which is why we thought we’d round up the snazziest coats, jackets and macs out there to keep you dry and stylish even when it’s chucking down, which we promise is entirely possible.

Best raincoat trends for women

As the weather starts to cool off and that blistering sunshine is gradually becoming a thing of the past, our minds have been rapidly turning to raincoats and waterproof jackets. We’re not the only ones as both high street and luxury brands have been pulling out all the stops, with both classic pieces and autumn fashion trends playing a big role this season.

You can never go wrong with a classic yellow raincoat and Stutterheim’s below is one of our favourites, especially as the navy cuffs are a fun nod to this season’s colour blocking trend. (Lu Mei on the other hand takes the trend to a more dramatic lengths with an eye-catching graphic pattern.) Clear raincoats, a big favourite every year, are back with a vengeance this season with both glossy and more matte textures available as well.

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Khaki midi waterproofs always look effortlessly chic and are a breeze to style, whether you’re tossing one over a dark floral dress or a pair of indigo jeans. You can get a head start on the street style set by investing in a puffer jacket this season to keep you cosy and dry.

As far as patterns go, we’re looking to make a big statement with floral, check and leopard prints. When we laid our eyes on that Urban Outfitters leopard coat, it was totally love at first sight.

Best festival raincoats

You can’t go to a festival without packing a raincoat: fact. But where you’d probably bank on a beige mac for work, a big weekend with your pals is the perfect time to try something a bit more fun.

Proud of your slogan or band tee? Don’t hide it, and wear a clear poncho style over it instead. Neon will always have its place in every festival fashion wardrobe, so whether you’re going for a sheer hot pink or a matte yellow, you’ll always be on trend.

Statement prints are a big winner as well, whether you’re into leopard print, florals or tie dye. And oversized sequins have become a big unexpected favourite this year, look to Topshop for our favourite take.

How to wear a raincoat

Obviously, you can just throw on a raincoat and you’re done, but what’s the fun in that? For cool-girl points, hang your duster coat loosely over your shoulder, to give a glimpse of a pie crust shirt or Peter Pan collar à la Alexa Chung. If you’re rocking a pretty dress, leave your trench open, and go for a size up for that androgynous feel.

If you want to accentuate your waist, pick a belted number, which will go well with wide leg jeans or a maxi dress. It’s all about balancing things out though, if you’re wearing a long dress or skirt and you’re on the short side, pick a waist-length raincoat so your figure isn’t swamped.

If you’re picking a raincoat with a statement print, pair it with simple denim, but if you want to make a statement, there’s no harm in clashing prints either with a pleated printed skirt or palazzo trousers.

Scroll down to shop our curated edit of the best designer and high-street raincoats to buy now.

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Kate Middleton could make Prince George’s very big day after missing it last year

Kate Middleton could make Prince George’s very big day after missing it last year


And we already know it’ll be adorable.

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As the summer holidays draw to an en, children all over the nation are all gearing up for their first day of school as parents heave a great sigh of relief that they no longer have to come up with dramatic ways to keep them occupied. (There’s only so many times you can watch Frozen before your mind melts to mush.) One famous family in the same boat is Prince William and Kate Middleton’s brood, as Prince George will be returning to school on September 6.

There was a lot of hullabaloo over Prince George’s first day of school last year, as it was his first in a new school and his mother Kate Middleton unfortunately couldn’t be there to see him off. She was pregnant with Prince Louis and struggling with pretty extreme morning sickness, something that’s she’s had to contend with throughout all her pregnancies. However his dad Prince William came along to do the school drop off, walking him in as he trotted along in a slick navy uniform.

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Ben Thomas, the former headmaster of his school, said at the time, ‘Our aim for [Prince George], as well as for all of our pupils, is to provide a safe and secure and happy environment where he feels supported by a kind and loving community. That’s something we will be trying to achieve for him.’

As for how Prince George feels about school? Apparently, he’s kind of over it.

Louise Smith, another parent with a child at the school, told Express, ‘It was really exciting meeting William. He told me he’d just dropped Prince George off at school and he didn’t want to go. Sounds a bit like mine really.’

TBH, we were too at that age. This year though, Kate Middleton might actually be able to join her husband and Prince George (who goes by ‘George Cambridge’ at school) for the first day of school drop off on September 6. We’re already excited for the cute photographs.

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This is the best outfit to wear on a Tinder date (according to science)

This is the best outfit to wear on a Tinder date (according to science)


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As much as I hate to say it, first impressions really do count, and that’s not just me saying it, it’s science. You see the brain subconsciously creates first impressions of something or someone in as little as 1/10th of a second.

Which is why choosing what to wear to go from a Tinder online date to an IRL date can be quite crucial (though let’s be clear, if your date can’t look past appearances, otherwise they just ain’t worth it).

Now lyst has teamed up with style psychologist Kate Nightingale to determine which outfits are best for each personality type to nail that first impression. Here’s a breakdown.

What to wear to show you’re confident

‘Ultimate power can be expressed with tight fitting, black tuxedo trousers and a silk, straight line cut top. Add high heels and geometric clutch to complete this powerhouse look.’

What to wear to show you’re creative

‘If you want to make a bold creative statement, an unusual pair of shoes or a quirky handbag make for great conversation starters. And floaty garments like an expressive shirt dress or some eye-catching culottes are the perfect way to show off your creative side.’

What to wear to show you’re calm

‘Pick calmer and lighter colours such as green and turquoise – but definitely not red if you want to appear chilled out. Footwear is a big indicator of character; pointed toes say you’re an extrovert, rounded toes do the opposite. For laid-back charm, rounded toes or platforms beat out stilettos every time. They’ll make you feel stable and grounded.’

What to wear to show you’re funny

‘Accessories are the best communicator of personality. The patterns, colours, and textures you go for are all indicators. Jazzy brogues or a statement bag are perfect for an extra confidence boost.’

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Meghan Markle is planning to hand down THIS special heirloom to her daughter

Meghan Markle is planning to hand down THIS special heirloom to her daughter


It has a special meaning.

Words by Rebecca Fearn.

Meghan Markle has recently revealed the special item she plans to hand down to her daughter one day: her Cartier Tank watch.

Speaking to Hello! magazine back in 2015, Meghan explained how the watch, which she bought herself, had a special significance:

“I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch. When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season—which, at the time, felt like such a milestone—I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version.”

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The Duchess also revealed the watch was engraved with a unique message, which reads “To M.M. From M.M.”

“I plan to give it to my daughter one day”, Meghan told the magazine. “That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them”.

It’s worth noting that Princess Diana had her own Cartier Tank watch, which could have inspired Meghan prior to her joining the royal family herself.

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Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle use this secret trick to stop their skirts flying up

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle use this secret trick to stop their skirts flying up


It has to be said the royal women always look impeccable, whether they’re dressing for a formal engagement like Trooping the Colour, or wearing high street to the polo.

In fact, you’d never think they’d suffer from wardrobe malfunctions would you? Because they don’t. Even something as common as your skirt blowing up in the wind – I doubt the Queen would approve of a Marilyn moment.

And as with many other strategic wardrobe choices (eg, Diana’s bag secret, and the Queen’s brooch choices), that’s because it was probably carefully planned.

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Myka, founder of Beaumont Etiquette, told Marie Claire US that Kate and Meghan wear ‘bodysuits and clothes that actually increase static so it’s much hard for something to fly up.’

‘I know when I went to finishing school we were taught that when you are on the tarmac, if you do not use weights or heavy weighted material, you make sure it will not fly up by wearing under garments that keep the fabrics connect to your body,’ she said.

Very clever.

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Forbes’ highest earning actress wasn’t even in the top ten last year

Forbes’ highest earning actress wasn’t even in the top ten last year


Surprised?

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Words by Rebecca Fearn

Forbes has just released its annual top earning actress list and surprisingly, the number one spot has gone to a star who didn’t even make the top ten last year.

Scarlett Johansson raked in a mind-blowing $40.5 million, largely thanks to her role as Black Widow in the Avengers series. She has quadrupled her 2017 earnings to take the number one position.

Other top earners who made the list include Angelina Jolie, Mila Kunis and Gal Gadot. A number of last year’s top ten did not make this year’s, such as Emma Stone (she owed her number one spot last year mainly to her La La Land success), Emma Watson and Amy Adams.

The list takes into account not only the actresses’ movie payouts, but things like endorsement deals which can boost earnings significantly.

Take a look at the 2018 top earning actresses here:

10. Gal Gadot ($10 million)
9. Melissa McCarthy ($12 million)
8. Cate Blanchett ($12.5 million)
7. Julia Roberts ($13 million)
6. Mila Kunis ($16 million)
5. Reese Witherspoon ($16.5 million)
4. Jennifer Lawrence ($18 million)
3. Jennifer Aniston ($19.5 million)
2. Angelina Jolie ($28 million)
1. Scarlett Johansson ($40.5 million)

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Here’s what happens when I wore stick-on underarm patches instead of deodorant for a week

Here’s what happens when I wore stick-on underarm patches instead of deodorant for a week


You end up falling in love

When I was going though puberty, the most enormous sweaty stains used to appear on my tops and I would be too embarrassed to put my hand up to answer questions in school. Teachers probably thought that I was either super shy or super thick. I’m incredibly intelligent, so it was properly the former. I used to take deodorant with me in my rucksack, along with a few spare tops (I would often get asked why I had changed for the third time. Kids are arseholes, aren’t they?), and tissues that I sometimes popped in between my clothes and armpits. It was once so bad that I sweated through a hoodie. A hoodie. It was torture. As if I wasn’t dealing with enough; I was trying to get boys’ attention – to talk to me, snog me or shag me (I wasn’t fussed) – all the while trying to do well in school. It was deeply unfair.

In my twenties my hormones calmed down and the amount of sweat that I produced decreased. But it hasn’t stopped. Oh no, I might not sweat through Gap hoodies anymore, but that doesn’t mean that I’m immune to the sweat stain on a tight top or a light blue shirt (why are they always the first to stain?!). Over the years I’ve gone through my share of deodorants and anti-antiperspirants; roll-ons, waxy sticks, sprays, aluminium-free and, most recently, natural. They’ve all done ok. But when a packet of Dandi patches landed on my desk that claimed to be the ‘ideal solution to the on-going unspoken and embarrassing problem of excessive sweating and underarm sweat marks’ I was game for the challenge.

What are underarm patches?

To put it in layman’s terms, Dandi patches like sanitary pads for your pits. The official wording is that they are ‘ thin and discreet, and absorb sweat and trap odour, preventing sweat marks and yellow staining.’ What I will add here is that they might be discreet, but they ain’t invisible. You can only wear them under sleeves. Don’t even think about putting them on with a strap top. People will think you’re nuts.

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How do underarm patches work?

There are two parts – the beige patch and the clear adhesive surround. The patch absorbs the sweat, but doesn’t transfer the dampness onto you clothes, and the transparent bit sticks to your skin to prevents any smell getting out. It’s a little bit fiddly to begin with as they stress you shouldn’t touch the sticky bit. You’re also meant to steer clear of body cream and deodorant as that’ll stop the patches sticking. They suggest you’re closely shaved too, so make sure you’ve nailed your hair removal. One you’ve nailed that though, they’re on.

Do underarm patches work?

So, they take a bit of getting used to I’m not going to lie. You’re obviously not used to having something tucked under your armpits all day. But honestly, after a couple of hours you forget they’re there. I was worried that they might make a noise every time I moved my arms, but they were silent.

I first wore them on a normal day at work. I get the tube from home into the office and back again, so I definitely have more than enough opportunity to get sweaty on my commute. My top remained stainless the entire time. I next wore them on a particularly warm day – warm is probably an understatement; it was 32° – which was slightly annoying as I wanted to wear a sleeveless dress. The tube was unbearable, walking around from meeting to meeting with my laptop in my handbag was hell on earth, but my underarms remained dry. I wore them everyday for the next three days, and then my pack ran out and I realised that I had become seriously dependent on them.

I believe in them so much, that I’m going to wear them on my wedding day next month. So yes my friends, they work.

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Where can you buy underarm patches?

You can buy them directly from their website.

They make them in two sizes – smaller for women, larger for men.

Each pack costs £8.99 and contains 10 patches.

 

 

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Michael Caine has finally explained that frustrating Inception ending once and for all

Michael Caine has finally explained that frustrating Inception ending once and for all


Thank you for putting us out of our misery.

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For one fleeting moment back in 2010, one film united the entire world in absolute rage: Inception. It wasn’t because it wasn’t a good film – it was a great film. It was more because the ending was one of the most frustrating cliffhangers in history, leaving people wondering if Leonardo DiCaprio ever got his happy ending or was actually a prisoner of his own imagination. Well, one cast member has finally weighed in and cleared things up for us.

During a Film 4 summer screening of Inception, Michael Caine popped his head in and dropped the mic when he clarified the film’s last nail-biting seconds. If you need a little refresher, at the end of the film Dominic Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is finally able to return to his family after successfully completing his mission to incept an idea into businessman Robert Fischer’s mind. As he’s reunited with his family, Michael Caine watches on fondly and the camera pans to a table where Cobb’s spinning top totem – a trinket used to differentiate between the real and dream world – spins and spins and spins.

According to the rules of the universe, if the top falls over then he’s in the real world. If it just keeps on going however, he’s still in the dream world. As the top begins to teeter however, the film cuts to black and we never get to see if it actually fell over or not: meaning we never conclusively know if he’s the real world or trapped in his own mind. It was a real throw-your-drink-at-the-screen moment.

Inception a complicated script to follow at times and even Michael Caine needed clarification while filming, so he went straight to the source for help. He explained an encounter with director Christopher Nolan and said, ‘When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it, and I said to him, ‘I don’t understand where the dream is.’’

‘I said, ‘When is it the dream and when is it reality?’’ Michael continued. ‘He said, ‘Well, when you’re in the scene, it’s reality. So, get that — if I’m in it, it’s reality. If I’m not in it, it’s a dream.’

And well, Michael Caine is in the final reunion scene between Leo and the kids. Which means that Leo/Cobb makes it back to his family in the real world and that Inception actually had a happy ending.

VALIDATION. Closure has never been so sweet, even if it took us eight years to get an answer.

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Donald Trump’s ‘disrespectful’ tribute to Aretha Franklin has not gone down well

Donald Trump’s ‘disrespectful’ tribute to Aretha Franklin has not gone down well


‘She worked for me on numerous occasions’

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Donald Trump never fails to be controversial, and from his greeting the Queen with a handshake to making friends with Putin, the past few months have been no exception.

This week the 72-year-old caused a storm, after he paid a controversial tribute to the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who it was announced had tragically died this week.

The Respect singer was the embodiment of 60s female empowerment. A mother at 12 and Queen of Soul by the time she was 24, she belted out powerful inspirational lyrics about feminism, while proudly telling it how it is. She was an icon – even going on to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Aretha Franklin

But when Donald Trump came to make his tribute to the late feminist icon, he seemed to focus on something else, crediting the late Queen of Soul for ‘working for him on numerous occasions’.

Yes, that’s right. Donald Trump thanked the legend that is Aretha Franklin for working for him – and no one’s happy about it.

‘I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well. She worked for me on numerous occasions. She was terrific – Aretha Franklin – on her passing,’ Trump reportedly opened a White House cabinet meeting.

He then continued: ‘She’s brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come. She was given a great gift from God – her voice, and she used it well. People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. So just want to pass on my warmest best wishes and sympathies to her family.’

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

‘In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart,’ Aretha’s family announced in a statement, released to CNN. ‘We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.’

The statement continued: ‘We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.’

Our thoughts are with Aretha Franklin’s loved ones.

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This is the special reason why Meghan Markle kept her bridal bouquet

This is the special reason why Meghan Markle kept her bridal bouquet


And it’s lovely.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot earlier this year in a star-studded ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

But three months later, it’s not the A-list royal wedding guests that were in attendance or the official royal wedding photographs that still have everyone talking, instead it’s Meghan’s bridal bouquet.

The now Duchess of Sussex carried scented sweet peas, lily of the valley and jasmine in her bouquet, adding forget-me-nots and white roses in a nod to Princess Diana, and sprigs of myrtle to comply with royal tradition.

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But who caught the stunning bouquet? Well, actually no one.

While most weddings involve the famous bouquet toss, determining who is going to be the next to walk down the aisle, royal weddings are a little different, with the bride actually keeping her flowers for a special reason.

Royal brides always leave a bouquet at the grave of an Unknown warrior in London’s Westminster Abbey – a tradition started by the Queen Mother, so even though the royal couple wed in Windsor, Meghan’s bouquet was driven to London where it was laid as a tribute.

It’s important to remember however that royal brides carry two bouquets – just in case one gets lost after personal experience from the Queen – so provided Meghan didn’t lose her original bouquet, she might have kept her spare flowers.

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