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The Best Places to Find Maternity Wedding Dresses

The Best Places to Find Maternity Wedding Dresses

Finding your dream wedding dress can be quite the mission, but if you’re on the hunt for the perfect bridal gown while pregnant, chances are you’re having a somewhat trickier time of it. While going down the bespoke route is of course one option—see our expert guide to commissioning a wedding dress—it may not suit all budgets. You could also check out some of the floatier options in core wedding dress collections (look for A-line shapes, empire waists and light fabrics like tulle or chiffon) which may skim nicely over your bump. But if you’ve already scoped out bridal boutiques with disappointing results, fear not—the search doesn’t end there. To help you find just what you’re looking for, we’ve used our sartorial sleuthing skills to discover the best places to shop for your dream maternity wedding dress—whatever your style, theme or trimester.

Based here in the UK, Tiffany Rose is an expert in special occasion maternity dressing and counts A-listers as well as royals among its clientele. Despite the star-studded fan club, however, its wedding dress collection is super affordable. Our favourites include the romantic Verona Gown, £199.

Etsy is a goldmine if you’re looking for something that’s a little more unique, especially if you’re leaning towards boho bridal styles. Sellers often offer customisations and tailoring for your specific measurements too, while you’ll find that prices are fairly kind to the wallet. Right now we’re obsessed with with this Bliss Maternity Gown from Design By C Boutique, currently £78. As sellers may be based internationally, check you have plenty of time before the wedding for shipping.

Bridal designer Tina Mak specialises in maternity wedding dresses, and though the collection may be small, it’s the place to head for fashion-forward touches like the (optional) black accent on this strapless silk chiffon Jean gown, £980. Based in the US, Tina Mak ships internationally.

If you’re looking for a colourful wedding dress, try the Maya Maternity occasion collection. Pastels are the key feature, while you’ll find floaty styles, sequinned sleeves and tulle skirts galore. Conveniently, ASOS carries a great selection, like this Sequin Cape Tulle Skirt Maxi, £120.

Much loved by the Duchess of Cambridge during her pregnancies, Séraphine also carries a small yet impressive wedding collection. We love this Grecian-inspired Multi-Way Gown, £255, which can be worn as a one-shouldered style or with the chiffon cap sleeves.

If you’re looking for something fairly traditional, try Spanish maternity label Paramamá. They ship internationally and offer an impressive collection of middle-priced wedding dresses, from strapless gowns to short lace frocks. We’re big fans of this pretty cap-sleeve dress, £352.

The Envie de Fraise bridal collection may be modest, but it’s perfect for the less formal bride-to-be, with plenty of shorter-length options. The sweet Cassandre Tank Dress, £79, gets our vote for informal summer weddings. Not to mention the sub-£100 price tag.

If a white gown was never for you anyway, try the bridesmaid or special-occasion dresses in the ASOS maternity section. From dusky pinks to plenty of embellishment, you’ll be spoilt for choice if “glam party dress” is more your style. We’re currently loving this Sequin Maxi Dress, £90.

Though the collection may be limited, what David’s Bridal does offer in the way of maternity wedding dresses is perfect if you’re looking for a little glamour. We’re big fans of the Beaded Chiffon Maternity Wedding Dress, now £361.

Don’t be put off; Two Birds Bridesmaid may specialise in bridesmaid dresses, but the brand’s signature styles can be wrapped in endless ways to accommodate a growing bump and also come in cream or white. We’re fans of the Lace Ball Gown, £350.

Perhaps not the first place you’d think of when wedding dress shopping, fashion label Little Mistress does a super affordable, trend-led maternity collection with several bridalesque styles each season. The sequin bodice on this £65 high-neck maxi has caught our eye, and to make things even easier you can shop via ASOS.

Another bridesmaid focused label, US-based Dessy (you’ll find several UK stockists on their website) still has great options for brides who aren’t looking for traditional gowns. This strapless metallic gown is a perfect example, though it’s a tough choice between the silver and rose gold versions.

See a style that catches your eye? Now’s the time to grab it.

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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Charlotte from Sex and the City was WAYY Ahead of this 2018 Trend

Charlotte from Sex and the City was WAYY Ahead of this 2018 Trend

To me, this top feels very 2018 in the best possible way. If you told me it was Brock Collection, I would believe you.

Recently I was skimming through some episodes of Sex and the City and I realised just how good all the fashion was. This is a well-documented point, sure, and there is plenty of literature to back up the importance of Carrie’s wardrobe, but this is where I divert. When watching some of those classic episodes set in the early 2000s, it wasn’t Carrie who stood out to me but Charlotte—and it occurred to me just how underrated Charlotte’s style is.

She’s largely known as being old-fashioned and the conventionalist, which there is an argument for, but what struck me is how great some of her outfits are. In particular, she has a thing for classic styles like bustier tops inspired by corsets that fit with her proclivity for romance. And the decades-old pieces remind me a lot of pieces designers like Brock and Markarian are bringing to market today.

I’m personally a fan of bustiers—and even wrote a story about the “nouveau milkmaid tops” that are taking over 2018. Charlotte’s versions were just a precursor, but they are now ones I’m looking to as inspiration for what I’m wearing currently. Ahead I’m trying out the trend for myself and breaking down the tops I imagine Charlotte wearing in 2018, whether designed with a flouncy peplum hem, a sweetheart neckline, or covered in a delicate floral print.

Sweeeet!
Rude to ignore it when it is in the sale.
Sometimes, a girl gotta have sleeves.
Pre-order this now!
Truly adorable.
A little white top always looks good.
Cuteness alert!
For the minimalists out there.
A very hot new brand to watch.
Available in sizes 36 to 40.
Very good with high-waisted jeans.
Yes, we want the matching skirt.
Great that you can cinch this in to suit.

Charlotte’s top here is embellished with lace. I want another version of this one to emerge now.

I decided to try out Charlotte’s look after watching some old SATC episodes. This top doesn’t have boning or any major structural elements, but it mimics the look of a bustier.

For round two, I went for the real thing. I wore a top that was structured with serious boning—and I felt like I tapped into a bit of what Charlotte was all about. This particular style is now sold out but there’s a similar piece you can pre-order below.

 

11 Outfits Invented by Kim Kardashian

11 Outfits Invented by Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian West’s style has evolved over the years—we know that. But the beauty of her wardrobe is that she often finds outfit formulas she loves and sticks to. This means that (in theory, anyway) they’re easy to re-create, although they’re often much more daring than we would usually go for ourselves. You have to admire KKW for being adventurous when it comes to her fashion choices, and while we might not be ready to wear her looks yet, we’re bookmarking them for later. Keep scrolling to see the Kim Kardashian West outfit formulas the style setter can’t get enough of.

1. Shorts and Over-The-Knee Boots

Kim Kardashian boots

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Style Notes: No stranger to an over-the-knee boot, Kim has lately taken to teaming hers with city shorts or lycra body suits that end mid-thigh. It’s characteristically bold, but a worthy alternative to boots and mini skirts or dresses.

 

2. Oversized Jackets and Dresses

Style Notes: Before everyone was doing the big sleeves or oversized jacket thing this year, KKW had the trend on lock. There’s one trick, however, she always employs to make sure it’s super flattering and doesn’t swamp her: showing a bit of décolletage.

3. Cycling Shorts and Big Jackets

Style Notes: Cycling shorts are controversial, but Kim somehow manages to make them look incredible, of course.

4. Tracksuits Tucked Into Pointed Boots


Style Notes: Not since J.Lo circa the early ’00s have we seen someone being able to pull off this look. The trick to being polished while wearing a tracksuit is making sure it’s the same colour and is tucked into pointed boots.


5. The New Take on Power Dressing

Style Notes: Tailoring never goes out of fashion, but Kim knows that smart trousers and a well-cut jacket (or even a sassy bustier, if you dare) is the new way to dress for all your meetings.

6. Extreme Leggings

Style Notes: Here’s where Kim K really shines—when wearing the most revealing but still trend-setting outfits. And how better to showcase this skill than via her love of leggings? From the sheer, knickers-baring pair to a blue glittery iteration, these a world away from the leggings we wear to the gym.


7. Bum Bags With Everything

Style Notes: While this is a pretty divisive accessory, there is no denying that the bum bag s back. If you don’t have the confidence to wear one yet, hear us out as to why Kim is definitely on to something with them: 1) They mean you have your hands free, 2) you’ll never overpack, and 3) it can act as a makeshift belt. 

8. Bodysuits and Cutoffs

Style Notes: Ah, the bodysuit. True, it was huge in the ’90s, but no one wears one better than Kim does. She always goes for super-simple versions, but there’s always a little sass in them. And she’ll often wear them with cutoffs.


9. Cutout Dresses

Style Notes: When you’ve been working out as much as KKW, there’s only one thing for it: the cutout dress. Whether it’s from Yeezy (right) or a dress from Tom Ford, rest assured she’ll get maximum ab exposure and look incredible while doing it.

10. Latex

Style Notes: A classic look from Kim is the latex dress. And if you’re not sure about this outfit’s longevity, know that the ensemble on the left is from 2015, and the right is from 2017. It’s not a style we can imagine her giving up anytime soon.

11: Spaghetti Straps

Style Notes: Kim knows that ’90s trends are still going strong, which is why she’s so keen on the spaghetti strap. Whether it’s as part of a dress or a co-ord, this neckline makes the most of her hourglass figure.

 

10 Easy Outfit Ideas if You’re Bored w/ ALL Your Clothes

10 Easy Outfit Ideas if You’re Bored w/ ALL Your Clothes

What is it about easy outfit ideas that are just so hard to come by? Perhaps it’s when we get swayed by trends or simply have too many options in a bursting wardrobe to think clearly (see our ways to clear out a wardrobe if you’re really struggling on this point). Either way, we all have those days where nothing appears to work. So rather than get in a tizzy and find ourselves 45 minutes late for work (and still hating what we’ve chosen), our team has decided to compile a list of easy outfit ideas for us to all reference in the future—and we’d very much like to share them with you. They are the foolproof looks that work all spring and summer long, without being too much of a challenge or causing morning hysteria.

So the next time you’re entirely bored of your closet, just revisit the looks below and see what you’ve got to play with.

1. WHITE SHIRT + SILKY SLIP SKIRT + CUTE ACCESSORIES

PHOTO: @LIFEOFBOHEME

Style Notes: If you’re looking for a laid-back outfit idea that still feels unique and quirky, try this white shirt and silky skirt out for size.

 

2. SKINNY BLACK JEANS + ANKLE BOOTS + CLASSIC DENIM JACKET

Style Notes: Throw together this simple outfit by topping your favorite skinny black jeans and ankle boots with a classic denim jacket.

3. CLASSIC BLAZER + BUTTON DOWN + RELAXED JEANS

Style Notes: Mix high and low by styling a classic blazer and button-down with a pair of cool, relaxed jeans.

4. STRIPED TEE + CLASSIC TRENCH COAT

Style Notes: Don’t underestimate the classics. Take a simple striped tee and pair it with a trench for a look that never goes out of style. Leave your trench coat undone for that nonchalant French styling approach. 

5. BUTTON-DOWN + BLACK SKIRT + SNEAKERS

Style Notes: Breathe fresh life into your favorite button-down by styling it with a simple black skirt and a cool pair of sneakers.

6. DOUBLE DENIM + HEELS + SHADES/ BELT/ ACCESSORIES

Style Notes: Dare to pair denim pieces together and dress in head-to-toe blue. The neutral backdrop will give your cutest accessories their time to shine.

 

7. SLIP DRESS + TEE + FLATFORMS + SUMMER BAG

summer outfit ideas

Photo @Beautynotsize

Style Notes: You can re-wear a slip dress a thousand ways, but our favourite trick is to layer a white tee underneath.

 

8. JEANS + BRETON TOP + BLAZER + BASKET BAG + MULES

9. MINIDRESS + SNEAKERS

minidress and sneakers

Photo lookastic.fr

Style Notes: The fastest way to dress down a minidress? Just add sneakers.

 

10. WHITE JEANS + BREEZY SHIRT + STRAPPY SANDALS

PHOTO: @RUERODIER

 

Style Notes: Get some extra wear out of your white jeans all season long by relying on the shirt-and-strappy-sandals formula.

 

Headband Hairstyles for ANY Occasion

Headband Hairstyles for ANY Occasion

headband hairtyles

The headband trend is one that never really goes out of style, probably because there are so many different types to choose from. Whether your hair is long, short, straight or curly chances are you can find a headband that works beautifully with your style, no matter the occasion these. Read on for more!

Turban

turban hairstyle

This is one of my absolute faves, it is so chic and perfect for a casual day. Lots of cool colors and prints to choose from, and works especially great when you’re having a bad hair day.

Double strand

headband hairtyles

This messy hairstyle is a great option for work or a cool nighttime function after. And what goes better with these loose braids and bun than this double strand headband. Love it!

Striped

headband hairstyles

When your lounging at home this is perfect for keeping hair out of your face while still keeping your hair cute.

Glitzy

Glitzy

This ultra glitzy headband is a statement piece for sure so I would save it for special events such as a swanky wedding, engagement party or ball. This beautiful middle part, pinned back hair with loose waves works beautifully with the headband as well.

Colorful

Headband hairstyles

The great thing about working out is that it keeps your body in tip top shape, the downside is that it can really messed up your hair. However these cute and colorful headbands from Urban Halo ensures that you look super cute at yoga or gym class and your hairstyle will also stay in tact.

Gypsy Headband

gypsy headband

These cute floral headbands are perfect with boho braids and loose messy hair. Oh and if you have a music festival coming up this is the perfect hair accessory to pair with your outfit.

Vintage

headband hairstyles

Another headband that i’m absolutely obsessed with. This vintage design is so beautiful and can be dressed up or down depending on the hairstyle.

ALL the Red Carpet Fashion from 2018’s MTV Movie Awards

ALL the Red Carpet Fashion from 2018’s MTV Movie Awards

The stars came out for the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards.Some shined brightly, while others may be wishing right about now that a dark shadow had been cast over their regretful outfit choice.Indeed, this yearly ceremony is set to air on Monday night, June 18… but it was filmed two days before that.

Hence the opportunity right here and now to analyze all that ever really matters at an awards ceremony: What the celebrities wore on the red carpet!

Scroll down and click all around to see the best looks, the boldest looks, and, let’s be frank, the most hideous looks…

1. Tiffany Haddish Arrives!

tiffany haddish MTV awards 2018

It’s the host with the most… jokes! Say hi to Tiffany Haddish at the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards.

2. Zendaya Goes Brown

Zendaya goes brown

Welp. This is different. What do you think of Zenday’s fashion choice at the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards?

3. The Black Panther

The black panther

Wakanda Forever? More like Chadwick Boseman forever if he’s gonna keep looking this suave, right?

4. Kim on the Scene

Kim on the scene

Of course Kim Kardashian was invited to the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards. Did you think she would not be?

5. Kris in Black/White

Kris in black slash white

Kris Jenner just wants racial harmony, hence her outfit at the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards. What do you think?

6. Mandy Goes Sleek

Mandy goes sleek

This is her, folks. This is Mandy Moore on the red carpet of the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards.

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7 Beach Outfit Ideas

7 Beach Outfit Ideas

You’ve booked your flights, compared reviews of your hotel and got your stocks of sunscreen ready to go, but what are you actually going to wear on holiday? We’ve all been there; the night before you’re set to jet off panicking next to your suitcase because nothing really goes together quite as well as you’d imagined, and last year’s vacay pieces have lost a little of their lustre. If that sounds like a scenario you’d really rather avoid, fear not—we’re here to help.

From chic beach cover-ups courtesy of Lucy Williams and Karoline Dall, to jumpsuits perfect for sightseeing, wear-anywhere maxi dresses and Lisa Aitkens’ favourite poolside co-ords, consider this your ultimate guide to holiday outfit ideas. We’ve got all the shopping you’ll need to make each look happen IRL too, so you really can get your whole holiday wardrobe sorted right here, right now.

Keep scrolling to see what Instagram’s top influencers are wearing on holiday this summer.  Wherever you’re heading, we’ve got a dreamy vacay outfit for you.

1. BIKINI + SHADES + KIMONO

Selena Gomez at the beach
Yet another new way to wear a kimono—as a glam beach cover-up, á la Selena Gomez. Leave it draped while you’re strolling along the sand, then simply wrap it when you’re heading for ocean-view cocktails.

2. PALAZZO PANTS + BANDEAU + PENDANT NECKLACE

Team chic linen trousers with a bikini on the beach, then swap in a camisole or silk shirt come evening.

3. JUMPSUIT + COLORFUL ACCESSORY

If your plans involved a day full of sightseeing followed by a spot of dinner, take a tip from @ASOS_Lesley and opt for a sleek jumpsuit teamed with bright red slides. Glam yet comfy.

4. MATCHING SEPARATES + ACCESSORIES

Simple yet elegant. Keeping the same color palette running through the whole look lends an effortless sophistication to holiday loungewear.

5. SLIP DRESS + BOLD EARRINGS

Whether you’re in Greece or Ghana, a satin slip dress is a must-have for drinks at sunset. If you’re not into bold earrings, you can always keep your accessories simple—the plush finish of the dress will elevate the look all on its own.

6. ONE-PIECE + SHADES + DENIM SHORTS

Touring the island? Jumping aboard a yacht? A statement swimsuit paired with denim shorts makes for the perfect day-trip combo. Just add cool shades.

7. MAXI-DRESS + CROSS-BODY PURSE + FLATS

A statement maxi can take you anywhere. Dress yours up with luxe accessories if you’re heading out for a night on the town.

 

How to Dress if You’re Short: 9 Outfit Secrets Petite Girls Swear by

How to Dress if You’re Short: 9 Outfit Secrets Petite Girls Swear by

Learning how to dress if you’re short is a life skill that takes a while to master. As someone who’s under 5’3″, I’ve regularly found myself in fitting rooms trying on laughably long jeans or jackets that make me look like I’ve come straight from the ’80s (such is the unintentional oversized shoulder). If you’re nodding along in empathy, then rest assured that I feel your pain. But it doesn’t have to be this way, and it doesn’t mean you have to forgo all the latest trends.

While I think we should all embrace whatever size, shape or height we are, sometimes appearing and feeling a little taller helps with being more confident. I’ve looked to three petite street style stars (Courtney Trop, Lucy Williams and Aimee Song) to gather some tips on how to dress a smaller frame. Although all three have their own unique take on fashion, there’s one outfit they tend to avoid: anything overly layered. So, what are the guidelines? I’ve given a quick rundown of the key rules I always follow:

1. Cinch your waist where possible.

2. Wear short skirts with pointed shoes or boots.

3. Opt for cropped and fitted denim.

4. Wear high-waisted trousers.

5. Tailor your pieces.

6. When in doubt, go all black.

7. Do oversized, but don’t layer.

8. Invest in a long coat.

9. Don’t underestimate small heels.

If you want to see these rules in action, keep scrolling for nine outfit ideas that are ready to steal. Plus, shop key petite pieces.

By not doing this, they don’t look swamped (which is a problem many of us vertically challenged ladies suffer from), and they often look much taller than they are in real life. Ready to see what we mean? Keep scrolling for nine incredible tips on how to dress when you’re short, and shop some key pieces.

Style Notes: Miroslava Duma is petite by anyone’s standards at 4’9”. The street style star is rarely seen without wearing something that cinches in her waist. The illusion is that her legs appear longer, and therefore gives added height. Either look for a cinched-in dress or just grab a belt and wrap around your favourite frock.
Style Notes: The beauty about this look, as seen on Lucy Williams of Fashion Me Now, is that it’s so simple. It’s just a sleek piece of knitwear (in the always expensive-looking beige) with a black miniskirt, plus a matching pair of ankle boots and bag. There’s just something about a pointed-toe shoe or boot that draws the eye down.
Style Notes: While it might seem counterintuitive to wear cropped items, the high-waisted, fitted cut and a clever flash of ankle (like, my legs are so long that these jeans are short!) gives the impression that Lucy Williams is taller than she is.
Style Notes: Anything high-waisted is a must when it comes to dressing if you’re short. Whether it’s a pair of red vinyl trousers, as seen here on blogger Aimee Song, or a pair of palazzo pants, ensure you give the illusion of longer legs by emphasising your waist.
Style Notes: Just because most suits for the vertically challenged end up being too long in the trousers and too big in the jacket doesn’t mean you can’t go for tailoring. The smart way to approach this is to get your pieces altered so they’re truly bespoke and fit you perfectly.
Style Notes: As always, all-black outfits are a classic go-to for shorter girls. The black boots and trousers help to give the overall impression of being taller.
Style Notes: There’s one thing that all petite street style stars know—multiple layers are not your friend. Instead, you only drown your small shape under a pile of clothing. But if you want to do trends such as the oversize look, then just opt for one key piece (like a giant jacket), and wear it over something skimming or slinky.
Style Notes: Kim Kardashian West is also a fan of this trick because she knows that a streamlined silhouette, with the help of a long coat, is always going to make you appear taller. Bonus fashion points: It will instantly make any outfit look smarter.
Style Notes: Saving the most obvious for last. Of course wearing heels will make you look taller. And if you can’t bear a high heel? Fear not: Kitten heels are back, so your feet can rest easy.

 

17 Fashion Trends from the ’80s that are Back in 2018

17 Fashion Trends from the ’80s that are Back in 2018

When it comes to ’80s fashion, we have a (surprising) amount to be thankful for. While the decade hasn’t influenced our wardrobes for a long time, in recent months, we’ve come to the realization that all the most current trends today are courtesy of the ’80s. And if you’re sitting there with a raised eyebrow, it’s worth noting that at the end of last year, the trend had seen an 87% increase on Pinterest.

Now, if you’re not too familiar with the nuances of this era, there are a few standout looks we’re sure you’ll recognise: big shoulders, white jeans, underwear as outerwear and oversized jewellery. It was the decade of the power dresser but also of punks. It gave us Madonna, Tina Turner and Cher, plus numerous other superstars whose sense of style influences many in 2017. Especially when the decade is being referenced left, right and centre for spring/summer 2018.

Don’t believe us? From the fact that Princess Diana’s archive is inspiring some of the world’s most influential designers to the more basic resurgence in women wearing blazers with jeans again, we’ve found 25 A-list images that prove these ’80s fashion looks are as current now as they were then. Keep scrolling to click through our gallery of iconic ’80s outfits.

  1. Bodysuits

Style Notes: This is classic ’80s Madonna, but the underwear/bodysuit look is bang on the money for now. You can forgo the pearls; just wear yours with some high-waisted jeans for a night out.

2. The Naked Dress

Style Notes: As if we needed any more proof that Cher is the ultimate style queen, here was the star doing the naked dress before everyone was doing it at the Met Gala (and every other awards show going).

This is a great compromise if you don’t want to be entirely exposed.

3. Turtlenecks

Style Notes: Brooke Shields was America’s number one sweetheart back in the ’80s, and here she proves exactly why with those girl-next-door looks. Layering that checked jacket over a shirt and a roll-neck is exactly the kind of street style we saw during last fashion week.

4. Sheer Dresses

Style Notes: The Jenner/Kardashian clan have already got this look down—and there are sheer dresses all over the spring runways. But the originator of this style? Another Kim. Kim Basinger.

5. Structured Shoulders

Style Notes: Okay, so the term “structured shoulders” is just another way for us to say “shoulder pads” and attempt to not freak you out… but we’ve seen a real trend towards this look. Shout-out to Courteney Cox for wearing this on the red carpet pre–Monica Gellar days.

6. Corset Belts

Style Notes: Avid readers of this site will know that we’ve already tried out this corset-type look. And while Kim Kardashian West has been a major factor as to why it’s gotten popular again, we can’t deny that Cyndi Lauper may have started the trend. Also: those zebra shoes.

corset belt

Unsure about corsets? Fear not, this belt is perfect for wearing on top of an oversize sweater.

7. Statement Necklaces

Style Notes: Joan Collins is so incredible in this snap. Is there anything we don’t love about it? Answer: No. The jacket, the simple black top, the red lippie… However, it’s the gobstopper necklace our magpie eyes focus on. Joan knows the power incredible jewellery has in pulling together an outfit.

8. Herrington Jackets

Style Notes: There were so many incredible outfits we could have included from Princess Diana, but we settled on this “country casual” one. The heritage check on her jacket and matching skirt are classic attire. Not only has this Harrington-style jacket made a comeback in hipster circles, but we’re also seeing plaid coats EVERYWHERE. Coincidence? We think not.

9. Stand-out Socks

Style Notes: Want to know the real way to update your outfit to be 2018-ready? Just add socks, à la Meg Ryan. Yes. Really.

10. Powersuits

Style Notes: Grace Jones will never be anything less than fierce, but this incredible look has been seared onto our minds. Who wouldn’t want to look so focused in a razor-sharp piece of tailoring? (Purple makeup optional, of course.)

11. High Shine Latex

Style Notes: When Kylie Minogue went through her bad-girl stage, she wore a lot of high-shine minidresses like this. Get inspired by investing in 2018’s version with a great miniskirt (they’re selling out everywhere right now).

12. High-waisted Jeans

Style Notes: We have some serious love for high-waisted jeans. Tina Turner pulls this look off with aplomb, and we have to agree: Bauble earrings and a white vest are great accessories.
Consider these a real investment.

13. Lightweight Slouchy Trousers

Style Notes: Well, how else do you expect to show off your socks? Thanks to Demi Moore for inspiring us all those years ago.

14. Sheer Tights

Style Notes: Debbie Harry has brought us many a trend. But during the ’80s, we got to see her in chic little black dresses, which she accessorised a flash of low denier at most times. And in case you didn’t know, that kind of hosiery is news again.

We’re obsessed with this high-tech hosiery brand.

15. Big Gold Power Buttons

Style Notes: We’ve seen this trend start to appear on trousers, from old-school joggers to jeans with shiny gold buttons, as well as on the classic Balmain blazers that remain forever popular. Jerry Hall’s gold buttons down her nautical blazer and accessorised with gold bracelets made for the ultimate ’80s power look.

16. Off-the-Shoulder Tops

Style Notes: True, Goldie Hawn didn’t invent the off-the-shoulder style, but she knew how to do it right.


17. Leggings

Style Notes: Joan Jett will never be anything less than cool. Her punk-inspired ensembles often involved oversize jackets and skintight trousers. While leggings have definitely come on a bit since then, take inspo from this look and pair your leggings with a leather jacket this weekend.
These will never go out of style. Want more style inspo? Here are the seven trends you need to know about for spring/summer 2017.
This Fashion Bride Tried on ALL of Whistles’ Wedding Dresses

This Fashion Bride Tried on ALL of Whistles’ Wedding Dresses

High-street wedding dresses have become something of a full-time obsession. We’ve sifted through A LOT—and continue to do so on a regular basis—in order to bring you a definitive guide at all times. But each season, it gets that littler bit easier because, each season, another trusted retailer or two actually steps up to the matrimonial bar and gets aboard the (lace) train. Once upon a time, there was no such thing as high-street off-the-rack wedding gowns. If you were looking to be savvy, you’d make your own, use a hand-me-down or purchase an in-store piece that kind of, maybe, perhaps could pass as bridal. Not anymore.

When Whistles announced the launch of its wedding dress collection last year, I felt miffed that I’d already bought my bridal dream ticket a year ago… and that my ceremony is still not until June. Knowing that I’m a super-fan of Whistles’ regular frocks (it has so many best sellers it’s hard to keep up) and that I’m a low-key bride who’d love nothing more than to spend the budget on something other than one really expensive dress… well, the offering seemed too good to be true. And perhaps a little late for me. But not too late for you.

They seemed so good, in fact, that I thought it only sensible to try them on for size. Considering that the team told me the sign up to the private fittings at the St Christopher’s Place store that notched up 50 appointments on launch day alone and that 70% of women who have visited since have left with a Whistles dress in hand, all signs point towards a big, fat “I do.”

Keep reading to see what I thought of each of Whistles’s wedding dresses (and one jumpsuit)…

So Rose is perhaps the most classic of all the Whistles wedding dresses on offer, and perhaps it won’t surprise you that it’s been the most popular so far too. It’s the first dress I tried, and while I don’t believe myself to be classic at all, there’s something quite magical about it. The size 10 fits like a glove (despite the fact that I’m probably bigger than a 10) aside from the fact that the hem is far too long. No problem, though—Whistles is working with a top alterations service to make those tweaks a (paid-for) possibility. The lace feels thick and expensive—not flimsy or full of static—and a solid lining means it’s flattering and falls correctly. “The specialist part of designing wedding dresses is all in the fit and comes in the technical and fitting process,” explains Whistles’ creative director, Nick Passmore. “Our team have been working with highly experienced garment technologists with a speciality in wedding dresses to ensure an excellent fit and premium finish.”
I have to admit this one wasn’t quite for me. Too ethereal, and as I’ve not got the most toned arms in the world (perhaps something to work on for the wedding?), I felt it cut me off at my worst point. Excellent for a tall, willowy girl, for sure. As Nick tells me, “The Whistles bride is a modern woman who is innately stylish—yet understated. She is intelligent, confident and knows what suits her—she wants a timeless piece—but she also isn’t afraid to experiment on her big day.” Meaning if this kind of dress isn’t your usual style, it’s probably not going to be your first choice. However, it’s always worth trying on and being open to surprises.
Well, here’s something I wasn’t expecting. Bandeau and short hemline? I hadn’t imagined this would be my kind of wedding choice—and to be honest, it doesn’t have hanger appeal—but once I put this on, it felt delightful and fun. If you’re having a city wedding or looking to get married somewhere hot, this is a very sweet option that translates from day to night. In fact, many girls are actually buying their “second” dress at Whistles—choosing something like this for party time instead of the ceremony. Also, it’d be a brilliant wear-again purchase—either keep as is or dye it another colour to enjoy a completely “new” dress.
Whistles Vivian (£549). Also, the unusual floral organza fabric needs to be seen up close—it’s really very pretty. Along with the tie-up back, there are enough tempting design features here to produce compliments throughout a long wedding day…
I’m a big fan of jumpsuits on a day-to-day basis, so I was keen to try on this vintage-look number. The caped detailing around the shoulders is ideal for anyone self-conscious of their upper arms, but it’s also a safe choice if you’re getting married in the UK and expecting inclement weather. It was a little snug on my thighs, so I’d recommend sizing up if you’re in between sizes and then getting it altered and taken in to fit elsewhere. Amy, my personal shopper during the private appointment, told me that a surprising amount of girls are now venturing into jumpsuit territory for their big day—so don’t be afraid to experiment when you have the chance.
Ruffles are my catnip, so this was up my street upon first glance. It’s a slightly off-white colour and features very expensive-looking tulle and embroidery. That’s a theme I’m noticing throughout Whistles’ collection: None of the fabrics feel like you’re scrimping on the special purchase. If anything, I’m surprised you get quite so much bang for your buck.
Whistles Guinevere (£599). Another bridal trend? Back detailing. This Guinevere dress also has a very adjustable back bow, so I could pull in the shape to nip my waist and expect excellent dress photos from every angle.
This dramatic gown was the one I was most concerned about trying on: I had a feeling it would make me regret my existing bridal purchase…. It’s a really dreamy, very dramatic, and highly body-skimming and flattering silhouette with a swooping lace train… I can see why any girl who wants to make a really grand entrance on her big day would opt for it.
Whistles Juliet (£699). It is, understandably, the most expensive of the bunch, but for the amount of lace used, £699 is still quite a phenomenal price. If you’re the kind of girl who would like a “second” dress for the evening, choose this as your first—it won’t be the easiest to prance around in come midnight (and lots of prosecco later).
Eve isn’t available quite yet, but just from the lookbook imagery in-store and on the site, it’s already got a waiting list building. The style is ultra feminine yet super minimal at the same time. I wasn’t so excited to try this one on, but once it slipped into position and fastened via a bow system at the back (which means it can work for bigger and smaller busts quite seamlessly), I was impressed. It’s grown-up and rather elegant, a wonderful choice for a summer wedding and just right for someone looking for a backless choice that still supports and flatters. Upon showing these to my husband-to-be, this was his number one choice—so there you go. Next up, the best bridesmaid dresses around. Another problem, solved!

 

North West’s Cutest Outfits

North West’s Cutest Outfits

You probably don’t need us to tell you this, but North West is—no matter how much you might want to deny it—already a certified fashion icon. She’s the eldest of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s three children, and at just four years old, has already sat front row at New York Fashion Week with Anna Wintour, Beyoncé and more. North also has Riccardo Tisci and Olivier Rousteing as close family friends, and judging by the impressive threads we’ve seen so far, likely considers custom-made Alexander Wang an everyday wardrobe basic.

After all, she was wearing customized Wang—head to toe—before she’d even celebrated her second birthday.

But while Kim has revealed that North will occasionally reach for the princess dresses and mermaid costumes, you’re much more likely to find the sassy tot (who turns five this month) paying homage to ’90s grunge or decked in minimalistic tailoring.

From slip dresses and chokers paired with chunky biker boots or Converse to military-inspired Balmain jackets worn over her ballet tutus, North West’s wardrobe is enough to inspire even the most seasoned of fashion lovers. And we haven’t even touched on her mini handbag and sunglasses collection yet.

Next, see why my new style icon is a 65-year-old French actress.

From adorable designer cami dresses and fluffy faux furs to previews of Kim and Kanye’s Kids Supply collections, keep scrolling for the North West guide to looking über cool 24/7.

If you didn’t team your tutu with custom Balmain, did you even do ballet class?

Biker boots, 90s-style choker, and a slip dress over a white tee. Basically our 2018 wardrobe.

Fluffy sliders are back, and North’s already on that.

She’s even got the kimono dress trend down.

Sweats on for the march against gun violence in Washington, D.C.

In the North West rule book, there’s no such thing as too much bling. Especially on a park stroll.

Major airport outfit goals.

Leopard print never goes out of style. Even Nori knows that.

Bringing a pop of colour to the family vacay.

Who needs heels when your sequin Vetements dress is doing all the talking? We might just channel this dress and sneakers vibe on the weekend.

Everyone needs a pretty white dress in their holiday wardrobe.

What does North keep in her handbag? According to her first ever interview with the recently closed Interview Magazine: “Toys, and sometimes I put some makeup in there when I go to church.”

Faux fur and Dr. Marten boots. It’s a vibe. Next, Why my new style icon is a 65-year-old French actress.

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The 15 Style Staples You Shouldn’t Live Without

The 15 Style Staples You Shouldn’t Live Without

Fact: Wardrobe staples never change. I mean, the clue is in the name, but the basic items that everyone looks good in stay consistent year after year. While I always love to buy a couple of trend-led pieces every season (statement sleeves and mules right now, if you’re asking), it’s the classic pieces I’ll never tire of.

Not only do these items work well with any new bits I’ve bought, but they also mean I never worry about what to wear in the morning. Simply put, they’re the building blocks of a perfect wardrobe. You know the ones: the jeans you wear on repeat, the leather jacket you layer over every wedding-guest dress and the black heels you wear to every meeting (to name a few). So whether you’re looking to start over or simply wish to update an old favourite, shop our picks now. Keep scrolling to see 15 of the chicest wardrobe staples.

If you own all of these items, then congratulations—you likely always look put-together.

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Whether you’re layering this under a must-have slip dress, or just wanting to go classic with a pair of jeans, the white crew neck is an easy starting point. Need more tees? Behold, the best T-shirt brands.
Now, cashmere isn’t always the easiest to look after (tip: Always wash by hand and squeeze excess water with a towel) but they look the smartest even when worn with jeans. It’s the knitwear that works for a summer night but under coats for winter.
While skinny jeans aren’t as possible as they were a few years ago, they’re still a wardrobe must-have. Try a cropped version that is super flattering on many body types. Shop more best skinny jeans here.
When it comes to shoes, black pumps are perhaps the most reliable and versatile option. These Jimmy Choos are also surprisingly comfortable. Want more options? We have the best black heels guide right here.
For work or a night out, this bag translates for pretty much every event you can think of. As for the colour, red, well, it suits everyone.
Always a smart choice. You can absolutely never go wrong with a white shirt.
The good news about the pencil skirt is that it’s moving out of the office and into your weekend look. We love the piece after-hours paired with a slinky silk cami or T-shirt.
Seriously, the leather jacket will go with everything you own. That pretty dress you’re wearing to a wedding? Yep. Jeans? Of course. White shirt? You better believe it. Want more? Shop our selection of the best leather jackets.
Not a jewellery fan but want something to give your outfit an oomph? Try an oversized masculine watch.
This is a dress style that will stand the test of time. Plus, the silhouette is universally flattering. Shop more of the best wrap dresses here.
Heels don’t have to be the only way to look smart. A decent pair of flats can do the job just as well.
The ultimate accessory, sunglasses finish off an outfit rather nicely, no?
The ankle boot is a fail-safe option for any wardrobe. The ones we’re going back to time and again are silver boots. If you’re looking for more options, shop our guide to the best ankle boots.
While these might make you think of a school uniform, the truth is that you can wear these with heels or trainers, and you’ll always look good.
Iconic. Need we say more?

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8 French-Girl Summer Style Staples

8 French-Girl Summer Style Staples

We’ll admit it—we have a thing for French style. This probably doesn’t come as a big surprise, as we’ve investigated everything from the swimsuit styles French girls avoid to the surprising outfit in their closets to the affordable denim they love. In other words, we’ve done our research narrowing in on how they achieve that je ne sais quoi, and now we’re diving into their summer wardrobes.

French It girls like Jeanne Damas, Sabina Socol, and Anne-Laure Mais seem to line their closets (and suitcases) with many of the same items and follow a few of the same rules. The guidelines are pretty straightforward. First, keep your palette neutral. Stick to classic shades like navy, white, and red, as well as earthy tones like tan and rust. You’ll have a hard time finding French girls wearing anything too jarring like neon. Next, when wearing prints, go for seasonless patterns. Much like an It bag that’s often associated with the time it debuted, prints can look tired after a few months. You can avoid making your outfit look like it’s dated by wearing prints like polka dots, gingham, and simple florals, which will always be in style. Last, you can never go wrong by following the lead of Jane Birkin. Whether it’s emulating her basket bag, cropped hemlines, or layered necklaces, she’s a constant source of inspiration for French girls.

Keep reading to see the eight pieces that define French summer style, then shop our favourite styles from Rouje, Réalisation Par, Reformation, and more.

 

  1. Cat-eye Sunglasses

A pair of cat-eye sunglasses with a woven hat is a simple way to take French-girl style to the beach.
Cat-eye sunglasses are an effortless way to nail a vintage look. Match a pair of retro white sunnies with a timeless statement blouse.
Wear these retro-influenced sunglasses with high-waisted jeans and a white tee.
White shades are an easy way to lighten your look.

These make any outfit pop.

2. Long Dress w/ a Bold Pattern

A long summer dress with a bold pattern doesn’t require a lot of accessories. Do it the French way—throw on a red lip with a simple bucket bag and you’re good to go.
A sophisticated dress with simple hoops is a timeless look. To modernize your outfit, throw on a pair of white sneakers.
Gingham feels instantly French. Available in sizes 0 to 22.
Jeanne Damas designed this dress herself. Available in sizes 34 to 42.

Throw on a worn-in leather or denim jacket, depending on the season. Available in sizes XXS to XL

3. Wiker Picnic Basket/Purse

 

Add a woven bag into your warm-weather wardrobe. French girls take this bag everywhere from the city to the beach.
Wear your bag with Levi’s and a modern blouse. This fashion-forward ensemble is guaranteed to make a statement.
At first glance, it may appear to be perfect for a picnic, but our editors love this bag for many occasions.
Forget digging through your purse—a structured bag makes finding your belongings so much easier.
The contrasting handles make this a unique pick.

4. High-waisted Jeans

Tuck in a solid-colored shirt and add basic shoes for a minimalistic look.
Trust us—we know it’s easy to get stuck in a fashion rut. Find a cool vintage tee in the back of your closet to pair with high-waisted jeans.
This French brand knows a thing or two about wardrobe basics. Available in sizes 24 to 32.
Wear this pair as is or cuff twice at the ankle. Available in sizes 8 to 22.
These are Cindy Crawford–approved. Available in sizes 24 to 30.

5. These Swimsuits

Channel your inner Jane Birkin. French girls are opting for vintage styles this summer, especially in their swimwear.
One-pieces are both flattering and sophisticated.
Minimalists are losing it over this bikini. Available in sizes XS to L.
Wear this retro top with cat-eye sunglasses. Available in sizes 38 to 44.

Mix and match these bottoms with different colored bikini tops. Available in sizes XS to XL.

6. High-waisted Skirts

Tuck a well-fitted blouse into a high-waisted miniskirt to show off your figure.
Don’t be afraid to wear a skirt that adds a pop of color. Pair it with a neutral top and strappy sandals for a casual look.
We can imagine Fraçoise Hardy wearing this style. Available in size 40.
Wear this skirt with a breezy white top. Available in sizes 14 to 24.

Wear a pair of mules with a classic denim skirt this summer. Available in sizes 24 to 32.

7. Gold-pendant Necklace

A floral blouse is flawlessly complemented by a gold pendant necklace. In fact, French girls wear their necklaces with essentially every outfit—it’s their daily staple!
Invest in a diamond pendant.
This brand is an It-girl favorite.
Layer this simple pendant with other gold necklaces.

A gold necklace can easily be worn with all styles of jewelry. Mix and match with statement earrings or layer with other gold chains.

8. Ankle-tie Sandals

Espadrilles were basically made for summer travel. Pair yours with a lightweight cami for exploring or with a tailored dress at a café.
When headed to the beach, wear your one-piece with a silky skirt and espadrilles.
Wear these ankle-tie espadrilles with a printed midi dress. Available in sizes 36 to 41.
These neutral wedges are incredibly versatile. Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Think of these as your versatile everyday pair. Available in sizes 5 to 10.

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This post has been updated by Anna LaPlaca.

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8 Ways to Copy Margot Robbie’s Style

8 Ways to Copy Margot Robbie’s Style

Some people can sum up their style in three simple words. “Athleisure for life,” “1970s silhouettes only” or “Scandinavian-inspired minimalism,” for example. But it’s not so easy when it comes to Margot Robbie. Trust us—we’ve been paying attention. One day the Aussie is embracing bohemian vibes, the next a mix of edgy separates. However, across the board, the results are feminine, simply assembled (no silly styling moves or excess jewellery, for example) and in a fairly neutral colour scheme—entirely approachable and easy enough for us to copy, and yet still with oodles of Hollywood glamour thrown into the mix. Her ability to keep us on our toes is always quite impressive, but there’s something so down-to-earth about the actress and producer that we know we could grab her for a pint in the local pub and she’d probably (hopefully) share one of her favourite summer dresses with us.

Ahead we rounded up our favourite ensembles and the style tips that Robbie relies on for piecing together her enviable wardrobe.

On Margot Robbie: Burberry coat and backpack; Newbark mules. Style notes: The power of a sleek, timeless coat knows no bounds. Here, it elevates a casual tank and jeans. Accented by leather mules and a Burberry backpack, it’s classic yet cool.
On Margot Robbie: Altuzarra dress; Alexander Wang Antonia Ankle Strap Sandal (£530). Style notes: Accessories can remain simple and sparse when it comes to outfits that feature especially stunning prints and flowy hemlines.
On Margot Robbie: Spell & the Gypsy kimono; Sancia Babylon Bar Zip Bag; Perverse sunglasses. Style notes: Toss a robe coat—or actual robe—over an effortless, minimal outfit for a dose of comfort and elegance.
On Margot Robbie: Zoe Karssen shirt; Smythe Brando Coat; Frame jeans; Burberry Bridle Bag (£1495); Puma shoes. Style notes: When in doubt, pair basics—like distressed jeans, a tailored coat, sneakers and a band tee—in classic black. The results are always chic and edgy.
On Margot Robbie: Réalisation dress; Puma shoes. Style notes: Have a flirty, feminine dress you love to wear? Pair it with your go-to sneakers for a more casual vibe.
On Margot Robbie: Bec & Bridge top; Rebecca Taylor jeans; Sanayi 313 Bacio Embroidered Twill Slippers (£1385); Jimmy Choo sunglasses. Style notes: Keep a close eye on small but impactful details like the uneven hem of Robbie’s tank or the rope belt of her boyfriend jeans.
On Margot Robbie: Burberry Runway Rucksack Nylon Backpack (£895); Puma shoes; Ray-Ban sunglasses. Style notes: Sweatpants and a peacoat might not seem like the most obvious bedfellows. But together they create the comfiest and sleekest travel look.
On Margot Robbie: Zimmermann dress; Tod’s shoes. Style Notes: Look for a statement-making romantic piece—ruffle, lace and sheer fabrics are always a good start—on days when you’re feeling particularly flirty. Up next: These 21 best party dresses are guaranteed showstoppers.

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Take a Break: Enjoy the 20 Most Epic Spice Girls Style Moments

Take a Break: Enjoy the 20 Most Epic Spice Girls Style Moments

Once upon a time, the Spice Girls were my everything: I was a member of Spice Girls official fan club and bought countless Spice Girls–related merchandise (the Impulse can was a particular high point). I collated folders and folders of Spice Girls coverage for goodness knows what reason (early journalistic skills, perhaps?), and posters of the famous five plastered my walls. Their music made up the sounds of my childhood to the point where I even recorded a video homage of “Wannabe” with my friends as we walked backwards through her house in bubble platforms and lycra flares. Mel B was my icon, and I still love leopard print as strongly now as I did then. Obviously, the Girl Power mantra was key, but their fashion choices at the time always had me hooked.

With different options coming from Posh, Ginger, Baby, Scary and Sporty, a young girl could switch up her look in the flick of a ponytail—one day you could be wild and loud like Geri, and on another, you could be sleek like Victoria. These days, a treasure trove of their most outstanding outfits have been forgotten, with many of us only recalling the most obvious moments like VB’s little black dress collection or Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack mini. So much more exists in the archives, friends, so I encourage you to take a break and scroll through the gallery below to discover the best Spice Girls style moments of all time.

Oh, Charles, you just didn’t know what was about to hit you. Mel B looks very A/W 17 in her red suit, but Geri in that ice skating-meets-princess combination will forever be in my heart.
We can all conjure up the image of Halliwell wearing her Union Jack dress at the Brit Awards but let’s not forget Victoria’s triangle bikini bravery here. Also, cute Mary-Janes.
Mel B’s cone hairdo: A short-lived phase but not easy to forget.
Further proof that everyone suits a different trouser shape. Also, that this was a pivotal time for push-up bras.
This era was all about the business-casual ratio for fashion lovers: Think serious specs or pinstripes worn with something else sassy.
And that’s how a colour theme should be executed by a girl group.
To this day celebrities still channel Jessica Rabbit, just as Geri Halliwell did. And no-one could forget Victoria’s risqué look at the 1997 Brit Awards.
All the classics are in here: Posh in an LBD, Geri wearing a showgirl outfit, Mel B in leopard, Baby in a babydoll and Mel C making athleisure a thing decades before it happened.
Funny how these Cheongsam dresses are making yet another come back right now.
Two Becomes One: AKA my favourite fashion period for the Spice Girls, where coats where long and cosy, and boots were knee-high and matchy.
Just where did Mel B find all of these incredible leopard-print coats?
As well as hand gestures being essential to the gang, so were tight-fitting clothes.
This epoch was nothing if not about abs, asymmetric hemlines and adventurous haircuts.
VB’s swirling mini dress and snaking heels were the epitome of cool—anyone else agree this outfit still stands up today?
Ah, pedal pushers and wedge flip-flops… Where did you go?
Not a Buffalo boots campaign, but pretty damn close.
Sans Geri but with the addition of VERY square-toe shoes (see Mel B), tinted specs and lots of leather.
So they shared a love of cowboy boots.
Emma Bunton’s purple boots were the object of my desire for quite some time. One day I’ll buy a pair. Next up, the supposedly worst fashion trends of all time.

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5 Creative Ways To Wear a Scarf

5 Creative Ways To Wear a Scarf

Scarves has been a part of the history way back from the Ancient Rome through the Chinese Empire. They have stood the test of time and these days there are multiple ways to wear your scarf. Check out these 5 ways below!

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Scarves were first utilized as as a cleaning agent than to keep people from the old times warm. To a way to distinguish soldiers by their ranks. It was only from the early 19th century that it has been a fashion trend. And up until now scarves has been a staple fashion accent – a way to make an ordinary outfit to be extraordinary.

Looking for bright ideas on how to use your scarf? Check out these Fabulous Ways To Wear Your Scarf!

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5 Inspiring Women on How They Feel Confident in Swimwear

5 Inspiring Women on How They Feel Confident in Swimwear

Last summer, unfiltered pictures of women of all ages and sizes wearing swimwear went viral. Judging by the sheer volume of shares and comments, these images struck a chord because they helped many feel more confident about wearing a bikini or swimsuit (which can be daunting).

We spoke to inspiring women to find out how they learnt to feel comfortable wearing a bikini—whether at the beach or in front of 3.3 million people on Instagram (as it is in the case of model and social media star Iskra Lawrence). Each of these inspiring women also revealed the swimwear pieces they always lean on and make them feel their best. Keep scrolling to see how Charli Howard, Iskra Lawrence and others feel confident in swimwear.

As for what makes her feel more confident on the beach, Iskra adds: “Knowing that everyone else is feeling the same way and not letting my body hold me back from enjoying myself and living life to its fullest, especially at the beach, which is one of my favourite places to have fun and relax.”
As for her favourite swimwear brands, Gillean tells us: “There is a swimsuit line in L.A. called Robin Piccone which I love, Norma Kamali two-piece suits fit well, and a few months ago, I bought one from Trina Turk. For practice swimwear, I buy Tyr, as that brand fits me so well and has a great selection of styles and sizes, which work for every body.”
“I have a quick word with myself whenever I start spinning about things that make me feel insecure about my body,” Katherine adds. “Even at my fittest and slimmest, I’ve had those moments—but you just have to take a minute and say, I’m healthy, I live an active life and I should feel alright in my swimmers. I also think as soon as you get on to any European beach and see 80-year-old grannies with their tops off and stretch marks proudly tanning in the sun, you get a bit of perspective. Literally, no one is sitting on the beach thinking, ‘jeez, my body is perfect.’ You just have to try and let go of those negative thoughts and be okay with yourself in the moment. Finally, I’d say I’m friends with and have worked with some of the most gorgeous women in the world—and they are down on their bodies just as much as the rest of us. Ultimately, you probably will feel a bit insecure because everyone does, but if you do a bit of a pre-holiday regime and then give yourself a break, you’re going to be far more confident on the beach.”
Charli posts lots of unfiltered images on Instagram of her wearing swimwear—this week she posted a close-up of her cellulite. “I think that it’s very common to see beach perfect bodies on Instagram, and whilst these women are quite clearly beautiful, they don’t represent other women out there,” Charli tells us. “I’ve been told that my bikini pictures are refreshing for a lot of women to see. It makes them feel ‘normal’. None of us is perfect, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock your body in a bikini! Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you get a mean comment, and it can totally ruin your day. I’m only human, and it’s human nature to want to be liked. But then I remember that my worth isn’t based on what others make of me. If I like how my body looks, then that’s all that matters.” As for the swimwear that always makes her feel confident, Charli says, “I love a new swimwear brand called Phylyda, which is where you can mix and match different styles to flatter your unique body shape. This is great, as a lot of low-cut bikini styles just don’t suit me, and give me a muffin top or make me look bigger than I am. I’ve started wearing a lot more high-waisted styles, which give me curves in the right places and most importantly, more confidence.”
As for the swimwear that makes her feel the most confident, Clémentine tells us: “I love brands that understand my curves without trying to hide them. I am a big fan of one-pieces—not because I can’t do a bikini, but because they are super comfy, and I don’t have to think twice about jumping waves, running, doing yoga or anything else. It’s also chicer.”
Lily is a swimwear expert, so I had to ask which styles make her feel the most confident: “Italians love wearing skimpy bikini bottoms, and like I said, having wide hips means there is more bottom to cover, however, it was my mother who taught me that wearing a great cut bikini bottom with a scoop cut is far more flattering than hiding under swathes of fabric. Buying swimwear for me was as important and as fun as buying any other item of clothing in my wardrobe, which it should be. My mum was all about the full outfit on the beach—bikini, kaftan, pretty sandals and earrings … the works. When I choose a bikini or swimsuit, it’s like I’m choosing any other outfit. A combination of all these factors is what has made the beach the positive place for me it is today.” As for brands, Lily advises: “Some of my favourites are Camilla, Eberjey and Lazul. Each of these pays a lot of attention to how they are cut and if they stay in place when worn, which is a must-have with swimwear. The last thing you want to be doing is worrying if you are going to expose yourself when you’re meant to be relaxing in the sun.” When it comes to finding a bikini that will make you feel confident, she says: “Don’t follow trends, just wear what you like and what best suits your shape. If you aren’t familiar with many swimwear brands, I always recommend buying a few to try on in the comfort of your own home. Trying on swimwear in department stores can be really depressing, as the lighting is always far too harsh. Familiarise yourself with the different cuts of different brands, and when you find one you love, stick to it. Part of my job is to try out every new brand before we decide to stock them on the site, so I can give advice and make sure we love the brand before we start selling it to our customers. Our team are always on hand to give customers bikini-buying advice.”
For more swimwear tips, see the easiest way to find your new bikini.

Iskra Lawrence is one of the models leading the body-positive movement, as she constantly reminds her 3.3 million followers on Instagram of the trickery that goes into those perfect bikini models shots you typically see. “I’ve always loved wearing swimwear,” she tells us. “I was actually a national swimmer in my teens, so I got comfortable quickly. I’m a huge fan of swimwear that makes me feel comfortable and supported, so that started off with my one-piece Speedos, and now I enjoy wearing bright colours, bold prints and have even been experimenting with ruffles. I also love a high-leg and high-waisted style for the bottoms. As for labels, nearly all of my swimwear is Aerie,” says Lawrence.

As for what makes her feel more confident on the beach, Iskra adds, “Knowing that everyone else is feeling the same way and not letting my body hold me back from enjoying myself and living life to its fullest—especially at the beach—which is one of my favourite places to have fun and relax.”

Two summers ago, an image of 60-year-old Gillean McLeod modelling a black swimsuit for H&M went viral. “People loved the fact that I—or anyone at the age of 60—would feel fine in front of a camera,” says McLeod. According to her, the photo was proof that “anyone can be in a swimsuit and enjoy themselves at the pool or beach. What if you woke up one day and felt terrible that you didn’t swim on your holiday because you thought your thighs or hips were big? It’s ridiculous, and no one cares. I received messages from women all over the world about that one image, all saying how it inspired them and that they were going to go to the pool.”

“I have always loved swimwear, both performance swimwear and fashion bathing suits. My school holidays as a child in Malaysia saw me either at the beach or at someone’s pool, and so it was what I wore every day,” says McLeod. “At 50, I joined a masters swim team at my local pool. Our workouts were gruelling, and because the focus was on the swimming and not body image, all insecurities were washed away. The plus side of swimming hard was a much more toned body. However, having been a swimmer my whole life, wearing a suit in public is totally normal to me.”

As for her favourite swimwear brands, Gillean tells us, “There’s a swimsuit line in L.A. called Robin Piccone that I love, Norma Kamali two-piece suits fit well, and a few months ago I bought one from Trina Turk. For practice swimwear, I buy Tyr, as that brand fits me so well and has a great selection of styles and sizes.”

In 2015, model Charli Howard wrote a powerful open letter on Facebook about being dropped from her agency when she was a size six. Since then, Howard has been fighting for wider representation in the industry. Last year, the model, who is now represented by Muse Models NYC, launched the All Woman Project, which created a campaign starring 10 diverse models wearing swimwear.

“Throughout my teens, I never wore a bikini. Not once,” Howard tells us. “If I went to the beach, I’d wear a costume with a T-shirt on top. It didn’t help that I’d constantly see perfect bodies in magazines or online, and if a celebrity had cellulite or wasn’t 100% in shape, gossip magazines would point those flaws out and make fun of them. These pictures didn’t encourage me to go out and do the same—if anything, it made me more self-conscious,” she says.

Howard says that her journey to confidence in a bikini wasn’t quick. She says, “I only began feeling comfortable wearing swimwear last year when I started the All Woman Project and had to wear a bikini in the photos. I realised my body wasn’t all that bad in a bikini and that life’s too short to worry about what other people think.”

Howard posts lots of unfiltered images on Instagram of her wearing swimwear. “I think that it’s very common to see beach perfect bodies on Instagram, and whilst these women are quite clearly beautiful, they don’t represent other women out there,” Charli tells us.

I’ve been told that my bikini pictures are refreshing for a lot of women to see. It makes them feel ‘normal.’ None of us is perfect, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock your body in a bikini! Don’t get me wrong—sometimes you get a mean comment and it can totally ruin your day. I’m only human, and it’s human nature to want to be liked. But then I remember that my worth isn’t based on what others make of me. If I like how my body looks, then that’s all that matters,” says Howard.

As for the swimwear that always makes her feel confident, she says, “I love a new swimwear brand called Phylyda, which is where you can mix and match different styles to flatter your unique body shape. This is great, as a lot of low-cut bikini styles just don’t suit me and give me a muffin top or make me look bigger than I am. I’ve started wearing a lot more high-waisted styles, which give me curves in the right places and—most importantly—more confidence.”

French model and blogger Clémentine Desseaux, who launched the All Woman Project with Charli Howard, tells us of her relationship with swimwear: “It used to be a very traumatising experience like it is for most women. I felt like I always needed to hide my body that society didn’t qualify as a ‘beach body.’ I felt ashamed.”

“Now I love my body in any swimwear and am able to walk around proudly in it wherever I am. It all comes with time but also practice. You have to decide that you’ll wear whatever you love regardless of other people’s opinions or sometimes even your own judgments. I learned to take myself by the hand and say, ‘Yes, you are worthy and sexy, and you can wear that,'” says Desseaux.

“Modelling really helped my confidence and moving to Miami was the best thing for me,” she adds. “I saw women of all shapes wearing tiny bikinis, which was mind-blowing for me, coming from France where we’re so, so self-conscious!”

As for the swimwear that makes her feel most confident, Clémentine tells us, “I love brands that understand my curves without trying to hide them. I am a big fan of one-pieces, not because I can’t do a bikini, but because they are super comfy and I don’t have to think twice about jumping waves, running, doing yoga or anything else. It’s also chicer.”

Swimwear has become a career for fashion editor Lily Russo, as she is the co-founder of swimwear shopping site Beach Flamingo. “When I was in my early teens, I was always much taller than my friends and had wider hips than them, which meant I was always aware of being ‘larger,’ even though I was probably still quite a small dress size,” Russo says of her relationship with swimwear.

“Ironically, my most body-confident moments and memories are from my summer holidays in Puglia, Italy, on the beach in a bikini. In warmer countries, it is so normal to have your body on show—no matter your size—so I found it very liberating compared to London where I would always cover up. I’ve always been very active on the beach too, whether swimming in the water or playing bat and ball on the beach,” says Russo.

“My mother always gave us body confidence and always told us we had great bodies,” she adds. “She would always say enjoy your body now, as this is the best it will ever be. Which is so true. When you’re young, you can get caught up comparing yourself to others who have a completely different body shape, but I accepted a long time ago that there will always be someone both thinner and larger than me, so I should be happy with the way I am.

“Finding a way to exercise that’s fun is how I’ve dealt with turning 30 and realising you need to do more exercise and take care of your fitness as you get older. I’ve always danced, but three years ago, I started doing Brazilian Samba dancing and it has completely changed my body shape. I used to dance when I was younger, and after so many years taking a break, you don’t realise how rigid your body becomes despite going to the gym or swimming. Dancing is all about using every part of your body—it makes you feel invigorated,” says Russo.

Since Russo is a swimwear expert, I had to ask about the styles that make her feel the most confident. “Italians love wearing skimpy bikini bottoms, and like I said, having wide hips means there’s more bottom to cover. However, it was my mother who taught me that wearing a great-cut bikini bottom with a scoop cut is far more flattering than hiding under swathes of fabric,” she says.

Buying swimwear, for me, was as important and as fun as buying any other item of clothing in my wardrobe, which it should be. My mum was all about the full outfit on the beach—bikini, kaftan, pretty sandals and earrings … the works. When I choose a bikini or swimsuit, it’s like I’m choosing any other outfit. A combination of all these factors is what has made the beach the positive place for me it is today,” says Russo.

As for brands, she advises, “Some of my favourites are Camilla, Eberjey and Lazul. Each of these pays a lot of attention to how they are cut and if they stay in place when worn, which is a must-have with swimwear. The last thing you want to be doing is worrying if you’re going to expose yourself when you’re meant to be relaxing in the sun.”

When it comes to finding a bikini that’ll make you feel confident, Russo says, “Don’t follow trends; just wear what you like and what best suits your shape. If you aren’t familiar with many swimwear brands, I always recommend buying a few to try on in the comfort of your own home. Trying on swimwear in department stores can be really depressing, as the lighting is always far too harsh.”

She also stresses the importance of doing research on swimwear before purchasing: “Familiarise yourself with the different cuts of different brands, and when you find one you love, stick to it. Part of my job is to try out every new brand before we decide to stock them on the site, so I can give advice and make sure we love the brand before we start selling it to our customers. Our team’s always on hand to give customers bikini-buying advice.”

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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This Body Shape Calculator will make ALL your Clothes look Incredible

This Body Shape Calculator will make ALL your Clothes look Incredible

Until we discovered the body shape calculator, we didn’t have a fail-safe way of being able to find out what clothes suit our personal silhouettes. And thanks to our brilliant co-founder Hillary Kerr, we know that not every trend is for everyone, and that’s okay. Instead of panicking and buying in on every fashion trend, and dressing for your particular shape, rather than working against it, the body shape calculator will ensure you’re more comfortable and confident.

So how do we use it? Rather than comparing yourself to pictures of celebrities or fruit, which can leave you feeling unsure if you’ve arrived at the right conclusion, we’re using Oprah’s fashion expert Bradley Bayou’s foolproof technique. Bayou’s system uses maths—it is a little intensive, but we’ll walk you through it—to double-check that you’ve found your real figure.

We’re limiting this article to four common types for simplicity’s sake, but for a more in-depth look at every shape and size, check out Bayou’s The Science of Sexy, where he gives tips on how to dress 48 different figures. Also, keep in mind that no matter what your size is, you can have any of the below four outlines; it’s more about how your weight (whatever it may be) is distributed.

With that said, get out your tape measure and scroll down for the brilliant body shape calculator.

Shoulders: Have someone help you measure from the tip of one shoulder all the way around you. The measuring tape should be high up around your shoulders so it almost slips off. Bust: Pull the measuring tape taut across the fullest part of your bust and around your back. Don’t pull the tape so taut that your breasts start to get squashed. Waist: Measure the smallest part of your natural waist, just above the belly button. Hips: Start at one hip (below the hip bone) and wrap the tape measure around the largest part of your butt.
Now that you have your measurements, you’ll use those numbers to calculate your body shape. You’ll notice the equations below allow you to use your bust or shoulder measurements interchangeably. Doing this accounts for those who have especially big or small busts or especially narrow or broad shoulders. You may find that doing the equation with your shoulders versus your bust places you in two different body type categories. This means your body type may actually encompass more than one category; for example, you may find you’re more of a pear when using your bust measurement and more of an hourglass when using your shoulder measurement. If this is the case for you, you should consider both body types when shopping, and ultimately make purchases by seeing what looks best on you. Scroll down to see which shape description matches your body the best, and then use Bayou’s equation to validate that you’ve found your true shape.
Confirm by checking the numbers! You are an inverted triangle if your shoulder or bust measurement is more than 5% bigger than your hip measurement (shoulders or bust ÷ hips ≥ 1.05). For example, you are an inverted triangle if your shoulders are 36 inches and your hips are 34.25 inches or smaller.
The piece that looks amazing on you: Fitted jackets with a nipped-in waist and a flared bottom. Why: The defined waist and flare over your hips create the illusion of lower-body curves and will help balance out your broad shoulders.
Confirm by checking the numbers! You are a rectangle if your waist is less than 25% smaller than your shoulder or bust (waist ÷ shoulders or bust ≥ .75) AND your shoulder, bust and hip measurements are within 5% of each other. Find this out by looking at your shoulder, bust and hip measurements. Call the largest of the three measurements t (it will usually be your shoulders) and the other two measurements y and z. Multiply t by 0.95. If y and z are greater than the result of t x 0.95, then your shoulder, bust and hips are within 5% of each other. For example, you are a rectangle if your shoulders are 36 inches and your waist is 27 inches or more.
The piece that looks amazing on you: Skirt with volume-increasing details like ruffles, bows, pockets or embellishments. Why: It fills out your slight hips and balances your upper body.
Confirm by checking the numbers! You are a triangle (also known as pear) if your hips are more than 5% bigger than your shoulders or bust (hips ÷ shoulders or bust ≥ 1.05). For example, you are a triangle if your shoulders are 36 inches and your hips are 37.75 inches or larger.
The piece that looks amazing on you: Fit-and-flare dress. Why: It will show off how little you are on top, and is roomier from the waist down for your curvier bottom half.
Confirm by checking the numbers! You are an hourglass if your waist is at least 25% smaller than your shoulder or bust (waist ÷ shoulders and bust ≤ 0.75) AND your waist is at least 25% smaller than your hips (waist ÷ hips ≤ 0.75) AND your shoulder and hip measurements are within 5% of each other. Find this out by looking at your hips and shoulder measurements. Call the larger of the two measurements t and the smaller of the two measurements y. Multiply t by 0.95. If y is greater than the result of t x 0.95, then your hips and shoulders are within 5% of each other. For example, you are an hourglass if your shoulders and hips measure 36 inches and your waist is 27 inches or smaller.
The piece that looks amazing on you: Wrap tops. Why: They accentuate your waist and enhance your hourglass figure. Want more? Check out the complete guide to dressing for your body shape. Opening Image: Collage Vintage

Shoulders: Have someone help you measure from the tip of one shoulder all the way around you. The measuring tape should be high up around your shoulders so it almost slips off.

Bust: Pull the measuring tape taut across the fullest part of your bust and around your back. Don’t pull the tape so taut that your breasts start to get squashed.

Waist: Measure the smallest part of your natural waist, just above the belly button.

Hips: Start at one hip (below the hip bone) and wrap the tape measure around the largest part of your butt.

Now that you have your measurements, you’ll use those numbers to calculate your body shape. You’ll notice the equations below allow you to use your bust or shoulder measurements interchangeably. Doing this accounts for those who have especially big or small busts or especially narrow or broad shoulders.

You may find that doing the equation with your shoulders versus your bust places you in two different body type categories. This means your body type may actually encompass more than one category; for example, you may find you’re more of a pear when using your bust measurement and more of an hourglass when using your shoulder measurement. If this is the case for you, you should consider both body types when shopping, and ultimately make purchases by seeing what looks best on you.

Scroll down to see which shape description matches your body the best, and then use Bayou’s equation to validate that you’ve found your true shape.

Confirm by checking the numbers! You are an inverted triangle if your shoulder or bust measurement is more than 5% bigger than your hip measurement (shoulders or bust ÷ hips ≥ 1.05). For example, you are an inverted triangle if your shoulders are 36 inches and your hips are 34.25 inches or smaller.

Confirm by checking the numbers! You are a rectangle if your waist is less than 25% smaller than your shoulder or bust (waist ÷ shoulders or bust ≥ .75) AND your shoulder, bust and hip measurements are within 5% of each other. Find this out by looking at your shoulder, bust and hip measurements. Call the largest of the three measurements t (it will usually be your shoulders) and the other two measurements y and z. Multiply t by 0.95. If y and z are greater than the result of t x 0.95, then your shoulder, bust and hips are within 5% of each other.

For example, you are a rectangle if your shoulders are 36 inches and your waist is 27 inches or more.

Confirm by checking the numbers! You are a triangle (also known as a pear) if your hips are more than 5% bigger than your shoulders or bust (hips ÷ shoulders or bust ≥ 1.05).

For example, you are a triangle if your shoulders are 36 inches and your hips are 37.75 inches or larger.

Confirm by checking the numbers! You are an hourglass if your waist is at least 25% smaller than your shoulder or bust (waist ÷ shoulders and bust ≤ 0.75) AND your waist is at least 25% smaller than your hips (waist ÷ hips ≤ 0.75) AND your shoulder and hip measurements are within 5% of each other.

Find this out by looking at your hips and shoulder measurements. Call the larger of the two measurements t and the smaller of the two measurements y. Multiply t by 0.95. If y is greater than the result of t x 0.95, then your hips and shoulders are within 5% of each other.

For example, you are an hourglass if your shoulders and hips measure 36 inches and your waist is 27 inches or smaller.

Want more? Check out the complete guide to dressing for your body shape.

This piece was published at an earlier date on Who What Wear US and has since been updated.

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17 Ways to Look as Polished as Meghan Markle

17 Ways to Look as Polished as Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle, the actress who plays Rachel Zane on Suits and is will soon wed Prince Harry, is our new source for minimalist style inspiration. The star also used to run lifestyle blog The Tig, so we know she’s more than just a fan of fashion. But recently we’ve noticed that her brand of chic and minimal looks is just what we might need for a wardrobe refresh. In fact, we’d go as far as saying that the star is set to be the UK equivalent of Olivia Palermo. True, she’s not British, but that won’t keep us from adopting her as our own. (Hey, the woman has good taste—what can we say?)

From elegant evening looks to more casual outfits, she’s got girl-next-door style down, with a little bit of the Duchess of Cambridge thrown in (just check out the matching shoes) To help you see just what we mean, we’ve come up with 17 style rules Meghan Markle sticks to that we know you’ll want to follow stat. Click through our gallery to see why Meghan Markle is the style inspo you’ve been looking for.

Style Notes: Want a stunning dress that will make an impact? Go for bold, but just make sure it’s a classic cut. On Meghan Markle: Jill Stuart dress
Style Notes: How do you dress when your boyfriend is a prince but you’re not in the family? Wear a chic dress, but keep it fresh and young with a matching leather jacket draped over the shoulders.
Style Notes: Perhaps one of our favourite polished looks of Meghan Markle’s is the white shirt–and–skinny jeans combo. Classic but with an edge, thanks to the ripped denim. 11/10.
Style Notes: An all-white outfit can be seriously stylish, particularly when a basic tee is paired with wide-leg trousers.
Style Notes: Matching your accessories to your dress isn’t done much anymore. But your lipstick? That’s what you want to go for. On Meghan Markle: Dolce & Gabbana dress
Style Notes: Struggling for a minimal outfit? Fall back on your basic black skinnies or leather trousers and a black jacket.
Style Notes: A simple blazer and a pair of jeans is always a great idea.
Style Notes: Block colours don’t have to be boring. Opt for interesting necklines and hems, such as this fishtail dress. On Meghan Markle: Roland Mouret dress
Style Notes: You will always need a little shift dress in the back of your wardrobe
Style Notes: The reason this works is because it matches Meghan’s skin tone perfectly
Style notes: Want to invest in the crop top trend? Take a tip from Meghan with this elegant take on the look. On Meghan Markle: Peter Som dress and top. Next up, the A/W 17 fashion trends you need to know about.

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Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Trends: The Only Looks You Need to Know

Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Trends: The Only Looks You Need to Know

The spring/summer 2018 fashion trends are nothing if not bright, bold and really quite beautiful. In fact, it was a show season full of actual fashion moments, and that’s not hyperbole. I’m talking about the type that had even the coolest fashion critics reaching for their Google Pixel 2 cameraphones. And the one catwalk that really set the tone, impressed everyone and just so happened to tick off almost every S/S 18 trend under the sun was, of course, Versace.

This was the kind of collection that deserves to be attached to the word iconic, and that makes sense once you know that the whole glamorous affair was a tribute to Gianni Versace at the 20-year mark of his untimely death. His bold vision and original supermodels came back to the fore once more, thanks to his sister Donatella Versace’s creative direction.

Jaws dropped to the floor. Shopping lists were supercharged. Stylists and A-listers will have to fight it out for samples to wear before the collection lands next year. And we all remembered a time when supermodels really were quite super—just look at Naomi, Eva, Carla, Cindy and Claudia resplendent in gold chainmail below.

This Milanese moment was three weeks into a monthlong catwalk circuit, and it neatly tied up a few notions we’d been jotting down: Colour is key (whether bold or pastel), the ’80s won’t quit, and if you’re going to do power dressing in our current times, you don’t have to be all shoulders and stilettos—but the option is most definitely there.

Shifting gears from the street’s athleisure boom, there’s a prettier, softer mood in the air, and anyone who likes to dress up will be thrilled. Minimalists and tomboys have plenty to choose from too: Next year is trouser-suit and flat-shoe heaven. Keep reading to discover S/S 18’s fashion trends, from colours to prints, key pieces to new details.

L-R: Y Project, Off-White, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini
L-R: Emanuel Ungaro, Saint Laurent, Halpern
L-R: Balenciaga, Céline, Bottega Veneta
L-R: Louis Vutton, Lacoste, Prada
L-R: Rejina Pyo, Dior, Chloé
L-R: Balenciaga, Gucci, Faustine Steinmetz
L-R: Rochas, Hermés, Tod’s
L-R: Sonia Rykiel, Veronique Leroy, Nina Ricci
L-R: Marques’ Almeida, Lemaire, Isabel Marant
L-R: Christopher Kane, Attico, Chanel
L-R: Altuzarra, Loewe, Roksanda
L-R: Gucci, Balmain, Fendi
L-R: Sacai, Alexander McQueen, Versus by Versace
L-R: Valentino, MM6, Self-Portrait
L-R: Dolce & Gabbana, Alessandra Rich, Erdem
L-R: MSGM, Versace, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
L-R: Dries Van Noten, Emilia Wickstead, Céline
L-R: Tibi, Sies Marjan, Calvin Klein 205W39NYC

Designers have eschewed all other eras to focus very clearly on the 1980s. The silhouettes are all in place (think nipped waists, strong shoulders and long legs), and the muses are ones you’ll instantly be able to imagine: Diana, Princess of Wales, continues to influence high-fashion places, with Off-White’s Virgil Abloh citing the late style icon as his inspiration for his spring collection.

There are two quite distinct ’80s camps this time around, and it may well be that the more casual looks of the decade appeal to you more than the delightfully over-the-top eveningwear options from the likes of Saint Laurent. Just a plain pair of high-waisted jeans wedged into white ankles boots and worn with a loose-fit top tucked in will suffice for spring.

And then there are certain spring items that not only act as the glue that holds all other, more transient trends together but are also investment pieces set to last a lifetime. Here are the more classic items that cropped up the most…

Whether deconstructed and warped into something quite unusual (see Balenciaga’s where the front is a trench while the back splits into a denim overcoat) or adhering to tradition, there was a trench coat on almost every important runway we could think of. To be worn with everything from bikinis to boardroom attire.

Itching to pick some up now? You can already shop our edit of the best trench coats.

It was Nicholas Ghesquière’s futuristic, thick-soled trainers for Louis Vuitton that really got the crowds going during the tail end of Paris Fashion Week. However, many geeky sneaks existed in other influential places. Expect to see girls emulating the socks-and-Velcro of Prada any day now.

Ready to snag some already? See the five best pairs of classic trainers you’ll ever own.

If there’s one thing worth spending some money on, it’s a perfectly tailored suit. These days you can find the style to match your personal taste because the concept is a now constant fixture on the runways. Whether you want to make a statement (Chloé’s horse-motif velvet suit is going to be a street style hit—mark our words) or opt for something subtler, there are 1001 versions out there. And the best part is they won’t date.

Nabbed one but want to know what to do with it? Check out our guide to wearing a trouser suit.

There’s a real gamut of bag trends for S/S 18, but if one stands head and shoulders (and waist?) above the rest, it is the bum bag, or belt bag, should you want to sound more sophisticated. So many iterations exist, from the sporty pouches you’ll see style setters wearing crossbody through to luxe leather options courtesy of—who else?—Gucci.

If you’re not so patient to wait for the collections to hit stores, shop the coolest belt bags and bumbags available now.

Should the past few years of leggings and track pants have destroyed your old-fashioned fashion soul, rejoice in the pencil-skirt comeback. This time around, they are longer-lined and therefore more flattering. They will replace your full-skirted midis for the time being but are always worth keeping for the future. Net-a-Porter has predicted this silhouette will be a big seller for them in 2018—you heard it here first. And if you’re wondering which way to style yours, get more info on how to wear a pencil skirt.

It doesn’t matter what kind of belt—just know that a waist belt is integral to the season’s bigger shapes and volumes. Belt jackets, sling a chain belt over a slinky dress, fasten a man’s shirt… use it, daily, without fail.

Check out the many ways to wear a belt.

These aren’t so much microtrends as small but important shifts we’ve noticed filtering through many of the most significant designer collections. If you aren’t ready to commit to a retro getup or don’t fancy the below brights, tap into these subtler looks and ideas below.

Call it a backlash to this year’s omnipresent off-the-shoulder looks or just a calmer continuation of the 1980s trend we charted above, but big, big, big shoulders and sleeves are everywhere for spring. Most commonly, they’re rendered in soft blouses and shirts so that you can easily counterbalance the dramatic proportions with a miniskirt, like at Isabel Marant, or feel just fine ‘n’ breezy wearing a billowing outfit head to toe.

Crystals, clear PVC and silver sparkle skipped straight from the party season and into the S/S 18 offering. From the understated (a smattering here and there at Attico) to the downright dedicated (see Chanel’s fantastic plastics and bling jewels), there’s a veritable bounty to mine.

Think linens and sawn-off edges, washed cotton drills and woven leathers, all in an earthy colour palette of creams, oatmeals and off-whites. This is the new, more worn-in way to do minimalism. How I imagine it? The Little Mermaid‘s makeshift sail-and-rope outfit as she embarks on her land adventure, only far more luxe and costly, clearly.

Fendi! Gucci! Balmain! Versace! Balenciaga! Calvin Klein! No major brand could leave their own labelling alone for S/S 18, and we can’t blame them—if you’re spending the big bucks, you may as well shout it from the sartorial rooftops. Our money? Going all on that vintage-look Fendi monogram bag. Want to shop now? See our roundup of the logo fashion trend.

Just when you thought plaids and tartans were only for the colder months, along comes this charge of checked goods for spring. It’s partly in thanks to the fact that designers are considering the all-year-round use required of major fashion investments, so these power-print pieces have the long-game in view. Looking for styling ideas? Here’s some gingham outfit inspiration.

Carrying on from this year’s polka-dot popularity, you will find many a spotted item heading into stores for 2018. The memo? Keep it monochrome and keep it in cool, modern shapes to avoid looking like a 1950s housewife. Wondering the latest way to style the look? See how the street style set wears polka dots in winter.

Talking of housewives, there has been a resurgence on the runways for vintage-look florals, the kind women would have once worn in the ’40s and ’50s. Floral dresses are a surefire seller for retailers, so it’s no great wonder savvy brands are looking to how they can reimagine them within their individual aesthetics. Alessandra Rich’s tea dresses have already been adopted by the fashion set—you’ll see more of them soon. In the meantime, shop our edit of the best floral dresses.

Whoa, put some shades on because things are about to get high-octane in here. From primary shades through to neon accents, when designers committed to spring’s bold hues, they knew they had to go hard or go home. Expect to see vibrant pinks, reds, yellows and more worn in either monochrome blocks or artfully spliced together—apparently not to be toned down with a neutral or two. To get the look with your wardrobe, see our guide on how to wear colour in spring.

On the flipside, but still just as punchy, you’ll find mix ‘n’ match ultra-pastels being adopted everywhere from New York to London and back again. Hippest when worn together in the weirdest combos possible: See Céline for the lemon, lilac, purple and beige formula we’d like to copy. See Pantone’s colour predictions for more info.

And if there’s just one colour in one key item to really think about, it’s the yellow dress. Not for shy and retiring canaries, this trend is more Big Bird: Think full-coverage yellow, worn in even the darkest days of spring to cheer everyone else up. Luxury boutiques have seen sales of yellow dresses spiking this year, and more are coming to satisfy demand. And if you’re really into the look, check out our list of the most iconic yellow dresses of all time.

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How Much Should You Really Spend on an Engagement Ring?

How Much Should You Really Spend on an Engagement Ring?

If you’ve ever thought about getting engaged at any point in your life, you’ve probably at least pondered how much you and your potential betrothed should be expected to spend on an engagement ring. While there is certainly no set-in-stone amount, there are so many different rules and expectations when it comes to the cost of the bling that it can be overwhelming, confusing and downright frustrating (especially for the person making the purchase). There are even online engagement ring cost calculators that have been set up to help you navigate the process—but we also have some pretty solid answers to help you on your way.

While it’s always great to pore over the best celebrity engagement rings for inspiration, dropping millions of pounds isn’t exactly a reality for many of us. Fear not, though, as we’re here to help. We’ve compiled as many different engagement ring price suggestions as we could and laid them all out for you so it’s easy to navigate and understand. Both you and your significant other will thank us if and when it’s ever the time to bite the platinum, gold or silver bullet.

Keep scrolling for the five rules on how much to spend on an engagement ring, and shop some of our favourite pieces too.

While it’s always great to pore over the best celebrity engagement rings for inspiration, dropping millions of pounds isn’t exactly a reality for many of us. Fear not, though, as we’re here to help. We’ve compiled as many different engagement ring price suggestions as we could and laid them all out for you so it’s easy to navigate and understand. Both you and your significant other will thank us if and when it’s ever the time to bite the platinum, gold or silver bullet. Keep scrolling for the five rules on how much to spend on an engagement ring, and shop some of our favourite pieces too…

According to an expert-fuelled report on Brides.com, the purchaser should spend about three full months’ salary on the ring. This is more a rule of thumb, however, and if the person buying the ring is “heavily in debt or concerned about job security,” he or she might want to scale back a bit.

A rose gold band is a chic and stylish alternative to classic gold.
A twist on the classic diamond ring.
A beautiful pear shaped diamond is a timeless and incredibly chic option.
A bold but beautiful choice.
Who says engagement rings have to be like everyone else’s?
This delicate design is ideal for those looking for a simple but stylish engagement ring.
Keep things classic with this signature style from Tiffany.
A great option for non-traditional brides-to-be.
Circular-style diamond rings are a favourite.
Art Deco rings will always be an elegant choice.
Green and gold just work, don’t they?

Next up: High-street wedding dresses have never looked so good.

Opening Image: Cupcakes and Cashmere

You may have heard the more prevalent rule of thumb that a person should spend about a months’ salary on the ring—and you have diamond manufacturer De Beers to thank for that little wisdom nugget. Back in America’s Depression Era, De Beers started running an ad campaign suggesting that men spend one months’ salary on the ring to save money, and the idea stuck.

If three months seems like a stretch for your other half, but one month seems a little skimpy, there are some contemporary ways of thinking that suggest you compromise and spend two months’ salary on the rock. This can be a good option if you’re looking to spend a small fortune without potentially wrecking your finances.

In 2016, the average amount spent on an engagement ring in the UK is £573. You always have the option of presenting your potential fiancée with this information and suggesting he or she spend the average amount. It’s a fair number, but you should keep in mind that it has nothing to do with his or her own personal financial standing.

There are some pretty savvy things you can do to make sure you get the most bang for you engagement ring buck. Many would recommend shopping online (remember that at least you’ll find it easier to return something!), but there are also tricks such as opting for a lower-carat diamond (many stones look exactly the same, unless you’re an expert with a magnifying glass in hand) and deciding on a style that has a solitaire diamond rather than lots of little stones that add up.

If you’re concerned about authenticity online aim to browse retailers that are trusted and well-known (such as Ernest Jones, for example) and look out for brands carrying IGI certificates, as they are a sure-fire way to know that something is legit. Find out more information on being a confident diamond buyer from the International Gemological Insitute.

In our minds—and we assume the minds of many cash-strapped UK millennials—the amount spent on an engagement ring should be 100% up to the person buying it. Of course, the input of the intended is always welcome, but if you aren’t the person actually making the purchase, at the end of the day it’s not really up to you. “A lot of women wouldn’t want their fiancé to spend that much money on a ring,” Kit Yarrow, a former jewellery dealer turned professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, told AskMen.com. “Make it a personal decision.”

Go through the gallery below to shop eleven beautiful engagement rings in a wide range of prices.

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Everyone Bought These 4 Items Because of Meghan Markle

Everyone Bought These 4 Items Because of Meghan Markle

T minus 15 days until the royal wedding. While Meghan Markle is leaving everyone guessing about her wedding dress, there’s no debating one fact: She makes pieces sell like crazy. To wit, our friends at Poshmark compiled data that revealed the most coveted items she’s worn since the engagement news. Poshmark analysed how purchases increased after Markle wore certain pieces, and the numbers are definitely impressive.

The number one item on the list, of course, was the Gucci bag she wore last month. According to Poshmark, purchases for the bag increased by a whopping 214% after she was spotted with it, while sales of her Mackage coat increased by 193%. Rounding out the list of most sought-after items: Markle’s Mulberry bag, which increased by 95%, and her Burberry coat, which increased by 80%. Scroll down to see how she styled all of these pieces, and shop the limited stock that remains.

Who doesn’t love a classic black Gucci number?
Unfortunately this brand does not ship to the U.K.
A very handy bag to have in your closet.
A real investment piece.

Next up, see all of Meghan Markle’s best outfits in one place.

This was originally published on Who What Wear US and has been updated.

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High-Street Wedding Dresses Have Never Looked so Good

High-Street Wedding Dresses Have Never Looked so Good

Daring to utter the phrase “high-street wedding dresses” will no longer be met with indignation; with a rise in the market for well-priced bridal gowns, there’s zero shame attached to spending less on your gown. Affordable can now be incredibly chic.

ASOS now has a stellar bridal collection, following the success of its vast and brilliant bridesmaid range. It also stocks Needle & Thread—a British brand that specialises in intricately embellished occasionwear with a comfortable price tag. Then one of our favourite affordable red carpet go-tos—Self-Portrait—also offers a drop-dead gorgeous wedding range.

For bohemian brides everywhere, Reformation stepped in to offer the kind of sweeping dresses you can wear to a party the following month, year and beyond for under £400. Better yet, Whistles launched its debut high-street wedding dress collection earlier last year (you can see what happened when Who What Wear’s editorial director tried them all on) as well as new styles that are set to launch this month. And French Connection has just revealed its inaugural collection, with plenty of gowns at the £250 mark.

If you still need more persuading to head to the high street for your wedding dress, just ask yourself this: Would you rather drop a couple grand on a wear-it-once number or that designer handbag you’ve been lusting after for four seasons? Plus, wouldn’t you rather spoil your guests at your wedding than rip up £10,000 worth of tulle?

If you want some inspiration for shopping affordable high-street wedding dresses, just take a look at our pick of the most expensive-looking options that will cost you a fraction of the price of a traditional frock. From the specialised wedding dress collections from ASOS, Whistles and even H&M, we’ve picked out a selection of dresses from some of our favourite stores that can totally be worn for your big day.

Click through our gallery for our picks of the most affordable high-street wedding dresses on the market.

Unsurprisingly, there’s a waitlist for this one. But make sure you sign up for it so you can snap it up when it is.
For the slinky bride.
The cold-shoulder trend stretches to the wedding dress too.
Boho brides, take note.
Super pretty and all for under £400.
This vintage-looking Topshop Wedding Dress is going straight on our shopping list. It isn’t available yet but make sure you sign up to find out when you can get your hands on it.
A classic-but-slinky Hollywood glamour vibe with this Topshop Wedding Dress. Remember you can get your hands on this come April 13.
Boho brides rejoice, this one’s for you.
Not a floor-length kind of person? Check out this tulle frock.
For the ultra-minimalist bride.
The ideal beach wedding dress.
Gorgeously boho.
This elegant strapless gown has a gorgeous tie-back detail.
We can’t believe that this one is under £500.
Just look at the beading on this dress.
Just add a ’60s-style headband and Twiggy lashes and you’ve got yourself a vintage bridal look.
For the more laid-back bride who would rather wear a pair of Stan Smiths with her dress than Manolos.
If Hollywood glamour is your thing, this dress will nail that look for you.
A perfect wedding dress for a balmy, tropical destination. The lace will cool you off while you’re saying your vows.
Another knockout gown from Self-Portrait.
Don’t overlook high-street stalwarts such as Monsoon for your big day.
Inject your bridal look with a little bit of red carpet glamour.
Check out London label Indie Bride for covetable midi dresses.
Needle & Thread just continues to deliver on the bridal front.
Love lace? This is the dress for you.
A modern twist on the lace wedding dress.
Ideal for the bride who doesn’t want anything fussy but is after something chic.
We told you these gowns were good. Such an incredible bargain for such a gorgeous dress.
A shift dress for a bride who wants something a little different. Not a bride but a guest? Check out 30 of the best wedding guest dresses that will help you stand out from the crowd. Opening Image: Whistles

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The 24 Most Stunning Royal Wedding Dresses Throughout History

The 24 Most Stunning Royal Wedding Dresses Throughout History

With Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s sure-to-be-rule-breaking royal wedding just a few weeks away (stay tuned with Who What Wear UK for live coverage of all the most important fashion intel) we’re looking back through the history books to find clues about the all-important dress to come. On June 19 everything will become clear, but what if—bear with us—Meghan had seen Princess Anne’s statement sleeved-gown from her 1973 wedding to Captain Mark Phillips and felt inspired to recreate a modern version? It is, in our opinion, one of the most underrated wedding gowns of last century (keep scrolling to check it out).

When you come across the phrase princess wedding dress, a big poufy ball gown probably comes to mind, right? Well, based on our research, the actual princess wedding dresses throughout history aren’t always of the poufy ball gown variety—although there’s a decent amount of tulle and underskirts to keep those of you who like a dramatic gown happy. While Princess Diana’s wedding dress certainly put all poufy wedding dresses to shame (we’ll refresh your memory of it below), but that was the peak of ’80s extravagance, and many other royal gowns run the gamut from slim, lace, and long-sleeved to off-the-shoulder and satin. You’re probably familiar with a few of the below (has anyone on this planet not seen Kate Middleton’s dress a thousand times?), but many of the princess-style wedding dresses included below are significantly more under-the-radar.

Head below to see 24 stunning regal gowns throughout history, from 1925 via Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Grace of Monaco and many more up to now.

Designer: Unknown. Mafalda was noted to be wearing the Hesse family wheat tiara.
Designer: Norman Hartnell
Designer: Helen Rose
Designer: Cartier tiara
Designer: Maureen Baker of Susan Small
Designer: Unknown
Designer: David and Elizabeth Emanuel
Designer: Hanae Mori
Designer: Valentino
Designer: Manuel Pertegaz
Designer: Uffe Frank
Designer: Unknown
Designer: Henrik Hviid
Designer: Pär Engsheden
Designer: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
Designer: Henrik Hviid
Designer: Wolfgang Joop
Designer: Giorgio Armani Privé
Designer: Elie Saab
Designer: Elie Saab
Designer: Valentino
Designer: Giorgio Armani Privé
Designer: Ida Sjöstedt
Designer: Sandra Mansour (and you can read all about this beautiful gown with via our interview with the designer). Next up, the best high-street wedding dresses you’ll love. This piece was previously published on Who What Wear US and has since been updated.

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I’m in My 30s, and This is How I Shop Topshop Like a Grown-Up

I’m in My 30s, and This is How I Shop Topshop Like a Grown-Up

I’ve heard people saying time and time again that they’re too old to shop at Topshop. And, yes, I agree that at first glance Topshop is my 16-year-old daughter’s festival dreams right now, as it’s filled with crop tops, denim hotpants and sequins. But as much as I personally avoid those items, I can always emerge from Topshop with a few purchases that fast become wardrobe staples I’m really pleased to wear.

Some of my most-loved wardrobe items are Topshop that I’ve picked up over the years. And, yes, I have to admit that as I’ve reached my mid-thirties, my body’s changed, and my style has evolved, so it’s not always as easy as it used to be. I’ve been shopping at Topshop Oxford Circus since my early teens, and I can’t think of another store that I’ve been shopping in since I was 12 and still get as excited about visiting. So to convince anyone who may be assuming they have to throw in their Topshop towel, I’ve put together the five golden rules that Lou and I stick to when perusing our high-street favourite.

Some of my most-loved wardrobe items are Topshop that I’ve picked up over the years. And yes I have to admit as I’ve reached my mid-thirties, my body’s changed, and my style has evolved it’s not always as easy as it used to be. I’ve been shopping at Topshop Oxford Circus since my early teens, I can’t think of another store that I’ve been shopping in since I was 12 and still get as excited about visiting. So to convince anyone who may be assuming they have to throw in their Topshop towel, I’ve put together the five golden rules that Lou and I stick to when perusing our high-street favourite.

The high street has always been a place where you’ll run during your lunch break to pick up a few pieces or on your way home from work, but this is when you’re likely to leave dejected or make a poor panic purchase. The smash-and-grab process may have worked for us in our twenties, but it rarely does when you reach your thirties. I try to set aside an hour when visiting the Topshop flagship store in Oxford Circus (it is part of my job to research!).

It’s important to try pieces on in different sizes (two sizes if, like me, you’re in between the sizing in Topshop) and try to make use of the personal shopping service if available. You have the luxury of time, space, and somewhere to leave your belongings. And of course, the team is on hand should you need any advice.

I go around the store two times in total: My usual routine is to whizz around the shop floor quick, grabbing anything that catches my eye. I then head to Personal Shopping, leave my selection in a room and head back out for a slower, more extended look around. I’ll find a few more things, then go back and edit my rail, as I’ve then had a chance to take it all in. I have a good try on and usually only like a third of my edit, which I’m happy about, as if I loved everything, it would be a problem.

The cuts and shapes of pieces are so significant. I buy most of my midi dresses from Topshop, as I know they’ll be a modern, up-to-date silhouette, whereas if I was to wear a similar style from a different store, it could look mumsy. The fit of a blouse, the length of a skirt or the shape of a tee can make all the difference to your look. This is when it’s a plus point shopping in a store catering to a generally younger demographic.

With so many new-in pieces dropping daily, Topshop is always exciting. I try to get into the store every couple of weeks and check online daily (it’s my job!) so I don’t miss out on any must-have pieces that are sure to be a hit. That’s why online sites like Who What Wear UK and blogs like A Style Album are here—we check for you. Polka dots seem to be trending on Topshop right now. I popped in last week and picked up a cute polka-dot blouse and have my eye on a few other polka-dot pieces too.

Topshop is a great place to pick up your classic and basic pieces. I’m a huge fan of its khaki cargo jackets, which the brand tends to update every season. Its jeans are some of the best on the high street (FYI: I stay away from the Leigh, as I find the material way too thin, but I love the Straight-Leg, Dree and Orson).

Topshop simple T-shirts are the perfect shape and are a great value for £15. In store now, the brand has an asymmetric blouse available in so many colourways, which will look stylish whether you’re 16 or 60. And some of my favourite blazers have been from Topshop.

One of my favourite dresses is from Topshop Boutique—the brand’s more premium line that is more expensive than the standard collection—but I’ve had it for years and still feel special in it. I do believe the quality and design reflect the price, so don’t feel like you’re being cheated on the high street in this instance.

See Lou and Em’s latest Topshop haul below!

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Backless Tops and Dresses Look 100 Times Better with this Bra

Backless Tops and Dresses Look 100 Times Better with this Bra

A stick-on bra probably isn’t high up on your new season shopping list, but as the social season gets into swing, investing in the perfect wardrobe foundations is a must, particularly if your head has been turned by a backless dress.

There’s a slew of brands specialising solely in adhesive underwear solutions, alongside offerings from lingerie heroes such as M&S. One of the standout names we keep getting recommendations for the former is Fashion Forms. At Selfridges, which stocks an impressive 44 different lingerie names, Fashion Forms is its best-selling stick-on brand. One of the most popular pieces in the range is the NuBra Push-Up (£46) which we’re told will ensure the perfect solution to any underwear issues. Stocked by John Lewis and Net-a-Porter, it’s got all the endorsement we need to give it a go.

It’s also worth shouting about InvisiBra, which offers a ming-boggling array of not just styles, but attractive finishes. If a flesh-coloured silicon cup isn’t your thing (and yes it caters to differing skin colours and tones) you can choose lace finishes in blue, magenta, black, and even matching underwear sets.

So it’s time to stop assuming that because you’ve never previously dares a backless dress, you can’t do so now. Get clicking, get ordering and get trying, because we’re sure there’s one in the edit below for you.

Selfridges’ best-selling adhesive bra.

If you’re after some lift, try this desirable style.

Cheap and cheerful, these cups can be trimmed to size and stick to your clothing rather than your skin.

Be sure to check out Inivisbra if you’d like your stick-on lingerie to work in harmony with the rest of your drawer.

M&S’s adhesive offering comes in sizes 1-6, with a clear explainer of what cups size is recommended.

This discreet style dines’t have sticky wings around the under-arm, so feels like you aren’t wearing anything.

Of a similar shape to the M&S style, this features underwire for added support.

If your dress boasts a plunging neckline too, this might be the ticket. Opening Image: Getty Images. Next up, discover what our editors would buy this spring with a £300 budget.

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Meghan Markle Just Wore the affordable Dress Kim Kardashian West Wore 11 Years Ago

Meghan Markle Just Wore the affordable Dress Kim Kardashian West Wore 11 Years Ago

We would never expect Meghan Markle and Kim Kardashian West to share items in their wardrobes, however, last night, Meghan Markle attended a Women’s Empowerment evening in London, and she wore a piece from the KKW archive. Meghan wore a fitted black dress by Black Halo, which has a draped, statement neckline; cap sleeves; a zip down the back and a skinny black leather belt at the waist. The £280 dress was a celebrity favourite 11 years ago, as KKW and Blake Lively wore the dress in white with a skinny black belt. Meghan made the dress look more 2018 by pairing it with a black suede bag with a statement clasp with the brand of the year, Gucci. Keep scrolling to see Meghan’s latest look and shop the dress before it inevitably sells out.

On Meghan Markle: Black Halo Jackie O Dress (£280); Gucci Dionysus Suede Super Mini Bag (£625).

For more of Meghan’s looks, see 17 of her best outfits.

Opening Image: Getty Images

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