Your personal style and trends
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There are many fashion trends out there that fits all body types, shapes and looks, but in the end your personal style will always shine through your looks no matter what you wear.
Whether you are wearing trendy pants, coats, dresses, shoes, jackets, jeans etc. your personal look will always be what defines your look. Combining new trends with your personal style makes you stand out from the crowd. Try something new, or combine other trends with your personal style. Be you and remember your personal style when following new fashion trends.
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Fashion Trend Forecasting - Get Familiar With the Latest Fashion Trends
The fashion industry always has a shake-up of new trends, and it is not easy to predict future trends. Professionals working in the fashion industries like manufacturers and fashion designers work hard to know the latest fashion trends so that they can rock and create a buzz with their upcoming fashion collections.
Fashion trend predictions can be complicated as there are several categories of fashion for different people all over the world. Some of the most popular fashion categories include
In addition to this, fashion styles also keep changing with the seasons, and this is the reason for the evolution of the terms "Summer Collection" and "Winter Collection." Therefore, it is important to analyze the trend-spotters to recognize what is popular and design products accordingly. To get rid of the complications, trend forecasting fashion is an effective and helpful technique. This technique is used by professional forecasters who conduct market research and analyze the purchasing pattern of various customers. This research is conducted to get an idea about the stuff that would trend in the future. When the technique of forecasting was initially evolved, forecasters did not have access to a large number of resources for conducting their research. As a result, fashion weeks or shows and purchasing patterns of customers were the only reliable sources through which trends were predicted. However, with the advancement of technology, deeper market research can be conducted by considering various factors affecting fashion changes. Therefore, better meaningful results can be obtained when compared to the traditional methods. The need for fashion forecasting is increased compared to the past because celebrities and social media highly influence today's fashion trends. Customers do not spend much time selecting the right kind of fashion, and their preference is usually based on the fashion trends followed by famous personalities. The most influenced category here is women's clothing trends that keep changing quickly, and therefore predicting the trends becomes a little difficult. Therefore, the fashion industry keeps facing rapid changes and complicates the process of trend predictions.
Kinds of fashion trend forecasting:
As there is a strong need for fashion forecasting for today's market, this technique is classified into two types. Fashion forecasters can use either of these techniques to predict the fashion trends based on the category of fashion.
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Summer event season is here with a bang. We're certainly making up for lost time this year with weddings, birthday bashes and summer occasions like Ascot back in the calendar. The Great Dress Hunt can require serious planning, but there's one collection that is really helping in this department. Karen Millen is known for its beautiful floral dresses, and this year, it has really excelled with a special collaboration with botanical artist Rui Jiang. She has created spectacular watercolour images inspired by her love for all the flowers in the British countryside. She really studies the colour and form of flowers in detail. She grows violas and roses in her own garden and meticulously examines each bud before picking up the paintbrush.
And these dress designs perfectly complement her watercolour prints. They all have voluminous fabric and exaggerated silhouettes, which give each piece a rippling movement and sense of romance. The collection is filled with occasion-ready winners, but we've hand-selected five that we know will be super popular this year, including a cute minidress and a halterneck slip. Keep scrolling for the five dresses that are beyond perfect for your next wedding or summer party.
Style Notes: This dress has a beautiful, spring-green botanical print, which pairs perfectly with the dramatic sleeves and tied waist. The print is perfect for a wedding or summer occasion, but the volume of fabric gives it a fashion edge.
Style Notes: This silk and cotton minidress feels really special thanks to the voluminous sleeves and pretty buttons down the front. The print is a really romantic nod to English country gardens. We'd style it with chunky gold jewellery and sandals for a contemporary spin.
Style Notes: These floral midi dresses come in both sleeved and sleeveless options, and both pack a punch thanks to the full skirt. Jiang's rose-garden print is perfect for an outdoor reception.
Style Notes: This dress has a unique mirrored botanical print, and the sweeping satin gives the dress a rippling movement. The wide, fluted sleeves and cut-out detail on the back are the perfect finishing touches.
Style Notes: This dress makes me want to be at a wedding reception with a gin and tonic in hand. The slinky cut and halter neckline give this a '90s feel, which blends perfectly with the vibrant green motif.
14 Hair Scarves That Instantly Elevate Any Hairstyle Posted: Wed, 11 May 2022 08:31:46 +0000
At Who What Wear, we love switching up our hairstyle. Whether we're looking for wedding guest hairstyle inspo, or the best claw clip hairstyles to update our look, we're always up to the challenge of finding the chicest ones. Lately, we've been spotting fashion girls switching up their look with hair scarves – and they look so cool.
What makes hair scarves so great is that they are so versatile; there are so many ways to wear them. Whether they're wrapped around the base of a ponytail, weaved into a plait or simply tied around the head, they instantly update even the most basic of outfits, and make your look ten times more expensive. Did we mention they're great for distracting from greasy roots, too?
Below, we've rounded up some of the best hair scarves to add to your hair accessory wardrobe. From budget-friendly high street hair scarves to investment pieces (we all dream of Hermès' silk scarves, after all), let us inspire you to try out some of these hair scarf looks.
A printed scarf looks chic for the beach – especially if it's Chanel.
More of a minimalist? This fits the bill.
H&M do some of the best hair scarves on the hughstreet. This floral one feels luxe.
A classic Liberty print scarf makes for a timeless investment piece that you'll wear again and again.
A statement print in monochrome colours always looks cool. This one from & Other Stories looks way more expensive than it's price tag.
How pretty is this blue Gucci version?
The baroque print makes this scarf timeless.
This bright orange scarf from Burberry has beautiful detailing and would look elegant tied into a bow.
A long, thin hair scarf looks great tied into a bun or ponytail.
A simple print like stripes gives an understated look. Simply tie into a ponytail and go.
This would look so good paired with a neutral outfit or tied onto the handle of your bag.
An Hermes scarf will become a wear forever piece. We love this vintage one.
Worn in a bandana, a hair scarf makes a statement while protecting your lengths.
We're obsessed with the leopard detailing.
This will go with everything.
How cute is this half up, half down hairstyle with a scarf?
This minimalist print ticks all the boxes.
It seems Rochelle Humes has placed a Mango order recently, as the outfit she wore for her latest appearance on This Morning can attest. Of course, Humes is no stranger when it comes to unearthing excellent high-street buys—we’ve chronicled such in a thorough breakdown of her best on-air looks—but her latest discovery might be her most stylish yet.
The TV presenter showcases her outfits every day before she goes live on-air, and her most recent look caught my attention for one very valid reason.
I consult Mango’s new-in section daily, and one of the items that caught my eye on my most recent scroll was a pair of tan high-waist, wide-leg trousers with a sleek front seam. As they are polished and timeless, I instantly found them appealing and began plotting out a handful of items I could wear them with. Imagine my delight, then, when I saw that Humes had already got her hands on the same pair of trousers and was styling them in a very cool way indeed—with a knitted vest from Karen Millen boasting the tangerine hue fashion people love right now.
While they might look like The Row, Humes’s trousers actually hail from the high street—from Mango for £36, no less.
Although her entire outfit impressed me, I want to pull the focus back to her expensive-looking Mango trousers. I love the clean lines and minimal detailing on these strides, which adds to their overall premium-feeling aesthetic. The colourway also gets my stamp of approval, as it presents an alternative to the darker trousers that you likely already have in your wardrobe whilst being just as versatile. Throw in their puddle-pooling length, and this just might be the best pair of tailored trousers to come from the high street this season.
If you love Rochelle Humes’s Mango trousers and Karen Millen top as much as I do, you’ll be pleased to hear that both are still in stock. Scroll on to get a better look at them, then keep going to browse my edit of other stylish wide-leg trousers on the market right now.
The colour of these trousers looks expensive in its own right.
How cool is this knitted vest?
COS has some very strong wide-leg trouser options at the moment.
The Frankie Shop tailoring never fails to impress me.
These trousers come in so many chic colours.
If you can’t get enough of the tangerine trend.
I love the high waistline on these trousers.
The Row’s trousers are beloved by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
You can’t go wrong with a classic black pair.
This best-selling COS pair has just had a restock.
Drawstring waists are comfortable and chic in equal measure.
Switch things up with cornflower blue.
Wear this Karen Millen pair just like the model—with a white knitted vest and strappy sandals.
IMO, double pleats make for a more flattering silhouette.
Soft, buttery tones are trending in a big way for summer 2022.
Give navy trousers a fresh overhaul by styling them with lime-green accessories.
The beauty of wide-leg trousers is that they go with practically every shoe type, from heeled mules to trainers.
It can be very easy to fall into a hairstyle rut, particularly if you're rushing around in the mornings and your hair just isn't playing ball. We often spot incredible hairstyles on our feeds, but when it comes to replicating them in real life, they can prove challenging. While they may look easy, they often take an age to do or are so complicated and fiddly that they leave us throwing down our hair tools in a huff.
That being said, it can be handy to have a couple of go-to looks that you can effortlessly default to when your look needs an update. Thankfully, we've spied lots of easy to copy hairstyles (that don't require a hairdressing qualification) on our feeds that you can do in five minutes or less. They're that easy—and they look pretty chic too.
Simply tie your hair into a low pony and tie a bow into your hair with ribbon. Done! Tuck your lengths behind your ears to show off your earrings.
Experiment by matching or clashing your ribbon with your outfit.
It's the age-old question: Hair up or down? This hairstyle lets you have the best of both. We love how Hailey's slicked half-ponytail makes for a great evening look.
This look also works well if you have a fringe. Experiment with wearing the ponytail higher or lower on your head. It can easily be transformed for day or nighttime.
Mix up your usual bun by letting the ends poke out. We love this '90s spiky bun on Charithra Chandran.
No matter your hair length or texture, a hairband elevates your look. These splurgy headbands practically style your hair themselves.
Not just for Blair Waldorf or Clueless' Alicia Silverstone, a plain black headband will always tie your look together.
An instant update to your everyday ponytail. Simply tie your hair up as you usually would and plait three sections of hair together before securing with a hair tie. We love this unexpected half-plaited ponytail.
For a more relaxed daytime take, plait your hair into a low side ponytail.
When in doubt, a bun is always a hairstyle winner. We've even coined it the style of 2022. These tend to hold better on second or third-day hair, so save this style for after your wash day.
Experiment with the placement on your bun to switch it up. We love a bun placed at the nape of the neck. Alternatively, if you want to wear it higher up on your head, follow the line of your cheekbones diagonally to find the most flattering placement.
Curls and coils look chic piled on top of the crown.
Switch it up by leaving a couple of tendrils to frame your face.
If you're yet to join in on the claw-clip hairstyles, now is the time. Perfect for throwing hair up, they can give something extra to a messy bun.
If your hair is thick or long, opt for a larger claw clip that will hold your hair in place more easily.
Upgrade your ponytail by adding some curls or waves to the lengths. We love how Charithra's ponytail sits high up on the crown before cascading down.
This looks equally stylish when tied lower at the nape of the neck.
Perfect for warmer weather when you might want your hair out of your face, a topknot style is practical and stylish, especially paired with an off-the-shoulder top.
Changing your hairstyle can sometimes be as simple as changing up your parting. If you usually wear a middle parting, why not flip it to one side? To find the best parting, follow the highest point of your eyebrow up towards your hairline—that is the most flattering place to part your hair.
Try adding clips to your hairstyle to instantly refresh your look. We love Nay's start-studded coils.
For days when not even dry shampoo can save you, a hair scarf always adds glamour to your look whether your have a short hairstyle or longer lengths.
A good hair oil keeps curls hydrated and bouncy while adding lustre to lengths.
Keep slick buns in check with a hair pomade, as it will lock down any flyaways or edges.
A flexible hairspray will give your style longevity but can easily be brushed out for second-day style switch-ups.
Silk hair ties are gentler on hair, helping to prevent damage.
A paddle brush will be your trusty go-to for detangling hair before styling.
Summer is just around the corner. I can almost smell the sweet scent of tropical sunscreen, salty ocean water and watermelon in the air. And aside from a much-needed holiday, I have one thing on my mind: summer clothes. With lots on the calendar this warm-weather season, I'm dreaming up all the chic and easy ensembles that will carry me through the sweltering season in style. I've already been saving plenty of outfit ideas on Instagram that I fully plan to copy and paste on myself.
If you're looking for uncomplicated outfits that don't take too long to put together but exude an effortlessly chic aesthetic, then this one's for you. Below, you'll find ensembles featuring elevated staples and trend-forward items, and several of these outfits require only two to three pieces that can take you from day to night in style. Keep scrolling to get sartorially inspired for summer and shop the looks.
For an evening summer look, a silky top and chic relaxed trousers are a match made in heaven. Keep your accessories polished and go for black slides and a sleek crossbody bag.
This champagne shade was made to evenings out.
The puddling effect is perfect.
These look really expensive.
This black cross-body bag will go with so many outfits.
A breezy linen shirt and shorts in neutral hues are perfect for keeping cool and looking effortlessly stylish. A raffia tote and cushy thong sandals are the perfect accessories to finish your look.
Wear open over swimwear or buttoned up with jeans.
Lightweight linen is a summer must-have.
A versatile shoe that can be styled with slick tailoring or beachwear.
This is sure to carry all your necessities - be it towels, books and sunscreen or travel mugs and a laptop.
I love the contrast of a polished vest styled with colourful, silky pants for the perfect casual-chic summer look. Finish with modern flatforms.
Also style with jeans.
This blue is heavenly.
Ultimate Y2K vibes.
What's easier than a matching skirt set? Opt for one in a pretty fabric such as pointelle or crochet—the ideal no-brainer summer look.
This co-ordinating set is easy to throw on and go.
A white tank is a summer staple. Give it a fashion-person touch by pairing it with relaxed trousers pinched at the waist with a belt and an oversized button-down.
A base piece for so many outfits.
Just as stylish with heels or sandals.
H&M always has great basics.
Also look great with skirts.
White shirts are so versatile.
Uncomplicated doesn't need to be boring. Summer is the perfect opportunity to try a vibrant hue. Opt for this season's trending orange.
This organic cotton shirt is a bold piece.
What's not to like?
An architectural marvel.
A white dress is a summer essential. Go for a lightweight maxi length paired with minimalist slides. Easy and effortless.
Cut-outs are a summer favourite.
A high-street hero.
For a summer night out, a sleek strapless black dress is as chic as it gets and leans into this season's trending '90s vibe. Add a fashion-forward touch and style with a gold chain belt.
When styling this dress it's all about the accessories.
This will look great over shirts too.
A tube top and high-waisted maxi skirt within the same colour scheme exude an effortless elegance. Add a simple bucket hat and colourful sandals for one chic summer ensemble.
Autumnal tones work just as well in summer.
Lightweight and loose are the perfect summer combination.
We think we'll be seeing a lot more from this cool South Korean brand.
For shade on sunny days.
Sometimes, the simplest outfits can be the most striking. Case in point? A white tank paired with a silky midi skirt. It's understated yet luxurious.
Low key with jeans or elevated with tailored trousers.
Love the subtle texture.
Harris Reed is undoubtedly one of the most exciting designers working in the industry right now, who at only 25 years old has already made a powerful mark. He doesn’t simply make clothes, but uses his designs and platform to spark conversation, fight for inclusivity and champion gender fluidity. Harris only founded his eponymous label three years ago but his aesthetic is firmly established. He mixes aristocratic references with '70s silhouettes, the grittiness of London nightlife and a glam rock spirit, making a theatrical look which he describes as ‘Romanticism Gone Nonbinary.’ Each collection includes gigantic hats, gowns made from deadstock fabrics and exaggerated flares—signatures which have made his show the hottest ticket during London Fashion Week.
Harry Styles was an early supporter, wearing a tailored suit with a hoop-skirt in tulle and satin on his cover of American Vogue in November 2020. “To wear Harris’s clothes is to be having fun,” Styles told the New Yorker. “Every frill is there to be played with, and an overwhelming sense of freedom shall rain down upon you.” This sense of release is at the core of everything Harris does, as he says the performance of dressing up is as important to him as the design process. Having created his label before even finishing his studies at Central Saint Martins, and side-stepping the traditional production model to only focus on made-to-order, Reed is a shining example to young designers of how to do things differently.
It is natural then that he has quickly turned to mentorship, joining forces with Klarna to launch a competition for young talent to represent a gender fluid world through a sustainable lens. Reed is the perfect mentor as alongside his dedication to demi-couture he also understands the importance of commercial partnerships and how they can amplify your brand to become a global powerhouse—he's worked with MAC Cosmetics and Missoma on collaborations, to name a few. In addition, his knowledge of social media, engaging an audience and looking for multiple offshoot opportunities to expand his business cement him as quite the modern polymath. "It’s funny but I wear a lot of hats for someone who makes hats!" jokes Reed, and he's not wrong.
I spoke with Reed about the power of mentorship, how he found his aesthetic and the biggest misconceptions about gender fluid fashion.
A look from Harris Reed's February 2022 collection, Sixty Years a Queen
You’ve had such an amazing few years—what has been the milestone moment for you so far?
You asked for one but I’ll give you three! One of the biggest things for me was being featured in the New Yorker—it felt like such a milestone moment. In terms of my design career, there have been a lot of extraordinary moments. Working with Adele on her music video and flying to LA—she was the funniest person I’ve ever met. So it was quite surreal. My last show creatively was a big turning moment, because it was my first show after the start of the pandemic where we could be collaborative in the physical aspects, and we worked with Sam Smith [who performed during the presentation] and insane milliners. I remember sitting backstage watching it happen and the insane front row and it felt extremely surreal. It felt like a ‘knock-on-wood, it’s only up from here’ feeling. Someone in my team put their hand on my shoulder and I broke down sobbing, like we’ve done this. Two years of the pandemic and doing it with one model, a skeleton crew, working from a hotel room, dyeing fabric in a bathtub—to be able to work in a free space and have the collaboration being so physical, it was just so emotional.
How was Adele to work with?
She’s so amazing to work with. Jamie, her stylist, I met years ago in Los Angeles and she said ‘I’m going to keep my eyes on you.’ She came to me and said she’s doing a new chapter of Adele, and said she needs some fluid fabulousness. I wanted to bring my identity with Adele, who has such a specific style, it’s very Audrey Hepburn and gorgeous. It was such a pleasure to mix my style DNA with hers. Those are the collaborations I love. It’s like working with Harry Styles—the moments with people that are tactile and hands on and to be in a space when you’re learning from someone is so special. Instead of going through PRs and managers and agents, but dealing with someone who has a vision and really believes in the work too. You learn from those really collaborative moments, and Adele was just fabulous!
Is there anything left on your bucket list that you really want to achieve?
The Oscars is still my one red carpet I’m yet to hit with a major moment. I’m hoping the next Oscars I can. As a young designer I’m excited to see people taking more risks. As people always wear designers they have contracts with, so you see everyone wearing the same thing, and I’m excited for the people pushing the envelope whether it’s Adele, Harry Styles or Selena Gomez, they are taking a risk. Stylists are seeing the pay off. I’m excited for the designers I sit with. It’s very exciting to see those new designers hitting the red carpet, and we need to see that change. It’s like come on show me a bit of a mix!
I also really want to direct a film. My father has been in film his whole life and he won an Oscar a few years ago for an incredible documentary, and I watched that process and it reminds me of the story telling in my own collections. For me, I would love to do something directing or costume wise. Baz Luhrmann if you’re listening! It’s a mix between Jean Paul Gautier the Fifth Element costume design or me doing a Tom Ford Nocturnal Animals. Maybe taking a year to do an indie film with someone fabulous!
How do you approach collaborations?
"It’s such an easy thing. I couldn’t be doing what I’m doing without these collaborations, so whether it’s a Klarna or a Missoma, and the things I have in the hat waiting to pull out. I go about it from a very gut feeling—I’m unapologetically who I am, and fighting for fluidity, and if it meshes well then it meshes well. I have been lucky that things have always arrived at the right timing. Klarna, I wanted to do something within the mentoring space in a way that felt authentic and that could be very achievable and make an impact. It’s when there is a synergy and a common excitement. I am 25 and I do want to do things that excite me, and I have the big business brain, and I couldn’t be 25 making a company through a global pandemic making big hats and gowns that are fluid without having a business brain. It’s a gut intuition."
Harris Reed at the Met Gala with Iman
What will you be looking for when it comes for talent in the Klarna competition?
We are looking for the next team for the September collection at the moment, and I just love looking through people’s work and so for me, I love to see excitement and innovation. I like when people look at something through a lens. My advice I always give to people is ‘Look at something from a personal lens. Don’t do what you think people want you to do, or do something because it’s trendy or cool or in right now.' Whether it’s your culture or your sexuality or your background, I love looking at people’s work when it’s tailored to who they are and how they see the future. I think that’s always amazing. I have at times been like ‘Who is your market, who is your person?’ and that just makes it not me any more and the more I did that I lost who I was. The minute I was like ‘I’m doing gender fluid and myself’ is when global retail partners started happening because it was real to who I was. When I’m looking at these Klarna applications, it’s people who are looking at life through their personal lens that will stand out. Sustainability is also really important to me. My last collection was all upcycled upholstery fabrics, so I always look out for the sustainability aspect too.
There are certain signatures that are very Harris Reed—how did you find those signatures?
The first outfit I ever made was the pink look, and at a time when I was going by they/them and I didn’t see any representation of myself out there. Brands like Gucci were starting to touch on it but I didn’t have money for Gucci. I made something that was authentic to myself and my body. I was looking at the 70s and regal realness and the 17th century and these princes—for me it was a Queer mash up, and it was camp fabulous and over the top. I made that look that became the staple of everything I did after, and it was just because I needed something for a night out and had two hours to make something! It’s like that flare that I did for Harry’s tour and the blouse that I did to everyone from Solange Knowles to Adele, and it became the staple. The first thing I ever made at Central Saint Martins was a giant white hat, that ended up being shot on Solange Knowles. That hat kept being a staple and I’ve continued to play with the circle, and how it looks on the head and the face. It’s the flair, the blouse and the hat for me. People always know me for platforms, because I’m 6 foot 4 and always wear at least a four inch heel. So I’m always close to 7 foot. Flares are fun and look amazing on different body types, whether it’s Lizzo who is curvaceous and fabulous or Harry Styles who is slightly shorter and a different build. Flares have a universal way of looking amazing. Musicians want the idea of movement and physical fluidity on their body and so it’s always felt very true to the brand.
Looks from Harris Reed's September 2021 and February 2022 collections
When the Harry Styles moment happened, we weren’t seeing gender fluidity from other places—how do you think it’s moved forward since then and what still needs to be done to be more inclusive?
There has been a lot of amazing strides, whether looking at casting and using non-binary, trans models and more queer representations, or brands going into more “feminine” silhouettes as society would deem them on “men”. There is still a lot to be done. I think there is a larger conversation, and a lot of people moving to fashion being more fluid is a lot for commercial reasons. I hope I’m being successful because it’s something I really believe in and there’s a lot of transparency there. When it works, with a brand like Alessandro Michele at Gucci, it’s just part of his life to highlight his “weirdos”. I love that he says that because it’s us all being that weird kid and claiming that word for yourself. But when a brand does a unisex fluid range that is grey sweatshirt and hoodies—that just isn’t it. I’m quite excited for the next batch of creative directors who will switch it up and how people will implement their own ethos into major houses—that’s how you will get pure change. When people don’t have a connection to fluid fashion and are making decision, it doesn’t really work.
What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about gender fluid fashion?
People are always like ‘I love it, it’s so free, and fun’ — and then put it on a white cis male the whole time. That’s not really fluid. They get it from a design perspective, making it more universal and different body types, but from an ecommerce perspective or advertising perspective it falls back to being the same choice models with a lack of diversity. The 360 is when people go wrong with it. It’s about having that perspective across models, designs, sizing and everything you do.
A look from Harris Reed's February 2022 collection, Sixty Years a Queen
What is it about upcycling that really speaks to you?
Going to Central Saint Martins for five years it was really about how do you challenge yourself and sustainability was one of the main topics. From early on I knew my ethos was fluidity and then I thought what can I do that reflects what goes on in the world as well. For me I wanted to reuse fabric to feel ultra luxe—so it pushed me to find dead stock lace and amazing upholstery silks. I love a challenge and I like when there is a constraint because you get much better designs. If you have a full budget you can get a bit lazy. Everyone’s favourite look last season was the full yellow look—and that was one I designed with a massive gown on the bottom and we didn’t have enough fabric for the bottom, and I was so upset. Buying more yellow silk would defeat the purpose of it being made completely from dead stock and made into something new. We made it into trousers and a more tapered waistcoat and a larger blouse, and it ended up being everyone’s favourite. Through the challenges you get something much more beautiful.
Setting up a business is such a huge undertaking—what have you learned in this process?
When you go to fashion school, you’re not taught how to do an invoice. You leave school with big ambitions and you learn along the way. I have had collaborators and mentors who have been able to give me guidance. I’ve had to lean on my community to get where I am, it’s now been three years and we are turning a profit each year, I’m hiring a new person, I’m privately owned. I’ve been fundingit through projects to keep building everything up. It’s been about having amazing mentors. In 2022 I always say ‘does a fashion brand even make clothing any more?’—that’s joking, but I want to do made to measure because it allows me to be fully gender fluid because each body can be fitted correctly. If we’re doing a partnership, that needs to be clever and beautiful, and align with the brand, but bring in capital so we can go into our next collection. It’s funny but I wear a lot of hats for someone who makes hats!
Harris Reed's September 2021 collection, Found
How does London influence your style?
London to me is everything. I’ve now been here almost 8 years, but can’t imagine being anywhere else. There’s a grit and a rawness. I remember first being here and being in this incredible scene of drag, and it’s such a melting pot. If I go back to LA where I’m from I’d be clutching at straws to find the inspiration, whereas here, going to the V&A or a rave in a forest, there’s so much inspiration everywhere and it fuels what I do and my brand.
Have you always expressed yourself through clothes growing up?
I’m really gross and say ‘I didn’t chose fashion, fashion chose me!’ I was very “flamboyant” from a young age and was very labelled as a child. Through what I wore I reclaimed who I was and my identity. I enjoy dressing up and the art and performance of dressing up, even more than the design process. I think that’s why I really enjoyed interning at Gucci in Rome, because it was all so informed from vintage and history and was very tactile in that sense. For me fashion was how I reclaimed who I was and my authentic self.
Where do you shop for yourself when you're not wearing your brand?
I am obsessed with Retro Woman in Notting Hill. It’s where I get the majority of things—in the basement you get Prada trousers for £20. I love Dover Street Market, and rarely buy things, but I love the amazing edit of what is beautiful. I love a department store and to watch what people are touching, buying, and looking at. I am very obsessed with the experience of shopping. Ladbroke Market I’m obsessed with too. My favourite brands are Haider Ackermann and Ann Demeulemeester.
Emma Watson wearing a Harris Reed look made from Oxfam wedding dresses, styled with jewellery from his collection with Missoma
I can’t imagine how many messages you get on Instagram all the time—how do you switch off?
I have a really good partner who makes me hide my phone when I get into the house. I’m very fortunate that I have a reach to people. If you want someone who is fighting for something and has a meaning then I’m that person. I’ll have thousands of messages from people saying they came out or they didn’t know you could have a career in the arts—it always makes me cry. I get messages from people all over the world. I know what it’s like to be that young queer person and the only queer representation I saw was Kurt Hummel on Glee and that was so far from me. I want to be any kind of guidance or mentor to people, so switching off is turning my phone off and in my kitchen drawer, and not jump on Instagram, Whatsapp and email. I can’t be available to everyone all the time because then I’m not the best version of myself to create something new or say something or go do a talk. I’m 25 so I’m learning the balance of when to say no and to respect my own time. That is why I’m excited by this Klarna competition because it gives people solid time and support from me. Any mistakes you can share also really help people learn, so sharing vulnerability too can really help someone grow.
Click here to learn more about Harris Reed's competition with Klarna and the mentoring support the winner will receive.These 5 Hair Colours Will Be Most Requested In Salons This Summer Posted: Mon, 09 May 2022 05:37:33 +0000
Looking at the weather forecast, it looks like summer has finally arrived. As we plan our summer wardrobes and holidays, it's only natural to want to switch up our look, and even go for a shorter look. There's something about summertime that always encourages us to switch up our hair colour too. Whether we opt for a few sun kissed slices of colour through our lengths, or experiment with an entire new hue, there's an optimistic mood as the days become longer and the sun (hopefully) shines. And hair colourists are seeing appointments book up as we plan our hair colour for the summer.
"Whatever colour you go for it’s important to protect your hair from damage," says Paul Percival, founder of Percy & Reed. He recommends using a regular mask to keep your hair – and colour – in top condition.
If you're looking for some summer hair colour inspiration, then look no further. We spoke to some of the top salons and hair colourists to find out exactly what hair colours are going to be big news for 2022. Prepared to be inspired and get your hair colourist on speed-dial.
"Copper and auburn tones were a trend last year and will be huge again. These strong colours are a nice base for lighter pieces of freehand colour, which can personalise and bring out your style and cut," says Paul. Neville Hair & Beauty colourist, Domenico Casella, is also seeing a resurgence of the hue. So much so, the 'Classic Renaissance' colour has become a permanent fixture on the salons colour menu, and uses henna to create the luxurious colour.
Copper colour made bespoke. Ask your hair colourist to add multi-dimensional tones to your lengths to add depth.
Summer is the time to experiment with bold hues, and Winnie shows us how it's done with this bright red.
A regular mask helps to keep that salon-fresh shine to your hair colour.
Ash blonde goes expensive for summer 2022. Think creamy, ash blonde with an expensive looking finish. "Ash blonde will be a key colour partly because in recent years so many people have tried to do their own colour and experienced breakage and damage when they lift it," says Paul. "An ash blonde tone lightens the hair without lifting it to the point of damage. It will always look expensive and can really bring out a cut or hair style with framing round the face or lighter tones underneath," he says.
Susana Cabral, junior colourist at Neville Hair and Beauty agrees that this hue will be popular this summer. "Ash tones create a smooth visual aesthetic for the client and are easily worn," says Susana. "Ash tones compliment both light and dark bases, making it increasingly diverse for everyone."
Blonde in summer is always a winner, as demonstrated on Cass Dimico.
Keep blonde looking expensive by using a heat protecting spray on your hair – your colour will last much longer.
Expensive looking brunette has been trending for 2022, and it's showing no signs of stopping for summer. "Luxury Brunette will continue to be big this summer." says Seniz Alkan, Colour Artistic Director at Neville Hair & Beauty. "This is a colour that cannot be achieved through at-home box colour due to the multitude of deep luscious layers that are placed throughout the hair," she says. "The hair colour shimmers and glimmers in natural light, the end result is multi dimensional with luxury depth."
Lighter colours shine on top of a dark space and give natural brunettes a summer update.
Multi-dimensional colours bounce light from the hair, giving an expensive-looking gloss.
Keep brunette tones looking shine with this colour-depositing mask. It will keep hair in good condition between salon visits.
Not sure what hair colour to go for? Having a consultation with your hair colourist can give you guidance. Your colourist will be able to give you direction on what suits you, from colour to placement, to best bring out your features and suit your style.
Colour placement around the face can frame your features.
"Using a delicate touch to slice sections just below the crown, I divide the hair in two before applying the colour of the client's choice," says Saniz. "By using this colour technique, I can create a pop of vivid colour underneath which blends beautifully with the natural colour which overlaps it."
Summer weather isn't always kind to your hair colour. UV rays can fade and distort it, so use products with a UV filter to help counter the effects.
If you're feeling experimental for summer, then you'll be pleased to hear that punk-inspired, bold hair colour is trending. "Punk hair is back with fun, bold colours seen on many celebs right now," says Paul. "Bright colours will bring you out of your comfort zone but it’s great to be adventurous with a vivid tones and summer is a great time for this."
Want to dip your toe in the trend? "Contrast colour is also still huge," says Paul. "Putting a dark tone underneath and lighter on top works particularly well on bobs mid lengths because it makes the hair look thicker," he says.
Vivid colours can take their toll on damaged hair, so a regular treatment will keep hair healthy-looking.
As someone who can be a bit lazy (or a lot lazy) when it comes to styling my hair, a go-to move that I like to employ sometimes is adding a statement-making headband and calling it a day. There's little to no styling involved, and I'm pretty much guaranteed at least a compliment or two. A headband can really pull your whole look together—both makeup- and outfit-wise.
The great thing about hair accessories like headbands is that they can be pretty affordable, too. There are some great options to be found that are under £20. But if you really want to take things up a notch and are serious about this accessory, why not splurge on a designer one?
Okay, yes, it is easy to balk at paying £100 or more for a headband, but if you really want to go all in on this hair accessory, it might be worth the investment for you. Keep cost per wear in mind. Plus, with proper care, these designer accessories will last you a long time. And just think: You'll automatically look put-together every time you don it—no hot tools or intricate styling skills required.
Intrigued? Take a look at some options below.
It doesn't get more classic than this braided headband from Sophie Buhai. This style will be a timeless piece in your collection.
A velvet bow always looks chic. Wear in the warmer months to elevate a summer dress or wear with your favourite blazer come winter.
Studs and leather? This headband is the best balance between something that's both traditional and more modern.
This straw headband from Gigi Burris is so perfect for summer holidays.
This satin headband will look so pretty on a lot of different hairstyles—wear your hair down, in a sleek bun, or maybe even in a messy updo. It's a great accessory to accompany your wedding guest hairstyles, too.
With a slimline frame and glittering crystals, this headband will elevate your outfit for any occasion.
The classic bow headband gets an updated twist here. The pink and white stripes add interest to your outfit.
A leather headband adds instant luxe.
This silk-satin headband won't tug on hair and looks just as chic on the beach as it does for evening.
A tortoiseshell design always looks classic. This headband has internal combs to keep the hair and any flyaways in place.
The layered velvet bows and crystal embellishments on this headband already make a big statement, so you really don't have to do anything hairstyling-wise.
For something a little more flashy and glam, don this sleek gold-plated headband that's embossed with Balmain's logo. The interior has nubuck lining to keep your hair in place.
The pretty jewelled gold-wire frame give this headband a romantic and vintage-inspired touch.
With the knotted top in the shape of a rose, this is the definition of a statement-making headpiece.
This hair scarf is the ultimate accessory and helps to protect your lengths too.
Add some sparkle to your hairstyle with this embellished hair clip. It also features the double-G logo.
Brides to be, meet the perfect match to your dress. This feathered hair accessory is inspired by Grecian wreaths and, as the designer puts it, "a crown for any goddess at her wedding."
Elevate your ponytail with this sleek gold leather hairpin.
With summer nearly upon us and summer holidays on my mind, I've been thinking a lot about what fashion will look like for the season ahead and the items that will end up in my suitcase. Looking to the fashion set, there are already a number of trends that have momentum behind them. Pieces like sporty sunglasses, which may have seemed niche last season, are already taking over but are truly primed to have an even bigger moment this summer.
I've also been studying the runways and predict there are trends from both the spring/summer 2022 and fall/winter 2022 that will be in the spotlight this summer. Immediately, the white logo tank from Prada's fall collection comes to mind. While that particular piece may not be dropping until fall, there are cool versions on the market right now from brands such as Fendi and Marine Serre if you want to be an early adopter of the trend. Ahead, I'm diving into more summer fashion trends that everyone will wear in 2022.
Thanks to Prada, white logo tanks are about to be the latest It item.
Fashion insiders are already getting an early start on the trend.
This piece is sitting at the top of my shopping list.
Cool and comfortable.
Style this with slouchy jeans.
Designers made a huge case for sporty sunglasses on the runways.
Fashion insiders have already embraced the trend, but it will only get bigger as we move into summer.
It doesn't get cooler.
I'm here for this colorway.
Chanel brought back '90s-inspired swimwear on its S/S 22 runway, and it made a huge impact.
Expect to see throwback swimsuits everywhere this summer.
The swimsuit that everyone is talking about.
Good American has the perfect '90s silhouette.
These high-rise bikini bottoms really tap into the throwback silhouette.
The big-bag trend continues to get reinvented each season. The latest take? Big shopper bags—a silhouette that is much more wearable than the XXL bags from previous collections.
Zoë Kravitz has already embraced the trend, wearing the just-dropped Icare Maxi Shopper Bag from Saint Laurent.
Get ready to see this Saint Laurent bag everywhere.
Perfect if you're on the go.
The Chanel 22 bag is about to take over.
While knee-high boots might seem like an unexpected trend for summer, get ready to see them everywhere. In particular, Balenciaga's Cagole Boots are already proving to be in huge demand.
How to wear knee-high boots for summer? With bare legs and micro hemlines.
Cooler than cool.
A true classic.
Pair these with a miniskirt.
Barely-there pieces with cutouts, gauzy fabrics, and floss straps are one of the defining trends this year that will continue into summer thanks in part to Nensi Dojaka, who has mastered the aesthetic.
It doesn't get more summer 2022 than "naked" fashion pieces.
How stunning is this colour?
To wear alone as a swimsuit or paired with low-rise pants.
Style this under a blazer.
Growing up I took to thrifting as an Olympic sport, prying re-sale sites and rails of vintage and charity shops, for inspired one-off pieces. As I journeyed further into conscious shopping (and technology caught up), I discovered an array of labels beyond the high street names I was accustomed to and became enamoured with independent brands. I have gradually built up a mental directory of designers and artisans with sustainability at the core of their brand philosophy.
Chances are if we’ve talked fashion IRL, I’m chatting away about a small brand I recently discovered, marvelling at their artistry and attention to detail (it’s one of my favourite things to talk about). This year, in particular, I’ve added discovered more independent brands than ever before. They’re fast becoming my worst kept secrets and for good reason.
With made-to-measure models, scrupulous methods and designers boasting fashion expertise, it’s a refreshing approach to shopping that should be celebrated, as an exhilarating foray into mindful consumerism. The pre-loved, small brand market has become an antidote to overconsumption, as it encourages a mindful-led approach. With the emergence of fresh talent and the typical shopper becoming increasingly discerning about where to part with their hard-earned cash, there’s been a rise in the popularity of independent brands over the last few years.
If you’re wanting to shop small and don’t quite know where to start, or simply want to add some new names to your roster, here are some lesser-known brands I think deserve to be on your radar in 2022.
Behind Sunshine Living is a one-woman production. British designer Sakara sources fabrics, hand designs, darns, and packages all pieces in her quaint home studio. Her collection is intimate, which reflects her brand philosophy—long-standing, wardrobe staples that can be effortlessly interchanged. You’ll find pieces from the classic white shirt (with coconut shell buttons) to linen totes and wide-leg culottes, made from organic cotton. You needn’t worry if you’re tall, petite, or in-between sizes, as she also offers bespoke customisation. The Lovina trousers have become part of my everyday WFH uniform and fit just right. Recently introduced is the bamboo slip dress which looks soft to the touch.
Mariona and Hannah debuted their SS22 collection at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year. Their ethos is simple and reflects their namesake—timeless, minimalist staples with sharp tailoring and made-to-measure pieces. Their mindful approach extends to their business model, in which they have small production runs on a limited basis, to avoid waste. They also offer a take-back scheme to encourage circularity, when your garment has come to the end of its life. Black to Grey reflects the modern Scandi aesthetic and draws inspiration from nature, spanning from geology to cosmology. Look out for bold injections of colour, if you’re wanting to level up the bones of your wardrobe for something a little more striking.
You may have seen Three Graces make their way onto luxury retailer sites and it’s no surprise that buyers are gravitating toward their offerings. Catherine Johnson’s UK based brand boasts conscientious styles that I can guarantee will remain in your wardrobe for years to come. Although their USP pertains to warm-weather dressing, their polished, classic silhouettes and wrap styles are also appropriate for formal occasions. This season’s collection is playful with a slight nod to SS22 trends, featuring asymmetric styles and exposed back detailing, yet it’s still in keeping with the brand ethos. You may know that dresses are my kryptonite, but two pieces are a close second and the Benjamin skirt and top duo have piqued my interest.
This B Corp certified brand is founded by designer and sustainability advocate, Lora Nikolaeva. In addition to overseeing the production and manufacturing process of Lora Gene, Lora educates her customers on how best to make informed decisions and the nuance of textiles and fabrics. The latest collection is centred around the expression of womanhood and includes pieces that will transcend throughout the seasons. From timeless trench coats, to slip dresses (in naturally dyed fabrics, no less), there’s something for everyone and best of all, it’s made to last. The brand honours the importance of inclusivity, with most styles ranging from a UK 8 – 28, with the added benefit of custom sizing.
Sustainability is at the forefront of Lily Rose Dambelli's brand. The entire collection is made from deadstock, recycled and organic materials, and there’s an expert level of diligence about the entire garment composition, from fastenings to threads. The limited collection encapsulates ease of comfort, paired with gilded opulence, through the use of rich tones of bronze, terracotta, cream and black. Their pieces wouldn’t look out of place at formal or casual events, as their offerings teeter between whimsical summer dressing, to occasion appropriate attire. Think Great Gatsby but 2022. I’m particularly impressed by the innovation of the Annabel dress. It’s a classic tier style midi with shirring, made from 100% Naia™- an OEKO-TEX certified, regenerated cellulose fibre. It’s also a convertible design, meaning the dress can also be worn as a top and skirt. Absolute genius if you’re wanting your wardrobe to work even harder!
Jamaican native Rachel Scott founded Diotima in her hometown, Kingston. The collection comprises artisanal ready-to-wear pieces that ooze exuberance. At the heart, is the implicit homage to Scott’s roots, portrayed through handcrafted techniques and nods to Dancehall and Carnival, both of which are synonymous with Jamaican culture. The emphasis is on crochet weaves and tailored pieces with a twist, with enhanced shaping and tawny shades.
If like me, you’re taken with all things Parisian, you’ll be pleased to know that style maven Sabina Socol has taken a foray into fashion design, with the release of her very own label, Pujka. Pujka reflects the highly sought-after Parisian aesthetic, from a woman who embodies the soul and spirit of Paris. You’ll find classic micro floral print, slim-line fits, wrap and midi dresses, with saccharine pops of colour. The brand is still in its infancy and released an extended collection just last month. The standout piece has to be the green ensemble. It's reminiscent of the iconic Gwyneth Paltrow look from Great Expectations.
A brand that breathes new lease of life into deadstock is always magic in my eyes. Realms London's visuals conjure imagery of folklore and wanderment. Their pieces carry an air of fantasy into the real world. You'll most likely agree that their dresses, in rose and lavender hues were made for frolicking in tufty fields and romance. To add to the intimate sentiment each piece is made to order, just for you.
Frankie Shop knows a thing or two about creating a cult wardrobe item. The brand, born in New York’s Lower East Side in 2014 by a Parisian founder (a power combo of cool to say the least), pretty much went viral from day one with its minimalist yet confident aesthetic that fashion people to this day can’t get enough of. From the ubiquitous quilted jacket that’s become a firm capsule staple to the instantly recognisable slouchy tailoring, we’ve come to expect great things from Frankie Shop with each new season. For some brands that pressure could be a curse, but not this one— the pieces just keep getting better and better without fail.
How cute does Emili look in the purple version.
Maybe it’s because they tend to focus on perfecting a few hero items that are made to last rather than releasing extensive short-term collections; it could be because they seem to be able to read into what we all truly want to wear. Either way, the latest capsule wardrobe piece the brand have put their perfectly oversized stamp on is the humble bomber jacket— and of course, it doesn’t disappoint. Released in four colours (for now), the Astra shell jacket is the modern twist on a classic we didn’t even know we needed. And since the bomber is set to be huge news again for autumn/winter 2022 and beyond, we’re predicting a sellout soon enough.
Of course, it didn’t take long for fashion’s coolest people to jump on it, and we’ve already seen a handful of the most stylish influencers sporting their Astra bombers. Luckily, it's just landed in a few colours on Net-a-Porter and in black at Selfridges, so if you’ve been searching for that perfect spring jacket to take with you into autumn as well— look no further. Keep scrolling to see how influencers have been styling theirs so far, and then shop the bomber (and more of our favourite Frankie Shop picks) below...
Hannah makes her khaki style work for the warmer months with a bandeau and high waisted trousers at fashion week.
Emili loves it so much she has it in green too.
Karina wore the new black style in her Instagram stories recently,
Linda is always a fan of an elevated basic.
While I love a statement lipstick shade, there is a certain about of beauty admin that comes with maintaining a bright red lip (I'm that girl with the lipstick on her teeth, always). Lipstick usually parches my lips too, so I'm always on the lookout for hydrating formulas that won't dry them out. As someone who is never more than two feet away from her lip balm, I sometimes yearn for something a bit more luxe to apply, but won't dry out my lips. Enter lip oils.
With the hydration of a lip balm and the shine of a gloss, these are the perfect hybrid for achieving a glossy look, without the stickiness or upkeep of a lipstick. Whether you want a tint of colour or a clear oil to add shine to your natural lip colour, so many great lip oils have been cropping up of late. Here are some of the best ones to try...
With the colour of a lip balm and the shine of a gloss, this really nourishes lips while offering a subtle wash of colour. This comes in five shades from sheer pink to bright coral and you'll feel so chic pulling this out of your handbag.
With a non-sticky formula and eight shades to choose from, this is a favourite among many. We have our eyes peeled on this jammy plum hue for summer.
Prefer a clear lip oil? This non-tinted formula is packed with nourishing ingredients to keep lips soft.
If you want a more opaque formula in your lip oil, Westman Atelier's deliver. With six shades from muted pink to burgundy and fuchsia, there's a colour for everyone.
Hourglass' Icon lip oil is a true blue-toned red, which makes teeth look brighter. Note the 24-karat gold applicator applicator which makes applying this so luxurious.
If you're lips are in dire need to hydration, this tinted oil will come to rescue chapped lips. As the name aptly suggests, it's like a retreat for compromised lips, helping to hydrate while giving a sheer beige wash of colour to the lips.
This silky formula comes in three shades but the fig shade is the perfect muted berry hue. This glides over lips to condition any dry patches.
Want a lip oil with shimmer? Nars' laguna lip oil has just the right amount of bronze shimmer that glows as it hydrates.
There’s a lot to be joyful about this year. Many of us (myself included) will embark on our first abroad holiday in two years, weddings can resume without official restrictions, and gatherings can be held, well, just for the absolute fun of it. Throw in a milestone Jubilee the whole country will be celebrating, and this summer is effectively going to be one gloriously overdue party. Now, this is Who What Wear, so naturally, the question turns to, what are you going to wear? Might I suggest embracing the euphoria by styling yourself in one (or more) of the dopamine colours that are so prevalent in the new collections.
The summer 2022 runways looked as if a confetti cannon had gone off, as shades of pink, lilac, and yellow fluttered their way into the hearts of everyone in attendance. That’s not to say that there weren’t pieces to appease those with muted palettes, but the resounding aesthetic from SS22 was celebratory, and the most defiant colour trends reflected that. The blush shades from previous seasons transformed into Hubba-Bubba bubblegum. At the same time, more vibrant tones, such as Amalfi tangerine and garden-pea green were presented in a slew of grown-up silhouettes, taking them to high-end territory.
Indeed, this kaleidoscope of colour was seen everywhere, from New York to Paris—and now, they're lighting up our social media feeds, as influencers have begun to embrace them as we hurtle towards summer. But which summer 2022 fashion colours are truly taking off? We hardly had to deliberate over the six big winners.
Ahead, feast your eyes on the rainbow of shades that’ll make your wardrobe a more joyful place this summer.
Style Notes: You can thank Bottega Veneta for putting green—specifically Kelly green—back on the fashion map a few seasons ago but, now, we’re beginning to see a shift towards slightly softer shades of green coming through. Emilia Wickstead channelled the shade through dresses, while L’Agence took the suited approach.
Our columnist Monikh owns this jacket, and it looks so chic.
Bright tailored trousers are going to be a big hit for summer.
Just add jeans.
Draping and an on-trend colour? This dress will fly.
Bright shirts are very much a thing this season.
Style Notes: It’s no secret that fashion people are into orange in a big way right now, but what I find most intriguing is how it has also been adopted by minimalist dressers. I put this down to the punchy tone requiring next to no styling, for it’s already enough of a statement on its own. Take cues from Hanifa and invest in a bright orange dress to set yourself apart from the rest at any summer soirée you attend.
I love the combination of a square neckline and a full skirt.
I’d be tempted to invest in the matching top also.
Commit the name to memory—D’Accori shoes are going to be everywhere this summer.
See what I mean about bright tailored trousers?
So many of our editors want this Frankie Shop shirt.
Style Notes: Although I’m a big fan of the orange shade we’ve just spoken about, I have to agree with Elle Woods when she said “whoever said orange is the new pink was seriously disturbed”. Orange might indeed be fabulous, but pink has proven themselves perennial, not just on the runway, but in our wardrobes. For 2022, embrace bubblegum, Barbie-inspired hues, the sort seen at PatBo.
Another item our editors collectively love.
I have these shoes in cream, and can confirm they’re super comfortable.
Beautiful; just add strappy sandals.
The ultimate holiday swimsuit.
Style Notes: It’s been a few seasons since blue felt quote so relevant as it does now, and I, for one, couldn’t be happier about it. For 2022, striking shades of energy-surge cobalt took to the runway in various forms—from structured suiting at Stella McCartney to louche-but-luxe co-ords at Hellessy. What makes it so appealing is its sheer versatility; it is currently being used for everyday wardrobe staples like vests and trousers, and to elevate swimwear, so prepare to see a lot of it this summer.
Don’t you think this looks designer?
I have a feeling colour-block swimwear is going to be huge this summer.
A chic alternative to straight-leg denim.
Racer vests are a fashion favourite.
Style Notes: Call it lemon, call it butter, but definitely don’t call it white. Creamy tones bordering on yellow are another key look from the spring/summer 2022 runways, and its only ramping up the closer to summer we get. Less committal than the other shades on this list, I imagine this’ll be the shade pared-back dressers reach for in lieu of beige this season. My source? Jil Sander.
This would look incredible with a white knotted shirt.
I’d like to wear (and own) this entire outfit, please.
Selkie’s dresses come in an impressively diverse size range.
This will look impeccable with wide-leg trousers and tan slider sandals.
The oversize blazer every fashion person wants to own (if they don’t already do so).
This will pep up anything you choose to wear it with.
Matteau’s dresses are always some of the most popular come summer.
A prime example of how to do elegant arm-candy.
Back at it again with the bright tailored trousers.
I’m not saying The Row is entirely responsible for the minimal aesthetic that’s so popular right now— but it would be an understatement to say that they’ve had a pretty big influence on it. From a wider perspective, the fashion world has been moving towards a less trend-focused and more classic capsule approach for a while now, thankfully— it’s an important move in making all our wardrobes more sustainable and longer-lasting. But there’s no denying the Olsen twins’ luxury label made pieces like the simple white shirt catwalk-worthy again, spearheading the move to a simpler aesthetic in the designer arena. One quick glance at their offering on Net-a-Porter and it’s clear to see their focus on versatile basics, from the perfect T-shirt to the dream pair of jeans.
Unfortunately, though, we know all too well that The Row’s price point is not what we’d call ‘accessible’ or anywhere near ‘affordable’. It might well be justified at times by the quality— not just of the fabrics but of the creative processes too— and, of course, by the fact that these are anti-trend pieces that will live in your wardrobes forever. But you’ll be glad to hear, I’m here today to tell you it is possible to achieve the same polished, timeless wardrobe on a more realistic budget.
Since I myself am a stylist with classic and often minimalist style, I’m always on the lookout for the most expensive-looking pieces that give off The Row vibes. So, today, I thought I’d share with you my findings from years of research. Below you’ll find my answers to achieving an affordable capsule wardrobe— from the ultimate high street white shirt, to the simple sandals all your friends will ask you about.
Keep scrolling to see the items and shop any gaps you might be looking to fill in your own capsule wardrobe…
Shirts are a capsule wardrobe staple— whether you prefer a crisp white, classic blue or perhaps a linen for summer, the high street has some amazing affordable options.
This is 100% cotton.
An oversized fit instantly makes a shirt look more expensive.
This neutral shade feels very premium.
This could also work as a very chic beach cover up.
Choosing a floor-puddling wide-leg trouser over a cropped tapered or skinny style instantly elevates your outfit— whether the trousers or high street or designer. Plus, they're surprisingly versatile making them a great capsule piece— you can wear wide-legs with trainers and a tank top for weekends, heels and a nice top for date night and shirts and loafers for the office.
This greige colour feels really elevated.
If I didn't know I would guess these were actually from The Row.
Every time I see an influencer in these (which happens a lot), I always think they must be designer.
The simpler the sandal, the more expensive they look in my experience. The Row's sandals don't have shouty logos or garish features which is what makes them so timeless and chic. So opt for similar minimalist options (in real leather where possible) on the affordable end of the scale and you'll achieve the same look.
The woven detailing makes these understated sandals anything but boring.
Subtle details like a suede flatform sole can really elevate a basic sandal.
When I first saw these classic leather slides I couldn't believe how affordable they were. I'm sure they'll sell out, especially since they're a style that will never age.
A simple black dress has a place at the core of any polished capsule wardrobe. They're versatile, easy to wear and eternally flattering— just be sure to look out for elevated details when shopping for styles on the high street. Whether that's bows, ruching or a dropped waist perhaps.
This has such a pretty back.
A loose throw-on dress can often look more expensive than a form-fitting one.
I love the ruched waist on this Tove-esque style. It's just been restocked in white as well.
This is such a versatile style.
When searching for the perfect expensive-looking jeans for your affordable capsule wardrobe, my advice would be to look for darker denims, non-frayed hems and interesting silhouettes.
These come in sizes up to a UK 26.
These are & Other Stories' bestselling jeans for a reason.
This barrel-leg shape is a twist on a classic wide leg that your capsule will thank you for.
T-shirts and ribbed vests are valuable layering pieces in a capsule wardrobe, and since cotton is cotton it's often the case that an affordable version will appear the same as a designer piece. For the most polished look, opt for heavier fabrics, organic cotton and crisp white or creamy colour tones.
This is made from organic cotton.
This slightly thicker cotton will last longer.
I'd wear this with white denim all summer.
Cashmere is of course never cheap, but when you can be paying upwards of £1,000 at The Row, a similar M&S jumper for £79 definitely counts as an 'affordable' option. The best part? I've tried all of these styles below and the quality has always held up against my designer cashmere pieces. A wool knit might not be the first thing you think of for the spring/summer season but you’ll be grateful for that thin layer on cooler evenings in the UK and on holiday. They look so chic thrown over shoulders or around the waist of a slip dress as an emergency layer, and then in winter they come into their own under coats— which is surely the key to a versatile capsule wardrobe.
Our favourite affordable cashmere on the high street.
This browny grey colour feels very expensive.
This one is so soft.
As a lover of fashion, I have always dreamed about visiting Paris. The great food, amazing museums, and next-level fashion always seemed so romantic to me. Unfortunately, I have still never been to Paris, but that hasn’t stopped me from my growing obsession with the city transitioning into an obsession with Parisian street style. The French fashion girls seem to just get it. They have mastered the art of being casual chic and effortlessly cool—a vibe I’m always going for. Throughout looking at my favourite French influencers and other sources of fashion inspiration, I noticed six items that can help me achieve a French-girl aesthetic. Keep scrolling to see the items that are helping me attempt to achieve Parisian style.
Loose trousers are a cool-girl wardrobe staple. They have this sophisticated yet casual vibe to them and can be styled in so many ways, making them not only a personal favourite but extremely versatile.
A key player for parisian style.
The baggier the better.
Dress up or down with a shirt and boots, or trainers and a tee.
Obsessed with this colour.
We love this styled with sandals.
Don’t knock the classic white cotton T-shirt. I wear a classic white tee almost every day, and I’m noticing French girls embrace this classic staple by styling it with chic tailored denim and blazers or their favorite miniskirts.
A wardrobe hero.
Throw on and go.
12 more colours to choose from.
The look that can take you from coffee to running errands, to brunch, to a date and back. I excitedly wait until minidress season every year, it seems so do Parisian fashion girls.
Reformation knows how to make must-have dress.
Ready for summer.
You'll wear this for years to come.
Everyone needs a Little Black Dress.
The slip dress has become the go-to look for a five-minute way to an effortlessly chic outfit. Personally, I’m obsessed. I love any look I can style with sneakers, sandals, or heels.
This slip dress also comes in bold green.
Nightwear as daywear.
Style with boots, trainers or sandals.
The perfect companion for a bold coloured blazer.
I had to highlight this cut-out back.
Tailored trouser shorts are the perfect mix of work and play. The tailored look gives these shorts an elevated feel while keeping the casualness of a classic short. You can go with a classic neutral pair or be bold and go with a colorful or patterned pair. Either way, I’m in love.
A gorgeous hue.
The complete suit has won my heart.
The matching shirt is a real find.
From office to free time.
The ultimate spring coat if you ask me. The trench coat is a classic staple that never goes out of style. It’ll be hard to find a stylish Parisian without one in their closet.
This indigo shade is totally chic.
Shop from sizes 4XL to XS.
Now this is a standout piece.
A classic trench coat will be in style forever.
After 15 years in fashion I have lived through many a pair of It jeans. Some I've invested in, some I've swerved, but while trends come and go, all of the biggest hitting denim buys have always had the same thing in common: they're really easy to wear. That might sound obvious considering we're talking about the world's most relied-upon go-to item, but there have been some pretty wacky and wild jeans created over the past few decades and the more extreme they are the more dated they look. Many of the past's It jeans could still stand up as solid choices today. Current/Elliot's original baggy boyfriend jeans are in my wardrobe and remain useful; J Brand's Lovestory flares are still some of the best out there for that silhouette; Levi's 501s will never, ever die and Agolde's crossover straight-leg styles continue to spark many an imitator.
Simone Ashley wearing Mango's Greta jeans. So it's interesting to see a denim fan club uniting over a pair of high-street jeans because normally this kind of cult status is reserved for designer pairs only. Just this week did rising star Simone Ashley (of Bridgerton fame) cement the position of Mango's wide-leg, low-slung cargo jeans, wearing them out and about in New York after the Met Gala. Pairing the Greta jeans with a cropped white tee, "dad" sneaks and a studded leather jacket this look was indicative of the era we first started to see this denim style emerge during: the '00s. Many an influencer has followed the same kind of formula referencing back to when low-slung baggy jeans were last in vogue, but we have also witness of slew of others totally reframing them too. You'll find Grece Ghanem making them look rather posh with a twee cardigan and heels or Jen Azoulay giving a cutesy spin with a pink bouclé jacket. The Gretas are surprisingly versatile but that's precisely what makes a pair of It jeans last. Keep scrolling to see who has worn them (and how) plus shop them for yourself.
For a great weekend look channel this outfit with a suede jacket and fisherman sandals.
You can wears yours lower á la Y2k. Jen combines a sweet jacket with strappy heels for a fancier look.
Grece smartens the casual jeans up with a cardigan and heels.
These jeans come in a lighter wash too—which is very well suited to a going-out combination like this.
This clean blue wash will go with so many staple and extravagant items.
The lighter wash feels more beachy and bohemian.
Perfect for wearing with a variety of different shoe styles.
A very smart cut for the minimalists out there.
Weekday's wide-leg Ace jeans are very popular.
An ankle-grazing option for those of you who don't want hems to drag on the ground.
Looking for something more directional? Here it is.
These darted jeans have extra volume in the leg if you're looking for a baggier fit.
For more of a '70s vibe, choose these.
I could imagine Hailey Bieber in these. Up next, the best high-rise wide-leg jeans available now.The Controversial Swim Trend I'm So Into Right Now Posted: Fri, 06 May 2022 05:41:00 +0000
If I were to write a short list of clothing items that scare me, somewhere after super-tight dresses and before uncomfortable shoes and white jeans, you'd find white swimsuits. I don't particularly love wearing swimsuits in the first place (but buy them anyway), so if you take a category that already makes me uncomfortable and choose a white, nowhere-to-hide iteration, I'm downright petrified. It's kind of how my co-worker Maxine feels about another popular swim trend.
Nonetheless, you can imagine my confusion when I suddenly noticed how many of my favourites suits were actually white. Maybe seeing so many of them (after all, they are having a moment) helped, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't end up ordering a couple while researching for stories.
Will I end up channeling my inner Sofia Richie this summer? Only time will tell, but for now, you can shop all the nicest white bikinis and one-pieces I have my eyes on below and see how some of my other favourite stylish women are pulling them off along the way.
This could definitely double as a top.
Chic and affordable.
If you want to get Sofia's exact look, this bikini is the place to start.
I'm here for the weaving technique
Love the ribbed texture.
Vix Swimwear has elevated a classic triangle bikini with beautiful bead details.
Just look at that cutout.
This asymmetric style is a masterpiece.
This take on cutouts that we have been calling "negative space" is so on trend.
The low v-neckline is accentuated by the pom-pom details.
The beaded details, though.
So many cut-outs.
Alaïa always has the best details.
Obsessed with the knot detailing.
Shop the matching bottoms here.
The perfect one-piece.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been recently updated.
A change of season is the ideal time to switch up your makeup. While a heavier lipstick or darker eyeshadow might work in the colder winter months, it doesn't always translate for warmer climate. We'll often switch out full coverage foundations for lightweight skin tints as the temperatures rise, and choose colours that pair perfect with our summer wardrobe.
However, shifting from a seasonal makeup rut can be tricky. So, we enlisted the help of some of the top makeup artists to help guide the way to some of the top summer makeup trends for 2022.
“Bold colours in all forms is a big trend,” says makeup artist, Lan Nguyen-Grealis. “As colour cosmetics begin to grow again, fun in makeup is back on track. Whether in block or as a eyeliner detail the products are here to stay," she says, predicting that long lasting formulas in bright hues will be big news for summer."
If you prefer your eyes to have more definition, apply your usual black eyeliner and stack one (or why not two?) colourful liners on top.
A touch of bright eyeshadow in the corners of the eyes is a playful nod to the trend.
Go bold for summer with an electric hue.
Glowing skin is the ultimate summer beauty look. "Think clean, effortless no makeup makeup," says Lan. "There are so many skincare creams infused with makeup that offer easy natural coverage. From BB creams and CC creams to water tints, these contains active ingredients to help the natural skin texture. It's perfect for makeup on the go and is ideal for the busy lifestyles," she says.
If your skin is on the oiler side, powder any troublesome areas and let your other features shine.
Tap highlighter into the inner corners of your eyes to instantly brighten and open up the eyes.
Apply this dewy highlighter to the high points of your face (think cheekbones, temples and the orbital bone) to add a glitter-free sheen to the skin.
"Brows are big, brushed and youthful and give a minimal look," says Lan. "Groomed brows with staying power are made achievable with long-lasting pencils, gels with wax products to keep them in place."
A sweep of a clear gel through the brows keeps them looking neat yet minimal if you're not a fan of filling them in.
For a softer look, opt for an eyeshadow matched to the shade of your brows, and use an angled eyebrow brush for diffused definition.
Helps to tame hairs into place, without leaving a sticky residue.
Chanel makeup artist Anna Payne predicts the return of bronzer for summer, but with a 90s twist. She recommends using a cream or water-tinted bronzer to give skin a subtle wash of colour. You should still be able to see your real skin through it.
Sweep bronzer along the forehead, cheekbones and nose a la Lily Aldridge.
If you want to add more colour to the skin, apply a blusher on top to enhance the sun kissed look.
This tinted serum gives skin a subtle hint of colour – it's like a skin filter in a bottle.
Metallic eyes are back. But this time, it's about choosing textures that have a sheer wash of colour and sparkle to the lids, recommends Anna. Look for formulas that deliver a wet-look effect to your lids.
Pat a shimmer eyeshadow into the middle of the lid – we love this sheer touch of green over neutral eyeshadow.
For deeper complexions, a soft berry shadow looks so pretty for summer.
We're obsessed with Simone Ashley (full stop) and her glossy eyeshadow look.
Switch it up by applying a touch in the inner and outer corners of your eyes.
This glittering eyeshadow adds a translucent wash of shimmer to the lids to keep it looking modern.
Blusher formulas have come a long way. Gone are the days of chalky powder blushes that sit on the skin. For summer, look for cream and liquid formulas that bounce light away from the skin for a multi-dimensional, radiant look.
Nothing says summer like a flush of colour on the skin. Anna recommends applying a lighter shade all over the apples of your cheeks, before applying a slightly deeper hue on the top to create dimension.
This liquid blush leaves a glassy sheen to the skin, and the brush applicator makes it so easy to apply on the go.
For summer, it makes sense to extend the glow on our faces to the skin on our bodies, giving an expensive looking sheen to shins, shoulders and décolletage. Look for skin perfecting body makeup that reflects light to get your glow on.
Jourdan Dunn shows us how a décolletage glow is done. Mix a liquid highlighter into your usual body lotion to achieve a glossy sheen to the skin.
Prep skin with an oil-based body scrub to give your skin an extra gleam.
The cult body makeup lends skin a beautiful glow while evening the skin tone.
Whether it's the Euphoria effect or feeling more free-spirited after two years in lockdown, we're getting more experimental with eyeliner placement. Reverse eyeliner is placed underneath the lash line, and works very well on hooded eye shapes if you struggle to apply liner to your upper lash line.
Featuring neutral and bright eyeshadows, you can easily switch up your eyeliner looks by using an angled eyeshadow brush.
Something very exciting has been happening at Who What Wear HQ: we've been designing a sustainable summer capsule collection in collaboration with our very own community of readers and fashion super-fans. There's still time to influence decisions and get access to the collection before everyone else—join our Facebook or Slack groups, and keep reading to discover more.
Over the years we've noticed a gap in the market for sensibly-priced, cleverly-designed pieces that manage to bridge the gap between being trend-led and yet classic enough to rely upon and pull out of your wardrobe time and again—the kinds of pieces that never fail you. From direct audience feedback we know all too well how frustrating shopping for these tick-all-the-boxes items can be, especially when you are trying to find sustainable versions to boot. So here's where our range, Drop 01 by Who What Wear UK, comes to save the day (the summer, the year, and maybe a whole lifetime of getting dressed!).
We're offering a completely new and radical way to buy well-priced, long-lasting clothes that you'll LOVE. We'll be reducing waste thanks to a made-to-order model (powered by our partner Unfolded) and the collection will chock-full of the top designs that have been created by and voted in thanks to our discerning community. Fans of the project have been instrumental throughout the process, helping to make all-important decisions about everything from fabrics and prints through to final silhouettes. We already have over 1000 insiders contributing on this level for Drop 01—and there is still time for YOU to be involved in how the collection materialises as well as getting first access to shop it. Sign up (on Facebook or Slack) to get exclusive access to our Insiders community, and keep reading to learn more about the collection.
Although I can't yet reveal the full line-up, I can guarantee you there's something (okay, probably minimum three things) for everyone in there and all of the seasonal bases have been well and truly covered. If there are any gaps in your current closet—whether that's for basic items or wow one—I think they'll be filled soon.
Who What Wear has always been about making style accessible and joyful, and we're taking a truly democratic approach for this capsule collection. It all started with our editors—a group of people with a love for fashion, with realistic personal budgets, our own fashion hangups and plenty of opinions on the perfect items we can never seem to find. We also have a wealth of experience when it comes to analysing what our readers engage with and ultimately buy, so therefore we own a nuanced understanding of what can make a Brit girl click "add to basket." We're known for documenting the trends (only the best ones with longevity, of course) but we're also just as popular for our content around basics, classics, capsule wardrobes, sustainable edits and re-styling ideas. So this collection will feature both elements—timeless styles with clever, practical details that still feel new and fresh for the season ahead.
Over 1000 of our wonderful readers have joined us as Insiders and collaborated alongisde our editors to create the first ever line—Drop 01. The editorial team kicked off the process, first setting about decoding the season's topline trends and moods, drilling down into the staples every summer wardrobe could benefit from, picking apart the design flaws we see so regularly (no pockets! not bra-friendly!) and then—many Pinterest boards later—the design ideas started to emerge for our community's persual and approval.
The Insiders have been pivotal in instructing the design of every element of the collection from from helping us pick colours and prints to choose hemlines and naming the items. Only the most popular items make the final cut, ensuring that we have the kind of collection that truly resonates for a cross-section of this country's fashion-loving people. We hope that this entirely new approach has enabled us to design a perfect summer collection that just so happens to be made sustainably without the creation of any waste thanks to a pre-order model.
As you can imagine, the team here is ultra-aware of how clothes make us all feel. There is great satisfaction we take from finding pieces that are not only flattering but practical, infinitely re-wearable and conciously produced too. So to be able to craft a line full of items that tick all of these boxes has been a dream come true.
From inefficiencies in the production chain to worker inequalities, it's hard to ignore the impact our fashion choices can have on the wider world. That's part of the reason why we were so keen to partner with Unfolded: This limited edition capsule collection will be made sustainably creating no waste and each item sold will not only pay garment workers better but will help fund a child in the manufacturing communities’ education. Thanks to the brand's partnership with non-governmental organisation Pratham in India we are aiming to support over 1,000 children in education for the next 12 months. Each garment has a value of a period of time for education and when you purchase something you'll have that information at your fingertips. Cool, right?
There are many other sustainable and creative checkpoints for us to travel though together and you can still be a part of this journey by simply signing up to join us over on Facebook or Slack—plus, you'll be first to get your hands on the collection!5 Summer Shoe Trends That All of Our Editors Are Seriously Into Posted: Thu, 05 May 2022 06:53:29 +0000
When it comes to event dressing, we find it's all too easy to focus so much on finding the perfect dress or outfit that your shoe choices can get left to a last-minute panic. It pays to get ahead when it comes to shoe shopping, as not only does that give you time to wear in your new heels, saving you from blisters, but also the right pair of shoes can really make an outfit. After years of flats and trainers taking precedence, the high heel is back with a bang. This year, it's all about "wow" sandals, from stacked, super-high platforms to rainbow-hued options. There is one place that has all of our favourite shoe trends covered this summer: Russell and Bromley.
Russell and Bromley is loved for its beautiful winter boots and timeless loafers, but it's also amazing for statement sandals and party shoes. Emma Spedding, Who What Wear's editor, swears by the Topform Sandals, which are chunky platform heels and remarkably comfortable despite their 8.5-centimetre heel. They feel really sturdy and solid to walk in thanks to the three-centimetre platform, so Emma knows she can rely on them for every wedding or fashion week event.
There are five summer shoe trends, in particular, that stand out right now. Keep scrolling to see our edit of party- and wedding-ready shoes.
This bubblegum-pink shade is so pretty.
These would look amazing with floral midi dresses.
Classic heels you'll wear again and again.
This silhouette is so beautiful.
A wow colour.
These aren't too high, making them a comfortable choice.
The red is a real statement.
Orange is trending this year.
The square toe is really fashion-forward.
A party twist on the Topforms.
White sandals go with everything.
Very low, comfortable heels.
The curved heel is so beautiful.
The pink-croc effect is seriously cool.
These look so luxurious.
These tiny floss straps are so cool.
Sandals you'll wear every day.
This punchy-orange trend is so striking.
We love how these twist around the ankle.
The overarching mood of autumn/winter 2022's fashion trends can be summed up in one word: nostalgia. Now, nostalgia comes in many different forms depending on your age, experiences and interests. Whatever you might associate with happier, simpler times has likely been translated onto the runways for the upcoming season because the creative collectives in New York, London, Milan and Paris have all been feeling that desire for a better life. Designers powered through the past two pandemic years with optimism, channeling their energies in quite literal pick-me-up trends like dopamine dressing—a hashtag that continues to garner attention on almost all social platforms—but with the easing up of restrictions and the a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, more varied style directions are opening up too.
Although the loudest takes on nostalgia are defining the AW22 outlook (more on that in a minute), for the minimalists out there, who perhaps have felt a little underserved in the past couple of seasons, a return to '90s and '00s basics will provide a great palette cleanser. If there's going to be one viral item of the season it'll be Prada's white vest. Yes, that's correct: As we roll into the winter months, there's a surprisingly humble, surprisingly summery item that will be on the majority of fashion people's wishlists. We can already see that plain(ish) whites vests are trending in high fashion circles—Loewe's anagram-emblazoned version is selling like crazy. Other subtle riffs on minimalism are on offer: oversized tailoring, classic suits, bomber jackets, maxi skirts and neutral colours are plentiful for those who want them.
Euphoria—the costumes, the cast, the makeup, the wild lifestyles—felt omnipresent throughout the shows. The throngs of young fans hopeful of getting a peek of Jacob Elordie or Sydney Sweeney walking into a fashion show seemed to be larger than ever. But there's no denying the big pink attention-seeking elephant in the room—TikTok and youth-driven pop culture is the dominant force for autumn/winter's look. The perception of TikTok is that it's the place where "extra af" has found its natural home and that no Y2K stone will be left unturned. To a point that is true, but I would argue that the platform offers much more across personal style, subcultures and age groups, and I think that it's actually this diversity and freedom of taste that has led to designers not only tapping into yet more skimpy noughties looks and a veritable banquet of party looks for the best-night-ever but little offshoots like #gothaesthetic too. "Expect the unexpected,” says fashion expert and Flannels' Head of Womenswear Elevation Emma Ilori. "Over the top, more is more, experimental wardrobes—pushing the boundaries of everyday dressing. We’re ready to be out and be seen, think fresh-off-the-runway social media moments and head-turning full looks." And things couldn't be more committed to that idea than over at Valentino, where—during what could arguably be the show of the season—creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli crafted a custom hot-pink hue in collaboration with Pantone. Prepare to see Valentino Pink PP (or at least as close as any other brand can get) everywhere.
"The season’s overarching mood is one of fun and extravagance, and the AW trends are set to be all about OTT fashion. Bags are getting bigger, colours are getting brighter, and everything seems to have been covered in shiny sequins," says Morgane LeCaer, Content Lead at Lyst. And almost every single buyer I spoke to echoed the sentiment—investing heavily in clothes and accessories that spark joy in the most conspicuous of ways. "More is definitely still more, with party continuing to be the predominant trend for the upcoming season," says Heather Gramston, Head of Womenswear Buying, Browns. "As a company, we’ve invested in partywear across our ready-to-wear collections and non-apparel, and we anticipate the Browns customer will be wanting to dress up at every given opportunity."
There was a surreal vibe over in Paris—Loewe, Rick Owens and Schiaparelli's conceptual take on fashion is attracting a new and younger crowd of dedicated shoppers who not only want items that provide uniqueness in every single #GRWM post but could potentially hold their value and become more important over time—resale is the new side hustle, after all. The surreality wasn't limited to aesthetics, as the fashion world found itself in quite a predicament during the show season as war was launched on Ukraine by Russia. While each person is allowed their opinion on whether the spectacle of catwalk shows should have continued or not, it's important for me to share that I have received messages from Ukrainian fashion brands who are miraculously keeping their business running and want retail to keep going. As this story is one of the most popular of the season, I want to take the chance to say please support these great labels if you can: Sleeper, Anna October and Vita Kin are just a couple of my favourites.
Without further ado, keep reading for the full rundown of autumn/winter's fashion trends for 2022, as told by the experts.
"We’re extremely excited that our favourite Y2K trend has endured for another season. Ahluwalia, Etro and Gauchere showcased some incredibly nostalgic low-slung waistlines which we predict will be a huge hit with our customers" says Libby Page, fashion expert and Senior Market Editor, NET-A-PORTER.
The difference with this take on the '90s is that it's all about pared back looks from the era. Think of the OG set like Helmut Lang, Ann Demuelemeester or Jil Sander and you're on the right track. It's all plain skirts, even plainer vests, simple, low-slung trousers and not a scrap of makeup.
Lyst's Morgane LeCaer notes that this "low-key luxury" could be seen at Bottega Veneta (under new stewardship with Matthieu Blazy) and The Row, and that it provides the oppositional aesthetic to all of the loud looks available throughout the rest of the runways.
Simple it may seem, a great vest provides the foundation of many a current outfit combination.
Jackets played a big part in any decent '90s uniform and we saw the return of not only the classic moto, or biker, jacket but bombers too. Already this year, thanks to social media, moto jackets have been making a comeback and searches for secondhand versions on Depop have spiked over the past few months.
Marni's off-the-shoulder styling will provide many with a more directional idea, while Maria Grazia Chiuri repositioned the item as a cool way to toughen up a pretty skirt. The look of heavy-duty leathers extended past outerwear and into biker-jacket-skirts or motocross leather pants, with some brands going so far as to double or triple up on leather pieces worn together for the full "I just left my Harley outside" effect.
Another classic wardrobe piece that only gets better over time.
“Dopamine dressing will be ever-present. Mood-boosting hues with bright Barbie
pinks made a splash on the Valentino, Prada, and Versace runways. Green is also a top fashion
colour, equalling 11% of current investment, blue at 10% and pink at 7%," says Kayla Marci, Market Analyst, Edited. "The runways prove that
AW22 will be unseasonably bright and retailers can look to colour up their best-performing
coats, dresses, suit sets and sweaters in hot magenta, red, royal purple, tangerine, zesty green
and azure to provide shoppers positive sentiments tied to their apparel purchases."
The exact application of colour through designer collections is also what will influence many of us. Designers chose particular shades to repeatedly use (often head-to-toe) rather than opting for more complex clashes or combinations. As already noted, Valentino's show was either all pink or all black, Stella McCartney leant into purple repeatedly (after also supporting it for SS22) and designers such as Sarah Burton at McQueen or Gabriela Hearst as her namesake brand explored a citrus range. Bottega Veneta's Insta-friendly leather fringed skirts in purple and green will offer a cool way to do vibrancy in a more understated way with a simple grey knit.
Pink dresses have been popular year after year, so this is less of a trend and more of a bona fide staple.
If there's one (welcome) hangover from the pandemic it's comfortable footwear. This summer has been gripped by Birkenstock Boston Clog mania and, fortunately, many designer brands are offering equally "ugly" and foot-loving options for autumn/winter 2022. With biker style back in vogue it's no wonder that stompy moto boots are also returning. Continuing from the last few autumn seasons' track soles, any similar boots you've bought recently still stand up. You will start to see the addition of a few tweaks going forward: steel-toe caps, lace-up details, square toes, metal hardware, longer-length reaching up mid-calf or even up to the knee.
Add them to a pretty outfit and they'll instantly temper it. Pop on a pair with a '90s look and you'll look like a celeb arriving at LAX back in the day. Try them out with a short skirt and the casual makeover will be complete. Basically—wear them!
Proenza leads the pack for chunky soles and these are still looking good many seasons after they were introduced.
"1990s nostalgia will continue to influence autumn/winter 2022 fashion, with mood-boosting hues and gender-fluid tailoring dominating the market—think hot pinks, chartreuse and slouchy, oversized blazers," says Marci. And it's that slouchy oversized blazer—a trend that has been burning for quite a few seasons now—that appears to be most prominent. Where the trend for oversized silhouettes had previously been balanced out with slimmer fits or bare skin, for autumn/winter 2022 you'll find a dedication to the look head-to-toe.
"This is all about refined, pared-back luxury that has a real sense of ease when it comes to styling choices—think vest tops with beautifully tailored trousers and silky slip skirts with matching shirts," explains Who What Wear Editor Emma Spedding. "It’s Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. And it’s, in my opinion, the chicest way to get dressed this autumn."
Blame it on Billie Eilish, or a general yearning for clothes to feel completely relaxed in without reverting back to loungewear, but baggy is in. MaxMara went large on everything, from coats to pants and layered jackets. Acne Studios set their jumbo blazers against wader-style boots. Khaite's baggy jeans and giant jacket combo will doubtless spark many an outfit recreation within fashion circles and beyond. The easiest pieces to add to your wardrobe? Try for a pair of higher-waisted baggy jeans and a bigger blazer—you'll get a lot of use out of both, together and apart.
The one, the only: It's the oversized blazer our readers love to buy!
Nostalgia for far flung travel, for slow fashion and homespun craft, for special hand-me-down knits… all of these warm, fuzzy feelings have been translated into a slew of truly unique pieces that have a bohemian lilt. The colours are earthy and grounded, the patterns are organic and random, the textures are far too luxe and interesting toresist your touch, and, in all honesty, these are the kinds of timeless looks that really do surpass seasons, years and trends because we will always have an appreciation of things that are well-made and feel a little offbeat.
Altuzarra has cemented tie-dye as a bit of a signature and it comes in very cool mix 'n' match forms for AW22, and many other brands have committed to eclectic looks head-to-toe. I like where there's an injection of tailoring, such as Johnathan Simkhai's sharp flares worn with a poncho.
Quilted and patchwork jackets are already a hot ticket for SS22, so they'll definitely keep going.
There are many strong print and pattern ideas coming through for autumn/winter 2022 but a proliferation of luxe leopard really stood out to me as feeling fresh again after a stint in the background. Although there are differing scales and finishes, animal prints can be employed in many ways and that's why they have become a "neutral" as many an editor or stylist will state. You can be a bit hippy like Dries Van Noten, posh and uptown like Giambattista Valli, minimalistic like Proenza, maximalistic like Roberto Cavalli… the options are pretty endless and it's never a bad thing to invest in anyway—leopard always finds its way home (to your wardrobe).
A figure-enhancing dress that is also surprisingly timeless and comfortable? Win.
"Last season’s sexy has evolved into something more elevated and glamorous, with looks for every occasion and an all-out approach to going out-out again. We saw cut-outs galore from Julia Fox’s show-open for LaQuan Smith, daring midriff-exposed looks and sheer delights from KNWLS, and the ultimate head-to-toe pink at Valentino," says Gramston. What I have particularly enjoyed from this slew of after-dark looks is just how unique and non-conformist each one is. It speaks to a time when individuality was more interlinked with party culture, finding your tribe and heading to a place where you could be celebrated for your differences.
“In a post-covid world, everything is being flipped on its head. It is better to be over-dressed than under, and Miu Miu is stepping into this year with the must-have pieces that every it-girl is reaching for. Super cropped tops, low-rise skirts and embellishment in all the right places," agrees Elori.
Scared of a cut-out dress or holographic trousers? Don't worry, just a smattering of crystal jewellery will do.
Every editor came away from the shows in Milan and Paris knowing (and telling everyone else) just one thing: Bomber jackets are going to be BIG news once more. From simplistic black flight jackets at Givenchy to shrunken suede ones at Miu Miu through to supersized, waist-nipped satin styles at both Sacai and Prada, it would appear that there is an iteration of this classic outerwear style to suit all tastes.
Each and every year searches for "bomber jackets" spike around November time according to Google Trends, but I predict that the volume of those interested in purchasing will increase and start far sooner this season. Although many of us are well-versed in a flight-jacket-and-jeans combo, what has changed is perhaps how bomber jackets are being worn this time around, with fancier items such as lacy skirts and heels or in a more relaxed way slouchy tailored trousers and sneaks.
Mark my words: Frankie Shop's new bomber will be fast to sell out.
"From sequins to embellishments, the magpie inside of me has been awakened by the AW22 catwalks and all the shine that came with them. My main takeaway? Sparkles aren't just for Christmas (although that too)—this year it's all about wearing them with pride in your day-to-day winter wardrobe. From jeans at PatBo to grey jumpers at EckhausLatta and puffer coats at 3.1 Phillip Lim— this is your sign to start dressing down your diamantés rather than saving them for best. You certainly won't find me complaining," says Emily Dawes, Who What Wear UK's Affiliate Editor and expert.
"Sparkles were strongly represented, both on-and-off the runway. Personal favourites were the crystal-pink bag from Off-White and Paris Texas’s encrusted knee-high boots" adds Gramston. What has prompted this? Ilori has a theory: "It is the Kirakira affect—an extra dosage of twinkle to everything and anything."
Add a plain knit and you have an instantly striking outfit.
“Autumn 2022 will signal workwear's long-awaited comeback post Pandemic, with designers juxtaposing sleek minimalism with feminine skirts and suits in their collections once seen in the 1990s. Though the runway spoke to more traditional, pre-pandemic office attire than the elevated work leisure we are used to seeing, comfort elements still remained incorporated to suit hybrid lifestyles which has been normal for shoppers in 2022,” explains Marci of this new wave of tailoring.
"A suit is my absolute go-to when I want to feel confident and polished—whether that's for the office, a dinner or an event—so I was thrilled to see tailoring woven into so many of the new season catwalk collections," says Dawes. "This wasn't business as usual though, and contrary to the flowing neutral tones layered with plenty of skin on show that we've seen in previous seasons, traditional and androgynous were the overarching themes for autumn/winter 2022. Don't be afraid to raid your boyfriend's closet for his favourite tweed blazer when you want to try this trend, then. Styling wise, all buttoned up was the look of the day (bar a few slithers of midriff at Michael Kors)— and whatever you do, don't forget the tie."
COS's wide-leg trousers are the best wide-leg trousers. Fact.
Considering it is a staple part of the '90s lexicon I wasn't surprised to see maxi skirts making themselves known for the new season. The trend for a slimmer-cut (often tube-like) maxi started earlier this year and it looks like the trend will continue way into the colder months.
"The updated long, lean skirt silhouettes were an evolution from the micro-hemlines that we’ve seen various iterations of for the past couple of seasons. Stand-out skirt-moments came from Calvin Klein, Ludovic de Saint Sernin, Saint Laurent, Acne and Diesel," says Gramston, simultaneously noting some of the industry's most sought-after names right now.
As plain as it may seem, a perfect-fit black maxi is hard to find but incredibly useful in any closet.
"I've always rooted for happily ever afters, stories where love conquers all, and it would appear designers have shared this same sentiment this season, tapping into this euphoric state when creating their most beautiful looks for autumn/winter 2022. With fabrications so light they were reminiscent of Cloud Nine, painted in a delicate palette of rose, ivory, and eggshell, then punctuated with throws of passion red, these are clothes that invite you to be the main character in your own, very fashionable love story. Who needs Heathcliff, Mr Darcy or Viscount Bridgerton when you have Cecilie Bahnsen or Simone Rocha in your life?" says Maxine Eggenberger, Who What Wear's Acting Assistant Editor, and she's quite right. This season's crop of extra pretty items is enough to make even the stoniest minimalist feel a little love for pink and chiffon and frou.
Easy romantic vibes for the summer and into the winter with layers and tights.
If the commitment to fully colourful ensembles has you spooked, then designers have a solution: Add a bold bag. "I am a big fan of Bottega Veneta’s colourful Jodie bags, so love seeing how this has extended further in the autumn/winter 2022 trends and collections," says Spedding. "You’ll find lots of bright pink handbags thanks to the likes of Valentino and Chanel, which will brighten up even the simplest of outfits. Although these will look amazing with colourful outfits, I love how they’ll look with jeans, a T-shirt and a boxy blazer."
So they work with neutral looks and more vibrant ones and there's practically every hue available and in every kind of finish. You'll find quilted, squishy numbers in sumptuously soft leathers (Bottega Veneta), more rigid pops of colour in structured bags (Valentino), posh in tweeds (Chanel, of course) or playful in mini satin (Miu Miu, be mine).
Personally? I'll go for an offbeat colour like this—it matches and yet perfectly clashes with everything!
"For those who subscribe to the goth aesthetic full-time, it's so much more than a trend, it's a lifestyle, and the last thing I want to do is trivialise it. Still, it would be remiss not to chart the impact goth has on the fashion industry. With roots in romanticism, offset with grunge flair, gothic looks crop up on the runway every autumn/winter season, but for 2022, it feels more prevalent than ever," says Eggenberger. "The antithesis to the bright and joyful colours that have dominated for the past few years, all-black ensembles with gothic accents were some of the most striking in the new collections—we’ve already touched on how Valentino used it to startling affect against its PP Pink ensembles. Other highlights include The Row's Sheer mesh polo neck dress, Isabel Marant's dominatrix-style over-the-knee boots worn with..Trust Me—These Basket Bags Will Look Good With Every Single Summer Outfit Posted: Thu, 05 May 2022 05:31:03 +0000
In my homeland, Ghana, an abundance of palm grows far and wide across the continent, which subsequently makes raffia one of the humble cornerstones of the bustling economy. It carries the load of labourers with ample provisions and is also used to tote everyday essentials. Although the millennia aged woven technique has gained popularity of late, the ancient material carries the pride and integrity of cultures and much like those life stories, it’s made to be lived in.
Made covetable by style icon Jane Birkin (who wore hard shell wicker with effortless allure in the 60s/70s), it’s evident that basket bags are an accessory that can truly withstand the test of time. There’s nothing that conjures the feeling of summer quite like swapping a leather tote for a jute, bamboo, or palm weft bag at the first signs of sunshine. There’s an understated Parisian influence about these market bags. They’re practical, stylish and make the best accompaniment to off-duty jeans and T-shirt looks. They are as hardworking as they are hardwearing and can be worn for many outings, from farmer’s markets and bike rides to low-key business meetings.
It was only a matter of years ago when Loewe took the humble tote, worn by everyone from Ibiza to South Africa and made it one of the most highly coveted fashion accessories I’ve seen to date. The understated designer accessory has the seal of approval from many fashion editors around the globe (including the WWW team!) However, there’s an assortment of basket bags and woven totes that look just as timeless as their designer counterparts.
Depending on your wants and needs, a woven bag may be better suited. They become more supple with use and are easier to pack when travelling. I’m a huge fan of Dragon Diffusion—a specialist retailer that celebrates local artisans, with offerings of leather goods that develops a rich patina with age.
This year, retailers are boasting some of the most varied selections I’ve seen, from woven leather styles to open crochet weaves, rope bags and structured rattan for beach days and beyond. If you’re in the market for a summer basket bag I have 20 of the best I’ve seen to share with you. Keep scrolling to see my edit.
The 2022 update of the highly coveted Loewe basket bag.
A touch of green and a knotted handle, which if I might add, looks rather sturdy.
A multitoned bag with silver hardware.
If I didn’t already have a woven bag this would be high on my list.
The structure will hold itself well and it's big enough to be used as a carry-on.
Handcrafted in Ghana, this is a playful take on a straw bag.
A great addition to a paired back, casual wardrobe. Bonus points for the concealed bag.
Don't sleep on Aje's accessories—this clutch with gold hardware is the perfect way to amp up an evening outfit.
This looks even better IRL!
With an added pouch for your valuables.
It's the little touches, like the adjustable handle...
Be like Jane Birkin and wander around with this cool girl basket (in her namesake, no less).
The white crossbody strap adds a casual touch to this accessory.
A quaint and compact take on traditional woven styles.
The interwoven leather trim makes this piece all the more special.
Such a chic shape.
This wouldn't be out of place in Ibiza town.
If you carry everything but the kitchen sink.
This sweet white handle evokes picnic memories.
Make like a Parisian and frequent your favourite coffee shops with this chic bag as your companion.
A classic in a bold inky colourway.
The black leather handle is striking against the natural palm weave - great if you're one with a preference for monochrome dressing.
You needn't abandon a staple colour in the summer months. I can see this with a navy knit, jeans and slides.
You may not instantly think of a crochet style, but this soft bag adds a subtle touch of bohemian to an outfit.
A truly unique piece in shape and design.
A fun rope handle if you're after something a little playful.
Made to sit comfortably in the nook of your underarm.
If ever there was a swimwear season for travel restrictions to be reduced and our suitcases to reflect the excitement, it is this year—2022's swimwear trends are ready to go. I am a self-confessed swimwear obsessive and after over a decade as a buying director for my own swimwear business, I’m always on the lookout for the next big designers and trends. I’m always asked why I love swimwear so much, and to be honest it just kind of happened. I have so many beautiful memories of dreamy summers spent on the beach with my family in Puglia growing up so for me swimwear is synonymous with being happy and having fun—I always felt my most confident in the sun and that was mostly down to the swimwear I picked up on shopping trips with my mother. Then there's the fact a bikini or swimsuit can have a longer life than many other fashion purchases—in fact, most swimwear styles rarely date and if you buy well, you will hold onto pieces for years to come.
But how to know which styles will actually suit your body shape? Well, that takes a little practice with trying on different styles to see what suits your own body. If you’re a swimwear rookie sometimes the best way is to order a selection of styles to try on at home and see what works and what you feel most comfortable in. There are many beautiful designs that standout on the page but may not all actually translate into being flattering, comfortable or practical—this is what ultimately sets one swimwear buyer apart from another.
For 2022's swimwear trends discreet need not apply. If you’re lucky enough to get away this year then summer 2022 is all about getting dressed up for the beach. Minimalism has no place here. Even the most streamlined of swimsuits have delicate cut-out details, wrap-around straps or standout 3D corsages. These swimwear trends are so fabulous they really speak for themselves so here are my 5 top swimwear trends for 2022. I hope you enjoy wearing them as much as you like reading this too!
Seventies-inspired halterneck swimsuits with flower cut-out details are having a moment and will add a touch of instant glamour to your beach look.
This is by far my favourite high street version of this trend.
French designer Jacquemeus has been leading the return of 90's minimalism. This is one of the most sought after swimsuits of the summer.
British label Hunza G has added this aptly named Ursula (the Bond girl FYI) swimsuit to their offering. If you're looking for support whilst wanting to buy into this trend this style will tick both boxes.
Spaghetti straps aren't for everyone. The endless iterations of this trend are the best thing about it.
Italian label Amazuìn is fast becoming a cult fave amongst the influencer crowd. This style is already a regular fixture on the grid for monochrome lovers.
Louisa Ballou is a favourite amongst A-listers from Bella Hadid to the Kardashians. Pair with the matching skirt, dress or sarong to create this season's matchy matchy beach vibe.
Magda Butrym's debut swimwear collection has fast become a favourite for influencers with her jumbo corsages.
If Magda is a little out of your price range Zara has cleverly tapped into this trend with high-waisted bikinis and slick one-shoulder swimsuits on offer.
Solid colours work best for this trend. Look for hues such as white, black, pink or red.
Zebra print is back for 2022.
Wrap-around bikinis don't have to be super sexy and high cut. Matteau's paired back aesthetic works perfectly with this style and creates a super chic and grown up look.
Hints of seventies details can be found across the swimwear category this season. Again, showing how versatile each trend can be.
Sometimes swimwear just needs to be fun, colourful and full of sass!
I love finding unique bikinis that you're unlikely to see anyone else wearing. I was instantly drawn to the fun colourful beading on this bikini. It's these little details that set each style apart.
This high-cut pant will length your legs and also balance our wider ups to draw the eye to your waist.
Choose a lurex fabric to counterbalance the simple design. Oserée nails it every time.
The more embellished the detail the better. Anything goes!
The high-leg V-pant is a nod to some of the most iconic swimwear references from the nineties - and also one of the most flattering bikinis I've ever tried.
Whilst the '90s pant is a pretty simple cut, feel free to have fun with choosing your bikini top to match. This gathered style is great for smaller and larger busts alike.
Sian Swimwear is the go-to for sexy minimalist swimwear and was one of the first to bring back this handkerchief style.
The gold seashell straps add polish to this vibrant print.
Metallic fabrics and finishes are showing no sign of disappearing any time soon. this halterneck style would look fab with a pair of high-waisted trousers on holiday too.
Next up, read about the celebrity bikini trend we're all talking about!This Hair Wand Gives Salon Worthy Waves – And It’s Only £35 Posted: Wed, 04 May 2022 10:35:46 +0000
During my time as a beauty journalist, I've been lucky enough to try out lots of hair tools. Having worked on a specialist hair magazine for two years, I've sat in the chair of many a hairdresser, who've talked me through their favourite hair wands, hair tongs and hairdryers to achieve that salon magic they create. From Cloud Nine to ghd and Dyson, there are always new innovations launching. But, despite having tried a lot of professional hair tools (which often come with a big price tag) there is one hair tool that I always come back to for loose waves. And it's only £35.
Using the Mark Hill Pick 'N' Mix Styler with the small barrel attachment.
My hair has always been long and is relatively thick, so getting a curl to stay in my hair is a challenge. Quite often, most hair tongs will give me that initial loose wave that I'm after, but after a couple of hours–or the slightest gust of wind–they tend to drop out. Gutting when you've just spent 45 minutes curling your hair. So when I was sent Mark Hill's Pick 'N' Mix Styler, I didn't expect much, but when I tried it I instantly knew it would be my go-to. I knew it was worth writing a review on it when people started asking me what I used to add waves into my hair.
Second day hair after using the Mark Hill Pick 'N' Mix Styler.
The Mark Hill Pick 'N' Mix Styler has a handle base which you buy on its own, and you can buy nearly 20 different styling attachment wands and tongs in different sizes and shapes. I'm a big fan of this as it ultimately saves you from having to buy an entire new hair tool every time you want to switch up your hairstyle. I use the small barrel on my hair and there is something about this styling barrel that really gets my waves to stay in place, even for a second day.
You can buy the handle base separately and choose which interchangeable styling attachments you want to use.
I opt for the small barrel, which gives a good curl size that brushes out into a soft yet long-lasting wave.
What I love about this wand, and what sets it apart from others that I've tried, is that it gives a really long lasting curl to the hair. When I curl my hair with this, it gives me a tight curl (which initially gives prom in 2007 vibes, I'll admit). But, once I've let the curls cool down –this bit is really important to make your style last for longer–I brush them out with a paddle brush or wide toothed comb, which I'll spritz with hairspray, to soften the curls into loose waves. This process really helps to give the waves longevity, shine and that salon-worthy bounce. And for £35 for the handle and the wand, it's seriously worth shouting about.
Want looser waves? The medium barrel gives a softer curl.
If you have really long hair, this attachment is for you. It's 8 inches long (an additional two more than the rest of the stylers in the range) so you can wrap more of your hair around it.
If you have curly or coily hair, this corkscrew styling wand helps to create definition.
If a glamorous 's' wave is more your style, this deep waver helps to create the look effortlessly.
This brush attachment slots into the handle to give heated straightening. Perfect for running through the hair to add shine and smooth flyaways.
Give hair bounce with this round brush attachment.
Prefer your hairstyles to have a tong? This attachment has one to make curling hair easier.
If you have super long lengths, but want to give a luxe wave, this extra large attachment allows you to wave large sections of hair.
Beachy waves are made so easy with this deep waver, which gives tighter waves to the hair.
If you regularly curl and straighten your hair, this attachment gives you two in one.
Looking polished is a goal for most of us, I would imagine, whatever your personal style. How realistic that may be with our busy family and day to day lives is another matter, but we can at least aim to look like we have it all together by wearing a chic outfit— right? Of course, it is possible to build a wardrobe of expensive-looking pieces on a budget (you only have to check out my weekly high street column to know that). But it’s also true that some wardrobe classics are absolutely worth investing in, especially to get better quality and more premium fabrics that will undoubtedly last a lot longer in your wardrobe.
The key is, of course, identifying which items it’s actually worth spending a bit more on— you know, the ones that will then elevate the rest of your wardrobe and make all those high street basics look even better. After all, if you’re parting with your hard earned cash— you want to do it wisely and get it right. So, with summer well and truly on its way, I’ve put my decade of fashion industry experience to good use and thought long and hard about which warm-weather pieces I believe are truly the best ones to invest in for the months and years ahead.
The list below consists of classic anti-trend items you’ll no doubt get endless wear out of— especially since these are items that either make an instant outfit or go with everything else you own. Think classic white sundresses, handwoven bags and beautifully made leather sandals. And whether you spend the summer in the city or are planning on jetting to far-off climes— they’ll see you through heat waves and beach days alike.
This edit of core staples is anything but boring, and basically forms a mini summer capsule. Add them all to your wardrobe and you’re set for looking impeccably polished all season, or you could add just one or two to your existing collection and they would have just as much worth. Yes, there are some designer purchases in there, but there are also some elevated options from your favourite, more affordable brands too.
Keep scrolling, then, to see and shop the seven summer fashion trends that are truly worth investing in. I have a feeling you’re going to love these pieces as much as I do…
Kate Moss sightings are certainly rarer than we’d like, but after clocking her latest low-key ensemble our editors are in agreement of one thing—they’re always worth the wait.
Though she and lookalike daughter Lila Moss turned heads at the 2022 Met Gala extravaganza this week, the look we’re referring to is one she wore for a day spent in the city ahead of the glitzy event.
As always, Kate Moss proved to be right on trend, as the super was seen out running errands before her turn on the red carpet. For he outing, Moss chose to don an elegant floral print maxi dress, the red buds popping against the classic black backdrop of her frock. If you’ve consulted our trend report, then you’ll already know that maxi hemlines are a key look for spring/summer 2022, so it’s little wonder that Moss was quick to wear one.
One trend-ticking item, however, wasn’t enough for the fashion icon, who wisely decided to pair her maxi with a pair of of-the-moment platform heels. Finishing her get-up with a some oversize Velvet Canyon sunglasses, this is precisely the sort of look we’d expect from Moss, who draws on the influence of the ‘70s to form her achingly-cool aesthetic. It goes without saying that we were impressed by Moss’s showstopping Met Gala look, but this outfit is arguably what the model does best—an elevated take on everyday wear that we can hardly resist copying. Handily, this is one Kate Moss outfit that you can emulate on any budget—scroll below for proof.
As a fashion editor, unsurprisingly, I'm the go-to sources of information for my friends and family when it comes to anything style-related. Whether it's a dress for a big date or simply the perfect white tee, I've addressed every question you could imagine. And today I'm going to provide a solution to the age-old conundrum—what to wear to a hen do.
So, what do you wear to a hen do? The fact is that there's not one simple sartorial solution. Every hen do comes with a myriad of scheduled activities, and each one lasts an entire day, if not a weekend or a few days. That means your outfit really needs to work hard to not only last from pancakes at breakfast to partying at night, but also be practical and comfortable enough to wear for a 12-hour period, minimum.
And the fact is that if it's your best friend's wedding, the likelihood is that you've organised the hen do for all 20 of her closest mates; such is the logistical nightmare of the whole thing that you've probably barely had time think about what to pack for yourself. This is why I decided to address this particular style dilemma, just as wedding season is beginning to ramp up. Whether you're heading to a far-flung destination or getting cosy in the countryside, scroll down to see my suggestions on what to wear to a hen do, whatever your plans involve.
Jetting away for a few days means more clothing to pack, but chances are you'll be flying with hand luggage only, so multipurpose dresses are really essential. Choose styles that are dressy enough for the bar but not too delicate for the beach. Stow them in your beach bag to throw on over your swimsuit after dark. Style with a pair of simple yet comfortable espadrilles for a chic day-to-night look. Just like dresses, a co-ord presents an easy outfit solution that doesn’t take much styling effort on your part—short styles are proving all the rage right now, so why not look the part in doing so? Just add gold earrings. Oh, and don’t forget the sun cream.
The perfect holiday dress.
Wear this swimsuit with a pair of wide-leg trousers for cocktails.
Only pack shoes in shades that’ll go with lots of different outfits.
You’ll get so much wear out of this short back on home soil, too.
The comfiest shorts you’ll ever wear.
We've all been to one of those hen parties where you start the day around noon for a late boozy bottomless brunch, followed by a wealth of activities like life-drawing sessions, a cocktail-making class, and a prosecco-fuelled treasure hunt. A chic yet comfortable midi skirt is an ideal choice for this sort of hen—the easy throw-on style with a fun print or pretty fabric means you don't have to worry about too much about accessorising—pair it with a vest top underneath for when you want to look fancier, but keep a cosy knit to hand for whenever a venue change is underway. Flat shoes are ideal, too, as after a day on your feet, the last thing you’ll want to do is dance the night away in a pair of heels. A bag big enough to fit said jumper in, along with the usual hen party regalia, is also advisable.
Tie this round your shoulders or your waist for a laid-back look.
This will dress up instantly with a pair of gold earrings.
Try styling this skirt with trainers, too.
Dream summer sandal contender.
I have this bag, and always receive compliments on it.
What do you mean, you need more than just pyjamas for a country retreat? Okay, you probably do. But this suitcase needs to be all about the basics. Think jeans, easy T-shirts and cosy sweaters and a decent jacket for evenings in the garden when the sun has gone down. But don't forget your pyjamas—opt for luxe sleepwear that works for daytime, too, for the many, many photos you know are going to be taken throughout the hen.
It’s practical, but still fashionable.
Dark jeans are really having a moment.
No field or cobbled street is a match for these track-sole ankle boots.
Pyjamas you’ll never want to take off.
A cosy layer for lounging in is essential.
Off to the continent for a weekend of sightseeing and sangria sipping? What you need is a series of easy-wearing simple separates that you can mix and match. A pair of tailored trousers for day or night, a selection of good cotton T-shirts and a cover-up you can throw on and look chic in. Plus, you should pack a pair if trainers for pounding the pavements in and a versatile pair of heels for evenings. Oh, and your sunglasses.
Trenches are perfect way to look stylish when you’re out exploring a city.
I get all of my jersey basics from M&S.
I’m in love with this sage shade.
Although roomy, the sleek design of this bag means it’ll carry from day to night seamlessly.
Fashion’s favourite trainer is a good bet.
A great pair of sandals is always a good investment. Pick the perfect, versatile style and you’ll wear them basically every day from spring until the cooler days of autumn, and then look forward to pulling them out again next year, too. That’s why it’s often worth spending a little more on a pair you really love that has long-lasting quality.
Enter: The Row’s fisherman sandals. Comfortable, and surprisingly easy to style with so many different outfits, it’s no wonder that this minimalist leather strappy style has garnered a huge following amongst fashion’s most stylish people ever since they first showed up on the Olsen Twins’ catwalk a few seasons ago. Despite their focus on anti-trend collections full of timeless staples, it would be an understatement to say the luxury label has a talent for dictating some of fashion’s most wanted pieces— and these sandals are the latest in a long line of utterly (and sometimes strangely) desirable classics created by The Row.
Ok, they’re not the daintiest sandals in the world, but if any sandal trend has proven its worth lately it’s chunkier, so-called “ugly” ones. From flatform flip flops to Birkenstocks— it’s clear fashion has a penchant for practical footwear that’s set to last. Controversial they may be, but there’s no doubt the fisherman style provides the perfect antidote to pretty dresses and relaxed summer tailoring.
Keep scrolling and you can shop this in-demand style in the black and white colour ways while they’re still in stock (last year they both sold out before summer even arrived, you’ve been warned), as well as some more of the best fisherman sandals on the market right now. I’ve also added in some examples of how influencers have been styling theirs with everything from classic blue jeans to airy white dresses, in case you were still in need of some chic minimalist spring outfit inspo. You’re welcome…
They balance out a pretty white dress so well.
Just add them to jeans for an easy everyday look.
TyLynn pairs them with cropped tailored trousers to great effect.
The perfect addition to a midi skirt.
They even work for cooler months layered with socks.
How chic do they look paired with a suit for summer?
The white pair feel really fresh for summer.
Black is such a classic, and as proven above they can even be worn in winter.
The buckle on these make them feel extra elevated.
Probably the best high street option I've found.
Such a good affordable version.
If you prefer a less chunky sole, opt for these Whisteles ones.
For premium leather you know will only get better with age, I love this Grenson pair.
ASOS has tapped into the trend with this pair.
A fisherman sandal with Gucci's iconic horsebit detailing— what's not to like?
If you're a big fan of a chunkier style, this tread-sole version will be right up your street.
If you grew up in the 2000s, you'll probably be surprised to hear that the decade's fashion trends are once again popular. I was born in 1994, and if you ask me, the decade still feels like it happened just yesterday. I grew up watching Britney Spears music videos and vying to get my hands on basically everything Paris Hilton wore. For me, 2000s fashion trends are even more nostalgic than those of the '80s or '90s.
Yes, I'm talking about the teeny-tiny handbags and even tinier strappy sandals that defined the decade's aesthetic. I won't lie, though. I'm thankful that not everything we wore in the 2000s is making it into the 2010s because, well, styles like ultra-low-rise jeans are best left in the past (in my opinion). But if you're as ready as we are to embrace the best of noughties fashion once again, see all the 2000s fashion trends that are still going strong ever since their initial resurgence.
WHO: Paris Hilton, 2005
The hair accessories are still popping up everywhere from Gucci to Claire's. The good news is that you don't have to spend a fortune to nail this noughties trend.
The sparklier the better.
WHO: Destiny's Child, 2005
One thing we'll always remember this decade for was how committed everyone was to achieving a standout look. In other words, the coordination level was 100. No matter which current It colour you choose, test it out from head to toe (and channel Destiny's Child while you're at it).
This buttery yellow is pastel perfection.
The corset bodice contrasts the flowing skirt.
WHO: Britney Spears, 2003
Yes, the "ugly" chic pants are officially a trend of the present-day, and we're not even sorry to say that we're excited to start wearing the practical style.
A key style this season.
H&M always comes through with great style at great prices.
WHO: Kate Moss, 2003
Strappy sandals are still having a major moment, and we're thanking icons like Kate Moss who made the shoes look so good.
Style with dresses or sleek tailoring.
These will never go out of style.
WHO: Eva Longoria, 2005
Whether logo-filled, baguette-shaped, or the iconic Dior saddle, consider this the 2000s It bag trend to own.
Rachel Green would approve.
With various patterns and colours there's a Staud Tommy bag for everyone.
WHO: Rihanna, 2005
Trendsetters are already ditching their skinny jeans for looser-fitting pairs, but it's the high-waisted pairs we're after in 2020.
These really elongate your silhouette.
Easy to dress up or down with trainers or heels.
Bucket hats are continuing to be relevant, along with furry and printed versions dominating the market.
A pop of colour to finish your look.
We'll take one in every colour.
WHO: Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, 2001
Cropped T-shirts and tank tops immediately feel like the fresh basic you need. You'll find us diving deep into the 2000s trend by wearing them with our cargo pants and tiny bags.
Total retro vibes in classic Fiorucci fashion.
A 90's twist on a classic breton.
WHO: Minnie Driver, 2005
Ready or not, this shoe trend is bubbling back up again—except that 2022's versions are much sleeker and strappier.
Paris Texas always gets it right.
An architectural masterpiece.
WHO: Tyra Banks, 2004
Thought you'd sworn off the loud colour for good? Think again. Lime green is just one of the colours vying to be the next millennial pink, so prepare to see a lot of it in the coming months.
These hit two trends at once.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.Hailey Bieber and Alexa Chung Wore a Wedding Dresses to the Met Gala Posted: Tue, 03 May 2022 09:38:07 +0000
If you were one of the many brides-to-be who had to postpone their weddings due to COVID, let this be the one upside to delaying your big day, especially if you also held off on buying *the* dress. On the steps of tonight's Met Gala, where the biggest names in fashion come together in gowns that will be talked about for decades (no really, they will be), Hailey Bieber arrived in what can only be described as the wedding dress of our dreams. And she wasn't the only one.
For the annual event, Bieber, who wore custom Off-White to her actual wedding in 2019, chose a white, silk slip dress by Saint Laurent that was inspired by an Yves Saint Laurent gown worn by supermodel Jerry Hall on the runway at the designer's spring 2002 Haute Couture retrospective show in Paris. With the slip, both Hall and Bieber wore a feather-trimmed shawl perfectly fit for a bride in 2022.
No worries if slip dresses aren't what you had in mind for your big day, though. There were plenty of other bridal-esque ensembles at the 2022 Met Gala for you to consider, from Cynthia Erivo's sheer lace Louis Vuitton drop-waist gown to Paloma Elsesser's ivory-colored Coach bustier and sheer skirt, there was a wedding dress for every bridal aesthetic on the red carpet this year, all of which would just as easily stun at a modern-day wedding as they would way back when in the Gilded Age (maybe with a few minor tweaks).
Keep scrolling to see (and save for later) every wedding-ready Met Gala look below.
WHO: Hailey Bieber. WEAR: Saint Laurent
WHO: Sydney Sweeney. WEAR: Tory Burch
WHO: Paloma Elsesser. WEAR: Coach
WHO: Alexa Chung. WEAR: Christian Siriano
WHO: Kylie Jenner. WEAR: Off-White
WHO: Julianne Moore. WEAR: Tom Ford
WHO: Cynthia Erivo. WEAR: Louis Vuitton
WHO: Camila Cabello. WEAR: Prabal Gurung
WHO: Emma Stone. WEAR: Louis Vuitton
WHO: Eiza González. WEAR: Michael Kors
WHO: Miranda Kerr