Since the return of the power suit, tailored co-ords have been our go-to from work to weekend. But as the weather gets warmer, you may be wishing for a replacement as you retire your fave trews and blazer. Never fear – the shorts suit is here. An oversized blazer and three-quarter length shorts are the easiest way to get the same smart-meets-stylish look for the spring. Think Julia Roberts when she gets all fancy in Pretty Woman…Louis Vuitton men’s artistic director and Kanye’s BFF Virgil Abloh continues to make big noise with his own label Off-White and its sporty-couture aesthetic. His SS19 collection was full of bright green pops, including this lime-coloured shorts suit. On the catwalk, the look was styled with a logo tee for that streetwear vibe and a metallic bum bag that brought some futuristic feels. Citrus fresh.At Paris Fashion Week, Xenia Adonts sported this minty ensemble that has us green with envy. Proving that the shorts suit can be a casual affair, she teamed hers with chunky Balençiaga Triple S kicks and sporty shades. We’ll defo be following suit this season.The beauty of the shorts suit lies in its versatility – you can adapt for work, weekend and even more glam occasions like a wedding or your next big night out. Try this ASOS DESIGN combo with Perspex heels, a white crop top and some hoop earrings for a look that says you mean business on and off the dance floor.
For their new summer issue, ASOS Magazine sat down with R&B’s new It girl Mabel to talk about her mixed heritage, her musical family and why she’s optimistic about her generation. Read part of the conversation below and pick up the latest issue of the mag for the rest, as well as interviews with Khalid, Dove and much more.I’m Sierra Leonean, I’m Swedish, I’m English. But I found it hard to claim the black side even though it’s a massive part of who I am. My mother’s black, but I look how I look. Am I not allowed to sing a certain way? Am I not allowed to make music with a certain type of people? So last year I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m mixed race, I am who I am’. When people ask me if I’m mixed race I say, ‘It’s the same as my music, it’s all mixed, hun!’I’m so proud. We were both undergoing self-discovery journeys making our albums. I hadn’t moved out and it’s difficult having two people under one roof being extremely self-indulgent. We have a very good relationship, though I worry about her. I think lots of daughters feel that way.There’s so much I love about Sweden and being Swedish, but I also felt like a fucking alien there. Everything’s very clean and white. Our family – my granddad from Sierra Leone [musician Ahmadu Jah] – would barbecue chicken outside on Christmas Day, in minus 20! But I’m proud we were different. Me and my friend were the only brown girls in school, [so] we were ‘exotic’.I’ve got half a million followers and 80% are girls. I don’t want anybody to think I’m perfect or happy all the time. I have demons: about my body, having a spot and doing the red carpet… It sounds cheesy, but when I was younger if one of my idols had been like, ‘I’m anxious’ it would have made me feel less like an alien. I wanna make people feel they’re not alone, because I felt alone.I’m fuming. I drive past it every day and say a prayer because that shit hurts. That’s my home, this is where I’m from and I won’t forget. Families of five living in horrible hotels, up on the 12th floor. That is so fucking traumatising. It’s heartbreaking and it’s gonna hurt [the people of Grenfell] for the rest of their lives. But my community’s amazing and seeing the love and support that everybody had for each other… We’ll never forget.I think my generation is sick! I feel optimistic about what we can bring to the world even though it is fucked up. I look at the news and I’m like, how with Brexit, how with Donald Trump? My parents taught me to think positively and there’s a lesson to be learnt from every tragedy. So I feel positive because my generation is using our platforms for things like mental health and Grenfell. We are the future.
Drama is in the fashion air this season. Ruffles, corset details, balloon sleeves… not since our high-school production of Hamlet have we seen so much historical theatrics. But, while we love an OTT dress-up moment, no one wants to look like an extra from Pirates of the Caribbean in their day-to-day lives. So here’s three ways to bring some of that costume spirit to your look this season without going overboard.The easiest way to bring some stage-worthy vibes to your look? Start with your sleeves. The blouson beauties on this purple number make a major statement, while the sheer fabric and ruched front make it a top Shakespeare would be proud of. Down below, acid-wash denim adds an 80s edge, while barely-there heels up the glam factor.A floor-skimming dress is another excellent way to tap into the trend. This one is a little bit boho, a little bit renaissance thanks to its paisley print and lace inserts. Toughen up the look (and prep for any springtime puddles) up with lace-up boots by Dr Martens. This look is your transitional wear-everywhere dream this spring.It’s a good thing proper corsets went out of fashion in the early 1900s (cos we enjoy breathing and eating), but we can’t help but crush on this top – it’s giving us all the period-drama vibes we need RN. Pair it with a slip skirt (yep, the one that everyone’s obsessed with) for a super-fem look. It’s that underwear-as-outerwear kinda thing and we’re 100% here for it. Some embellished add-ons along with the gold shade of the skirt create an opulent air – Marie Antoinette 2019, anyone?
We’ve all got busy lives: working/college, family, friends, self care, Netflix binges… and while scrolling through ASOS is probably one of your favourite things to do, some weeks ya just can’t find the time (there is a LOT of stuff in there). So, to save you some precious minutes, here’s Junior Fashion Editor Jo with the quickest of quick round-ups of the best of New In.”Our first pick is this New Girl Order plunge-front body with an awesome retro 80s beach print. It’s great for your summer nights teamed with a pair of high-waisted jeans.””I love this ASOS DESIGN bright Barbie-pink satin bikini. The high-shine fabric is going to look great in the sun and it has flattering knot details on the high-waisted bottoms, and the top too.””This is like those milkmaid tops we’ve been talking about that usually come in those plainer white fabrics. This one is in a lovely floral-mix print, which is really gorgeous.””I love cow-print and mini bags so this is a favourite of mine. It’s great in the day with your jeans or at night with a slip dress. It comes with an extendable strap which you’ll find inside so you can wear it cross-body.””And finally, ASOS has teamed up with GLAAD in support of LGBTQ again on a unisex collection full of bags and t-shirts that will bring a shot of colour to your look. 100% of the profit goes to the charity.”
Yep, you read that right: & Other Stories is landing on ASOS. Founded in 2010, this has been one of our high-street faves for a while now, and we couldn’t be more excited that it’s finally here. From adorable gingham playsuits to minimal swim wins, trust when we say it has the answer to all your sartorial prayers this summer. Keep scrolling for some highlights from the collection…Punchy prints, elevated basics and covetable accessories are a few of our favourite things about the brand’s collections. And as you can see from the look above, SS19 is no exception. Pair this printed blue shirt with these versatile white shorts, adding sunshine-yellow slides for an extra shot of colour. This one is your Saturday brunch-to-shopping-to-beer-garden look, all rolled into one.Not only does this drop have all your off-duty needs attended to, there’s also plenty to choose from for your getaway line-up. Whether you’re feeling a colourful one-piece or prefer a more minimal bikini moment, your beach/poolside vibe is officially sorted.As if that wasn’t enough, there are cute AF playsuits and mini dresses galore that have us weak at the soon-to-be-exposed knees. How good is this floral frock and its square, ruched neckline? Not to mention the dreamy gingham romper that’s begging to be worn basically everywhere we’re going over the next five months. The moral of the story? We suggest you snap up these pieces fast, before someone else (aka us) does…
You’ve heard us wax poetic about festival season for weeks now, but what about film festival season? Yes, the chicest time of the year is here. This week, Hollywood’s A-list and style-setting socialites from around the globe will decamp to the south of France for the Cannes Film Festival. We all know what that means: glamour, glamour and, well, more glamour. In the meantime, here’s a look inspired by the festival that you Cannes (sorry) easily channel for your next black-tie sitch… Past years have served up serious night-out goals courtesy of megawatt babes like Bella Hadid, and this year will be no exception. First things first: when it’s a fancier RSVP that’s creeping up on the iCal, sometimes your trusty LBD just won’t do. For those instances, treat ASOS EDITION like your knight in shining armour. Sure, you’ll have to dig a lil’ deeper in the purse, but just think of it as an investment piece. This one has it all: beading, embroidery, peplum — basically, you’ve got the ultimate recipe for Instagram success. Since this is a BNO, don’t be afraid to do the most in the accessories department. Clear sandals are forever our summer vibe, and a block heel will keep you comfy as the hours rage on. Oh, and always secure the bag (but make sure it’s metallic fringe). Red carpet, here we come…
OK, so the weather might have backtracked in the last couple of days, but summer is just around the corner, we promise. And the ASOS Fashion Team are here to prep you for the warmer days to (hopefully) come. Check out Junior Fashion Editor Jo’s fave new-in picks from this week, and catch the video below for more.’This dress has got lovely ruching details all along the neckline and sleeves (which you can undo if you want a wide fluted sleeve). It’s great paired with your favourite Converse for summer.‘‘These are a personal favourite of mine – they’d look great teamed with a white oversized T-shirt or, if you’re feeling daring, a tie-dye T-shirt on top!’‘This is gorgeous for going out on vacay – maybe your Ibiza or Dubai white parties… It’s got a really nice jacquard animal print, so it’s a great way to do the trend if you’re not into the traditional colourways.’‘Next up, we have these 90s strappy heels – it’s got a hyper animal print in this neon colour. The heel is not too high, so you could totally wear these during the day with a jean.’‘Ragged Priest has done a collaboration with my fave Kickers. These boots have this gorgeous contrast stitching detail and an on-trend platform. They also come in black – love them!’
A white shirt is one of those basic wardrobe essentials that will rescue your look whatever the occasion. But with bold AF trends like neon and animal print doing the rounds, how many times have you actually worn your old favourite over the last year? Is it just hanging in your wardrobe, sad and lonely? Well, we’re here to give it a new lease of life and remind you how great a classic it actually is.When going from the beach to the bar to the pool on your next sun-drenched getaway, why not choose a white shirt as your cover-up of choice? It’s a chic AF option, especially if you’d rather not go down the whole boho kaftan route. Opt for a colourful swimsuit, a so-2019 basket bag and your classic Havaianas, throwing the shirt on top. The result? A sophisticated beach ‘fit the Parisians would be proud of. Oh là là!When your new jeans meet your old white shirt, a true love story will begin. This look is the definition of effortless ease – it’s perfect for days in the city and even your 9-5 if your office has a laid-back dress code. Block-heeled, cut-out mules make for an interesting addition to an otherwise simple look, while a gold chain adds that extra bit of bling.And finally, here’s an on-point look for your next night out. A white shirt is a great add-on to a disco-ready ‘fit if you’re doing something more formal before the wildness of your standard BNO begins. With some utility culottes and a sequin top as your base, a white shirt will add some polish, while sky-high heels bring a glam edge. If Carrie Bradshaw was to do the white shirt now, would this be her go-to look? We couldn’t help but wonder…
Sun exposure and humidity can make summer quite a challenging time for your hair and leave it feeling dry and frizzy. Want your hair to look healthy and be perfectly styled all summer long? We asked the experts at Blue Tit to give us three vital tips on how to achieve perfect summer hair with ease. Keep reading and book an appointment at Blue Tit in Topshop Oxford Circus to get even more help…‘Foliage is a new hair trend right now. Hair is highlighted and tips are painted freehand, then covered in foils. This gives maximum lift as the foils create more heat and a faster reaction than when the hair is just out in the open. The colouring process can take about 3-4 hours and you might need more than just one session to get the result you’re hoping for, depending on your natural hair colour and condition of your hair. Moisture and rebuilding treatments are great to keep it up too!’ – Hannah Button, Assistant Manager at Blue Tit Topshop‘Did you know you can create beach waves with your hair straighteners? Prep wet hair with Oway silk and glow serum and fully dry your hair. Then take roughly 3 cm sections of your hair, bend them in to an “S” shape and lightly tap your straighteners over the curved piece of hair. The heat will seal the bend in the hair, there’s no need to clamp the straighteners so it’s very gentle on the hair. Continue this technique around your head until all of your hair is waved, spritz with a little Oway sea salt spray and use your hands to scrunch and break up the waves for a more textured look.’ – Charlotte Brady, Blue Tit Dalston‘Don’t just protect your skin from the sun, your hair needs love too. UV rays break down the cuticle, leaving your strands dry, damaged and frizzy, so it’s very important to use heat protection sprays everyday, just as you do with your day face cream or sun cream. The best way to protect your hair from the summer heat is to use biodynamic products which include ingredients such as green anise, organic baobab oil, passion fruit oil, etc. Some suggestions are the sun protective elixir, after sun hair and body bath, and after-sun hair mask by Oway.’ – John Manolakis, assistant manager at Blue Tit East Village
Remember the classic business-in-the-front, party-in-the-back hairdo from the 80s? Say hello to its beautiful bodysuit cousin! The trick for this beachy outfit is to balance the open back with a midi or maxi-length skirt to keep it classy and show just the right amount of skin. Vacation-vibe jewelry with seashell details adds a nice summer touch. And don’t be afraid to color clash! Bright red sandals paired with the burnt orange bodysuit? Why not?Wearing high-waist pants often means you’re constantly adjusting the top, tucking it in and trying to get it to stay in a comfortable place. That’s why a flattering, black bodysuit is the perfect match for these breezy graphic-patterned shorts. A black faux leather belt with a gold buckle adds a nice finishing detail and teams great with tiny gold hoop earrings.Not into showing lots of skin but still want to look summery? Opt for a light color palette. The tight white bodysuit paired with super wide, beige pants creates a relaxed and flattering silhouette. Style the outfit with a cream-colored jacket tied around your waist (great to have at hand when the temperature falls after sunset) and a color-popping straw bag.