Mules are everywhere we look right now: from our Instagram feeds to the best street style looks and all over Topshop’s new in section. And we’re not surprised – whether you go for an open, square or round-toe style, they add a fresh touch to any outfit and always look effortlessly cool. Not sure how to wear them? We picked our three favourite pairs and styled them for three different occasions…
- For a night out
Thinking of wearing a pair of mules on your next night out? Opt for a sleek black version and style them with a mix of different fabrics and textures, such as organza, embellishments and vinyl.
- For the office
For the office, go for a chic closed-toe style worn with your favourite pair of straight-leg jeans. Add a satin blouse, a statement coat and a trending handbag to look elegant with minimal effort.
- For the day
Need an extra special day look? We’ve got you covered. A pair of flare-heel mules guarantees compliments and will keep you comfortable at the same time. Now, just throw on a cool midi dress and a biker jacket and you’re good to go.
Long gone are the days when off-duty model street style consisted of a pair of skinny jeans, a baggy T-shirt and some chunky boots: all our favourite runway stars are now sporting a whole new uniform of relaxed tailored pieces and elevated basics. It’s the coolest, most put-together yet effortless look around at the moment – worn by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid – so it’s definitely one to try at home. Here are the five key pieces you need…
- The Slouchy Trouser
First up, the slouchy trouser: at first glance, a bit more formal than a pair of skinny jeans but they’re actually way more comfortable to wear – the wide tailored cut gives you some extra room to breathe! Tone down the smart-trouser vibes for your day-to-day by matching your pair with a extra casual tank top.
- The Tailored Coat
When the temperatures drop, you’ll usually catch the off-duty models in some sort of extra-large and slouchy longline coat. Sticking to a neutral colour palette of greys, camels and blues will ensure your new investment piece matches all your outfits and if you do feel like mixing things up a bit, go for one in glossy vinyl.
- The Oversized Shirt
Some shirts were made for the office, others were born for a much more exciting and varied existence. The trick is to be inventive – wear yours semi-done up or half-tucked, try layering with a sheer option or don it as a dress when spring comes around!
- The Relaxed Blazer
Whilst, for now, you might need to layer this key piece with an extra knit or coat, a relaxed blazer is the perfect outerwear option for when the temperatures start to pick up. To make it less ‘workwear’ and more ‘modern off-duty’, go for a slightly oversized number and pair with anything from printed trousers or jeans to shorts and dresses.
- The Straight-Leg Jean
Skinny jeans may no longer reign supreme, however denim is still a very important element of the off-duty models’ go-to uniform. Just like all their staple pieces, their fit of choice is simply more relaxed. So, opt for one of our latest dad jeans which all have the perfect straight-leg cut. Stuck on how to style the new shape? Check out our styling guide here.
Seberg, the biopic on actress Jean Seberg, is finally out in UK cinemas this Friday. Starring Kristen Stewart, it tells the story of how Jean was targeted by the FBI because of her support of the civil rights movement ultimately leading to her life and career being destroyed. Although American, Jean spent most of her life in France which quite clearly transpires in her personal style – so in honour of the film’s release, we took a look back at her most memorable outfits and why they make her the underrated French style icon you need to know about. Keep scrolling to discover our five favourites, plus the film stills featuring Kristen Stewart they inspired…
- Mellow yellow
Yellow featured heavily in Jean’s wardrobe, perfectly complementing her pale complexion and platinum hair, so of course we’ll also be seeing Kristen in yellow as curated by the film’s costume designer Michael Wilkinson.
- ’70s minimal
Jean’s style was defined by strong silhouettes and lots of monochrome pieces, usually only accessorised with a few pieces of carefully selected jewellery. Simplicity with a personal touch can go a long way.
- Jet-set chic
When travelling, Jean opted for chic tailored pieces paired with elegant leather accessories and a cap to avoid any hair dilemmas on the go. Proof that it’s always worth investing in a collection of timeless and comfortable staples.
- Evening glam
Simple with a twist is probably how to describe Jean’s style the most accurately, and that also went for evening wear. A one-colour dress in an A-line silhouette was her go-to, but always elevated with a fun sleeve or neckline to show off her iconic pixie haircut.
- All blue
Another key colour in Jean’s closet was blue, matching her eyes which were always highlighted with a signature flick of black eyeliner. We love the extra detail of the colour-coordinated hair bow.
Seberg is in cinemas from 10th January
A new year always brings a whole new host of trends along with it, spanning everything from fashion to beauty and lifestyle. When it comes to hair, and with the climate crisis at the forefront of everyone’s minds right now, who better to turn to than a sustainable hair salon? That’s why we asked the experts at the Blue Tit salon in Topshop’s Oxford Circus store to give us a look ahead at the biggest hair trends coming to you in 2020. From hair treatments based on the moon phases to sustainable hair accessories, keep scrolling to find out what they are…
- Scalp analysis and bespoke treatments
Hair treatments are set to become increasingly more holistic and personalised come 2020 says Petah Maian, the Senior Editor at Retail Intelligence, so Blue Tit now offers five bespoke in-salon, fully organic and sustainable Oway treatments. So whether you’re suffering from oily hair or are looking for some full-on relaxation, a personalised microscopic scalp analysis will find the perfect treatment for you to transform your hair with.
- Lunar calendar treatments
Into horoscopes? This year we’ll be taking it a step further as detox cleansing treatments that follow the moon phases are going to be all the rage. For a Waxing Moon (from the new moon to the full moon), where the roots will absorb nourishment, it’s the perfect time to treat your hair with moisturising, antioxidant and fortifying ingredients. Then for a Waning Moon (from the full moon to the new moon), the scalp should rest with a soothing and purifying treatment.
- Longlasting hair accessories
We’re sure you’re used to seeing pearl hair clips and fancy headbands everywhere by now and 2020 predictions suggest they aren’t going away anytime soon. But Declan Haworth, Blue Tit’s Colour Director, suggests we stop ‘discarding things into landfill’ and start investing in good quality, timeless hair accessories or, better still, look in vintage stores for things like broaches and hat pins to use instead.
- Biodynamic hair farming
A biodynamic method consists of the purest and cleanest type of cultivation – meaning it’s free of pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and synthetic fertilisers. Sounds up your street? To be in on this new method, Blue Tit salons exclusively use the world’s first professional haircare, treatment and colour line, Oway, which is cruelty free, made with pure essential oils and contains no toxic ingredients. Win win win.
- Zero waste
The strive to achieve zero-waste is taking the beauty industry by storm. If, like many of us, you’re looking for a way to make your next hair cut more sustainable you’ll be pleased to know Blue Tit is 95% plastic free with a goal to up this to 99% by the end of the year. Not to mention, they use 100% biodegradable towels from EcoHeads, recycle over 90% of their waste and use recycled or up-cycled materials wherever possible. It doesn’t get much better than this…
With party season done and dusted, the last thing you probably want to be wearing right now are sequins, glitter and party dresses – so we think it’s time for a serious palette-cleanser. Go back to basics and great-fitting classic staples that can either be worn as a full look or mixed and matched with the rest of your wardrobe. These are the seven key timeless pieces you should buy now and enjoy for years to come…
- The textured jumper
A great knit can go a long way when it’s cold outside: it’s warm, comfortable and will always make you look effortlessly cool. This season, we’re looking to soft pastels, classic prints like spots or stripes and oaty tones, cosy silhouettes and puffy sleeves.
- The retro jeans
The new year is the best time to invest in a new pair of great-fitting jeans that will go with pretty much anything in your closet – and right now there are so many flattering styles to pick from. Retro elements, a high waist and straight or wide legs are essential right now.
- The trending handbag
The mini bag is still big news this year, but this time around it’s accompanied by a range of oversized totes as well. Whether you go big or small, the details to look for are woven textures, nylon fabrics, metal hardware, natural tones and knotted or quilted handles.
- The tailored coat
When it comes to coats, look to timeless shapes like the trench, duster or double-breasted style – but with a twist. Elevate the classics with PU leathers, croc embossing, buttoned-up collars and accentuated waists and you’re ready to take 2020 in style.
- The vintage blouse
The blouses of the season come checked, with a high neck, bow and wrap details and puffy sleeves. Again classic, but always with a little twist. Getting dressed has never been easier with these styles, as they always make an impact – no matter what you wear them with.
- The heeled boots
Heeled boots are a winter no-brainer, but this year they’re more exciting than ever: think knee-high styles, faux-fur details, architectural heels and colour-block panels. The best thing about them? They’ll work worn with any of the other pieces in this round-up.
- The statement skirt
All of the above feels a bit too basic for you? Then you’ll need one of these midi skirts that come in every shape, colour and print imaginable. Pair yours with a mis-matching blouse to make a serious statement, or go simple and cosy worn with a neutral knit.
The new year is just around the corner and we’re sure you’re more than ready to make 2020 the best year ever. Right? Yet, there are always certain fears, pressures and insecurities looming when an old year end and a new one begins – which is why we came up with five things that will help you start 2020 off on the right foot. From unfollowing toxic people to completing some boring admin, we’ve got you prepped and ready…
- Unfollow, unfollow, unfollow
Although we hate to admit it, social media accounts take up a massive chunk of our lives so it’s super important to only follow people that bring you happiness. Whether it’s the fitness model that makes you feel super insecure, that boy you went on a date with once and never spoke to again or your ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend, clear them out and give yourself a feed full of positive vibes only. And in certain situations don’t be afraid of that block button either…
- Start a new hobby
If this isn’t already one of your New Year’s resolutions, then it definitely should be. Starting a new hobby is a great way to brighten up those grey January days and to add something different to your weekly routine, whether it’s a different workout class, taking up writing, a pottery class or even just reading more often. You’re likely to make some new friends in the process and it’s a proven way to relieve stress, boost confidence and promote happiness. We’re sold.
- Clear out your wardrobe
Out with the old, in with the new – make space in your wardrobe this new year by clearing out the old things you’ve never worn or will never wear again. Stick by the classic rule of if you’ve not worn it in the past six months get rid of it. This way you can make some more room in your wardrobe for pieces you really want, do your bit for charity or make a bit of money by selling things online. And this one doesn’t have to just relate to your clothes: clearing out your expired makeup, sorting some paperwork or organising that one messy drawer are good options too.
- Write down all your achievements from last year
When a year comes to an end a lot of the time we focus on all the negative things we want to leave behind. Whilst this can be beneficial, it’s also important to remember all the good things that happened too. It could be anything from landing a new job, making new friends or just that amazing summer holiday you had, so make sure to reminisce on these things as well as focusing on what could have gone better when planning your goals for next year.
- Sort out any admin
Sorry to end on a boring note but there’s no time like January to get lots of admin done: book a dentist appointment, update the software on your phone or even just check in with a friend you didn’t manage to see over Christmas. A lot of the time these are things we add to the end of our to-do lists hoping they’ll just disappear – but unfortunately they won’t. The sooner it’s done the sooner you’ll feel relieved…
Still in need of a New Year’s resolution? Here are seven that aren’t actually impossible to achieve…
Trends come and go all the time, but if you ask us, animal print is a classic that just keeps on giving: every season it reinvents itself with updated colours, fresh materials and new shapes. Plus, when it comes to styling these fierce patterned pieces there are endless possibilities – from sticking to something neutral …
- In colour…
Gone are the days when animal print is all earth tones and neutrals. This season we’re loving it in poppy colours like pink, red and orange! Of course, coloured leopard print can be pretty bold so if you’re styling something like this pink sheer shirt, keep the rest of the look cool and casual with denim jeans, a crop top and a pair of classic boots.
If, like us, you’re really into animal print, then why not invest in two statement pieces that work great together but will also look good paired with your other clothes, too? Admittedly, wearing double animal print can be tricky (there’s a fine line between trendy and tacky) so be sure to keep the rest of the look simple.
- All neutral tones…
If you feel like the animal print trend might be a little too garish for your taste, don’t despair – there are lots of neutral options to pick from! Go for a cream and black mini dress like this and add warmth with a chunky knit. Then, finish the look with a chic longline coat and some slick knee-high boots.
- On new materials…
Vinyl has be major this season so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing leather-look pieces arrive in animal print patterns, croc embossed textures and more. Right now, we’re loving this snakeskin vinyl blazer because it will look just as good worn with a turtleneck and trousers to the office as it will layered over a silky satin crop top to the club.
- Strictly accessories…
Fancy dabbling in the trend this season but don’t want to go all out? The easiest way to incorporate just a little bit of animal print into your look is to opt for all-black-everything elsewhere – we’re pining after this smock babydoll black dress right now – and then accessorising with printed add ons.
Looking for more outfit ideas for the season ahead? Discover 5 iconic outfits from winter movies we want to recreate this season…
Is outfit planning for the festive period stressing you out? We thought so. With family dinners and girls’ nights out being an almost daily occurrence around Christmastime, putting together the perfect look for every occasion can be quite the struggle. Luckily, all of your favourite influencers have just jetted off to the French Alps for a ski holiday and their snaps have given us lots of ideas of what to wear for all sorts of events this festive period. Keep scrolling to get inspired…
- Night out with @kitagirl921
We’re sure you have many a night out in the diary for the festive season. So make things super easy for yourself on the outfit front and take notes from Nakita: opt for the failsafe slip dress. We have this one in tons of favourite colours so we’re sure one (or two) will take your fancy…
- Day out with @jilyisabella
Staying warm doesn’t have to mean layering with frumpy jumpers and jackets. Jilly Isabella shows us just how to stay warm and look cool in vinyl trousers and simple black roll necks. Chunky white boots will be perfect for stomping around in the snow, or whatever else you have going on…
- Boxing Day walk with @molly.mcfarlane
Now for your Boxing Day walk outfit: start with the corduroy flares and sweatshirt you’ve been lounging around in all morning. Then add a shacket and a fluffy bucket hat if you’re in need of some added warmth on a nice outdoorsy walk.
- Drinks date with @bethansowerbyy
Jeans and a nice top will never get old and is the perfect go-to for any night out you have planned. Elevate the classic combo by pairing a satin cut-out crop top with flared denim for totally ’70s vibes.
- Cosy day in with @kitagirl921
With all the partying and festivities also comes some well-deserved cosy days. Opt for stretchy flares and borg jumpers that feel like pyjamas but are still totally acceptable attire to go outside in (if you really have to).
- Dressed down Christmas day with @molly.mcfarlane and @natalyawright_x
Keeping it chill this Christmas? For the days where you’re not prancing around in party dresses or winter warmers you can never go wrong with jeans and a tee. Wear this look for just about anything, whether it’s a dressed down Christmas day or a last-minute shopping trip…
7.Dressed up Christmas day with @natalyawright
If your family tend to dress up on Christmas day, Natalya shows us just how to make your festive party dress totally living room appropriate – add a knitted longline cardigan (a.k.a. an amped up version of a dressing gown). Then finish the look with strappy heels or slippers!
There’s always that one night around Christmas: you’re back at home-home for the holidays, you go out with your school friends to the bar you’ve always gone to and you bump into every single person you’ve ever met. Well, picking your outfit for this type of occasion can be tricky – you want to look adult and sophisticated (like you have your life together and stuff) but you also want to look fun and effortless (so you look great when you almost inevitably run into the ex!) We know the struggle, so we’ve put together five perfect options for this exact scenario. You can thank us later…
- Simple but standout…
High-waisted trousers and a body is a fail-safe outfit choice for a night out but there are a few key things to note here. First, elevate the outfit by going for a slick pair of vinyl trousers. Then, swap out your normal going-out jacket with a relaxed blazer for a chic finish.
- It’s the little things that count…
Opting for a shirt dress can be one of the most effortless options so it’s guaranteed to look cool in the club. However, to dress it up for your night out you need to pick the right accessories: think patent knee-high boots, a pretty lace bralette and a shimmering bag!
- A shirt that wasn’t made for the office…
Organza has been one of the biggest styles of the season and this organza striped shirt is the most sophisticated take on the trend we’ve seen yet! Layer it over a fancy satin corset and pair with classic denim jeans for a relaxed yet party-ready look
- No heels, no problem…
Heels are definitely not for everyone so don’t worry if they don’t match your style – chunky boots have been the coolest alternative all throughout autumn and winter. Keep the grungy vibes up by styling a pair with a fun metallic mini skirt, a super-casual white tee and a bunch of layered jewellery.
- Sophisticated new lengths…
Mini skirts will always be fun and flirty for a night out but something a little longer will look super sleek on this particular occasion. Impress all your friends in everyone’s favourite animal print and finish the look with simple black add-ons.
The 2010s have been a busy time in the world of fashion: brands have come and gone, most of the media has migrated online, rising stars have blossomed into a new generation of supermodels and Instagram has transformed the way we do fashion entirely. However, whilst it’s definitely been go go go, there are certain standout moments that we’ll never forget. So, with the new decade just around the corner, we thought we’d take a look back over the last 10 years and celebrate them all. From beautiful ball gowns and shocking runway debuts to memes and political style statements – here are the highlights…
2010: Lady GaGa’s meat dress…
This seems like a lifetime ago now that she’s a fully fledged Hollywood star, but we’ll always associate Lady Gaga with that meat dress she wore to the VMAs in 2010! Fashioned from raw flank steak, it was intended as a statement against the US military’s don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy and even has its own Wikipedia page. Iconic.
2011: The royal wedding…
The marriage ceremony of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011 marked the first Royal Wedding of the decade and it certainly didn’t disappoint. We can’t decide which was better: Kate’s unbelievably regal wedding gown or her sister Pippa’s super chic bridesmaid dress, both designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
2012: Angelina Jolie’s leg…
With a star studded guest list and an extravagant black tie dress code, we could marvel at the Oscars red-carpet roundups for days. But rather than the dresses and tuxedos, it was Angelina Jolie’s leg which took centre stage at the 2012 event. The paparazzi captured it sticking out of Jolie’s jet black Atelier Versace gown all night long and endless memes followed…
2013: Kim Kardashian-West’s Met Gala dress…
Over the years there have been many memorable Met Gala gowns that have been created to fit all sorts of themes from Heavenly Bodies to Camp. However, one that will forever stand out in our minds is the floral Riccardo Tisci gown that Kim Kardashian donned to the 2013 occasion. It was immediately compared to Mrs Doubtfire and in 2015 Kim made a joke at her own expense and dressed up in it again for Halloween.
2014: Kendall Jenner’s runway debut…
In 2014, Kendall Jenner – known primarily at the time for starring in her family’s dramatic reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians – made her catwalk debut in the Marc Jacobs AW14 show. Little did we all know that she would go on to become one of the highest paid supermodel in the world!
2015: Yeezy Season 1 at New York Fashion Week…
Although Kanye West had dabbled in the industry a few times before, it wasn’t until he dropped his Yeezy Season One collaboration with Adidas at New York Fashion Week in 2015 that his foray into fashion really kicked off! His Adidas Boost trainers skyrocketed in popularity whilst his slim-fit leisurewear aesthetic went on to noticeably influence streetwear trends worldwide.
2016: Dior’s ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ T-shirt…
Maria Grazia Chiuri took over as the first female Creative Director at Dior in July 2016 and hosted her debut fashion show that September. The pièce de résistance was undoubtedly her ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ T-shirt which tapped into the young Me Too movement and helped spark the logomania obssesion – in 2017 searches for ‘slogan tee’ increased by 105%!
2017: Edward Enninful appointed Editor-In-Chief of British Vogue…
The resignation of Alexandra Schulman and appointment of Edward Enninful as Editor-In-Chief of British Vogue marked a new era for the Condé Nast fashion bible. There had been uproar when, in honour of Schulman’s final issue, Vogue’s internal newsletter published a shockingly non-diverse staff photo. So, Enninful made it his mission to diversify the publication inside and out. British Vogue has since celebrated cover stars of all body types and from diverse ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds.
2018: Hedi Slimane’s Celine debut…
As creative director at Celine, Phoebe Philo had championed a new era of femininity in fashion with collections that could consistently be counted on for artful silhouettes, a refined colour scheme and a considered approach to design. Hedi Slimane, meanwhile, drew a thick indelible line under this when he took over in 2018 and presented his debut SS19 collection of rocker-glam, skinny-fit mini dresses in gothic colours. Within hours, the Instagram account @oldceline was launched to mourn the brands old aesthetic and the re-sell value of Philo-era products went through the roof!
2019: Timothée Chalamet…
Oh Timothée, what a year it’s been! Between the Louis Vuitton embellished harness he wore during awards season, the sequin hoodie he wore to London Film Festival, the overalls and lipgloss he sported in South Korea and the Eiffel tower keyring he recently used to accessorise a bright magenta two-piece – it’s almost impossible to pick our favourite look from the best-dressed boy of the moment. But, since we have to, we’ll go for this silver Haider Ackerman suit that practically broke the internet in February. Joined by Harry Styles and few others, Chalamet has spent all 2019 showing the world that there’s way more to menswear than the boring black tux.