MISSGUIDED:knitwear 2.0

Christmas is officially over. Which means we’re now on the official <span class=”woR”>summer</span><span class=”woD”>Summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition and culture, but when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.</span> countdown (5 months to go…). Unfortunately, the weather is going to be freezing for the foreseeable, so now is the time to start investing in some solid <span class=”woR”>fashion</span><span class=”woD”>Fashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behaviour and the newest creations of textile designers.</span>knitwear to see you through winter and beyond. We’ve rounded up this edit on what’s knit this season with the key layers you need to own RN. Can we get an amen?
Slouchy knit
For the cooler climes, say holla to slouchy knits, set to be big this season. Keep it chic in off the shoulder <span class=”woR”>style</span><span class=”woD”>Style is a manner of doing or presenting things, especially a fashionable one.</span> or look to oversized fits to amp up the comfort factor. Look to wintry hues like mustard yellow, burgundy, forest green and rust orange. If you’re adding layers, sling on a cable knitted jumper over your dress or layer up with a slouchy cardigan and ankle boots.
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Cropped Knit
Not quite ready to let go of your skin-showing summer outfits? Compromise is key here babes, nobody wants you catching hypothermia. Why not opt for the perfect middle ground: A cropped jumper. This look will keep you warm when the weather changes but still looks cute (and lets you show off those abs). Wear with mom jeans and trainers.
Go oversized
When is sweater weather ever complete without an oversized jumper dress or cardigan? Easily the most covetable AW18 outfit when the weather isn’t playing ball. Throw-on pieces are an absolute must when you need an extra bit of time in bed in prep for those dark AF mornings. Style an oversized knit with a belt for a warm outfit that’ll also win you fashion points.
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Not feeling brights? Get knitted out this season in neutral shades. Look out for ribbed knits, cropped styles and turtlenecks. These pieces go with practically everything – from a high-waisted jeans kinda day to sporting with a black vinyl skirt, necking shots on a Friday night. Neutrals are season all-rounders so you won’t have to pack away until the sun’s back out next summer.
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Bright knits
Autumn and winter don’t have to be filled with jet black and grey marl shades. Stay hot whilst looking cool in these knit brights guaranteed to inject some life into your new season closet. Go for a sporty look with a sweatshirt, and keep to red, hot pink and baby blue hues to make it look like you’re feeling winter when you’re actually not.
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Party season is officially over – so showing up to work in sequins is no longer encouraged. We feel your sartorial sadness. But fret not because we’ve got five fresh ways to do workwear that have 2019 written all over them, brought to you by your favourite ASOS Insiders.
ASOS Lotte is giving us major Clueless 2.0 vibes with this one. Take a winner such as a checked <span class=”woR”>blazer</span><span class=”woD”>A blazer is a type of jacket resembling a suit jacket, but cut more casually. A blazer is generally distinguished from a sportcoat as a more formal garment and tailored from solid color fabrics. Blazers often have naval-style metal buttons to reflect their origins as jackets worn by boating club members.</span> and make it new year-ready with a subtle print clash (bonus points for adding in a material mash-up, too). Stuffed dog optional for the office, but encouraged.
2019 is the year for colour, so, if you’ve always dreamed of going head-to-toe in one solid hue, it’s your time. ASOS Barbara teaches us a few things here: 1) You can never wear too much green. 2) Dressing smart for the office and delivering serious lewks don’t have to be mutually exclusive. 3) Should we always match our sunnies to our outfit? Probably.
Streetwear, but make it smart. ASOS Kicki shows anything can be office appropriate – just add a shirt and you’re good to go. Also, if you’ve missed the news, it’s January and the only way to survive is by layering.
Pleated midi <span class=”woR”>skirt</span><span class=”woD”>A skirt is a tube- or cone-shaped garment that hangs from the waist or hips and covers all or part of the legs. The hemline of skirts can vary from micro to floor-length and can vary according to cultural conceptions of modesty and aesthetics as well as the wearer’s personal taste, which can be influenced by such factors as fashion and social context. Most skirts are self-standing garments, but some skirt-looking panels may be part of another garment such as leggings, shorts, and swimsuits.</span>? Check. Chunky knit? Check. Colour? Check. Get back to work in an outfit that ticks all the 2019 boxes, like ASOS Syana. It’s smart-casual done right and proof there’s no such thing as too much colour.
Corduroy—velvet’s daytime sister – had a big 2018, and isn’t going anywhere fast this year. ASOS Syana knows that there’s a suit for every occasion, but also that the right amount of cord is all the cord. Styled with boxfresh trainers, this outfit is the perfect balance of comfy, cool and corner office-ready.


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MISSGUIDED:the 5 coats you need for aw18

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but it’s f*cking freezing outside, and it’s only going to keep getting colder… Soz. Don’t despair though, colder weather means it’s officially time to invest in your new season outerwear. Let’s face it, we live in Britain, so you’re going to be wearing it pretty much 24/7. We’ve rounded up the 5 <span class=”woR”>coats</span><span class=”woD”>A coat is a garment worn by both men and women,[1] for warmth or fashion. Coats typically have long sleeves and are open down the front, closing by means of buttons, zippers, hook-and-loop fasteners, toggles, a belt, or a combination of some of these. Other possible features include collars, shoulder straps and hoods.</span> and <span class=”woR”>jacket</span><span class=”woD”>A jacket is a mid stomach length garment for the upper body. A jacket typically has sleeves, and fastens in the front or slightly on the side. A jacket is generally lighter, tighter-fitting, and less insulating than a coat, which is outerwear. Some jackets are fashionable, while others serve as protective clothing.</span> you need to invest in to keep you feeling warm and looking hot. You’re welcome, babe.
The Teddy Jacket
You guys are going crazy for the teddy coat, and it’s clear to see why. This borg jacket is the absolute perfect autumn-winter coverup for any outfit. Wear with mom <span class=”woR”>jeans</span><span class=”woD”>Jeans are trousers typically made from denim or dungaree cloth. Often the term “jeans” refers to a particular style of pants, called “blue jeans,” which were invented by Jacob Davis in 1871[1] and patented by Davis and Levi Strauss on May 20, 1873. Originally designed for cowboys and miners, jeans became popular in the 1950s among teenagers, especially members of the greaser subculture.</span>, a crop top and trainers for laid-back, student-style cool. Or, wear over a bodycon mini for an alternative night-out style.
The Aviator
It’s definitely leather weather outside, and an aviator gives you ultimate cosiness AND style. This is an essential addition to your out-out ‘drobe, because this jacket looks amazing over a little dress or skirt. Faux fur and faux leather combined is always going to be a winner. Perf.
The Puffer Jacket
If you want something that’s going to keep you warm all winter-long, then a padded jacket is what you need. Whether you opt for a subtle black, quilted jacket, or a bright fluorescent bubble jacket, there’s a style of puffer for everybody. The outside equivalent of your duvet. Winning.
The Faux Fur
Public service announcement: If you don’t have a faux fur coat, you’re not doing winter styling right. This style seriously ups the glam on any outfit, and is an essential for those nights out this season. You can even wear a faux fur jacket over a formal dress for big occasions.
The Formal Coat
Need to look more smart than casual this season? Make sure you have a formal coat, which can take you from job interview to hot date. Patterned or plain, colourful or black, there are loads of options so you can choose the perfect smart jacket for you.


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ZARA:The 2018 Street Style Awards: Everything That Mattered This Year

welcome to the 2018 Street Style Awards, where we are taking a look back at some of the biggest <span class=”woR”>fashion</span><span class=”woD”>Fashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behaviour and the newest creations of textile designers.</span> highlights from the past year that were born and blew up on the street <span class=”woR”>style</span><span class=”woD”>Style is a manner of doing or presenting things, especially a fashionable one.</span> scene. A lot of sartorial goodness has happened over the course of this year, which gives us even more reason to hit pause and reflect on the trends, brands, and <span class=”woR”>product</span><span class=”woD”>In marketing, a product is anything that can be offered to a market that might satisfy a want or need. In retailing, products are called merchandise. In manufacturing, products are bought as raw materials and sold as finished goods. Commodities are usually raw materials such as metals and agricultural products, but a commodity can also be anything widely available in the open market.</span> that most affected our style (and our wallets). So, here’s how it worked: The editors at Who What Wear assembled a list of the 2018 trends that reigned supreme, created a voting form, and sent it out to all of you. Thanks to the reader votes and the votes of our very reputable panel of critics, the results are finally in.
Before we reveal the winners, let’s talk about our panel of judges. Ahead, you’ll hear from Booth Moore, author and style and fashion news director at The Hollywood Reporter; Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director of NET-A-PORTER; Jason Bolden, celebrity stylist; Alison Stiefel, VP of marketing at ShopStyle; and Kat Collings, Who What Wear’s very own editor in chief. If that list of industry experts doesn’t intrigue you, we don’t know what will.
Now, after hearing each unique perspective in the selection process, it is with pride and excitement that we present to you the winners of this year’s Street Style Awards. Ahead, find an at-a-glance summary of the winning trends, read what our critics and readers had to say about each, and shop the best pieces each trend has to offer.
There were a lot of uncertainties throughout 2018, but animal print was not one of them. What started out as the resurgence of leopard print quickly snowballed into the rise of wild looks of all kinds. Everything from snakeskin to tiger prints took center stage on the street style scene, our Instagram feeds, and the sites of nearly every major fashion retailer, for more reasons than one. One reader described the trend as “versatile, festive, and casual—it fits with every outfit and every occasion,” and we couldn’t agree more.
“I feel as though this has become the new neutral that you can pair with anything, at any time of the year,” explains von der Goltz. Readers also elaborated on the fact that this is the one trend they “have seen the most of on Instagram and in real life” (emphasis on the real). Considering all the above—the versatility, the popularity, and the wearabilty—it’s clear why this 2018 trend reigned supreme. In sum, it was destined for wild success.
Shop clockwise from top left: Saks Potts Yvonne Animal Print Fur Trimmed Wook Coat ($1530); Zara Animal Print Rain Hat ($26); Aeydē Camilla Pumps ($313); Topshop Zebra Print Long Sleeve Top ($35)
Bolden commented on this trend the best: “Everyone wants to be comfy and relaxed!” Motto for 2019? We think so. When a trend is equal parts cool and comfortable, there’s obviously more of a draw for people to actually want to wear it. Mind-blowing, isn’t it? At first, the whole concept of dad sneakers seemed daunting due to their “ugly” appearance, but that didn’t seem to stop anyone, ourselves included. “The idea of ugly sneakers is, to me, the ideal picture of the progressive and fun fashion of 2018,” a reader told us, and boy, did it progress.
The year started off with this trend’s aesthetic looking a bit chunky but quickly transformed into straight-up “dad” mode. Danish girls paved the way (as they did with many new trends this year) in this regard as they reintroduced forgotten brands like New Balance into the mix, keeping the trend feeling fresh. Keeping tabs on the evolution of dad sneakers throughout this year required little to no effort, as celebrities, influencers, and more sported the trend. “Dad sneakers were created by every designer, and they sold like crazy. This a trend that is here to stay,” said von der Goltz. In other words, if you have yet to test out this It item, we have expert-provided proof that it’s here to stay for 2019.
Shop clockwise from top left: Adidas Originals Yeezy 700 Leather, Suede, and Mesh Sneakers ($300); Fila Disruptor 2 Lux Leather Sneakers ($120); Acne Studios Manhattan Leather, Suede, and Mesh Sneakers ($500); Adidas Falcon W Sneakers in Gray Tone/Trace Maroon ($100)
“Thanks, it’s Ganni” is a phrase you’ve either said or heard on more than one occasion throughout this year. This Copenhagen-based brand, run by the husband-and-wife team of Creative Director Ditte Reffstrup and founder Nicolaj Reffstrup, has been around since 2009 but really started gaining steam in the U.S. over the last couple of years. While it’s essentially built into the brand’s DNA to design eye-catching pieces of all kinds, 2018 was the year Ganni imprinted itself into our brains as the contemporary fashion label to know and wear.
“Ganni leads trends, and it’s just a lovely bonus that it’s at an accessible price point,” explains Collings. The price tag is something we can only assume helped ignite a fire in fans of the brand, ultimately giving them greater access to the pieces their favorite It girls are wearing. Be it that colorful striped sweater or those iconic cowboy boots, we champion Ganni today for being the brand that won the hearts of, well, pretty much everyone. “This glorious brand is incredibly diverse, yet it maintains its own spirit—channeling (and leading) the new Scandi style; more fun, less minimalistic,” said a reader. Check, check, and check.
Shop clockwise from top left: Ganni Lindale Zebra-Print Crepe Pants ($160), Julliard Striped Mohair and Wool-Blend Sweater ($264), Printed Pintucked Cotton-Poplin Mini Dress ($270), and Marlyn Two-Tone Embroidered Leather Cutout Boots ($585)
Cecilie Bahnsen is the up-and-comer fashion girls have been drooling over all year long. If the brand name isn’t ringing a bell, one look at the striking silhouettes will. Ever since we saw those open-back cloud-like white and pink dresses all over Instagram, we knew this brand was something special, and so did the rest of the fashion community. “We love this Scandinavian aesthetic and the way Cecilie is able to use volume to create feminine, beautiful pieces,” explains von der Goltz, with a reader following suit: “Again, Copenhagen is having its moment, and it’s time for their designers to shine their fresh air in fashion.”
Unlike the overwhelming wearability of the Danish brand Ganni, Cecilie Bahnsen airs more on the “reserved for special occasions” side of the spectrum—that is, until quite recently. As of late, we’ve seen the brand infiltrate the day-to-day wardrobes of some of the internet’s favorite up-and-comers (are you seeing a theme here?) as they have quickly started convincing us that the brand’s sculptural silhouettes are more approachable than we once thought. Come next year, we’re placing bets that this brand will continue to climb its way up the sartorial ladder—you’ll see.
Shop clockwise from top left: Cecilie Bahnsen Alberte Cotton Blouse ($781), Bey Floral Fil-Coupé Dress ($1553), Maja Bow-Detailed Ruffled Silk-Tulle Top ($273), and White Shelly Backpack ($365)
Here’s a challenge for you—see if you can go an entire day without seeing at least one Dior Saddle Bag on Instagram. “I’m pretty sure I saw that bag on every blogger’s Insta two times a day. It’s iconic for a reason,” a reader excitedly shared. Yes, it’s that popular. We started reporting on this iconic bag’s triumphant return back in February with the hunch that we’d be seeing a lot more of the nostalgic style as the year went on, but I think I speak for everyone when I say we had no idea the style would take over at quite the volume and speed that it did.
“With the revitalization of late-’90s style favorites like high-waisted jeans, chokers, bodysuits, and crop tops, we saw Dior go back to the vault to bring back the saddle bag with great effect. Interest in Dior grew by 25% year over year,” Stiefel told us. Additionally, the launch of the iconic house’s 2018 version of the Saddle Bag bubbled up a whole new side of the trend as consumers seemed nearly desperate to get their hands on one. Any sort of logo-adorned Dior bag suddenly filled the pages of designer resale sites like The RealReal and What Goes Around Comes Around since investing in one of the newer versions was not an attainable purchase for most. But one thing’s for certain—new or vintage, whenever someone finally owned this bag, the whole world knew about it. Pics or it didn’t happen, right?
Shop: Dior Oblique Saddle Bag in Navy or Red Print ($2850) and Saddle Calfskin Bag in Black or Red ($3250)
Dad sneakers may have won the It item of the year title, but within that overarching trend was the undeniable presence of one very large shoe style—the Balenciaga Triple S sneakers. “The dad sneaker is the trend everyone loves to hate but loves to wear,” Moore told us, “and this style was the pacesetter, made palatable by cool girls like Tracee Ellis Ross.” Moore is right—dad sneakers were one of the most “hated” trends of 2018, but somehow that didn’t stop a lot of people from wearing them.
“The Triple S is iconic,” a reader told us. “It made the chunky dad sneaker cool and wearable.” Not that every trend necessarily needs a high-fashion designer’s stamp of approval (look at Susan Alexandra and her cult following of beaded-bag lovers), but seeing a product set the pace for an entire trend definitely gives wearers a sense of peace, especially when the trend involves five pounds of rubber on your soles.
Shop: Balenciaga Triple S Trainers in White and Green ($950) and Triple S Logo-Embroidered Leather, Nubuck, and Mesh Sneakers in White, Black, or Pink ($895)
“A sign of the rise of eccentric dressing, leopard print became the new neutral,” Moore explained, perfectly aligning with the aforementioned claim that all animal prints are officially considered neutrals. This means that despite the rather loud nature of the print, people have learned to incorporate the trend into their daily wardrobes with little to no effort. Thanks to the black-and-brown color palette, leopard is a print that goes with almost anything, from muted hues to bold colors. Throw a stripe in there, and you’ll have yourself a street style–ready look in no time.
This print trend took to the streets in the form of accessories and ready-to-wear products alike. The sheer availability of the print allowed people with varying style types to test out the trend in a way that was on brand with them. Minimalists opted for leopard loafers, maximalists a leopard dress, and so on and so forth. Additionally, considering that this print has proven itself for years to be a classic, buying into the trend is buying into a wardrobe staple, and we’re always supportive of a shopping decision like that.
Shop clockwise from top left: Stand Faux Fur Leopard Coat ($375); Nanushka Clarence Leopard-Print Calf Hair Ankle Boots ($179); Susan Alexandra Leopard Bag ($325); See by Chloé Cropped Leopard Print Trousers ($238)
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a wrap on the biggest trends, products, and brands of 2018. We can’t wait to see what fashion highlights bubble and break on the street style scene next year. See you there.

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We all have that one friend who’s impossible to buy gifts for. Either she has it all, is so specific that nothing seems good enough – or she’s just too cool and too far ahead of the curve to be able to keep up with. To help you meet the needs of those difficult gift-getters, we’ve given Berlin photographer, creative and certified It-girl VanelliMelli the mission to handpick the best of the best from H&M’s winter collections.
“This dress with its waterfall neckline is an immediate eye-catcher! It’s perfect for Christmas dinners and New Year’s parties as well as upcoming beach holidays.”
“Snake everything please! It adds a touch of sassiness to any outfit; wearing an all-black look with these snake booties or a black jacket over this snake print <span class=”woR”>dress</span><span class=”woD”>A dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment).</span> sounds pretty perfect to me.”
“I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I like to apply eyeshadow to make my blue-green eyes pop – orange, neutrals or burgundy shades are all favorites of mine. A palette with all colors in one is super practical!”
“I’m all about mixing silver and gold details at home and these items mix in perfectly. I love to collect different small bowls to store keys, coins and <span class=”woR”>jewelry</span><span class=”woD”>Jewellery or jewelry consists of small decorative items worn for personal adornment, such as brooches, rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Jewellery may be attached to the body or the clothes, and the term is restricted to durable ornaments, excluding flowers for example. For many centuries metal, often combined with gemstones, has been the normal material for jewellery, but other materials such as shells and other plant materials may be used.</span> in.”
“Out of all the gifts I’ve selected, these earrings are my absolute favorites. I usually only wear small hoops, but these will definitely be an exception. Let them sparkle!”
“When I moved recently, I wanted to go for a new décor <span class=”woR”>style</span><span class=”woD”>Style is a manner of doing or presenting things, especially a fashionable one.</span>. This brown glass vase has exactly the vibe I want – very reminiscent of something from the 70s.”
“… is always spent with my closest family, which is my mom and my grandparents. We always start at 3:30 with coffee and card games before playing a gift exchange game. It’s become a huge tradition and I can’t imagine celebrating the holidays without it. At the end of the night my grandmother cooks an amazing German dinner or we eat something like fondue or raclette.”
“… is a medium-format camera from the 70s that my mom gave me out of the blue five years ago. I had just dropped the name once and she remembered. That gift took my love of film photography to another level and I’ve shot some amazing memories with it.”
“Giving! I’m usually very attentive and try to memorize things my loved ones like or mention. My mom is the easiest though – she asks for the same perfume every year [laughs].”
CHRISTMAS SONG… Frank Sinatra’s Let it Snow
CHRISTMAS FOOD… Homemade cookies aka “Plätzchen”
CHRISTMAS TRADITION… Playing cards with my grandparents!


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We all know that our fave festive flicks can help soothe any post-party feels, but have you ever noticed the <span class=”woR”>style</span><span class=”woD”>Style is a manner of doing or presenting things, especially a fashionable one.</span> inspiration they serve up? From cosy knitwear to party
<span class=”woR”>dress</span><span class=”woD”>A dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment).</span>, these iconic films offer a lot of sartorial suggestions on top of their tear-jerking storylines and heart-warming moments. Here are five key looks we love and how you can wear them IRL.
The Holiday
From sunny LA to snowy Surrey, The Holiday’s Amanda always looks on-point, even while she’s having a midlife crisis after her breakup (how does she look that good in sweatpants?). You may not be planning to swap lives with a stranger any time soon, but you can defo copy elements of her sophisticated style. Take her shearling-trimmed coat. We can’t guarantee you’ll nab a dashing Jude Law lookalike in it, but a similar faux-shearling number is an investment piece that’s guaranteed to keep you warm in style.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Now, when it comes to naming your favourite time of year, for many people it’s a toss-up between Halloween and <span class=”woR”>Christmas</span><span class=”woD”>Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesm?sse, meaning “Christ’s Mass”) is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ,[7][8] observed most commonly on December 25[4][9][10] as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.</span>. Director Tim Burton was clearly caught in a similar conundrum when he decided to release the merry-yet-macabre animated flick The Nightmare Before Christmas. The film tells the tale of Jack Skellington and humanoid ragdoll, Sally. Everything about Sally has been sewn together, including her patchwork dress (which eerily matches the stitching around her eyes). For a spookily good look, go for a similar number like this street-styler. Rock it at a party and you’ll have fellow guests shouting, ‘What’s this? What’s this?!’ with jealousy and excitement.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
After a day or two of full-on family time over Christmas, you may have wished you too were lost in New York like Kevin in Home Alone. Aside from being jealous of his fun-filled time in the Big Apple (until he runs into the bad guys, of course), there’s also plenty to be envious of in his winter lineup – like his adorable bobble hat. Trust us when we say a beanie will greatly improve your cold-weather life. And it looks just as good on grown-ups, as this street-styler proves. Wear it on the weekend with jeans and a bomber jacket, ya filthy animals.
Love Actually
Hands up if Love Actually makes you cry every time? The Richard Curtis classic gives us all the Christmas feels – and plenty of seriously stylish moments. Keira Knightley’s character, in particular, sleighs throughout the movie. When she opens the door to her husband’s close (and may we add terrible) friend, who proceeds to tell her he loves her, she gives us a valuable fashion lesson: knits need not be frumpy. Find one that falls off the shoulder and, hey presto, your off-duty weekend look is dialled up a notch. Take your cue from this street-styler and wear it with denim and black accessories. To us, this is perfect.
It’s a Wonderful Life
The classic to beat all classics, it’s impossible to avoid It’s a Wonderful Life at Christmas. George Bailey and his life story may be the focus of the film, but Mary (played by Donna Reed) and her amazing costumes are also big stars of the film. The tiered dress she wears in the dance scene is particularly major and it moves so beautifully as she shimmies around with George. A similar ruffly style will look amazing as you bust a move over party season. Plus, as you can see from this street-style look, it works for daytime with a sweater and trainers. It sure is a wonderful look.


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TOPSHOP:13 Audiobooks To Listen To When You’re Driving Home For Christmas

Christmas – and with it the long-awaited return home for the holidays – is fast approaching. The time off also means you might finally get the opportunity to catch up on some of this year’s best books. But rather than having to stuff our luggage with heady hardbacks, we’re opting for an extensive library of audiobooks instead this year. Keep reading to discover extracts of the 13 titles we’ll be listening to on the drive home or snuggled up in front of the fireplace on Boxing Day…
1. One Enchanted Evening by Anton Du Beke
From the Strictly Come Dancing star and master entertainer, Anton Du Beke, comes One Enchanted Evening – a tale of scandal and secrets set amidst the glitz and glamour of 1930s London. It’s ideal for fans of Downton Abbey and a tonic for dreary winter nights.
2. The Curious Heart of Alisa Rae by Stephanie Butland:
The Curious Heart of Alisa Rae follows a young woman who is learning how to live again only a few months after a heart transplant that – just in time – saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure, but there are plenty of new difficulties she has to face…
3. Christmas at the Palace by Jeevani Charika
Curl up with the festive royal romance Christmas at the Palace, echoing the story of our very own Harry and Meghan. Not even in her wildest imaginings did Kumari ever think she’d become a princess. But having fallen for Ben – or rather Prince Benedict, sixth in line to the throne – it looks like nothing will ever go as planned again…
4. The Secrets of Primrose Square by Claudia Carroll
Take a trip to Primrose Square where secrets abound behind closed doors with this delightfully cosy listen. It’s late at night and the rain is pouring down on the Dublin city streets. A mother is grieving for her dead child. She stands silently outside the home of the teenage boy she believes responsible…
5. The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree by Paola Peretti
The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree is a novel for all the family about a young girl losing her sight, inspired by the author’s own life story. It’s a great match for fans of Wonder, The Little Prince and The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly.
6. Two Owls at Eton by Jonathan Franklin
The classic British tale of eccentricity and education Two Owls at Eton is a witty, poignant and nostalgic memoir that continues to delight and is now available as an audiobook for the very first time.
7. A House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan
An unrelentingly gripping mystery packed with twists and turns, A House of Ghosts is the perfect chilling listen this winter. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives…
8. The Darkness Around Her by Neil White
When Lizzie Barnsley is murdered along a canal, Dan Grant is called in to represent her alleged killer. Peter Box has confessed to Lizzie’s murder, but did he actually do it or is there some other darker force at play? Find out in The Darkness Around Her…
9. Widows by Lynda La Plante
Listen to the Widows audiobook before you watch the new blockbuster film. Dolly Rawlins, Linda Perelli and Shirley Miller are left devastated when their husbands are killed in a heist that goes disastrously wrong. Facing life alone, they turn to crime together.
10. The Helicopter Heist by Jonas Bonnier
Four men gather in Stockholm and a plan to steal millions from the largest cash facility in Sweden. A gripping and thought-provoking thriller based on an incredible real-life theft, The Helicopter Heist will take hold of you and not let you go.
11. The Secrets You Hide by Kate Helm
The Secrets You Hide follows Georgia Sage, who has a special gift: she can see evil in people. As a courtroom artist she uses her skills to help condemn those who commit terrible crimes. After all, her own brutal past means she knows innocence is even rarer than justice…
12. My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen
My Thoughts Exactly is the number one Sunday Times best selling autobiography from the one and only Lily Allen – woman, mother, singer, songwriter. Get the audiobook to hear her very honest, brave and frank story told in her own voice.
13. Harry: Conversations with the Prince by Angela Levin


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A pointy black patent pump is basically the LBD of the shoe <span class=”woR”>wardrobe</span><span class=”woD”>A wardrobe is a standing closet used for storing clothes. Many people[who?] argue that wardrobes are different in use and style of closets, but they were created by the French to be used as a closet. The earliest wardrobe was a chest, and it was not until some degree of luxury was attained in regal palaces and the castles of powerful nobles that separate accommodation was provided for the apparel of the great. The name of wardrobe was then given to a room in which the wall-space was filled with closets and lockers, the drawer being a comparatively modern invention[citation needed]. From these cupboards and lockers the modern wardrobe, with its hanging spaces, sliding shelves and drawers, evolved slowly.</span>. Put an extra-festive spin on the classic <span class=”woR”>style</span><span class=”woD”>Style is a manner of doing or presenting things, especially a fashionable one.</span> with a chic sock pairing in a sheer polka-dot pattern.
Take holiday dressing to the next level by channeling a bit of 80s glam. Go all-in party with a glitter-ball dress and a pair of big sparkly earrings. Dare to shine bright, yes – like a diamond.
Let the golden chain-link of a small shoulder bag make a statement of its own. Accessorize your afterdark look by wearing it nonchalantly wrapped around the wrist. Minimal effort, high impact.
The <span class=”woR”>fashion</span><span class=”woD”>Fashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behaviour and the newest creations of textile designers.</span> girl’s alternative to basic black tights is spelled lace. Unexpected hosiery is a foolproof way of giving your party wardrobe an upgrade – without the risk of overspending.
You’ll still be wearing these sculptural earrings long after the holidays are over. The decorative danglers are the extra in any ensemble and make a smooth transition from day to dance floor.
When you’ve picked out what to wear, it’s time to add the glitter. Adorn yourself in dazzling layers of bracelets and mirror the glimmer with a crystal-embellished bag. Never hold back on the sparkle.
Need a super-quick hair fix? Make a messy top knot and secure it with a lustrous velvet scrunchie. This party-ready hair style is cool and quirky, yet elegant enough to elevate your evening look.
A waist belt is the sort of accessory that can make an entire outfit, transforming a dress or blazer from simple to stunning in a second. Choose a wide, waist-cinching version for a fashion-forward approach.
Nothing says cocktail party elegance more than a classic envelope clutch bag, or two – if you’re feeling adventurous. Now here’s the question: solid color or sparkly gold and glitter? Tough call.
These crystal-encrusted hoops are guaranteed to take your look to a new stylish dimension. Team the gleaming jewels with pared-back suiting, tapping into that ultra-luxe black tie glamour.


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Yep, the party season is officially upon us, but if you’ve still got that nagging ‘no idea what to wear’ feeling then fear not. We’ve pulled together five of our favourite cocktail dresses you’ll want to wear right away (even if it happens to be a Tuesday afternoon). Because what better time is there to be dripping in sequins and glitter if not to the 56 parties you’re attending during the festive months?
Seq-wins everything
All things sparkly are having a moment and we’re so here for it. This party mini just about ticks all the boxes – wear it with heels for cocktails or throw on a pair of chunky trainers for a contrast that is both comfy and so right now. It’s a win-win.
Flower power
A timeless classic, but make it floral. If you’re looking for a mini <span class=”woR”>dress</span><span class=”woD”>A dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment).</span>
with maximum impact, look no further. Just add a colour-popping lipstick, a metallic clutch and heels and we’ll see you on the dancefloor.
Soft as velvet
It’s the fabric quite literally giving us all the feels ATM – and, let’s be honest, velvet = festive AF. But you know what’s even more festive? An emerald green velvet dress, so you can walk around looking like a very fancy <span class=”woR”>Christmas</span><span class=”woD”>Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesm?sse, meaning “Christ’s Mass”) is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ,[7][8] observed most commonly on December 25[4][9][10] as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.</span> bauble.
Midas touch
We’re getting major Bond Girl vibes off this one and if you too have been longing for a bit of 70s disco glam, we’ve got news for you… now is your time. This LGD is here to show it truly ‘tis the season of more is more.
Shine bright
‘That’s too many sequins’ – said no one ever. Be the disco ball of the party in this little number. You’ll have everyone dancing around you, but, then again, it’s no party if you aren’t there. This rainbow showstopper promises to make one helluva entrance.


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ZARA:The Super-Minimal 2-Piece Formula That’s All Over Pinterest

Often the most uncomplicated ensembles pack the chicest punch. The latest of these simple combos is now is becoming every bit as ubiquitous. Enter: super-relaxed tailoring, the outfit trend we can barely go an Instagram or Pinterest scroll without spying on our favorite influencers. As much suited to a stroll through a Moroccan market as to the lunch spots of downtown Manhattan, this combination of an oversize shirt mixed with loose-fitting tailored trousers screams easy-breezy.
There’s only one rule to the trend: Keep your separates relaxed and minimal. Ensure your shirt is a few sizes too big, and pair with paper-bag, high-waisted <span class=”woR”>trousers</span><span class=”woD”>Trousers (pants in North America and Australia) are an item of clothing worn from the waist to the ankles, covering both legs separately (rather than with cloth extending across both legs as in robes, skirts, and dresses). In the UK the word “pants” generally means underwear and not trousers.[1] Shorts are similar to trousers, but with legs that come down only to around the area of the knee, higher or lower depending on the style of the garment. To distinguish them from shorts, trousers may be called “long trousers” in certain contexts such as school uniform, where tailored shorts may be called “short trousers”, especially in the UK.</span>
(like the above look from Na Nin Vintage), palazzo styles, or an oversize subtle flare (blogger Ada Oguntodu expertly demonstrates this option below). As for your palette, neutral works best, but no one’s getting a slap on the wrist if a dash of color is what you so desire. Below, we’ve rounded up prime inspiration for the best trouser-and-shirt combinations in town.
Style Notes: Make like
<span class=”woR”>fashion</span><span class=”woD”>Fashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behaviour and the newest creations of textile designers.</span> girl María Bernad and opt for caramel-brown high-waisted trousers, keeping it crisp and white on top. Throw in oversize earrings for extra <span class=”woR”>style</span><span class=”woD”>Style is a manner of doing or presenting things, especially a fashionable one.</span> points.
Style Notes: Layer over a cream-colored turtleneck to make your ensemble cold weather–appropriate. Less of the chill, all of the chic.
Style Notes: Who said you can’t move this outfit idea into winter? Just swap creams and whites for black. Simple.
Style Notes: All white? It always looks expensive. Separate those pure pieces with a vintage-style belt for the perfect finishing touch.
Style Notes: Yes, this look is all about relaxed shapes, but that’s not to say you can’t be experimental with your accessories. Those cute details can make this idea unique.
Style Notes: Stop your oversize look from stepping into swamping territory by way of a statement belt.
Style Notes: If tucking isn’t your thing (or your shirt is simply too good to hide half of), let it hang out in all its glory. Just add a cute bag and fun sunnies like influencer Ada Oguntodu.
Style Notes: If you want to dabble in the trend but prefer your tailoring slim-fit, pair hip-hugging cigarette trousers with your white blouse.
Style Notes: When it comes to footwear, pair your tailoring with stylish sneakers. Comfort is key.
Style Notes: Alternatively, ramp up your look with look-at-me heels, just as blogger Darja Barannik has here.


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