At first glance, white jeans might seem like more of a summer staple. However, all our street style and Instagram favourites have been wearing them everywhere recently, proving that they are, in fact, a year-round-piece after all. The trick is in the styling: whilst in warmer months a light floral blouse and sandals might suffice, when it comes to cooler seasons, it’s all about layering and playing with textures. Keep scrolling to discover how – just don’t forget to check the weather forecast before you head out, your winter whites won’t fare too well in rain…
- Like an editor…
If you’ve been keeping up with fashion month so far, you’ll definitely have seen some of the coolest editors out and about in their favourite straight-leg style of white jeans. Their usual aesthetic is defined by elevated basics with statement trend pieces sprinkled on top. So, to emulate the look, pair your jeans with a crisp white T-shirt, a blazer and classic mules. Then, for the trends part, finish with a translucent jelly bag and a reptile-embossed trench.
- Like a ’70s icon…
The ’70s are a huge trend this season and is responsible for ushering flared silhouettes back into our lives. As a nod to the popular free-spirited decade, stick to a sepia-toned colour palette and style your flares with a bohemian blouse in a cute print. Then, for extra warmth on wintery days go for a cropped woollen jacket and Western boots.
White skinny jeans might not be something you’d normally pick out for the office, but pairing them with an oversized shirt can create a surprisingly smart silhouette. In chillier temperatures, layer a roll neck knit underneath and then complete the outfit with some smart mules, a trench and a colour pop bag.
- Like a rock ‘n’ roll chic…
If your personal style is more on the grungy side, veering from dark-wash denim can feel a little out of your comfort zone. But, don’t despair – you can always tone down the brightness of the white denim by wearing it with a mix of monochrome shades. Top tip: instead of sticking exclusively with black (which can look a bit stark), opt for pieces in a range of tones including charcoal, grey check and silver.
- Like a Scandi street style star…
Minimalist Scandi style is major at the moment and, since neutral is their favourite colour palette, white jeans are undoubtedly one of their go-to wardrobe pieces. To get the look, style some relaxed wide-leg jeans with a lace bralet and a cosy brown knit. Then, keep the rest simple with trainers, a trench and a checked micro-bag for a touch of pattern.
Looking for some inspiration to pick your wardrobe essentials this season? It’s that time of the year when you want to stay warm, cosy and stylish in the same time, so we asked the girls at Topshop HQ to tell us which piece in their wardrobe they can’t live without. From the classic white tee for any occasion to the chunky boots to save you on colder days and the statement coat to beat the winter blues, we’ve found some really cool pieces to add to your list…
- Yasmine Kennedy – Digital Editorial Assistant
“I hate to be the boring one, but a white T-shirt is definitely the piece I couldn’t live without (I’m literally wearing one as I write this). It’s hard to find one that fits perfectly but once you do, they go great with pretty much everything! I must have around ten in my wardrobe so I know I’ll never be without one.”
- Ella Josey – Online Production Assistant
“I bought these boots just before Christmas and they have completely changed the game for me. They’re amazing in every way: the leather is super soft, making them extra comfortable to wear all day, and the height just perfect – not so high that my feet hurt or I can’t walk in them, but high enough to make my legs look longer and my outfit more dressed up. I cannot recommend these enough. I will be re-purchasing them in the exact same colour just to make sure, especially as they’re now on sale!”
- Nicole Croft – Senior Online Production Coordinator
“I recently bought this Blazer and now I don’t know how I ever survived without it in my wardrobe! I’ve only had it for a week and have already been wearing it pretty much everyday (not to bed though)! It’s so easy to style in so many different ways and I want it in other colours as well!”
- Grace Duce – Copywriter
“This mini dress is a wardrobe winner in my eyes! It reminds me of that Prairie trend I’m obsessed with, but made in a fresh satin fabric. I love how easy to style this is, so I can take it from desk to drinks. Plus, a little sleeve drama is always welcome.”
- Shannon Klohk – German Digital Editorial Assistant
“I love Denim, so a pair of blue jeans will always be my go-to. Straight jeans are my fave at the moment and they go with absolutely everything.”
- Lauren Blackie – Online Visual Merchandiser
“These boots have been my winter lifesaver! They give any look a great grungy edge and are so comfy. Chuck them on with a floral dress and you’ve got your perfect Monday morning outfit.”
- Hannah Finnigan-Walsh – Digital Editor
“I’m all about these faux leather pants. Leather is having a moment this winter and spring, and I like that they’re not real leather – good for the cows and good for the budget. Ecru is also a key colour in my wardrobe so they tick all the boxes!”
- Lauren Noble – Junior Editor
“I couldn’t live without a thick, trusted knit. Perfect for those ‘I don’t know what to wear’ days, those ‘I just want to be cosy’ days and, naturally, the ‘it’s rally cold outside’ days, I turn to my jumpers more than I probably should…”
- Rebecca Wade – Junior Editor
“The wardrobe piece I couldn’t live without is definitely a really standout coat: it’s the only item that can make every outfit look complete and put-together, even the simplest of pairings like jeans and a T-shirt. Plus, it’s something that’s always worth investing in since you get so much wear out of it. I love this one as the reptile-embossed vinyl material is so luxe and unusual yet its neutral shade means it will still match almost everything.”
- Mihanta Ramamonjisoa – French Digital Editorial Assistant
“A pair of tailored trouser are a classic staple in my wardrobe and I wish I could have them in more colours to go with everything. They’re my favourite piece to wear for an effortless look and I like to pair them with a simple black knit and some white trainers.”
After what feels like three months in one, the day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived: payday. And although you’ve probably been planning what to buy all month, it can be quite hard to narrow down what you really want when the time comes. So, as always, we asked the girls at Topshop HQ what they can’t wait to get their hands on this payday for a bit of inspiration. We’re sure at least one or two things on this list will take your fancy. Happy shopping!
Bethany Higgins – CRM Assistant Topman
“I’m in urgent need of a bag update! I love this cute little backpack because of its buckle detail and box shape – perfect for everyday essentials and city break travels.”
Cailin Klohk – Digital Editor Topshop
“Right now, all I want to wear are pastel knits. They’re perfect for that transitional period, when it’s still cold outside but you want to introduce a touch of spring to your wardrobe. I added this cropped buttermilk jumper straight to my wishlist when I saw it on our Instagram feed recently and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.”
Lauren Blackie – Online Visual Merchandiser
“I’m not exaggerating, I have bought this shirt in four colours. The oversized shape with tapered sleeves is universally flattering and will look great paired with jeans or leather trousers. And it will also look cute with a mini when the sun makes an appearance later in the year!”
Kathryn Hind – Online Trading Assistant
“Payday is basically my monthly excuse to buy another coat or jacket. This month, it’s this great blazer in a lovely lemon yellow. Who says you have to match your outfit to the weather anyway? As soon as I get paid this blazer is going straight in my basket…”
Nicole Croft – Senior Online Production Coordinator
“My jeans are in desperate need of a re-vamp and these mom jeans are perfect for seeing me through my daily Topshop office life styled with trainers, or with heels when I head straight to after-work drinks.”
Shannon Klohk – German Editorial Assistant
“These mules are just so classic, I would get them in every colour if I could. But this camel tone goes with everything and I can’t wait to wear them out as soon as spring is here!”
Becca Wade – Junior Editor Topshop
“I’ve been wearing dark colours all winter and I’m getting so bored of it, so I really want to inject some colour into my wardrobe this month. That’s why I’m dying to buy all these colourful pieces on payday. The almost-neon colours have this energy which I think feels really fresh for the new-season.”
Grace Duce – Copywriter
“This season I have fallen in love with this double-breasted trench coat, designed in the prettiest of pinks. This belted beauty is perfect with denim jeans as well as black dresses and is ready for spring styling. There’s something so classic about a trusty trench!”
Mihanta Ramamonjisoa – French Editorial Assistant
” I’ve had my eyes on these blue dad jeans for a few weeks now, so they’ll definitely be my first purchase this payday. I don’t have any mid-blue ripped jeans in my wardrobe at the moment and I think they would go with so many pieces that I already have. I’d pair them with a simple white tee or an elevated printed blouse.”
Yasmine Kennedy – Digital Editorial Assistant
“I’ve got plenty of black boots in my wardrobe already, so I think it’s about time I invested in a lighter shade. I’m pretty obsessed with these ones, as they’ll go with absolutely everything in my wardrobe and are a great way to transition into the brighter months. I’m picturing them with a white mini dress when summer arrives.”
Ella Josey – Online Production Assistant
“This jacket is fab-u-lous. I tried it on in store and it looks perfect paired with tights and heeled boots! I feel like it’s a great investment this time of year and with spring approaching I’ll discard the heavy duty borg coats and will want a lighter jacket. Maybe I’m just wishing away the winter, but this is a spring essential.”
Defined by cold nights and gloomy days, winter tends to make us feel less excited about fashion and especially everything in our wardrobes. Sick of wearing the same jumper-coat combo for what feels like the 100th time? There are plenty of ways to brighten up your winter wardrobe, even if you just buy one new piece to mix in with your seasonal staples. Whether it’s trying new colours or daring to clash different textures, discover five ways to make your daily look feel brand new…
- Colourful knitwear
Need some more knitwear? Instead of going for the evergreen greys and blacks, we’re choosing to inject some serious colour into our wardrobes this season. Whether you prefer going for soft pastels or bold brights, these knits will instantly boost your mood.
- Playful floral prints
Get in the mood for spring by adding a touch of flower power to your winter wardrobe. Always fun to style, there are countless colours and variations to pick from right now. Keep it romantic by pairing a blooming maxi dress with mules or give it a rock twist with chunky lace -up boots.
- New mini bags
Mini bags are here to stay, and the easiest way to add a dose of fun into any outfit. Ours are just big enough to hold all of your essentials, and come in heaps of new shapes, materials and colours. The choice is yours.
- Clashing textures
Refresh your wardrobe in an instant by clashing different textures. This season, the fabrics we’re looking to are organza, vinyl and borg to be mixed and matched at your pleasure.
- Fancy footwear
Step it up this season with our selection of fancy heels that will make even the most boring of outfits look like something out of a street style snap. From neutral colours to printed styles and on-trend square toes, there’s a pair for everyone.
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.
Whether you personally love or loathe skinny jeans, I think we can all agree that the style could easily be considered a classic at this point. After all, skinnies have basically remained a constant in many a fashion person’s wardrobes for years and years now. But while the overall silhouette is more or less timeless, there are specific skinny jean trends that cruise in and out of the trend cycle. And yep, I believe those super-light-wash skinny jeans with excess whiskering are one style we may be seeing less and less of over the next year.
Now, don’t get me wrong, a light wash is actually quite forward in the form of a straight-leg or flare silhouette, but with skinnies, that wash just feels a tad outdated to me. But don’t worry if you live in skinnies (or want to re-introduce into your wardrobe), there’s a host of modern skinny jeans that will feel cool and fashionable in 2020. To highlight these trends further, I rounded up a range of street style imagery as inspiration. Naturally, I also shopped out all of my favorite pairs to keep your denim drawer as fresh as possible.
While it may seem minimal, the addition of a visible button fly brings an elegant spin to dark-wash skinny jeans. My suggestion is to follow suit of this style setter and wear a cropped sweater or tuck in a turtleneck to really show off the buttons.
On the other end of the spectrum of those super light-wash styles lives the tried-and-true black skinny jeans. I’ve written about my adoration of the style in the past because I think they’re inherently chic and feel dressier than average blue jeans paired with patterned blouses or cool knits.
A pair of classic skinny jeans in that signature indigo is about as classic as it gets. So if you’re looking for a no-fail pair that will always be in style, go for these. Done and done.
Interested in trying a skinny jean style that’s a bit out of the ordinary? Consider a pair like this with more bells and whistles than something traditional with the tie waist and extra pocket details.
Like any decent styling trick, the art of tucking in your shirt is easy to learn yet will elevate your look to chic new heights. But not all the ways to tuck in your shirt are made equally, and we would argue that there’s a time and a place for each style. Allow us to explain.
Heading to an important meeting or need to make a winning first impression? The full tuck is your fail-safe way to pull your look together and create a clean ensemble. Or maybe you want to cozy up in the perfect knit? Try the half tuck to add just the right amount of waist-defining shape. There’s also an in-between style: the front tuck, or French tuck, as Queer Eye’s Tan France calls it. However you choose to tuck your shirt in, read on to see how street style stars do it and become a bona fide expert in no time. Plus, shop the tops you need to re-create the looks.
The Half Tuck
Create a cool, deliberately undone look with the half tuck, a favorite among the street style set. A button-down blouse is an easy option for this type of tuck.
The Front Tuck
Business in the front, party in the back: This tuck is the perfect option for defining your waist without making it the focal point. Transform any knit or sweater from bulky to polished by tucking in just a few inches of material in the front. Oh, and this style is a favorite of Queer Eye’s Tan France, who calls it the French tuck.
The Full Tuck
Tucking in your shirt all the way around instantly pulls together your ensemble for a professional result. After tightly tucking in your shirt completely, raise your arms overhead to untuck just the right amount of fabric.
When it comes to dressing for winter, it’s hard to resist the urge to wear the same dark colours from head-to-toe every day. Of course, going for all-black-everything is great for certain occasions, like when you’ve overslept or you don’t know the dress code. However, after admiring the more eccentric outfits of the street style set recently, we think it’s time to take a step out of our sartorial comfort zones and try clashing prints for a change. Whether it’s polka dots with checks or animal prints with stripes, the trick is to keep things playful. But if you’re feeling a little apprehensive – don’t worry. By the time you finish reading this you’ll be putting patterns together in your sleep…
- Shall we begin with something easy, just to get you started…
If you’re new to the clashing prints game then monochrome is a good place to start because it won’t feel too garish. Try pairing a simple printed dress with a chunky block colour knit. Then have fun with patterned accessories like a cow-print purse and fishnet tights.
- Okay, let’s add a little colour. Just a little though…
You’ve mastered the monochrome mash-up so now it’s time to turn things up a notch. Pairing mismatched checks in heritage hues together works well because of the similar shape and tones on each piece. So, go all out and wear it on your trousers, jacket and accessories.
- Now you’ve got the hang of it, why not try out different prints…
You’ve got to grips with styling one print, so it’s time to try two at once. People have loved leopard print so much in recent years that it’s often referred to as ‘the new neutral’ which makes it a great pattern to style against contrasting prints like plaid. For the rest, keep things simple with over the knee boots and a chic cardi.
- …but don’t stop there – add colours, prints, stripes, you name it!
If we had asked you four paragraphs ago how you felt about clashing prints AND colours you might have said ‘a little daunted’. But now, you’re a seasoned mix-and-match pro so don’t shy away from bright shades. Simply start with your most vibrant print and make sure the rest of your look pulls out the different colours within it: it will clash and look harmonious all at once.
- And to finish, here’s something for your night out too…
Whilst others might reach for their LBD on a night out, why not go against the grain and try something a little more eccentric. Layering a sheer polka dot number under your slip dress will add some interest to your look without going overboard or feeling too warm and, trust us, a statement coat is always a great idea…
Sartorially speaking, autumn winter has always been synonymous with layering but, this year, the layering game has been turned up a notch. With new-season pieces arriving in almost every texture and material under the sun – from slick wet-look vinyl to romantic organza to faux fur (and not just on coats, on bags too!) – building up the perfect autumnal look has never been so exciting. The trick is to keep things playful: don’t be afraid to clash thick with thin, soft with sleek or printed with plain. Take a look at this for inspiration…
- Keep things casual
Let’s be honest, whilst we aspire for great things with our autumn winter wardrobe, we’ll inevitably spend the majority of the season donning a trusty uniform of jeans and a chunky knit. Adding textural accents are the best way to elevate this look: think snakeskin boots, silky scrunchies and faux fur micro bags. And, when it gets really cold, don’t be scared to layer a high-shine mac over your vinyl shacket.
- Be there in a mini
Feel like we’ve been talking about vinyl for, well, forever? That’s because we have. It’s one of the biggest trends of the season and for good reason – it looks slick but will keep you super warm too so go all out and pair a snakeskin vinyl shirt with a black vinyl mini. Make sure to layer a fluffy borg jacket on top and a motif tee underneath so you’re as prepared for the chilly morning breeze as you are for the cosy office.
- Stay fuzzy in faux
Remember that time the one and only Cher Horowitz, from Clueless, styled that sheer shirt over her white Calvin Klein slip? That’s right, clashing materials has always been the chicest way to add some interest to your going out look. Take cues from the fictional Beverly Hills icon and wear an androgynous organza number over your LBD. Then, since it is autumn winter after all, wrap up in a colour-pop faux fur coat.
- Make it work for work
Satin midi skirts are a fail-safe wardrobe staple when it comes to office attire. However, whilst we spent all summer wearing them with cropped tops and sandals, it’s now time to update the look for colder weather with long-sleeve shirts and thick knit cardis. Keep the slip skirt plain but build on the look by clashing printed accessories in neutral shades.
- Wear your Scandi best
You might be a lover of minimalist Scandi style, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with texture – just keep the colour palette neutral by opting for shades like cream and black. Not only will styling tight knit polo shirts under vintage-style cardigans keep you warm all season, they’ll be given a whole new lease of life when paired with high-shine materials and printed boots.
Listen up! Cardigans – once associated with grandmas, librarians and school uniforms – have become the ultimate ‘It’ knit. All summer long we watched them emerge as the street style set’s alternative to a light jacket and now that the temperatures have dropped, we’re welcoming the cosy button-up options into our own wardrobes with open arms! However, to take them from frumpy to fashion, you have to get the styling right. So, whether it’s an oversized knit over flares or a form-fitting number worn as a top, here’s how to make the cardigan work for every occasion this season…
- The Multitasker
Channel some serious Scandi vibes with this chilled out, androgynous look. Adding a classic woollen cardigan is the best way to ease your ecru denim into the new season. Plus, faux fur and snakeskin accents will give the minimalist look some added interest. This is the outfit perfect for, well everything really!
- The Blair Waldorf
We’re not ready to accept that bare-legs season is over so we had to slip a mini-skirt option into this styling guide: opting for a thick vintage-knit cardigan and chunky boots is a cool way to make the mini skirt work for autumn! Think Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf meets Jenny Humphries rock chick style.
- The Night Edition
The closest you’ll get to wearing your dressing gown to dinner or drinks is styling a sleek longline cardigan over your favourite midi dress. Finish with some heeled boots and a glam bag for a chic outfit that will keep you cosy all night.
- The Smart Casual
Pay homage to the cardigan’s school uniform roots with some smart trousers and an ivory turtle neck. Since you can easily take the cardigan off on your hot commute but snuggle up when you get to your air-con’d office, this is the perfect autumn/winter office attire.
- The Stay In Bed
Create an ultra chic loungewear outfit by wearing an oversized cardigan over some stretchy flared trousers. Add the comfiest underwear and fluffy socks and you’ve got yourself a movie night outfit you’ll want everyone to see.