Fashion

The One High-Street Store I Always Buy My Basics From

The four things I look for in a good basic are as follows: Fit, quality of the material, colour and versatility, and from my extensive shopping experience, I can safely say that Arket ticks all the boxes every time. For example, I searched high and low for the perfect white tee and, unexpectedly, Arket’s £15 crewneck came up trumps (my husband finds the same with the men’s iterations, FYI). It’s the ideal amount of fitted on the shoulders and loose, but not baggy, around the hips, and I also seriously rate the crewneck collar. Before I get carried away with my ode to the Arket white T-shirt, let me present you with the 19 other basics that the brand has totally nailed. From the sharp tailored trousers and the softest roll-neck knit to the oversized white shirt and th...

5 Handbags That Will Make You Feel Like It’s Summer

After the winter we’ve had, the arrival of summer has never been so anticipated. With restrictions steadily easing, we now have a reason to carry a handbag again for the events in our diary that require careful packing. Summer handbags often need a chuck-it-all-in quality—you want to be able to squeeze in a bottle of rosé, suncream and multiple park snacks to your bag. There are certain styles that will always be popular in summer for this very reason, such as an oversized basket bag or a practical tote. Loewe is a designer that really leads the way here, as several years later and its logo-patch raffia tote is still a timeless investment that is highly sought after.  Other handbags I have noticed that are popular every single year, are white l...

Summer 2021 Is Bringing Retro Style Back With These 8 Trends

When the ’70s episode of Disney+’s WandaVision first came to our television screens, I resonated heavily with the colorful ensembles and unique interiors. I must not have been the only one because the trends of 2021 seem to be giving the decade a second life on both the fashion and home décor scenes, and I’m not surprised. In a time where we’ve all been stuck in our home for the most part in the past year, the world is ready to embrace youthful, energetic, and fun styles for the hopeful summer ahead. It was evident when designers released their S/S 21 collections in the fall, and it’s clear as day now when you take a scroll through your favorite retailers. Amid the pages of your everyday basics, you’ll find a rainbow of colo...

This Cheap Makeup Brand Is Trending Right Now, so I Did a Hype Test

These days, the mark of a truly iconic beauty brand is some level of TikTok fame. From prestige picks to affordable drugstore ones, the makeup community on the popular app wastes no time identifying its favourite products, sharing the good news, and promptly causing said products to sell out—everywhere. We saw this happen recently with a new launch, the KVD Vegan Beauty Good Apple Foundation (£29) (which is still tough to find ever since the app’s top creators deemed it life-changing), but even products that have been on the market for a while can potentially get a resurgence in popularity based on positive recommendations from the internet’s makeup mavens. This has been the case recently for E.l.f. Cosmetics, a certified vegan and cruelty-free mak...

29 Simple Summer Pieces That Will Make Getting Dressed Easier

Regardless of what your summer plans look like, as the weather gets hotter we always gravitate towards simpler, easy-to-style items. So we’ve looked through hundreds of collections to bring you a concise edit of 29 pieces that we think are no-brainers for this summer and years beyond.  The below items are some of the most simple but effective throw-on styles we have found that will make getting dressed in the morning a little easier. From May onwards, we often lean on timeless separates, and these are what our editors are wearing for days at home, afternoons in the sunshine or al fresco dining.  The easy-to-style buys we rate and would add to any summer capsule include elegant T-Shirt dresses, comfortable Teva sandals, linen trousers, throw-on dresses and a basket bag....

Fashion Insiders Have Proclaimed This Summer’s Coolest Staple

Once a fabric with a reputation for being difficult to wear (not to mention to iron), linen has regained affection in the fashion world over the past couple of summers. The material has dominated everything from dresses to co-ords and trousers, with labels like Bondi Born, Faithfull the Brand, and Prada serving up chic linen garments. Still, perhaps the most in-demand linen item remains the simplest: the shirt. Even when linen had largely fallen out of style, linen shirts remained ever-present. And with the warmer months coming upon us swiftly, now seems like the perfect time to invest in one should your wardrobe be lacking. While classic shades of black, white and beige will always be a safe sartorial bet, we’ve noticed that more and more of our influencer friends are opting fo...

Minister: Diaspora voting to start soon

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, has assured Nigerians abroad that Diaspora voting may be realised soon. He said Nigerians abroad are part of the county and as such should be allowed to exercise their franchise. The minister disclosed that the Independent National Electoral Commission and the National Assembly were currently working to make this materialise. Dada spoke during the Diaspora Quarterly lecture series of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission which was monitored online by our correspondent on Saturday. The minister expressed the hope that participating in elections by Nigerians in Diaspora would soon be a reality as done in other climes. He said, “NIDCOM is working closely with relevant committees of the National Assembly and relevant stakeholders, particu...

I Swear By These 6 Products When I’m Feeling Stressed

If you’d asked pre-2020 me if I was prone to stress, I would have said no. That’s not to say that I never felt stressed. Daily commutes, a busy workweek and a jam-packed social calendar meant that there were definitely times when I felt frazzled, but I wasn’t used to dealing with prolonged periods of stress. Then, that all changed. Of course, we all know what happened: a global pandemic hit and totally turned all of our daily lives upside down. When the UK entered its first lockdown, I had an 11-week-old baby, and my stress levels were through the roof. I felt constantly on high alert. I was jumpy, my heart would race at the slightest noise, and I was incredibly anxious. And, baby aside, I know I’m not alone in finding the last yea...

7 Easy Yet Fashionable Outfit Ideas Perfect for Eid

Although it seems like Ramadan just started, Eid al-Fitr is approaching fast. The holiday calls for lots of celebration, and there’s no doubt everyone shows up with some of their best outfits. Muslim women will wear everything from the fanciest looks to cool-girl, dressed-down outfits that are still elevated and put-together. As someone who often turns toward traditional Pakistani clothing to celebrate Eid, I still love to look at the plethora of ensembles women put together for the joyful occasion, as they often inspire my outfits for months to come. As Eid comes on the heels of Ramadan, which is a period of reflection and growth, it’s common for fashion to be dictated by a woman’s newfound sense of self. Perhaps that means playing with color, finding a new silhouette...

20 Outfit Ideas I Have Really Loved This Week

There’s nothing quite like the inexplicable satisfaction of a really good outfit. Sometimes it can be hard to put your finger on what it is exactly that makes something work: It could be a clever colour combination, an unexpected silhouette, or even a subtle trim on a pair of trousers. As a fashion editor, it is my job to keep an eye out for these winning ensembles. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. We even have a channel on Slack that is literally dedicated to great outfits, and boy, are there plenty to choose from.  This story is essentially a line-up of all the fabulous outfits that have been given the Slack-channel seal of approval. I find that the looks that stand out to me are often relatively simple in composition ...

From Bottega to Arket, This Is the Summer Colour Every Cool Brand Is Doing

Green isn’t always associated with the positive. It can mean that you’re ill or that you’re envious. But this season, green is having its moment. Wherever I look, this hue has been embraced, from influencers to the runways. Bottega Veneta’s current collection is full of the colour but so are Arket and plenty of other high-street stores. It’s hard to avoid it, quite frankly. I can imagine, however, that some would have a little trepidation over trying out this bold colour. For starters, this season’s green isn’t in the pastel range. It’s a bold, in-your-face wicked-witch kind of green. When you wear it, you will get noticed. So then, how do you blend that seamlessly into your wardrobe? Spoiler: you don’t. Perhaps one of the reasons ...

26 Celebs and Fashion Girls Who Are Making Me Want to Grow My Hair Long

I have a confession to make: I was so overjoyed when hair salons reopened last month that I hastily booked an appointment and merrily made my along to the salon chair where I requested that the hairdresser chop it all off without much though about whether that’s what I really wanted. Nevertheless, I’m now sporting a one-length bob that falls just past my chin and trying not to spend too much time scrolling through images of people with lovely long locks. Because I’ll be totally honest, long hair is looking really good to me right now. I’m not alone either. I recently caught up with a few hairstylists to find out what the most popular post-lockdown haircuts have been and it turns out that a lot of their clie...