From polka dots and smocks to back-baring midis and pops of print, the results of 2021’s affordable dress deep dive are in, and I can confirm that we’re in for a stellar year. While spring might’ve only made a tentative debut so far this year, the odd 23° day last week has completely thrown us off course and has had us scrambling to dig out our summer dresses. Honestly, the British weather can be so hard to keep up with sometimes.
Having a hairdresser for a mum has meant that I’ve done just about everything you can think of to my hair. I’ve been platinum blonde, mahogany brown and everything in-between. I’ve framed my face with feathering and had thick fringes cut in. I’ve had hair down to my waist and chopped to my chin. It’s fair to say I was pretty earless with my tresses. That is until I got older.
I don’t know why, but for some reason, I’ve defaulted to long length hair in a creamy hue with lived-in roots. Now, though, after witnessing some impressive hair transformations on Instagram of late, I’m finally going to give my ‘do a refresh. And the look I’m toying with is a blunt bob.
The blunt bob has undergone a bit of a resurgence in 2019. A far cry from the dreaded bowl cut, instead, influencers and A-listers alike are opting for jaw-skimming hairstyles that feel modern, refreshing, grown-up, and just a little bit sexy. My rationale? It’s only hair, so I suggest going as sharp as possible, much like Emma Hill or Lily James. However, should it feel too severe, you can always ask your stylist to take some of the weight out of the ends of your hair, which will subtly soften the appearance of your ‘do while maintaining its sleek silhouette. Case in point? Brittany Xavier or Jourdan Dunn.
If you too are looking to change up your hair before the year is out, scroll below to see 27 gorgeous blunt bob hairstyles.
Unless spoken by Amy Poehler in a pink tracksuit, I dislike the term „cool mum.” I have various issues with it, and for the sake of our collective sanity, I won’t unpack it here. But the main problem I have with it is that it implies mums, as a rule, aren’t cool. That the moment you become a mum, however that happens, you immediately start looking and behaving a certain way. Well, spoiler alert, you don’t. Okay, sure, do I cry at adverts more? Yes. And am I unable to watch any show where a kid is in danger? Yes also. But when it comes to me as a person, who, let’s face it, has always been a bit of a crier, then no, I haven’t changed. I am still me. And that also extends to my wardrobe.
Fashion, as I repeatedly say, isn’t frivolous, and it is part of our personal identity. Just because I grew a person in my body doesn’t automatically make me reach for dark clothing that doesn’t show the mud my toddler gets on me at the park. Or that I must forsake wearing pretty dresses in case a sticky banana hand touches them. These things will happen, but does that mean you can’t enjoy your wardrobe anymore and instead just wear utilitarian items that are all function over form? No, of course not.
I reached out to three mums I follow on Instagram and whose style I love and asked them to give the best advice to any parent, really, on how not to lose your sense of personal style. There are some important words of wisdom that are not only great for fashion but also great for looking after yourself in general. I’ve also given some of my advice. Keep scrolling for more and to browse the shopping picks.
What’s an easy way to zhuzh up your staple jeans this holiday season? With a striking party top, of course! Your Google cal is likely filling up quickly with holiday parties, festive after-work cocktails, and fancy dinner events—occasions that all require a little more effort on the sartorial front. A beautiful party top has the power to add festive elegance to your outfit—showing that you’ve made an effort, while jeans add a casual touch and act as a perfect base to your dazzling hero piece. To get the casual-chic look down pat this season, we’ve rounded up the most beautiful party tops on the market right now, that are guaranteed to incite plenty of compliments—and the jeans to wear them with. Complete your casual-chic look with a sleek pair of heels and glistening jewelry. Scroll below for the most striking tops and jeans that will be your go-to power combo this season.
There’s a hair trend happening on Instagram. Wait, I should be more specific… There are five hair trends happening on Instagram. Everyone, from the most fashion-forward celebrities to influencers and editors, seems to be wearing the same five hairstyles. (It’s almost as if they held some sort of secret meeting about it.) I’m not mad. How could I be? The five hairstyles in question are chic and low maintenance, which just so happens to be my favourite combination.
They’re also very ’90s-inspired. That doesn’t surprise me—not in the slightest. After all, the fashion and beauty industries are experiencing a full-blown ’90s renaissance right now. I mean, we already brought ’90s clothing items back (slip dresses, shoulder bags, and bucket hats). We already brought ’90s makeup looks back (glossy lips, black eyeliner, and brown lip liner). It only makes sense that we would bring ’90s hairstyles back, too. Keep scrolling to see them all.
I’m far from a dating expert. My husband and I have been together a total of 15 years, so I’ve missed out on the whole Bumble and Tinder thing. That said, when my single friends are getting ready for their dates, they still choose to run their outfits past me, which I always find so flattering.
After a decade spent working in fashion, I’ve become acutely aware of the small cues your clothing choices can make on your behalf, whether you know it or not. You need to feel comfortable in your clothes, especially on a date. If you don’t, you’ll hold your body in an entirely different way than how you usually would, which makes it harder for the person you’re with to connect with you. Wearing something that isn’t you will send off the wrong signals and completely change the tone of your meet-up. Of course, get it right, and you’ll feel good and confident in yourself, which can help everything else fall into place.
Recently, with the nicer spell of weather we’ve been having, my friends have had an increasing number of park-based dates. This, of course, means there’s a whole host of decisions to be made. Shoes will need to be practical. As for clothing? It needs to strike the perfect balance between being stylish but not OTT and appropriate for your casual outdoor surroundings without looking as if you’ve made zero effort. It might sound complex, but it can be done. In fact, I’ve found eight foolproof ensembles that tick all those boxes.
From a classic jeans-and-nice-top combination to the skirt-and-shoe pairing that always works, here’s what to wear to a date in the park.
Undone, effortless hair has been a thing for as long as we can remember. Whether it be straight, silky lengths, effortlessly tousled waves or curls and coils with natural-looking bounce and definition, over the past few years, hair trends have been heavily focused on finding ways to make it look like we haven’t spent three hours styling it. The reality, however, is that it takes a whole bunch of heated tools, styling creams and setting sprays to achieve „I woke up like this” hair. But finally, after all of the years we have spent struggling to make our hair look effortless, uncomplicated and heatless hair is finally a thing.
Seriously, we’re seeing it everywhere. From fashion girls to celebs, it seems that the events of the past year have pushed us all to embrace a zero-styling approach to hair. If you don’t want to take our word for it, we’ve got confirmation from the king of undone hair himself (and a Kérastase ambassador), Luke Hersheson. „Over lockdown, we’ve all given ourselves a bit of a break in terms of heat-styling. We’re generally doing less in everything. Less makeup, less hair—we’re dressing down. I think we will see that continue,” he says.
Re-entry dressing can be difficult to get right after months of living in jogging bottoms and hoodies. You want to be a little more put-together and start having fun getting dressed properly again, however, with restrictions still in place, we also need our outfits to still be practical and comfortable. We’re not quite at the „roaring 20s head-to-toe sequins” stage just yet. Kendall Jenner has been out and about in New York over the past week and wore three outfits that ticked all of these boxes.
Each time, she wore a pair of trousers and a T-shirt, but she styled them in slightly different, interesting ways. The standout outfit by far is her oversized white shirt paired with relaxed beige trousers cinched with a classic black leather belt. The reason why it’s so incredibly chic? It’s all by The Row. Her other two outfits all involve three elements: a pair of tailored trousers, a tank or vest top and a statement cardigan or jacket.
Keep scrolling to see the three Kendall Jenner outfits we love this week.
As you know, H&M is one of the best high-street stores for, not only identifying trends, but starting them. After a very successful winter season, in which more H&M cult buys were born than ever before, if it’s latest drop is anything to go by, the high street hotspot looks set to continue leading the affordable style charge into spring/summer, too.
Imagine waking up and knowing that no matter what the day throws at you, your hair will look great. It’s the kind of dream that I have on a regular basis, so whenever I have the opportunity to quiz hair experts on creating flawless looks, I always make an abundance of notes. I want to know everything, including what products they keep in their kits, how to keep hair smooth, and how to give curls and coils more definition or hold. So when I got the chance to chat with industry-renowned hair artist Vernon François about all things hair, I jumped at it.