December 21st, 2016 | Julia Braime
We’re so close to the festive break now that we can almost smell the mulled wine.
From both a work and present-buying point of view, we’ve got Christmas all wrapped up and so are indulging in a little virtual retail therapy this afternoon by sharing the top items on our wish list to Santa.
We work hard, we play hard and so we’re hoping to be rewarded with a few of these lovely gifts beneath the tree come Christmas Day – though we fear our other halves may not have even started their shopping yet. If yours is the same, try leaving your laptop or tablet open on this page with the hope they will get the hint and hop-foot it to the high street!
Merry Christmas everyone!
rachel’s wish list
Siren Band, £75, from Monica Vinader – Having been spoilt with a few pieces of Monica Vinader jewellery for my 30th birthday recently, I’d quite like to add to my collection with this gorgeous topaz pimped gold band.
Coach Eau De Parfum, £35, from Debenhams – Every girl needs a new scent to start the new year, and it was this sweet-smelling fragrance from Coach that caught my attention in the perfume aisles of Debenhams. Not a bad price tag either!
La Boheme Watch, £75.41, from Cluse – By now you may be well aware that I have a slight addiction to watches, I blame by boyfriend for that, he started it – so now he will have to continue to feed by cravings with this clean and contemporary design from Amsterdam-based brand, Cluse.
Trin Heeled Over The Knee Boot, £78, from Dune – Having celebrated a milestone birthday this year, I decided it was now or never to become the proud owner of a pair of over-the-knee boots – no matter how pantomime-esque they may look!
Phellia Textured Leather Shoulder Bag, £215, from Ted Baker – A new bag often features on my Christmas wish list, and I thought this stunning metallic Ted Baker design made the perfect evening arm-candy that can withhold more than a phone and lipstick.
Four Season Votive Candle Collection, £40, from The White Company – Because surely everybody wants their home to smell like a White Company store.
Eddie Harrop Voyager Appliqued Textured Leather Weekend Bag, £675, from Net-A-Porter – Having enjoyed some fabulous short breaks away this year I feel like it’s high time I replaced my rather worn-out weekend bag – and top of the list to take its place would have to be this gorgeous Eddie Harrop design.
La Boheme Pyjama Set, £38, from Topshop – Another Christmas staple, the festive period just wouldn’t be complete without some new PJs and this pretty pink set certainly get my vote.
711v2 Graphic Trainer, £55, from New Balance – More of a practical request. I loathe buying new gym gear but my trainers are literally about to fall apart, and so if I’m going to make Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach) proud – needs, must!
Premium Fine Cord Lace Shirt, £49, from Topshop – Finally, for those festive nights out I’d love this oh so pretty lace shirt, which I would top off with an on-trend black bow tied at the neck. Well it is Christmas, after all!
julia’s wish list
Toulouse Printed Skirt, £129, from Coast – Having welcomed our brand new baby girl this year, we’ll just be toasting 2017 at home with friends, but I’ve some glitzy industry events coming up in the New Year where I’ll need to look the part. I love this statement skirt: very Olivia Palermo, don’t you think?
In The Bag Perfect Pouch, £15.99, from Katie Loxton – this working mama likes to stay organised, and look chic whilst doing so. Katie Loxton’s Perfect Pouches are great to grab in a hurry and transfer from work tote to changing bag, keeping all my essentials in order. I’m buying them for all my girlfriends too!
Red Performance Swimsuit, was £60 now £42, from Stella McCartney for Adidas – working out used to be something that I loved to hate, and now it’s my ‘me time’. This gorgeous swimsuit means that I’ll look fab whilst clocking up the laps.
Any makeup by Charlotte Tilbury, price varies – For me, the best part of a night out is getting my glam on, and Charlotte Tilbury’s products are both fun and effective. I’ll take one of everything please!
Classic Bracelet by Nomination, price varies – I’ve worn my Nomination charm bracelet every day since I was 15, but would like to add some stacking bracelets bearing my daughter’s names to my collection… it’s the closest this needle-phobe will ever get to a tattoo!
Kate Spade 2017 Agenda, £20 from Quill London – I’m a sucker for pretty stationery, and this beautiful agenda will look beaut on the desk at Brides Up North HQ.
Letters, from £19, L.K. Bennett x Boyarde – I can’t wait to personalise every clutch I can get my hands on with these beautiful leather handbag stickers designed by Boyarde for L.K. Bennett.
Gwyneth Dress, was £195 now £115, from Whistles – Whistles just works for me, full stop. I’m currently coveting this beautiful jaquard cut out frock. Santa better be quick though, because it’s just gone into the sale…
Mirah Embellished Collar Jumper, £129, from Ted Baker – Super feminine and snuggly to boot, this knit will work well both on and off duty. Hope my baby gets the memo… this one might be dry clean only.
Lola Ruffle Front Dress, was £109 now £130, from Reiss – Ok, so I might have already treated myself to this one, but who could resist such a perfect festive party dress. Get the Kir Royales on ice, this girl is ready to shimmy!
December 16th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Rousseau Dress by Maje, was £280 now £224
With the festive spirit well underway, we’re enjoying shopping on the high street more than ever with lots of glitz, glamour and texture in the stores.
As such, we thought now would be a good time to offer a little inspiration to those of you fortunate enough to be attending a friend or relative’s wedding during the upcoming party season.
Cue shimmering tops, festive florals and an embellishment overload that may well lead to an impulsive shopping spree. And if you don’t have a winter wedding in the diary, surely with Christmas and New Year fast approaching, there’s a need for new outfit!
Amore Sparkle Embroidered Tulle Dress, £195, from French Connection – Usually floral patterns are associated with the warmer seasons of the year, but this winter we are seeing an array of pretty petals in bold hues that are sure to make you stand out at the party.
Maneela Jacquard Dress, was £169, now £119, from Coast – We just love a bargain and as the Christmas sales are starting earlier and earlier, you can already be reaping the rewards of discounted seasonal gems such as this stunning dress from Coast, with on-trend Bardot neckline and insanely beautiful pattern.
Rocco jacket £245, and trousers, £130, from Reiss – If you’re not keen on dresses this super smart and stylish co-ord will do just the trick. Team with a lace or shimmering top for added texture and a pop of colour.
Jacquard top, £19.99, from Zara – The perfect accompaniment to a cool trouser suit, this gorgeous, slinky top is perfect for when it’s time to shed the jacket and hit the dancefloor!
Lois Pleated Dress, was £195, now £115, from Whistles – Another bargain and a failsafe, the little black dress. We love that this design from Whistles has lots going on and ticks more than one trend-box, with pleat and lace detailing.
Supernova Cropped Embellished Tulle Top, £150, and Tulle Maxi Skirt, £120, from Net-A-Porter – Be the belle of the ball in the utterly beautiful top and skirt combo, featuring both lavish sparkling detail and dreamy layers of tulle.
Zig Zag Crinkle Jumpsuit, £42, from Topshop – Another dress alternative, and a particularly good choice for an evening wedding reception, this bold pattern and festive colour hue screams “party”.
Tilly Faux Fur Coat, £80, from Oasis – Baby it’s cold outside so be sure to treat yourself to a stylish winter cover-up too, such as this gorgeous faux fur number.
Bowwe Glitter Clutch Bag, £99, from Ted Baker – Did you ever see such a cute bag? And it’s just the right size for a phone, lippy and card. Arm-candy perfection!
Burgundy Velvet Court Heels, £68, from Office – Featuring both an on-trend colour and fabric of the season, we will definitely be bagging some of these burgundy delights!
Cincilla Faux Fur Tippet, £25, from French Connection – If you feel that a big jacket would hide your outfit too much why not go for a smaller cover-up but that still emits elegance like this super-soft French Connection design.
Gold-Plated Oscar De La Renta Clip Earrings, £225, from Net-A-Porter – If you are going for a fairly plain outfit you can afford to go all out with your accessories, starting with these fabulous floral earrings!
Pearl brooch courts, £140, from Ted Baker – The perfect festive staple, these black beauties with brooch detailing will last you for many festive seasons to come making them a top investment this winter.
Feather Fringe Cape, £65, from Topshop – An alternative to the classic faux fur capes for all you fashionistas out there!
Valentino Rockstud Metallic Textured-Leather Pouch, £470, from Net-A-Porter – The perfect accessory for toughening up girly, girl outfits and injecting a pop of festive metallics.
Statement Stud Earrings, was £15, now £20, from Warehouse – We just love jewellery that looks far more expensive than what it is. Serious steel alert!
V-Shape Ring Pack, £9, from Topshop – As the current fashion world would have it, the more rings the better, so stack ‘em up ladies!
Love Cuff, £20, French Connection – All we need is… this oh-so-sweet bangle. Says it all really!
November 29th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Knitted Jacquard Skater Dress, £149, from Ted Baker
While we prefer the weather in the summer, we most definitely prefer the fashion in the winter and can already hear the call of cosy knits, stylish boots and hats with bobbles on top!
If you too are looking to add to your winter wardrobe then you’re in the right place, as we’re taking a little break from the wedding talk this afternoon to bring you the hottest hits from the high street. Ladies, prepare to shop!
Mahhar Chevron Longline Coat, £359, from Ted Baker – First thing’s first, with the temperatures dropping you’re going to need a cosy winter coat to keep warm. As a key investment piece for the season, we see this as an area to blow a bit more of the budget on, plus a good winter coat can last you years. With party season approaching we’re thinking this smart Ted Baker number is an excellent choice.
The Headrow Jumper, £45, from Archive by Alexa at Marks & Spencer – With the cold weather comes chunky knits and we adore this traditional cable knit jumper from Alexa Chung’s latest collection at M&S. Following the success of her first line, we expect it to be a sell-out item so shop quickly girls!
Frame Le Skinny de Jeanne Mid-Rise Jeans, £205, from Net-A-Porter – Another invest piece for the season, jeans! Although the ‘mom’ cut is on the rise we like a good pair of skinnies for the winter that we can easily slide into our over-the-knee boots to avoid cold ankles.
Pleated Velvet Midi Dress, £75, from Oasis – A key fabric for the season, you must have at least one velvet garment in your wardrobe, whether it be a cold-shoulder top, party skirt or an all-rounder dress such as this beauty from Oasis. We adore the dusky pink colour and love that the design has on-trend pleating too. A wonderfully versatile piece that can be dressed up or down.
Tatlin Beau Jersey Lace Dress, £49, from French Connection – No winter wardrobe is complete without a little black dress and the fashion gods at French Connection have gone and done an insanely good-value line of LBD’s for just £49, leaving you with spare cash to splurge on your accessories!
Double Elastic Stripe Leggings, £20, from Topshop – While we love dressing up during the party season we also love to have some easy-to-wear casuals for those lazy days. And what could be more comforting than a big, cosy jumper and a pair of stretchy leggings?
Metallic Faux Leather Skirt, £35, from Warehouse – Another big look for the season is metallics; whether you choose a bold item or just add small pops in your accessories. We love this gold skirt from Warehouse, which looks like the real deal for a snip of the price and is great for both daytime and night.
Printed Blouse with Bow, £25.99, from Zara – No matter what the weather is doing we always like to have a cool blouse or shirt to hand. Giving a nod to the 70s with its billowing bow and sleeves, this gorgeous design can easily be worn with jeans and layered up for a casual look, or alternatively would make a great accompaniment to that Warehouse skirt for a festive night out.
Sequin Disc Jumper, £55, from Warehouse – Hurrah, sequin season has returned and we’re getting our sparkle on with this fabulous, head-turning jumper!
Ailara Micro Bow Leather Gloves, £89, from Ted Baker – Well if we’re buying the coat we may as well go all out and get co-ordinating gloves too!
Floral Embroidered Cross Body Bag, £34, from Topshop – The party season calls for a new party bag and they don’t come much louder than this. Featuring masculine studs and feminine embroidery, this is a perfectly balanced bag that we’re totally in love with!
Geometric Jaquard Scarf, £19.99, from Zara – As far as we’re concerned, when it comes to winter a girl just can’t have too many scarves, and Zara does them oh so well. As we’re geometric-obsessed we will definitely be adding this one to the shopping cart.
Sammy Boots, £180, from Kurt Geiger – Tis the season for boots and this year the two main trends are one extreme to the other; over-the-knee and ankle. While we do sometimes worry that a thigh-high-boot could cause us to look like a pantomime character, we just can’t help but give into their flirty appeal.
Patchwork Pearle Hobo Bag, £90, from French Connection – While we’ve got the party bag sorted, we’ll be needing a new day bag too and adore this classic brown leather design that we know will just get better with age!
Kiri Leopard Purse, £35, from Dune – Well we couldn’t have a new bag without a new purse. Check out the latest to arrive at Dune, problem is if you’re anything like us you will want more than just the one.
Soft Grey Faux Fur Scarf, £25, from Topshop – Did we mention that we have a thing for scarves? Another winter-must has to be a little throw-on faux fur for those nights on the town.
Gold Knit Bobble Hat, £13, from River Island – We are pleased to see the bobble hat live on for another year and love this glam metallic design.
Amaze Star Boots, £65, from Miss Selfridge – This year we’re totally spoilt for choice ankle boot wise with everything from glitter, buckled and embroidery designs to choose from, though it’s these sparklers that have us all starry-eyed!
October 19th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Smoke Velvet Maxi Slip Dress, £109, Mint Velvet
The season is changing that’s for sure, with the dark nights drawing further in and the cooler conditions causing us to bring the thicker layers out of hibernation.
This ‘in-between’ time of year can make wardrobe choices that little bit more tricky as we question if it’s time for tights and trench coats, or whether we can style out bare forearms and shins for that bit longer.
Whatever you decide, we’re offering inspiration on what you could wear to a fall wedding if you’re fortunate to have received an invite to somebody else’s wedding this season.
So prepare to indulge in rich fabrics, fabulous patterns and metallic accessories that may well lead to a spontaneous Wednesday morning purchase. And if you don’t have an autumn wedding in the diary surely there’s another special occasion coming up that requires a new outfit – go on, treat yourself!
Winter Floral Silk Maxi Dress, £115, Warehouse – keen to become known for their patterns, Warehouse has some jaw-droppingly gorgeous pieces in their latest collection that are guaranteed to get you noticed. We adore the bright colour on this pretty silk dress, perfect for adding a pop of vibrancy to dull autumn days.
Cecilia Lace Top, £79, Coast – so simple yet so striking. This gorgeous lace top with scalloped-edge detailing, is the perfect accompaniment to a long flowing skirt or cigarette style pants for a wedding, and will be a wardrobe go-to all through the autumn/winter season too!
Lavato Jaquard Trousers, £89, Coast – because you don’t have to wear a dress or a skirt to a wedding, luxurious-looking trousers like these can be just as striking. We love the metallic detailing and feel these would easily come into play again for the Christmas party period.
Velvet Pleat Chain Dress, Topshop, £85 – as well as patterns, prepare to see a lot of velvet hanging from the rails this season. We think this elegant Topshop dress is the business, with its ladylike pleats, sexy plunge neck and dainty chain detail straps.
Katz Plissé Silk-Blend Lamé Maxi Skirt, Oliva + Alice at Net-A-Porter, £485 – at the other end of the new outfit budget we have this rather special number. Ok, we know that you could buy a new TV, or even a designer handbag, for that price – but look how shiny and shimmery it is!
Printed Velvet Dress, Zara, £49.99 – yes, it’s another velvet number, but this time we have pattern too, and it’s in the most beautiful autumnal shades. While this would look stunning for a wedding with a pair of heels we think it would serve you well after the occasion too, by dressing it down with tights, flat boots and a cool leather jacket.
Snowdrop Embellished Embroidered Georgette Mini Dress, Needle & Thread, £325 – us Brides Up North gals are huge fans of Needle & Thread, which offers the most stunning patterned and embellished designs. For us this above-the-knee nude dress strikes just the right balance between sexy and sophisticated.
Marissa Faux Fur Coat, French Connection, £195 – as the temperatures continue to drop a cosy cover-up is a must, and they don’t come much cosier than this opulent outerwear.
Premium Leather Clutch Bag, Warehouse, £39 – if you go for a plain, rather than patterned outfit, we suggest adding a little extra shine to your attire with metallic accessories, such as this super-soft clutch bag.
Contrast Faux Fur Stole, Oasis, £25 – if you think a full faux fur coat will leave you a little too hot and flustered, why not bring a touch of autumn/winter opulence to your overall look with an elegant faux fur stole?
Aamaya by Priyanka Pop Velvet, Rose Gold-Plated and Crystal Choker, Net-A-Porter, £255 – resurrected from the 1990s, chockers are well and truly back on the fashion hit list. This one we have to admit is quite a splurge, but if it’s good enough for Rachel Green and The Spice Girls, we’re prepared to dig deep!
Raphael Sandals, Topshop, £49 – despite the dip in temperatures, strappy skyscrapers will continue into the autumn/winter season and are an elegant way to finish off your wedding guest attire. We suggest hitting the dancefloor early to keep those feet warm!
Small Print Metallic Effect Hankerchief Scarf, Zara, £9.99 – attention-grabbing and affordable, this skinny gold scarf will add instant interest to dark, solid block colour garments.
Vanda Ball Triple Bracelet, Coast, £15 – because arm candy doesn’t stop at your bag, why not add a bangle or two to the party as well?
Edena Clutch Bag, Ted Baker, £69 – a statement bag is one of our very favourite fashion items. Perfect for those not brave enough to wear the embroidered detailing trend in their clothing or footwear choices, this cute clutch is a high-impact accessory that will leave others green with envy.
Maggie Flared Heel Boots, Topshop, £75 – ankle boots are absolutely everywhere this season, in almost every colour and style imaginable. Metallic boots are among the most striking and provide an edgy finish to those gorgeous wedding guest threads.
September 6th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Romelie Neoprene Dress with Guipure Braid, £225, from Maje
While we can’t rely on the British summer to be wall to wall sunshine, we can most definitely rely on the temperatures starting to drop as we head into autumn – a sure sign that it’s high time for a new season shopping spree.
Just the thought of cute ankle boots, soft knitwear and a staple autumnal mac gets us excited as the cooler weather means layering up and making a statement in the season’s top trends.
So to give you a little break from the wedding planning this afternoon we’re sharing our top early autumn picks that are landing in store and online as we speak. This should also help to ease the pain of packing away your summer wardrobe for another year (if it made it out of storage in the first place, that is!)
Wool Slouch Coat, £95, from Topshop – Each year us Brides Up North girls look forward to a new autumn/winter coat (or two) and this classy camel number is top of our list! Simple yet incredibly stylish, the colour and shape of this swoon-worthy outerwear easily makes it a cult buy.
Wrap Leather Midi Skirt, £280, from Whistles – When it comes to getting glammed up we’re finding ourselves drawn to skirts rather than dresses and love that an easy switch of top can lead to a whole different look. For us a leather skirt is an autumn/winter must-have and they don’t come much better than this super-soft wrap design.
Chay Lace Blouse, £145, from Whistles – The ideal accompaniment to a new leather skirt is this gorgeous white lace blouse. A staple that should be owned by all females, this stunning top makes a subtle statement and fits in perfectly with the season’s Victorian trend.
Black washed embroidered T-shirt denim dress, £55, from River Island – another hot trend for the upcoming season is bold embroidery detail. Expect to see it appearing on everything from boots and bags to bomber jackets. This cute mini dress provides a relaxed way of rocking the look, which we love!
MOTO Bleach Rip Mom Jeans, £42, from Topshop – keeping with the casual we like to invest in a new pair of jeans each season too, and we’re currently all about the Mom cut. Move aside skinnies, we need these loose, high-waisted jeans ready for those hearty comfort meals that come in hand with the dark nights and cool weather.
Vintage Washed City Tee, £36, from Olive Clothing – statement and slogan tees are showing no sign of disappearing anytime soon and so it’s another cert buy for autumn. We’re obsessed with the colour grey and this cute design also happens to feature the names of our favourite cities.
Hitch Knot Sweatshirt, £55, from French Connection – did we mention that we like the colour grey? A dip in temperatures means an increase in fabric thickness and this gorgeous knotted number says sleek chic to us, giving a little nod to the athleisure trend too.
Linen Sleeveless Top, £19, from & Other Stories – while we could quite happily live with an entirely monochrome wardrobe we know that a pop of colour can help put a spring in your step on those dark mornings and so this bold basic gets the nod of approval from us.
Floral Print Bomber, £29.99, from Zara – we have been totally in love with the return of the bomber and will definitely be adding to our collection with this botanical beauty.
Pleated silk-blend lamé skirt, £595, by Christopher Kane at Net- A-Porter – Because Christmas isn’t that far away (under 16 weeks to go and counting!). The effortlessly gorgeous pleated skirt has taken us through spring and summer, and now it’s continuing into the autumn/winter season too with chic metallic designs such as this sparkling silver number on the up!
the finishing touches
Jagger Multi Buckle Boots, £85, from Office – possibly our favourite style of footwear, we just love boots! For the autumn season prepare to see buckles galore which is why we are most definitely adding this pair straight to our shopping basket!
Multi Tassel Pu Brea Saddle Bag, £65, from French Connection – a change of season always calls from some new arm candy too. As we’ve finally got used to condensing all our ‘necessities’ into a more compact bag, we’re eyeing-up this cute saddle design from French Connection, which features on-trend tassel detail too.
Pu Studded Belt, £25, from Topshop – following the heavy buckled look and fitting in perfectly with the edgy Victorian trend that we’ve seen flooding the A/W catwalks, we think this studded belt is a great seasonal staple.
Daria Round Sunglasses, £75, from Whistles – though we will undoubtedly see less of the sun over the coming months, it’s always handy to have a pair of classy shades for those blue skied autumnal days (as well as those when you are simply a little hungover).
Kylie Backless Buckle Loafer, £49, from Topshop – as seen all over this season’s fashion runways, loafers are big news (trust us, Gucci said so). We feel that this gorgeous metallic pair put a little geek chic edge on the somewhat granny slipper shaped shoe.
Red drop tassel earrings, £8, from River Island – more tassels in the form of statement earrings. Check!
All Black Watch, £129, from Kapten & Son – we’ve become a little addicted to timepieces of late and this black and gold beauty is totally on our radar as the perfect autumn accessory.
Star Print Scarf, £15.99, from Zara – if there’s one store that knows how to design a killer scarf it has to be Zara. Whether you’re after a chunky winter knit or a lighter statement cover-up, this is where you’ll find it ladies. Style reports suggest that star prints are a big news for season ahead and so we plan to bag ourselves this bold monochrome delight.
Polar Star gold-plated Swarovski crystal ring, £190, by IAM By Ileana Makri at Net-A-Porter – another shining example of the cosmic star trend! While this super lovely ring might be too much of a splurge to pass off as a seasonal staple, you could always put on your Christmas list (which is exactly what we’ll be doing – it’s never too early to start!)
July 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Tapestry wrap bikini top £49, Ted Baker
It’s that time of the year again (thank God!) when we leave our worries and woes behind and jet off to warmer climes for some all-important R&R.
Whether you’re preparing for the honeymoon *eeek!* or have booked yourself a romantic European city break this summer, we’ve been scouring the high street to make packing your case that little bit easier.
Better still, sale fever has well and truly hit the shops meaning there are some real bargains to be had – ladies if you needed an excuse to shop, we just gave you one!
Missoni Mare Fringed Crochet-Knit Swimsuit, £350, from Net-A-Porter – Because if you can’t splash out on your swimwear for your honeymoon, when can you? We absolutely love this flattering one-piece in Missoni’s signature print with on-trend tassel detail in the most dreamy ocean shades.
Cold Shoulder Bardot Dress, £42, from Topshop – When packing for a holiday there’s nothing like an all-rounder that will see you through from day to night. This sweet pastel blue number, in one of summer’s hottest shapes, can be used as a beach cover up, day dress with flats and hat or blinged up with accessories for the evening.
Alexander Wang Distressed Denim Shorts, £175, from Net-A-Porter – A summer and holiday staple that’s worth investing in. These are perfect for throwing on over your bikini or teaming with a loose shirt or relaxed boho top/kaftan while out on day trips.
Cream Embroidered Cropped Cami, £28, from River Island – The perfect accompaniment to the above, this cute little cami has holiday written all over it.
Marbella Glitter Beach Tote, £29, from Accessorize – Whether heading to the beach or pool, you’ll need a bag to fit in all the essentials – sunglasses, sun cream, towel, book, magazine, mobile, purse – better make it a large one then, just like this super chic striped design.
Rose Gold Metallic Platform Sandals, £30, from River Island – And how’s about some fancy metallic footwear to match your metallic beach bag? These rose gold flatforms provide both comfort and class.
Sasha Scalloped Bandeau Bikini Top, £15 & Bottoms £14, from Monsoon – Girly scalloped edge designs have been around for a while now but we still can’t get enough of them, particularly in beachwear. For those of you brave enough to bare your midriff we suggest this gorgeous navy number
Alyssum Mesh Burnout Lace Maxi Dress, £120, from French Connection – Another holiday staple and all-rounder has to be the maxi dress and we don’t think they come much more gorgeous than this luxurious lace design.
Tassels Clutch, was £29.99 now £11.99, from Mango – As well as a casual beach bag, you’ll want to pack a dressy clutch for the evenings too. This cute design from Mango would easily be amongst our top picks, not only for its cool tassel detailing, but also the price #steal
Lace Dress, £70, from Oasis – We thought this lovely sunshine dress was a great buy for this time of year; to pack for holiday evenings out, but also to wear as a guest to a wedding – or best of both worlds – a destination wedding!
Vix Floppy Hat, was £55 now £27, from French Connection – Let’s face it, we all like to emit a little celebrity style when by the beach and what better way to do it than with this elegant sun hat?
Cara Oversized Sunglasses, was £75 now £40, from Whistles – Well if you’re going all A-lister you’re going to need a big pair of shades too!
White Panelled Wheelie Suitcase, £70, from River Island – First thing’s first, a stylish compact case is needed in which to pack your capsule city wardrobe so that you don’t have to bother with the cost or faff of checking in a large suitcase at the airport.
Mesh Sneakers, was £29.99 now £12.99, from Zara – Chances are if you’re on a city break you’re going to be on your feet a lot so you’ll want a comfortable pair of trainers, just like these, to prevent the burn kicking in.
Cotton-blend Shorts, £19.99, from Mango – White shorts are a fabulous summer staple (for those that can keep them clean for longer than five minutes) as they’ll literally go with every top, shirt and blouse that you own.
Chambray Ruffle Bra Crop, £30 from Miss Selfridge – perfect to go with the above day or night, we adore this cute cami featuring on-trend ruffle detailing.
Trevill Christys Trilby, £90, from Reiss – This classic trilby is ideal to help keep you looking and feeling cool when darting from one tourist attraction to another.
Havana Tie-Up Sandal, £26, from Topshop – As well as sensible footwear, you’ll want some stylish footwear too and so we suggest these lovely leopard print wraparounds for making a statement come the evening.
Mini Verity Backpack, £180, from Whistles – Both practical and pretty, this soft leather backpack is the perfect way to carry around your necessities when in the city.
Oversize Striped Shirt, was £35.99 now £9.99, from Mango – Pretty much daylight robbery! A classic striped shirt like this will see you through any city break and beyond, so we say – buy, buy, buy!
Ray-Ban Clubround Acetate and Gold-Tone Sunglasses, £135, from Net-A-Porter – We don’t know about you but each summer we find it hard to resist purchasing some new sunnies, particularly when shopping in the airport. And if your budget allows, you can’t go wrong with a cool pair of Ray-Bans.
Open Back Jumpsuit, £59, from Warehouse – Hopefully your city break will include a few romantic evening meals out and so you’ll want to include a dressier option in your case, such as this stunning red jumpsuit. Another possible wedding guest outfit too for when you return from your break.
White Stripe Bardot Maxi Dress, £35, from River Island – When packing for a city getaway often casual is key, as well as items that fold up to nothing, which is why we would definitely be putting this off-the-shoulder number into our luggage.
Camouflage Print Shacket, £45, from Topshop – Unfortunately hot weather isn’t always guaranteed at European city destinations and so it’s wise to take a cover up, though not anything too flimsy or too heavy. Behold the shacket – the hybrid of a shirt and a jacket, which offers the perfect solution.
All prices correct at time of publishing.
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