Fashion

I Know It’s January—but Stacey Dooley Is Making Me Want These Sandals

I know, I know it’s January and the thought of exposing even your little toe to the elements is enough to make you shiver uncontrollably. But, if you want to snap up spring’s it sandals, you might want to do it now. Stacey Dooley yesterday was spotted arriving at the Strictly Come Dancing tour wearing a biscuit-coloured cashmere jumper, straight-leg jeans and the most perfect sandals. Her sliders are quilted black leather slip-ons by Bottega Veneta—these are quite the investment for a sandal, as they are £870. Trust me—woven leather is going to be a key sandal trend for spring, with interpretations up and down the high street. Topshop’s woven sliders, the Penelope, sold out despite the icy temperatures. Keep scrolling to see how Stacey wore woven sandals, and shop our edi...

Thigh Slits, Polka Dots, Basket Bags… Behold Kate’s Royal Style Reinvention

The Duchess of Cambridge’s style is often considered a little bland for the fashion crowd—too many Breton tops, coat dresses and beige patent pumps for the street style set’s liking. Given that she’s representing the royal family on an international stage, Kate Middleton needs to look polished; select classic items she tends to choose will photograph well and won’t date after several months. It’s not an easy task to tick all of these protocol boxes while also pleasing the fashion crowd. However, over the past few years, Kate has been making considerably more fashion-forward choices, favouring sharp tailoring, avoiding bold colours and experimenting with hair accessories. Rather than Queen Elizabeth–style coat dresses in primary hues, she started wearing outfit...

5 Reasons Julia Robert’s Skin Looks So Amazing at 52

Can you believe that Julia Roberts starred in Pretty Woman way back in 1990? Well, I recently watched the classic rom-com and then stalked Roberts on Instagram afterwards and realised she looks pretty much the same. There’s something about Julia Roberts that always feels so effortless. I think it’s down to the fact that she’s always had that “I woke up like this” air about her. I credit a lot of that to the fact that she’s always smiling, and you can’t really bottle a smile. However, after spending too many hours to count with Julia Roberts (I also binged Homecoming), I wanted to know what her actual beauty routine was. So I put my investigative hat on, and, lucky, for all of us, Roberts has shared her tried and tested beauty tips that she keeps go...

12 Affordable Items Our Editors Are Wearing to the Office This Winter

Here at Who What Wear UK, we don’t play into the outdated notion that outfit repeating is a fashion faux pas. In fact, we’re quite proud of the purchases we make and wear time and time again. Personally, I’ve always believed your love for a particular wardrobe item can usually be deduced based on its cost per wear. For example, if I buy something for £30 and wear it 30 times, it is reasonable to assume that it was probably an infinitely better purchase than something I buy for £50 and wear it twice. (And before you ask, wedding gowns and formal dresses are obviously exempt from this mathematical equation.)  As far as office attire goes, there are a few items each editor keeps in our rotation, which we rely on week after week for easy workday outfits. Whether it be a midi skirt, cosy jumper...

Zara Just Dropped Its Spring Collection, and It’s Better Than I’d Have Hoped

This is a funny in-between time for shopping, as we are at the tail end of the winter sales and the spring collections are ever-so-slowly beginning to trickle into new-in sections. Zara has this week, however, gave us a clear indication of the spring 2020 trends that will translate into our wardrobes. Since these are the trends Zara is backing, you know they’re destined for commercial success. So what is the retailer throwing its weight behind this upcoming season? The spring shopping list includes a slouchy clutch bag, a knitted sleeveless vest, a fine-knit polo shirt, square-toe loafers, leather trousers and puff-sleeve cardigans. One of the most surprising trends from the S/S 20 collections is leather, and Zara clearly thinks this will take off, as the new-in section is packed wit...

I Wish I Was Getting Married This Year So I Could Wear All of These New Pieces

Is it bad if I tell you that, after scrolling through the new bridal collections I may have, for a second, contemplated divorce? If only so I could re-marry this summer with a whole new wardrobe. Okay, maybe that’s extreme (vow renewal it is), but seriously—have you seen the new MatchesFashion wedding edit? Not to mention the new offerings from Kitri (one of Who What Wear UK’s favourite high-street alternatives), Warehouse’s new bridesmaid-come-bride collection and Sleeper’s new silks. Honestly, 2020 brides, you’re spoilt for choice. The fashionable bride is definitely having a moment, and it’s no longer reserved for the upper echelons of the industry who can spend thousands on an Insta-friendly dress. According to Katya Zubarieva, former fashion editor and now one half of Sleeper’s foundi...

This Topshop Buy Is Officially the Coolest Way to Wear Leggings in 2020

For anyone who grew up in the ‘90s or noughties, there’s a fair chance you’ll be as fearful as I am about the return of leggings. The last time I wore a pair out of the house (aside from the gym), they were paired with a distressed denim miniskirt and a lace-trimmed cami top (very Marissa from The O.C.). Well, the 2020 iteration could not be more different. The most popular style right now features a split hemline and is typically styled with minimalist separates, such as oversized blazers and shirts. While I appreciate the chic ways influencers and fashion editors have interpreted the trend, I’m still ambivalent about wearing leggings as trousers. I think it’s partly due to the stretchy waistband that can sit awkwardly with tucked-in tops. Plus, there’s...

I Don’t Wear Skinny Jeans, But These Outfit Formulas Have Changed My Mind

From 2005 up until last year, skinny jeans were the bread and butter of every girl’s wardrobe. Taking over from the low-slung, bootcut denim that ruled the ‘90s, the skintight style offered a more streamlined silhouette that harked back to the ‘80s drainpipe but wasn’t quite as restrictive. Kate Moss was one of the first champions of the trend in the early noughties, and her signature “skinny jeans, ballet pumps, slouchy tee and military jacket” look was replicated countless times over the decade. Unlike most fashion trends, the skinny caught the imagination of women of all ages and quickly went from seasonal trend to established wardrobe staple within a matter of months. Perhaps therein lies its longevity. Despite skinnies holding the top spot for over ...

Mark My Words, This Zara Staple Is Set to Be as Popular as the Spotty Dress

Every now and then, an item comes along that every single editor in our office is all wanting to possess. Often the item is of the designer variety and thus the high price tag stops us all from buying the same thing, but other times we all get lucky and find that coveted piece on the high-street. And that’s exactly what has happened with Zara’s new split hem leggings. We first spotted the pair on Camille Charriere a few weeks back, but since then seem to be seeing split hem leggings just about everywhere. The style presents an elevated take on the wardrobe basic, and while many fashion authorities may have claimed “leggings are not pants” in years past, Zara’s pair is certainly disproving this theory with the backing of the fashion set. Styled against oversized blazers or boxy shirts and j...

There Are 515 Dresses on Topshop Right Now—Here Are the 16 We Want to Buy

You know the drill: You pop into Topshop to pick up a tee and end up with an armful of dresses. We can’t blame you right now, as the high-street store’s offerings are on fire. But because no one’s wardrobe is big enough for the whole lot (there are currently over 500 dresses online right now), we’ve done the hard work for you and picked the hero styles you may want to consider adding to your closet. So what are the trends that Topshop is backing this season? From floral dresses and roomy smocks to long-sleeved numbers and sassy silhouettes, there’s something for everyone and every occasion. We’ve got our eyes on the dresses that are versatile enough to carry right through to spring, so many of the below styles will look just as good with sandals in a few...

Victoria Beckham Uses This Unexpected Beauty Product, and We’re Obsessed

I don’t want to call myself a trendsetter, but I’m in great company here, as the silk pillowcases that Victoria Beckham, Gisele Bündchen and Cindy Crawford use have been part of my routine since I was a child.  Silk has always been involved in my nighttime routine and it started with a silk headscarf given to me by my Mum to protect my afro hair. But I’ve since graduated to a silk pillowcase because the benefits also span into skincare.  The friction-reducing product is not only great for preserving your hairstyle and keeping hair in place, but it also keeps your face hydrated and away from pesky pillow creases. Cotton absorbs more of your precious face cream than silk does and also causes more pressure on your skin; so it’s well worth the swap. Trust me, I don̵...

7 Dress Trends That Will Be Everywhere This Spring

While flowers blooming and birds chirping are usually the first indications that spring is nearly here, in the fashion industry we use a slightly different metric. The arrival of new spring collections is what signals the end of winter for fashion editors, as brightly coloured skirts and sleeveless dresses begin appearing in-store and online. This process has started happening over the last few weeks, so it only makes sense to start looking ahead at the new trends we can expect for the upcoming season. And there are quite a few to unpack, particularly when it comes to dresses. We saw several trends emerge from the S/S 20 runways, including crochet dresses and those that featured unique cutouts. While more wearable staples including puff-sleeve dresses, polka-dot dresses and polo-neck dress...