YOUR GUIDE TO GARDEN PARTY DRESSING

Planning a socially-distanced soirée? Garden gatherings are the new ‘out-out’ – here’s what you should be wearing.

As the world eases out of lockdown, low-key garden parties are substituting grand celebrations. Whether you’re hosting a few of your closest friends or it’s just you and your dog, an outside do is ample opportunity to slip into your sunniest looks. All those pieces you’d been planning to pack for a Mediterranean getaway can be pulled from the depths of your wardrobe. Think light-as-a-feather dresses, slide-on sandals, oversized sunnies and big, floppy hats.

Unsurprisingly, the It-girls of Instagram have nailed the dress code. From prairie-esque outfits to casual jeans-and-a-tee combos, there’s plenty of easy ensembles to inspire your garden getup. And these three are a good place to start…

THE MAXIMALIST LABEL LONDONERS ARE WEARING ON REPEAT

Colourful and eclectic with a cool-girl edge, Hayley Menzies is the British brand everybody’s talking about.

Hayley Menzies is where rock ‘n’ roll meets refinement. The design graduate behind the eponymous label got her start on the paint-box streets of Portobello, curating vintage edits for the modern, ever-so-slightly ‘wild’ woman. Combining her retro sensibility with a soft spot for party culture, Menzies’ distinctive aesthetic soon took shape.

Touches of ‘80s drama bring a nostalgic edge to the covetable collection – from voluminous sleeves and matching hair-bands to busy prints and bold colour combinations. Hand-sketched patterns are spontaneously juxtaposed, owing to the rebellious spirit that underpins the brand. But the line is both cohesive and eclectic; perfect for the statement-makers among us.

And we’re not the only ones who think so. Irish It-girl Vogue Williams and presenter-stroke-podcaster Fearne Cotton are among Hayley Menzies’ high-profile following. So, think like a style insider and get to know the label that’s on everyone’s lips.

THIS SEASONLESS ACCESSORY WILL MAKE EVERY OUTFIT CHIC

While we’re all drawn to certain trends, the enduring appeal of timeless, love-forever pieces is undeniable. Be it a pair of just-right jeans, that perfect LBD or a camel coat – our wardrobes would be nothing without these classics.

And there’s one staple that no woman could possibly go without: the everyday handbag. The chic companion makes navigating day-to-day life so much easier, allowing us to keep all our must-haves in tow, packed neatly (or a little haphazardly, for some of us) away. Still looking for your dream day-bag? Don’t fret, because we know just the label to go to.

London-based brand Aevum, fittingly named after the Latin word for ‘eternity’, creates impeccably crafted bags with longevity and practicality in mind. Handmade in Italy from super-soft leather, the line of slouchy totes and cross-body bags carries universal allure. Your perfect plus-one awaits…

3 REASONS WE LOVE THIS FREE-SPIRITED COLLECTION

Combining romantic shapes with contemporary prints, Tallulah & Hope’s dreamy new collection is worthy of your summer wishlist.

Planning a picnic in the park or a socially-distanced soirée? You’ll need the right outfit; one that is casual and comfortable, without compromising on style and sophistication. Look no further than Tallulah & Hope‘s new sunshine-ready collection.

Imbued with the spirit of lazy summer days, the line is full of breezy, throw-on-and go dresses and kaftans that are perfect to float about the garden in. Friends Lisa Ispani and Zoe Holborough joined forces in 2010 with a shared vision: to provide women with clothes they can look and feel great in, whatever the occasion. The free-spirited styles are just as suitable for a low-key garden gathering as a sun-soaked holiday.

There are a lot of reasons to love Tallulah & Hope’s clothing. But, with the help of our Boutique Buyers, we’ve pin-pointed the features that really set these pieces apart…

Q+A: MENSWEAR STYLE EDITOR ON THE FUTURE OF FASHION

We hear from Craig Landale, Editor-in-Chief of leading online magazine, Menswear Style, about his ride-or-die wardrobe classics, this season’s brands to know and the future of fashion.

If you’re not already familiar with Menswear Style, it’s time you got acquainted. The award-winning platform is a one-stop destination for all things men’s fashion. Think cutting-edge insights into current and emerging trends, interviews with industry movers and shakers, and regular low-downs on the new brands to look out for. Craig Landale helms the magazine, using his credentials as an experienced journalist to guide his readers on what to wear, and who to know. A champion of classic, timeless style, Craig strikes the perfect balance between trend awareness and season-less wardrobe tips.

But Menswear Style doesn’t shy away from trickier topics. From sustainable and ethical shopping to the impact of the ongoing pandemic, Craig is tuned into all aspects of the industry. With this well-rounded expertise on men’s style, we knew he’d be well-placed to answer our burning sartorial questions.

HOLIDAY AT HOME IN THESE EASY, BREEZY SUMMER STYLES

Longing for balmy climates? Slip into a summer state of mind with Haris Cotton’s sunshine-ready collection.

A holiday in the sun mightn’t be on the cards this year, so we’re bringing the Mediterranean to you. Athens-based brand Haris Cotton creates lightweight linen pieces that will keep you cool – in more ways than one.

No doubt about it: linen is having a fashion renaissance. Boasting an ethical supply chain, unparalleled breathability and a distinctive beachy texture, countless brands have tapped into the allure of the natural fabric, re-working it in fresh and contemporary ways. And Haris Cotton is no exception. The label’s loose-fitting linen dresses, jumpsuits and separates are timelessly chic, yet with a suitable dose of modern detail. So, embrace linen’s credentials and make this universally flattering, sustainable fabric your new summer uniform.

SUSTAINABLE STYLE, ONE STEP AT A TIME

Looking to reduce your carbon footprint? Step into a pair of sustainable sneakers by new Atterley brand, Humans Are Vain. 

For Humans Are Vain, sustainability isn’t an afterthought; it’s the essence of their brand. Giving new meaning to the word ‘innovative’, the Swedish label uses materials from out-of-the-box sources: think pineapple leaves, reclaimed ocean waste and recycled cork. The resulting sneakers are 100% vegan, and fully recyclable.

But the designers don’t sacrifice style in their pursuit of sustainability. With a clean aesthetic, featuring striking textured soles, contrast panelling and colourful accents, the collection is cutting-edge in more ways than one. So, do the earth a favour and put your best foot forward in a pair of sustainable sneakers.