DREAMY DRESSES FOR EVERY OCCASION

Nothing is more of a mood-booster than a brand new dress. This season, we’re lusting over Mellaris’ sumptuous jewel-toned collection.

At first glance, Mellaris‘ dresses might seem a little fancy for daily wear. The British brand specialises in uber-luxurious, lavishly printed frocks that would look right at home at an elegant event. But in the spirit of feeling (and looking good) every day, we’ve dressed down the pieces to create wearable looks with modern, ‘girl-about-town’ appeal. Think Carrie Bradshaw meets your favourite influencer.

Sound like an energy you want to channel? Scroll on to see your new go-to outfit for those cool autumn days.

WE’VE FOUND YOUR PERFECT AUTUMN ACCESSORY

New season, new handbag. Look no further than Luella Grey’s bespoke backpacks, totes and crossbody designs.

Luella Grey’s wear-anywhere bags tick all the right boxes. Functionality, style, and versatility? Check, check, check. Founded by friends Rachel and Sarah in 2019, the London-based label has fast become a new name-to-know for handbag enthusiasts.

Blending timeless design with modern details, Luella Grey creates the bags with longevity and sustainability in mind. Classic shapes are given a contemporary twist with sculptural metal accents, elegant wooden clasps and contrast panels. The unique addition of gemstone fasteners gives the bags a super premium feel – but without the price tag. Plus, the dreamy autumnal palette of rusty browns and earthy greens makes now the perfect time to invest in your chic new companion.

So, what are you waiting for? Find a new home for your everyday essentials from Luella Grey’s latest collection.

BEHIND THE BOUTIQUE: TREEN

Rethinking your attitude to buying clothes? We know just the place to go for your sustainable style fix. Enter Cat Anderson, conscious shopping advocate and founder of Edinburgh’s most ethical fashion hub, treen.

Shopping with your conscience has never been so important. Whether you choose to prioritise environmentally-friendly materials or seek out designers with ethical production lines, there’s more options out there than ever before. And this Atterley boutique is a good place to find them. The treen team curates vegan and low-impact fashion labels at a mix of price points, making the daunting idea of shopping sustainably instantly more accessible.

Not only does treen encourage you to avoid synthetic and animal-based products; owner Cat also places great emphasis on timeless wardrobe staples. Think of those pieces you can wear time and time again no matter the season, regardless of what trends have dominated the catwalks and Insta street-style snaps. With this in mind, you can be confident that your perfect pair of jeans or love-forever Chelsea boot is waiting for you at treen.

But Cat didn’t arrive at her current sustainable stance overnight. As with everyone, transitioning from fast to slow fashion was an information-gathering journey. Curious how she made the change? Keep reading to find out.

BEHIND THE BOUTIQUE: ALC EDINBURGH

To celebrate the 8th birthday of beloved denim destination ALC, we hear the story behind the Atterley boutique from owner and founder Adele.

ALC first opened its doors back in 2012. Tucked away on a quaint street in Edinburgh’s New Town, the small yet mighty store fast became a trusted sanctuary for denim devotees and independent style enthusiasts.

Owner Adele Crombie felt the absence of easy-to-find, perfect fitting denim on offer at the time, so she took on the role of jean seeker. Sourcing quality denim from under-the-radar labels started as a personal interest, but with the inception of ALC, became a full-time endeavour. Adele carefully curates the very best denim on the market, removing the stress and time that too often accompanies jean shopping. Today, the boutique has expanded to include other timeless wardrobe essentials – from fail-safe striped tees to easy everyday dresses – and a varied selection of lesser-known and sustainable labels.

But don’t let us convince you to shop with ALC. Instead, hear all about the birthday boutique from the denim connoisseur herself…

HOW TO STYLE THESE DREAM-LIKE DRESSES

Edward Mongzar’s hand-marbled dresses are the epitome of ethereal. Here’s how we’re styling the delicate designs for summer…

Molly Goddard’s now-infamous pink gown, donned by Jodie Comer’s character in Killing Eve, is largely to credit for the floaty frock revival. Once reserved for fancy occasions – think high school dances or ballet performances – frothy fabrics like tulle and organza are now frequently sighted on the global fashion pack.

While such voluminous designs have us all swooning, clouds of tulle can be far from practical. Which is why we love Edward Mongzar’s more wearable iterations, featuring dialled-back ruffle details. Edward works primarily with silk, with tasteful hints of pastel-hued tulle to emphasise the dreamy aesthetic. The swirling marble affect is done by hand, so that each whimsical pattern is unique to the garment.

And there’s no need to wait for a special event to slip into a Edward Mongzar dress. Keep scrolling for a look at how to wear the light and airy pieces this season.

GET YOUR RETRO FIX FROM THIS ’80s-INSPIRED LABEL

Not sure how to feel about the ’80s revival? New brand Aggi will convert you to the ‘go big’ attitude of the maximalist decade.

1980s style motifs have been quietly creeping back into trends over the past few seasons. Street-style stars are constantly rocking strong shoulders and colour-block suiting, and Fashion Week catwalks have seen designers like Versace and Alexander Wang revisit the head-turning aesthetic.

But you don’t have to go to those high-end labels to tap into the trend. Polish brand Aggi takes the best of the era’s style and keeps it relevant: think bold floral dresses, sharp tailoring and a general refined take on retro shapes. The flattering cropped cuts and fluid maxi styles are undeniably modern, as is the label’s approach to sustainability. All pieces are made ethically in Poland, and each step of the process is carefully overseen. A nostalgic collection with unproblematic production methods – what’s not to like?

So, channel your favourite ’80s icon and dial up the drama with Aggi’s punchy new-season pieces.

HOW TO STYLE INSTAGRAM’S NEW IT-BAG

Every now and then an accessory comes along that everyone has to have. The right bag can elevate any outfit, and for the Insta style-set, Hill and Friend’s playful designs do just that.

If you decide to add a Hill and Friends bag to your repertoire, you’ll be in good company. Claudia Schiffer, Laura Whitmore and Veronika Heilbrunner are all known to love the label, along with some of Instagram’s most-followed style gurus. And we can see why. Practical, stylish and undeniably cheerful, the swoon-worthy selection of minimal and statement handbags ticks all the right boxes.

According to Emma Hill, ex-Mulberry designer and co-founder and Creative Director of Hill & Friends, “women have an intense relationship with their handbag.” It makes sense, then, that she would hone in on the staple accessory when it came to launching her own line in 2015. Hand-crafted in the Somerset countryside, these chic cross-bodys and grab-and-go totes are the product of artisan leather-working and local craftsmanship. Hill & Friends’ smiley-face logo captures the wit and liveliness of the very British brand – plus, it’s a definite mood-booster.

The leopard-print styles are particularly coveted, spotted on the likes of Tanya Burr and We Are Twin Set‘s Sarah and Philippa. Whether you fancy the compact micro bags or a roomy carry-all, your bag of choice will serve you for seasons to come.

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.