THE STREET-STYLE SET’S POST-LOCKDOWN LOOKS

As the world eases out of lockdown, style influencers are hitting the streets in their most head-turning looks. The pent-up desire to dress up has culminated in some seriously enviable outfits.

For many of us, our favourite pieces have remained at the back of our wardrobes while loungewear takes the limelight. Spending most of our time at home has left us unable to showcase our finest summer ensembles. Now, though, as garden parties populate our calendars and cities open up, those crisp cotton dresses and flowery co-ords can finally see the light of day.

With so much uncertainty still ahead, Instagram’s It-girls are grasping the opportunity to don their chicest looks while the window is open. Of all the outfits we’ve pinned to our ‘style inspo’ boards, these are some of the best…

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.

3 WAYS TO ELEVATE YOUR EVERYDAY BLUE JEANS

Denim done well is fashion at its peak – so don’t underestimate the power of blue jeans.

We all dream of finding that elusive pair of perfectly-fitted jeans in the dream wash and impossibly flattering cut. Lucky for you, our Boutique Buyers are experts in this area. With labels like J Brand and Citizens for Humanity among our selection, the search for your denim soulmate is doesn’t have to be exhaustive.

The enduring appeal of the denim jean is no mystery; we’ve seen it on Audrey Hepburn, James Dean, Rachel Greene—and yet it somehow doesn’t date. But after all this time in the limelight, the options for styling denim can seem a little lacking. We’ve all sported the “jeans and a nice top” combo more times than we can count, and surely we can’t keep reaching for that fail-safe white tee. If your imagination has run dry, keep reading for our simple tips on how to elevate your everyday blue jeans.

WORKING FROM HOME: 3 LAID-BACK LOOKS

Home working is the new normal; dress clever for those tricky couch-to-conference-call transitions with our easy outfit ideas.

Striking the balance between comfort and professionalism is the key to mastering your work-from-home wardrobe. You want to feel relaxed and unrestricted, but also be ready to jump on that last-minute Google hangouts session. It’s all about finding the right mix of soft, slouchy styles and polished, meeting-appropriate looks.

While you might spend the first week exclusively in PJs, the novelty will wear off and you’ll realise that you need to look put-together to feel productive. Maintaining motivation can be a challenge when working from home, so avoid your usual down-time dressing and invest in some work-only luxury loungewear to differentiate between the weekends and week-days. In need of some inspiration? Keep scrolling to see our 3 go-to outfit formulas, perfect for home working.

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.

3 FRENCH STYLE MUSES TO INSPIRE YOUR OUTFITS

Parisians’ masterful approach to dressing is a long-time mystery; but with the help of these French style muses, achieving the look is easier than you think…

Oh, to dress like a French femme. The ‘je ne sais quoi’ quality carried by the nation’s fashion pack results in perfectly turned-out hair, effortless ensembles and an overall no-fuss finesse, without fail. Time and time again we look to French trendsetters for style cues and outfit inspiration. Only in Paris can women look simultaneously perfectly put-together and entirely unbothered about their appearance.

But this elusive aesthetic is tricky to replicate. The question of how to balance effortlessness with refinement á la Francaise plays on our minds every time we get dressed.

Thankfully, a little-known tool called Instagram lets us sit back and observe the sleekest looks on the streets of Paris. After much time scrolling, we’ve whittled down the winning looks created by the city’s style mavens. Whether you’re wondering how to make a jean + top combination look instantly elevated, or how to mix femininity with androgyny in a subtle fashion, these Gallic girls have the answers.

TRAVEL-INSPIRED STYLES TO SATISFY YOUR WANDERLUST

Enter a print paradise with Paolita’s intricate designs, from boho dresses and silk boilersuits to statement swimwear that A-listers love.

Far-flung excursions to exotic locations might be off the cards this year. So, we’re bringing the spirit of travel to you. Meet Paolita: the eclectic label that’s sure to appeal to your wanderlust. Designer Anna Paola helms the brand, drawing from her Greek and Mexican roots for inspiration, as well as the vibrancy and multiculturalism of her home city, London.

For the latest collection, Arabian Nights, the label looks even further afield. Opulent hand-drawn prints nod to the myths and fairy tales of the Middle East, printed in rich jewel and ochre tones. In the floaty dresses, silk jumpsuits and chic kaftans, you’ll be the talk of your next garden party. Trust us, these standout pieces are your ticket to enviable summer style…

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…