10 PIECES TO BUY THIS AUGUST

High streets picks to take you from summer to autumn – loosely inspired by Penelope Cruz in anything she's ever been in


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1. The Gold Hoops

If Penelope Cruz in 'Blow' is your eternal mood (can you tell it's mine?) then a pair of thick or Catholic-inspired gold hoops is all you need for some late-summer, Spanish glam. Pair with a black headband for extra convent girl points.

2. The Dress

The only colour you need to concern yourself with in the upcoming months is brown – sultry, chocolate brown to be exact. Wear it with gold, black and beige and look for drawstring and ruching details like this heavenly Zara dress which WILL sell out.

 
 

3. The Mules

If you hadn't noticed, white leather footwear – whether of the sandal or boot variety – is everywhere right now. A pair of white mules will take you through from summer to autumn – pair with a sexy mini dress in summer or wide leg jeans when cooler weather hits (if it ever does).

 
 

4. The Swimsuit

Again, hues of brown are all we care about right now. Choosing a chic, neutral one-piece like this H&M swimsuit will work both on the beach, and as a top with a boxy blazer and slacks.

 
 

5. The Sunglasses

As a self-proclaimed sunglasses connoisseur, I can confirm that the style to covet this season is 90s tortoiseshell. Wear with a silk head scarf if you're a Grace Kelly, or with a white tank top and slicked-back hair if you're more of a J-Lo.

6. The White Rollneck

Man's been relentlessly hunting the internet for a top as chic as this, and Zara, as it often does, has come through with this sleeveless rollneck. Wear with all of the above.

 
 

7. The Trousers

Gotta love a pair of trousers that don't stick to you in summer, but also keep you warm in autumn. I'll be pairing these with everything from sneakers and a blazer to heeled mules, brown lippy and an out-out top. 

 
 

8. The Out-out Top

The lolita-style, ruched crop top is something you've probably seen on every cool girl you follow on Instagram. I'd pair it with a black headband and gold hoops (obv) but I'd maybe add a pair of white tracksuit bottoms to change things up a little.

 
 

9. The Sandals

For those lusting after Celine's chunky black and gold flatforms, look no further than these leather angels from ASOS. Pair with chinos and a blazer or, you guessed it, any of the above.

10. The Headband

I think this is my favourite trend revival this year – fully functional AND chic, the black cotton headband. Your sweaty forehead will thank you for it this summer, but it'll also look great with a turtleneck in autumn. Win-win.

 
 

HOW TO WEAR BIKE SHORTS

(Without having to ride an actual bike)

Originally published on Into The Fold Magazine


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It’s funny, I’ve spent most of my adult life establishing this personal style which falls somewhere between ‘just-back-from-the-gym Princess Diana’ (Who doesn’t love her in those tube socks?) and ‘American dad/Little League coach’ yet neither of those really reflect my personality – or fitness levels. I’m more of a ‘goes to yoga once a month and thinks she works out’ kinda girl – at one point, my motto was actually ‘Always in gym clothes, never at the gym’ – so it’s strange that my go-to clothing is always sportswear and sneakers.  Am I compensating for my lack of exercise by dressing like an off-duty athlete? Maybe. If I wear sneakers and a tennis dress, will people think, ‘Oh she’s a sporty one, all right!’? Probably not. The most likely reason is just that sportswear, in its simplicity and flawless design, looks cool – and I like cool things.

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So when cycling shorts came back on the fashion radar recently, I was of course drawn to them. Despite not learning to ride a bike until I was 10 years old (and let’s face it, I can still barely ride one at 26), I felt almost contractually obliged to give them a shot. I’ve dabbled with them in the past, though never for actual cycling – there was a brief stint in 2013 where I wore them with those platform Jeffrey Campbell boots and a tutu as a top (don’t ask) – but 2018’s offering has been my favourite so far.

I picked up the cycling shorts in this first look from Pretty Little Thing – my first ever purchase from the Kamani Sons’ sexy cult brand – and was pleasantly surprised how a £6 piece of material could cling so favourably to my (out of shape) buttocks. To avoid going full Kardashian, however, I paired them with a tailored shirt and blazer and vintage Coccinelle heels. The result? 80s business tycoon, with the visor sunnies adding a touch of Matrix. Would I wear this day-to-day? Honestly, no – but tone it down with sneakers during the day, or lose the blazer and sunnies for an uber slinky night out get up, and voila – wearable.

This second look has been my work uniform for the last few months, due to it being so damn easy to put together. The shorts are ASOS, and much more of a ‘city short’ than a cycling short as they are a slightly looser fit, but they work for the look nonetheless. I’ve paired them with my Acne sneakers (which I currently live in) and an oversized men’s blazer, also from ASOS. With 70s-style sunnies and a turtleneck (can you think of any outfit that hasn’t benefited from the addition of those two?) the outfit is a perfect storm of casual, chic and cool.

So there you have it – how to wear cycling shorts, without having to do any cycling whatsoever!And if my advice wasn’t technical enough, why not watch this short tutorial on how to wear them from an actual cyclist – disclaimer: involves lubricant.

Photography: Phoebe Jordan


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