The 5 Types of Boots You Need in Your Closet This Autumn

As summer draws to a close, many of us are ready – or not so ready – for longer nights, cosy fashion ideas, and wearing boots every day throughout the Autumn. Although some days are still fairly warm, it’s never too early to start planning your Autumn and Winter wardrobe, with many high street and designer brands rolling out collections already.

Whether you’re a fan of over-the-knee, knee-high, ankle boots or booties, boots are undoubtedly a fashion staple for the colder weather, keeping your feet warm and you looking amazing at the same time. With so much choice out there, it’s tricky to know exactly which type of boots you need this Autumn; not to mention that it can be tempting to buy a few pairs of every style. Read on for our suggestions on the type of boots every woman needs in her closet this Autumn.

#1. Ankle Boots:
When it comes to footwear for the colder weather, you really can’t go wrong with a sturdy pair of ankle boots. A smart pair of leather ankle boots is perfect for both the office and casual, taking you from the workday to drinks with colleagues and friends in the evening easily. Ankle boots from dunelondon.com come in a wide range of different styles, including classic black or brown leather that are versatile enough to pair with a dress, jeans, or even office wear. Or, stand out from the crowd with a pair of vibrant leopard print, opaque white, or bright red boots to add a splash of colour to any outfit.

#2. Moto Boots:
Perfect for trudging around town, moto boots are great paired with your favourite jeans and a sweater, or a comfortable floral dress with a pair of tights. Both stylish and functional, flat moto boots are definitely an Autumn and winter staple since they can be dressed up or down and are great for throwing on for a trip to the shops or a couple of drinks with friends. Whether you prefer yours plain with a well-placed zipper, decorated with bulky buckles or adorned with intricate stitching, be sure to invest in a good quality pair as you can be sure that they’ll last you for years.

#3. Knee-High Boots:
Perfect for those colder days, knee-high boots will keep your entire lower leg cosy whilst making sure that you look as stylish as ever. A good, functional pair of knee-high boots can be paired with almost anything, from jeans and leggings to dresses and skirts. Opt for flats or a small heel for everyday wear in a classic colour such as black or brown that can be paired with almost every outfit you choose to wear. Heeled or stiletto knee-high boots look great for nights out and other special occasions; for a sleek and stylish look, opt for ‘sock’ styles to show off your shapely legs too.

#4. Rain Boots:
No Autumn wardrobe would be complete without a sturdy pair of rain boots. Whether you’re planning some countryside walks with your dog or simply want to keep your feet warm and dry around town, a pair of rubber boots will certainly do the trick. Rubber booties are great for any kind of wet weather or go for knee-length wellington boots if you want a little bit more protection.

#5. Over the Knee:
Last but not least, make a serious fashion statement in a pair of sexy over the knee boots. Whether you go for stretchy leather or soft suede, they’re sure to make your comfortable autumn leggings and oversized sweater look sleek and stylish. Or, pair with a dress on a night out.

Which boots are a must-have for your Autumn wardrobe? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

COSMO’S MIDNIGHT FAULT MAGAZINE INTERVIEW

Let’s get this out into the open straightaway: Cosmo’s Midnight is a banger addict’s dream come true. With their full-length debut, What Comes Next, producer twins Cosmo and Patrick Liney are here to enable you.

Once scrappy upstarts in Australia’s beat-making scene, Cosmo’s Midnight has since become one of its finest electronic exports. The duo’s newly-released 12-track effort is dreamy, intoxicating, and complex—with the brotherly duo enlisting both local and international features to help bring their insatiable project to life, from L.A. rapper Buddy to Swedish wunderkind Tove Styrke, and Melbourne vocalist Woodes to Sydney’s six-piece Winston Surfshirt. Libidinal R&B (“Lowkey”), heartbreak disco (“Talk To Me”), cloud rap (“Where You Been”), near-instrumentals (“Polarised”), and sultry come-ons (“History”)—their tightly curated, summery, feel-good songs are all here for the taking.

The album dropped ahead of their Australia/New Zealand tour, which kicked off in July, and the fellas are now on the Asian leg of their tour before heading off to Europe next month. FAULT caught up with Cos and Pat at their show last week in Seoul, South Korea to discuss the music, the inspirations, and their journey to her.

Interview: Kee Chang

Photography: Jordan Kirk.

What Comes Next is incredibly addictive. Did it exceed your personal, creative expectations?

Patrick Liney: I think it definitely exceeded our expectations. At the very start of the process, we just couldn’t see the end and we were finding along the way what we really wanted to do with it. Looking back now, I’m really glad we ended up where we did. Three years ago, when we were writing the first demos for the album, I don’t think we—

Cosmo Liney: It was stabbing in the dark.

Patrick: With a lot of the album, it wasn’t like we went in like, “This is exactly what we’re gonna make.” We were figuring it out over three years and piecing together all these bits. So it wasn’t an album like, “This is the concept and we’re gonna smash it out in two months.” When we finished it and looked back, it sort of made sense that it was a combination of all these different things that influenced us growing up, up until the point that we became producers and musicians.

Cosmo: We feel really lucky to have had it work out, especially with a lot of the things that happened in the process. It was very fortunate because they may not have happened. For example, when we sampled N.E.R.D./Pharrell, that could’ve not happened.

Patrick: Yeah, they might not have cleared it.

Cosmo: A lot of the features were very difficult to get and hard to maintain contacts for.

Patrick: For example, we’d get a sick verse from a rapper and you just wouldn’t hear from them for like six months. You’re like, “This demo is so sick. Let’s finish it off,” and then they hit you back like, “Here’s a finished song.”

Cosmo: We’re very used to writing songs in the studio with the person and getting the songs made that way. A lot of this album was done over the Internet.

Patrick: Yeah, just emailing back and forth with ideas and stuff.

Cosmo: We’re just really glad it came together and that it’s something we can be proud of for our first album.

Patrick: Again, with a lot of the songs, we never met who wrote on them so a lot of it feels like we have this connection with the people we haven’t met yet. We wrote that song with Jay Prince and Buddy as well.

Those guys worked independently from each other as well, right?

Patrick:  Yeah, yeah. Then there’s Boogie, Winston Surfshirt, and Tove Styrke. Panama is from Sydney so and that was good for the process. I feel like we write our best music like that.

Cosmo: It’s easier to write like that.

Patrick: It’s definitely a challenge to work over emails. You can’t be like, “Change that take,” and stuff like that because it just takes too long, whereas in the studio you can change so much in a minute.

What was it like curating what ultimately ended up on the album? Are there a lot of unused demos?

Patrick: So, so, so much. The album has 12 tracks including the interlude, but I think we had somewhere around 50-ish demos.

Cosmo: And a lot of them were good. It was about finding—

Patrick: What works. There were songs that we really liked that we kind of put on hold. They just wouldn’t have worked for the album. We’re saving them for something later, further down the line. We sort of curated the album four months out of release like, “This is the final ones,” and then we went out and finished all the tracks after that. You always have the “What if?” in your head like, “What if we did this song instead? What if I tweaked this song forever?” which is why it’s good we didn’t mix it ourselves. This is the first project we’ve not mixed ourselves. I mixed all of our previous singles up until “Get to Know.” We brought in this incredible mixing engineer, George Nicholas, on board. He’s from this band called Seekae. Sometimes when you’ve been working on a song so closely for so long, you get tunnel vision. You need someone who’s objectively looking at it like, “I know what’s best for this song.” When I mix my own stuff, I don’t know what to change: “Am I making it worse or am I making it better?”

Cosmo: You just don’t know. You kind of lose track of the entire thing.

Patrick: We often come up with ideas really quickly and take a long time to finish it because all the details take a long time.

Is there any validity to artists who say that the songs that come together fast are usually the best cuts?

Cosmo: There’s no really right or wrong way to do it, but I think you can’t argue that when you write something that quickly and something that feels so right, you’ve kind of hit a nerve in some way.

Patrick: And you can only hit it every now and then. A lot of the times, you’re banging your head like, “Come on! Come out, song!” Then sometimes it happens without you even doing much and it sort of writes itself. It’s super weird. It feels really good when it’s effortless.

You guys came to play a show in South Korea just around this time last year, right?

Patrick: We did.

You were just in Singapore and headed to Thailand tomorrow. Are the vibes glaringly different?

Patrick: Oh, it’s so vast.

Cosmo: Even in Australia, it’s so different between cities. I don’t know what that comes down to at all.

Patrick: Cultural differences and like—

Cosmo: Just how much it’s different, though.

Patrick: Yeah, it’s insane. Playing in Singapore yesterday was kind of a shock. I couldn’t believe that people came to see us play in Singapore. It was really cool. Then you have the different crowd vibes. The crowd here in Seoul—at Soap anyways—they go crazy. [Laughs] At least at our last show, it was so much fun. We’ve played in China and other places where they’re more reserved.

Cosmos: They’ll politely enjoy the show and come up to you afterwards like, “That was amazing! I had so much fun!” and you’re like, “Really?” But they really did. They just didn’t show it.

What do you prefer?

Patrick: Obviously, the instant gratification of everyone sort of jumping around is really fun. But a lot of the times, we also go and talk to people after the show to see what they thought or just to say “Hi.” Hearing what they thought of the show is where you feel good. Some people just don’t like dancing and drinking or whatever—it’s not necessarily their vibe. There are different flavors. As long as they enjoyed it, that’s all that matters to me. At the end of the day, if they have a good time, then we have a good time. If someone’s not having a good time, me and Cosmo will not have a good time and it would just spiral. If everyone’s having a good time, it spirals in the reverse way.

Cosmos: Upwards.

One of the things that seems to come up a lot when you’re asked about your early influences is your older brother Nik who really turned you onto music, as older siblings tend to do. Is he shocked by how much you took to music and how far you’ve come?

Patrick: I think so.

Cosmo: None of us were prepared for what would happen. None of us really knew that we’d be touring and playing around the world and stuff. To him, being our brother, I think it’s just more shocking because he knows us so well. To see it happening is really surprising for him.

Patrick: It’s weird. And he lives in London so he has this outsider’s perspective. Even though he’s our brother, he sees a lot of stuff through—

Cosmo: He won’t be at the shows, but he’ll see recaps or photos or something.

Patrick: We’re gonna go over to Europe next month so we’re gonna hang out and he’ll come to some of the shows. I don’t think he’s seen us play in a super long time—it’ll be cool to hang out. We’re really close, even though we don’t see each other that much. He’s only two years older than us so we’re pretty close in years as well.

What Comes Next is an interesting title for your debut album because it sounds prophetic. It seems to really set you up for what’s to come after this work.

Patrick: Yeah, it’s kind of cool because it’s acknowledging that it’s our debut effort—a launchpad for all the things that can come afterward. It’s prophetic in like a hopeful sense. It’s a prediction. At the same time, it acknowledges all the stuff that built up to this point as well. When we’re talking about our album and our process, we’re referring back to when we were kids. On the album cover, the artwork is based off a collage of all these photos of us from when we were little. We’ll be sitting in different rooms in our family house and my dad would be playing vinyls to us. They’re basically three things: Switch-On Bach, which is like a Minimoog version of all these Bach songs. Then he’d play us Jim Hall’s Undercurrent, which is this jazz-guitar album that I heard a million times. Also, a lot of disco as well. At the time, we were like, “Ugh—I hate this so much.” But then, you know, as you start getting into music, you come to appreciate it. My mom and dad would email us all this music like, “You listened to this when you were little! Don’t you remember it?” It’s like, “Holy shit. We’re really just a product of our parents.” They totally put us into this shit without us knowing. Then you’re like, “Cool.” [Laughs] I’m happy for it. That’s sort of what the album is about. It’s all these things that have coalesced and shaped us into musicians and just as people in general. We’re sort of filtering that through our experiences into a musical format. So a lot of the inspirations behind the album is super far and wide. There’s a lot of the disco stuff like Chic and Nile Rodgers. There’s some jazzy elements as well on a few tracks. Then there’s like 2000s R&B and Hip-Hop that we listen to a lot. Recently, we came back to Pharrell’s stuff and Timbaland and N.E.R.D. and The Neptunes and stuff. Then there are new inspirations—we listen to so much stuff. Lately, we’ve been listening to BadBadNotGood, The Internet, Blood Orange…

Cosmo: It’s obviously a big one. I just love Kaytranada for the fact that he can still sound like he’s got enough going on, even though he has such a specific sound.

Patrick: It’s just what’s really minimal about it that’s really full. We learned a lesson listening to all these artists we like where they do a lot with little. A lot of people will try to—us included—fill in the album’s gaps and stuff by adding more layers and details, but often, you just have to get rid of that and just make the initial sound bigger. You can write a really good, incredibly dense song with just 10 layers, whereas when we were starting out we’d do like 100+ tracks and it would just get super dense and get to be a nightmare to mix. This album was about paring back from that and going back to the fundamentals—just really focusing on the core things that make a song great to us. It’s about what we really like about the song and not over embellishing it and trying to keep it to “This is what works.” If it gets overdone, when we finally know that we’ve worked a song too hard, we can stop and pull back a bit and then send it off to George so he can just mix it. It’s good—we finally figured it out. The funnest part of writing a song is like the first day and the rest is hard, meticulous work where you’re concentrated but not necessarily creative. You’re just working at that point and it doesn’t feel fun.

What is your FAULT?

Patrick: Maybe I’m too meticulous—to a fault. I’m too overanalyzed and too self-critical and detailed.

Cosmo: My fault is that I’m the opposite of that. I don’t bring enough control to what I do. It’s too off-kilter to what we’re trying to do.

Patrick: So it kind of works out.

The yin and yang.

Cosmo: It’s totally feng shui.

Patrick: Cosmo brings the vibe and I bring the technicality to it.

For more information on COSMO’S MIDNIGHT, including tour dates, head over to www.cosmos-Midnight.com.

A special thanks to Astral People and SOAP Seoul.

Lifestyle Changes to Make to Carry on the Green Fashion Movement

The green movement is permeating throughout society, with governments, companies, and consumers alike jumping on the bandwagon. Leading this is the fashion industry, though, as the second most polluting industry in the world, it still has a long way to go before it can finally claim to be a sustainable enterprise. With the recent spotlight on sustainable brands, and with top fast fashion companies starting their own sustainable or organic lines, however, things seem to be moving in the right direction. As consumers, we need to keep pushing our favourite brands to adopt more sustainable and ethical business models, so that soon every fashion week will be sustainable, like Helsinki’s last fashion week was.

Encouraging our favourite brands to become greener isn’t, however, the only step we can and should take. We all need to work together to lower our carbon footprint and to leave less waste behind. To further your ethical fashion interest, try making these key lifestyle changes to help the world become a better place.

Digitise Your Hobbies

Electronics might produce a waste themselves, but they can also help us minimise our everyday lives and make everything we do faster, easier and better. That’s why the first step to becoming greener today should be to try to digitise as many of your hobbies as you can. Instead of buying lottery tickets, go to www.unibet.co.uk. Instead of buying a new book, buy an eBook, and so on. Think of how much less waste and space we are producing just because our movies and series can be watched on an entirely digital format? The more digital you can make your life, the less waste you will produce. Just remember to take care of your electronics to extend their life, and only upgrade when your old machines are failing.

Support Zero-Waste, Sustainable, and Organic Brands

All of the plastic we have ever produced still exists today, and will likely continue to exist until long after even our grandchildren die, unless we find some better way to deal with it. This plastic obsession (especially single-use plastics) has resulted in microplastics to be found in nearly every water sample. While projects exist around the world to help clean up the plastic pandemic, the problem won’t stop until we kick this plastic habit entirely. That is why you should try to support zero-waste and sustainable brands as much as possible. You can get everything, from clothes to shampoo, without plastic packaging; you just need to find brands you like in your area.

Reduce Your Consumption

There are two main stages to reducing our waste: One, to buy and support brands that value the planet and their impact. The second is to reduce our consumption. Buy less, choose well and make it last.

Learn How to Repair

Finally, learn how to repair objects. If you do not know or are not comfortable with mending your clothes, take a class. Learn how to create, work with your hands, and extend the life of all the things you own. Not only will you save a lot of money over time, but your home will be less cluttered, and you might just find that you value the things you own that much more.

There are so many ways to be more green, and most of them will help you save money and reconnect with nature at the same time. Be mindful and feel more fulfilled.

What You Need to Know if You Want to Start a Fashion Business

The fashion industry is notoriously difficult to crack. Designers and fashion stores come and go. Some are more successful than others and go the distance, but many fashion startups fail. But, what’s good to know is that this is an industry you can get a foothold in. Creativity is purely optional, and you don’t need to be a designer to achieve success. Here is some helpful guidance if you want to start your own fashion business.

Choosing the Right Startup Idea

There are many different ways to enter the fashion industry and most of them don’t require creativity. Of course, if you have a flair for design and you want to be the next Alexander McQueen, a fashion degree is a good place to start. But if your interest is purely making money, you will find more success in opening a store.
The internet has made it incredibly easy to go into retail, fashion or otherwise. It’s very easy to buy a domain and create an online store. Content Management Platforms such as WordPress, Shopify, and Magento are all geared to e-commerce and you don’t need to be an experienced coder to build an online store.
However, until you have a recognisable brand, your best bet is to start selling on eBay, Etsy, or a similar online platform. Sites like these are perfect for fashion startups. It costs nothing to create listings and until you actually sell something, you won’t pay any fees.
Choose a niche within the fashion industry. For example, if you are interested in accessories, buy some belts, ties, hats, etc., and start listing them. Men’s fashion is a good place to start, but there is no reason why you can’t target women’s fashion too. Women’s fashion is a much bigger market, but it’s also saturated with sellers. Your best chance of success is to find an underserved niche and make it your own.
There is a big market for second-hand goods, especially fashion items. Used designer goods always sell well online. If you know your designers and can source some good quality designer goods, there is money to be made.

Funding a Startup

There are many ways to fund a startup. The most obvious – and cheapest – one is to use your own savings. If you don’t have any spare cash, ask family and friends to help out. You probably won’t need a huge sum of money, to begin with, unless you are jumping in feet first and plan on opening a retail unit on the high street. If this is the case, or you need to invest in more expensive stock, consider taking out a business loan or using a credit card.
Don’t worry too much if your credit rating is less than stellar. There are loan companies who specialise in bad credit loans. Look for a specialist bad credit loan provider with good reviews and fill out an application form. Online loan companies are often more competitive than high street banks and building societies.

Buying Stock

For new items, the best place to source stock is overseas, specifically China. Thanks to sites like Alibaba, you can chat with suppliers and order samples from your armchair. Start small until you know there is a market for your goods. Expect to pay higher prices for items until you can place larger orders. Always check samples before you place an order and remember to factor in shipping costs/taxes when ordering stock from overseas.

Dropshipping

If you don’t have space to store stock, look at Dropshipping. The dropshipping model has become popular in recent years. It’s very simple. You act as the middleman between the supplier and the customer. When the customer places an order on your site, you order direct from the supplier and arrange for the goods to be shipped straight to the customer. The difference between the price the customer pays and the price you pay the supplier is your gross profit. Deduct any cost and you are left with the net profit.

Marketing

It takes time to build a brand, so you will need to do some marketing to find customers. Working via a site like eBay is easy, as the site takes care of all the SEO for you. As long as you set your prices at the optimum level, use the right keywords, and provide good customer service, you are good to go. Once you leave these sites behind, you need to put more effort in.
Start with social media. Create a social media presence and try selling through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. PPC ads are also effective, as well as economical. If you want your fashion website to be more visible, hire an expert to plan an online marketing campaign, but for a high street store, more traditional marketing methods still apply.

If you have a burning desire to be an entrepreneur, fashion is a fun business to get into, so give it a try!

3 Ways To Wear a Golf Shirt off the Course, and 6 Shirts To Try It With

There’s no denying the appeal of wearing athletic wear on a full-time basis. 10 years ago, the thought of wearing any kind of sports shoes with a suit was unheard of, but today it’s almost expected. The ability to wear sports clothes in any setting other than their natural habitat is the sign of a cultured and fashion-forward man.

If you’re just dipping your toe in the world of sportswear for everyday wear, fear not as we’ve put together this list of ways you can wear a golf shirt off the course and feel sharp doing it. There are three main ways you can rock a golf shirt off the course and they’re all suitable for a number of different environments. Wearing sports wear as everyday wear is fast becoming the norm, so no need to worry about rocking up with work in a golf shirt under your blazer. Seriously, everyone is doing it. Here are our top three ways to wear a golf shirt off the course, and six options to try it with.

With a Suit

If you’re looking for an easy way to dress down an everyday suit, then adding a golf shirt in place of your normal dress shirt is the easiest way to do this. It’s great in the summer months when the performance fabric will help keep you cool no matter what the day throws at you.

To perfect this look,try switching out your usual dress shoes with a pair of statement sneakers. Obviously, this look isn’t going to fly in every office environment, but if your work dress code is somewhat relaxed it’s worth a try.

Perfect this look by pairing a dark suit with a neutral polo. This RLX golf shirt in French Navy would be a great addition to your work wardrobe. Likewise, this full button Puma Golf shirt in peacoat heather is an interesting twist on the three button style with buttons running right down the front. With a blazer over the top, you wouldn’t even know you aren’t wearing a dress shirt.

Smart/ Casual

It’s a common dilemma. You’re heading to a work function, a party or a wedding and the dress code says smart casual. Very few people feel at home in the smart casual realm, but rocking a golf shirt is a surefire way to guarantee you toe the line of this dress code perfectly.

Start the look with a well-fitted pair of chinos or a smart looking pair of jeans (if you think you can get away with it). Slip on your favourite pair of loafers and then select your golf shirt of choice. Depending on the occasion, you can go bold and bright or smart and sophisticated. This look works great in the summer months and will ensure you observe both sides of the smart and casual dress code.

If you’re looking to make a statement, this bright fuschia golf shirt from Ted Baker is a sure winner. The contrast collar adds a little interest and the bold hue is enough to get you noticed anywhere. If you’re looking for something more subtle, this Nike golf shirt with contrasting stripe sleeves is the perfect choice. The contrast sleeves add enough interest to stop it becoming too boring.

Athleisure

Love it or hate it, the term athleisure isn’t going anywhere, so it might be time to embrace the look and get comfortable being comfortable. Athleisure wear is like an updated take on the gym wear trend. To perfect this look, you have to make it look like you just rolled out of the gym, but in your finest fitness duds. This isn’t about standard sweats and a grubby tank top, it’s about premium fabrics and neutral palettes that make everyone feel like an Instagram influencer out for brunch.

Start with a pair of well fitted joggers in a premium, luxury fabric. Add your best pair of trainers and then layer up a light bomber over your favourite golf shirt. The golf shirt elevates the look to create something more than an everyday athleisure outfit. In terms of colours, tonal layering is the key to achieving this look. This means layering up different shades of the same colour, usually a neutral tone like black or grey.

If you want to try this look, you can’t go wrong with this Galvin Green golf shirt in iron grey. The technical fabric with a slight stretch is ideal for everyday wear while the textured stripe pattern is the perfect foundation for any athleisure outfit. If you like the look of vintage sports wear, this Hugo Boss golf shirt in white and dark blue with a contrasting grey stripe is the perfect choice.

If you want to show your love for the sport and wear your golf shirt off the course, all of these looks will allow you to do this with style.

How To Dare To Wear White This Summer

Summer is just around the corner, if not pretty much here already.

For us fashionistas, it means warmer weather and the opportunity to introduce lighter colours and styling to our everyday wardrobe.

White clothes just aren’t welcome during the Winter (although there is nothing wrong with it, but there’s just something about the glowing bright shade whilst the weather is murky and dull that doesn’t quite work). But many people feel that white clothes can be dangerous territory altogether.

Let me tell you – white clothes are a brilliant way to show off your complexion, or if you’re anything like us, then that weekly fake tan. They make you look bright and beautiful, fresh and modern, and I white is actually a trending color this season.

Still not convinced you can rock the white trend? Check out my #trendingwhite style inspiration below, for the ultimate tips on how to wear white this Summer with Zaful items…

White Denim

The comfiest of trousers look amazing in white. Believe us when we say a white wide or straight leg pair of jeans will elevate any outfit. Style up your white jeans in monochrome colours, teamed with trainers or a heel and you’re good to go.
These Distressed Skinny Jeans with Pockets are a flattering skinny fit, but come with a rip design to give them a little more creativity. If you want to team your white jeans with a crop top but don’t feel like baring your belly, opt for a pair of High Waisted Ripped Jeans, which sit at the waist and look perfect with a bandeau or crop top.

The White Skirt

This versatile item is perfect for mix-and-match, you can literally wear an asymmetrical white skirt with any colour summer top. Switch out the accessories for a different styling each day, we love the combination of either a ruffle style mini skirt, or a tea length ruffle skirt. Team with cami’s, crops, and everything in-between!

The Slit Ruffles Mini Skirt will look great with practically anything, from a loose fitting kimono cover up like the Batwing Sleeve V Neck Printed Blouse or a cute bright yellow off-shoulder top.

Ideal for holidays and walks on the beach, this Tuve-Top And Maxi Skirt Two Piece Prom Dress set looks super pretty and a great way to wear white in lightweight materials.

The White Shirt

An oversized white shirt has always been a wardrobe essential, and the good news is you can use this trend for the Summer. If it’s oversized enough, you can even wear it as a dress or over jeans for everyday workwear. You can roll the sleeves up slightly to tailor the look, or team with black boots and oversized chunky jewellery to accessorise.
The good news here is that it’s totally OK to bring in splashes of other colours or prints. This Embroidered Oversized Shirt looks fab tucked into jeans, but would also work well tucked into denim shorts or a denim mini skirt.

Our favourite look is teamed with distressed denim cutoff shorts, like this look below.

This Button Down Plaid Knotted Shirt is also a gorgeous take on the white shirt trend. The faint plaid print gives it a relaxed look, and you can again easily team up with sassy shorts, like these High Waisted White Shorts, of a little skirt.

White Smart-Casual

A white jumpsuit or playsuit gives a real classy look that you can take from smart to casual in no time, and is the perfect holiday look for a city break weekend, or week-long beach holiday. Dress it up by layering a blazer over a romper style playsuit for an easy instant outfit, or wear alone with sunglasses and an oversize clutch for that beach break glam.

Lace Trim Tie Shoulder Romper With Dot Pattern

 

All White Everything

Now this one is for the braver fashionistas! If you dare to wear all white, try pairing a white wide legged trousers with a white body underneath, making it an easy way of styling your day-to-night look.
Or, opt for a white denim jacket for the daytime to make your look more casual. There are so many white outer wear items which can look great with white bodysuits without being to OTT.

The White Summer Dress

Last but not least- the white Summer dress is an essential holiday piece, that is literally a failsafe item. If you’re not into dresses though, don’t worry, we got you. Swap out for with a jumpsuit or playsuit as mentioned above, to keep you cool but still look hot.

Wear your White flowing dress with heels or sandals and your fave statement sunglasses. Some favourites are below:

Remember, if you’re a little worried about rocking the white trend, there are always more subtle ways to step into it. These including opting for off-white, cream and beige shades first, or teaming one white key item, like a t-shirt, with other shades to ease you into it.

Give it a go!

MAALS Watches: guest post by co-founder Andy Sealey

In the beginning: the start of MAALS Watches

 

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Jump Over The Moon brushed steel by MAALS

 

Guest post by @AndyLSealey

My brother and I have always collected watches. None of them too expensive – some old, some new – but all a bit out of the norm in design. After years of talking but not doing, we bit the bullet and finally decided to start our own watch company and design watches that we’d be happy to have in our own collections.

This series of blogs will be about our journey from cool idea to reality. We’ve never written a blog or started a company before, so this is a whole new exciting – but a little scary – world for us. Welcome to MAALS Watches.

 

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Etched caseback art by The Art of Okse on the steel and black versions of Jump Over The Moon

 

MAALS Watches: the history

 

I, (Andy), started collecting watches when I moved to my own place at 18. New job, new city, new flat, so (of course) new clothes and a new watch or two had to be done. I started off with a Storm Camera which I stumbled across in a trendy charity shop in Worcester where I was living. That first one sparked an interest in Storm watches and their designs. After that I picked up a Storm Navigator and a lovely Storm Bubble, then a couple of Tokyo flash pieces.

The Storm Bubble was swapped for drinks on a special works night out by a friend of mine, whom I’d lent it to – we had some serious words about that one. The rest of my collection was unfortunately stolen – along with the TV, Stereo, photographs, (honestly, why?), and my housemates’ car – when the house I was living in was burgled. I stopped collecting after that for a long while. Partly because there wasn’t anything I really wanted, but mostly because I simply didn’t feel like collecting anymore.

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Jump Over The Moon black and steel – UK designed, unique moonphase timepieces

 

I started collecting again thanks to my other half who bought me an Armani as a birthday present. My small collection now consists of:

  • Armani
  • Two Skagens
  • Nooka Zub Blue
  • Nooka Zaz with its see-through dial
  • Storm Ovnik Blue
  • A gorgeous brushed rose gold Lasser jump hour, which is about as old as me I think.

My brother Bruno’s love of watches started much longer ago than mine. Old Mr Manny, who lived upstairs from us in the block of flats we lived in when we were both young, used to repair watches and taught him about movements and some basic repair bits for mechanical watches.

 

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Jump Over The Moon black steel by MAALS

 

MAALS Watches: the watch collectors

 

Time moved on and so did we. Bruno went to Uni in Liverpool in the 1990s where he brought his first watch: an Adidas sports watch, with money from being a lifeguard and working for the university. He had been given several by then but this one was with his own money. That was followed quickly by one of the first Puma watches, which he unfortunately lost. Several digital watches came and went while living and working in Japan, which would have been exceptionally cool if he still had them.

His collection today is very eclectic and goes like this:

  • Adidas sports watch
  • Next Prism
  • 1973 Damas 17 jewels automatic jump hour
  • Swatch London
  • Swatch California
  • Zirro Mercury
  • A Skagen
  • A Mondaine
  • Citizen Eco Drive Stealth
  • Lip Mach 2000 Chronograph
  • Xeric Xeriscope Square
  • A Garmin fitness tracker/sports watch

And

  • 3 Disney watches

I did say it was eclectic…

 

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Jump Over The Moon black steel with MAALS handmade leather watch pouch

 

MAALS Watches: The brand

 

Coming up with the idea for our watch has been far easier than creating the brand for it, to be honest. At first, we just wanted a cool name, which sounds easy but, frankly, every idea sounded rubbish. Eventually moving away from trying to be cool, we settled on simply making the brand personal. The idea being that the more it means to us, then the more we’ll put into it. It all sounds so obvious now that  I’m sitting here writing it…!

MAALS stands for Mark Anthony Andrew Lee Sealey – the initials from my brother and my name tailed with our family name. Simple and personal.

After that it was just a question of researching the watch market, creating a unique watch design, finding a reputable manufacturing partner, creating business and finance plans and lots more besides…

Still: at least the name is simple.

 

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How to Find a Men’s Wedding Band That Fits Perfectly

Choosing a wedding band is a very personal endeavor. After all, it’s supposed to represent your undying love for your spouse and will be the one accessory you wear every day.

But it can be an overwhelming process. The options are seemingly endless once you start looking. There are more materials and styles available than ever before. And of course, you can always decide to go with a custom design.

Whether you’re considering modern meteorite wedding bands or want a simple, traditional gold band, it’s important to put some thought into the decision after your better half accepts your proposal.

To Match or Not to Match

Obviously, you and your fiance make a great pair, but should you get matching wedding bands? That’s a discussion every couple should have well in advance of the wedding.

Some couples like to have wedding bands that look the same as a way to signify that marriage has made them one. But other couples are composed of two very independent individuals that like to do their own thing. You may want to find bands that compliment one another without being exactly the same.

There’s no right or wrong answer. Just make sure you’re on the same page before you go ring shopping.

Personal Style

You chose an engagement ring that reflects your fiance’s personal style, and the same should hold true for your wedding band. The best wedding bands for worldly men will be quite different than the ones chosen by men that like to keep things simple.

For some men, personal style is well cultivated and they know exactly what ring will fit the rest of their wardrobe. Others may need to put some thought to what their personal style is and how that factors into their wedding band. Take time to consider what your personal style is and how it has evolved over the years. This will give you a better idea of what ring will fit your personal style for years to come.

Finger Fit

Like your suits and shoes, fit is a big part of finding the best wedding band. Size is certainly an important consideration no matter what type of wedding band you choose. You may want to get professional sizing done by a jeweler to confirm the actual size. But you should also think about the width of the band, how raised it is off the finger and how it’s constructed.

There is something called comfort fit bands. These bands are designed so that the interior of the band is curved or doomed rather than straight and flat. This makes the ring more comfortable when it’s going over the bulge of the knuckle.

One of the most common questions men ask is how snug a wedding band should be. A good rule of thumb is that the band should go over the knuckle with a little bit of friction and be snug enough to fit on the finger without slop. Getting the best fit possible means you need to understand ring finger anatomy and consider what type of fingers you have before buying.

Day-to-Day Lifestyle

Do you have a labor intensive job? Are you hands-on with your hobbies? Your day-to-day lifestyle is another consideration. This will largely influence the material of the ring since some materials are more durable than others.

Titanium is the most durable metal on the market, and it’s also lightweight. Platinum is also durable, but it weighs more. If you need a wedding band that can handle roughly handling you may want to steer clear of silver and high karat gold.

Don’t Be Afraid to Splurge

You can’t put a price on love. You also shouldn’t hold back when it comes to the most important piece of jewelry you’ll ever own that represents such a major milestone in life. Definitely set a budget that you’re comfortable with, but don’t be afraid to splurge.