Summer Shirt Statement

When you pull out a shirt from your wardrobe for work, an event or even an interview, do you ever wish your button-down was a little less boring? Shirts are, of course, a timeless classic; a wardrobe staple that we have relied on as part of our sartorial daily repertoire for decades. Elegant and effortless, a shirt is the perfect companion to everything from a trouser suit to your favourite frayed jeans or a patent skirt.

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The classic white shirt is now anything but boring, as dozens of designers experimented with its proportions for entirely new incarnations. Simon Porte Jacquemus gave his sculptural bubble sleeves, Stella McCartney made hers with mismatched panels and Dolce and Gabbana added tiers of ruffles.


Where to Bottomless Brunch in London

We all know the British invented drinking, but did you know they invented brunch as well?

At least that’s how the legend goes. Now this inbetweeny meal – not quite breakfast, not quite lunch – has been greatly improved by the addition of free refills on daytime-appropriate bubbly and cocktails. And while this new wave of alcohol-soaked midday dining may have its roots across the pond, what could be a more natural activity for Londoners than the so-called bottomless brunch, which brings together a sociable weekend meal and excessive amounts of booze?

Where: Bunga Bunga, Battersea
Nearest tube: South Kensington/Fulham Broadway, or Battersea Park/Imperial Wharf rail station.
When: Saturdays, 11:30am-5pm
Cuisine: Italian
The deal: “Two hours of Frizanti and “do it yourself” bellini kits, a full 3 course brunch including breads, pastries, jams, antipasti meat platters and metro brunch pizzas, followed by fresh fruit and gelato,” plus live entertainment and karaoke. £38 per person before 2pm, £48 afterwards.

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Where: Avenue, Mayfair
Nearest tube: Green Park
When: All day Saturdays and Sundays.
Cuisine: British
The deal: £22.50 for 2 courses or £27.50 for 3 courses, plus £15 for unlimited prosecco and Bloody Marys. Full menu here.

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Where: Bad Egg, Moorgate
Nearest tube: Moorgate
When: Saturdays 10am-5pm; Sundays 12-5pm
Cuisine: Americanish
The deal: Three dishes and unlimited cava, Bloody Marys and mimosas for £32.50. Virgin option: £22.50. Full menu here.

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Where: Mews of Mayfair, Mayfair
Nearest tube: Bond Street/Oxford Circus
When: Sundays, 12-4pm
Cuisine: British
The deal: £20 for 2 courses or £25 for 3 courses, plus £15 for unlimited prosecco, bellinis, mimosas and Bloody Marys with two courses or more. Full menu here.

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Where: Hot Box, The City
Nearest tube: Aldgate
When: Sundays, 12-4pm
Cuisine: Americanish 
The deal: At this East London barbecue mecca, a ‘Liquid Brunch’ for £25 p/p is on the cards including the usual bubbles and more – there’s even five variations of Bloody Mary. We are particular fans of their Eggs Benedict with Smoked Pork Belly and the Green Bloody Mary with Chimichurri, Jalapeño Tabasco and Cucumber – Full menu here.

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Any recommendations let me know below!


Winter Print

Winter print, it’s a no-brainer really. When it feels cold outside, you should bring warmth and personality into what you wear. And nothing says that better than a spiralling, frenetic pattern or painterly splatters. It’s also a lot more interesting than just the traditional blocks of black, grey, navy and brown colour palettes that so often dominate the season. Even so, if you do prefer a more sombre palette, then this is exactly the time to make sure the pieces you do choose are those that come with some sort of razzle-dazzle too.

But let’s get something straight: winter print is different to summer print. The latter you’ll find spring-fresh or neon-bright in tone and radiating from a wispy-wafting piece of chiffon. Use of black is sparse, if at all, and motifs themselves rightly depict paradise vistas and beyond. Winter print is underpinned by bold graphics, geometric formations and an often slightly jarring (but in a good away) colourway.

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Dries Van Noten did it most memorably this season: spiralling kaleidoscopic lines of magenta and orange, navy and yellow, and monochrome. Sunglasses weren’t worn just for show this time round, they were required. Modern art movements informed collections from Chanel and Burberry to Roksanda and Prada.

The pros for winter print are that you’ll stand out on a grey day – both against the backdrop of a rainy cityscape and the legions of winter-coat-wearers that wander its streets. It’s also a nice reminder that winter isn’t just a month of gloom – getting darker earlier and staying so for longer – and that colour can still reign supreme beyond the realms of July and August.

But the way to wear it is either head-to-toe as one item such as a dress or coat; or select one choice piece and make that your sartorial centrepiece, as it were. Valentino‘s circus-bright skirt in pink, red and black will work with a black roll-neck jumper; Acne’s zingy mini needs only a band-style T-shirt or simply a plain design; while tops will easily bring something new to favourite jeans or faithful smart bottoms.

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How to Wear White in the Winter

Practical it’s not, but the layering of parchment to oyster to cream looks so appealing and cozy, even more so long after the summer sun sets. HOW TO WEAR IT Don’t try to match shades; enjoy the subtleties. Select rich fabrics with texture and plush.

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We’ve already established that white after Labor Day is not only acceptable but encouraged—consider it a chic alternative to all-black. Even better, the monochromatic look fits almost any style, whether you’re a minimalist, maximalist, or somewhere in between.

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Thanks to El Nino, most of the country is *not *going to have a white Christmas. But a lack snow isn’t going to stop you, right? Right. Why not channel your snow-loving side with a winter white outfit. Now, more than trading cotton for cashmere, the rules of wearing white in the winter are way different than in the summer. It’s all about layering, fit, and combining different shades of white, ecru and even beige.

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