Minimalism is really having its moment this season. Thanks to The Row and Bottega Veneta, the pared-back approach to dressing has really taken hold in 2020. However, and perhaps this is more of a personal problem, is that I always struggle to keep this aesthetic looking interesting. Sure, I can dabble with a white-shirt–and–black-trousers combo, but I can end up looking a bit like a waitress.
The thing is, I’m not a die-hard minimalist, so I haven’t honed the skills needed to really understand what it takes to make basics look super cool. And right now, with plenty of us working from home, basics are a must. So how do those who favour the above style keep it looking interesting when working from home? I spoke to four of my favourite minimalist Instagrammers and they all told me their secrets. Keep scrolling for 28 outfits that make basics look interesting, plus some great tips that will make you want to go minimalist full-time.
“Right now, I can’t do without my cashmere loungewear. I have a few sets and absolutely love them. But to feel more put together on a working day, I’d say putting on makeup, a bit of jewellery (I don’t wear much) and a spritz of perfume help me feel ready. As for helping to draw a line between my working looks and downtime, I try and keep my WFH outfits to ones which don’t make me want to curl up on the sofa! So either a nice voluminous dress or laid-back tailoring, and I’ll always put on some shoes or sandals. Then on more relaxed days, I’ll wear some cashmere loungewear and cashmere socks with my Birkenstocks.”
“I can’t do without a really good pair of socks right now and my Uniqlo cashmere jumpers. (I buy from the men’s section.) I wear them around the house all day, then slip on some trainers to go for a walk. I love the white socks/white trainers combination so I still feel stylish even though I am only going for a walk. I avoid wearing sweatpants all day! I never thought I would be someone who wears jeans or trousers around the house, but here we are. At the end of the day, I put my comfies back on and it helps create some boundary between the working day and time to relax.”
“My advice would be to get out of your loungewear and wear what you would normally wear to work. And, of course, if it’s possible, work in a different room than where you spend your downtime. This motivates me to get dressed up because it feels like I’m going to the office. I’ve been wearing the ‘nice top with blue jeans’ look quite a lot at home lately. It’s casual, but it feels like I’ve made an effort. Also, when I get out of my pjs, I’m not tempted to just chill all day. Also, I’m wearing my earrings and rings all the time now. I never used to wear jewellery at home before, but I feel really polished when I do.”
“As someone who works from home usually, I haven’t noticed any massive changes in my dressing habits (maybe just a few more pyjamas days than I usually would), but what I have found myself doing is shopping my own wardrobe more in a bid to get creative with what I already own. It’s been a good exercise to really dig through everything, styling things in new ways and falling in love with older pieces again.
“Also, when working from home, don’t feel like you can’t still dress up as you usually would for work. I’ve found there to be something quite fun and enjoyable about dressing up for a day of Zoom meetings and then as soon as it’s time to clock off, I put on my cashmere joggers and a comfy sweater. A pair of tailored trousers never fail to make me feel smart. I’ve been reaching for wider and straight leg styles, so I am still comfortable while at home all day. Failing that, I put on a great dress! My final tip would be (even if I have a ‘no makeup and joggers’ kind of day) putting some earrings and a necklace on to instantly feel more polished.”
While you might be getting ready to sleep at night, this is when your skin is gearing up to do it’s biggest job—it does its best work at night; restoring, rejuvenating and recharging. That is why, more than ever, your evening routine needs to create the perfect environment for your skin to do its thing. When designing your evening routine, implementing an effective night cream will not only round off your skincare steps but aid your skin to do all the aforementioned work it needs to do.
The products that you’ll more likely see results from are often formulated with stronger ingredients and richer textures to stand the course of several hours compared to a serum or day moisturiser. More often than not we seek a night cream that combats the trials of the day and offers other benefits such as brightening and firmly, and that usually comes in the form of an anti-ageing product.
To find the perfect night cream for your needs, looking out for key ingredients will help to decipher the most effective and robust creams to see your skin through the night. Vitamins A, C and E will help to fight damage caused by exposure and free radicals. Creating a shield over the skin, antioxidants infused in your night cream will lead to a brighter complexion as well as guard against pollutants. Peptides also an ingredient to watch out for—this small group of amino acids signal and stimulate collagen production. This protein provides the structure for the skin as well as strengthening, hydrating and improving elasticity—essentially making the skin feel and appear firmer. But no night cream is effective without hydrators and their thirst-quenching properties. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerol and shea butter help the skin to retain its moisture and as a result the skin is plumper, nourished and more flexible in structure.
Whilst night creams are small miracle workers, they are also complimented by a good night routine and ritual. Ensure you are drinking plenty of water and you are getting your recommended hours of rest (they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing) and swap out your cotton pillowcase for a silk pillowcase, the natural properties help to nurture the skin whilst you sleep.
Now keep scrolling for our edit of the best anti-ageing night creams…
You can never underestimate the power of fragrance, it’s sweet, woody or zesty notes can transport any individual to a particular memory and boost any mood. The best fragrances linger on the skin and turns heads as you walk down the street. Whilst fragrances are trans-seasonal, there is something about a fragrance in the summer that makes an impact. Whether it’s inspired by the sweet yet sultry setting on the Mediterranean or boasting the zesty notes of citrus, summer fragrances add a little extra energy and vibrancy during the warmer months. And right now, the high street is delivering when it comes to fragrance. It used to be that the only decent scents were expensive but recently, that’s all changed. With the likes of Zara and & Other Stories offering up incredible fragrances, I often turn to the high street for perfume.
As the fragrance wardrobe is ever-changing, depending on mood, investing in lust-worthy expensive fragrances can seem quite daunting. Hence our edit of sultry, seductive and fresh scents that sustains it quality but are inexpensive and worth the investment. “Pretty florals always prove to be extremely popular especially with the sparkling notes of orange blossom, tuberose, jasmine and rose” says sustainable perfumer, Amy Christiansen, founder of Sana Jardin, exploring the notes that individuals reach for over the summer months. “If I had to choose notes which best evoke the feelings of summer, I would choose lemon, jasmine, ylang ylang and orange blossom, they will transport anyone to an exotic location”.
With that in mind, I suggest you scroll through my edit of the best affordable summer fragrances.
Right now, we must admit that scrolling through Instagram doesn’t seem like the healthiest of ways to spend time. With workout videos, home tours and book reviews galore, it’s all too easy to fall into a comparison trap while scrolling through your feed. However, there is one particular Instagram movement happening right now that we think everyone can benefit from, and that’s the one where our favourite celebs show us what’s in their bathroom cabinets, including their go-to beauty products.
With literally everyonein their homes at the moment, even the A-list can’t resist giving us a little glimpse into their everyday routines. While we all appreciate a good nosey into anyone’s beauty collection, there is a handful of celeb routines that we are itching to see. And as if the social media gods are granting us one beauty wish at a time, the queen of glow, Emily Ratajkowski, recently took to Instagram to share her go-to skincare products of the moment.
In a quick Q+A session with her followers, one beauty buff wanted to know more about the model’s skincare routine. And just like so many of us, it turns out EmRata’s skin isn’t enjoying being locked up indoors much at the moment either. “My skin isn’t amazing right now. I’ve been picking a lot because I’m at home, but this is what I use,” she said before sharing an edited selection of products.
Don’t worry if you missed it—we’ve got you. If you’re as in awe of Emily’s perpetual glow as we are and want to know more about the beauty products she swears by, keep scrolling.
As someone who’s worked in fashion for quite a few years, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked for wardrobe advice. One area in particular that people want to know about is which colours suit them. While I always think you need to just work out what you love and go from there, I do know that there is one colour that suits everyone.
A few years ago, my colleague and Editor-in-chief of Who What Wear UK Hannah Almassi wrote a piece on how red, and in particular primary red, is actually the most universally-flattering colour and suits all skin tones. Despite this, I’ve had a lot of people tell me that this colour isn’t for them.
While I’ve always been a fan of the hue, I hope that any red naysayers will be encouraged to opt for it, now presented with the above evidence. And my favourite way to wear it right now? In the form of a summer dress. Because, trust me, you’ll wear it every year from now on. Keep scrolling to see how Grece Ghanem is wearing red summer dresses then shop my edit of the best…
Working as an editor on a fashion publication, I am always on the lookout for new sources of inspiration, particularity when it comes to putting together a winning outfit. In the saturated world of social media, it’s all too easy to get lost in a hole of cookie-cutter ensembles and variations-on-a-theme influencer feeds. The trick is to look to places that might not seem obvious, and for me that’s Net-a-Porter.
It’s simple: if I’m struggling to think of new ways to style something I’ll simply search for similar pieces on the site and it’ll come up with countless examples professionally styled outfits. Or, if I just need some general ideas for new pairings, I’ll look in the new-in section and see what takes my fancy. Plus, as someone who always struggles more with high summer fashion, Net-a-Porter has been a godsend over the last month, with so many fab warm weather looks filtering in.
Now that the temperatures are starting to hit the mid-twenties, it’s time for me to get my fix of new season fashion inspo. At the top of my list is Nicholas’ achingly-cool knitted vest and longline shorts get-up that I plan on recreating with my chunky Birkenstocks. I also have a serious crush on Bondi Born’s terracotta-coloured bikini and trousers set, which will look just as good for sunbathing in the park as it will on your summer holidays in 2021. Scroll down to see the four outfits that caught my eye this season and shop the looks.
Whether you’re a shoe hoarder or a jacket fanatic, a dress lover or a bag addict, it’s safe to say that there is an independent brand to cater to your wardrobe needs.Thanks to word of mouth and the power of social media, theever-diversifying fashion industry is finally allowing niche labels to come to the fore. Big brands don’t have a monopoly over the landscape, as many customers are wanting to invest in original design and lesser-known styles.
Sadly, some of these labels are being hit by the current crisis, and as a publication, we’re doing our very best to support the talent we love in any way possible. That’s why we’ve dedicated our end-of-month shopping gallery to these independent brands. Honestly, we were spoilt for choice, and we wish we could include every brand we came across online (although that would turn into a long article), but we managed to whittle it down to 51 summer-ready pieces.
Of course, we understand that many of you are tightening the purse strings right now, but we would love for you to show your support by giving your favourite independent brand some airtime on social media, posting a nice comment on its feed, or even just giving it a like—every little bit helps! But if you happen to be in need of a little fashion-based pick-me-up this month, scroll down to see the pieces we’re loving this summer. Enjoy!
It’s no secret that we’re enamored with French-girl style over here at Who What Wear. From the effortless basics they wear time and time again to the lingerie brands they love and the beauty products they swear by to their low-maintenance hair cuts, we love to delve into how to achieve that effortlessly cool, unconventional yet refined French-girl aesthetic.
So now that summer is here, we’re honing in on the affordable trends that french girls are wearing and loving this warm-weather season. From classics such as straw bags to runway-approved trends such as crochet, french girls are serving us some seriously chic style this summer. Scroll below to shop all the chic trends for under £150.
It often takes a minute for beauty to catch up with conversations that have been circling in social media communities. Skin acceptance and skin positivity movements have been making their way around for a while, but there’s not really been a brand whose been able to capture it in an authentic way.
Yes, un-retouched photographs of models are a huge deal but this authenticity needs to follow through in all areas of the brand. I’m talking everything from prices to how they’re engaging with their audience.
So, enter Skin Proud with their call to have us all embracing our skin. Not just one type of skin either, as the brand has made it a priority to make the products and language they use as inclusive as possible. Not a single person or skin type will be left behind and in an industry with so many barriers, it’s seriously refreshing.
Skin Proud back all of this up with an affordable range of products under £15 that are cruelty free, 100% vegan and focus on transparency.
Already crushing? Well, wait until you try the products. I was already fan-girling when I read up on the brand, but once the products landed on my face, it was a game-changer.
I tried out the entire range of products that are super easy-to-use, look great in my bathroom cabinet and actually work. As in, after using Skin Proud my skin is softer, bouncier and more radiant than it was before. I’m well aware that I sound like I’m auditioning for a 3 minute TV advert here, but trust me, this is some good stuff.
Want in on the action? Keep scrolling to read my review of the products.
I don’t know if I ate too much jelly and ice-cream when I was younger, but I’ll buy any beauty product that has a jelly-like feel. This moisturiser melted into my skin and felt like a breath of fresh air on an uncomfortably hot fan-free day. It honestly feels like splashing your face with water and the soothing rose flower and hyaluronic acid provide all the bouncy skin results.
This serum is gentle yet oh so effective. If you’ve been nervous about giving retinol a go, then this serum that’s also filled with rosehip oil, hyaluronic acid and 0.5% retinol, might be just what you’re looking for. 8.5 hours of sleep later and my skin was exfoliated, tighter (in the best way) but still super supple.
Thanks to the insufficient thickness of my yoga leggings, I’ve got a very sad case of dry patches on my knees. Luckily, this balm came into my life at just the right time and I’ve been slathering the jojoba and coconut oil base all over my sore knees ever since. They’re back to normal now and I credit this all-rounder with the transformation.
It’s always a risky move when you try new skincare the night before hosting a Zoom event but the scent of this overnight mask reeled me in. In case you’re wondering, it smells like berry sweets in a bag of pick ‘n’ mix. That’ll be the nourishing cranberry seed oil and raspberry extract.
I usually like thick, mascarpone-like masks so I wasn’t sure how well this super lightweight texture would fare. All I have to say is that I woke up to dewy skin that felt deeply hydrated and somehow changed how well my makeup application went. Sold.
I haven’t been riding the hyaluronic acid wave and it’s for no reason other than that I got distracted by other ingredients. I always got the hype but there’s one too many half full bottles of the stuff taking up space in my bathroom. This one is set to be a keeper though as the refreshing gel is the perfect texture and as it delivers so much glow and hydration, I’ve not needed to use as many other products.
I must admit, I don’t rate eye creams at all as I am yet to find one that delivers on its promises. But, my under-eyes have been getting pretty dehydrated recently, so I put my skepticism to one side and tried this. With the mighty trio of shea butter, vitamin C and niacinamide (my ride-or-die); my hayfever eyes feel much less irritated and more moisturised.
The texture of the cream is so light it disappears instantly when you applied; from this day onwards heavy eye creams are no longer welcome.
I have to admit that by beauty editor standards, my beauty routine is relatively low-key. Don’t get me wrong—I love an at-home beauty treatment just as much as the next person, but finding the time to sit down and spend hours upon hours tending to my skin, hair, nails and makeup isn’t so easy. And besides the time aspect of things, I also find myself getting bored very quickly. If you ask me, I’d say that my daily beauty routine is just like any other person’s, but perhaps with just a bit more product variety.
Then, every so often, I get a reality check. It turns out that actually, for most, a structured beauty routine doesn’t go that far beyond a daily cleansing (often just with a face wipe or micellar water) and moisturising. But that was before. Now, everyone seems to be itching to invest some of their recently freed-up time in their beauty routines.
As a result of this, I have been inundated with messages from friends and family wanting to pick my brains on exactly what beauty products I’m using during this trying time. And while I haven’t massively switched up my daily beauty line up, I have been taking advantage of having an extra couple of free hours in the day for a bit of pampering. Along with the rest of our lives, it’s reasonable that over the past few weeks, our beauty priorities are starting to shift too. For instance, I have pared my daily makeup routine right back and have found myself reaching for moisturising formulas that I would never usually favour.
So for those looking to expand their beauty horizons (or simply if you’re feeling a little nosey), keep scrolling for my current working-from-home beauty routine, from the minute I wake up to the minute I hit the hay.