TEAM ZOELLA SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

Everything We’re Loving From Mango

Mango is the fuss-free Spanish señorita of the high street, looking forever put together with their simple yet trendy effortless pieces.

Perfecto for your fruit salad and autumnal wardrobe (yes we’ve got pumpkin spice on the brain already), Mango is a high street dream for your back to office/uni/smart/casj needs, and this week the team are delving into their fave pieces for the month of September and beyond. And with 79% of their garments already containing sustainable properties (which will be 100% by 2022!), you can both feel and look good whilst choosing your new favourite cool-weather garms.

Mango is the fuss-free Spanish señorita of the high street, looking forever put together with their simple yet trendy (100+ mum points for using the word trendy in 2021) pieces helping you achieve that ‘just rolled out of bed but looking 10/10’ look effortlessly. Think straight leg jeans and a simple white shirt, perfectly oversized blazers and tailored trousers, as well as fun jumpsuits and accessories that add a certain je ne sais quoi to any look. Now that Topshop is no more, Mango might just be taking the lead in offering the perfect balance of timeless and fun under one roof.

Zoe

I could browse the Mango site all day there is so much I love on there! These were a few bits that I spotted that I’d love to add to my wardrobe. I particularly love the horoscope necklaces, they’re so pretty!

*Mango, Oversized hooded sweater, £59.99 | *Mango, Aries horoscope necklace, £17.99 | *Mango, Flowers knit sweater, £35.99 | *Mango, Printed modal dress, £35.99

Lareese

I’m a big fan of Mango! Their campaign imagery always makes me want to buy everything. I’ve had to rein it in on my ‘add to cart’ items, especially since they’re just starting to get into Autumncore. Who’d have thought I’d be adding CLOGS to my Weekly Wants but here we are!

*Mango, Oversize leather-effect trench coat, £99.99 | *Mango, Track outsole boots, £59.99 | *Mango, Studded leather clog, £49.99 | *Mango, Pleated suit trousers, £35.99 | *Mango, Chunky knit cardigan, £49.99 | *Mango, Stone seal ring, £12.99

Danielle

If you didn’t already know Mango has started to offer clothing up to a size 4XL, not the whole range but a good portion of it which is great to see. I decided to pick out a little “back to work outfit” as we start to re-enter the office and in-person meetings. I went with this super wearable bronze and black striped silk shirt, faux leather leggings and a black blazer. These three items can be mixed and matched with tons of other items to bring your wardrobe a formal vibe. I’ve paired all that with a smart handbag I can fit my laptop in, and some classic moccasins – always my autumn shoe of choice before boot season hits!

*Mango, Satin striped shirt, £35.99 | *Mango, Double-breasted blazer, £69.99 | *Mango, Faux leather leggings, £29.99 | *Mango, Geometric design basket bag, £59.99 | *Mango, Buckle leather moccasins, £59.99

Charlotte

We’re heading back to the office next week and I need a new wardrobe STAT. My clothes sizes have considerably increased during lockdown (anyone else relate?) so I need some new smart/casj items to see me through weird weather September and into the autumn season. Mango is great for pieces like this, especially bits like this denim jumpsuit which could easily be dressed up or down to take you from desk to disco as soon as 5pm hits. I’ve been after some leather look trousers for the longest time and these ones look like great quality and a lovely shape so they’re being added to basket ASAP. Finish with some cute tops and light knits and you’re good to go!

*Mango, Zip denim jumpsuit, £59.99 | *Mango, Printed knit sweater, £35.99 | *Mango, Textured printed blouse, £19.99 | *Mango, Leather-effect straight trousers, £35.99

Darcey

I actually don’t usually shop at Mango much, however, I feel this is going to change now they have a plus range! As a size 18 in bottoms, I find it so hard to get jeans which fit nicely, so I’m excited to try some of their jeans out! They go to a size 26 too which is fantastic and way more inclusive which I love. Anyone else itching to buy a new winter coat too? Cause same! Their classic trench and leather trench are so nice, definitely on my wish-list.

*Mango, Classic cotton trench coat, £79.99 | *Mango, Leather-effect jacket with belt, £79.99 | *Mango, Ribbed sweater with zip, £19.99 | *Mango, Wide leg high waist jeans, £35.99

Holly

I have a bit of an issue with stores that have whole new lines for plus size, I way prefer the women’s shop but they only go up to a 16 so have to shop in plus size. Why can’t they just make all garments size-inclusive? Anyway, given that I’m limited, I would choose these cute dung’s with a simple tee and some sandals for a nice ‘cocktails on the beach’ kind of day

*Mango, Denim buttons pichi, £29.99 | *Mango, Raffia braided sandals, £49.99 | *Mango, Contrast chest-pocket T-shirt, £15.99 | *Mango, Flap pebbled bag, £17.99 | *Mango, Hoop earrings, £29.99

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TEAM ZOELLA AUGUST 29, 2021

70s Fits to Channel Stevie Nicks Energy

With its iconic flares and psychedelic florals, its groovy prints and jean dresses, the ‘70s was the golden age of feel-good ‘fits.

With its iconic flares and psychedelic florals, its groovy prints and jean dresses, the ‘70s was the golden age of feel-good ‘fits. It was the decade that had it all, with many of the trends still influencing our wardrobes and shopping habits today. Case in point: the club-friendly clogs we never imagined we’d be wearing and yet here we are, toe-tapping to the tune of WAP on a Saturday night.

After a tumultuous 18 months spent living (correction: barely existing) in sweatpants and a Zoom top, you’ve likely overdone it on the ol’ comfies by now and want to treat every damn day like a catwalk. Amen to that! After crisis comes celebration and celebrate with carefree ‘n’ colourful lewks we will. Anyone else self-medicating on mood-boosting clobber and offsetting the misery that was 2020 with outfits that are just one more lilac crochet vest away from careening into fancy dress / toddler territory? Same. 

In this week’s shop post, we’re dialling up the fun and channelling serious Cher meets Stevie Nicks energy. Whether you’re here for bell-bottoms with straight-up disco vibes or you’re looking to dabble with the occasional tassel fringe or boho maxi dress, you’ll be pleased to see this edit provides a very happy mashup of throwback pieces to cater to every ‘70s mood. 

From Saturday by Megan Ellaby to Free People and House of Sunny, read on for your hit of sartorial serotonin.

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TEAM ZOELLA AUGUST 8, 2021

The Failsafe Midi Dresses To Reach For When You Have Nothing To Wear

Let us remind you of the unsung wardrobe hero, the staple of any staycation suitcase, the cutest and most comfortable addition to any haul- that's right people, it's the humble midi dress.

Picture this: your hair is greasy, your alarm didn’t go off, your dog has vommed on the kitchen floor and you’ve ran out of tea for your morning cuppa. Not a great start to the day, and in all honesty we’re not sure who you peed off in a past life but it’s not looking good. Anyhow, you need to get out the door STAT, but what are you going to wear? Let us remind you of the unsung wardrobe hero, the staple of any staycation suitcase, the cutest and most comfortable addition to any haul- that’s right people, it’s the humble midi dress.

Keep it feminine with sandals, add a grungy edge with a layered band tee or add a practical twist with some chunky trainers, and remember gleefully that there is nothing you cannot achieve in the perfect midi dress- you simply cannot go wrong. And as the U.K. summer continues to be somewhat lacklustre, the midi dress cements itself once again as the perfect staple piece to carry you through to Autumn (cries in Pumpkin Spice), making it a totally sensible and justifiable purchase. 

Read on for 24 of the best midi dresses to shop now, from & Other Stories, Molby The Label, Nobody’s Child, Kitri and more!

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TEAM ZOELLA JULY 25, 2021

Fresh and Funky Graphic Tees That Are Guaranteed to Make a Statement

Slogan tees did the rounds a few years ago as feminist statements became the focal point of this out-there trend, but recently the focus has turned to fun, fresh and lighthearted graphics and sayings that spark a smile and ironic 'lol'.

Get ready for the stares and intense reading faces of those that walk past you in the street, it’s statement tee shirt time people! Slogan tees did the rounds a few years ago as feminist statements became the focal point of this out-there trend, but recently the focus has turned to fun, fresh and lighthearted graphics and sayings that spark a smile and ironic ‘lol’. 

Gen Z and TikTok humour are one likely influence, but this trend originally dates back to the early ’00s with everyone from queens Britney Spears and Paris Hilton rocking a graphic tee with a low rise jean. This streetwear staple is the perfect throw on and go item for days when you need to leave the house in a hurry and your bar/beach/dinner reservation is calling your name, and is guaranteed to earn you compliments aplenty from both strangers and pals alike- designs not to be worn on the days you want human interaction at a minimum!

Add some feel-good to your ‘fit this summer and embrace your playful side- it looks good on you …

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TEAM ZOELLA JULY 18, 2021

Easy Breezy Linen Pieces to Stay Cool, Calm and Collected In This Summer

Linen in any form is simply summer personified, conjuring up images of heatwave bbqs, shirts thrown on after a dip in the sea, baggy shorts to cycle into the sunset in and cute flippy dresses to sip on a sweet glass of Aperol.

Hello easy breezy wardrobe season- we’re so pleased to see you! Hot girl summer is in full force and it doesn’t have to mean body con dresses and heels that cut off blood supply to your toes, oh no, embodying hotness is about comfort, confidence and companionship with your besties and you best believe a cute linen ‘fit will have you well on your way to achieving this. 

Linen in any form is simply summer personified, conjuring up images of heatwave bbqs, shirts thrown on after a dip in the sea, baggy shorts to cycle into the sunset in and cute flippy dresses to sip on a sweet glass of Aperol. It evokes Call Me By Your Name summer vibes in a garment, and whilst we might not be jet setting to Northern Italy, we can sure as hell dress like it. Watch out Mr Chalamet.

If you’re easily hot under the collar (all of us after mentioning Timothée) then breathable linen is the fabric for you, letting your skin breathe and leaving you looking and feeling effortlessly cool in the summer sun. Honestly, what’s not to love?!

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TEAM ZOELLA JULY 1, 2021

Everything On Our Lust List From Collusion

With inclusive sizing and a range of unisex designs that you can look cute AF matching with your S/O in, there's certainly no harm in having a cheeky scroll in the Love Island ad break, right?

If you’re anything like us then the ASOS app is visited similarly to our holy grail social media- regularly, obsessively and with bated breath at what newness awaits us. It’s no surprise therefore that coming of age brand COLLUSION which is exclusive to the site is one we simply can’t get enough of. With inclusive sizing and a range of unisex designs that you can look cute AF matching with your S/O in, there’s certainly no harm in having a cheeky scroll in the Love Island ad break, right?

Key mentions go to the green knitted swirl co-ord that is giving 10/10 House of Sunny vibes, the satin zebra print scarf top that would look banging with a golden tan, and the unisex branded shorts for slobbing out in front of the TV in. It’s affordable, unique, and with six collaborators- students, stylists, activists, image-makers and authors- designing for the label in the past year, you know you’re on the right track for a stylish outfit you can rely on.

Which items are going straight into your basket? No judgement on the quantity of pieces here…

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TEAM ZOELLA JUNE 24, 2021

Sashay Into the Season of Love with These Failsafe Wedding Guest Looks

Besides wearing white and anything likely to upstage the bride (big no-no), dressing for a wedding is one of the best excuses out there to bag yourself a new outfit and go all out in contrasting your well loved loungewear- RIP joggers, you won't be missed.

Love isn’t cancelled! After a year of uncertainty and heartbreakingly postponed big days, weddings are slowly but surely filling our calendars again and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate with our nearest and dearest this year. Besides wearing white and anything likely to upstage the bride (big no-no), dressing for a wedding is one of the best excuses out there to bag yourself a new outfit and go all out in contrasting your well loved loungewear- RIP joggers, you won’t be missed. 

Whilst it may feel that there are endless choices in the wedding attire department, dress codes and sticking to the well worn tracks of pastels, florals, silk and tailoring mean you can’t stray far wrong in dressing appropriately for the big day in question. If you have multiple celebrations to attend this summer, consider renting a ‘fit that you otherwise might not be able to justify purchasing outright (FYI you can check out our previous post for the details) or opt for a two piece suit that you can mix and match in the future. Attending a wedding might leave you feeling pressured to buy something shiny and new for the occasion, but if the Klarna emails are piling up then consider opting for a cotton dress that can be worn more easily day to day layered with a t-shirt, or a classic slip dress design that will be in style for decades to come. 

Which outfit are you saying I do to this season?

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TEAM ZOELLA JUNE 17, 2021

Hot Weather Heroes for When It’s too Hot for Clothes

The Tesco fridges are ransacked of Pornstar Martini cans, your skin is constantly sticky with SPF and the faint 'it's coming home' chants can be heard far and wide from pubs up and down the country- yep, you guessed it, the heatwave is HERE!

The Tesco fridges are ransacked of Pornstar Martini cans, your skin is constantly sticky with SPF and the faint ‘it’s coming home’ chants can be heard far and wide from pubs up and down the country- yep, you guessed it, the heatwave is HERE! After possibly the longest winter of all time in which you’d be forgiven for entirely forgetting what a full dose of Vitamin D felt like, the sun is out and it feels bloomin’ fantastic. There’s nothing like a forecast of pure sunshine and good vibes to make you realise the U.K. ain’t half bad after all, and you best believe we’ll be soaking up every last bit of sunshine and pub garden Pimms we can get our paws on. 

In these desperate times cotton, linen and easy breezy fabrics are your BFFs.

We know what you’re thinking- what could there possibly be to complain about in this sun soaked scenario? We hear you, and the answer: getting dressed. Everything is hot, so very hot, and if wearing nada was a possibility it would probably still be too warm. In these desperate times cotton, linen and easy breezy fabrics are your BFFs, along with white t-shirts you can be 200% sure your inevitable sweat marks aren’t showing through and smock dresses that essentially feel like a ginormous tent billowing in the wind. Dressing practically for these unusually pleasant conditions is the priority, but there’s also no time like a heatwave to rock a bold print you might normally shy away from or to expose a little extra skin (if you feel comfortable) to lap up the rays and add some colour to those limbs. 

Add a bucket hat and your fave sunnies and you’re officially picnic/beach/beer garden/mini golf ready!

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TEAM ZOELLA JUNE 10, 2021

Colourful Knits and Crochet Pieces To Brighten Up Your Summer Wardrobe

The warm weather is now upon us and with that comes fun and fresh trends that may feel a little 'out there', but crochet is here to stay for summer '21 and we're here to tell you it's worth your time...

Okay hear us out. When you think of crochet, the image that springs to mind might be of a holey, ill fitting piece that your grandma proudly created but has been sat at the back of your wardrobe for 3 plus years, but it doesn’t have to be this way! The warm weather is now upon us and with that comes fun and fresh trends that may feel a little ‘out there’, but crochet is here to stay for summer ’21 and we’re here to tell you it’s worth your time…

Festivals and travel might be off the cards or still feel totally foreign this year, but nothing screams Coachella more than a crochet co-ord, and regardless of our attendance to said coveted festival you best believe our summer outfits will be on par with the Extraness of the stateside event. 

Crochet is far from dowdy, and the likes of Kylie Jenner are proving so, recently seen rocking a Natalia Fedner knit dress on a tropical getaway that screamed effortless sex appeal and va va voom. The boho style is perfect teamed with messy, undone hair, oversized earrings and paired back accessories, letting your outfit do all the talking at whichever social occasions you’re flitting between during this season of fun, fun, fun. 

Sweater vests took Instagram by storm over the winter and crochet feels like the warm weather extension of this, allowing you to layer thin knits and playful designs for some extra warmth and style points whilst looking trés cool doing so.

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TEAM ZOELLA JUNE 3, 2021

Puff Sleeve Styles To Continue Your Cottagecore Obsession

Whilst last summer you were wafting around the house twiddling your thumbs and wondering how many takeaways was too many takeaways, this time around you can waft OUTSIDE, with friends, and look fabulous doing so!

Let’s be real, Cottagecore never really left the special place it found in our heart’s back in 2020, but the trend really does show no signs of slowing does as whimsical puff sleeves are IN right now. Whilst last summer you were wafting around the house twiddling your thumbs and wondering how many takeaways was too many takeaways, this time around you can waft OUTSIDE, with friends, and look fabulous doing so! 

Dreamy pastels are normally never far away when it comes to puff sleeves, as their romantic, feminine feel is a match made in heaven with the likes of an Easter egg colour palette- add in some gingham and you’re really onto a winner! Having said that, brands such as Rixo who favour a more statement colour wheel also nail puff sleeve drama too, proving the trend need not be exclusively for those who drool at the sight of pastel pink everything upon entering the shops. 

Serving peak bottomless brunch realness, keep scrolling for the creme de la creme of puff sleeve offerings!

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