Spotlight On: The Off-The-Shoulder Trend

The stand out trend of the season has to be the off the shoulder look, a firm favourite that celebrities and high street fashion lovers alike cannot seem to get enough of!

It’s safe to say it has gone from being a hot new trend, to a summer wardrobe must-have.


This Windsmoor style is the perfect introduction to the fashion, an elegant black off the shoulder number allowing you to show a little bit of flesh in a sophisticated way. If you’re not a fan of cleavage, this is the trend for you – where sexy meets understated style.


For a statement look, take the trend to the next level and turn heads with these knock-out dresses designed for Jacques Vert by Lorcan Mullany. These gowns will make you feel a million dollars, giving a glimpse of old school glamour and elegance.


We just love the off the shoulder trend, worn in the right way it feels just as appropriate for a day on the beach as a summer ball or the races. It brings effortless style to your look and is super flattering.

However, if you’re not ready to bare all, the cold shoulder silhouette is an elegant trend that looks great on all ages. Vice President of Net-A-Porter Sarah Ruston was quoted saying “the cold-shoulder trend is incredibly flattering for all women because everyone’s shoulders look great.” And we completely agree! We love this classic monochrome style by Jacques Vert.


Embrace this season’s hottest trend and stay cool and stylish this season. Shop the look.

Spotlight On: Summer Trousers

Ever feel a little lost as the weather gets too warm for your trusty pair of jeans, and you’re not quite ready to get the pins out just yet? Cue our summer trousers style guide…

Here at Style Diary, we’ve chosen our top trouser styles to wear this summer and stay cool in style.

Coloured Crop

Summer Trousers

Nervous to give up your favourite black jeans but in need of something lighter for summer? Coloured crop jeans or trousers are the perfect thing to brighten your new season wardrobe, and these super stylish and comfortable jeans by Dash (middle and left) will put you in a sunny mood to match the beautiful weather outside. The stylish Citrus Cropped Trousers on the right are by Windsmoor and made with a light cotton fabric to keep you cool, ideal for relaxed summery days.


Summer TrousersBelieve it or not culottes are back! This style has gone from not-sure-how-to-wear, to new-season-must-have. Culottes allow you to look chic while remaining super comfortable and cool in summer. Dress up with some killer heels and a cropped jacket for smart workwear, or team with some gold sandals and a white tee for relaxed weekend style. We love these chic linen navy culottes by Windsmoor.


Printed trousers have been a key trend for a few seasons now, and we’re glad to see they’re not going anywhere! From the SS16 catwalks of the likes of Marni and Max Mara to the high street, we love this vibrant trend. Be as bold as you like with an all-over print paired with a plain coloured tee, or make a real statement and match your printed trousers with a co-ordinated top for the ultimate summer trend. We love this on-trend wide leg style by Jacques Vert.

Summer Trousers


Editor’s Pick: The Colour of the Season

Check back each week for our Editor’s top style picks from across our brands…

Chartreuse (otherwise known as the colour of the season) is not something everyone is familiar with, but is becoming increasingly more popular on the catwalk and on the high street and is high on every designer’s to-do list. A combination of both yellow and lime green, Chartreuse is something in-between and takes the best from both worlds.

Not too bold but not too washed-out, Chartreuse can be worn all year round, so you don’t have to be save it for warmer months of the year.


How to do Chartreuse… 




History of Chartreuse

Named because of its resemblance to the colour produced in a French liqueur called green chartreuse (introduced in 1764), this colour-way can be easily styled and works for most skin tones.  

This week we have put together a few of our favourite Chartreuse styles you can easily add to your ‘right now’ wardrobe…
Lace-dress & sunglasses

Are you a fan of the Chartreuse trend? If so, what’s your favourite and most importantly where would you wear it to? View all our collections here.


Spotlight On: Linen

An All Natural Fabric

Given the choice of man made or natural fabrics, more and more people are choosing natural and this season it’s all about linen. This year we’re very excited to introduce gorgeous linen pieces to our new season collections, a first for Jacques Vert and Dash.

Dash Bird of Paradise Top

We are big fans of this beautiful material: the feel of the fabric against the skin, the quality of the fibres, the lightness, all lead to a refined and elegant look. Choose a linen suit for a smart summer workwear look.

Windsmoor Navy Linen Suit

The Low-down On Linen

It is a textile made from the fibres of the flax plant. It’s a fabric that’s arduous to manufacture, but the end result is a fibre that’s very absorbent and pieces made of linen are revered for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. What’s not to like?

Precis Waterstripe Linen Shift Dress

Linen is therefore the perfect material for warm spring and hot summer days, the ideal holidaywear. We just love how cooling it feels on holiday, but we understand it can be a little tricky to pack without opening your bag to find a heap of creased clothes at your sunny destination! Here’s our little packing guide to help you.

Dash Linen Starfish Print Top

How to Pack Linen for Holiday

  • Turn the item inside out so the  lining is on the outside and fabric on the inside
  • Place tissue in the middle of the item before folding
  • Fold with as little folds as possible
  • Hang items up as soon as you reach your holiday destination and for any stubborn creases hang your item in the shower for a quick steam

We are very excited about Jacques Vert’s new range of linen pieces this summer, so keep your eyes peeled for the launch! Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect…

Jacques Vert Linen Dress

Editor’s Pick – Windsmoor Colour Block Jumpsuit

Check back each week for our Editor’s top style picks from across our brands…

The jumpsuit was a huge a couple of years ago, and we’re glad to see what it’s not going anywhere this season. We just love how stylish and elegant a jumpsuit is, but yet so effortless. We’ve been yearning for a style that can be worn seamlessly from day to evening and we’ve found just the thing! Our Editor’s pick this week is Windsmoor’s Colour Block Jumpsuit. 

Windsmoor Colour Block Jumpsuit

windsmoor jumpsuit

This chic design will become a wardrobe stable, a classic that you can reinvent season after season. Dress down with some pumps and a cropped jacket for a casual look, or team with some killer heels and colourful accessories to stand out from the crowd at an evening event. We just love the versatility! 

Monochrome will always be a Windsmoor favourite, so timeless and fresh. This Colour Block Jumpsuit creates the ultimate flattering silhouette with its wrap around top cinching in at the waist and trousers draping elegantly down to the floor. What’s more, the skinny legged trouser is on the out, and wide leg and flares are in in in!

You’re on to a winner if you choose this week’s Editor’s Pick. Shop the style today. 

Style Edit Launch Event at Sketch

Last week saw the launch of our new Spring/Summer 16 campaign Style Edit, a fabulous event at London’s exclusive venue Sketch. We were lucky enough to take over The Glade, a room which made us feel as though were in the middle of an enchanted forest!

sketch london glade room, style edit launch party

Key media and bloggers attended our event to find out more about Style Edit, in association with ELEMIS – a directional and versatile edit of our SS16 collections, curated by stylist Sasha Barrie. The campaign is targeted at women looking for straightforward style advice and quality pieces for all occasions this season.

sketch london, style edit launch, jacques vert

Beautifully set tables with liberty print napkins and vibrant flowers created the setting for an afternoon tea to die for, delicate cakes and sandwiches as well as the most perfect scones enjoyed were by all – thank you Sketch!

sketch london, style edit

We can’t wait to share our new collections with you, you can find out all about Style Edit here.

Don’t miss our fabulous competition to win £250 to spend on our new Style Edit collection as well as a fabulous ELEMIS hamper worth £300! Enter here

Introducing Our SS16 Campaign: Style Edit

Style Edit is a directional and versatile edit of the SS16 collections, curated by stylist Sasha Barrie. Throughout the campaign we introduce key trends based on the latest catwalk looks, versatile styling pieces and summer social diaries. The trends are Relaxed Tailoring, the Occasions Boutique and Holiday Essentials, to offer straightforward style advice and trend-focused quality pieces for all occasions this season. The Relaxed Tailoring edit focuses on key versatile separates and essential pieces to invest in now.


Final Style Edit logo


Your new capsule wardrobe is here. Now is the time to invest in key versatile separates and essential pieces that will take your wardrobe through the season in style. Create effortless ensembles for SS16 with our pared back range that gives you only the pieces you really need this season. The range focuses on subtle shapes, fluid silhouettes and soft, romantic hues that can be worn every day and dressed up for an occasion. The outcome is a laid-back yet indulgent range that embraces the true elements of elegant everyday style.

Here are our stylist Sasha’s top picks for the season…




The Jumpsuit

Expertly designed and beautifully understated, our jumpsuit is perfect for day-to-night dressing. Whether you dress it up or down, this versatile piece is an outfit in its own right.


tweed jacket


The Tweed Jacket

A clever combination of classic and contemporary design, our tweed jacket will be a mandatory addition to your seasonal wardrobe.


City Shorts


The Coordinates

Create the perfect dream team with our tailored city shorts and matching jacket. Designed with instant style in mind, these versatile pieces can either be paired with each other or worn apart.


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