May 27th, 2017
Everyone else may be winding down, but in summer, the party is only starting as the sun sets. Our holiday clothing embodies the reckless abandon, freedom, and spontaneity of what summer nights have in store The Superdry Summer collection states a claim on the night and all the possibility it holds – side streets, unplanned parties, night swimming, fireworks on the beach – because the night is young.
Holiday on its way? Want to step up your summer dress code game? This guide will help you squeeze every moment out of your summer plans and look amazing while you’re out.
Guys – Those summer vibes
You’ve been waiting for summer all year, and when it gets here, you’re going to live it up. You’re gonna party with your mates every chance you get. Stay up so late you might as well do it again. You’re already planning on spending all of your savings in Benidorm – but it will be worth it for the memories (or the blurry ones you can remember).
Want to get the look that matches your vibe? Keep scrolling.
The night is who is that? statement graphic tees and base layers that are anything but basic. Want to turn heads? Go for a low roller tee in colours like fluro lime, Hawaii blue and keys pink – as bright as the neon lit streets of Tenerife. If you’re headed to a holiday club or party, this is your go-to tee. It’s breathable and lightweight, so you’ve got nothing to worry when you offer to buy the girl next to you a drink.
Summer is all about big, bold graphics that you’d be hesitant to wear in the winter. There’s nothing better to wear at a beach bar with a cold beer in your hand than a casual graphic tree and boardshorts. Think tropical palm prints that bring the beach to the party, big logos that send the message that you’re on holiday and are ready to let loose, and sunny screenprints that are sure to banish any bad weather.
The night is ready to party board and swim shorts. Holiday calls for wearing swimwear 24-7. The key is to mix it up to make sure that no one notices. We know you’re not the plan making kind of guy, but if you feel a day full of activity is in store, go for a boardshort – which is an easy transition from day to night. This season is all about big photographic, tropic-inspired prints. Or if you want to go for something that mirrors the men’s shorter short trends, try our premium water polo shorts – we’ve got plenty of colour options to suit your night out.
The night is got her number vests. You’ve been hitting the gym in preparation all year and it would be a shame to rob the ladies with a view. You might be hesitant to wear a vest back home, but it’s perfect for a holiday night out of tearing it up with your mates. Similar to tees – the summer season is not subtle – go for a big graphic or standout colour and let your top do the talking.
Ladies – That holiday glow
The night is rave-ready bodycon and skater dresses. Summer dresses are made for holidays. They’re casual and comfortable enough so that you can practically live in them – from the beach to the bar to the city streets. But they’re feminine enough to make you feel like you’ve got that breezy, holiday glow. Try a racer striped skater dress that’s straight out of a 90s movie for a flirty casual look. Or go for a sporty bodycon dress for an edgy, urban vibe.
The night is turning your swimming costume into a top because why not? This is a major trend this season. If you’re going for a sporty look, we recommend our Varsity ’09 Swimsuit to pull of this trend. Pair with a rookie jacket and denim shorts for an amazing colour contrast. Want something a bit more flirty? Pair our Aloha Pineapple Swimsuit with a flowy skirt – perfect for dancing the night away with your girls.
The night is brush your shoulders off bardot, , off the shoulder, cami and shell tops. Channel your inner Brigitte while you’re hanging beach side. Or go flowy and feminine in folk inspired blouses or give your style a crisp, clean edge with a basic colour or Breton stripe. Pair a smocked top with some hot shorts to show off your new beach body. This season is the time to give those sun seeking shoulders what they’re after.
You’ve got the tickets, you’ve got the gear and now it’s time to party. The night is young.
May 27th, 2017
SS17’s men’s jacket trends are loud and proud, pushing the norm but still ensuring you always look good – whether you’re waiting for the bus to work (yawn) or pre partying in the airport lounge (yes).
If you’re wondering which style you should be wearing this spring/summer we’ve done all the leg work for you when it comes to jacket trends and what you need to add to that shopping basket, stat.
The idyllic setting of the ‘great outdoors’ is apparently all the rage at the moment, as we continue to see waterproof materials being adopted for fashion forward styles that wouldn’t look out of place on a hike. While it’s not quite time to pull out the walking boots and oversized rucksack when pulling an everyday outfit together, these pieces are ideal for festival looks.
Which jacket? Cagoules have had a revamp this season and are considered to be the perfect lightweight jacket to complement this trend. One of these should see you through downpours at summer festivals or when your mates decide to leave you to sort the BBQ out in a summer shower.
Our Dual Zip Through Cagoule should tick all the boxes.
Old school garage
Rough and ready is the aim of the game, as bombers take inspiration from the everyday ‘working man’ – think mechanic overalls and designs borrowed from 80s Mods. It’s a trend we’re seeing more of in 2017 – with paperboy hats that look like they’re straight off the set of Peaky Blinders and men’s jacket styles that Tom Hardy wouldn’t turn his nose up at.
Which jacket? Look for elasticated sleeves, a slightly oversized fit and any colour other than black; a traditional bomber style will do but one with a collar you can turn up is ideal for nailing that nonchalant but extra masculine vibe.
One of our Harrington Jackets is a top choice, check out our Nordic design.
SS17 is seeing more and more statement pieces being introduced with leopard print and pink not uncommon choices for those adventurous types. If you fancy stretching out of your comfort zone, you need a jacket that lets everyone know when you’ve entered the room.
Which jacket? If you want to slowly embrace this look – we get it, not all of us are ready to embrace animal print – start small with a longline bomber. It’s a twist on the popular aviator style bomber jacket and will definitely get you noticed at every event you end up at this summer.
The Nordic Longline Bomber Jacket is spot on for this trend.
Athleisurewear is still a ‘thing’ – as the ladies continue to wear yoga leggings for the weekend food shop and fashion trainers for everything in between – and, why not? Sportswear is dead comfy. To nail this SS17 trend, you want something that looks like you’re just about to head down to the park for a game of footy with your mates – while dressing it up with jeans and some fresh white trainers.
Which jacket? More men’s jacket styles are embracing that classic sports jacket theme, with zip up collars, primary colours and plenty of mesh inserts. You don’t have to go scouring for vintage brands though, updated designs are available with that same retro vibe…
…like our Sports Active Core Cagoule.
Vintage style is having a moment this spring/summer, and denim is one of the easiest ways to adopt this look. Light wash denim is particularly in vogue at the moment, as well as distressed jeans that your Gran would probably tut in disapproval at.
Which jacket? An oversized denim jacket gives a nod to the 90s, think Kurt Cobain and the grunge scene, while a fitted design will go with literally everything. Even your short shorts when you run out of clothes at that summer festival.
Our men’s Biker Jacket is available in a light washed grey and steps the denim trend up a notch.
You’ll find everything you need to nail SS17’s men’s jacket trends right here on the Superdry site, click here to check out our range.
May 25th, 2017
Ibiza, Budapest, Kavos, Zante – where the party happens doesn’t matter but your style needs to be on point wherever you land.
Even if your holiday daytime plans involve sleeping off the night before poolside and chatting up the best looking holiday rep, you’re going to want to be in the know of men’s swimwear styles. You’ve done the hard work in the gym – so it’s good to know which swim shorts are going to impress.
Check out our quick guide below and get clued up:
Get on board
- What are they? Board shorts are basically longer length men’s swim shorts, featuring strong printed designs and colour – think bold and bright palm trees, floral designs and beach scenes.
- When to wear them: Best for chilling around the pool bar for midday drinks – with a lightweight vest.
Board shorts are bossing it when it comes to poolside style this year. They’re also great for when you spontaneously rent a jet ski or while outdoing your mates while doing back flips off a sea inflatable. Board shorts with a mesh lining are best – no need to wear boxers underneath.
- What are they? Water polo shorts are definitely on trend swim shorts for men in SS17 and sit mid thigh.
- When to wear them: These short shorts styles are gaining in popularity and are ideal for around the pool or when you fancy chilling on an inflatable to cool off.
Ideal if you like to tan, we recommend opting for a pair with pockets to keep your phone and room key on you – ready for when you need to make a dash to the bar. Just try to remember that they’re in there when you decide to jump in the pool to cool off. Not ideal.
Leave black and blue behind – a brighter colour is recommended for this men’s swimwear style – a bold green or a strong red will help you stand out amongst your mates.
- What are they? You know where you stand with a standard pair of swim shorts. Finishing just above the knee, elasticated waistband, mesh insert – no messing.
- When to wear it: Poolside, the beach, with a shirt for that all inclusive buffet breakfast…
Add a pair of thongs and shades for easy poolside style, then throw on a plain t-shirt and slip-ons to see you through to dinner. These all rounders won’t let you down – plus their streamlined fit will give you an advantage in those pool races, to see who gets the next round of drinks in.
Feeling inspired? Then click here to check out our range of beachwear for men.
May 22nd, 2017
The true first sign of summer? When the first hero decides to break out his pair of shorts. You’re probably questioning Is it officially short season? Short shorts have been in for a while now, does that mean cargo is back in? Why did I skip leg day for so long?
But no need to work yourself into an anxious frenzy over short season. We’ve done the hard work for you and have put together this guide to the summer staple.
Short or long?
Not that you needed a reminder – but the choice really is yours. Short shorts have been in for a while now but longer style shorts are making a comeback.
A pair of chino shorts makes it easy to add a tiny bit of smart to your summer look. These are a great all-in-one solution that can do for a party on the beach, dinner and the bar. There’s plenty of colour options and detail variations to fit any style. If it’s your first venture into the short shorts arena, you might want to play it safe with a neutral khaki or grey. Feeling the summer vibes? Go for a pastel and pair it with a palm print or striped tee. Or why not mix your prints from top to bottom and choose a printed pair of chinos.
Never much of a short shorts guy? Or maybe you’ve done them for a few summers and need a change? With the rising trend of streetwear, cargo shorts are seeing a comeback. The military trend is back – we’ll be seeing lots of cargo shorts with a full camo print paired with a longline tee this season. Along with the more practical, baggier styles, we’re also seeing a reinvention of the style with slimmer fits and cleaner lines.
To denim or not to denim?
A pair of denim shorts is one of the easiest ways to get a casual summer vibe. Length is crucial – you’ll want to go just over the knees to keep your style on point. Anything in the middle looks a bit naff. And just like jeans, it’s not always about the traditional blue wash. This season features a range of colours including white, grey and light blue. The key to making them look forever on point is nailing what you wear it with. We love contrast, so we recommend pairing this casual style with something a bit smarter (but not too smart) on top. We recommend a printed short sleeve shirt or a longer, lightweight shirt paired over a basic tee. Add a pair of trainers and you’re ready for whatever summer has in store.
Does the sport trend in end summer?
Not at all. But again, the key is what you wear with it. If you go to casual – a graphic tee or vest – you risk looking like you’ve just rolled out of bed. Pair with a lightweight knit or smart sweatshirt and you’ll get some serious street style cred, while keeping it comfortable. We recommend sticking to a basic colour – black, white or grey – to keep the look premium.
Can I wear my swimwear all day, every day?
Depends. Going on holiday or just spending the weekend at the beach? Wearing swimwear 24-7 is totally fine. A boardshort is an easy transition from day to night. Go for ready to party, big photographic, tropic-inspired prints and pair with an equally bold statement graphic tee or vest. Or if you want to go for something that mirrors the men’s shorter short trends, try our premium water polo shorts – we’ve got plenty of colour options to suit your night out. You can pair with a tee or vest – we recommend a crisp white for contrast or a lighter version of your swim short colour.
Not headed to or coming from the beach or a killer pool party? Not making your friends back home jealous with your amazing holiday photos? Then probably best to opt for one of the styles above.
So guys, there you have it. Shorts for summer demystified. Now all you’ve gotta do is hit the gym and work on those calves.
May 21st, 2017
It’s a legendary party location – there’s just no better spot for sun, sea, sand and shots than Ibiza. But if you’re a wide eyed newbie to the whole scene, you’re probably wondering what to wear to get noticed in the hottest clubs and at all the pool parties you’ll no doubt find yourself at. Here’s the lowdown:
What to wear in Ibiza
This year, it’s all about slogan tees, hot prints and personalised fashion. Don’t be afraid to embrace retro sportswear styles and mix these with modern everyday designs. When it comes to Ibiza clubbing outfits, go for key pieces that wouldn’t look out of place on the beach; so sheer cover ups work well for the girls and chino shorts are a good choice for you boys.
– Fashion swimwear – for the impromptu boat party
There’ll be more pool parties and boat events than you can shake a flamingo shaped inflatable at, so ensure you pack plenty of good looking swimwear.
For those spontaneous girls, swimwear that doubles up as eveningwear is a must, especially when you get invited last minute to a boat party that looks like it will carry on well into the early hours of the morning. Think tropical printed one-pieces and halter neck bikinis that can be casual with a pair of denim shorts and or be flirty and feminine with a skirt.
Lads, never doubt the power of a pair of good looking swim shorts – these be teamed with graphic tee or vest for a night partying on the waves before finishing up at a club back on the island.
Book tickets for:
Float Your Boat – Tickets €30 and include entry to club
This is the best party to get warmed up at and in 2017 is teaming up with nightclub Privilege with DJ Carl Cox and Hï Ibiza where Eric Prydz now has residency. Set sail from San Antonio and pre-party as the sun sets.
– Keep it casual – for sandy nights at Bora Bora
This is the place to go for a beach party and is perfect if you just don’t want to leave the sand. The parties start early, dancing on the tables is encouraged and the tunes play until the sun rises – ideal if you’re staying in a hotel nearby and can nip back for a quick freshen up before the evening begins.
Bodysuits and beach shorts are an ideal combo for a night dancing with sand in between your toes. Don’t be afraid to embrace summer festival trends like glitter roots or pastel hair to ensure you don’t look like a hot mess in every professional club photographer snap.
Throw on a vest but leave the swim shorts on and swap the flip flops for slip-on espadrilles before getting the shots in.
Book tickets for:
No need to book anything. Bora Bora is a free for all, which helps create that incredible party vibe all day long. Sunday beach parties are a must – keep an eye on the Facebook page to see what’s happening.
– Going out out outfits – for the VIP club treatment
The bigger nightclubs expect guests to dress up a little, so ensure you have time to nip back to your hotel to spruce up before making your way there.
Rock a bodycon dress and platform sandals for a night under the strobe lights, leave hair tousled with salt spray and enhance the tan with bronzer and highlighter on cheekbones.
Avoid shorts if you’re looking for VIP treatment – instead opt for lightweight chinos or even jeans and pair these with a plain fitted t-shirt – avoid taking this off later and waving it round your head or the bouncers will step in.
Book tickets for:
Pacha – prices vary per event
One of the hottest club scenes on the island. If you’re headed to Pacha, it’s a good idea to book now and get the VIP treatment. Sip champers while overlooking the dancefloor and enjoying a table reserved for just you and your mates – until that group of girls you’ve been eyeing heads over.
Where to stay in Ibiza:
Ibiza Town – It looks quaint – with its winding streets and tiny alleys – but Pacha, one of the most established clubs on the island, is located here.
Playa d’en Bossa – The main destination for revelers – here you’ll find the super clubs (Sankey, Ushuaïa and Hard Rock). It’s also where Bora Bora is located and there’s a whole strip full of hotels to head back to when the sun starts to rise.
San Antonio – One of the most happening locations in Ibiza, all the boat parties take off from here – plus it’s the best spot for evening drinks with Café Mambo, Ocean Beach and Café Del Mar all setting the party scene day and night.
Photo I.D. – Your youthful looks will be the end of you when you get turned away from the club if you don’t have your ID. Take your driving license though – you really don’t want to lose your passport on a big night out.
Tickets – The biggest events require pre-booked tickets so avoid disappointment and grab these now.
Sun cream for the day – No one wants to look like a lobster on the dance floor.
Travel insurance – Just in case you do lose something valuable after partying the night away.
May 19th, 2017
Cast your mind back to that Instagram scroll this morning – how many sandy beaches, six packs and bikinis did you see? Probably a fair few (sigh.)
Instead of getting hung up on those holiday Insta stories, it’s time to up your game and find a way to motivate yourself to get moving too.
But don’t just do it for the likes or the swimwear you’ve been eying. Do it because – admit it – it does feel good to get out there, move your body and look good for the summer as well. *insert bicep curl emoji here*
Motivation still low? Then we’ve got you covered with some clever ways to find motivation to work out:
- Sign up
It doesn’t have to be a marathon or a wade through the mud style event – just your nearest Saturday park run or a fun inflatable 5k are good starting points for getting fit and giving yourself a little extra motivation to workout. You’re going to need to feel ready for these events – so any excuse to squeeze in a cardio session or train your upper body is essential.
- Improve it
Be prepared for the crushing disappointment of seeing you’ve only burned 50 calories after jogging for 20 minutes…BUT tracking your steps/stats/sleep can be strangely addictive and could even encourage you to start beating your personal bests. Plus, there’s no excuse to not get out in your gym gear, now that the warmer weather is here.
Took 5,000 steps yesterday? Do 6,000 today. Exercised twice last week? Squeeze in a walk on your rest days. You can look back on the data on your tracker device with a new sense of satisfaction and the challenge to improve your stats should give you the motivation to workout more.
Oh and if you wear your tracker for a night out and spend a significant amount of time on the dance floor it counts it as exercise – bonus.
- Cut it
Knowing that your workout will be over quickly is a great motivator. So, cut your workout time down and plan in a couple of seven-minute HIIT sessions – which are high intensity interval workouts that aim to get your heart racing in a short period of time.
There are loads of apps available to download to get you started like, right now. You can complete these in the garden or even in the local park so there’s no excuse if you don’t have a gym membership (sorry, not sorry).
- New gym kit
Nothing spurs us on more than a fresh gym kit. Ladies – think snug leggings and a fitted sports bra. Guys – shiny new trainers and an easy to throw on vest are great when you want to get a sweat on. If you’re more into water based workouts grab a flash new bikini or pair of swim shorts to show off poolside – before completing those laps.
- Note progress
Whatever your reason for wanting to workout more – whether it’s to lift heavier or complete an event – it’s a good idea to update your progress on your achievements. You could take photos if you’re trimming up and keep note of your times if you’re training for a big sporting event – looking back on how far you’ve come is a great motivator to keep going.
- Phone a friend
Mates are great when it comes to encouraging you to work out – not only do they make you feel guilty for missing a session but you can also swap fitness motivation tips to keep the other person on track and push yourself to try new types of exercise. It’s a win win.
- Log it
If you don’t fancy using a tracking device, apps also make you accountable – which could encourage you to do more. If you add your mates they’ll see what you’ve been up to, so you’ll definitely want to push yourself a little harder. Strava is great for running, while MyFitnessPal lets you add your workouts manually so you’ll need to keep track of time and intensity.
- Try it
Yeah, we know – it’s easier said than done – but finding a sport or exercise you genuinely love doing is the simplest way of finding the motivation to work out. Sign up for a sport league with some mates, try out a summer boot camp or give every class at the gym a go until you find something that holds your attention – yes, even the one with spin bikes.
Give these tips a go and don’t forget to check out our range of men and women’s sportswear on the site – more than worthy of showing off on a jog around your local park. Don’t forget to take some pics too and share them with us using #MySuperdry.
May 18th, 2017
The season for music festivals is officially here. But with it comes the tough choice of which music event to actually nab tickets for, before you find yourself hanging out at the local pub watching Glastonbury on the telly.
We’ve rounded up the top festivals to attend this year, featuring who’s playing, the general vibe and more importantly what to wear – to ensure you nail this summer’s hottest trends while you’re there.
Feature image photo credit: @sophiehannahrichardson
What to wear to a festival
General music festivals wear includes, for the ladies:
- Waterproof shoes or boots – wellington boots are a popular choice.
- Denim shorts – ripped and frayed denim is still in, opt for a pair of comfy jean shorts.
- Cropped t-shirt – a cropped tee always looks good.
- Lightweight jackets – British evenings always get cool, so take along an embroidered denim or a leather jacket.
- Sunglasses – protect your eyes and hide how tired you really are from dancing all night.
- Bum bag – not just for your Dad on that Spanish holiday in the 90s, this will keep your phone, cards, keys and lipstick safe and always on hand.
And for the gents:
- Waterproof shoes or boots – damp socks are not ideal.
- Chino or cargo shorts – featuring plenty of pockets for valuables.
- Band t-shirt – be the ultimate fanboy and pack one or two of your fave band t-shirts.
- Hoodie – for when the evening turns chilly.
- Sunglasses – take a sneaky nap before the next set with these.
Now you know what to wear to a festival, here’s:
What to take to a festival
- Tent – cut costs and buy one with your mate.
- Sleeping bag – stay snug.
- Noise cancelling ear plugs – well, you’re going to need sleep at some point.
- Snacks and alcohol – for obvious reasons.
- Mobile charging pack – stay online and keep your phone charged up.
- Several carrier bags – for dirty clothes, dirty shoes, your rubbish, to sit on if the ground is wet, wear as a hat…
- Waterproof bag – a zip lock will do but they’re great for those valuables you want to keep dry.
- Extra socks – just in case your waterproof shoes don’t hold out.
- Sun cream – even with cloud cover you can still burn.
- Lots and lots of baby wipes – for a quick wash after a day/night of dancing, to remove mud and when you have to use the porta-loo. Good luck with that.
Where are the biggest artists playing?
Ed Sheeran – Everyone’s fave chart topping Brit is headlining at Glastonbury.
Craig David – The Daddy of garage is back and this year he’s headlining Sundown and performing at V Festival.
Jason Derulo – That guy who likes singing his own name is making an appearance at V Fest this year.
Busted – The boys have returned from the year 3000 and are rocking out at V Fest.
Katy Perry – Back with a bang and playing at Glastonbury.
Clean Bandit – The hottest collaborative dance artists of late will be playing at V Festival.
What’s the weather like?
Average temperatures in the UK:
While we can’t predict the weather for 2017, we can give you an idea of what recent years have witnessed for three of the biggest festivals:
Isle of Wight
One of the biggest, early festivals of the year, the Isle of Wight features classic bands and up and comers and when it comes to weather it’s usually kind.
2016: Sunny and cloudy with some light showers and temperatures of up to 23°C.
2015: Sunnies and wellies were needed with light showers and sunshine occurring.
2014: Pretty balmy, with plenty of sunshine.
Not too shabby on the island.
Taking place in June, the weather at Glastonbury has seen some extremes, so it’s safe to say you’re going to need an umbrella at some point.
2016: The festival was a ‘mud pit’ after heavy rain and a flash flood. Perfect excuse for some wrestling.
2015: The tail end of Storm Bill soaked revellers but in the end it stayed relatively dry.
2014: Heavy thunderstorms caused temporary shut downs at the festival.
So, yeah, pretty wet.
Those who rock don’t fear the rain, right?
2016: Light rain turned to heavy rain in this year – particularly on the Sunday.
2015: Rain and humidity.
2014: A bit damp but the sun did come out to play.
Hmm, bit of a washout.
Which festival should I go to?
Best for… Pop and chart hits:
Glastonbury and V Fest
Best for… Rock and Metal:
Download, Leeds and Reading
Best for… Folk and Indie:
Latitude, Secret Garden Party
Best for… Classic Rock and Old School artists:
Isle of Wight
Best for… Dance and Drum and Bass:
Best for… RnB and Hip Hop:
V Fest, Lovebox
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May 9th, 2017
Stuck for hen party ideas? Want to avoid the L plates and willy straws? (Okay, fine, you can take a couple of willy straws). Then here’s a round up of the best places for a hen do abroad to check the bride and her girls into, spanning across Europe and even stretching over to the US.
You’ve probably seen a fair few beauty bloggers soaking up the Mykonos sun in their Snapchat stories and to be fair, they’ve got the right idea. Plan a trip to this glam destination and come back with a tan and a full Instagram feed, after sending off the bride in style.
Flight time: 3h 50m from London airports
Wear this: Opt for a halter neck bikini top and pair this with frayed denim shorts – add heeled sandals and a clutch for those afternoon pool parties that go on into the night.
Plan a hen party activity:
Camp at Paradise Beach
Price: between €5-€8 for accommodation, €90 to reserve a table
Paradise Beach is the party hotspot, but instead of paying out hundreds to stay overnight in a room, book a camping spot to save some cash for the bars later. Head to Guapoloca beach at 10pm every day for the Body Paint party featuring UV paint and neon lights and every Saturday there’s a Toga Party – perfect for hens who want to relive their Uni days and dress up in bed sheets.
The home of great vodka and good looking bars to hop between, Krakow is climbing the charts when it comes to the hen do abroad. Cheap flights (bless you Ryanair), cheap accommodation and cheap booze are what makes Krakow one of the perfect hen party destinations.
Flight time: 2h 30 direct from London airports
Wear this: You just can’t go wrong with the classic ‘skinny jeans and a nice top’ combo for a day of exploring, with the addition of heels for the evening. Add some sashes, a veil for the bride and you’re good to go.
Plan a hen party activity:
Price: 290zł (around £60)
You’d be mad to visit Krakow and not sample some of the good stuff. Plan a trip on a vodka tasting bar crawl and enjoy taking different flavoured shots of the traditional spirit, accompanied by platters of Polish bar food. The idea is to get tipsy, not totally sloshed, so plan to move on to a club nearby once you’re done.
Ain’t no party like a Vegas party – think casinos, Elvis impersonators, bright lights, cocktails in penthouses, stealing Mike Tyson’s tiger…wait, no, don’t do that.
Flights are a little lengthy but you can get the party started with Prosecco on the plane and once you’re on that glittering strip, sitting in a tiny seat and breathing in the same processed air for hours will feel worth it.
Flight time: 10h 40 direct from London airports
Wear this: A little black dress is a good call for the evening but embrace the bikini by day, as you lounge by the pool – probably nursing a fantastic cocktail hangover.
Plan a hen party activity:
Explore the best bars and casinos
When in Vegas you need to pay a visit to a couple of the big casinos and hotels but you should also head downtown for a pub crawl, where the drinks are way cheaper – Beauty Bar is a popular spot where you can enjoy a ‘martini and a manicure’ as well as live music.
Book a place for the group on the Insanity ride, a mechanical arm that extends 64ft over the edge of the Stratosphere tower, which stands at around 900ft.
You’ll find yourself tilted into a ‘down’ position, so you get a great (aka stomach turning) view of downtown Vegas below before being spun at speeds of up to three G’s. Maybe skip breakfast that day and offer extra shots for the girls who take up the challenge.
A city that’s been revamped by creatives, Leipzig has a thriving tourist and nightlife scene now – you could check out a techno club, sip German beer, take a look around an art installation and pay a visit to its famous vegan kebab shop. (It’s open until 11pm, perfect for when you need to soak up some alcohol before moving on to the next bar.)
Flight time: 1h 30m direct from London airports
Wear this: Fit in with the artists living in the centre in an all black ensemble, chunky heels and an embroidered jacket.
Plan a hen party activity:
Row, row, row a boat
Price: €33 a day or €7.50 per hour
If you fancy a laugh, rent out some folding boats and get out on the canal. It’s a fun way of checking out the city but even funnier to watch everyone attempting to navigate the water. Pack some champers in your day bag to make things a little more interesting.
Locate the clubs
Price: varies between clubs
A major club in the city, even if you aren’t into old school techno with the pounding bass and wild dancing, Distillery will still get the party started. There’s also Täubchenthal which is relatively new with a huge dance floor, massive chandeliers and a well stocked bar. The party doesn’t even stop when you need a toilet break, with live DJs performing in the bathrooms too.
We’re not gonna lie (and the clue is kind of in the name), Iceland’s a little chilly – but there are plenty of bars offering enough spirits to warm up your insides and geothermal springs and lagoons to take a cheeky dip in.
Flight time: 3h 20m direct from London airports
Wear this: For daytime activities, athleisure is the best option, so pack your joggers and a comfy hoodie. For the evening, swap this for a jumpsuit and heels and finish off with a leather jacket.
Plan a hen party activity:
Price: 12,990 ISK (around £94)
It’s no secret that Iceland is home to stunning, wild landscapes, so push the bride out of her comfort zone with a casual hike to look for some natural hot springs to take a dip in. It’s the perfect daytime activity before hitting the bars later.
Actual conversation when the bride gets home:
‘So, what did you do on your hen party?’
‘Oh, y’know, the usual. Bathed in some rivers, jumped in a hot spring, tried to avoid developing pneumonia on the way out…’
Bar crawl in the centre
Head to the centre of Reykjavík in the evening where you’ll find all the best bars; the Lebowski Bar is a good starting point for drinks at Happy Hour and Ölstofan is great for getting close to the locals and sampling the rather extensive cocktail menu. Drinks can be a little pricey, so look for the places offering deals.
Hen party hand luggage
Only hardcore hen parties go on for more than two or three nights, therefore you should be able to get away with just packing hand luggage that you can squeeze into the overhead hold all. Here’s a hen party checklist featuring what to pack for a weekend getaway:
Tick these items off:
- Fancy dress for the first night – obligatory for every hen party.
- Day shoes – we don’t want to sound like your Mum but you do need to wear something that isn’t going to destroy your pinkie toes.
- Athleisurewear for day activities – think fitted t-shirts and shorts or capri leggings.
- Going ‘out out’ clothes – jumpsuits and dresses are easy to throw on.
- Hangover cures – paracetamol, ibuprofen; whatever gets you through the day.
- Mini toiletries – ensure each one is under 100ml, so you aren’t frisked at the airport.
Ready to double check that passport’s in date, prepare for the raised eyebrows when the airport staff spot the copious amounts of glitter in your hand luggage and start the party early at the airport? Don’t forget to look up our holiday shop before you go.Read more
April 13th, 2017
BRING IT ON.
You’ve been waiting for warmer weather for months now – it’s time to embrace it. From print mixing to colour coding, our spring pieces are ready to take on the sun.
THE TRENCH IS BACK.
We’re loving this seasons transitional hero – the Belle Trench. The belt is 100% 2017 and the collar adds some extra attitude.
PRINT LIKE A PRO.
This season isn’t just about upping your colour game. It’s time to mix up your prints and add an unexpected twist to your wardrobe. Try pairing our 50’s Boardwalk Dress with a patterned jacket or even some sheer net tights.
This spring is all about going military. Add some camo to your look with our SD-1 bomber jacket. Pair with a feminine dress or go full out military by going with a black top and jeans.
The streets have lacked colour for months now and it’s time to bring it back. Be the first to walk on the wild side and try our Core Midi Stripe dress – we’ve got plenty of colour variations to choose from.
March 28th, 2017
Perfect for those wild festival nights and summer BBQs, a suede jacket is lightweight, the material feels amazing and it always looks good. This is why knowing how to care for one is so important.
Here’s the lowdown on how to keep your suede jacket looking like it’s just come straight off the rail:
So what is suede made from?
Good question. Suede is actually leather, but it uses the underside of the skin instead of the hard-wearing exterior used for real leather jackets. It is then rubbed to create a soft, velvet-like feel, which is why it feels so good to wear.
Suede might come from the same crop as leather but it doesn’t offer wear or tear on the same level. It’s much easier to stain and mark, so it’s a good idea to be a little cautious and protect your suede jacket before you even leave the house in it.
Sounds like effort? You couldn’t be more wrong…
Photo credit: @joeffreyjayona and @chaconsorti
How to protect your suede jacket
Protecting suede is as easy as grabbing some purpose-made, suede protecting spray and applying all over the main areas of the jacket. Focus especially on elbows, hemlines, collars and pockets that come into contact with your skin and other clothes regularly.
Look for a protecting spray that is also waterproof, because once suede gets wet that’s when it starts picking up dirt and stains. Spritz it on, leave it to dry and then you’re good to go.
Dyes from denim jeans and other materials can easily transfer onto suede fabric, so remember this when out and about. If you’re not up for regular cleaning, go for a darker suede shade that won’t show everything up.
The spray should do the job, but we recommend playing it a little safe. It’s also a good idea to bear in mind that you may need to clean your jacket every once in a while, especially if it comes into contact with dirt and spills. Here’s a little guide on how to clean your suede jacket properly:
How to clean a suede jacket
Before we begin, we must emphasize that it’s never advisable to machine wash suede. Suede does not fare well in the machine, even on a cold wash. It’s an investment piece you need to treat with love.
Instead, get your jacket booked in for a spruce up at a reputable dry cleaner for an all over clean. It might be more expensive, but it’s worth it to get your suede jacket looking like new.
If you’re just getting rid of a small stain or mark you can use a suede brush – pick one of these up in the supermarket next time you’re popping in.
TOP TIP: When choosing a suede brush remember – the longer the suede, the softer the brush needs to be. This ensures you don’t damage the material with the wrong ‘strength’ brush, which can cause damage and even tear in the material.
Leave the stain to dry and then get to work gently brushing it out – the brush loosens up the dirt and removes it.
Don’t forget to respray the brushed area with suede protector to avoid having to re scrub it in the near future.
Three ways to style a suede jacket
Keeping your jacket clean and maintaining the quality is always in style. Here are a few style ideas to try out mix up your look:
- Ladies – Pair a tan suede jacket (preferably with plenty of tassels) with denim shorts, a band tee and some comfy knee high wellies. Don’t forget the glitter face paint.
- Men – Dark chino shorts work well with a suede jacket. Add a plain fitted t-shirt and ankle boots to wade through the mud and you’re good to go.
- Ladies – Traveling over the summer months? Introduce your suede jacket to the athleisure trend (read up on our top tips on this trend here) and wear it over comfy joggers and a thin jumper with your fave trainers.
- Men – Throw your suede jacket over a matching hooded tracksuit, pull the hood out to add a little edge to the look.
Saturday night fever:
- Ladies – Going out out? Then a darker coloured suede jacket is the perfect addition to your LBD and heels ensemble.
- Men – Suede and a crisp white shirt? You’re going to stand out on Saturday night. Pair with dark coloured jeans and leather trainers and prop up the bar in style.
Feeling confident? Then don’t hesitate to add a suede jacket to your wardrobe and find any excuse to wear it. If you’re yet to grab one, check out our men and women’s jackets ranges here on the site to find your new fave piece of outerwear.
Feature image photo credit: @hawkinsandshepherd and @mox_ie