There are hundreds of thousands of influencers in the social ether, but only a handful who we religiously stalk in order to virtually steal the clothes off their backs. Our primary target is Monikh—the London-based styling and shopping guru who seeks out the very coolest buys from every corner of the retail world. From her inspiring tips on re-wearing her well-chosen investment items to hunting down the coolest high-street pieces, her Instagram feed @monikh and website are a veritable hotbed of things you’re going to want to purchase immediately (and will never regret). Each week, Monikh will share her new picks exclusively for you…
And just like that, we’re in December! A full month of never-ending drinks on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday—basically any excuse goes when it comes to celebrating the end of the year. It might be exhausting but that doesn't mean your wardrobe has to suffer. Continuing with this theme then, this week's big three are dedicated to that easy day-to-night look, so you can look fabulous at anytime of the day because you always need to be prepared for any last-minute cocktails.
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& Other Stories Sheer Puff Sleeve Blouse (£65)
First up is this & Other Stories blouse. This top is a no-brainer as all you need to do is throw on a blazer for day and then by night let those shoulders out. The puffy sleeve is one of the easiest ways to make a statement with your wardrobe this season, and paired with your go-to jeans it makes the look oh so effortless. (It also comes in black polka dots too!)
& Other Stories Sheer Puff Sleeve Polka Dot Blouse (£65)
Raey Dip-Hem Silk-Satin Cami Top (£150)
This may seen a little basic, but it is the ultimate party staple. Team it with a cardigan, jumper, or shirt during the day, and then wear completely solo by night. It’s minimal and insanely sexy—very Katie Holmes.
Bottega Veneta The Pouch Leather Clutch (£2195)
These bags were everywhere during Fashion Month, and the style is going nowhere. After months of being sold out, the clutch is has finally been restocked but I guarantee it won't be for long. Grab the hard-to-find burgundy in large, which is big enough to hide your flats in for the walk home.
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Option 1: the Cecile Bahnsen dress
Cecile Bahnsen Ammi Puff Sleeve Dress (£885)
A favourite of mine, I love how fun and care-free her designs are, and this dress is exactly that. It’s big sleeved, big bottomed and cut midi for a playful touch, a BIG contender.
Option 2, the feathers
16 Arlington Minelli Dress (£795)
A look I went for last year, and yes I enjoyed it so much that the same dress is indeed by back up dress for this year (I'll change the shoes/bag etc, no one will notice) But if you’ve not got any feathers waiting in your wardrobe, have a look at this. 16 Arlington is the dream, they do the best feather creations out there, and shapes that are timeless.
Option 3: Sequins
Zara Sequin Trousers (£60)
"Rethink the standard dress and go all out for these trousers! Zara created the most incredible sequin pair this season, and having already sold out once, they’re restocking soon so make sure you sign up for the alert to so you don't miss out for good! Try and track down the matching top, or simply throw on a white tee and big gold hoops. Casual pub attire sorted."
Rejina Pyo Colette Mohair-Blend Sweater (£495)
This jumper is a dream—it’s soft and cosy, comes in a few different shades and has a scarf already attached to it. It looks insanely sophisticated on—just get practising with that casual shoulder-throw look.
LVIR Cotton-Canvas Jacket (£310)
A new brand to Net-a-Porter this week, and one I’ve already now ordered. I envision that this is more shirt than jacket and is perfect for those nights at the pub when you don’t want to seem too dressed up or exposed (pop a little silky cami on underneath in case your night turns wild).
Zara Oversized Checked Shirt (£30)
The checked shirt never goes out of style. It can be worn in so many different ways, such as open with a roll-neck, over a cami, with a dress or just jeans.
Deitas Demeter Knotted Satin Maxi Dress (£1332)
This beauty is my winter version of an easy throw-on slip dress. This is perfect for a winter wedding or a Christmas or NYE party (actually, you should wear this to all three).
Gucci 1955 Horsebit Shoulder Bag (£1750)
There’s a new It bag in town
Zara Sweatshirt (£18)
This might be insanely basic, but what else are you going to wear under your new show-stopping coat? I’ve stocked up on basic sweatshirts to keep me going this winter.
Nanushka Bella Ribbed-Knit Cardigan (£330)
A hybrid jumper/dress/jacket wonder that will give you styling moves you never thought were possible.
Sies Marjan Josephine Ribbed Silk and Cotton-Blend Velvet Maxi Dress (£110)
If you buy one statement winter dress this season, make it this one. Yes, it’s simple, but that’s where the beauty lies. This dress will come out every winter, styled casually with big boots or for a big event with strappy heels and a glittery bag.
By Far Diana Sling-Back Faille Mules (£408)
I love blue shoes; there’s something that feels fresh about the hue. Paired with a simple white T-shirt and pair of leather trousers, this is the perfect “I made no effort, but look fab” look for Friday night drinks.
Uniqlo x JW Anderson Fleece (£50)
Every now and then, a designer and high-street brand get together to create a hybrid of aspirational but attainable garments, and this season, I’m loving JW Anderson’s designs for Uniqlo. Throw on this fleece with everything.
Ghost Anais Dress (£149)
Before a gym class, I stumbled into Ghost to waste some time and fell for this ’70s beauty. Wear with white go-go boots (my latest go-to) and a big shearling coat for extra drama.
H&M Cable-Knit Jumper (£35)
Yes, Aperol dressing is still a thing even beyond summer. I’ll be teaming this bright knit with a pair of straight-leg jeans and boots.
Olivia Von Halle Maleficent Aureta Lamé Midi Dress (£650)
Need a showstopper? Look no further. This laminated, shiny, metallic baby is a real wow dress. Wear with simple strappy sandals and that tiger bag for the complete Carrie Bradshaw look.
Topshop Tiger Print Shoulder Bag (£32)
Recently, I’ve been obsessed (again) with all things animal print—especially print-clashing it. Grab this tiger bag and team it with snake-print boots for the dream mix.
Faithfull the Brand Zoella Print Skirt (£156)
Currently, I’m away on a trip with the babes from Faithfull the Brand, so it was fitting to show off one of the brand’s stunning pieces this week. Commonly known for its summer pieces, this brand is a hidden gem for the winter. Team this beauty with white knee-high boots from Zara and a chunky knit.
Loewe Leather-Trimmed Checked Brushed-Wool Jacket (£1200)
A couple of years ago, I invested and in an incredible tartan jacket that I haven’t stopped wearing. This is the new-season one. Don't miss out.
& Other Stories Smocked Ruffle Hem Midi Dress (£120)
A dress to wear day to night. This LBD has a 2019 injection via the chic midi length and fluted sleeves. Team with strappy By Far sandals or the below boots.
Wandler Isa Leopard-Print Calf Hair Ankle Boots (£610)
The easiest way to sass up an outfit? Insert these dream boots. Wear with jeans and a tee for that easy dressy attire.
Joseph Romney Double-Breasted Leather Coat (£1695)
I remember my mum strutting around in a floor-length leather jacket when I was little, with her short Halle-style haircut and mini sunglasses. She was the coolest lady around! And I’ve forever been trying to re-create her looks. I always invest in a good coat each season, and at the start of autumn, it was the classic beige mac. I’ve since fallen back in love with the style and now have a leather version on my list. Bring on all the Matrix puns.
Holiday Boileau Texan Button-Front Suede Shirtdress (£1070)
A suede dress that oozes style, sass and overflowing vibes of importance. The women who wears this is confident and knows she can style anything.
Lauren Manoogian Baby Bowl Wool Tote (£240)
This is by a designer I have just come across and now am obsessed with. This bag gives your outfit an instant winter makeover.
Rick Owens + Veja V-Knit Sneakers (£230)
I love that casual workout look even when you’re not working out, and these give you exactly that! The cult brand Veja has teamed up with Rick Owens for the coolest trainers to be seen in this season.
The Frankie Shop Linda Jumpsuit (£355)
French brand The Frankie Shop has been everywhere this fashion month, and luckily, being stocked on Net-a-Porter means we can also grab a slice of the pie. They now bring out this Linda jumpsuit every season and its time for a grey checked colourway.
JW Anderson Two-Tone Satin-Paneled Woven Midi Dress (£1350)
This JW Anderson dress had my heart from the very first Insta story back during February’s autumn show. A cosy style but still so sassy, I will wear it with boots on Christmas Day and heels for NYE.
Arket Gathered Leather Dress (£390)
Big sleeves are in this season, and Arket has made the trend just right for this time of year with this amazing leather dress. Wear with black tights (when you’re ready) and knee-high boots.
Rejina Pyo Carter Canvas Tote Bag (£395)
We love to throw everything we possibly can into our bags, especially when it’s raining en route to work but you have to go out in the evening and you know that it’s actually going to be sunny later. You might even pack a change of outfit or two in there. This tote will keep you looking chic while lugging your wardrobe/general life around.
Totême Annecy Coat (£540)
At the beginning of the year, puffer jackets really started to become a bona fide fashion thing. With the new season upon us designers are now introducing a new flock of padded designs—the trend is still going very strong. Style with all your usuals, it can look with your sleek workwear and cool worn casually with jeans and a tee. And yes, it will feel like you’re still in your duvet. What a dream.
Rixo Franzie Dress (£305)
Now this is the '70s. The print, the colour, the sleeves… Wear with a thin roll-neck by day and just a neck scarf by night.
Rixo Violet Jacket (£195)
Autumn jackets are hard to find and on a night out you want something that complements your look, not one that covers it up. So take a peek at Violet—she’s cropped to the most flattering length to still show off your look.
Rixo Sadie Belt (£150)
I have not worn a waist belt for years. In my teens, I was obsessed with them, and I wrapped one around me no matter what I was wearing. After years of wardrobe disasters, I thought I was done with the waist-cinching accessories, but then I walked past Sadie. She will now be featured on all dresses.
Nanushka Arden Sweater (£255)
This change in weather calls for cosy clothes, and cosy does not in any way mean sloppy. This season casual is in, it’s all about respecting our bodies and letting them be free! Did anyone see The Row’s S/S 20 show yesterday? It’s all about that, but for the meantime, this is the very coolest way to buy into the trend.
Nanushka Leba Trousers (£260)
The matching trousers are essential!
Topshop Alanis Boots (£89)
A complete no brainer. You’ll wear them every day this winter and will dig them out every year after that. Wear with slip dresses and chunky knits or simply with jeans and a tee.
Mango Tear Earrings (£16)
I’m all about chilled looks with big accessories, and these beauties will dress up any outfit.
Rixo Annie Houndstooth Knitted Midi Dress (£315)
Never did I know I needed a knitted dress so much until I met this Rixo wonder. Annie is comfortable, chic, showstopping without being loud, and looks vintage so it feels more unique.
Monsoon Carly Faux Leather Skirt (£60)
The leather skirt trend is back, and this time she’s longer, A-line and fabulous. Wear with a jumper or T-shirt semi tucked in, with wide-calf boots for that effortless “I just ooze fashion” look.
By Far Rachel Glitter Bag (£316)
Was anyone else following fashion wueen Camille Charriere’s birthday celebrations? Well, if you did you would have seen the stunning glitter top she wore, and it made me think, glitter can be chic! Glitter with a white tee and jeans can be even more chic! Say hello to your instant outfit changer.
JW Anderson Belted Checked Trench Coat (£1350)
I added a classic trench coat to my Who What Wear UK shopping list couple of weeks ago (it’s a staple and that one was a bargain from Zara), but this one cannot be missed! JW Anderson has bought out the trench coat to end all trench coats. I’ve had my eye on it since the brand showed it at London Fashion Week back in February, so I am not letting it go.
Paris Texas Coco Boots (£395)
Go-go boots are fun, sassy and surprisingly easy to walk in! Wear them with jeans, dresses or skirts. These are a weather-safe pair of heels that will cover you for years to come.
Etsy Velvet Headband (£22)
This Etsy seller is making some of the most beautiful headbands I’ve come across. I bought a few last year that I have worn to death, and I’m now thinking of adding a few more for A/W. This green velvet one (it’s 3-centimetres wide) is at the top of my list.
Topshop Utility D Belt Boilersuit (£49)
The ’70s trends aren’t going anywhere, and this beauty from Topshop is high-end looking with its utility style pockets and waist belt. I’ll roll up the trousers this week and wear this with a simple pair of Havaianas and brown square sunnies.
Rejina Pyo Nane Brown Canvas Check Top Handle Bag (£295)
I saw this mini bag yesterday and fell in love. The Rejina Pyo Nane bag is back, and she’s had an autumn update in this new gorgeous check print. I’ll be heading back today to hold the bag and maybe take her home with me.
La Collection Desire Convertible Wool-Blend Wide-Leg Pants (£530)
Chic, chic, chic! These trousers are super sleek and effortless—they are simply the dream! La Collection is a new Belgium-based brand that creates timeless beauties that will leave you feeling like an Olsen twin.
Zara Oversized Trench Coat (£90)
This is a classic wardrobe piece. It’s an item you can wear with any look. I would recommend going up a size to give it more of a luxe feel.
UO Colourful Stripe Jumper Hoodie (£52)
I originally saw this on Alice Zielasko and assumed it would be some sort of incredibly expensive designer item. However, when I found out it was UO, it took me all of 10 seconds to add it to my cart and checkout. I’ve worn it every day since.
Proenza Schouler Tie-Dye Top (£290)
Tie-dye is going to be huge. I want everything in tie-dye, and this is one piece I have already invested in. I cant wait to team it with leather or shearling coats in the winter.
Mango Oversized Sunglasses (£18)
To add to the look above, these sunnies will bring that ’70s cool-girl element.
& Other Stories Boatneck Knit Sweater (£35)
Layers are key in the UK, and right now it’s a little soul destroying to pick up a coat, so throw this green gem around your shoulders. Wear it with jeans, skirts, on top of dresses—it’s something you’ll live in!
Ghost Sherry Dress (£99)
I’m wearing a lot of tangerine right now, but green is also one of this season’s “in” colours, especially if teamed with a bag or shoes in the same hue (yes, full-on Clueless style is big news). This Ghost slip is perfect for hot days teamed with simple slides or mules and then will work well in the autumn when layered with knitwear.
Réalisation Par Capulet Dress (£210)
Tie-dye is huge this season, so maybe it’s time you tried it. This babe from Réalisation features the brand’s signature flattering cowl neck and bias cut. These dresses are the only things I can wear when the weather gets this insane. (FYI, Harrods has a Réalisation pop-up store at the moment! Run!)
Faithfull the Brand Marta Floral Print Crepe Dress (£175)
Faithfull is a huge favourite of mine. Not only are the day dresses a dream for any occasion, but the clever ladies behind the brand are just a dream to work with. (And that’s a huge deal in this business!)
Topshop Ochre Satin Bias Midi Skirt (£29)
My favourite colour. I read somewhere yesterday that “Aperol Spritz” dressing is in, and it so is. Topshop have released out their sellout slip skirt in this orange hue, and it’s forecasted to be gone by the end of the day…
Daphine Oli Hoops (£65)
Another much-loved brand of mine, Daphine are back this season with a brand-new collection to match those beautiful Oli Rings I’ve been wearing on repeat. Say hello to the new Oli Hoops.
Alighieri Teardrops on the Dancefloor Embellished Satin Espadrilles (£280)
I love an anklet. I mean, I haven’t taken off this shell one for a year now. Instead, I’m just adding to it with my Alighieri (one of my favourite jewellery brands) one. So imagine my disbelief when I came across the all-new lace-up sandals from the cool gods of Alighieri, including jewellery! Yes, these shoes come with a piece of heaven. Grab a pair—they’re a 2-for-1 investment.
Mango Belt High-Waist Shorts (£36)
This is city chic at its finest. Wear with flat lace-up sandals (see above) and a one-shoulder body or an oversized shirt tucked in. Very cool.
Zara Contrat Frilled Dress (£26)
A lunchtime no-brainer. White, cotton, floaty, milkmaid-style sleeves…
Posse Mason Dress (£190)
Posse is a brand some people may not know about. It's Australian and has a huge selection of minimal linen pieces. Last year, I ordered a ton for my Ibiza trip and loved mixing and matching it all. Just watch out for that added import tax.
Loup Charmont Saint Denis Jacket (£320)
A suit is an empowering thing to own—it means business, looks put together and shows people you know what you're doing!
Loup Charmont Tellin Shorts (£288)
This beautiful sage hue is also a big trend colour this season. Wear it casually with a white or cream vest and flat sandals.
Zara Ruffled Linen Dress (£60)
I believe in investment pieces over everything, but I’m only human, and I too run into Zara at any chance I get in search of a high-street bargain. This blue off-the-shoulder dress is sure to have people fooled for a designer price find.
Re/Done Originals Stove Pipe Comfort Stretch Jeans (£242)
There's no one denim style that really does everything, so you may need to invest in more than a single pair of jeans. I already have a pair from Re/Done (a baggier, '90s style that I featured a while ago), but I have been swap between a loose-fit and a tighter-fit for the last two years now, and they have both treated me well! These are my ultimate favourite.
Loewe + Paula's Hooded Striped Knitted Sweater (£525)
Every year I invest in one killer piece of knitwear. Last year it was my oversized beige Totem jumper, the year before my dark pink Isabel Marant cashmere beauty, both that which I still get so much wear out of now! This year it was a white cropped rib from The Range (a new brand I’m obsessing over). Something luxe like that makes me feel pulled together when I throw it on with my Dobbs track pants, for example, but I would also say that if you want a knockout piece of knitwear this season, you can't go wrong with this Loewe one. I didn't know I needed it so badly, until Lucy Williams casually strolled down to breakfast in it with a pair of loose linen trousers, on a trip to Ibiza we were on last month. So chic, so casual, so different.
“I am a huge fan of light silk midi dresses—on holiday I find they work extra hard. They’re great to throw on as a comfortable option, and you can make them look different from other shoes and accessories. Rixo is also a no-brainer for me. This brand has created the most sought-after dresses for the past year or two for weddings, dinners and even BBQs. These dresses are gorgeous and they make you feel incredible. So say hello to their latest print—this patchwork slip.”
Mango Adjustable Waist Overshirt (£50)
Could be a shirt, could be a jacket—the shacket is still going strong. This will end up being one of those last-minute grabs every time you leave the house.
Theory Twist-Back Silk-Crepe Top (£265)
Off on holiday soon? Maybe a little stay-cation over a long weekend? Well, you need a travelling outfit—one that’s comfortable, chic, and can take you from day to night. This Theory set is in this season’s must-have cornflower blue and will be a look you wear over and over because let’s face it: Comfort is key.
Theory Cropped Silk-Crepe Straight-Leg Pants (£360)
You also might need the matching pants…
Daphine Bangles (£75)
I love this brand, not only because Ms Daphine is an absolute babe, but also because her designs are super sleek and reasonably priced. They elevate all my über-minimal looks, making me feel a little more luxe instantly.
The Row Ascot Linen Tote (£825)
As much as I would love to just grab a basket bag every time, for some evening occasions, you need to spice it up. A few years ago, I invested in a bag by The Row—one of my favourite brands—and I’ve used it over and over again. This mini bag is the one to make a casual outfit look a little more delicate and is perfect for chicer nights on the town, weddings and glamorous parties. Also, the new white linen version is a dream!
Réalisation The Capulet (£210)
The babes at Réalisation have just launched a bunch of new dresses that have me weak in the knees. The brand’s dresses make me feel insanely sexy thanks to their vintage prints and fits. Last year, when we had that amazing heat wave, I wore only its dresses, as the material is so lightweight.
La Sirenuse Positano Emma Shirt (£230)
I think you can definitely benefit from a killer co-ord each season—the kind that you can get out of the wardrobe for big occasions. This one is by a new favourite brand and is a total showstopper. What’s more is that it actually looks better worn casually with flats. I’ve just purchased it in black for my upcoming trip to Mallorca.
La Sirenuse Positano Jane Skirt (£265)
Wood/Grey Moroccan Basket (£26)
Who really are you if you don’t have a basket bag?! I mean, this season, they are the easiest yet chicest way to transport all your favourite things whilst still looking effortless in the local beer garden. This beauty is stocked on Wood/Grey, a company by an incredible woman from Cardiff—supporting my new Welsh roots!
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