Anyone else feeling a whole lot of summer love right now?
We know the feeling. Here at Debenhams we've been
surveying the latest collections, picking out - and filling
suitcases with - our favourite pieces to bring bright colours
and beautiful designs to our holiday wardrobes. Have you
If not, this Summer Holiday issue should make for a
fabulous leisurely read. With fashion edits for ladies
and gents - not-to-mention favourites for the kids - our
detailed holiday style section will send your look in the
Ladies, if you feel a little flushed at the idea of splashing
out on swimwear, our 'Beach Body Beautiful' feature
will take you through all the designs that are perfect
for you - depending on your shape and style. We've
even selected a celeb icon to match every figure. Who
wouldn't love discovering they look like hourglass-shaped
Off on your jollies with a loved one? We show you how to
'do' holiday glam, depending on your destination, in our
exclusive 'Couples Retreat' fashion shoot. From an Audrey
Hepburn-inspired Roman holiday to going on safari, we've
covered a lot of ground. And boys, we don't expect you'll
want to pack as many outfits as your other half, hence our
'packing-made-easy' guide for guys.
Romantic excursions aside, closer to home the British social
calendar is sizzling with music festivals, days at the races and
weddings aplenty - not to mention prom. Not sure what to
wear? We'll take you through the dress code.
It's time to enjoy those fabulous summer moments - this
issue will make certain you RSVP with style.
THE TROPHY JACKET
Good news for fans of layering - the trophy jacket is back. Invest in the look and we promise it will last you for years to come.
PRETTY IN PLEATS
If a gorgeous skirt is on your summer wish list, look no further than a style with the prettiest of pleats. Opt for a light, floating fabric in beautiful shades for the perfect summer look.
It's time to catch the bouquet - wedding season is here. Be sure to RSVP with style with the help of our detailed guide to wedding attire. From the city hall to an exotic beach - if you've got the invite, we've cracked the dress code.
KATE LOVES JENNY
The Duchess of Cambridge has just completed a tour Down Under, during which she pulled out all the stops in an array of stunning gowns from one of her favourite designers - our very own Jenny Packham.
Part of the Designers at Debenhams portfolio, the No.1 by Jenny Packham collection is our go-to choice for the most glam of summer occasions. Why not make it yours? We're pretty sure it has the royal seal of approval.
NEW BRAND ALERT
We're pleased to announce that Tromborg, Iman and Ole Henrikson are now available to buy online.
KEEP IT NATURAL
Bobbi Brown's Foundation stick gets an update. Now with a transparent base plus skin tone correcting pigments you can achieve a fresh-faced look with a natural radiance that glows from within.
We're pleased to announce that the new Dior Addict Fluid Stick is available to buy exclusively at Debenhams. This unique hybrid of lipstick, lip-gloss and lip lacquer all-in-one delivers a no make-up feel on application and gives intense colour and shine.
Now is the perfect time to refresh your fragrance wardrobe with a light and invigorating new scent from our Limited Edition selection for sunnier days. Also available is the much anticipated Bonbon fragrance by Design duo Viktor & Rolf. This new scent is glamorous, elegant and simply irresistible.
FABULOUS SUMMER TRESSES
Whether it's a stunning 'up-do' or soft and glamorous waves, you too can create this season's trend-led hair styles with the help from our specialist hair care brands including Aveda and Area H20 to name just a few.
Boys, don't leave the glamour to the girls, get suited and booted for prom with our simple guide on how to dress for the occasion.
TAILORED TO THE OCCASION
Invited to a formal affair? Make sure your style suits the bill with our fabulous options for men's formal attire.
Headed for a little festival fun with the boys? Our Festival Shop will help you rock the latest fashions and roll with your cronies.
High summer is here, with holidays looming and gorgeous fashion to go with it (or us, rather) as we pack our bags and head for many a stylish destination.
Not sure what to pack to go where? In this section I'll take you through my own highlights for summer fashion, taking you on a journey that begins on a wild note and ends in paradise.
When it comes to summer, the annual burst of bold and beautiful fashion is always one of my favourite things; take note of the fabulous statement prints popping up across the high street and it's easy to see why.
While the classic LBD may work well in winter, I'm always dreaming of the warmer months when it's all about the flowing technicolour maxi, vivid cropped trousers and dazzling printed prom dresses. Love the look? My pick of the prettiest will make your dreams come true.
As a lady who loves shoes (who doesn't?) our range of new season sandals has most definitely stopped me in my tracks. Coveted must-haves are the embellished flip-flops and gladiator-inspired heels, but neon is receiving an excitable nod from me too.
The biggest surprise of the season is fashion's love affair with the 'ugly flat'. Well, they do say there's beauty in everything...
This summer will see fabulous prints ride the wave of style - straight into the summer suitcase of the fashion savvy male.
Looking for the perfect swimsuit that beautifully fits your figure? We're here to help. Simply click on the body icon below that most suits your shape, then read all about the how best to enhance the bits you love and disguise the bits you don't.
It's swimwear made simple. We've even picked out a celeb comparison for each shape. Take it from us, it's hard to hate your body when you realise it looks like Beyoncé's.
Avoid getting caught out by the powerful rays this summer. Get sun protected with a selection of sun creams and make up with SPF's to safeguard your skin.
UV radiation is one of the main factors that causes the skin to age. Melanocytes - melanin-producing cells - begin to burn out when you reach your late thirties and forties, making it more difficult for your skin to fight sun damage.
Everyday living also exposes your skin to a variety of pollutants and free radicals so here's my top picks for the face and body.
- FOR THE FACE
- AFTER SUN CARE
- FOR THE BODY
SARAH'S TOP TIP:
Look out for products with anti-aging ingredients.
A powerful skincare saviour that combines Idebenone and Thiotaine to deliver a high level of protection against the sun's harmful rays while helping to prevent future aging signs.
A specialist sun protector and anti-ager for the face exposed to intense sunlight . Protects deepdown, hydrates and performs brilliantly even under make up.
Prevent premature skin ageing with Liquid Layer, the ultimate weapon against UVA and UVB rays, pollution and free radical damage. The water resistant, weightless formulation feels incredibly comfortable on the skin and provides immediate invisible coverage.
SARAH'S TOP TIP:
Salt and sun dry out your skin, so it needs to be rehydrated as soon as possible. Take a cold shower and moisturise at the first opportunity.
For instant soothing, try this after sun spray from Nivea sun. It is made with aloe vera, which helps repair skin damage by restoring lost moisture, as well as giving a cooling sensation to calm and soothe.
Clinique's ultra-moisturizing balm with soothing aloe calms sun-exposed skin, provides post-sun repair and helps to minimize peeling.
SARAH'S TOP TIP:
For added skin protection apply an SPF moisturiser under your SPF Foundation.
Foundations aren't just about covering up, creating a flawless canvas or making your skintone appear more even. They now play an important role in protecting the skin from everyday pollution and the sun's harmful rays. One of the most popular foundations for this is bareMinerals Original SPF 15.
An ultra-sensorial texture, bursting with made-to-measure perfecting skin care ingredients that melt into the skin for an flawless finish which lasts all day long. The foundation blends seamlessly with the skin for a smoother, more even complexion day after day.
Uses translucent pigments to enable a fully personalised finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin's undertone. Provides a moisturising demi-matte finish with medium buildable coverage and contains fine line-reducing soft-focus powders.
SARAH'S TOP TIP:
Use a concealer under your tinted moisturiser to diminish dark circles and hide imperfections.
You might want to think about using tinted moisturisers during the warmer months. Packed with powerful properties tinted moisturisers protect the skin whilst leaving a radiant and natural finish. Here's a rundown of my favourites.
Clarins Hydraquench Tinted Moisturiser - Debenhams Exclusive
This new must-have tinted moisturiser provides ultimate hydration, skin protection and an incredibly natural-looking, healthy glow.
Available in 6 shades to suit every skin tone.
Created for women with oily skin who want light moisture, sheer coverage and sun protection in one, Bobbi s new gel-based formula is the perfect alternative to foundation. Light and refreshing, it glides on smoothly, blends easily and provides a hint of coverage for soft, even and natural looking skin. Vitamins C and E protect skin from free radical damage, while SPF 15 helps prevent sun damage.
An instant moisture boosting formula with SPF protection and a hint of skin-perfecting colour. The refreshingly lightweight texture provides a no-makeup look and feel, yet covers imperfections with a natural, hydrating touch.
SARAH'S TOP TIP:
Apply sunscreen as often as you can to stay well protected.
A super-portable SPF30 Natural Sunscreen with a sheer and weightless formula that can be used from head to toe without clogging pores.
Treat your body to this smooth touch sun body lotion that delivers UVA-UVB protection.
This silky-smooth formula gives skin an instant heavenly radiance while the advanced Suncare Technology provides broad-spectrum UVA/ UVB protection.
This summer give yourself a beautiful sun-kissed natural makeover with delicious cocoa-toned shades mixed with a touch of gold shimmer as seen on the catwalk shows of Christian Dior, Dries Van Noten, Donna Karan and House of Holland.
Define and sculpt your features by applying bronzer to the cheeks, temples and chin and golden metallic eyeshadow to the lids and even the brows for that extra glam factor. This look is so hot you'll sizzle this season.
Use on the middle of your forehead, the bridge of your nose, the point of your chin and above your cheekbones to sculpt and highlight.
A duo of fine powders, Miel and Cannelle, to dab on certain points on the face for a sun-kissed, radiant glow.
This ultimate bronzing powder compact features four fabulous matte shades so you can sculpt your complexion. Dust across the cheekbones and temples for a warm and radiant finish.
Layer with the matte shadows (Pale Cream and Soft Buff), then apply Pink Bellini. Deepen the eye crease with Earth, then apply the darkest color (Rich Caviar) along the lash line for beautiful definition.
A very versatile foundation that can be worn alone, or combined with any foundation to sculpt or highlight the complexion.
Turn your love story into a picture perfect postcard with couples' couture for every destination. Whether you're headed for safari or sun, sea and sand, explore fabulous fashion across the globe with our holiday round-up of coupled-up looks to love.
Attracted to danger? Take your relationship for a walk on the wild side with tribal-inspired fashion, khaki tones and colours that clash.
Turn up the heat with fun, flirty fashion and laid-back summer cool. With a wardrobe so colourful, your future will be bright.
Go for high glamour with city chic from a bygone age; think Gregory Peck courting Audrey Hepburn in 1950's classic movie 'Roman Holiday'.
If there's ever a time that the differences between men and women are at their most apparent, packing for a summer holiday is surely it.
Where women tend to prefer to take everything but the kitchen sink, men tend to... how shall we say it? Throw it all in a bag and hope for the best?
It doesn't have to be this way. Our packing-made-easy guide for guys details nine simple essentials - allowing him to get more out of a case than Sherlock Holmes.
A cool, short-sleeved shirt is easily multi-wearable, with one day's disregarded item always on hand to be next day's treasure; wear for a smart outing one day or eve, slip on with shorts for lounging around the next.
Perfect with a t-shirt for day, just add a stylish belt if you feel the need to smarten it up. For evening, slip on one of the shirts for summer nights sorted.
How many exactly is at the discretion of the person packing the case, after all, they don't take up much room.
For styling suggestions, see no.1 - same rules apply.
It won't take many to help make a splash - just remember to wash them out in the shower at night. Hang across the balcony to dry - if only life were this simple in England.
Only a couple of pairs at the very most. Roll up the legs during the day and wear with boat shoes or flip flops. As before, come evening simply match with a short-sleeved shirt.
Slip on for the beach during the day, wash off any sand and match with smart trousers for night - the ultimate look for the laid back gent.
Don't forget the all-important beach towel - a must for snoozing by the pool or on the beach. Isn't that why we go on holiday?
Save on space with a 'grooming essentials' travel pack. Remember to make sure it fits within your airline's security procedures and place in a plastic bag - if your shirts are covered in suncream during the inbound flight that'll be it for no.'s 2 and 5.
The ultimate must-haves. Look cool and stay in the shade with stylish sunnies and a face protecting hat - the lobster look is never attractive. Both dual purpose purchases, a hat and sunglasses are your go-to garments the morning after the night before.
It's prom season; time for mums to shop 'til they drop, daughters to get their gladrags on and, together, take a few pictures for the family album.
But what is prom? Until recently this particular summer moment was up there alongside cheerleaders, baseball and Thanksgiving - an American tradition. Not anymore. Here we take a look at what makes prom fabulous - and why we Brits have finally joined the party.
What 's it all about?
Short for promenade, across the pond prom is a formal dance for high-school students. Traditionally a 'coming of age' of sorts for seniors about to leave for college, prom is a time for students to celebrate their achievements in school and look forward to the future. Now, we're starting to realise where the party's at.
so important ?
It's just a night out with friends, right? Wrong. Popular culture has created a status for prom that supersedes anything else before it in a young person's life. Let's look at the evidence?
In Twilight, prom is the pinnacle of the movie and, as such, is the moment when Bella declares to Edward she is willing to forsake mortality for eternal life with him. In Mean Girls, Lindsay Lohan's redemption is complete the moment she's crowned Prom Queen and, in 10 Things I Hate About You, prom is the moment that the truth finally comes out.
When she attends prom, a girl expects to look so amazing she's guaranteed to win the boy of her dreams - as seen in classic 80's movie Pretty in Pink. When a girl attends prom, she expects to find Usher on the decks, prompting her classmates to dance in unison - as seen in She's All That. But, popular culture aside, what she really expects is her very own Cinderella moment. In this case, we're more than happy to play the part of the Fairy Godmother.
If it's princess attire you're looking for, the No.1 by Jenny Packham range is certainly fit for royalty. Designed by one of the Duchess of Cambridge's most called-upon designers, we're talking about a designer who knows just the right amount of sparkle to make a gal the belle of any ball.
Julien Macdonald is your go-to guy, with both his Star and Diamond ranges full of fabulous gowns designed to make an impact. Or, for something a little less bling, a little more classic, the Debut range presents a series of dresses in delicate, flowing fabrics, in a stylish assortment of lengths and colours.
And that's just it - the beauty of prom. It's so new to us in Britain, that there really are no rules. No dress code, no restrictions. Sure, attendees are
expected to up the ante, but the dress code is really up to interpretation. Go full length and fabulous, go mad with the sequins or simply be short and sweet.
Just don't forget to add a few statement accessories. From high heels to shiny bangles, chandelier earrings to the chicest of clutches - it's all about eye-catching accessories. And we don't mean the obligatory date for the dance.
Are you ready for summer and all the fabulous moments that come with it?
If you've set a date in the diary for festival fun at Glastonbury, hold an invitation or two for a chic wedding ceremony, or happen to be on course for a flutter at Ascot, our stylish edit of the key looks for summer will inspire your fashion for every occasion.
Shop our new summer collection and RSVP with style.
You'll make a date with your own stylish destiny thanks to gorgeous dresses and jackets that offer a match made in heaven, not-to-mention showstopping hats in statement designs.
From day-to-night outfits to decadent gowns for the evening soiree, we've a collection of fairytale fashions ideal for a date with romance.
Make sure you're a winner in the style stakes with our chic collection of outfits befitting the Royal Enclosure.
From knee-length cuts to elegant necklines, you'll certainly meet the Ascot dress code, while our hatinator suggestions will add a certain touch of class.
As much about fashion as the sound of music, festivals call for clothing fit for the main stage. Float around the Isle of Wight working full-on boho glamour, or ensure you're pool party ready, á la Coachella, with a swimsuit and shorts combo.
Our festival line-up will add a little style to the soundtrack of your summer.
"In June at Longparish on the wonderful river Test - home of some of the very best fly fishing in England!"
"A vase full of Dahlia's picked straight from my garden."
"Walking into the Royal Enclosure on Ladies Day in Top Hat and Tails."
"My first day of sunbathing. Nothing better than sun on your face and a book in your hand ;)"
"Spending long lazy days in the sun on a tropical beach with a cocktail and having fun in the sun."
"Packing my holiday suitcase full of my new summer wardrobe knowing I'll finally be able to wear them all."
"Ladies day at Ascot."
"A long lazy lunch, great food, a bottle of rosé and friends relaxing, sunbathing at my beloved villa in Ibiza."
"Watching our son on the beach for the first time."
"A sunrise at the Hampstead Heath ponds."
"Waking up with the sun streaming through the window!"
"Drinking cocktails with my sunnies on :-)"
You've bought the outfit for your fabulous summer moment, but are you prepared to wear it with style?
As with anything, getting the foundations right is so important - but are you aware of how big a difference your smalls can make? The correct fitting bra can make you look slimmer, improve posture and even help clothes fit better. So, the fact is, unless you're wearing the correct size, your fabulous summer outfit... may not make a fabulous impact. The simple solution? An expert bra fit.
With research suggesting that the majority of women wear the wrong bra size, I popped into store for a bra fitting. Undercover, of course...
When it comes to building great style, a perfect fit is vital. As a woman I admit that I love clothes - I love scouring fashion magazines, sourcing new looks and splurging my monthly salary on new items for my wardrobe. As a clothing fanatic I wouldn't dream of buying a dress too big or trousers too small. With this in mind, imagine my shock to have discovered, courtesy of my session with one of our bra fitting experts, that I've been wearing the wrong sized bra... for years.
How on earth did I manage to do that? Sure, from time to time a bra may have pinched a little, the cups may have had room to store my mobile phone and once, or twice, a bra has been known to leave sore marks underneath my arms - but I've always worn 34B, ever since the last time I was measured. What else could I be?
Well, as it turns out, a 32C, according to the lovely lady who assessed my measurements during my undercover investigation at the Oxford Street store. Wishing to experience a bra fitting as a bonafide customer I popped in, impromptu, armed with a confidence I was already wearing the correct size. How wrong was I?
Despite my claims to be a 34B, when it
came to removing my top for the tape
measure it was pretty clear that in the
case of my cups, there was definitely
no case of 'runneth over'. The bra
I wore for the fitting is (or was)
one of my favourites, all pretty
and pink, yet also one of my
most frustrating for the fact
that I never quite seemed
to be able to fill the thing,
no matter how much I
re- adjusted the straps
Now, I finally know why. Following the fitting, I understand that the problem wasn't that I was wearing a bra too big for my breasts, but that said bra was in fact too big for my back, meaning that it would also push forward at the front. 'Ok', I thought, 'so I'm a 32B?'
Wrong again. When hooked into a 32B, I have to say I looked more buxom than I ever have in my life - but not in a good way. In fact, looking down it appeared as if I had four breasts - two in the bra, two trying to escape - never a good look.
By contrast, when it came to hooking myself into the the 32C, I swear nothing has ever felt so right. Apparently, decreasing the back size often creates an increase in cup - it's this type of tip that shows it pays to ask the experts.
The idea of whipping off your top and being sized up by a stranger can be daunting to some but, after my first hand experience, I'm definitely a convert to the experience. Our expert fitter completely put me at ease and, most important of all, I am now aware of the following:
All my 34B bras tend to have a one inch gap between those two little bits of underwiring that pop up at the cleavage point. In the 32C, they sit literally side by side. In my 34Bs I have to opt for the last hook just to get them to feel snug, while the 32C I can easily wear on the first. And, finally, the underwiring on a 34B stops about an inch away from the underneath of my arm, the 32C sits directly beneath.
These may sound like quite simple alterations but, if I've learnt one thing today it's that, when it comes to our bras, the smallest thing can make the biggest difference. Oh and also that my 'small things' are quite a bit bigger after all...
Found your perfect fit? You'll need to update your lingerie drawer.
Do you love a balcony bra? Have you been advised to opt for a fit designed for the fuller bust?
Whatever you shape, size or style preference, our sweet and sexy lingerie will set you on the path to a truly hot summer.
It's time to make a play for all things fun and fabulous.
School's almost out and summer's now upon us, along with gorgeous new collections from all our - and their - favourite kidswear brands.
From stylish stripes for your little stars to the most charming of checks their mates will surely envy, kids' holiday style starts right here - and it's looking good to go.
She'll be a little beach beauty in gorgeous designs featuring bright motifs and patterns aplenty.
He'll take like a duck to water once he spots our stylish new swimwear - designed to make a splash.