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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.
SHOP TROPHY JACKETS
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.
SHOP MIDI SKIRTS
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.
SHOP SHOP NO.1 BY JENNY PACKHAM
NEW BRAND ALERT
We're pleased to announce that
Tromborg, Iman and Ole Henrikson
are now available to buy online.
SHOP NEW BRANDS
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.
NOT AVAILABLE ON ROI
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.
SHOP LIMITED EDITIONFRAGRANCES
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.
SHOP ALL HAIR
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.
SHOP FORMAL WEAR
TAILORED TO THE OCCASION
Invited to a formal affair? Make
sure your style suits the bill with
our fabulous options for men's
SHOP SUITS & TAILORING
Headed for a little festival fun with the
boys? Our Festival Shop will help you
rock the latest fashions and roll with
SHOP ROAD TRIP
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
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.
Sporting the best of both worlds, apples are
curvy in the hips and thighs, yet small on top -
often showcasing slim arms and legs.
Sexy pears tend to carry more weight around the
lower half of the body on the hips, thighs and
bum, with narrow shoulders and a smaller bust.
The most enviable of figures, the hourglass
lady is beautifully feminine with a small, well defined
waist and equally proportioned
shoulders, bust and hips.
Showcasing a fabulous, somewhat athletic take
on sexy, triangles are wider on the shoulders and
torso, narrower on the hips.
The rectangle's figure tends to be well balanced
but straight up and down, a look that's sporty
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.
SARAH'S TOP TIP:
Look out for products with
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.
ELIZABETH ARDEN PREVAGE
DEFENSE SHIELD €75
A specialist sun protector and
anti-ager for the face exposed to
intense sunlight . Protects deepdown,
hydrates and performs
brilliantly even under make up.
CONTROL CREAM €26
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
ELEMIS LIQUID LAYER
SUNBLOCK SPF 30 €36
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
AFTER SUN SPRAY (NOT AVAILABLE ON ROI)
Clinique's ultra-moisturizing balm with
soothing aloe calms sun-exposed skin,
provides post-sun repair and helps to
CLINIQUE'S SUN RESCUE WITH
ALOE MALIBU'S ALOE €25
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.
BAREMINERALS ORIGINAL SPF 15 €28
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
DIORSKIN FOREVER - FLAWLESS
PERFECTION FUSHION WEAR MAKEUP €48
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.
SPF 15 FOUNDATION (NOT AVAILABLE ON ROI)
Use a concealer under
your tinted moisturiser to
diminish dark circles and hide
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.
TINTED MOISTURISER €30
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.
BOBBI BROWN SPF15 TINTED
MOISTURISER OIL FREE €35
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.
CLINIQUE MOISTURE SURGE
TINTED MOISURISER SPF15 €30
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
SUNSCREEN SPF30 €30
Treat your body to this smooth touch
sun body lotion that
delivers UVA-UVB protection.
SUN BODY €29
This silky-smooth formula gives skin an
instant heavenly radiance while
the advanced Suncare Technology
provides broad-spectrum UVA/
ESTEE LAUDERS GODDESS SUN
INDULGENCE LOCATION (NOT AVAILABLE ON ROI)
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Our festival line-up will add a
little style to the soundtrack of
"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
"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
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
"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 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
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.