Our Brand Ambassador Hayley Sparkes, model and TV Travel presenter, shares her top tips on trending travel hotspots for 2023 and what outfits you need to take with you!
Paris has always been known as the city of love, but following the popular Netflix series, Emily in Paris, the French capital has really become the go to mini break destination. It is so easy to reach from the UK, with the Eurostar offering affordable train travel, you can even skip the airport. The Eurostar allows you to travel from London to France in as little as 2 hours and 22 minutes.
Shorts are such a staple for summer and are ideal for sightseeing days on holiday. The "White Stripe Belted Shorts" are chic and timeless as well as being fantastic value at just £16.00. I love this look for Paris, it is very simple and chic, just like French women’s style.
Trip advisor has stated Krakow in Poland as being one of the top trending destinations of 2023. Krakow is in the southern part of Poland, lying on both sides of the upper Vistula River. It is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. It is known for its rich history and culture that dates back to the 7th century. Kraków’s Old Town, Stare Miaso is amongst the most impressive medieval locations in Europe and is definitely worth exploring.
For slightly cooler days on vacation or relaxed evenings, the "Polka Dot Oversized Shirt And Trouser Set" is a great two-piece to pack into your suitcase. A co-ord is very on trend right now and this one is really comfortable to move around in. Wear together or separately, team with a crop top, vest or bodysuit when you would like an extra layer.
Good Housekeeping magazine predicts that Aruba will be a popular destination for British tourists as for the first time, direct flights to the Island are now available with British Airways from London Gatwick. Aruba boosts some of the most mesmerising white sand beaches, some of which have been named the best in the world. The island benefits from year-round sunshine, with average temperatures of around 32 degrees.
If you like to catch a tan whilst you are walking around a sunny destination like Aruba, then the "Bardot Tunic Dress" is a great choice RRP £25. This off the shoulder style won’t leave unflattering tan lines and will feel loose, floaty and cool in the heat. I love the striking blue shade, it is bound to compliment beautiful blue skies in your holiday photos.
If you are looking for the perfect staycation this year, then Aberdeenshire has been hotly tipped to be one of the most popular UK locations.
Loved by the Royal Family, Aberdeen is located in the north of Scotland and is known to be the perfect spot for nature lovers. A holiday spot with stunning coastline, majestic mountains as well as scenic rivers. Scotland’s beauty also makes it a desirable location for those tying the knot.
If you are traveling for a wedding this year, or have a really special date night or dinner whilst you are away, this is a dress we would recommend. The "Keyhole Tie Neck Pleated Midi Dress" is one of our most popular styles. This piece is easy to wear and the colours, print are super eye catching with the pleats giving the dress even more of a feminine feel RRP £42.00.
Magical Malta has become increasingly popular in the last few years. Malta is one of the gems in the Mediterranean. Malta is a beautiful island to soak up the sun, explore ancient streets and dine out at Michelin-starred restaurants. It has a reputation of being a leader of LGBTQIA+ travel, and is known for affordability for travellers on a budget
Jumpsuits are so handy on holiday as they are so versatile and they suit all ages and flatter the majority of body types. The "Abstract Honeycomb Cross Over Jumpsuit" RRP £28.00 can be worn with pumps or flats during the day or dressed up with heels at night. This is a great day to night piece.
According to TripAdvisor the number one spot for the global holiday destination in 2023 is Dubai, UAE. Dubai is a popular destination due to the favourable year round climate, fabulous shopping, pristine golden beaches and great hospitality. Dubai is also home to the world’s biggest choreographed fountain and the tallest building in the world.
For a destination like Dubai, I would recommend the "Collar Tunic Dress" RRP £28 because it can be worn in different ways. Simply pop on for a really relaxed casual look or add a belt to create more shape and nip in the waist. This tunic dress will also make a really nice beach cover up.
Wherever you choose to travel this year, I would like to wish you a really wonderful holiday. Please don’t forget to tag @bluevanillaoffical, as we would love to see your holiday outfits.
Written by Hayley Sparkes.
Now we have reached February, we can’t help but look ahead to spring! It’s always exciting when we can look forward to a fresh new wardrobe! With the milder weather approaching it’s a great time to look ahead at some wardrobe staples that will help transition us through into spring. It’s often a tricky time as the weather can be constantly changing, so layering up is still key to getting spring dressing just right!
Are you a uni fresher or heading back for a new term? Whichever it is, you’ll want to bag some gorgeous new outfits to update your ‘drobe!
University is the best time to discover who you are and make friends for life, and you’ll want to make an instant impression with your wardrobe.
Whether you’re planning a big night out with your flatmates, a lazy weekend to recover from it or want that laidback lecture look, we’re here with a stunning new edit. Perfect for uni, but they’re right on-trend for Autumn and Winter as the weather turns cooler.
Live your best life and find your unique uni outfits today.
Read on to discover our favourite new university term picks...
Luxury Lecture Look
University isn’t all parties and nights out; your lectures and seminars soon roll around. But what do you wear? For the autumn and winter seasons, you’ll need layers for your commute to campus, but you can still look stunning.
You can almost wear anything for lectures, but we’re bridging the gap between classic casual and glamorously smart. From the top, our Peggy Shaggy Faux Fur Blazer will keep you on-trend and cosy. Just because you’ve left school doesn’t mean blazers are out!
Our Nora Gold Flower Polka Dot Shirt is perfect for in and around uni. Pair it with the right jeans and footwear, and you have casual night out style. Staying with shirts, if you want to be even more glamorous, our Sherry Button Through Cord Shirt Dress is just what your ‘drobe needs. Combining the comfort of a shirt with the style of a dress, it’s the perfect uni all-rounder.
For keeping cosy, our Anabelle Two-Colour Batwing Jumper is just what is needed as the days get cooler. Perfect for lectures and the library, pair it with a pair of boots and you’ll have a seamless outfit for relocating to the student union bar.
No matter what, however, you’ll need the student staple - denim. Got a lecture? Heading to the library? Meeting a study group? The answer is denim. Jeans go with everything, black, washed or torn, match them with trainers or boots to move from campus to clubs.
Big Nights Out and Freshers Socials
Night outs are a given at university, whether it’s with new friends, clubs & socs, flatmates or a social at the student union. Whichever it is, you’ll need trusty outfits to be there when you’re heading off for a night on the town.
Without a doubt, our favourites are luxurious lace hem dresses. Featuring animal print inspiration, these elegant dresses give you an amazing silhouette and gets two hot trends in one - lace and animal prints. Pair them with strappy heels and a clutch handbag to complete the look.
For added warmth on a night out, our exclusive Tegan Front Zip Jumpsuit is perfect for hitting winter streets in this catwalk-worthy piece. Featuring the on-trend animal print, bright accessories and footwear will finish this outfit.
Few items have become a fashion favourite like the bodysuit. This Animal Jacquard Wrap Bodysuit works perfectly with skinny, high-waist jeans or a mini skirt for instant fashion points. Our Yasmine Strappy Lace Bodysuit works the layering game when matched with skinny trousers and a blazer. Pair them with heels to complete your outfit.
Mini skirts are an all-rounder, ideal for days on campus or nights on the town. This Khaleesi Animal Mini Skirt not only looks stunning, but it will keep you warm on cold nights in between the bars and clubs. Match it with a bodysuit and your favourite heels for an effortless look.
Down Days & Weekends
Following a heavy night out, you’ll likely want a lazy weekend. For that, you want comfort. It’s all about comfort. But who says you can’t look amazing at the same time?
Where better to start than our adorable Elissa Animal Heart Diamante t-shirt is perfect for lounging or heading for a coffee. Pair it with your favourite jeans and trainers for easy day-wear style.
It’s only going to get cooler, and for that, you need a warm and cosy jacket. This cuddly Klara Shaggy Faux Fur Jacket is ideal for when the temperature turns icy. Alternatively, our brilliant Edith Oversized Borg Coat will keep you warm, no matter what this winter. Pair each with jeans and trainers or heels for an easy fashion win.
Everyone has a favourite jumper, and our fierce Selena Leopard Print Jumper could be yours. Featuring on-trend animal print and super-soft fabric, no other knitwear says ‘comfort and cosiness’ like this. Team this jumper with jeans or cargo pants and trainers for true style.
For extra comfort and style points, bodysuits are perfect when paired with jeans - it’s the new white t-shirt/jeans combination - for a day of shopping or relaxing. Our oversized range, including jackets, tops and cardigans are ideal for a lazy weekend.
Looking for outfit inspo for that quintessentially English tradition Afternoon Tea, that we love to indulge in?... look no further, we got you! Be the belle of the tea party with Blue Vanilla's Spring Collection.
The event was created over 150 years, by Anna Marie Russel, the seventh Duchess of Bedford (thank you, Lady!) in 1840. The Duchess would get peckish around 4pm (don’t we all) and usually have to wait until 8pm for their fashionably late evening meal… so Anna began snacking alone her in the afternoon, but as time went on friends were invited to join her. Who wouldn’t love tea and tiny sandwiches!?... Upon returning to London Anna sent out invites requesting her friends to join her for “tea and a walking in the fields” and bam, Afternoon Tea was born.
It wasn’t long until all of Fashionable society was sippin’ a cuppa from beautiful matching china teacups and nibbling on dainty sandwiches and scones. What were all these ladies wearing? By the 1880’s the upper-class and then fashionistas would don long gowns, gloves and hats and swan to the drawing room to get their fill of tasty treats and tantalising gossip.
Nowadays Afternoon Tea is just as much of a social occasion and reason to get dressed up. We have pulled together our five fav looks perfect for Afternoon Tea.
Pretty Wrap Dress
The perfect easy to wear dress that flatters every shape. Our bestselling glittery wrap dress JOCYLN is back for spring! Available in a range of prints and colours, we have one to suit every style. Team with a statement stiletto for a classic look:
Silky & Sophisticated Pastel Dress
Perfect for a more dressed up look, for the most glamorous of girls. Wow you friends with this simple yes beautiful silky number. RABIA is sure to turn heads at the most luxurious affairs. Team with a simple nude stiletto, clutch, and pale blazer for a divine royal look.
Trousers & Statement Knit
If you’re looking for a more casual but still gorgeous style, try teaming some smart trousers with a statement knit. Our LORALYN, CHRISTINE and DAISY are THE Afternoon Tea jumpers. Add a heeled boot or simple heel for lovely finished look.
Beautiful Tulip Dress
This silhouette is sure to enhance your most flattering areas! Get ready to enjoy the sunshine in our bestselling tulip style dresses. Wanting to cover a fraction more? Try our JEANNE high neck tulip for a more sophisticated look.
Fabulous Floral Jumpsuit
Be the shining stylist of the group in our pretty fabulous range of jumpsuits. With unique floral prints to catch fashionistas eyes, you will look the part for any Afternoon Tea meet up. Wear with a posh wedge and statement earring to finish of your look.
We’re well into autumn and that means cold weather is here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look stylish.
Coats are the perfect way to start your A/W fashion game. It’s the first thing people see, so why not make a statement? Whether you’re after a coat for a night out, weekend shopping or just to cosy-up in, Blue Vanilla has the complete coat & jacket collection for the new season right here!
You can still be chic when the weather’s chilly.
Read on to discover our favourite new coats and jackets for autumn and winter...
Feelin’ Perfect in Puffer Jackets
Ideal for every social scene - work, weekends, day trips and uni - puffer coats are an A/W essential; they go with everything!
Related: What to Wear to Uni This Autumn
Our Faith Black Mix Quilt Belted Puffer Coat blends warmth and style effortlessly. With its faux fur-lined hood, belt and rose gold detailing, you’ll be sure to turn heads in this stunning coat. Its added length is sure to keep you cosy.
Just because you’re wearing a coat, it doesn’t mean you can’t stand out from the crowd. Our Mya Fitted Fur Hood Puffer Jacket will supersize your silhouette. Its shorter length makes it perfect when paired with jeans for a relaxed look.
For added luxury in your puffer coat, our Sienna Mink Velvet Chevron Puffer Jacket is just what your ‘drobe’s been demanding. Its glam soft velvet finish makes it one of the most stylish ways to cover up. Perfect for a night out with the girls.
Keepin’ Cosy in a Teddy Coat
If you’re looking for a cute and cosy coat this season, you don’t need to look any further than a teddy jacket. A must-have for every fashion ‘drobe this season!
To look as icy cool as the weather feels, our stunning Daru Powder Teddy Fur Coat will cover every base in your coat game; stylish, comfy and super-soft. Its sublime finish and relaxed fit means you can wear it to any occasion or throw it over your favourite knitwear.
Keep yourself cosy in this gorgeous Tilly Lilac Drop Shoulder Double-Breasted Teddy Coat. Its longline design and oversized fit are perfect for style and comfort, ensuring you stay warm this season. Chunky knitwear and jeans make the complete chic look.
With its luxurious texture and cosy, cream tones, our Edith Oversized Borg is the complete modern take on the Borg Teddy. The double-breasted design makes it a coat for any occasion and is perfect when paired with skinny jeans, your fave jumper, and boots.
Be the Pride of the Pack with a Faux Fur Coat
Faux fur is the trend that will never end. Guaranteed to look stylish, these coats will keep you cosy and chic!
In its autumnal colour, our Klara Shaggy Fur Jacket has a luxury touch with its chunky fur finish. A relaxed fit makes this cuddly beauty ideal for layering up. Match it with jeans and your favourite trainers for simple, but, stunning style.
Go for a luxe finish with our gorgeous Frankie Button Front Fur Trim Midi Coat. This is the complete all-rounder, so, wear it with a tee and jeans in the day, or glam it up with a floral dress and your best boots for a night out.
We are obsessed with this Hope Single Breasted Fur Coat. With a stunning longline, faux fur and single-breast design, this coat will seriously turn heads wherever you go. Style this beaut over a shirt dress, accompanied by ankle boots, and you’re set.