Author: Nicole Fitzsimmons
A behind the scenes look at the fashion world, as told by a fashionista and a PR intern. We see you walking up the slope in stilettos. We want you to try one thing, in two words. Do less.
Over American style but can’t be bothered to find your passport? Import British fashion into your closet by incorporating street style from London Town.
Even if you didn’t make the cut for the royal wedding guest list, dare to wear a hat this fall. The UK queen of eyebrows, Cara Delevingne, loves beanies with quirky phrases embroidered across the front. Try a floppy wool hat, worn by both Alexander Wang’s muse, Erin Wasson, and Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh. If you’re feeling extra wild, channel your inner Isabella Blow with an eccentric, feathered beret from Donna Karan.
Step up any outfit with a trainer. Whether you’re riding the downtown R train or hopping on the tube to Brick Lane, a trainer will get you where you need to go in style. Step up a slick pair of leather leggings with trainers. Look out for unusual finishes – extra points for metallic or neon soles. These small details elevate your look from gym to glam.
The Clash is not only a British band, but also a phenomenon on London high street. London ladies love playing with patterns, paying attention to hue and proportion. Try pairing a thin-striped oxford shirt with an oversized tartan mini. Don’t understand the appeal of prints? You can still embrace the clash by superimposing two different styles. Much like their humor, the British love the irony of a leather jacket with a ditsy floral skirt.
Beyond the Trench
Who says you need to buy all your jackets on Savile Row? Blazers feel unexpected in sequins or metallic brocades. Vests, or “waistcoats,” can be thrown atop a lace dress, lending an otherwise feminine look some edge. Besides a signature British trenchcoat, invest in outerwear from cocoon coats to fur collared parkas. Focus on jackets with structure so you can get away with softer layers underneath.