posted on: Monday, December 30, 2013
When I think of British fashion I think of swoon worthy fashionistas like Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, and Cara Delevingne. Basically, the creme dela crème of cool girls. Not mention it is where Topshop originated. For me that is the equivalent to my kid in a candy store fantasy. So it should come as no surprise that I’m very drawn to UK fashion. Although I consider myself to primarily identify with southern Californian style (kimonos and cutoffs – yes please!), I have a special place in my heart for the styling genius that happens on the other side of the Atlantic. But of course there isn’t just one type of look that is found in the UK. But what all British style does have in common is that it is governed by the weather. So think lots of tights with skirts and plimsolls instead of flip-flops. Another common thread in British style is the expertly executed “thrown-on” feel to what they wear. They are able to mix prints and patterns and pull it off effortlessly. The key to British style is keeping it casual and never looking too polished. It’s about adding a twist of something not expected like wearing something really cutting edge with your grandmother’s brooch thrown on it. Or rocking a floral tea dress with an oversized, cashmere or tweed cardigan. Think girly with an edge to it. I tend to be a Plain Jane in the print department, so for my British inspired look I’m wearing this tartan dress by the UK based brand Motel Rocks. I added my casual twist with boots and a pair of socks.
With all that said, you must check out my Refinery 29 story that features 16 ways to infuse some Brit style into your wardrobe!