Brit-Girl Defined – The 7 Commandments Of British Fashion
British fashion has a long history of influencing and leading fashion trends worldwide. From Twiggy to Naomi Campbell, from Kate Moss to the Duchess of Cambridge, the quintessential Brit-girl is fashion forward, endlessly chic, and easy to channel in your everyday fashion choices.
If you’ve ever wanted to step out of your loafers and into something a little more exciting, now’s the perfect time. Shoes are a seemingly small but important way to transform your outfit – and can add an edge to an otherwise conservative or conventional look.
Be daring – don’t be afraid to express something which may otherwise seem intangible or wild. Leather mules and perspex heels are both currently high fashion choices which can amplify your outfit output.
Bold Is Beautiful
For the best of British style without the pomp or the cheese of the Union Jack (there can only be one Geri Halliwell at the Brits…) channel the colours of the flag through colour blocking.
Red, white and blue pair wonderfully, and when colourblocked, they evoke classic yet contemporary style. Avoid busy patterns such as thin stripes or stars (too American) and opt for large, contrasting swathes of colour instead.
Rock The Clash
British bands are always in style. From the Stones to The Beatles, from the mods to the goths, from Britpop to trip-hop, there’s a way to show your music credentials through fashion which will enliven your outfit and provide the boost your ensemble requires.
A classic tee pairs well with ankle boots and jeans (or a mini skirt), and will toughen up the image of even the tamest English rose.
What’s Old Is New
Platform heels, culottes, ruffles – vintage clothes which channel the glamour days of London, Liverpool and Glasgow are forever in fashion.
One of the joys of vintage fashion is in the history and individuality of pieces – they’re not mass produced and available on the high street. Best of all, treasures can be found in the back of grannies (or mum’s) closet.
Buy Once, Buy Quality
Making an investment in classic, long-lasting pieces is one of the most fashion forward – and finance forward – moves a fashion-loving person can make.
In order to get the most from investing in purchases, opt for good quality basics, such as jumpers, blazers and trousers. Good quality (and well fitted) underwear is also included in this category – having underwear and lingerie which fits correctly and in comfortable and flattering can improve the appearance of any outfit.
Do As Kate Does
The Kate Moss factor is impossible to underestimate. Since the early 90’s, Kate Moss has been at the front of many of the fashion world’s most successful campaigns. As a highly visible member of the British fashion community, it’s easy to see why ‘doing a Kate’ is shorthand for being low-maintenance cool.
Channel Kate by rocking a gorgeous red lip with bed hair, and a brilliant British-made scarf. It’s a little bit glamourous, a little bit shambolic, with a whole lot of attitude.
Earn Your Stripes
If you’re lucky enough to have a family tartan (clan tartan) or crest – get creative. Tartan and plaid are the fashion world boomerangs – they always find a way to come back, and are having a big moment in 2018.
Family tartans are a great – and more personal – way to integrate plaid into your outfit, while also showing your colours. Choose scarves, skirts and pants in all colours to create a look with shades of punk which is endlessly cool.
One final point to make is that good fashion can only exist in tandem with confidence, so it’s important to choose items which you feel great in. Whether you’re looking to spice up your outfit with a hint of daring, or opt for a classic plaid or expensive investment piece, channeling great British fashions is easier than ever.