Every few months, London street style steals the fashion headlines during London Fashion Week. Unlike New York, UK streetwear is quirky. These citizens tend to enjoy sharp but subtle colors and playful statement purses. They also emit an undeniable aura of sophistication whether in a tweed jacket or jeans and a t-shirt. There’s this metaphysical sense when observing London street style that you’re in on a high-class secret. Strange though it may seem, the feeling makes for an intriguing streetwear. See if you can sense it in our favorite looks from last month’s fashion week.
CLASSIC LONDON STREET STYLE
Simple and subtle are always a good duo. The classic patterns, contrasting textures, and simple color scheme on this outfit are a perfect example of London street style. That mischievous purse is just icing on the cake.
A DASH OF BLUE
This outfit is proof that weathered jeans look very fashionable if you pair them right. Never forget blue jeans with a neutral top give off a nice blue pop.
Interesting fashion doesn’t have to be complex. You can do a lot with just two shapely pieces. The hem on this unbuttoned jacket highlights the colorful, polygonal design of the dress. Nice layering!
Don’t be afraid to blend streetwear with high-end fashion. If you’re combining contrasting styles, use a common color to tie the look together. Here, a vibrant red unifies two haute couture items with a sports-inspired top.
THE SLOGAN PRINT
Statement sweatshirts were a huge trend at NYWF this winter and they hit the ground running on the London streets. Slogans in the UK ranged from classic witticisms to political-loaded slogans. If you have an old crew-neck sweatshirt with a phrase on it, time to give it a whirl.
VINTAGE CHIC RETURNS
The denim-on-denim trend is coming back with a vengeance. This deconstructed denim skirt layered over shredded jeans is super 90s Grunge. Paired with platform shoes and a shearling coat, it’s definitely an outfit assembled from decades past.
THE FASHION HAJIB
The hajib has been working its way into mainstream fashion since January of this year. Surprisingly enough, the look debuted at Kanye’s Yeezy season 5 show worn by model Halima Aden. If you need something to cover your head, give this scarf a try.
TRIED AND TRUE STREETWEAR
Sometimes, it’s best to stick with the tried and true. Classic Converse sneakers, athleisure tights, and colorful, individualized sweats are all streetwear items you can count on. That afro is pretty chic too.
If you like to wear leather, this black-on-black outfit is simple and unassuming. A jacket and sheer high-heeled boots will keep you sharp and sleek. Isn’t it nice to know you don’t have to be obsessed with leather to work it into your wardrobe?
THE FIDDLER HAT
The Hadid sisters have been posting about fiddler hats since January. At London Fashion Week, the trend seemed to be catching on. Prints were making a big splash too. Check out this pajama-like floral suit.
Jackie Kennedy is big again. Whether it was the Oscar-nominated film or Melania’s inaugural outfit, imitation outfits are popping up across the globe. They all showcase variations on her famous pastels, love of furs, and immortal little box hat. Here, these elements are re-working into a playful fall ensemble.
DIANE KEATON CHIC
Kennedy fashion is back, and so is the Diane Keaton. This is a velvet re-invention of the actress’s classic Annie Hall look. The flared trousers and white frilly blouse have 70s fashion written all over them.
THE PAJAMA PANTSUIT
London street style gave us plenty of pajama-like pantsuits. The political-inspired outfit was everywhere. This particular style boasts frilly bell-bottomed trousers and a shiny, silk finish. There’s even a mini-bucket bag for extra flair.
If you wear it right, pink can look pretty badass. At London Fashion Week, rebellious variations on the pastel color were on full display. This is the year to dig out all your pink and wear it with pride.
Check out this genteel model’s colorful makeup! The powder blue lips and peachy-pink cheeks recall quirky British fairy tales and winter pantomimes. Is cartoon makeup a 2017 beauty trend? London street style seems to think so.
Plaid pants and chevron stripes were the clearest indication that 70s chic was still going strong. If you have any gaudy, earth-toned outfits, dig them out and wear them with pride. Time to test those mix-and-match skills.
London street style taught us a lot. Denim outfits are back. The 70s renaissance is raging. You might even be able to wear your sleepwear flannels outdoors on the weekend. Thanks for the tips, Brits! We’ll see you in a few months.
— Timothy Vest