Thanks to the Olympics, the world’s eye is focused firmly on London – a city that in addition to being the home of the 2012 Olympics, has a quintessential style all its own. Here are some of our favorite classic British looks:
Nothing is perhaps as iconically English as a Burberry trench, but tailoring this sharp would look at home anywhere in the world. While recently the House has introduced modern touches like leather trim and bold colors, if you’re going to invest in one of those elegant jackets, beige is the traditional option.
While Vivienne Westwood is best known for her tongue-in-cheek looks inspired by the British punk rock scene that she grew up in, she’s capable of pure elegance as well, like this navy silk jersey gown that wouldn’t be out of place in the Place of Windsor.
Pairing a glamorous dress like the aforementioned Westwood with a bold accessory like this crystal-studded skull-topped Alexander McQueen clutch would be quirky, daring, and original – just like London’s trendsetters.
Of course, an English girl-about-town needs her daytime bag as well, and no one does casual but luxurious better than Mulberry. The Alexa bag – a slouchy buffalo leather satchel – is quickly becoming a modern classic.
A lower-key (and lower-cost) way to commemorate the London Olympics with your wardrobe is to pick up a bottle of butter London nail polish (may we suggest Union Jack Black?) or hit up High Street for this Miss Selfridge Union Jack Flag Tank. Smashing, darling!
1. Burberry Brit ‘Crombrook’ Trench Coat, $995
2. Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Draped Silk-jersey Gown, $3490
3. Alexander McQueen Crystal Studded Clutch, $1721
4. Mulberry Oversized Alexa Soft Buffalo Satchel, $1450
5. butter London ’3 Free’ Nail Lacquer Union Jack Black, $14
6. Miss Selfridge Union Jack Flag Tank, now $18
– Jacqueline Zenn
Image Layout: Joey Payson