5 Trends That Will Always Be Cool in London
Which trends are everlasting? It's a question fashion experts get asked season after season, but as certain looks enter and exit the runway faster than you can say Karl Lagerfeld, there are four trends that never fall out of favour with the best dressed in London town. As experimental as the British can be, we're just as partial to something we know functions well and looks fantastic doing the job—that is surely why we have so many excellent, long-standing heritage brands in this country, don't you think?
Such is the British spirit to rail against expectations; you won't be startled to find chic interpretations of punk on our list, but others may surprise you… like the retro decade that forever lives in Londoners' hearts, no matter the direction the runways may head. Scroll down for ideas on new ways to wear the Brit girl's most trusted trends of all time.
From Burberry to Balmain and Altuzarra to Alexander McQueen, designers have never been afraid to raid the military's archives for style inspiration. Right now you'll find that military-style coats are the most pinned outerwear on Pinterest, so you're in good company with the likes of Sofie Valkiers, pictured here. Add a soft feminine edge to the trend with a clever mix of leather, wool and silk. This look may have the odd quiet moment in the middle months of the year, but a regimental dash of army green will be insuppressible amongst the style ranks come winter. Salute!
Dramatic lace in carbon black, ruffles that reach up to tickle your chin—gothic has been long explored by the great fashion designers of the world over: step up, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, Gareth Pugh and Alexander McQueen, to name but a few. Rather than anything too spooky, right now it's all about repurposing more costume-like pieces: See Irina Lakicevic layering her romantic blouse with a roll-neck and teaming with mom jeans.
Floral dresses. Fashion items don't get much sweeter, or do they? There's something about the way London girls approach the super-feminine item that always feels delightfully offbeat. Whether dressed down to the maximum, combined with a quirky array of styling tricks or madcap accessories, or simply by choosing one that is so far from the norm (like the split floral front/black back style pictured here) none of the city's best-dressed girls can do without one (or 10).
More often than not, you'll find London girls default into one particular look on the regular: dressing like a tomboy. Well, it is easy. All you need is an excellent pair of boy-fit jeans and a blazer, and you're off. This simple combination is particularly prevalent at the moment, and being made unique with a carefully curated selection of accessories. Take your cue from stylist Alex Carl here and mix your basics with a little pizzaz.
Grown-up punk manifests in today's wardrobe as a leather dress worn with polished bovver boots, or a political tee paired with skinny jeans and chain jewellery. Even Dr. Martens are having a moment again. Street style pinups who like to experiment with this trend include the likes of the very hip stylist pictured here called Tess Yopp. Think black-on-black worn with a rebellious spirit, Zoe Karssen slogan tops, deconstructed dark layers and Saint Laurent's spin on the leather biker.
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