16 Stylish Habits of Britain's Best Dressed

Philippa Morgan Walker

It's hard to pinpoint a precise word that really defines British style. 'Eccentric' is overused and 'loud' speaks for one tribe alone, while 'rebellious' overlooks the understatedly chic crew. Whatever label you try to apply to the likes of Georgia May Jagger, Alexa Chung, and Suki Waterhouse, chances are, it won't stick. Hooray, for that! But Britain's best dressed do have a few things in common—each London It girl wears their own inimitable look with a particularly British brand of confidence. Among this best-dressed list, there's a familiar love of experimentation too.

The unpredictability of the typical British wardrobe comes from the long-established and varied repertoire of English classics. Think Harris tweed, tartan kilts, ceremonial regalia, punk staples, military garb, and public school blazers. These clothing archetypes live in the nation's style subconscious, allowing our favourite icons to seamlessly slip from one fashion mode to another. One week Kate Moss will be head-to-toe in demure silk at a chichi party, and the next, she'll be back in rock leathers, visiting her Cotswolds local. (Few can change fashion's atmosphere faster than Moss.)

With a nod towards patriotism and clothing heritage, we've rounded up 16 looks that preach some of the style habits of Blighty's best dressed. Scroll down to learn from the crème de la crème of the UK!

 

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