Welcome to Who What Wear UK's Brit Month, a four-week-long riot of brilliant wardrobe-related things that just so happen to be British. From homegrown startup brands that we want to bring to your attention to the naturally awe-inspiring stylings of our nation's best dressed street stars, this is your hub for the finest fashion intel from these fair Isles.
The fashion industry is often guilty of being overly London-centric, but here at Who What Wear, we are committed to showing the best of British style across the UK. Despite all having the same rain and high-street shops, our cities can be worlds apart when it comes to style. So as part of Brit Month, we have turned to our favourite Manchester-based blogger Lizzy Hadfield of Shot From the Street to explain the secrets to Mancunian style and her essential to-do list (yes, this includes shopping) in the city.
There are two distinct style tribes
If you are a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl, you need to follow Lizzy, as she lives in the Britpop trainers and vintage Levi's that were considered the uniform of the Haçienda crowd. While her leather bikers, ripped jeans and grey tailored jackets are typical of the Northern Quarter area, she explains that there are two clear style divides in Manchester.
"There is also a big football scene in Manchester, so you see some seriously glam ladies too," adds Lizzy. "It's not really my style, but they always look incredible and so polished." In some Manchester spots, you'll see Kim Kardashian West–esque bodycon, Birkin handbags and Christian Louboutin heels while other areas are all about Levi's and vintage.
don't miss the independent boutiques
When it comes to shopping, Lizzy says: "Of course I love Selfridges for a bit of window-shopping and the occasional purchase, and an & Other Stories also opened recently, which is one of my favourite high-street shops." But there are are plenty of boutiques to visit too—Lizzy recommends Cow and Pop Boutique on Oldham Street for vintage shopping, Oklahoma on High Street for gifts, and Magma for books, magazines and gifts on Oldham Street. Another of her top tips for shopping in Manchester is to go to Afflecks. "It's like a massive indoor market full of vintage shops and lots more. I've been properly lost in there before," she tells us.
vintage is hugely popular in the Northern quarter
"It's really eclectic," Lizzy says of Manchester style. "Especially in the Northern Quarter where there are lots of younger people. I see so many girls rocking head-to-toe vintage around there."
Levi's are the unofficial uniform
the 5 things to make sure you do in Manchester
If you have a day or a weekend in Manchester, or live there these are the five things that Lizzy says you have to do:
1. "Head to the Northern Quarter (this is an obvious one as I keep mentioning it)—it has a village vibe within a city centre and is an amazing spot for an evening out too. "
2. "Go and watch some live music. There is a huge music scene in Manchester, and bars like Night & Day always have gigs on of new and upcoming bands."
3. "Eat at Cottonopolis—it is my favourite restaurant."
4. "For culture, the Whitworth Art Gallery has a great collection—it's my personal favourite in Manchester."
For more of Brit Month, see the new British fashion brands that will be the next big things.