There is something about British style that ladies can’t help but imitate. British clothing is all about comfort plus sophistication. Ask any designer and they will tell you how British style promotes class and confidence. British men and women alike like to keep their look as natural and real as possible. One thing that sets them apart from others is their ability to mix the old with the new.
Sometimes, all we need is a classy item of clothing or accessory that can be paired with just about anything, and suits any body type. For instance, for women, a nice pair of skinny jeans will look great on any occasion, whether it’s a casual brunch with friends or date night. So, why not fill your wardrobe with some stylish, classic British pieces this year?
Let’s take a look at the icon pieces of men’s and women’s wear that British fashion has given the world.
The three-piece suit goes back to the 17th century, when Charles II of England ordered his tailor to make him the first every version of this outfit. Today the three pieces – tailored trousers, a suit jacket, and a waist coat – are a style statement that no regular suit can match. Of course, this has been a stable of formal and business menswear for a long time, but women are started to wear this style too. A beautifully-cut three-piece suit makes a dramatic and sophisticated statement for all genders.
The trend of trousers for ladies started in the UK many years ago. From a cropped t-shirt to a formal shirt, a good pair of cotton trouser can be paired with any item of clothing. Cotton trousers are breathable, look impeccable and are suitable for all seasons. This item is the perfect no-brainer. Just put on your favourite cotton trousers with a cool t-shirt and a nice pair of shoes, and you are all set to go! These come in various cuts and styles, but a tapered leg is usually a great choice for parties and events.
The bowler hat is possibly the item of clothing that is most associated with the UK. Anyone who sees a bowler hat will instantly think of British bankers and Mary Poppins. This practical yet stylish hat is still very wearable today – both men and women can use it to keep their head warm and dry on the way to work, or add it to a casual outfit for a unique touch of style.
Fair Isle Sweater
The most challenging part of winter fashion is getting the pairing game right. Not every sweater will go with every outfit, though don’t think that you can’t wear a warm sweater on a more formal occasion. You can wear a sweater to office or out to dinner, with a formal skirt and heels, as long as you choose the right piece!
If you are looking for something that is not only warm but also stylish and elegant, a Fair Isle sweater is your best bet. These sweaters are legendary for their unique patterns that look stunning with tees, jeans, and trousers, and can be dressed up for a more formal event. Choose a Fair Isle sweater made from wool for a warm but breathable piece of clothing that is both cozy and comfortable.
Casual Wear Buttoned Shirts
Nothing looks as sophisticated as a button-down shirt, for both men and women. With some quality, well-cut shirts in your wardrobe, you will never have to struggle to select the right clothes for work or virtually any occasion. A buttoned shirt can be worn with an impeccable suit, or teamed with jeans for a chic casual look. Buttoned shirts come in a range of fabrics and the right cut will look stunning on all body types.
A Classic Raincoat
If you have seen British street style, you must have noticed that most people carry a raincoat no matter the season. Brief rain showers are as likely to occur in summer as they are in winter in the British Isles, so British ladies always have a raincoat with them, making this an essential piece of British Style. You can’t go past the classic British trench to keep yourself dry and stylish at the same time.
Speaking of inclement weather – it’s not surprising that Britain’s wet climate inspired the invention of another iconic item, Wellington boots. This classic footwear is named after the 1st Duke of Wellington, a legendary figure in British military history, who had his boot-maker modify the current boot style to make a boot that was tough enough for battle while being suitable to wear off the field too. They quickly became popular with British aristocrats as essential hunting gear, and today are the perfect item for a rainy day!
From the Fair Isle sweater to the classic trench raincoat, Britain has given the world countless iconic items of clothing for all genders. Include a few of these pieces in your wardrobe to take your style to the next level!