Guess what? I’m writing on location from London! Exciting hey? Well, I think so at least. I’m going to be traveling around for the next month, and I’ll be featuring current fashion trends from some of the different cities that I end up traveling through. This week, it’s all about London, and High Street fashion. For those of you who aren’t exactly sure what I mean when I say High Street, allow me to explain. The High Street is the main shopping district of a town or city, and in the UK, it’s generally associated with retail shops that sell trendy clothing at really reasonable prices. My kind of street! So in keeping with the whole UK theme, I thought I’d share with you some of the hottest trends strutting their stuff up and down the streets of London.
This is probably the most common trend that I’ve seen so far, and if you’re thinking that this style has anything to do with skateboarding, you would be dead wrong. It’s more informally known as the
‘fit and flare’ dress, and it’s actually supposed to be a style representative of the ice skating competitions of the 1970′s. A skater dress is characterized by a fitted waistline, and flare skirt, both of which give this beautiful illusion of a feminine, hourglass figure.
Floral Printed Maxi Dresses
These are absolutely everywhere. Bright, bold floral patterns paired with gladiator sandals and ethnic seed bead accessories seem to be one of the hottest ensembles this summer. And despite the fact that the weather is rather gray, and a tad on the chilly side, Londoners are strolling around in their long maxi’s, paired with fitted denim jackets and printed scarves. It’s a fabulous cross between bohemian and daytime chic.
I was on the Tube on my way to Paddington station, and noticed a number of these striped peplum tops. There were so many of them, that I went and ordered myself a tea from a Pret a Manger (popular sandwich stop), and counted how many of these tops rolled by. It was astounding. Chevrons are really in, and when worn with a solid pencil skirt or pair of skinnies and a contrast colored belt, it’s a wonderful, well put together sort of look.
Chambray resembles that of a very thin, soft denim. Girls here will often pair a long, sleeveless chambray shirt, with lightweight tights, oxfords and exaggerated accessories. This look is really fashion forward, and definitely a look that I can’t wait to start emulating!
Chuck Taylor Shoes
It doesn’t necessarily have to be the particular name brand, but shoes with white rubble sole and a canvas upper are synonymous with being the first Converse basketball shoe. They’re the ultimate street style shoe, and here in the UK, they’ve come around full circle. Pair them with your favorite denim, a tank and toss an over-sized bag over your shoulder.