Well my friends, this is my first official style post from abroad. I think that’s pretty darn cool if you ask me, and if you haven’t already guessed where I am from these fairly obvious photos, I’m in jolly ‘ol England! I’m sure you’re all wondering if I’m here to see the Olympic games, and despite all of the hullabaloo, I’m actually here to visit family and attend a wedding up in the Lake District. In the mean time, I’ve been traipsing around small towns, going for long walks, and taking in the beautiful English countryside. Today, however, it was market day, and I had to scoot into town for breakfast essentials. As you may already know, English weather is anything but cooperative, so dressing in layers is not only suggested, but unless you don’t mind dealing with hypothermia and being sunburned all within the course of an hour, you’ll leave the house prepared!
Everyone loves the think of the English country side as if it’s some sort of scene out of Horse & Hound (c’mon, Notting Hill reference). North Americans think that Brits are all running around in gorgeous tweeds, hearty wools, smart riding jackets and Hunter Wellies. And of course, there isn’t a hair out of place, or a crease to be seen. Right, well that may be what the royals wear, but that just isn’t practical when you have to nip through a field of Shire horses to get to the local village, and you’re navigating grasses that are as tall as you, in the midst of a balmy summer day!
So you know what I’m rocking while I’m tripping around town, denim, duh! Some people might joke that I’m wearing the signature Canadian Tuxedo (denim on denim for all of my American friends), but any fashionista knows that the perfect fitted denim jacket can cost a mint, but last you forever. Pictured here, I’m wearing one of my favorite pairs of slim fit, high rise jeans, a fitted, printed hooded sweatshirt, and a fitted denim jacket. And to round the entire outfit out, I have on a pair of slate colored plaid rain boots.
So what’s so fab about this uber casual look? Well, first of all, it’s wildly comfortable, and while I absolutely love getting all dolled up in my trendiest outfits, I also love simplicity. It’s fairly easy to stand out, in a fashionable way, in these smaller towns, because people are far less focused on fashion, and more so on practicality. So you can definitely rock your designer duds like I am here, but not look like you’re really trying too hard.