5 FASHION LESSONS FROM STYLISH BRITISH WOMEN
From Alexa Chung to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, meet the homegrown style icons who always provide us with outfit inspiration...
As a British brand, we’re constantly inspired by homegrown trendsetters. Bold and individual, the women whose wardrobes we love create their own rules, working the latest trends while injecting their unique style into tried and tested looks. Best of all, their style is not merely a spectator sport (as fun as keeping a watch on their latest outfits is) but something we can all try – it just takes a bit of dissection. Luckily, we’ve done the hard part for you…
1. ALEXA CHUNG LOVES A HERO PIECE
It’s hard to pinpoint one standout factor of Ms Chung’s consistently amazing wardrobe, but she’s definitely got a way with statement pieces. This is a woman who wears clothes, not the other way around, so we admire how she works ‘hero’ buys into her regular wardrobe without looking like a fashion victim. See how she’s kept the rest of her look pared-back to let this opulent jacquard skirt standout? Follow her lead and subscribe to the less-is-more school of thought when wearing a statement print or luxe fabric.
2. SIENNA MILLER NAILS COMFORTABLE CHIC
Sienna Miller has a natural way with clothes, embracing new trends and silhouettes while staying true to her signature style. Take this stripy jumper dress, which she teamed with chunky sandals to elevate it to dinner date-worthy status – the result is easy, effortless and, most importantly, comfortable – so much so that no-one would ever notice if she opted for the mac’n’cheese over a plate of steamed seasbass.
3. ROSIE HUNTINGTON WHITELY TRAVELS IN STYLE
When you’re a top model jetting out of LAX airport, jogging bottoms and a hoodie just won’t cut it, and Rosie H-W never disappoints. The Devon-born beauty and frequent flier regularly serves up a photogenic outfit, with comfortable basics like skinny jeans and lxue tees amped up with covetable cover-ups and heels. Rosie admits she changes into comfy slippers on board – see, she’s not that far removed from the rest of us – but when it comes to checking in, we could all take a leaf out of her jet-set book.
4. VICTORIA BECKHAM NEVER SAVES AYTHING FOR ‘BEST’
Mrs Beckham’s dressing mantra must surely be ‘make the sidewalk your catwalk’. VB is one of those rare creatures who just doesn’t have ‘down’ days when it comes to her wardrobe; no event is deemed too insignificant for a slinky, canary yellow jumpsuit and matching coat. So why not take her style cue and ask yourself, ‘Why can’t I wear a LBD on a Tuesday?’ After all, there are so many clothes and outfit combinations and so few days…
5. LAURA BAILEY IS A LAYERING CHAMPION
A glance through writer and model Laura Bailey’s greatest fashion hits reveals a comforting fact: she will not suffer foolishly in the name of style. Bailey loves tights, and will gladly don an opaque pair to a fashion party. She’ll also creatively layer shirts, jumpers and jackets to keep warm rather than fall victim to a chill. Lucky then, that we’ve got plenty, adorned with statement embellishments, to take a leaf out of her book.