No matter how hard you want to deny it, you can't escape it! Winter is finally here. And if you live or visiting London at this time, there's a good chance you're probably already shivering. As great a city as the British capital is, it really does get cold here. So much so that you wouldn't know what to do. However, as London is also a fashion capital, the weather gives you all the more reason to flex your style. Despite the cold, winter is actually a fashionable season in London. And here's how you can dress up like you belong here!
Tailor It Up
You know, tailoring in London isn't only for men. Sure, men's tailoring
is the bread and butter of the British fashion industry, but over the years, women have upped their standards as well. A suit is just as sexy and dashing on the female form as it is on a gentleman. You can thank designers like Alexander McQueen
and Victoria Beckham
for that. Thanks to them, stylish London women have donned some sickening suits, especially during winter. There's something about wearing a well-made piece that just warms the body—and the heart!—in many ways.
Puff Up Your Coat
In contrast to tailoring, however, streetwear is also having a major moment in London. Though this isn't exactly all that surprising as London has always pioneered the trend since way back in the 1960s. But today, the streetwear here looks completely different. It's become sportier, foregoing traditional elegance with focusing more on what the kids are wearing. That's why, during the coldest spells of winter, the go-to outerwear is the puffer coat. Looking more like a comforter—of how they call it here, the 'duvet'—it's most effective in keeping the wearer warm and toasty. It's just a huge plus that it's also one of the trendiest style staples out there today.
Sexy in A Sweater Dress
Just because it's winter and you need to layer up, that doesn't mean you can't look sexy too! Enter the sweater dress, a knitted piece that has all the warmth of a sweater—or as the Brits call them, a jumper—with the sensuality of a slip. Timeless and tantalizing, it's one of those style staples that rarely go out of style. Why would it when you can feel cozy and seductive all at the same time? Whether you get one from Makes & Spencer
or Stella McCartney
, it will help you let your inner vamp heat things up this wintertime!
Flannels for Fun
Out of all the major fashion capitals, London is home to the 'cool girl.' The type of casual girl who lets loose, knows she's hot, and is always down to party. In the winter, you'll likely see her wearing a flannel shirt which, though it's more of a men's staple, she'll still pull off to a tee! That's thanks in large part to high street stores like Topshop
, affordable brands London's most stylish also live by. You'll see them in many of the city's best designer outlet stores
. And if you didn't know, even supermodel Kate Moss has collaborated with Topshop before. So if you want to evoke the same edgy grunge style as hers, a flannel shirt is really all you need!
Add Some Prints
If you're not into wearing a flannel shirt and prefer to look more feminine and dainty, there are loads of other prints you can go for. Whoever said that prints only work for summer clearly never spent winter in London. During this cold season, you can still see women sporting paisley dresses, polka-dotted button-downs, striped sweaters, and more. Some aren't even afraid to clash them all together, making for a daring look. If you're daring enough yourself, the likes of Giles Deacon
, Christopher Kane
, and Zandra Rhodes
might just be up your alley!
Don't Forget The Leather
Leather will forever remain a classic London staple. If you're looking to dress up like a Londoner
, leather is an absolute must. And for winter, a leather jacket is always a great idea. Evoking a sense of toughness, a rebellious attitude, and even a slight nod of vintage quirkiness, a leather jacket is a perfect garment for a sleek look to don around the many districts of the city
. Imagine how chic you'll look in one as you stroll along SoHo, for instance! You'll look so cool, your selfies will go viral on social media for sure!
Boots are Made for Walking
Speaking of leather, a pair of leather boots is also a winner for London winter style! Whether you have them up to your thigh or just a little below the ankle, boots are the go-to footwear for stylish Londoners during winter. They're rather sexy, don't you think? Sure, they'll warm your feet up and make them all toasty and warm, but you can't deny that you'll feel so confident in them. You'll see yourself as the coolest chick on the block! No one can get close to you! And isn't that just the best feeling during winter?
Top It Off With A Beanie
Finally, to top off your winter look, why not add a beanie? Many Londoners, both young and old, love wearing them during winter. Not only will it keep you warm, but it will also make you look younger, more casual, and maybe even cuter too! It's the perfect accessory that's both functional and fashionable, one that simply completes a look no matter how many layers are already on your body. With a neutral-toned outfit, a bright-hued beanie can work as that eye-catching pop of color to really grab attention. And when paired with a flannel shirt and leather boots, you won't look any cooler than this!
If you're in London during winter, dressing up to look like you belong is hardly that challenging. As long as you know the style staples to go for, the brands to invest in, and to always exude confidence, you'll still look your best even when it's so cold outside!
Dressing up in your luxurious London home
is just as fun as showing your outfit off in the streets!