5 Important Style Lessons From The Brits Of Instagram
They’re cool, they’ve got great accents, and they turned out in droves for London Fashion Week. We’re talking about the British fashion cohort—you know, your Caras, your Alexas, your Kates—and 67% of the reason we even have our own Instagram accounts is so we can stalk their amazing style. New York City may have that all-black, stressed-out-chic on lockdown, and Paris obviously has its “effortless” beauty for days, but London? London’s got cool.
Lesson: Always wear one insanely stylish something.
Professor: Alexa Chung
We’re not talking about a “statement heel” or a “bold lip.” Yawn. No, we’re talking about accessories that stop the double-decker buses, like Alexa Chung’s insane, knee-length, lace-up painted white boots. They’re not trending, you can’t buy them at H&M, your grandmother will probably faint if she sees them—and that’s why we love them so.
Lesson: Stay a little bit street.
Professor: Cara Delevingne
No one wears a slouchy couture beanie or a fake grill better than the little 5’7” white girl we know as Cara Delevingne. She’s become the poster girl for fashion with a “what are you looking at?” vibe, and the high-low-yes-no mix has never been cooler.
Lesson: Chelsea boots. Chelsea boots FOREVER.
Professor: Harry Styles
Before you LOL at the One Direction reference, remember that Harry Styles snagged the 2013 British Style Award, determined entirely by public vote. He’s the king of all things skinny jean, and he usually pairs his tight black denim with the sleek outlines of the Chelsea boot—you know, those tight-fitting ankle boots that were originally intended for horse riding and are now the footwear du jour for anyone who wants to be taken seriously as an artist/style icon hybrid. Get some.
Lesson: Also, sneakers.
Professor: Jordan Dunn
Lest anyone think Chelsea boots are the only suitable footwear for properly stylish Brits, a quick peek at J. Dunn’s Instagram should set the record straight. The Beyoncified model is no stranger to a good pair of kicks.
Lesson: Cheekbones, cheekbones, cheekbones.
Professor: Sam Rollingson.
Surely you’ve heard the phrase “English rose?” It’s an epithet given to anyone who’s got that famous “delicate coloring,” slight flush to the cheeks, tousled hair, Burberry jacket, whatever, we’re American cornstalks, we get it. If you’ve got any aspirations for Brit flower status, here’s a little secret—it’s all in the cheekbones. Contour like your British citizenship depended on it, and top it all off with a little dusty pink blush. Did someone say London was calling?
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