MAGGIE ALDERSON’S BRIT STYLE FILE
The first challenge when looking for stylish Brits in London is finding any locals.
After stopping a Spaniard and an American, I finally got my eye in for the local chicks – and that’s the key. The most dashing London women are still working a cool version of rock-chick chic, but not in a muttony way. The style has grown up with them.
In a gene pool where legs tend to be the best bit, jeans work for all ages. Nice and tight, set off by a cool belt and a great pair of feature shoes.
The other thing the London ladies have going on is beautiful skin and they know how to flatter it with soft colours.
Meet my new best friends.
Joanna was delighted when I stopped her as it was the first outing for her new broderie anglaise top from Whistles.
Everything else she was wearing, even her bag and shades, was from French label Agnes B., where she buys pretty much all her clothes. She likes her things to be ‘uptight’ and tailored, is a big fan of navy (clearly a close relative…) and hates matchy matchy – hence the fabulously unexpected brown boots.
Her shopping philosophy is to buy a few really good things and fill in the gaps from the great high street stores.
I think the perfect finishing touch of her look is the red lipstick.
Irene has the long skinny English legs that look so good in jeans with flat shoes.
The ones she was wearing – caramel ballerinas with big gold buckles on the front – were from Russell & Bromley and she was on her way to their sale when I bumped into her.
Her fashion philosophy is ‘style not trends’ and she gets frustrated trying to find nice things with sleeves.
The soft shades of her jacket and scarf were very flattering to her colouring and I loved that she had a brown belt popping out against the navy of her jeans and T.
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