A Few Thoughts On London Street Style

Paris, Milan, London. These three cities are synonymous with couture and fashion. On my recent trip to London, I made sure to pack a few swanky outfits as not to draw too much attention to my tourist-y self and sort of fit in with the local fashionistas.

But something unexpected happened. The men on the street in London were dressed exponentially better than the women. Like, by a lot. I’m talking guys in tweed and tartan pants and suits, italian leather wingback shoes and distressed but classy messenger bags. They had just the right amount of stubble on their English faces and slicked back but not greasy hair. It was literally a walking Ted Baker catalogue.

(Who doesn’t love a good pair of blue flamed pants!) –>

Now let’s talk about the ladies. I’m not sure if it’s a trend or just a European thing, but two out of every three women had at least one undergarment that was ill-fitting, awkwardly exposed or just non-existent. This just made the entire ensemble they were wearing look… meh. I’m not saying I didn’t see some funky street style looks complete with moto-booties and vintage grunge ts. I’m just saying that collectively those London ladies weren’t looking 100%.

I know that visible undergarments is a trend – bandeaus and what not – but I’m pretty sure they should still fit you properly. Maybe all of the London ladies I observed were going for that, ”I just threw this on and don’t care” kind of thing. It worked!

Again, there were some pretty cool street style looks going on here and there but I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the amount of crazy underthings seen all over the city. Maybe it was just the insanely hot weather we had while there or maybe it’s a trend? I’m hoping not.

London is obviously still a fashion capital. But fashion isn’t about where you are or where you live or where you bought your clothes. Fashion isn’t about location, it’s about you. So, when you step out onto whatever street you happen to be on that day, make it count! And make sure those undergarments fit!