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London Fashion Week SS16 Street Style Round Up

London Fashion Week is one of my favourites, in and out the runways. You can always count on England’s capital for quirky, layered, colourful looks, complete with unique headgear and full of originality.

One of the best things about London’s street style is how unapologetic it is, and how you see different people with different styles who don’t depend on designer items or fresh-off-the-runway pieces.

See our favourite street style looks from London Fashion Week SS16

Photo: Emily Malan/Fashionista

Dree Hemingway Photo Imaxtree

Christine Centenera. Photo: Emily Malan/Fashionista

Christine Centenera Photo Emily Malan Fashionista

Kate Foley in a Miu Miu coat Photo Imaxtree

Kate Foley in a Miu Miu coat Photo Imaxtree

Photo: Imaxtree

Photo: Imaxtree

Tamu McPherson in a Mary Katrantzou coat and Louis Vuitton bag. Photo: Emily Malan/Fashionista

Tamu McPherson in a Mary Katrantzou coat and Louis Vuitton bag. Photo: Emily Malan/Fashionista

Poppy Delevingne. Photo: Imaxtree

Poppy Delevingne. Photo: Imaxtree

Photo Imaxtree

Photo Imaxtree

Photo: Emily Malan/Fashionista

Photo: Emily Malan/Fashionista

Photo: Emily Malan/Fashionista

Photo Emily Malan Fashionista

Credit to Imaxtree and Emily Malan

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A Guide to Shopping and Dressing for (BRITISH) Summer Time

No matter how passionate we may or may not consider ourselves to be about fashion, there are always few items that most will have in their wardrobe that they will bring out each season. These items are likely to be your go to pieces, that aren’t necessarily the most fashion forward or on trend of pieces, but they will see you from week to week and keep you looking well put together with very little fuss. However, now it seems that summer has officially settled in on the great London capital, you might be feeling that urge, like I am, to invest in some wardrobe items that will bring your go to summer pieces right up to trend.

I have had plenty of discussions with many of fellow Londoners who are particularly dubious about investing in a summer wardrobe in the UK. Most would have it that there is absolutely no point, when we potentially have only eight weeks of weather that that might resemble something similar summer season.

Admittedly, I totally understand this line of thinking, however I grow so sick of winter clothes by March that by the time June comes, I simply cannot force my legs into another pair of jeans for the life of me. Having said that, let’s be honest, the British Summertime doesn’t necessarily call for summer dresses and sandals every day.

And if like me, you’re a commuter and work in an office on a daily basis, your wardrobe needs to do so much more for you than just make you look nice and summery. When dressing for the British Summer Time, I take these three major factors into consideration.

  1. The variety of body temperatures I will experience throughout the day;
  • HOT (and a little sticky) by the time I have walked to the train station
  • FREEZING on the train, because for some reason ALL of the windows on my carriage end up OPEN!
  • HOT again, by the time I have walked ten minutes from the station to my office
  • And then it’s a whole mixture of  hot, cold, freezing, claustrophobic and so on and so forth in the office….
  1. Keeping my feet as clean and as pain free as possible in sandals
  • The streets of London are dirty and commuting on packed trains means that exposed toes might get stepped on. Also, wearing sandals with too thin of a sole or too little of a strap can be a nightmare. They’ll flip about as you walk, and a walk to work is not necessarily a leisurely one, so sandals that flip about or allow you to feel each and every crack and pebble on the pavement can also be a nuisance.
  1. Making sure not to look like I am on holiday

It’s pretty simple; I don’t wear anything that I might potentially wear on a tropical island. That means considering colour, pattern and print and the material of everything. And absolutely no light and floaty maxi dresses in pastel colours with spaghetti straps!

Once I have taken these three major factors into consideration, it makes it far easier to shop my summer wardrobe and wear it at ease, no matter what the unpredictable British summer weather might throw my way.

To get the absolute basics for a summer wardrobe, especially for those feeling slightly apprehensive about investing in such a wardrobe, the key is to think of the seasonality and timelessness of a piece. Not all items will be able to transfer from summer to winter, but for those that can’t, make sure you love them enough and they are timeless enough to wear each and every year.

So, here’s my guide to shopping a summer wardrobe for London…

Sandals

Invest in a pair of sandals that you love. Not a pair of gladiators, because we’re not really sure of their longevity. But a pair of sandals that go nicely with a shift dress or skirt, and will also look good with a pair of jeans or a smart pair of tailored shorts.

Heavier Soled Sandals

Birkenstocks or an alternative sliders are great for commuting as they are heavy wearing and put a good distance between your feet and the ground, without actually wearing platforms. In the summer months, even when it isn’t particularly warm, sliders are an effortless way to nod to the season and look great with a pair of turned up jeans and a leather jacket.

Flats

Flats

The pointed flat has been around for some time now. These are great for commuting in the summer and will definitely offer your feet more protection than a sandal. Opt for your flats in black or even leopard print and you’ll be able to wear these throughout the winter too. These are a good go to shoe should it happen to be a rainy day – of which there are many throughout our summer!

Shorts

Shorts

A pair of really good quality black, camel or grey shorts. You can wear these in the summer, with a pair of sandals and in the winter with a pair of tights, brogues or boots.

Culottes or gaucho pants

Culottes or gaucho pants

If you don’t feel comfortable wearing shorts, then culottes are the next best option. They add a slightly more summery feel than trousers, but don’t expose the entire leg. Again, go for neutral colours and in a suitable material that will allow you to wear both in the summer and winter.

A Lightweight Bomber Jacket

A Lightweight Bomber Jacket

A lightweight bomber jacket in a material that doesn’t crease too easily is key. A leather jacket is usually what most will go for, but the lightweight bomber has more to offer. You can throw it on when you’re cold and you can easily fold it and put it in your bag when you’re hot and sticky rushing about the London streets. And, should you need to put your jacket on when you’re sat in the office freezing, a lightweight jacket looks far more appropriate than a leather jacket and far edgier than a cardigan.

Pencil and midi skirts

Pencil and midi skirts

You’ll need a few midi skirts in a various styles – although small pleats are pretty slimming. Pair a midi skirt with a camisole top or t-shirt and you have a very effortless summer ensemble. Dress it up with a pair of heels or strappy sandals or casual it down with sliders or trainers. You won’t have to worry about having too much leg on show or your skirt riding up on your march to work. Again, opt for neutral colours and you’ll be able to wear in the winter with tights and heels.

Camisole tops and sleeveless draped shirts

Camisole tops and sleeveless draped shirts

Swap your long sleeve shirts for camisole tops and draped tops and you’ll be able to wear these everyday with everything. In the summer you can wear camis beneath a kimono and a jumper in the winter. And sleeveless draped shirts paired with tailored shorts makes for a smart pulled together look.

Camisole tops

 

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Street Style: Kathryn

Kathryn

Kathryn’s street style is Kamp and kitsch entwined with chic sophistication. Baby blue is an awesome colour a colour unlike many looks amazing as a full outfit. The top is from French Connection and is in a sheer blue chiffon fabric with detailing of a cute white satin collar. Working the sheer clothing trend is one of the hardest to pull off but Kathryn has done this remarkably well by introducing a white bra crop top underneath the translucent fabric of her top for that added depth and dimension to her look.

To continue the white and baby blue tones in the bottom half of her ensemble Kathryn is donning a pair of cloud print leggings from Black Milk with a pair of multi-coloured Nike kicks. Accessorising can really make or break a look, we love the way Kathryn has accessorised making her look pop by rocking a pair of leopard print designer sunnies and a metallic gold over the shoulder satchel.

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How to Spot Fake Fashion

Here at London is the Reason we appreciate good quality luxurious clothing and accessories while understanding the price (although sometimes out of reach) often reflects the finish. We’ve all been in the situation at some point, either on holiday, searching online or in a local shop – you see a must have handbag that’s only a fraction of the actual cost. While there’s less direct selling of fake pieces in London than other major cities there are still a few areas to be careful of, most notably Camden.

Whichever stories you hear about these kind of pieces; are they actually fake or do some of them have manufacturing faults? It’s hard to know for sure but we have an infographic produced for us that illustrates some great statistics on the industry and tips on how to spot fake fashion. We think the image looks great and will be looking in great detail before our next purchase!

 

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