Ah, but I do love the style of England

Navy Striped Peonies’ post on English and French style reminded me just how much I love English style. Living in Ireland for a year allowed me to expand my wardrobe that wouldn’t have been possible here- High Street stores are something else. Some of my favourite elements? 

1) Tartan/Plaid

I absolutely love tartan- it pulls together any outfit. I love it in a shirt, skirt, dress, scarf, purse- ANYTHING. My main preference is for a strong red or green tartan, but I can work with any pattern. Scotland/Ireland- you definitely got it right. If you want to try out tartan without it being overwhelming, try a scarf!

This scarf from Dorothy Perkins is super warm and cozy, and is perfect for the fall. winter, and spring- it cuts the wind nicely! I’m also on the hunt for a plaid blazer- let me know if you have a lead!

2) Navy

I know that a lot of people associate navy with American prep, but I immediately go back to London. It’s not quite as harsh as black, nice with the pale-y people such as myself, and never goes out of style. The perfect neutral, I love navy for any piece! This skirt from Joy Clothing (a Scottish company) is a beautiful crépe skirt!


3) Stylish Rain Gear

Yes, it might be raining but that doesn’t mean that you need to look like a drowned rat or a five year old. A classic structured mac, a great pair of classic rubber boots- just as polished as a pair of riding boots and a peacoat. My favourite mac is from Debenhams on Henry Street! (The only difference from this mac are the pockets, mine have no zipper- which I prefer) My Hunters are from the Bay- a great selection at no extra cost.

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

2 thoughts on “Ah, but I do love the style of England

  1. hampshirehog August 5, 2015 / 1:14 am

    Grr! You illustrate your article about England with a SCOTTISH fashion (tartan)!
    Oh, and is it just me, or is checkered (would that be also known as ‘Paisley’?) prints are back in fashion, again? I like a bit of blue checked material…


    • anhistorianabouttown August 5, 2015 / 6:09 am

      Ahhh, but all fashion is borrowed, and the English wear their Northern brethren’s patterns quite a bit- I believe it was Queen Victoria who started the trend originally 🙂 Also, yes- checkered prints seem to be coming up FAST. I am quite small, so it’s going to take me a bit of time (as usual 😦 ) to find a piece that doesn’t have too big of pattern! How do you feel about checkered pieces in the winter?


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