Style trends from the UK inspire the fashion and wardrobe choices of millions of elegant women and men worldwide. The notions of classic styling, fine tailoring and timeless sophistication are almost quintessentially British, and England is home to many historic designers of quality clothing and accessories.
One of the most far-reaching UK styles is the “British heritage trend”, seen up and down catwalks at multiple London Fashion Weeks, and on celebrities both in the UK and overseas.
About British heritage trend:
Heritage is key look for autumn (fall) and winter and one that never goes out of fashion. For the trend you must think tweed, plaid and herringbone fabrics, ladylike cuts and all things countryside. This style is less TOWIE and more Chatsworth House.
Look out for long, heavy tailored coats, midi-skirts, tea dresses and fedoras. Thick wool scarves, tweed blazers and riding boots are a must too. Pair trophy knit chunky cardigans with leather boots, capes, wax jackets and quilted fabrics.
Celebrities wearing the heritage trend:
Celebrities from the UK and USA all love to wear the British heritage trend. Here we have Blake Lively wearing tweed at the Ralph Lauren store as part of Fashion’s Night Out, back in 2011. (Blake is wearing all items from the brand.)
In the middle is Rosie Huntington-Whiteley arriving for the Burberry Prorsum AW12 show in London, in Feburary 2012. The show featured plenty of leather, shearling and quilting, which was evocative of the horse-riding country lifestyle of the English upper class. Owl prints and gold metal fox belt buckles were a fun and quirky take on the “country” theme.
Finally, on the right we have the gorgeous Miranda Kerr who can be seen wearing Isabel Marant tweed jacket while heading to an office building in NYC, back in December 2012.
Fast forward to 2013 and British heritage is still very much at the forefront of trends. Mulberry, known for their love of all things Heritage, rework the style with plenty of leather pieces (another huge trend this season) in rich plum and blue tones, as below:
Key pieces you’ll need to rock the British heritage trend:
A Beautiful Coat:
The heritage trend is all about the coat. From trench coats to tweed jackets, women in Britain have made an art form out of dressing for cold winds, rain and snow. Opt for something thick, classic and quintessentially British.
The UK is famous for its fine Yorkshire wool, but that doesn’t mean women stop there – cashmere, mohair and other fibres find their way into lavish and elegant cardigans, jumpers and sweaters for layering or wearing on their own.
Work luxurious knits into your wardrobe, they’re absolutely perfect for this trend, not to mention they’ll keep you snuggly and warm all winter long. Wear yours paired with jeans and tucked into leather boots.
From knee-high riding boots to trendy ankle booties and mid-calf boots, you’ll see footwear at its finest on the streets of Great Britain; normally made of high quality leather and suede. Boots really make the British heritage trend work, so get a great quality pair that will last you for seasons to come.
An Elegant Bag:
Fine craftsmanship and luxury details add to the understated splendour of British heritage-style bags. Opt for an historic maker like Chapman Bags, who provide hand cut and sewn bags, purses and totes.
Some of my favourite British heritage pieces:
British heritage trend on Pinterest:
If you (like me) are addicted to Pinterest, you may wish to follow my British Heritage board, where I regularly update with catwalk pictures, bloggers’ pictures, items you can buy, lookbook campaigns and links to articles about the trend.