London has long been known as one of the
world's fashion capitals along with Manhattan and Paris, often
being amongst the first trendsetters and home of some of the
most well-known celebrities and their ever-changing styles. Of
course there are regional aspects of each country that seeps
into the cosmopolitan natures of these individual cities; for
London it is the rising popularity of ‘Country and Equestrian'
bringing forward an effective and niche combination of more old
fashioned and traditional clothing with the chic and modern
It is likely that you see a lot of country
fashion in your day to day life and not even notice; for example
take the handkerchief – often used simply as a fashion accessory
rather than for practical use, it often sites in the breast
pocket of fine suits, completing a classy look.
Fashion is a fickle thing, and trends move in
and out of popularity but one which has remained consistent is
this feeling of combining the modern and the traditional.
Country fashion celebrates a heritage that other types of
clothing just can't emulate and hark back to a simpler time of
the "English gentlemen".
Silk ties, bow ties, solid silver cufflinks,
cotton scarves, leather wallet, cravats and handkerchiefs; all
of these are great on their own, but where they really shine is
when they are used as accessories. Take the bow-tie – commonly
associated with waiters and academics, it has become a
legitimate and popular fashion accessory. There are so many
colours and patterns available, making it an extremely versatile
accessory for formal or casual occasions.
Another resurgence that is taking the city by
storm are cufflinks; traditionally reserved for the rich, they
have become more affordable and acceptable as part of any
smartwear. Perhaps it is the allure of the movies, or the aim to
dress like a ‘gentleman' but there is just something about them
which attract even casual fashion fans. Back in the day, they
were known as status symbols, used for purely decorative
purposes by the rich and elite during fancy engagements. Today,
cufflinks are part of a simple yet power fashion statement,
coming in a range of shapes and materials.
Whatever your accessory, bringing country
style to the city is a fad not likely to leave soon.
Dressing a little differently to the curve has always been the
ace up the sleeve of a fashion fan and country style is
definitely a niche that is yet to outstay its welcome.
Learn more about
British style at Moodys.