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The street style scene can be incredibly theatrical, with guests having at least three outfit changes in a day in the back of their chauffeured cars, pieces borrowed by designers for an hour or so, and outfits chosen for their wow factor. As fabulous as these moments can be, we find ourselves drawn to the quieter outfits that we can actually use as styling inspiration for months, if not years, to come.
Out of all of the international fashion weeks, London always has a more relaxed and practical energy—maybe it’s the high chance of rain, or the likelihood that you’ll be spending a couple of hours stood in a freezing warehouse in Hackney. Most editors, stylists, and buyers tend to wear their minimalist staples, such as jeans or black tailored trousers, as a base, and then add some more interest with accessories or a few trend-led pieces.
There were a few trends we saw, again and again, this London Fashion Week, namely bomber jackets, the leather motocross trend, wide-leg jeans, and oversized silhouettes. If you are in need of some fresh outfit inspiration, then let the below ten looks help guide some of your styling decisions or new purchases for the season ahead.
The Minimalist Dream
When at fashion month, British Vogue’s deputy editor and fashion features director, Sarah Harris, always focuses on timeless, simple wardrobe pieces. Instead of shouty prints or extroverted trends, she keeps it polished and classic in elegant tailoring and refined separates. In London, she wore loose-fitting black trousers with a utility shirt-style jacket, white T-shirt, and pointed pumps—an outfit you don’t need a fashion show invite to recreate.
The XL Camel Coat
This season, Tove showed its debut fashion show, and Caroline Issa showed us just how beautiful its clothes are in this beautiful combination. We can’t decide which we love more—the wrap-effect, ruched bodysuit in a rich chocolate hue or the ankle-skimming wool-blend camel coat.
Let Your Motocross Jacket do the Talking
We have been telling you for several months now how leather motocross jackets are about to make a comeback, and this outfit gives us a lesson in how to style it. The key is to keep the rest simple, with black trousers, black loafers, and a classic leather shoulder bag, and let your jacket do all the talking.
Update Office Classics With a Graphic T-Shirt
Alexa Chung went all-out with this London Fashion Week outfit, carrying a JW Anderson frog clutch and wearing lime green strappy sandals in February. If you look past the frog, however, this is a timeless outfit that you can wear with so many items you already own. Simply take your smarter office essentials, such as this grey wool coat and jersey skirt, and then add a playful graphic T-shirt.
Make Your Accessories a Talking Point
An animal print coat and black tailored trousers is an outfit that you’ll see again and again in London, however, it’s the accessories here that add an edge. The Maison Margiela split-toe leather ballet flats and embellished sunglasses add some extra personality to these timeless fashion items.
It’s All About the Leather Bomber Jacket
We kept seeing bomber jackets at London Fashion Week, and we loved Bettina Looney’s oversized leather iteration and how she used it to dial down the glamour of a very “evening” outfit. A black slip dress and leather bomber jacket is our new favorite dinner look.
Go All-Out With a Midi/Maxi Denim Skirt
A denim max skirt was a hot commodity on the fashion week circuit, and we love how this showgoer has used it to ground her feathered top. You can create a similar look with any kind of denim wash and all your favorite wardrobe staples: think white T-shirts and black roll necks.
Double-Up on Outerwear
If you want to move into your spring wardrobe but it’s not quite warm enough, why not double up on your jackets and wear a bomber jacket or a shacket under your trench coat? The best way to make sure it looks cohesive is to stick to a considered color palette, such as this blending of neutrals and khakis.
The Shearling for Spring
One takeaway from the street style at London Fashion Week is that the shearling jacket it’s doing anywhere—especially when it’s a ’70s-inspired leather jacket. Remember vintage shops will be filled with items that will help you to recreate a look just like this.
Embrace Elevated Sportswear
Sportswear isn’t just for the gym–make like Jourdan Dunn and pair color-pop tracksuit bottoms with sleek sunglasses and a knitted tank for a suitably stylish, high-low look. Wear now with sneakers, then swap in Birkenstocks come summer.