How To Dress Like A British Girl In 9 Easy Steps

The tiny country of Britain (seriously, it could fit into Michigan) is responsible for a hefty percentage of our sartorial inspiration. Whether you’ve been influenced by individuals (Alexander McQueen, Jane Birkin), entire movements (Mod, Punk), or are just an avid fan of the trench coat, chances are we're all in the same boat.

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    So in the name of London Fashion Week, we bring you nine key steps, illustrated by our favorite UK bloggers like Christine Reehorst of Fash n Chips and Susie Lau of Stylebubble, to help you emulate British style. Because don’t we all want to look like a member of the Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Sienna Miller, Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse crowd?

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    PHOTO: Fashion Me Now

    Step 1:

    Smarten up a mom-jeans-and-t-shirt combination by throwing on a Savile Row-style menswear coat, as seen here on Christine Reehorst of Fash n Chips. It will help stave off the London fog.

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    PHOTO: I Want You To Know

    Step 2:

    Doc Martens go with everything. Take a note from I Want You To Know’s Kristabel Plummer and ground a sunny dress by wearing it with tights and these chunky, flat shoes. 

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    Doc Martens

    Doc Martens 1461 W ($100) in Black Smooth

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    PHOTO: Park and Cube

    Step 3:

    The French may have the Breton stripe, but the British have cheery tartan, thanks to their Scottish brethren. Instantly add some color to a camel coat by tossing on a red version, like Shini Park from Park and Cube

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    Topman

    Red Tartan Scarf ($28) in Red

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    PHOTO: At Fashion Forte

    Step 4:

    Shrunken, school-uniform suiting looks grown up when worn with lace-up heels as seen here on Rosie Fortescue from At Fashion Forte

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    PHOTO: La Petite Anglaise

    Everyone in the UK is well versed in mixing colors and prints, but we particularly like this version on Ella Catliff from La Petite Anglaise because it is not too overpowering. Plus, the peter pan coat adds a touch of sweetness. 

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    Asos Smock Dress ($102) in Paisley and Floral Print 

     

    J&C Jacky and Celine Handbag ($57) in Bright Blue

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    PHOTO: Style Bubble

    Step 6:

    Embrace urban sportswear, but without looking like a club kid. Susie Lau from Style Bubble is quite a pro when it comes to in-your-face awesomeness. We love the subtle graphic on this sheer dress paired with a plain baseball cap. 

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    Kenzo Logo Sweater ($387) in Purple 

    Profound Aesthetic P Varsity Snapback Cap ($39) in Red

     

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    PHOTO: Camille Over The Rainbow

    A sexy minidress is too obvious, be a lady and throw on a boyfriend coat. You’ll also be grateful for it in unexpected (constant) rain showers, as Camille Charriere of Camille Over The Rainbow is here. 

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    For Love and Lemons

     Black Swan Dress ($238) in Black

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    PHOTO: Fashion Me Now

    Step 8:

    If one person could embody the style of a country it would be Kate Moss for Britain. For your next casual evening out, don a slouchy gray turtleneck, lace-up black jeans, and a faux fur jacket. Finish with bedhead and Chelsea boots (another bastion of British style) like Fashion Me Now’s Lucy Williams. 

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    BSable

    Ischia Jacket ($473) in Sand Fox

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    PHOTO: 5 Inch and Up

    Even when the clothes are subdued, accessories shall make themselves heard. Next time you step out in a simple outfit, accessorize with a telephone-box red manicure and a houndstooth purse for a little extra character as demonstrated here by Sandra Hagelstam of 5 Inch And Up.

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    Lodis Accessories

    Los Feliz Lila Mini Crossbody ($120) in Black/White

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