From L.A. to London: How Who What Wear's Editor Style Differs Around the World

Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about personal style: Where it comes from, what influences it, and how it develops over time. In delving into the subject, we’ve come to realise that whether you’re aware of it or not, outside factors always come into play in the way that style evolves. It could be something as complex as your cultural background, or something as inconsequential as the weather in the town where you grew up—but over time, a number of factors add up, shaping your style into what it is today.

Despite personal style, however, fashion trends also influence the way we conceptualise and understand our fashion decisions. For example, consider the fact that checkered Vans are having in a moment in the U.S., but here in Australia? Not so much. Or think about the Réalisation Par dresses you (and all your friends) likely own in at least one colour. Would we love the look so much if the brand wasn’t Australian? Would we even relate to it, or is part of what makes the brand so perfect its ability to encapsulate our laid-back style?

To get a little insight, we reached out to Who What Wear editors around the world to see how location and lifestyle can affect the ways in which we think of fashion. By talking to editors in London and L.A., we got a sense of just how different styles can be, depending where in the world you live. Keep scrolling to see how they think of fashion, and how it relates to their sense of style.

Erin Fitzpatrick

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What are your shopping habits?  

I tend to only shop online these days, but I am constantly returning things because I'm very picky about the fit—so it's a constant stream of shipments in and out. For that reason, I never go back to online stores with slow or expensive shipping—it just gets too time-consuming. I also recently started giving myself a monthly shopping budget via the Mint app that I'm trying my best to stick to!

Is there one wardrobe staple that you feel defines your culture?  

Having grown up in San Diego, California, I think Vans sneakers are the ultimate staple that defines the Southern California culture. I don't think there was one person at my high school who didn't own a pair.

What’s your go-to outfit for those days when you feel like you have nothing else to wear?  

For work, I love an oversize blazer, white T-shirt, high-waisted jeans, and either flats or block heels. I usually wear my favorite basic T-shirts and jeans, and swap out different jackets and shoes to make each outfit feel different. On the weekend, I love dresses and flat sandals.

How do you think your environment has shaped your style?

Los Angeles is definitely very casual, so I never feel the need to dress up too much. I once went to a "black tie" event where almost everyone was in short dresses!

What is one thing California girls would never wear?

California girls don't tend to be over-dressed for any occasion, so long gowns are usually overkill in my opinion (even for a wedding!).

One thing every California girl owns?

Since the weather is good year-round, everyone owns denim shorts and wears them on the weekends.

What is one trend you’re excited to try this season?

I can't wait to try pretty pastel colours—preferably on sandals or bags.

Hannah Almassi

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What are your shopping habits?

You'd be surprised, I don't shop as much as you'd expect someone in my position to shop! My process tends to involve a lot of searching and list-making without always purchasing—I like to make sure I'm still going to love something in a few months' or years' time and that I'm getting it for the best price, so that can mean it's a slow ride from my initial interest to the moment when I might buy. If there's one thing I can’t resist it's when I walk past a vintage store—it's pretty much a dead cert that I'll come out with something, even just a small pair of earrings will do.

Is there one wardrobe staple that you feel defines your culture?

I feel like the UK would be nowhere without trench coats. Our weather is notoriously unpredictable and the only thing that works for everyone in every city, town or hamlet is a trench coat. Every girl (and guy) I know owns one, and they all look great in them.

What’s your go-to outfit for those days when you feel like you have nothing else to wear?

A plain midi dress worn with sensible-heeled knee-boots in the winter and sandals in the summer. I'm not much of a jeans-and-tee girl, so my default outfit is always a flattering, covered-up dress. With the addition of some earrings, a neck-scarf or statement belt I'll feel pulled together.

How do you think your environment has shaped your style?

London is bursting at the seams with creativity and I think it gives you a wide berth to really experiment with your personal style at any age. I've definitely had more adventurous phases when I was in my early twenties, but I still feel that I could pull out a bold outfit and no one would look twice as it's so normal here.

What is one thing British girls would never wear?

I'm pretty sure nothing is on the no-go list, as it's all about how you wear it, not what you're wearing here. But fashion preferences definitely do vary up and down the country—so perhaps some trends and pieces do catch on in certain postcodes more than others.

One thing every British girl owns?

Definitely a trench coat as I mentioned before, and some great wear-everywhere ankle boots. Brit girls like to be comfortable in their footwear choices on a day-to-day basis, and you get so much use out of a classic pair of ankle boots—probably black.

What is one trend you’re excited to try this season?

The UK Who What Wear team have been trying out the colours they're most afraid of—it's a season full of unexpected hues, so I'm most excited to step out of my wintry black layers and brighten up in a trending shade of pink, lilac, yellow or green.

 

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