A Note on British Fashion or What Americans Could Learn from the Motherland

Since I arrived here in the United Kingdom, one of the most unexpected differences I encountered was the difference in fashion. Of course, we all wear generally the same Western style clothing, but there are quite a few things that the British do differently. There is a lot I could learn…

First of all, they are not shy about scarves. Scarves are much bigger and bulkier and just all around GINORMOUS. At first, I thought it was a bit ridiculous, but I’m getting used to it. Actually, I’m just jealous cause they look cozy. Seriously, itsy bitsy fashion scarves are not gonna do anything against the chilling winter temperatures.


In general, people around here have more practice with winter wear and know how to look cute even when it is raining. Take notes girls!


One thing I love are the huge shapeless coats that seem all the rage this season:


Speaking of shapeless winter wear… CAPES!


There is definitely a distinct British makeup look that was new to me. Not every girl wears it, but it is VERY common. I like to call it The Zoella Face:


Dyed hair is much more common than it was in the US. I’ve seen some AWESOME shades of greyish blueish:


Also, I’m not particularly fond of this trend, but I’ve noticed that facial piercings are more common.

Now men here are just way too fashionable. It makes me uncomfortable. For one thing, how many centuries is it going to take American men to learn that coat collars were meant to be worn up ala Sherlock Holmes?


Oh, and every boy and his uncle bob have the buzzed to long look ala David Beckham: article-2277377-17876779000005DC-793_308x425

And that is all for now, a brief overview of what I should probably be learning from the British about how to dress.

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

8 thoughts on “A Note on British Fashion or What Americans Could Learn from the Motherland”

  1. Capes! Yes! I wish I could find a cape that was equally stylish and warm. Canadian fashion isn’t quite up to snuff with British fashion, but there’s some definite similarities like the big scarfs and the fashionable weather wear (that some people have).

    Fun post!

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  2. I LOVED reading this post!! I really like personal style and fashion and it’s neat to see how styles change across the pond.

    Big scarves are very popular here in Canada, too (I have one and I ADORE IT, they are soon comfy and warm and you can wear them LIKE A BLANKET)
    and every. Boy. Ever has that haircut!! I am not a fan. :p but it’s neat to know that the British boys look like that, too.

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    1. So interesting to hear that the Beckham hairstyle is a thing in Canada too. I just don’t remember seeing it in America, but perhaps it is just a new international phenomenon?


  3. Fashion!!! Gah I love fashion in Europe (and in general) because it’s actually an everyday, every(wo)man thing. And guys participate too! Seriously Americans, take note!

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  4. European fashion is so amazing. I love the huge scarves!! They look so amazing and warm and cozy and I’m sure I could get lost in one and never want to come back out.

    And I totally agree, the collars need to be worn up like Sherlock. Actually, everyone should dress like Sherlock as principle. Thanks for sharing!

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