By Madelyn Hopkins
It’s officially been one month since I moved across the pond for the semester to London, England. And honestly, coming here was the best decision I have ever made. College towns are so special, but getting to experience a semester away is such a freeing and unique experience- one I would recommend to every student.
Given that this week is London Fashion Week, I thought I’d write about some of the prevalent trends I’ve seen around London and how you can make them work outside a big city.
To begin, Londoners love their hats. As my friends and I call it, the train conductor hat is everywhere. You’ll see everyone from young models to elderly men sporting around a hat, winter or summer and rain or shine. My own hat is from Brixton, but you can find thousands upon thousands of sellers, like TopShop or Urban Outfitters.
Now you may read this and be thinking about how you’d never wear this around your college campus. Nothing wrong with the hat trend, just not something you’d ever sport on your way to class. Understandable. But there are ways to make a “train conductor hat” fit perfectly into the college town scene. For example, Saturdays. These hats pair with any outfit, from an oversized fur coat to mini skirt and over the knee boots to ripped boyfriend jeans and a white tee. The outfits are literally endless and what better way to switch things up than with a hat. You’ll give yourself an effortlessly chic look- city girl gone college town.
Next on the list is red. My personal favorite color, but this city is FILLED with men and women in red. What began for me as an inside joke with myself, (I thought it’d be funny to match the buses and telephone booths) my feelings toward red have turned into a full-blown color obsession. Red is so bold and mod, and it goes with all things neutral, like black, white, grey, or brown. But my personal favorite pairing is with more red; I wasn’t lying about this obsession. Wearing red on red screams confidence (in a good way!) and gives you that extra trend factor you need when living in a city like London.
Although this doesn’t mean that red is limited to city life, it’s easy to get caught up in constantly wearing neutrals. If you’re nervous to go all out with red, approach the color in more subtle ways. As pictured below, this coat stands out but isn’t too loud. Wearing a more toned down and sophisticated red might be exactly what you need to feel comfortable jumping into this color trend.
Lastly on my London Look List: buckle booties. What began as a trend for only those with a large pile of gold (reference to Chloé and Givenchy), buckle booties are currently taking over the market. I found this pair from Topshop and wear them all the time. Peep- they’re now on SALE.
I love wearing these around because they give my outfits a badass flare. I’ve always been a fan of the classic black bootie, but it’s fun to wear things with a little extra pizzazz. These booties do just that without going overboard- what more could you ask for in a shoe ?! And plus, they fit perfectly into the college scene for those nights when wearing heels out is seemingly impossible.
One month in and I’m already entranced by this city. I cannot believe how fortunate I am to call this place my temporary home and am learning more and more about myself every day. If there’s one main thing London has shown me, it’s to be confident in your own style. Let your outfits express who you are and don’t be afraid to honestly show yourself off! Wish me luck as I continue to maneuver my way through this double-decker bus filled city- ’til next time!