How do you define British style? Speaking as a British citizen, I'd say that there is no set definition. However, there are certain elements which have worked their way into our culture and iconic styles which still come and go today: punk, military, formal, garden party, sporting etc. It all comes down to a few fundamental ideas.
- Stick it to the man - By ironically dressing in clothes reminiscent of school or military uniform you are making fun of, even rebelling against the system. It's important to have a sense of humour about what you are wearing, but at the same time making a statement. That's what I've gone for here with my military jacket and the tiny Oxford University brooch.
- Keep heritage in mind - This links to the military stuff, but there's so much more history to choose from. We're also still obsessed with our royal family, hence the current royal-wedding-fever, which I think has affected the way we still revert back to the poshness of floral dresses and cricket jumpers.
- Always carry an umbrella - It's a bore, but even in our best weeks of the summer, you can get caught without one and it will ruin your make-up. Take one everywhere. If you want to tie in with the whole royals thing, make it a Fulton like this one. Apparently that's the brand the queen uses!
Brooch: Oxford University