British Influence: Jolly Good Fashion From Across the Pond
By Kelly Mosser
Between the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the current craze of chart-topping British artists, and the nearing Olympic games in London, all eyes are on Great Britain this summer. A nation rich in history and tradition, not to mention a remarkable pedigree of royals, England has dictated fashion trends for centuries. From quirky chapeaus to riding gear, here is some of the most iconic evidence of British influence on the fashion world.
Last spring’s royal wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William brought hats back to the haute couture scene. Traditional accessories at royal events, hats of all colors, styles, and heights have been spotted in abundance ever since. From the outrageous pastel bow sported by Princess Beatrice to Victoria Beckham’s odd black antenna, these hats inspired the revival of a multitude of toppers in runway shows of major designers such as Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, and Nicole Miller. A monarchy-inspired gay wedding was recently featured on Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey. Even Teresa Giudice attempted the elegant fashion risk with a quirky green chapeau.
Vogue encourages readers to saddle up and into the equestrian trend for fall. Leather riding pants and garments adorned with horse-bit hardware pay homage to the English tradition, in which horses and riding play a major role. Riding boots have been hot for several years, and are still expected to reign next fall.
This season’s delicious pastel color-blocking trend may also have British origins. Some of the best-dressed Brits rely on single-hued ensembles for a distinguished look. Whether it’s a white suit or a head-to-toe pale yellow outfit, allover color is an eye-catching, feminine look for summer that’s undeniably sweet.
England has given us much more than boy bands and red tea. The Brits have been paving the way for fashion trends for years, and this season is no exception. So “Cheers” to another fashionable year!