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When you're good, you're good. And when you're London, you really are at the top of your fashion game.
The rest of the world may sneer at our weather — fair play — and our cuisine — so improved, thankyouverymuch — but they can't kid us about our style. That's because they're all wearing style staples born right here in the U.K.
Take the trench, for instance. Sure, Audrey Hepburn owned the look, but it's brands like Burberry that actually created it. Welsh-born Mary Quant is credited with giving us the miniskirt, while Biba, Ossie Clark, and Paul Smith each had a hand in the poppy, explosive prints of Swinging London. Punk fashion emerged from Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren's brains, Katharine Hamnett was doing slogan tees before anyone else, and Wimbledon cornered the market on the all-white dress code long, long before Diddy did.
As you can see, many of these trends are still going strong, thanks to the sartorial support of It girls like Alexa Chung and Sienna Miller. Allow them to inspire you to embrace a bit of British style of your own.
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