5 London-Born Fashion Trends That Still Slay Today

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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The Trench

Suki Waterhouse, shown here in Burberry, makes a case for updating this classic look with a blush-toned palette.
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Photo: Courtesy Topshop.
It's all about the details, with belts, buttons, zips, and epaulettes to amp things up.

Jovonna Victor Trench Coat, £79, available at Topshop.
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Photo: Courtesy Missguided.
This mauve version has a more modern spin.

Missguided Waterfall Collarless Trench Coat, £35, available at Missguided.
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Photo: Courtesy Burberry.
Christopher Bailey is the king of reinvigorating the classic trench with new colourways and textures. How divine is this nude lace number?

Burberry English Lace Trench Coat, £1,595, available at Burberry.
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Poppy Prints

Florence Welch's Mother of Pearl suit is a prime example of the power of a dazzling print. Think House of Hackney for your wardrobe.
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Photo: Courtesy Matches Fashion.
Follow Welch's lead and opt for an all-over print from London-based Mother of Pearl. The striped cuffs provide a nice visual contrast.

Mother of Pearl
Lawrence Blossom-Print Silk Dress, £578, available at MatchesFashion.
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Double down on this coordinated outfit, or wear the top and trousers separately with neutral pieces for a softer statement.

Zara Printed Top and Floral Trousers, £25.99 – £29.99, available at Zara.
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Photo: Courtesy & Other Stories.
Short, sweet, and strong on style.

& Other Stories Water Lily Shirt Dress, £65, available at & Other Stories.
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Wimbledon Whites

Seen at this year's championship, Sienna Miller proves that tennis whites belong off the court, too.
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Photo: Courtesy Matches Fashion.
This chic one-piece is the very one Sienna wore to Wimbledon.

Galvan Corset-Ribbed Crepe Jumpsuit, £860, available at MatchesFashion.
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Photo: Courtesy Charlie May.
The ultimate in timeless, minimalistic chic.

Charlie May
Knitted Polo Dress, £85, available at Charlie May.
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Photo: Courtesy Whistles.
An easy-breezy frock for work, the weekend, and, yes, Wimbledon.

Whistles Alexa V-Neck Dress, £192.38, available at Whistles.
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Alexa Chung pairs her mud-splattered boots with a cocktail dress. Take note, folks.
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Photo: Courtesy Very Exclusive.
Studs give this festival favourite a rock-'n'-roll edge.

Red Valentino Stud-Band Wellington Boots, £165, available at Very Exclusive.
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Photo: Courtesy Hunter.
Alexa's brand of choice? The O.G., Hunter. So classic, so cool.

Hunter Women's Original Slim Textured Wellington Boots, £130, available at Hunter.
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Photo: Courtesy Sole Trader Outlet.
Go glam with a bow-shaped buckle and a polished surface.

Ted Baker Elanera Boots, £59, available at Sole Trader Outlet.
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The Anglophilia craze is alive and well thanks to Jameela Jamil and her perfect plaid cape.
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Photo: Courtesy Very Exclusive.
Go big or go home in this blue-and-pink head-turner.

House of Holland Fight Girl Long Tartan Dress, £470, available at Very Exclusive.
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Photo: Courtesy Urban Outfitters.
Check yourself before you wreck yourself in this Mitford-sister-chic plaid skirt.

Urban Outfitters Midi Check Skirt, £49, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Photo: Courtesy Matches Fashion.
Only Mary Katrantzou could make tartan and tropical birds work so well together.

Mary Katrantzou Calty Sapphire Tartan-Print Fleece Sweatshirt, £389, available at MatchesFashion.

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