Hey Budget Babes!! My name is Maddie Kelley and I am so excited to be joining the team as an intern. I am a Wellesley College student currently studying abroad in London. My personal style is simple with a hint of edgy. My fashion is very inspired by my travels and street wear. I'm looking forward to your feedback and I can't wait to share my writing with all of you!
When I get to a new city, I’m always scanning the crowds for what everyone is wearing. I can’t walk by a single person without noticing their shoes, their bag, their jeans...basically every element of their outfit in order to understand what sets the city’s fashion apart from others.
London style is actually quite unique, especially in Soho, the fashion hub of London. Filled with fashion students, designers, and shoppers, the fashion style there is casual but cool and effortless yet sophisticated.
Here are three major trends I've seen while living abroad in London, plus budget-friendly pieces to help you get the look:
Shown above: Charlotte Wiggins at the Topshop Unique show. (Photo Credit: Photoshot, PacificCoastNews)
1. Daytime metallics: During my time here in London, I have noticed that almost every girl owns a pair of metallic culottes. The key is to make them casual since they can be quite dressy if paired with the right blouse and heels. London ladies love to wear their culottes with a cool graphic tee and sneakers. Perfect for a day running around Soho.
Shop The Look:
PANTS: Forever 21 Culottes (also love these)
T-SHIRT: Topshop Graphic Tee
SHOES: Forever 21 Sneakers or try these Old Skool Vans
BAG: Forever 21 Handbag
2. Statement Sleeves: With springtime springing in London, people are starting to match the blooming surroundings with lighter colors, lighter jackets, and summer flats. One huge trend this season is big sleeves. The bigger the better, really. London isn't the only place you’ll see this trend this spring, nonetheless I'm seeing a lot of British fashionistas in ruffled blouses with oversized sleeves. Pair your top with a London style staple - mom jeans - to dress down the blouse. Finish with a cool pair of mules for a sophisticated yet chic London look.
Shop The Look:
TOP: Boohoo Blouse // Similar Zara Blouse // River Island Blouse
JEANS: H&M Mom Jeans (also like this pair)
SHOES: Ego Mules // River Island Mules
HANDBAG: BP Handbag at Nordstrom
3. Fishnets: Once you step onto Berwick Street in Soho, you immediately feel the urban grunge. Although it will not keep you warm during the winter months, layering fishnets under your ripped jeans will definitely help you to blend in with the Soho crowd. In order to balance the edginess of this outfit, pair it with metallic loafers to make it more sophisticated.
Shop The Look:
TOP: H&M Graphic Tee
JEANS: River Island Ripped Jeans
TIGHTS: Asos Fishnets
SHOES: Topshop Loafers // Shein Loafers
HANDBAG: Shein Bag
Which London trend would you try?