The Very Best London Street Style Combines Both New and Old

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Last Updated
Feb 22, 2022

Fashion month is back. As we speak, editors, bloggers, and celebrities are busy flying out to the respective fashion capitals (New York, London, Paris, Milan) to reconnect with the joys of real-life shows. Equally relished: the return of street style; the outfits that take people from front rows to afterparties and back again, all without losing their allure. 

A week prior, the best New York street style moments gave us a glimpse of the trends we will see this fall, but it’s London Fashion Week where the style set comes into its own. (Full disclosure: I am British—and therefore a little biased.) 

For this second leg of the Fashion Month tour, London hosted a handful of household names, such as Richard Quinn and Erdem—but not without making space for up-and-coming designers like Harris Reed and Nensi Dojaka. This marriage of the old and the new guard goes beyond the runway, also rearing its head through London’s street style snaps. Case in point: the throngs of style mavericks that paired classic blazers with contemporary, trend-forward footwear.

Like anything, though, seeing is believing—so keep reading to uncover the best street style moments from London Fashion Week.


A Monochromatic Suit & Duster

Very Peri may be the color of the year, but across street style, we're seeing that orange is the new black. This show-goer proves that spring is looking optimistic with her choice of a monochromatic tangerine suit layered underneath a grey wool coat. Whether you're more into burnt orange, apricot, rust, or tangerine, orange has a wide range of shades, so there's something for everyone. If you’re hesitant about starting with a head-to-toe colored look, start with a subtle accessory such as a Jacquemus bag or one article of clothing such as a quilted jacket in the seasonal shade.

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Bermuda Shorts & Knee-High Boots

When long shorts were deemed chic a few seasons ago, they became a go-to on the streets in our favorite fashion cities and on the runways of the world's most noteworthy labels. Years later, it's clear that the Bermuda short style is here to stay. After all, it's the perfect spring outfit staple and an extremely wearable item that lets you show off your designer boots. This guest keeps her look cool but smart and sophisticated by styling army green leather bottoms with a black leather blazer and knee-high snakeskin booties. The ensemble works well with a cashmere shirt—as seen here—or with the jacket buttoned-up and nothing underneath for a bold and fashion-forward look.

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An Oversized Shirt & Loose Trousers

When you’re dashing from show to show, like British Vogue deputy editor Sarah Harris, you want an outfit that’s sleek, stylish, and, most of all, comfortable. (Paging an oversized shirt and loose trousers.) Coinciding with back-to-school tailoring, Harris opted for a loose-fitted button-down, leaving it open at the top to showcase her fashion-forward bling. 

Instead of going for your standard white blouse, Harris picked a pastel yellow iteration. While it’s a hue we expect to see everywhere this spring, you can take a page from Harris’ book and start sporting it early, courtesy of the Frankie Shop. Harris doubled-down on the relaxed aesthetic with a pair of pressed black trousers that continue the tailored effect without trying too hard.

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Neon Knits & Cargo Pants

Ever since Katie Holmes was spotted in Khaite’s cashmere twin set, cardigans have gone from clunky pieces associated with your grandma to be the must-have items in any contemporary shopper’s wardrobe. This attendee casts the knit in a new light—a citrus-hued one, to be specific. Hers features a body-hugging shape and monochromatic button fasteners, which you can open and close as you see fit. Pair it with light-wash denim to give the look a bit of levity, or vary your textures with cargo pants

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Boxy Blazer & Denim

The arrival of fall brings an excuse to whip out the pinstripe blazers that have been locked away for far too long. Below, one au courant street style star proves that you can start to incorporate the jacket into your everyday attire, regardless of the season. When opting for a boxy shape, make sure the bottom half of your outfit is a bit more streamlined. Try tying in a pair of skinny or straight-leg jeans—the contrasting shapes will balance out your look. You can try this by pairing Frame’s Le One Skinny Fit Jeans and a Barena Blazer.

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Signature Shoes & Sunglasses

While staple pieces (like a structured shirt or relaxed denim) lay the foundation for any inspiring outfit, you shouldn’t underestimate the power of accessories. This fall, strike up style synergy between your handbag and go-to sunglasses. This fashion-forward guest showcases this perfectly, with the brown hues of the Coach Bag complementing the sunglasses’ tortoiseshell casing. By coordinating your accessories, you give yourself more creative freedom on the base layer.

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Block Colors & Bold Sleeves

Since the inception of cottagecore in Summer 2020, colorful prairie-style dresses have been dominating on Instagram and in our wardrobes. Its best attribute? The fact you can throw it on and go. For those who are feeling adventurous, we recommend layering a Batsheva dress with a black bralette for a color-blocked effect. Then, match your top layer with patent leather pumps and a shoulder bag for a cohesive look.

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Leather Meets Loungewear

The reason why everyone should have a leather trench coat in their wardrobes is that it can create the appearance of a well-thought-out outfit on days when you just don’t want to think. Case in point: this attendee’s burnt-orange trench coat. By themselves this sneaker, shirt, and sweatpants combination work to create a streetwear-inspired look, playing on the comfort factor we have grown accustomed to this last year. When paired with a leather trench coat, and more polished pieces like a Lady Dior Bag, you can elevate your look instantly for a sophisticated appearance.

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Knee-High Boots & Shirt Dresses

As much as Fashion Week is a time to show off our most outstanding cladding, this minimalist dresser proves that sometimes, less is more. Matching a pair of black leather knee-high boots with a crisp cotton shirt dress, the monochromatic moment proves that getting back to basics is always a good choice. Try this look for yourself with a pair of Fendi boots and an Ann Demeulemeester Poplin Shirt Dress.

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Tartan Skirts & Statement Footwear

You can’t beat a tartan skirt come fall. While in the past, it’s all been about miniskirts, we’re trading ’60s-inspired silhouettes for knee-length skirts this season. What we love about this Brown Check Wrap Skirt is how it plays on the hues of the autumnal season, like subdued yellows and auburn reds. Punctuate this look with a pair of Jacques Soloviere boots that work as a hybrid between your standard Chelsea boots and your summer loafers.

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Platform Sandals & Bold Blouses

If you want to seamlessly evoke ’90s style this season, look no further than this London Fashion Week attendee. The style maverick takes the platform sandals that dominated the summer of 2020 and combines them with a vibrant candy pink blouse. Altogether, the look pulls off on the cut-out trend of the moment, thanks to its bust-bearing design. Expand upon this cool-girl aesthetic with a pair of loose-fitting black trousers.

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Striking Cuts & Accessories

MyTheresa’s fashion buying director, Tiffany Hsu, makes a case for dynamic tailoring this fall. Teaming a staple blazer with Jacquemus’ slim-fit trousers, she proves that shoulder pads can give your waist a New Look-esque appearance, à la Dior. Finishing the ensemble with Awake Mode’s Top Handle Bag, she proves how even the most unique shapes can have potential when paired with the right players.

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About the Author
Harry Archer is the Assistant Fashion Editor at Editorialist, where he works on all things trends, the latest designer drops, and investigates the relationship between fashion and culture. His work has also featured in the Gay Times and Attitude. When he's not invested in pop culture, you'll find him engrossed in a book, running, or doing a red wine rendition of Can't Fight the Moonlight from the critically acclaimed film Coyote Ugly.
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