The UK is a wonderfully eclectic place, boasting a wide spectrum of personalities and tastes—sartorial and otherwise. It’s one of my favorite things about living here. There’s outfit inspiration to be found wherever I go. Even a quick bus journey can leave me frantically searching online for the vintage bag I spotted on a stranger or wondering if I could pull off a pair of printed flares.
That being said, there are certain markers of British fashion that feel unique, and I’m not just talking about the impressive dossier of talented designers. The culmination of weather, history, and the ever-changing zeitgeist has filtered out the items that just don’t feel quite right in a British wardrobe, and a select few have emerged as nonnegotiables. They are pieces that make getting dressed for the climate and lifestyle easy and that work together season after season to create an endless array of polished looks.
As someone who works in fashion, I spend an alarming amount of time analyzing and deconstructing outfits I like. In doing so, I’ve identified the pieces that crop up time and again. If you’re a Brit who’s in the process of building a capsule wardrobe or a curious non-Brit, scroll on to see the wear-with-everything staples that should be added to your wish list.