Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Only Way Is England

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If you’re looking to stay on trend in 2012, put down the glossy magazine and turn on Channel 4, as the return of Shane Meadows’ brilliant mini-series This is England has the fashion-forward digging out their Docs all over the UK.  
Hailed as one of the most exciting programmes to hit our television screens in recent years, the series is also having a major impact on the sartorial sensibilities. Set in ’88 – the era of Mods, Skinheads, Rudeboys and New Romantics – the styling is right on trend with a key mix of prep and punk. And it’s easy to recreate the look yourself with the help of a few key pieces.  
With its signature tartan lining, the iconic Harrington jacket is a mainstay throughout the series. Pair with a checked shirt – buttoned all the way to the top of course - or a Fred Perry polo for maximum effect. Or take a cue from Lol’s minimalist aesthetic and invest in a classic overcoat. The simplest way to sharpen up a look – and guaranteed to never go out of style – just throw it on over a pair of washed blue jeans for the perfect, streamlined statement. Make sure you keep it sleek when recreating this look, and steer clear of baggy or oversized items. Channel Woody’s style with a fitted Baracuta cardigan and a slim tie – with so many fashion-forward havens stocking the style this season, you’ll have plenty to choose from. 
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The best thing about TIE styling is that it’s totally androgynous, and works just as well on guys and gals. What better opportunity to mix n’match with your partner – just make sure you label up and don’t lose any of your wardrobe in the process!

For those looking to pull off the perfect TIE look, go one step further and combine these classic style staples – braces, slim trousers and trench coats – with a hint of punk. Pair your button-up Ben Sherman oxford shirt with some ruffed up denim (pegged at the ankles) and invest in the era’s most iconic piece – a pair of Dr. Martens. An absolute wardrobe staple that defines the late-80s and early-90s style scene, these hefty leather boots have become modern-day icons of Brit fashion, favourites of celebrities from Agyness Deyn to Daisy Lowe.  So much so, that you’d be hard-pressed to find a time when they haven’t been spotted on the feet of the fashion elite. When in doubt, don a pair of Docs to add an instant, en vogue edge to any outfit.  

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