British women seem to naturally possess certain sophistication while keeping everything effortless that we all can’t help but seek to emulate. The head of longtime British-girl favorite brand Boden, Mariam Boutorabi gave us handful tips and sartorial philosophies to get the go-to outfits of a typical British woman. If you wish to look always comfortable yet chic on your street style, keep on reading for the 5 secrets to dressing like British women.
- Resort to a crisp white shirt that can take you from day to night.
“A great white shirt is a must-have. This can take you anywhere. A white shirt is great in the day and equally great in the evening. I like a crisp white shirt worn slightly oversize,” Mariam Boutorabi said. Like British style blogger Alexandra Stedman, team your basic shirt with denim jeans or overalls to dress up your casual looks, or team it with a fur skirt and tuxedo blazer for a fashion-forward office style.
- You could never go wrong with structured blazers and coats.
A chic blazer or coat will add some polish to your outfits regardless if it’s a pair of distressed jeans or feminine dress. “A well-cut blazer in your wardrobe is a must. It’s great teamed with a white shirt or Breton—so classic. You can’t go wrong with this look,” Boutorabi said. Like fashion blogger Alexandra Stedman, top your Breton striped tee and jeans with a structured blazer to rock the British style, or go for a monochromatic outfit topped with a structured coat.
- Mix masculine pieces with feminine ensembles.
“I think this is such a British look—mixing the more masculine with the feminine. This season my favorite is our silk pussy-bow blouse with a really washed out denim jean,” Boutorabi said. Like fashion blogger Alexandra Stedman, team your floral skirt with a masculine blazer, or your casual cool outfit with a feminine-colored coat that will make your street style polished and modern.
- Don’t be afraid to wear heels in the day.
Though ballet flats are chic alternatives to heels, and sneakers will add some cool vibe to any outfit, a pair of comfortable heels would also be great. “Don’t be afraid to wear heels in the day as they make you feel great and add confidence to an outfit. They don’t have to be dangerously high or uncomfortable ad you may go for perfect height every day,” Boutorabi said.
- Walk with poise and wear confidence.
Whether you’re going to the office or heading to the weekend brunch, confidence and attitude will pull your outfit together. “I think a lot of British style is about confidence,” Boutorabi mused. “A look is never overworked, and it always looks natural and real. British style can be deeply rooted in our heritage and is reinvented every season in a modern way. It’s eclectic, and we are good at mixing the old with the new.” By heeding these styling tricks, you’ll be able to get the British style in no time.