This Fall one of the most prominent trends stems from a strong, quintessential, classic British style that makes you want to skip on the cobble stoned streets of London listening to the crunch of leaves under the soles of your Topshop Oxfords. It's a classic, preppy look with a touch of grunge and artistic flare. It's a look my mother wore in the late 1970's (unfortunately she threw out her suede skinny pants, lace-up boots, and cable-knit sweaters). It makes me want to live in the world that takes place in An Education starring Carey Mulligan and sip on Butterfly Jasmine tea while listening to the tunes of "Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly". Welcome to the new-age British prep; a warm, cozy, classic, yet alternative way of Fall living....now go open up that old hardcover edition of Pride & Prejudice at the local cafe down the street that makes those amazing homemade biscuits.
Here are a pair of lace-up boots my mother just bought me from her trip to London last week. They definitely fall under "The London Look".
Might I just add what my mother noticed young girls wearing in London: Almost all of them wore lace-up, ankle booties like the ones she got me, stockings (in opaque and crazy designs), and lots and lots of scarves. I personally love layering scarves....yes putting more than one scarf around my neck at the same time. It sounds suffocating, but it's actually a beautiful look. For example I'll put two black scarves on; a thick wool one and the other a thin, delicate one. It gives a strong textured and unique look, setting you apart from all of the other scarf wearing girls.