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The Style Olympics: Great Britain

Photo by Tom Swain, on Flickr

Nobody does eclectic better than the Brits. Just look at their crazy range of fashion contributions; the same nation that reveres posh tweeds and elegant equestrian wear is also the birthplace of punk.

I love the mix of the practical – – wellies, chunky knits, tights and the iconic Burberry Trench — and the flamboyant, like extravagant hats, the liberal mixing of prints (especially florals and plaids) and a cheeky, high/low street style scene.

Photo by roccia on Flickr.

Sites I Love: WishWishWish: A fun blog with a sweet, almost retro flare 5 inch and up: Dreamy high fashion Vanessa Jackman: Street fashion meets high fashion Style Scout: A cool street style site

Photo by …love Maegan on Flickr.

A Little Light Reading: British Glamour: This is so much better than American Glamour! My friend Liz and I once got stranded in Gatwick airport and spent our last handful of change on this magazine and a couple of screwdrivers. (The drinks, of course, not the tools.) Totally worth it.

Photo by FerWoo on Flickr.

Great Shops: Topshop: One of my favorites, this store stocks a fabulous mix of trendy and classic pieces and the absolute best tights on the planet. Kate Moss has a line here as well. All Saints: Everything here is dark, urban, utilitarian and so, so compelling. asos: I love asos for on-trend pieces at a seriously amazing price. I have had a small obsession with this store since they opened a US site. Camden Market: My friend Heather took me here a million years ago and it was the first time a clothing market blew my mind. You’ll find a great selection of vintage, new and alternative clothing and accessories and absolutely no chain stores in sight.

Photo by Tom Swain, on Flickr

Get The Look: Try a classic tweed jacket or anything plaid — a traditional tartan if you’re feeling conservative or something wilder for a punk edge. Bonus points for mixing in another pattern! If you keep it in the same color family, you won’t look too crazy. Go for study, practical footwear (motorcycle boots, wellies, loafers) that work in all weather.

So does Great Britain get your vote for the country with the best style? If you think so, just let me know in the comments below! What’s your favorite element of British style? Does this look work for your life? Why or why not? How do you describe British style?

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