It might be totally un-British to laugh at everyone else’s style choices (we’re British far Too polite for that), but I will say that as a Brit who has lived in Los Angeles for over 12 years, I have been introduced to some American clothing leanings which I found distinctive and somewhat funny. I remember feeling so amazing on my first date in Santa Monica that everyone looked like they had just gotten out of the gym (except for the sweat of course). This is a far cry from the UK, where you’d never meet friends for lunch in yoga pants or gym clothes if you weren’t In fact Plan to exercise. (Full disclosure: 12 years later, I now look likeI go to the gym, too.)
While we love expressing our admiration for classic French style here at Who What Wear, it’s the Brits who take more style risks, exude sharper aesthetics, and are definitely individual in their style choices. British Vogue shopping editor Joy Montgomery describes some key characteristics of British style: “Deflectance should be at the top of the list. While we marvel at the professional touch of New York or the laid-back elegance of Los Angeles, we Brits have a certain kind of quirkiness that shows up in our jumpers. Chunky, handcrafted cuddly, heritage fabrics and unexpected accessories—we’ve championed “ugly” trends before they hit the mainstream. Our inspirations include Alexa Chung, Vivienne Westwood, and Cara Delevingne—all exquisitely quirky in their own way but also undeniably cool.”
So what are the pieces that Americans wear that Brits think are funny? Scroll below for my first-hand notes on fashion.