Here in Britain, we're fortunate to have one of the most eclectic fashion scenes out there. From punk to polish, Dr. Martens to twinsets, so broad is the term "British style" it's difficult for even us to pinpoint. But that's what we love about it. After all, fashion is one of the most readily available forms of self-expression, and we don't think anyone should be limited to one aesthetic.
Still, some pieces feel undeniably British—staples that can be found in just about every Brit wardrobe, whatever the other items hanging alongside them may look like. Assemble them, and what do you get? Twelve absolutely British fashion essentials, all of which can be worn in a multitude of ways. Scroll below to see how some of our favourite UK-based influencers style them, and shop the pieces you need to complete your own Brit capsule wardrobe.
1. THE TRENCH COAT
Come rain or shine, the timeless trench coat makes for the perfect Brit-weather cover-up.
Arket Oversized Trench Coat (£175)
Officine Générale Amy Belted Trench Coat (£650)
2. THE WHITE SHIRT
Perhaps the most classic piece on our list, white shirting is on regular rotation in Brit closets.
French Connection Crepe Light Classic Shirt (£55)
Warehouse Oversize Puff Sleeve Shirt (£26)
3. THE LBD
The little black dress is often overshadowed by statement frocks, but Brit dressers know there's little that looks chicer.
Faithfull the Brand Maurelle Dress (£269)
Mango Puff Sleeve Midi Dress (£60)
4. STRAIGHT-LEG JEANS
When it comes to denim, we like to keep things simple—a pair of blue-wash straight jeans is all Brits need.
Agolde Parker Jeans (£220)
& Other Stories Keeper Cut Jeans (£65)
5. THE BLACK ROLL-NECK
Layering is integral to British styling, and nothing is more versatile than the black roll-neck.
Wolford Roll-Neck Jersey Top (£165)
Marks and Spencer Pure Cashmere Roll Neck Jumper (£89)
6. THE SUIT
Brits gravitate toward pieces that provide easy outfit options, which is why the two-piece suit remains so integral to our style.
Oroton Belted Blazer (£549)
Oroton Full Length Pant (£399)
7. THE LAYERING NECKLACE
No outfit is complete without the personal touch of jewellery, and layering necklaces are the perfect solution.
Missoma x Lucy Williams Gold Roman Coin Necklace (£145)
Missoma x Lucy Williams Gold Square Snake Chain Necklace (£159)
8. THE PLEATED SKIRT
We see more pleated skirts on home soil than we do anywhere else.
Arket Pleated Skirt (£69)
Joseph Sven Pleated Skirt (£545)
9. THE LEATHER BIKER
Tapping into our rock 'n' roll heritage, biker jackets have been a firm fixture in Brit wardrobes for decades.
Karen Millen Curve Leather Ultimate Biker Jacket (£248)
Stella McCartney Faux Leather Biker Jacket (£1090)
10. THE CABLE-KNIT
Classic cable-knit jumpers are essential for keeping the chill at bay, whatever the time of year.
Weekend MaxMara Sagoma Cable Knit Jumper (£176)
Mango Knitted Cardigan (£40)
11. THE LOAFER
It may have originated in Norway, but Brit women have adopted the loafer, using it to add polish to jeans and dresses.
& Other Stories Rope Chain Leather Loafers (£100)
Church's Staden Loafer (£480)
12. THE WHITE T-SHIRT
While it might not be solely British, no one embraces the simple white tee quite like we do, making it an integral part of our looks as opposed to a foundation piece.
Arket Crew-Neck T-Shirt (£15)
Marks and Spencer Pure Cotton Straight Fit T-Shirt (£8)
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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