What makes London such an iconic fashion forward city? The capital welcomes different cultures from all over the world, bringing with them unique and inspirational styles and trends that have burst onto the streets of London. As the city attracts over 27 million overnight-stay visitors every year, eying up trendy outfits from around the globe couldn’t get easier. Street spying in central London is a great way to check out the latest fashion styles from different cultures, and where better to go then one of the world’s most famous streets? Oxford street, of course.
I walked up and down Oxford Street to do exactly that, asking people along the way about their choice of outfit, what trends they like and what the bought. I also asked each person what their favourite shop is down Oxford Street, to see how people rate different shops clothing range.
Here’s what some fashion forward people had to say about their style:
Carin, 26, Mayfair: “This time of year is hard to figure out what my style is, as some days are freezing cold and I have to get out my coat, and other days are RayBan weather! At the moment I love my leather jacket, I got it from Debenhams a month or so ago for £50.00. It’s easy and to wear and looks stylish on to0, leather jackets never go out of fashion and I think everyone should have one. I usually wear it with a pair of skinny jeans and either ankle boots or platforms.”
Fiona, 19, Notting Hill: ” My favourite high street shop is either Topshop or Urban Outfitters. They always seem to be on trend and have a really wide selection of clothing. So far I bought a printed suntop from Topshop, it was only£25.00 and has a really cute cross back detail. I am slowly buying things to wear on holiday! The next thing I will probably buy is a bikini from House Of Fraser. Expensive bikinis are always better because they last longer and have better support. I would probably spend around £100 on a set.”
Tatjana, 22, Moscow: “Fashion in Russia is a little different than in the UK. Our shops are more practical for diverse weather conditions, so we don’t have as many cool clothes shops like down Oxford Street! The main style that is coming into fashion for spring in Moscow is lace. A lot of people are wearing laced shirts and frilly tops! Compared to shops here, our style of frills are much different, i’m not sure if it looks more dated or more futuristic. I love fashion here, my favourite trend at the moment I have noticed in shops down Oxford Street is probably bright colours. It really makes spring a lot more fun and happy. ”
Fiona, 20, Essex: “I come to Oxford Street regularly to have a girly shopping day out. It’s great here as there are so many shops to choose from. I hate it when people put a style agenda on people from Essex, saying that everyone wears tacking things like white heels and dresses. It’s completely untrue. Today i’m wearing camel chino trousers(£27.00) from Miss Selfridge, with a silk peach vest top tucked in. If I wear a plain outfit like this then I love to add lots of accessories to add individual style, such as a large pendant necklace, lots of bracelets and a belt. I have noticed a lot of aztec style skirts coming out in the shops right now, this may be my next buy of the day!”
…and what did everyone vote for as their favourite Oxford Street store?
TOPSHOP! It is unsurprising that this trend setting high street store hits first place for style loving shoppers down Oxford Street. Always quick to bring out the latest styles and trends, with some out-there outfits and row upon row of different colours, shapes and sizes, Oxford Street shoppers just can’t get enough!
But what is your town’s style? Hit the streets and do some of your own style spying!