Whilst London is known as one of the fashion capitals of the world, and has a distinctly ‘rule breaking’ aesthetic to boot, there are still some crucial fashion rules which young professionals in the UK city should take into account. Here’s our quick fashion guide for success in London…
Watch out for local street style
There’s plenty of fabulous street style on offer in London, including chances to observe what people are wearing to the thriving offices and workplaces of the capital. The clothing you’ll see naturally changes over the seasons, but there are noticeable recurring patterns – in the main, London professionals favour a mixture of practicality and creativity. You’re unlikely to notice many young career women tottering on sky high heels as they get off the Tube, but you might see a sneaky pair of pretty shoes peeking out of their bag ready to change before the working day. The British flair for contrasting styles and layering are also often out in force, and from your rooms in Shoreditch at the M by Montcalm Shoreditch, you’ll be ideally placed to observe employees at some of the capital’s hippest workplaces.
Research key fashion stores
There’s an almost endless array of fashion choices in London, helping you to shop for your own personal, professional style. From vintage to new designers and established brands – as well as the much-lauded British high street – London has it all, so you’re ideally placed to build your wardrobe from the ground up. Once you know the styles which suit you – a process largely developed through trial and error – you can seek them out in some of London’s top fashion districts.
Oxford Street is a fantastic place to start, well known for the sheer variety of options for every fashion fan. There’s more than 300 stores to choose from here, but if that’s not enough during your visit to M by Montcalm Shoreditch, then you can always stop at the upmarket shopping districts of Knightsbridge or Bond Street or enjoy the eclectic fashion at Carnaby Street and Covent Garden. Each district has its own unique flair, and the more time you spend in the city, the more you’ll realise which location suits your professional style.
Dress for flexible workdays
Many employees in London prepare their outfits to take them from day to night. Enjoying a drink with colleagues after work is ritual amongst many of the city’s most impressive firms, and in certain districts Fridays see an influx of office workers spilling out onto the streets after close of business. This means ensuring your working wardrobe is flexible enough to keep up; dress smartly and appropriately, but always leave room for unwinding as well.
London’s young professionals favour comfort as much as they do style and are constantly seeking new ways to update their wardrobes in a way which accommodates both work and play throughout the working week.