October 20, 2015
If you want to blend into the London crowd, the first thing you need to buy is black tights! And a pair of very sensible low-heeled black shoes… We walked for about 26 miles over the 2 days that we were in London (yes, I’m really happy that we work out so much!) and about half of the women we saw were wearing either black tights or black trousers, with shoes in which they could easily walk. Many ballet flats…And I saw a large number of women who had paired their tights or trousers with a lightweight top in black.
Thus is born the Four Black T’s: tights, tee shirt, trousers and turtleneck! (mnemonics help me remember things!)
There were a LOT more skirts being worn in London than I ever see in Chicago. Well, to be perfectly honest, the people in London were among the dressiest I’ve ever seen, overall. Dressier than New York and Paris, even! Lots of very slender men in beautiful suits, and lots of lovely women wearing their black core items with a wide range of skirts, in all sorts of lengths.
It bears remembering that opaque tights do not give you carte blanche for a painfully short skirt. Opaque does not mean invisible; your thighs might be happier with a bit more cover. And any time that your skirt does NOT show below your coat or jacket, reconsider. We saw some women that, at first glance, appeared to not be wearing a skirt at all! Not the kind of attention you want to attract.
My favorites might have been the trim, casual skirts in denim or variations thereof. (maybe because I was on vacation!) Black tassel loafers were often seen in these ensembles.
And London definitely got the memo that revived the midi skirt! Ballet flats or something very similar were always the shoe here. Something I noticed – if you love plaid, raise your standards, and get really picky about construction. I saw some otherwise really nice plaid garments that were rendered… weirdly off… by the failure to match plaids. I know that they can’t be matched everywhere, but the middle back seam? Please…
The other snazzy items that were seen consistently with the black core were cardigans and blazers. We saw everything from very subdued tweeds and solids to very bold prints.
One item that I saw a LOT that I didn’t like particularly was fur vests. I’m not a fan of fur particularly, and the vests just looked oddly proportioned. Big fluffy torsos, with skinny arms and legs. But a well-cut blazer always looks nice…