Just about everywhere we look recently there are patriotic symbols, royal memorabilia or Union Jack flags not only because this year Britain is host to the Olympic games but because this summer our Queen of England marks her 60th year on the throne. Now I love a good street party, who doesn’t? But it can often prove quite difficult to put together an outfit especially with our temperamental British weather.
Our usual late May bank holiday has this year been re-scheduled to the first weekend of June however, to make up for it we have been given an extremely long four day weekend from June 2nd to the 5th to get in an extra day of partying and stuffing our faces with Union Jack cupcakes, and what better way to celebrate than to plan a whole weekends worth of street party attire.
Now, a number of the high street shops have opted for the tacky old Union Jack detailed pieces and let’s face it the Geri Halliwell Union Jack bodycon is best left in the 90s however, others have taken a much more grown up ‘Great British tea party’ sort of approach which we definitely prefer.
ASOS are celebrating with two features on their website. One by getting all of their customers involved by sending in photographs of themselves wearing their own customised crowns, with the chance to feature on their Facebook or Pinterest pages (even Henry Holland is getting involved in all of the fun). And the other with a new ‘Best of British’ trend where customers receive a free DIY crown designed by the likes of Preen, House of Holland, Julie Verhoeven and Danielle Scutt. The trend features a number of pieces by Religion who have managed to produce a number of Union Jack inspired pieces rather tastefully as well as some Brit punk inspired pieces by House of Holland and Vivienne Westwood, and Fred Perry’s usual preppy garments. So get patriotic for the Jubilee by sporting something by one of our many amazing British designers.
Topshop have taken a slightly different approach to ASOS with their Jubilee trend featuring outfits suited to one of our traditional Great British tea parties. The Queen herself is the main influence behind this trend featuring mainly two piece suits in pastel colours and pearled accessories which can be teamed with some silver toe-cap, Dolce & Gabbanna style stilettos or maybe even just a simple suede sling back. I personally love the trend but it’s only really suited to the more simple yet feminine wardrobes. Shop the collection online now at www.topshop.com .
Kate and Pippa Middleton’s fave high street shops Zara, French Connection and Reiss again have some fab pieces in. If they’re suitable for afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace then they’re more than good enough for a good old street party for us.
Hope you all have an amazing weekend and I hope I’ve inspired you to show the world just how stylish us Brits truly are.
By Jessica Simm