There is no doubt that Britain has its own distinct style when it comes to fashion. In fact, British fashion has been celebrated, adopted and adapted in all corners of the globe, and immortalised in a few classic items. Although there are many fashion items that can be described as quintessentially British, there are some that stand out more than others. For the sake of providing a quick snapshot, we’ve outlined a top four list of classic British fashion.
Even the name of this essential winter garment screams British, placing the Mackintosh in our top four. Charles Macintosh patented his rubberised, waterproof cloth in 1823 and because of its usefulness it was soon commissioned by the British Army, British Railways and the police force. By the 1990s, the original factory in Cumbernauld, Scotland, was dangerously close to shutting down. Fortunately, forward thinking executives decided to establish Mackintosh as an upmarket fashion brand, and collaborated with leading brands such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton to turn it into a globally recognised brand. The brand is so successful, that the name Mackintosh (also shortened to mac) has become a generic term for waterproof garments.
Samuel Fox was credited with inventing the steel ribbed umbrella in 1852 and according to reports, began selling them in the city of London by 1868. The classic British fashion accessory had a handle and stick made from a single piece of wood, making it strong and durable. The recognisable curved handle has been imitated by umbrella designers all around the world, although for unparalleled elegance and practicality, an original Fox umbrella makes a worthy addition to a classic British wardrobe.
Three Piece Suit
The three piece suit has been in and out of fashion since its inception, although it really caused a stir in the 1970s when it became associated with popular culture during the disco era. During this era, the snug-fitting coat became a favourite and permitted the return of the waistcoat. This look was popularised in the film Saturday Night Fever, firmly securing the three piece suit a place on the fashion timeline. Today waistcoats are back in fashion and are used for both formal and casual occasions, making it a versatile and deserved classic British fashion item.
Clark’s Desert Boots
The Desert boot was designed by Nathan Clark over fifty years ago. His was inspired by his army post to Egypt during WWI, where local soldiers purchased crepe-soled boots from local bazaars. The great success of the desert boot design was that form followed function, and there two-hole lace up design is simplicity, and classic British fashion, at its best.