Stepping out of the Heathrow airport, the first thing that hit me was the drastic weather change. The temperature of London must have been at least 20-degrees cooler than that of Philadelphia and there was already a light drizzle outside. Well there goes my chance of wearing the dresses, skirts and shorts that I packed! However, finally arriving on campus, I was relieved that my previous thought was nothing more than a misconception.
Despite the 100 percent chance of rain each day and the high 50-degree weather, students at Queen Mary University of London are still strutting around in short hemlines. The secret is layering with a pair of black or colored tights. Many stores also offer fleece-lined tights for those extra gloomy and bitter cold days. This Fashionista’s ensemble is the prime example of female fashion on campus. Sporting a staple black leather jacket and opaque tights, she is able to stay both warm and stylish. Her studded ballet flats are feminine yet edgy with the cute bow and silver spikes. I also love her oxblood skater dress that adds a pop of color to her outfit. Oxblood still remains one of my favorite colors for the fall season.
To my surprise, the college fashion trends in London are not far off from those of the East Coast. After asking around, it seems that the most popular places to shop include Zara, Topshop and H&M, names familiar to all students in the states. However, this is just my first glance into the fashion scene in London and I hope to be able to discover smaller shopping venues and boutiques unique to this city during my time abroad.