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Every year, during the months of February and September, madness descends on the city of London. Madness, most famously known as London Fashion Week. Designers, models, socialites, fashion editors, stylists and bloggers alike, flock to catwalk shows from nine o’clock in the morning until eight o’clock in the evening. For five days straight, the fashion industry comes together in one place. If you’re lucky enough to be attending the Autumn/Winter 2015 shows (or, if like me, you unfortunately won’t be making an appearance but do still want to dress as if you could be heading to Somerset House at any second) read on for your LFW wardrobe survival guide.
It goes without saying, you need to look stylish! Though you’ll be seeing the Autumn/Winter looks, you should be wearing the Spring/Summer looks. In a blast from the past, the seventies are very in. Think flares, platform sandals and big jewellery. Anything suede, leather or floral print are your go-to fabrics. If you’re more of a modern gal, it’s all about utility chick. Structured pieces, but with a twist like adding a tulle skirt or floaty chiffon. Street style gains a lot of media attention at the shows, so whatever you choose to wear, make sure you feel confident in something that exhibits your unique style.
Let’s talk footwear… Comfortable shoes are vital. It is now more acceptable than ever to get away with a flat shoe at a fashion event, so take advantage of the shunning of the high heel and opt for smart flats or for a more alt approach, stand out trainers. If, like Victoria Beckham, you really can’t bear to lose a few inches and you think you can handle heels all day, chic wedges and block-heeled boots shouldn’t make your toes bleed.
And finally, accessories, or rather accessory – I would argue the most important part of your outfit during Fashion Week is your handbag. There’s a lot you need to carry, from the necessities (tissues, water, compact mirror) to show tickets, any freebies you can get your hands on, and of course a camera. And for those who do brave heels, you can sneak a pair of flats along too! No one will know, and no one will blame you, if you really can’t hack heels all day. Your bag needs to be large enough to store everything in, but also has to make a statement and complete your ensemble.
With these tips, you’ll make it through London Fashion Week and be ready for Autumn/Winter 2015 before anyone else!