Shopping in London

London fashion

I spent three weeks in London the summer of my senior year in college. I fell in love with the city, its huge parks and flower gardens, royal history, castles and architecture, theatre and most of all, the shopping! I discovered H&M and Topshop on that trip and have shopped at both stores regularly ever since.

I just returned to London for the first time last week. Having already seen the tourist sights and museums, I spent my afternoons wondering through Chelsea, Kensington, Primrose and Mayfield shopping for original gems at unique-to-London boutiques.

Here are a few of my favorites finds and shops.

Stylish sneakers
We were there for the London Marathon, which means there were more jeans and sneakers than high fashion on the streets. In my opinion despite being a runner, there is nothing frumpier than wearing your running shoes with jeans! With all the stylish sneaker options this season, there is simply no excuse either.

High-tops were especially popular on the street and in many window displays. These high-top Vans I found at Dover Street Market were my first purchase. I also love this affordable canvas pair from the Other Shop.

Bold floral prints
Flowers weren’t just in the royal gardens or draping off the historic homes—they are the print of the season. This dress by favorite British design house Alexander McQueen I found at Browns Fashion is perfect for a special spring occasion with its short length and long sleeves.

Hats
The British are known for their fancy hats and Lock and Co Hatters is the top shop. While a hat isn’t an accessory I wear when I get dressed up, I do like to keep the sun off my face, and liked the blue-band on this modern Panama hat.

Loose and boxy cuts
More unisex clothing for women was also a big trend.  Oversized button-down shirts, baggy sweaters, boxy tees and cropped wide-leg trousers were on racks in every store. The Other Shop had the best selection.

I love how chic this simple oversized bell sleeve sweater looks with jeans or cropped wide leg trousers, and comfy too! Plus, I really needed some warmer clothes because temps were cool.

Raincoat
We got caught in some rain, so I bought this new raincoat at KJ’s Laundry to stay dry, which has been useful back home in Seattle too.

Out of all the stores I visited, the Other Shop was hands-down my favorite. If you love wearing basics like I do—this is a store you can go for more stylish pieces, and there are some affordable finds too. In fact, take your own virtual London shopping trip and check out all these stores online!

Where are your favorite places to shop abroad?

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