Brick Lane Street Style

On a lazy Sunday afternoon in London there really is nothing better than to spend the day ambling around the East End, trawling the local markets and vintage offerings, followed by tea and cake in a nearby cafe.

As usual, I spent my Sunday afternoon doing exactly that, and despite the rain, the usual crowd of creative, fashion-forward urbanites filled Brick Lane and the surrounding streets in hope of a fashion bargain and something a little different.

East London’s Brick Lane is renowned for being a fashion hotspot, and there’s great fun to be had in being a bit of a voyeur for the day and doing a spot of people-watching. While usually I would be lusting after the look of the east London girl, effortlessly stylish in her vintage loafers, Levi’s denim shorts, fur coat and worn satchel bag, it was the gents who made an impression on me this particular Sunday.

The overall look can only be described as ‘Grandad Chic’, with a country twist. That’s right: these boys looked like they’d raided their grandads’ wardrobes, and given them a cheeky modern spin with pieces from their own collections, the look resulting in the perfect marriage of vintage and modern; heritage chic meets laidback east London cool.

Key pieces included tweed and corduroy jackets, flat caps, paisley print scarves, and colourful, abstract print knitwear (perhaps this is the year to ask Grandma to knit you a cosy sweater?).

For those feeling adventurous, the look can also be pulled together and smartened up with braces. This trend is the answer to perfect weekend dressing, for a look that is smart, stylish, and quintessentially British. The secret to getting it spot-on, however, is all in the little details or styling tricks that only the most discerning of gentlemen can achieve.

Arguably boasting the most directional of London postcodes, the Brick Lane fashion pack unsurprisingly knew how to put their own stamp on the trend, with added quirky details such as bow ties, badges, and colourful socks on display. Must-have accessories included retro Canon cameras and a gentleman’s umbrella with a wooden handle.

Last but not least, seeing as it is Movember, boys, lock your razors away and embrace the ‘tash, to complete the look of the country gent.

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