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THE UK: Once you arrive

What to wear in England while studying abroad


London is one of the fashion capitals of the world and while its quirky side of fashion may leave others puzzled, we cannot deny that England has a steadfast place as being highly fashionable. And if you’re studying there, you’d want to dress the part. Here are some opinions from students on what you should wear while studying in England…


Wear clothes that are easy to layer

England’s weather is temperamental and you need to be prepared for cold temperatures even during the summer. For instance, you can dress up in a pair of ankle-high boots, skinny jeans and a nice blouse during spring, and throw on a button up sweater, trench coat and chunky jewelleries. If it gets warmer while you’re out, you can take off those layers. If you stay out late, you can put them all back on. Just make sure you bring lots of pieces from home that can be mixed and matched.


One spacious tote or backpack

This is handy to throw all those layers into. Make sure it’s neutral in colour so that it matches everything. This will be your daily accessory, so buying a good quality one will make sure that it lasts.


Rain gear that doesn’t look like rain gear

Bring an umbrella – yes, a small one which you can keep in your bag. Make sure it’s sturdy, unique and easy to pack. You’ll probably be using a lot of the umbrella, so brightening a gloomy day by staying away from classic black ones and opting for colourful or interesting patterns may help put a smile on your face when the weather gets dreary. Forget about a raincoat – go for a lovely trench coat instead. If you’ve got a pair of willies or Hunters, wear them as you’ll find that they’re more practical, especially if you hate getting wet feet. Alternative, a pair of good ankle or calf length booths will do the job.


Tights… all the way

You can wear them under your trousers to keep you warm or pair it with dresses and skirts. Don’t be too worried that they’ll be too thin to keep you warm while you’re walking about in a skirt. They normally come in various deniers or thickness, and if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can always go for those with interesting patterns or lace. Whether it’s polka dots or ribbons, printed tights are a must-have to spice up your wardrobe while keeping warm and trendy.


Here are some of the best places to shop:


Regent Street 

If you're looking for the main shopping street in London, you've found it. Regent Street is the world-class shopping area with stores like Burberry, Coast and Zara.


East End Retail (Shoreditch, Spitafields, Brick Lane)

In this area of the city, think cute little boutique stores run by funky artists and fashionistas alike. If you want a charming atmosphere with a ton of unique flair, this is your spot.



With multiple mini markets making up the title of this shopping area, here you can find great vintage, accessories and you might even strike a good bargain. You won't be disappointed.



Harrods opened in 1849 but today, it is one of the most recognised department stores in the world. This massive store has seven floors of shopping heaven and a restaurant for any taste buds.


Dover Street Market 

Dover Street Market is known for being the fashion-forward way of retail on the streets of London. It's owned by Comme des Garcons and known for its store displays.

Head from Dover toward Oxford Circus, making sure to stop in these areas and visit key stores like Selfridges and Topshop at Oxford Circus, Regent and Oxford streets for stores like Superdry, Guess and All Saints, and Carnaby Street for Lee, Diesel, Miss Sixty, Edwin and G-Star.


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