No London Vacation Is Complete without a Tour of High Street Fashion


No London Vacation Is Complete without a Tour of High Street Fashion.Those planning a late summer, early fall vacation to London are in the midst of planning their itinerary which, of course,

includes the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a day in Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens, a weekend shopping spree at the world renowned Petticoat Lane Market in the East End, and a tour of the many fish and chips shops which you can find on almost any corner.

However, no London vacation is complete without a tour of high street fashion that this amazing city is so famous for.

Don’t Be Confused by the Language!

It never ceases to amaze first-time visitors from the US that there really are language barriers and the term ‘high street’ is a prime example. At first you would think high street refers to a length of road that sits higher than the rest of the city or that the high street shops are synonymous with high end fashion. Whilst both of those ‘may’ be true, that is not necessarily the case.

There are high end shops on high streets across the UK but that doesn’t need to be the norm. High street fashion simply refers to the main thoroughfare of shops in the town. In other words, it’s like Main Street USA. It’s the place where most activity takes place, especially commerce and retail.

So What Is High Street Fashion?

Selfridges High Street Fashion

Contrary to what the term conjures up to the average American, high street fashion is simply where you’ll find the greatest amount of popular shops from which to choose. That being said, many of those ‘high streets’ are also home to some of the highest end designer shops in the world. In fact, cities like London have a huge number of ‘high streets,’ Bond Street being one of them, and here you’ll find some of the most exquisite retail architecture and luxury apparel of anywhere on earth. In fact, American born architect Peter Marino, has designed at least two high-end (very high end!) shops on Bond Street and so viewing the Dior and Louis Vuitton shops is a must!

Understanding a Culture through Their Fashion

Once you arrive in London, take the time to really notice what is going on around you. At first the only thing that captures and holds your attention will probably be the fact that drivers are going down the wrong side of the street – or are they? That’s open to debate! However, after you get over the shock and can easily travel one street to the next in anything but a state of panic, you are ready to start looking at the people walking about. Do you see any common threads (no pun intended) in their style of clothing? If so, this is what you’re likely to find in high street shops. You can tell a lot about a culture just by looking at the most common apparel.

As one of the fashion capitals of the world right up there with Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Rome and Berlin (among others), London is where you’ll find the trendiest clothes. Watch what everyone is wearing, take notes if you must, then visit those world-famous high street shops. Your vacation in London won’t be complete until you do – and hey, while you’re at it, do a bit of shopping to bring back home. Who knows, maybe you’ll start a whole new fashion trend on Main Street USA, modelled after the High Streets in London. Wouldn’t that be nice?

About the author

Charlotte is an urban New Yorker who has lived in London, Paris & Morocco. She has an MBA in Management and Economics of Luxury Brands and Fashion and her BFA from the New School. She calls herself the dyslexic writer living between London & Paris. Digital Fashion & Lifestyle Architect ?:ChaChaNyc007