Looking to assimilate with the natives this summer? Here’s our failsafe guide to recreating the city’s stand-out styles. Today’s look: the Land girl.
Going out in certain parts of London, namely Broadway Market on a Saturday morning, can be a little like stepping out of a Tardis and into the year 1944. Girls have hair pin-curled like Diana Dors, wear modest floral dresses nipped in at the waist and Mary Jane shoes that look like props from a tapdancing lesson on an episode of ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’. Vintage sourcing is the key element in perfecting this type of fashionable period costume – raid the retro boutiques of Camden, Crouch End and Brick Lane in order to channel the spirit of the Blitz. Your crucial accessory, other than an old-school satchel, is a Pashley bicycle, complete with bread-stuffed basket. A small, neckerchiefwearing dog is the optional icing on the retro cupcake.
Pin-curls set The Painted Lady, £40