My admiration for all things British is a long-running affair. What may have started as a love for 19th century English literature and a literal obsession with everything Harry Potter –related soon gave way to complete adoration of all British culture, royalty, celebrities, and, of course, their flawless and always-polished style. I mean, take a look at any red carpet and chances are, if there’s a Brit present, she’s probably one of — if not the — best-dressed lady at the event. So you can’t blame me if mastering British fashion has become a life-long goal, right?
And I may have gotten one step closer to that dream on Tuesday when a slew of big-name English stars — including Emma Watson, Kate Moss, and Cara Delevingne — showed up to a Prince William–hosted charity event at Windsor Castle showing off some of the finest British fashions and giving Anglophiles everywhere all the tips we need for dressing like a Brit.
1. A crisp, white blouse perfects any ensemble
I didn’t think Watson could look any more regal, but she managed the impossible at the The Royal Marsden Dinner by elevating a pleated, gray Ralph Lauren maxi skirt with an enviably structured white button down. It’s a simple style to copy, particularly when paired with an exaggerated collar, minimalist accessories, a swept-back updo, and a deep burgundy lip.
2. One major accessory is all you need
She may not be British, but Australian, Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett nailed English style at the royal event by pairing a simplistic, monochromatic ensemble from Ralph Lauren with just a single statement accessory — crystal chandelier earrings — proving less really is more.
3. Deliver the edge in the beauty department
Even rocker-chic British models like Delevingne know when to tone it down style-wise, which she certainly did with her ladylike, beaded Ralph Lauren halter gown. But that doesn’t mean the edge has to disappear entirely; rather, it’s just delivered in the hair and makeup department with a smoky eye, dramatic liner and a slicked-back topknot.
4. Understated is the best statement
If there’s one thing Brits know, it’s that minimalism can be masterful — a lesson supermodel and designer Moss delivered gracefully in her understatedly sexy, asymmetrical, sheer-lined gown. Make like Moss and keep simple from being boring with a dramatic (yet tasteful) slit and strappy sandals.
5. Keep it business in front if it's party in back
Even when they’re all covered up in the front, the Brits (and Aussies) still like to show some skin, which actress Margot Robbie did in her liquid silk, open-back Ralph Lauren gown. Copy her look by choosing a high-neck, long-sleeved blouse or dress that opens up to reveal a surprise cutout or major slit.