London Street Fashion Trends Fall 2008

As promised, below are a few trends I spotted on the high street during my short stay in the oh-so-fashionable London town.

Trend #1: Plaid
From shirts, dresses, shoes, scarfs to bags, plaid or check (as the English would call it) is everywhere.

Sienna Miller, Vanessa Hudgens and Lauren Conrad in plaid

Trend #2: Patent + Exotic Skins
When it comes to bags, patent and exotic skins are still hot hot hot. Check out this super cute Paul’s Boutique Patent Ostrich Twister Bag that I snagged from Top Shop (I got one in red).

Trend #3: Purple
You can never go wrong with purple this season. Go for rich plums and lavenders in the form of dresses, coats, bags or even boots.

Trend #4: Leather Biker Jacket
This is a must for fall and are spotted everywhere in London stores. Wear it over a dress to spice up a feminine look or dress it down with a pair of skinny jeans and tees. If you are looking to get a nice one, be prepared to pay at least $200-400. I picked mine up from my all-time favorite store, Zara, but below are some cute leather jackets that you can get from Nordstrom.

Kenna-T Quilted Leather Moto Jacket and Calvin Klein Lambskin Leather Scuba Jacket

Trend #5: Hippie
Think hang-loose chiffon layers, hobo prints, cowboy boots, fringe bags and stone accessories. Check out stores like Mango, Anna Sui and Zara for some exquisite pieces and Nicole Richie’s Style Secrets for more ideas.

Trend #6: Boots
Be it UGGS, booties or knee-length, you will never seen a Londoner without boots. Pair with a pair of skinny jeans, leggings or tights for the ultimate chic look.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Wow this is a lovely blog and I loved the bag and hope to get my hands on it if possible and the leather jacket was really wonderful and I would love to spend on it.

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