There is a fashionable new hashtag trending on TikTok, and I’m almost certain it’s not one you’d be expecting. The #FrazzledEnglishwoman aesthetic is gaining momentum as Gen Z rushes to dress like their favourite British noughties rom-com heroes. Think Bridget Jones, Kate Winslet in The Holiday and just about any Richard Curtis character. Perhaps it’s an answer to the hyper-glammed supermodel/Kardashian look, or perhaps it’s just the cosy trend we needed for the chilly season ahead. One thing it does tell us is this: London style is firmly back on the map.
The capital is known for its laid-back take on dressing, and just about every major trend to come from the city in the last few years has championed comfort first. First, there was normcore (the minimalist’s dream tailored wardrobe). Then, we flirted with gorpcore (a celebration of the great outdoors), and who could forget cottagecore (the cardigans, puff sleeves and floral dresses ideal for the countryside). Whichever tribe you fell into, British women have always known how to make functional feel fashionable. But one piece, in particular, manages to span across trend and time and is once again having a moment that we would be remiss to ignore.
In the last few months, Londoners have invested heavily in puffer coats, shearling jackets and ribbed-knit dresses, but the one item you can guarantee you’ll see stomping around the streets of the Big Smoke are chunky Chelsea boots. Apparently, when the temperatures drop, we all reach for the same thing—pull-on ankle boots with a flatform or heavy tread sole that wouldn’t look out of place on a hike. They are comfort-meets-cool, all-in-one easy shoes.
Thanks to the release of The Row’s Zipped 1 Boots, Bottega Veneta’s Tire Boots, and Prada’s Monolith Boots, Londoners are ditching laces and stiletto heels for something a little more stylish, and the answer is a comfy sole and chunky silhouette worn with everything from pretty dresses to leather leggings. Plus, it’s the coolest way to update the “blazer + tee + jeans” uniform we lived in all summer. (Just add an oversized shearling jacket.)
So for the ideal finishing touch to your next autumnal outfit, keep scrolling to shop the best chunky Chelsea boots on the market now and see how London’s finest are wearing them.
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