The British are known for their quirky sense of style (think of designer Vivienne Westwood's pirates and punks, and milliner Philip Treacy's gravity-defying hat, famously worn by Princess Beatrice to last year's royal wedding).
With the 2012 Summer Olympics starting July 27 in London, it's the perfect time to add a dash of British charm to your wardrobe.
Britain-based retailer Sugarush takes an adorable portrait of Queen Elizabeth made entirely of buttons and offers the image as a poster or a tote. (No actual buttons are attached to the bags, so you don't have to worry the little buggers will pop off along the way.) At $9 each at Etsy.com/shop/sugarushuk, you could stock up with the store's just-as-cute retro-style Olympic and Diamond Jubilee totes.
You could opt for the original green rubber boots from Hunter, the legendary British company, but why not shake things up a bit with whimsical wellies with a Union Jack print, $220 at Net-a-porter.com? Just the thing for (fingers crossed) rainy days this fall.
When it comes to toppers, nothing is cooler than a crown, but you don't have to be royalty to wear this classic symbol of the monarchy. Have a little fun with it by donning a crown-shaped ring from Britain-based retailer Topshop. The edgy cut-out form features three crown designs to be worn together or separately, $25 for a three-pack at Us.topshop.com.
Ben Sherman, the iconic British men's brand adopted by the Mod movement of the '60s, offers some of the sharpest contemporary clothing and accessories out there including jackets, desert boots, cuff links and bags. The brand's messenger bag for ASOS features a woven Union Jack detail that serves as a reminder of the label's origins and delivers a bold graphic punch, $33.14 at US.asos.com.
Harriett Hendren: (859) 231-3324. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Blog: Fashfood.bloginky.com.