Arts + Culture

What Not To Wear: Dress Codes Worldwide

by Eimear Lynch

United Kingdom

At a meeting: The downtown banking-and-newspaper bustle in London calls for a suit and tie (no tie on Fridays), but you'll be laughed out of Soho or Kensington ad agencies in the same getup: There, cool execs don a uniform of the newest Nikes and skinny jeans.

On the street: Quirky Kate Moss–inspired London girls throw on a high-low mix of Topshop and Temperley; they're freer and less polished than other city style-setters. Men wear peg-leg trousers in primary colors with plaid shirts or tees. Don't opt for chinos and polos—the preppy look won't fly in London.

At a party: Skinny jeans take a girl or boy from meetings to a cutesy mews (switch from heels to Chuck Taylors) to a Shoreditch pub crawl (back to heels).

P.S. Wellies might be as British as it gets, but they're really country wear. Do take them off if you're lounging indoors.

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